Research shows that regular practice of deep breathing can aid in numerous health benefits-including lowering blood pressure, relieving stress and creating an overall sense of well-being.
Breath work is intentional, over time, you too will gain from its benefits. Only a few minutes each day is required, with consistent effort you’ll be on your way to creating a more calmed and peaceful existence.
Here’s a brief description of how to apply this life changing technique called breath. In a comfortable & relaxed position…empty your mind of all its contents. Focus only on listening to the sound of your breath – relax.
Breathe in slowly through your nose (inhale & count to 7, hold breath on 3 counts), as relaxed and natural as possible, release (exhale counting to 10) through your mouth in the same matter…slow and natural. Do this several times, listening to each inhalation and each exhalation – relax…repeat this process over and over. Whenever your thoughts tend to lose focus, gently bring them back listening to your voice.
I release anything that contradicts peace (fear, doubt, unforgiveness, or other) as I exhale. While inhaling – I envision my entire body receiving wisdom, courage, calm or whatever I am in need of – repeating the process over and over.
The beauty of this breathing technique is that it can be done anywhere – while cooking, cleaning, sitting at the desk, working in the yard, listening to music, or bathing. I highly recommend it during intense encounters (at the on-set of stressful moments). The point is to start the process, and over time it will become second nature.
I consider deep breathing to be priceless, its benefits are life altering – a worthy investment.
One of my favorite books on Deep Breathing
~Donna Farhi~The Breathing Book
Stormie facilitates workshops on Deep Breathing
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