Infused Breathing

Happy September!

We did it! We moved again and I love our tiny, new place!  We moved into temporary housing – a beautiful, cozy, two-bedroom apartment – I feel like I’m 20 again – just with three little kids in one room. The kids started school, and we all have been off and running… All really good stuff, and super busy! That’s a picture of me with a view from my balcony. Click on either picture to hear a recording of this Tidbit on YouTube.

In moments though, I have been completely and utterly overwhelmed – hence no Tidbit in August! Things were moving super-fast in there and I had a really hard time slowing down or getting conscious in some moments.  I was moving on automatic pilot, at times, trying to frantically pack or unpack, fill out forms for kids, get school supplies, and get organized before and even after the school year started.

When I finally did get conscious, I noticed that in those overwhelming moments my breath was shallow. I felt tightness in my chest, jaw, and shoulders. And, there wasn’t much room for any kind of flow, ease or space. YUCK! I really didn’t like it there…yet there I was, anyway…

In fact, as I’m typing right now, even just remembering some of those days, I can still feel the exact same sensations in my body. So, I’m going to stop typing for a moment and close my eyes, and take some breaths (I’m typing this after I actually did it!). My ribs expand; my breath deepens and slows. I now have some space and room – even just a tiny bit.  More ease. I breathe more.  I find more space.

I use the space to imagine myself dealing with the challenges and excitement of our new home and the school year ahead, with patience, love, ease, flow, passion, and being present to all that comes, fully.

I feel a smile spread across my face.  I open my eyes and immediately close them again. I want more of my delicious vision. It sure is nice to feel connected to myself, strong, and clear. I take a few more deep and full breaths and let my breath spread this delightful, spacious, and powerful energy through my whole body and mind. I slowly open my eyes. I feel grounded, inspired and ready to live (and write) fully!  The icky stuff has cleared away – even if only for a few moments…

Your breath is powerful! Your breath can merely keep you alive. Or, it can change your life. You know how to breathe and you know how to dream. By bringing the two together, becoming conscious of your breath, deepening it and infusing it, consciously, with inspiring images, thoughts, or feelings, you are creating and even living, even if only for a moment, your vivid life.

With each infused breath you move stuck energy, old beliefs and patterns out of your body/mind and move in inspiring images, thoughts and emotions. With time, intention, and practice you’ll live into these inspiring moments at will.

You can practice this Infused Breathing anywhere; sitting at your desk, at a red light, while lying in bed, or use it as a focus for meditation.  And, this infused breathing can be even more potent when paired with a good cardio workout or deep yoga class to really get it pumping strongly into your body and cells from head to toe.

Breathe. Give yourself a gift!

This month change your life with Infused Breathing.

  1. What are three inspiring images (they can be actual images that you have seen or ones that you create in your minds-eye) that evoke the absolute best in you?
  2. Commit to pairing your breath with these images any time you remember and especially when exercising, moving, practicing yoga or meditating.
  3. When you find yourself in a stressful situation or when you need to make a decision, close your eyes take some breaths and anchor into your inspiring images, thoughts or emotions and notice the calming wisdom that you may have even more      access to.

What changes for you in your body and life when you practice infused and conscious breathing? Please post below! Can’t wait to hear.

Much Beautiful, Conscious, Infused Breathing, and Love,

Julie

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