In 1968, a prominent Harvard psychologist, Ram Dass (aka. Dr. Richard Alpert) began teaching his students the important of breathing and mindfulness.
He is famously quoted saying, "The best thing we can do for eachother is work on ourselves."
In the flood of today's information-crazed world this sentiment stands out and feels especially important.
It's too easy to let outside forces like media, politics, and other's opinions control our mind and mood.
Breathing deeply is a practice that has the ability to center our energy back into our bodies, releasing the tension of the mind. This practice assists us in shifting from a reactive to a receptive state.
In scientific terms, we shift from the predominant use of our sympathetic nervous system to our parasympathetic nervous system.
When we shift from reactive to receptive we become much more effective at creating the lasting change we desire in our lives. Our expression becomes more authentic, intentional, and effortless.
And that feels pretty dang good.
All of our energy, whether calm or frazzled, has an impact on our well-being as well as our loved ones. We are able to show up more while in our relationships, with a little more compassion, patience, and curiosity.
As Ram Dass so beautifully pointed out, by nurturing ourselves first, we indirectly begin taking care of others in the most important of ways.
The most common side effects of practicing deep breathing are:
♡ Feeling connected to our sense of purpose
♡ Being less reactive and more receptive
♡ Improved sleep
♡ Overall better health
♡ Incease of self-esteem
Here is a quick & simple exercise:
For a fascinating and more introspective look at the power of breathing check out this TED, by author of "A Life Worth Breathing", Max Strom:
I am inspired by the results of this practice in my own life and my hope is that you find this information of benefit for yourself and loved ones.
Thank you for reading, from my heart to yours.