If I had a New Year's resolution (which I don't) it would be to breathe more consciously. Breathing, I realize, happens whether I think about it or not. But I definitely need more of those intentional breaths, the ones that help you reduce stress, allow you to employ that "3-second rule" when you're about to do something stupid, or prevent you from becoming that mom who "loses it." (She's the mom you notice in various public places who is yelling at her kids and you think: thank goodness I'm not like that, without knowing what circumstances led to her meltdown, and then, in an act of karma, you become that same awful mother the next day or next hour).
Perhaps it was one of those episodes (maybe, maybe not, I refuse to disclose) that led me to believe I need to take time for a few extra deep breaths in my day. I've done my research. I know the benefits. I've even been a student of meditation (before kids, when daily meditating was conceivable). If only I could find more time to be still. But I have what meditators call a "Monkey Mind." It takes an inordinate amount of time to practice this stillness. If taking time for meditation--even time to breathe--were a New Year's resolution, I would have failed.
Carving out time for meditation or deep breathing seems unattainable. So then, would it be an oxymoron to try to multitask conscious breathing into my day? Well, leave it to me to try. Here are the places/times I'm going to try to take three deep breaths:
Can I do it? Can I make deep and conscious breathing a habit? I'm going to multi-task my way toward it. And then I'm going to take the next step to make time for silence. Dreaming big here.
Do you take time for a few deep breaths everyday?
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