We are all a little afraid sometimes. Sometimes we are a lot. The more we step into our truths, the more we have to bring our courage. The more we make choices about what to keep and what to let go of, the more we have to steel ourselves in our own conscious decision making. The more we strengthen our resolve, the more we have to breathe and speak kindly to ourselves.
This morning, we were given some breathwork practices from Fernando Ortega, an Instagram friend from Hawaii @breathe.minded. He's a conscious breather, training himself to use the breath as an anchor and to deepen his sense of living. It wasn't always comfortable, but it was very interesting to explore variations to the breath and the sensations it brings to the body- some calming, some invigorating.
Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, running and life require us to focus on our breath. As said in his session, it is the one essential life function we can control. If you're holding tension in your neck and find your stomach uneasy, you might have found yourself, inadvertently, to be holding your breath. We remind ourselves to expand, lengthen, inhale the good, that which we are grateful for and exhale the rest.
Exhale negativity, fear, worries, stress. As you walk throughout your day or you sit in your chair, can you become aware of the air as it enters your nasal passages, travels through your lungs and sends life giving oxygen into your body? Now more than ever, we can be grateful that we are the lucky ones who can inhale and exhale with ease. Think about it. Others with COVID or other illnesses are not so fortunate.
Let your breath become an anchor for becoming aware of your emotional state, your inner stress, your inner peace. Let it be the cue to be easier, more compassionate, or to take a pause. Let each breath be an opportunity to train your inner voice to be that of a friend.
All is well in our world.
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Author, LeeAnn Sinclair
A teacher of 19 years, a writer, a wellness advocate, fitness lover and intuitive mother to two boys, I believe that self love is the first step in helping lifting others. Our loved ones develop inner nurturing, we learn to show up in authentic ways in the world, and we discover our own potential when we take time to nurture ourselves. Our stories are our own, our voices are needed in this world, and we can change the world by lifting the vibration of our collective communities. It all starts inside our own hearts.