You know what’s pretty incredible? The fact that we can breathe.
Not only that, but with every single breath we take we have access to clean, fresh air. We don’t have to put forth any effort – our bodies do this automatically for us!
The amount of oxygen we allow ourselves to take in directly relates to the amount of life we allow ourselves to take in.
For instance, sometimes I notice I’m holding my breath when I’m in the middle of something stressful. When I do this, I know that on a subconscious level I don’t feel safe. I’ve reverted to fear based thoughts like: “I need to stay in control, worry, or figure this out.” AKA- “I’m not fully taken care of and supported by life.”
On the other hand, when my breathing is relaxed, open and full, I’m usually in a more positive space and subconsciously thinking: “Life flows in perfect harmony. It’s safe for me to be present and trust in the process of life.”
Have you ever noticed how your mood and your breathing are connected?
Taking a few relaxing, full inhales and exhales can do wonders to your mood. When you breathe steadily and openly, you signal to your brain that you’re safe, and your nervous systems will naturally begin to calm down. On the other hand, when your breathing is short, your amygdala (the part of your brain that monitors your “fight or flight” response in stressful situations) is usually stimulated. In “fight or flight” mode our bodies don’t recognize the difference between “tiger chasing me” stress versus “how am I going to pay the bills” stress, so we tend to be on edge either way.
As you calm your breath, you’ll calm your body. I don’t know about you, but I’m much happier when I’m not running from a tiger (or worrying about first world problems).
The way you breathe is the way you allow life to flow through you. Are you open, and allowing yourself to receive fully?
Take a breath with me: Roll your shoulders back and down. Breathe all the way down into your belly and notice how open and calming that feels. 🙂 Do this a few times today, and notice what happens. I’d love to hear how if it changes your mood or your day.
Here’s to letting life flow,
Erin DiAngelis is a health to wealth coach, speaker and yogi. She specializes in helping clients heal their relationship with their body and food, without dieting, so they can create more money, love and happiness in their lives. When she’s not coaching, you can find her running on the beach, planning her next travel adventure, or doing yoga. You can connect with her at www.erindiangelis.com.