Allowed to Thrive
Written by Kris Montigny
So, how’s your breathing been? Have you noticed it become easier or more stressed over the past few months? Stressful times too frequently create a stressful body and mind, which in turn creates stressful breathing. And even if you feel your breathing is easy, maybe, just maybe, it can be even easier.
In case you missed them, I posted 2 other entries on our blog about Easy Breathing. The 1st was The Double Exhale, an easy and quick way to use your breath to calm down any time you’re nervous, fearful or anxious. The 2nd was Part 1 of 2, which had you look and feel more closely your normal breathing patterns, and perhaps helped you soften even more into a fuller breath. Because a bigger breath is not necessarily a fuller or deeper breath.
Take an easy, full breath in, and allow your breath to release naturally and fully. What did you notice? Where did you inhale end, and what did it feel like? Where did your exhale end, and how did that feel? What is an easy breath, in or out? Are you breathing easily?
Do this a few more times. Easy, full breaths in and out, but without pushing, pulling, forcing or straining. Notice how you, your body, your mind, your breathing feels as you take a few more easy and full breaths in and out.
You may know that I pretty much never say, “Take a full or deep breath in," in class. So why did I say it just a moment ago? Simply to let you feel your body a little bit differently. To feel where and how you breathe and what that may mean.
Now return to your normal breathing pattern and pacing. No need to do anything deliberate. Simply return to breathing normally.
What do you notice?
It’s scary out there. You don’t know if you’re sick, or if your family is safe. You’re angry. How did this happen? How could this happen? When will this end? And how?
In these uncertain times, with the never-ending updates and speculations, you may be stuck in a stress-induced inhalation. Stuck there. Waiting for the news to tell you something more, something that will help you relax and return to normal. When we are startled, we often get stuck in a partial, sharp, inhalation. An inhalation we may not fully release.
Help is just a breath or two away.
Here is a simple stress-reducing breathing technique that you can use anywhere, and at any time.