So breathing is not over-rated. I appreciate this most when my son has need of his rescue-inhaler. This only happens a few times a year, normally in response to close contact with a moldy, musty environment (used books stores are one of his favorite haunts) or a cold. Taking a deep, cleansing breath is underappreciated by the vast majority of us.
Here’s a few other things deep breathing does for you:
I think the best thing deep breathing does for me – is slow me down. It forces me to put an intentional pause in my day. Life is already going by at much too fast of a pace. I don’t want to miss a moment. Deep breathing reminds me to be present.
This week’s Challenge for an Intentional Life:
Breathe. Not just any ole’ gasp, but really breathe. Inhale deeply for 3 counts, hold for 3 counts (this is important) and exhale for 6 counts. Do it ten times every day.
To breathe like this, you’ll have to pay attention. It helps if you close your eyes. I find the best place for my ten intentional breaths is in the shower. I’m always looking for a reason to linger under the warm spray (that’s why I also floss my teeth in the shower!). If the shower isn’t your thing, here’s a few more places to breathe intentionally –
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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