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Why Breathing is Next?

There’s busy and then there’s busy. We all have days or periods of time when we get away from purposeful action and instead feel pulled by emergencies or other people’s agendas. We get caught in that whirlwind of activity, but not necessarily activity we’ve chosen.

Perhaps we’ve lost sight of that “white space” in our schedules. In fact, not only have we lost sight of it, we’ve completely lost it. There is none. We’re scheduled from morning until night. We’re on the go with no time to think or regroup. We can function like this for a while, but soon overwhelm, exhaustion, and confusion sets in.

It’s time. It’s time to pause. It’s time to stop and take a few deep, long breaths. Before doing that next thing…stop. Before making that next decision…stop. Just breathe. Nice and slowly. Breathe. Regroup.

Next will become clearer. Next will become more purposeful.

Have you experienced the power of breathing? Has it helped you reset where you are? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.




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Reader Comments (8)

Linda, I am actually what they call a breath holder. I hold my breath and hold and hold, and forget to take a big cleansing breath, or breath out. Reading this I just did, so thank you. Exercise is a must for me, it helps me take that deep breath I don't do on a normal basis.

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I am actually a big believer in breathing. A deep breath is like "instant perspective!" When I feel my shoulders hunching up, or the anxiety building, I often try and close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. Of course, it helps if it is a beautiful Spring day:)

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

In some ocassions I want to do too much and forget to do that little thing breath is. As you say we cramped the calendar with appoinments, events, and things to do and never think in having time for ourselves. Since I'm taking thanathology classes I learned to think hard about time. Manage time taking in account personal time not just work or learning or time with others, ME time is just as important as the working time.

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I have post-its that say B.R.E.A.T.H.E. everywhere - my computer, my bills drawer, my bathroom mirror, by a clock, etc. I have to move them around, as they "start to blend in" with everything else. Thanks for the reminder!

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Fulks

Thanks for this reminder Linda!

I admit finding myself frequently caught up in the turmoil of everyday demands. When I find myself nervously biting my lip, or sensing the tension in my shoulders, I realize it's time to 'stop!' I've been known to actually pull off the side of the road to take some much needed moments to do just that...breathe...deep conscious breathing...the grounding kind that reminds me that 'I am.' A type of meditation I guess, but it really works! I think the trick for all of us is to recognize when we're being pulled the wrong way before we get trapped into the snare of chaos. It does take a special type of mindful self-awareness, but it's a survival skill that can be learned.

March 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Delson

Looks like we all could use a nice deep, long series of breaths. Wonderful to hear from all of you.

@Jill- Great awareness you have about breath holding. I'm glad you were able to exhale with us.

@Seana- Love the idea you shared about a deep breath bringing "instant perspective." Lovely.

@Nacho- And I guess some of that "ME time" might include some deep breathing.

@Karen- What a unique idea to include the visual clue to BREATHE. Also interesting that the post-it notes can get "lost" in our visual environment if we become too accustomed to them. Great that you moved your notes to be visible again.

@Sheila- Powerful words… "recognize when we're being pulled the wrong way before we get trapped into the snare of chaos." Taking a deep breath is doable mindfulness.

March 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this post! It's true that with breathing we create clarity. The "breath" could be in many different forms, from going to a green space, getting hydrated or eating protein, or connecting with others. I love tapping into our best way to do this.

March 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- Isn't it interesting how such a simple strategy can make all the difference in bringing about clarity and calm? That breath can take other forms as you suggested. We can still come back to the basics of just breathing and paying attention to the inhales and exhales. It's something tee all do, but not necessarily consciously.

March 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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