TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Breath is such a fascinating thing. We don't think about it but it is such an integral part to everything. Our existence starts and ends with breath. Having asthma since I was a child, I am a little bit more focused on it than most and have often struggled to keep it calm and steady.
The assignment: today, if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, I want you to simply breathe.
At Canyon Ranch, I took an hour-long course in how to breathe. I learned a ton but what most surprised me was that you get oxygen in your lungs through your exhale. Fascinating. Through the exercises, I managed to slow my breath down and took four or five inhales and exhales in a minute. I then returned to my life of stress and anxiety and quickly forgot the lessons.
That was a couple of years ago. Now, controlling my breath is how I manage stress. When I am in stress or pain I hold my breath. I have to stop and remind myself to breathe. Every day as I enter into my meditation practice I know that it's all about the breath. Once I have control over it I am able to get right into a state of complete focus and relaxation. It slows me down and has me centred in the moment.
In, 2, 3, out 2, 3. I can now ease my body into a state of complete contentment after a few simple big breaths. It has taken about six months to completely master the technique but now that I have it's hard for me to remember how I managed my life without it!
Like Bree Hester, I believe you choose to be happy. Sure there are bad (out of your control) things that happen, but how you handle them is completely up to you. Your choices are your responsibility - there is no blame, no shame, no nothing but accountability. Your attitude is your decision. I choose to be happy. Happy within the context of not wearing the proverbial rose-coloured glasses or any expectation that those who populate my life have made the same choice :) Last October, Bree put together 31 DAYS TO A HAPPIER YOU and, armed with her PDF, I'm using March - that dreary time between winter and spring that seems to drag on forever - to make the conscious choice to be happy every day this month!