Every day is a new beginning holding new promise, untapped potential, and unknown treasure. This is your reminder to take a deep breath, to really take in this life, and to be mindful enough to realize that, in this moment, you are okay.
“You’ll be fine… Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time.” – Louis C.K.
Become a Calm Center in the Eye of the Storm
Whether calm or chaos, conscious breathing is my anchor.
Whether you’re experiencing bliss or chaos, a deep breath is always appropriate. Our breath can actually move us from chaos to calm in an instant, anchoring us in a more positive and stable emotional state.
By connecting with our breath, we’re able to find peace, even if just for that short span of time. In that short moment of peace, however, we cultivate a calm center from which we can draw from and build upon–that one peaceful moment can cause a chain reaction of many peaceful moments. String them together, and we create a solid foundation where we can plant ourselves during times of stress and bliss alike.
We become the sky and everything else (as Pema Chodron would suggest) is just the weather.
When we take a deep breath, we contact a core that can hold us steady and calm while maintaining our stance in a difficult moment. Deep breathing is a way to center ourselves in the moment with a newfound resilience and a fresh perspective. The simple conscious act unites mind and body, and encourages a creative outlook where our eyes are not shut by fear but open to possibility.
Feelings come and go. Let conscious breathing be your anchor.
Have Presence and Reverence
With each breath, I am reminded that I am connected to everything, and that everything will be okay.
This day–this very waking moment–is worthy of your attention and appreciation. It is only through our presence and gratitude, after all, that we can truly embrace all the happiness that’s available to us.
Much of our stress is caused by worrying about the future or fretting about the past. Deep breathing activates the body’s natural relaxation response, a “physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress.” It is scientifically proven to slow your heart rate and signal to your body that it’s time to rest rather than fight.
Taking a deep breath is a very physical reminder that, in this moment, you are okay.
Inhaling this moment with full concentration on your breath, realizing that this is a gift and it’s called “Life,” it may well be impossible to worry in the same beat. “One conscious breath in and out is a meditation,” as Eckhart Tolle notes. Holding onto this moment before you exhale completely allows you the opportunity to regard what’s truly important in your life. There is no room for anxiety when you’re overwhelmed with gratitude.
String enough of these present-minded, appreciative, calming moments together, and there’s a really good chance your life will become much more peaceful. Every single second grants you another chance to take a deep breath, and to use this chance to make a choice: will you take things for granted or will you take them with gratitude?
Take a Deep Breath
I allow myself the space to breathe deeply.
Give yourself permission to take a deep breath. Try it, right now…
Allow yourself the space to breathe, both physically and emotionally. Consider this time a stoppage to the onslaught of ceaseless thoughts and activity. Instead of reacting to the stress or the worry or the anger, stop and breathe. Focus only on this one breath. This is life.
A wonderful sentence from MJ Durkin, networking trainer and author, speaks beautifully to the fresh chance we have in each moment: “Breathe in the fresh air of the freedom to create your own mood rather than the stale air of being a prisoner of circumstance.”
You don’t always need a plan. You don’t always need a clever reaction. You don’t always need to keep going down the road you’re going down. You can let go and you can start all over again. Only with a serene mind can we perceive the depth of beauty. One deep breath is a good starting point.
- In the midst of chaos and confusion, can you stop and take a deep breath?
- How do you remain calm in the middle of the storm?
- When has your breath pulled you through something stressful?
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“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” – Sylvia Plath
Free watercolor texture by Sabine Fischer; lettering by Aim Happy.