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Optimum Times for Your Breathing Practice

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Experts will tell you that first thing in the morning and last thing at night are excellent times for a breathing practice. This is because the conscious mind is quiet at these times, making the subconscious easier to access.

I agree with this.   However, I’ve found that any time is a good time to take a moment and do your breathing practice!

Here are times when I pause to breathe slowly, deeply, and gently:

  • during rush hour traffic!!!!
  • when there is a lot of pressure at work;
  • when co-workers, friends, family, loved ones are getting on my nerves;
  • when I feel overwhelmed, scattered, and don’t know what to do next;
  • when I’m worried, anxious, or fretting over something;
  • when I’m sad (it helps me process the sadness and understand where it’s coming from)
  • when I’m angry or frustrated or feeling impatient;
  • when I’m disappointed or feeling discouraged….

I find that when I take 5 minutes to do a slow, deep, gentle breathing practice I gain control of my emotions. I can take a longer view of situations and feel more hopeful about my options. I may still have uncomfortable feelings but they are no longer running the show. I can experience them without being steamrolled by them.

Turn to your breathing practice the next time you’re feeling out of sorts. Let me know how it works out for you.

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Breathing Slow and Easy

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Sometimes we get ourselves all gummed up about the things we want to do. We over-think them and make them way more complicated than they need to be.

 

Is this how you’re feeling–frustrated because this seems to hard and is too much to handle? I know I’ve caught myself nearly hyperventilating because I was thinking too much about breathing into my diaphragm then into my lungs and trying to really fill them all the way up to the tippy top.

Oy!

I had to remind myself that all we’re intending to do with this breathing exercise is to slow down and to allow the breath to come into and out of our bodies gently and naturally.   When we slow down, we relax (at least a little bit!). When we relax our muscles aren’t constricting our torsos and abdomens and our bodies can then naturally breathe deeper.

This isn’t about forcing air in or forcing it out. It isn’t about filling our lungs so full that we feel as if we’ll pop!

Slow and easy.   That’s what it’s all about.

Take 5 minutes right now to sit quietly, relax your chest and neck, and slowly, gently, allow the air to come into your body. Then slowly and gently allow the air to leave your body. Repeat this sequence for 5 minutes. I’ll bet you’ll feel better afterward!

Let me know in the comments below! Thanks!

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Your gently and slowly breathing Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Time to Breathe

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5 minutes. That’s all it takes.

Today, gift yourself with a few moments to sit quietly and breathe.

Let your body relax for a few moments. Let your muscles unfurl and allow your bones and skeleton to do its work and hold you up.   If you are sitting or lying down, allow the chair or bed to support you and hold your weight. Your body, your muscles, tendons, ligaments, can all let go and relax.

Now, take a long slow deep breath in. Allow the air to come into your lungs rather than forcing it in. How ever the air is coming into your body on the intake is just fine.

Now, allow that breath to slowly leave your lungs. How ever it leaves your body is just fine. If you can expel deeply, getting out all the old, stale air at the bottom and the edges of your lungs, then that is fine.   If not, that is fine, too.

How ever you are slowly and deeply breathing in and slowly and deeply breathing out is just fine.

Relax.

You’re doing it right!

 

 

Breathe in long, slow, and deep.

Now breathe out as slowly and deeply as you can.

 

Breathe in long, slow, and deep.

Now breathe out as slowly and deeply as you can.

 

Breathe in long, slow, and deep.

Now breathe out as slowly and deeply as you can.

 

 

Do this for at least 5 minutes. It’s fine to do this longer but even just 5 minutes is amazingly beneficial.

Enjoy! Have fun with this! You are doing it just right!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Point #1 of Sitting in Silence – Sitting in Silence Day 3

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The world is a place filled with all sorts of uproar and rushing and confusion.  Don’t you ever want to step to the side out of the way and sit down to catch your breath—or even lay down and take a nap?

Exactly. 

Sitting in silence allows you to move out of the pandemonium of the world and into your private haven of peace.

If you haven’t already, take a moment to sit in silence right now.  If you’ve already done this, take this moment to do it again.  Feel the peace.  Allow it to infuse your body, mind, and spirit.

Something Better is Up Ahead! 

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Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Sitting in Silence – Do it Now! Day 2

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If you haven’t already sat in silence today, take a moment to do it right now.  If you’ve already done this, take this moment to do it again. 

Something Better is Up Ahead!  But it won’t *just happen*; you have to help it along.  One way to do that is by regularly sitting in silence.  As explained in yesterday’s post, this will help you hear your Inner Wisdom.  It’s by following your Inner Wisdom that you craft your soul-prospering life.

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.  Thank you!  Also, remember to forward these posts to your friends and family.  Thank you!

Something Better is Up Ahead!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Inner Wisdom Through Silence: Day 1

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Now that we’ve done a little cleaning and clearing of our environments as well as our minds and emotions, we have a little bit of space. 

That means we have room for Silence.

Even if it’s only a tiny smidgen of room, it’s enough.

It’s through Silence that we can re-train ourselves to sense our Inner Wisdom.

Ideally, sit in Silence at the beginning of the day and then again right before bed.  If this doesn’t work for you, then any time is a good time.  Silence can be very restorative—and restful.

It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out thing—a few minutes can be beneficial.  You don’t have to hold any particular position such as sitting in a lotus position.  You don’t have to wear any type of special clothing—regular clothes or even your jammies will do.  No special equipment is needed either.

All you need is yourself and a few minutes to just sit quietly.

When in Silence, sense the world around you—are there birds chirping?  Do you hear traffic sounds?  Is the sun just coming up—can you feel its warmth?  Can you taste the breeze or do you notice the scent of the fresh air? 

After doing this for a few minutes, turn your senses inward.  Are you hearing the Still Small Voice?  Do you feel a tug or a pull of a desire? 

No worries if you don’t sense your Inner Wisdom now.  And don’t worry if it seems like the only thing on the inside of you is Monkey Mind, or worry or sadness, or frustration.  Listening to these, really listening as if it’s a beloved loved one trusting you with their fears, disappointments, and annoyances, you’ll gain valuable insights.  Keep listening and soon you’ll sense your Inner Wisdom lovingly and gently offering comfort and help. 

Your Inner Wisdom has always been right there for you.  It’s there for you now and it will always be there for you, no matter what.

Don’t worry or be afraid or be hesitant.  We’ll do this together.  We’ll help each other and hold each other’s hand.  No worries!

Remember, we’re doing this because Something Better is Up Ahead!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren