Monday, April 22, 2013

Mom-Me Celebration - Day 11: Breathe

I don't have a life coach, although there are days when it could be argued that I need one. But I do have a friend that I know I can turn to if I ever have any questions about a healthy spirit and diet.  Besides being a positive spirit, Darrilyn has good vegetarian recipes and turned me on to Flaxseed Tortilla Chips from Traders Joe's.  (Trust me, they are better than they sound and make eating tortilla chips feel less guilty.)  I knew I  wanted as part of my 30-day Mom-Me Celebration a day to relax, so she was the one I went to. And her tip for you today, busy, harried, wearing too many hats, to-do list long as your arm moms?

Mom-Me Celebration - Day 11: BREATHE

Mothers, there are often times in our lives when it is wise to just pause and take a deep breath.  In those circumstances, no words are necessary.  In fact, words are not even advised.  In the moment of a pause, so much can happen.  Chattering thoughts begin to dissipate, regrettable words are halted, a heightened listening   occurs and new solutions begin to form.   Pause- what a simple, conscious, bold act!  

Anyone ever tell you. “Just Breathe?”  Depending on the circumstance, you may have wanted to slap them or thank them.  Breathing is crucial to keep the energy flowing in our bodies.  Mothers, who are constantly on the go, even when they aren’t moving, definitely need to breathe.  Ever notice when babies breathe, their diaphragms move up and down rhythmically?  Most adults take shallow breaths instead of deep ones.  That especially becomes true when you are upset or excited.  Next thing you know, you find yourself in a Yoga class, and they have to teach you to breathe again.
So, mothers, when your offspring misbehave and you’re ready to yell, BREATHE.
When you hear the glass shatter that they weren’t  supposed  to use anyway, BREATHE.
When your beloved disappoints you for the umpteenth time and you’re ready to flick off, BREATHE.
When folks just don’t/won’t act the way you want them to, BREATHE.

Below is an exercise to refresh YOU:
Reserve a moment of quiet time each day for YOU- a time to be still. Perhaps, it is at first light or late at night, but optimally when you have privacy.  

                Sit comfortably in a straight back chair, with feet flat on the floor and nothing in your lap. Close your eyes.
                Place your left index finger on your left nostril and breathe air in deeply through right nostril. Hold the breath for as long as possible and exhale slowly through right nostril. Do this 5 times.  
                Repeat this process holding your right nostril and breathe in and out through the left nostril 5 times.
                Sit quietly for a moment and notice how your body and mind feel at the end of this exercise.  

Put on your favorite song and shake your body.  Move, twirl, shimmy, jump, drop it like it’s hot, and get your dance on!  

Want more on a healthy spirit?  The Creative Visualization Workbook: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain and Healing Chakra by Ilchi Lee.

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