Take Refuge in the Breath
Our most powerful aid to transform our lives resides in the breath.
The breath inspires, creates space, and allows for a release to flow.
Our life force, our connection from mind-body to soul, and our link to each other lies within the awareness of the breath.
The practice of breath awareness allows us to clear our minds by focusing on one action: breathing.
Notice your breath throughout the day, when you are happy, sad, frustrated, and joyful. Notice the breath when you are in an argument, stressed out, before you sleep, or at times of deep love and admiration. With this practice of awareness you may begin to notice how the breath clearly links to our moods, thoughts, and actions. Short and shallow breathing place the sympathetic nervous system ("fight, flight, and freeze") in control. Deep, long, and controlled breathing place the parasympathetic nervous system in control ("rest and digest"), which produces a state of equilibrium, resets our hormonal levels, lowers blood pressure, eases tension, releases stress and anxiety, gives time to heal and relax. Simply by becoming aware of the breath and realizing that we have the ability to change our reaction to the experiences of our lives can bring about great transformation towards a joyful and balanced life.
Tips to start your practice on Breath Awareness
- Sync your breathing to the gif.
- Notice your breath throughout the day.
- Learn more about the practices of Pranayama.
- Add 3 deep breaths to your morning routine.
- At times of stress take 10 breaths, counting each one.
- Listen to the guided meditation below.