Tip Tuesday: How to Be and breathe (Video Version)


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"Just relax," is easier said than done

I think I have asthma,” I told my doctor.

“What makes you say that?” She asked.

“Sometimes I feel like I can’t take a deep breath,” I answered.

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After a thorough examination, she determined that my lungs and bronchial tubes were healthy, and I did not have allergies. My breathing issues were not physical but instead a product of stress and muscle tension.

She suggested I learn to relax. 

At the time, that was easier said than done.  But over the next two decades I adopted and refined a yoga and meditation practice, both of which teach mindful breathing. I eventually determined that my breathing problem was not that I couldn’t breathe in but that I wasn’t breathing out. 

I was so full of stress and tension, I could not let go of one breath to get another.

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I practiced for years with one meditation technique after another until I found one (eventually several) that work for me.  I can’t say that I’ve completely recovered all these years later. Sometimes, I still feel the breath being squeezed out of me, but now I know what to do:

·        Find a peaceful place to sit with proper posture.

·        Either close my eyes or find a fixed point to focus on.

·        Breathe out slowly 1,2,3,4…

·        In slowly 1,2,3,4…

·        Repeat. Slowly.  

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