Life Breathing Some Suggestions
Bret Lyon, PhD
Notice when you're breathing and when you're not. Most of us hold our
breath for short intervals many times a day. When you notice you're not
breathing or your breathing is short and shallow breathe!
Yawning and sighing are great ways to start the breathing process as they
are both powerful forms of exhaling. If you can get away with it, let
the yawn or sigh be as loud as possible and don't cover your mouth.
Also notice what's happening in your life when your breathing is restricted.
Often there is a tension, unpleasantness and a not wanting to be there
that you might not even be aware of. One question you could ask yourself
is, "What is it I don't want to feel right now?"
And notice the breathing of the people around you. We often pick up other's
breathing patterns through empathy. Remember, you can help them, as well
as yourself, by consciously breathing deeply. You might even remind them
to breathe, especially if they are in an emotional or tight place. Helping
someone (including yourself) to breathe more deeply is perhaps the first
thing to do in a stressful situation.
Full breathing also helps to soften and ultimately lessen both physical
and emotional pain. So "breathe into it." Also, remember to breathe both
when you talk and when you listen. Some of us tend to run on when we talk,
not leaving the pauses others need to assimilate what we are saying. The
pause is the most effective tool in being clear and being heard. Breathing
while listening is the best way to avoid that glazed look and feeling
we sometimes get when someone else is talking.
Remember, breathing fully and regularly keeps us more aware of what's
going on around us and what's going on inside us both physically
and emotionally. It also keeps us sharper mentally. If you become more
conscious of your breathing and that of others in all situations
and if you breathe more continuously, you will enjoy life a lot more and
find yourself getting more done with less effort.