We have lots of conversations in this space about DOING: actions we should take to optimize our businesses, goal setting, connecting with people, and getting noticed. But today, I want to slow down, take a deep breath, and talk about BEING. And I say, “take a deep breath,” because that’s a big part of honoring our need to BE instead of DO.
Let’s face it – we’ve been put through the wringer for the past few years: adapting, changing, pivoting, and then pivoting again. It’s easy to get swept away in the busy-ness of it all, because we are trying to keep our loved ones and ourselves safe, while also striving to expand and grow as humans and entrepreneurs. It’s a lot!
So, when I say BEING, I’m talking about getting still for a moment, and really breathing. Consciously breathing to oxygenate our cells and our souls. How often do you do this? Do you wait until you’re wound up and stressed, or do you take the time to stop and take a few deep breaths throughout your day?
At a retreat that I was producing recently, I had the privilege to work with an amazing doctor, Dr. Delicia Haynes. She shared with us the 4-4-4-4 method of breathing, which helps to bring us back to center, back into our bodies. It takes some thought, but that’s what we want – to be conscious of how we breathe. She taught us to inhale for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4, exhale for the count of 4, and hold it out for the count of 4. Try this for a few breaths, and do it several times per day. It’s amazing how the stress melts away. I have learned that it’s impossible to feel stress while taking deep, cleansing breaths.
Our bodies cannot perform all of the tasks we require of them if we don’t give them what they need. We all know about nutrition and exercise, but how often do we focus on our breathing? Our mental and emotional health is absolutely linked to our physical health, and being centered and “in our bodies” increases our health: mind, body and spirit. There are people who eat right and go to the gym three times a week, but still suffer heart attacks and other stress-related diseases. Why is that? Our bodies are not designed to operate well in heightened states of stress. Stress response is meant for emergencies, but we shouldn’t be in that state 24/7.
How can we pursue our dreams and desires if we don’t take care of our bodies? In addition to the deep cleansing breaths, I challenge you to look at other ways you can treat your body with kindness, so that it will be in the best condition to do everything you ask of it. Do you get enough sleep? How much water do you drink each day? Are you grounding?
Grounding is another beautiful tool you can use to get centered and just BE. Grounding can be achieved by taking a walk (preferably barefoot) on the grass, a beach, in the woods, or even on a wooden floor if you live in a cold climate. The earth’s energy helps to relax our nervous systems and allows us to feel calm and peaceful. Taking a bath in Epsom salts is grounding, because of the minerals it contains. The most beneficial way to do this would be to take deep, cleansing breaths WHILE doing your grounding practice. This is about protecting our personal energy: our thoughts, emotions, relationships, finances, spirituality, and physical bodies. It’s time to get out of our heads and into our hearts where we can be intentional about our dreams, plans, gratitude and possibility.
If you’ve been joining this conversation for a while, then you know that this is a dialogue, not a monologue. I’d love to hear how intentional breathing has made a difference in your life, whether you’ve been doing it for years, or if you just started today. Leave me a comment below and tell me when you are pausing to breathe deeply. Do you do it when you have to make a big decision, or when you feel overwhelmed and need to re-center? Maybe you take a deep breath before having a difficult conversation or meeting someone for the first time. This is your community, your tribe, and I love hearing from you. Your comments let me know how we are connecting with one another. I love you, and I believe in you – I really do. Take some deep breaths and I’ll see you real soon.
Your Sister in Prosperity & Possibility,