Sunday Thoughts (breathe in, breathe out…)

Normally on a Sunday I like to share my thoughts, and give a little perspective on life and health.

Today's a little different.

Yes, I have some thoughts to share. And it has to do with health.

After all, that's what I do.

But if you're feeling like I have lately, you may need a quick fix to reset yourself a bit. Because if you haven't noticed, our world has gone cuckoo.

So with that in mind, here's what I want you to do.

Take a moment to pause – right now – and follow your breath in and out, 3 times.

In-out. In-out. In-out.

Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Let your breath settle into its own natural rhythm.

As you simply follow your breath in and out, take notice of your chest and belly, and watch them rise and then fall.

Very simple stuff, don't you think? But when you're done, take notice how different you feel.

Careful, "mindful" breathing is not a new thing. Clearly you've been breathing your whole life.

But this year, with chaos and tragedy swirling all around, we can easily forget to take full breaths.

We're flipping back and forth from one crisis to the next, powered by anxiousness and urgency.

We're often left stuck in a "fight or flight" mode that has us in a constant state of emergency inside.

And yet, with a few long, calm, deep (really deep) breaths, we disrupt that stress response in our bodies. We can take a step back, and start to see things more clearly.

Do this and you'll respond to the things around you more calmly. And spare ourselves the snap (or poor) decisions we can make.

Things you'd never do if you were feeling grounded.

If you take a moment each day to just breathe, you'll be doing yourself a world of good. You're resetting the course for your day in an instant.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. And be safe out there.

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Comments

david croom - October 19, 2020

thanks jeff. Yep. All it takes some deep breaths, walking, just doing nothing for more than 30 seconds(commercial). How about at least an hour or two:)

David Snyder - October 19, 2020

I have just been through a month of what I believe was corvid 19. Although I was screened I had all the symptoms with the exception of a fever. I did have pneumonia. You talk about not being able to breathe! The last couple days I’ve felt like a human being again. Your breathing exercises would be a benefit to all. Thanks for the idea.

Calvin W Ellison - October 19, 2020

Thank You for the emails. Great follow up and ads to get with when the money is on hand.
As an old 60’s Paratrooper SGT and great grandfather, I look to ways to help my large family
with stay on watch with the crazy looking future we all have pushing week faith and confusion,
that comes from all over the world.

Angela Johnson - October 19, 2020

Thanks for the reminder to stop and take a moment to ground and get back to my personal rhythm. God speed to you all this next week as we all continue to adjust on a daily basis.

Ada-Lou Ellett - October 19, 2020

I don’t know if you ever share videos but this is one of the most beautiful uplifting 1 minute videos of God and Nature. It connects perfectly with your post on breathing (which, as a physio, I teach regularly)
https://wm-no.glb.shawcable.net/service/home/~/?auth=co&loc=en&id=266548&part=2

Cristina - October 19, 2020

Jeff thank you for your inspirational blog, products, and desire to prepare Americans for the unthinkable….Thanking GOD for you all. Continued blessings!!

Father Karl A Claver - October 19, 2020

Thank you very much for your inspirational messages. They are always very helpful. My dogs love the powder I mix in with their food, and I will be ordering more of that when I run out. Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you!

carol Kossifos - October 19, 2020

Thank you Jeff for reminding me to breathe mindfully. I am going through alot of stress and anxiety and it is overwhelming for me. You’re message was God sent. You have a beautiful weekend which is almost over.
God Bless
Carol Kossifos

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