“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom” – James Allen.
In part 1 of this series, you learnt that you have a choice between responding to your life’s circumstances on the one hand and reacting negatively to it on the other hand. Responding corresponds to a higher level of awareness or use of your inner wisdom that leads to inner peace.
We have many tools we can benefit from to return to a state of peace and wellness. I am about to share one of these tools today.
You learnt in part 1 that the first path to inner peace is to take 100% responsibility for your life.
In this episode, you will learn that the second path to sustained inner peace is to take a deep breath.
Even though breathing is something we do naturally. Breathing exercises are beneficial when you feel stressed out, unfit, and you overthink.
Let us observe what happens when you are in the company of people who babble and those who speak slowly.
Have you noticed how babbling friends, relatives or colleagues never pause to take a deep breath between their words and ultimately feel exhausted? When you are in their company, you feel as stressed out as they are at the end of the conversation. It feels like the passing of a tornado.
To their credit, people who babble do so naturally, or it could be a sign of shyness and nervousness. They tend to dislike silence and feel uncomfortable in it. If this is you, I recommend that you stop for a moment, take a deep breath and pay attention to your breathing.
People who speak slowly tend to take their time to analyze every word they say. They are more paused, calmer and it denotes more likeable energy to experience. You can observe for yourself if this is true. In fact, the more you have peace of mind, the more sensitive you become to the vibration of both energies, one which feels very agitated and one which feels calmer.
Should you want to feel calmer, according to scientific research, controlling your breathing has many benefits. It
- calms your brain,
- regulates blood pressure,
- enhances your memory,
- boosts your immune system and
- improves your energy metabolism.
A busy or agitated mind lacks discernment and clarity and is overburdened. Therefore through a gentle breathing exercise, you calm the mind.
This is what we are about to do now:
Before we do the breathing exercise, we need to relax the body. Find a comfortable position and quiet space. If this is not possible, you can find a quiet moment and do this exercise while at work.
- Close your eyes lightly, relax your spine, back, shoulders, arms, legs, feet, head, face, chest and tummy area.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose from the tummy, and as you breathe out slowly through your mouth, relax your body even more. Do not worry if you start thinking about something. Just refocus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth exercise.
- Repeat this at least six more times.
Take the time to observe what is going on. How do you feel? Do you have a sense of lightness, comfort and ease?
Whenever you feel overwhelmed, stop and take a deep breath to calm your mind.
Key step to accelerate your success:
- Take a deep breath.
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