Fill your lungs, then use your stomach, your diaphragm to purposefully continue filling your body with as much air as it can hold.
Take a moment to realize how much extra air you can inhale beyond your usual, weaker breaths.
As you slowly exhale, allow your body to relax. Once you feel you have exhaled enough, keep going. Use your diaphragm once more to purposefully press the air out of your lungs.
Hold still a moment, completely empty, and understand how much air you usually hold onto.
Slowly relax again and begin to breathe slowly, calmly, but deeply. You may feel light-headed for a moment. Let your breathing return to normal.
We are capable of so much more than we think. Our limits are hardly ever reached. To reach them takes thought, intention, desire, and calm strength.
Once a day, take 1 breath. You can do that. I know you can. All the way in, all the way out.
The physical benefits are actually pretty extreme, but the most important is what I think of as an aerial massage. You are stretching muscles and organs in a way that promotes circulation, strength, and relaxation all at once.
The psychological benefits are intense. Like counting to 10, one deep breath takes you out of your situation and reminds you of the basics. How important is your stressor? Does feeling anxious and rushed help or hinder you in completing your tasks?
I’m not telling you to exercise 30 minutes, buy a fancy machine or new sneakers, figure out a schedule or diet or sport. I’m saying take one breath everyday that is just for you.
Maybe while your coffee is reheating in the microwave. Maybe right after you brush your teeth. Maybe in line at the grocery store. It doesn’t take time or equipment or anything. It’s that simple, really.
Just breathe, once, and remember your potential.
I love you,