Breathe In, Breathe Out
Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. Thank you Oprah Winfrey! We are not meant to live out our entire lives in one day, hence the saying, “take it one day at a time” or in this case one breath at a time. We go beyond a normal limit running ourselves completely into the ground; attempting to be the clock of life. To breathe; it is an essential component of life, and must be maintained from the first to the last breath of life. Physiologically, it sustains life by providing oxygen needed for metabolism and removing the by-product of these reactions, carbon dioxide. On the contrary, when you breathe out, you activate the parasympathetic (WHOA! big word alert!) nervous system, which is responsible for things like relaxation, rejuvenation and digestion. Obviously, we need to perform both functions, but the ways in which we go about it can make the difference between revving ourselves up or calming ourselves down. So, how’s your breathing?
We become dysfunctional when we are unable to breathe efficiently or when breathing is incongruous, obstructive or inefficient in responding to environmental conditions and our ever-changing needs. We conquer the anxieties of life when we breathe. Deep breathing can spark an emotional and physical state of deep rest. So let it go! It's a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you to breathe air in and out; legs that allow you to climb mountains, arms to embrace a heart that loves without conditions. And oh what a shame that sometimes we don't realize that it is enough. You don’t have to be shaken by unexpected things. Sometimes you need to stop and clear your mind; breathe in, breathe out, and surrender yourself. Amid Ray said it wonderfully, “now live in the moment, live in the breath!”
Let go of the struggle and fully release anything that is not working in your life anymore.
So what are you waiting for….breathe!