One Day at a Time #1 - Breathe

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2019

No matter how much money you have, no matter how much time you have, no matter how free you feel there will still be times in your life when you are triggered. 

This post is all about how taking a moment to stop and breathe can give you the power to live life one day at a time. 

Whilst the advice is not aimed at people who are struggling with life in a way that may require therapy, counselling, or a support that a post like this cannot provide, it will still be of use when you read and apply. 

God gave us the gift of breath in the moment when we came into this world. 

Without breathing we would be dead, right? 

But how much of humanity is walking dead because they are not connecting with their breath and using it to reconnect with their soul? 

Not many! And certainly not many on the train on the way to work in a hot, sunny London. 

How to Improve Your Life #OneDayAtATime. 

It takes just 60 seconds to pause

60 seconds to do 10 slow breaths so that you can remember who you are and all that potential that has been given to you.

60 seconds to make a better decision 

60 seconds to become you again

How to Reconnect with Your Breath in 60 seconds. 

You can be really technical and use a timer. OR, and if this is the first time you are doing this, you could be kind to yourself and just guesstimate the time. 

  1. Read the instructions here properly! Haha. I know, so many people who don’t read the instructions because they are so keen to get on with it. Confession - I am one of them. BUT it is important to know what you are doing so please read these instructions. 
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Breathe in slowly (for about 3 seconds). 
  4. Pause for a second or two.
  5. Breath out slowly (for about 3 seconds). 
  6. Repeat until a minute is up. 
  7. Open your eyes. 

It is that simple. You don’t need to think about anything else or focus on anything, because if you are focusing on breathing as outlined above you will be too busy concentrating on that to have time to think about anything else! 

I’d love you to try it out and let me know what this does for you. 

How to Use This Technique. 

On public transport travelling to work. (In another post I’ll share what people who drive or cycle can do, but don’t do this breathing exercise because you close your eyes).

Just before praying to reconnect with who you are. (I did research on focus and concentration in prayer for my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and it showed that this exercise is a very powerful way for increasing your concentration and flow with your prayer).

Before eating. Sit down at the table, do this exercise, say a prayer and eat. You’ll find that you eat less, enjoy your food more, and if you are in company have a more meaningful conversation.

I’d love to hear how you are using this. 

It takes just 60 seconds to enjoy your life a bit more #onedayatatime.


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