Air is life and breath, a measure of living. Have you ever noticed the first thing you do when you’re afraid is that you hold your breath? And the first thing you do when you feel strong and in your power? You take a deep breath. You suppress emotions by shutting down your breathing. Shallow breathing is a sure sign you are in fear and not in present time. If your breathing is shallow, so is your life.
Many of us are shallow breathers. We were taught to suppress our emotions early on in life. We have frequently heard commands such as, “Don’t cry”, “You shouldn’t feel that way”, etc. When we suppress our emotions, all the energy that goes into them doesn’t magically disappear. It gets pushed into our bodies and trapped at a cellular level and congests over time. This puts a lot of stress on us and eventually, our bodies break down with disease.
There is an extremely simple trick I have shared with many of my friends and clients over the years, and I’m glad to share it with you now. Every time (and I mean every time) you catch yourself holding your breath, remind yourself to take a deep breath. Start training yourself immediately! Don’t stop until you don’t have to even remind yourself anymore, and it becomes unconscious and a habit!
A good friend and client of mine who is running a few successful businesses told me this is one of the most powerful things I’ve shared with him. He’ll be sitting in a business meeting, and he’ll look around the room at the other people. Everyone else seems to be holding their breath with fear and stress. He’ll remember to take a deep breath and immediately, feels his energy open up, and he relaxes. He’s able to get into the present moment where everyone is more effective.
Breathing is a metaphor for how we live our lives. Remember to breathe in the gift of life, and don’t forget to…
Remember your passion!
Best, Maren Nelson
Minister of Mind/Body Healing
Life Breath Integrations