There is power in the breath.
Emerging from the womb, we take the first breath, in a wail, a gasp or a scream. At the end of our life, we take a last breath, in a sigh, a gasp or a tiny exhalation. The breath takes us from the womb to the emergence into the realm of spirit. In between, we breathe. Most of us are shallow breathers. We do not claim the whole of our body with the breath. This comes from our formative years. As children while playing hide and seek, or when we felt under stress, we stopped breathing. We held our breath. Not aware that we do this, when we become stressed as adults, we bring the childhood activity forward and breath shallowly. This was a survival impulse. If you check in, you may find that you only breathe into your upper chest. Shallow breathing robs the body of the oxygen it needs to work at its optimal. Shallow breathing causes tension and because of tension activates cortizol production in our body. It is necessary to be mindful of the way we breathe. Mindfulness can begin with meditation, which causes you to focus on breathing.
To remedy the situation, find time for stillness.
Take a moment in a quiet place, free from distraction. Be sure to support your spine, this keeps your posture in balance. Focus on your breathing. Take a shallow breath and see how you feel. Be aware that your body craves more air. Then breathe out. Take another breath this time fill your lungs as deeply as you can. Pause for one beat then breathe out slowly. Focus on your breathing. Do this seven times.
Next, focus on your breathing and this time when you breathe deeply, hold the breath in your lungs for a count of four. Breath in four counts, hold your breath four counts then slowly breathe out four counts. Relax your body for two counts and repeat the breathing exercise. It is important to breathe through your nose, in and out.
We usually breathe with our mouths when our are stressed, through heavy breathing. To snore we breathe through our mouth. When we are in peaceful repose, we tend to breathe through our nose. Keep cycling the air around your body until you feel very relaxed. The more you practice breathing deeply, the more your body will move into the act of breathing deeply. You will find that the activities you do will be accomplished more effortlessly.