Did you know that you take roughly 720 - 960 breaths every hour? And how many breaths do you actually notice? Probably not many, if any at all.
Our bodies know exactly what to do to keep us alive. Our hearts beat, we digest food and we breathe all day long, but don’t even do it consciously. Sometimes we get emotionally disconnected from our bodies and we just need to get grounded and be back in the present moment. Or we need to take a break from whatever it is that is triggering us or causing us emotional discomfort.
You have the power to change how you feel in the moment. The easiest way to get present and in alignment with who we truly are is to take a break and breathe deeply.
When we do this, we activate our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest state) which induces feelings of calm and relaxation. And who doesn’t need more of that???
Here’s how.......you can do this with your eyes open or closed.
🌸 Get still
🌸 Inhale through your nose for a count of five
🌸 Pause for a count of five
🌸 Exhale through your nose for a count of five
If five is too intense, try three counts or less. Whatever is comfortable.
The key here is to notice your breath, be in the present moment and connect back with your body. Also notice anything that is coming up for you while you do this practice. You may notice some new insights or mindsets bubbling up.
So if you followed with me, how do you feel now? Better right?
And when you add essential oils to your breath work, it takes it to a whole new level. More on this in my next blog ;)
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