The One Breath Series is for everyone who ‘doesn’t have time for that’ yet really wants to find more presence or peace of mind (be less frazzled) to meet the challenges presented throughout a busy day.
Upon reflection, many people find they hold their breath when they are stressed or frustrated. Attention on the Breath is a good practice to start with as it shows how even a brief breath awareness practice can calm the nervous system. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to the brain and activates the body’s parasympathetic response, improving vagal tone which is directly linked to increased focus and calmness.
Incorporating small intervals of breathing practice throughout your day will help you accumulate the benefits and stay present for the activities that truly require your attention.
I know how challenging it can be to integrate these practices. There is a perception that there is so much to do and not enough time. When you do take the time, the phone rings or an email dings with an ‘urgent’ message. Even as I attempted to record this, an ambulance went by, the lawn mowers started outside and my dog bounded in, breathing heavily in my face. Life continues happening. Incorporating this type of practice helps us become more resilient and respond from our best selves in the face of whatever life gives us.
Don’t just take my word for it, experience it for yourself.
These brief practices will begin the process of creating a new habit.
One of awareness.
Awareness of breath and awareness of mind. Utilizing mindfulness and body awareness tools to connect to the present helps you cultivate a more relaxed, calm and focused self.