Before we jump in, let us take a mindful moment to send deep healing thoughts to Sharon as she recovers from her health emergency. This program she and her team have put together is top quality, and the fact that she shares it annually on a donation basis demonstrates exceptional compassion and leadership. I know I speak for us all in wishing her a fast and full recovery!
Today’s meditation was super insightful for me. I have a life-long habit of short, shallow breathing. Over the past decade, mindfulness practices have helped me consciously improve the depth and quality of my breathing, but my old habit is still not entirely broken.
Slow, deepened breathing activates our parasympathetic nervous system. It takes our body out of “fight or flight” mode and puts us in “rest and repair” mode.
Daily breathing exercises help us physically in countless ways, such as lowering blood pressure, decreasing the production of stress hormones, improving our immune systems, and helping us digest food more effectively.
Daily breathing exercises also help us as Whole-Life Leaders. Maintaining a degree of awareness on our breath helps us to stay aligned with our Best Self. It helps create a sense of spaciousness around whatever is happening so that we can respond from wholeness instead of react from fear, frustration, or overwhelm. It helps us stay focused on what is most important, so that we can live intentionally and achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
What has breath awareness taught you this month?