By Julie Zeff:
Last month we moved into temporary housing – a beautiful, cozy, two-bedroom apartment. I feel as if I’m 20 again – only with three little kids in one room. The kids started school, and we all have been off and running … All really good stuff and super busy! That’s a picture of me with a view from my balcony.
At moments, though, I have been completely and utterly overwhelmed – hence no “Tidbit” in August! Things were moving super fast, and I had a very hard time slowing down or getting conscious in some moments. I was moving on automatic pilot at times, trying to frantically pack or unpack, fill out forms for the kids, get school supplies, and get organized before and even after the school year started.
When I finally did get conscious, I noticed that during those overwhelming moments my breath was shallow. I felt tightness in my chest, jaw and shoulders. And, there wasn’t much room for any kind of flow, ease or space. YUCK! I really didn’t like it there … yet, there I was, anyway…
In fact, as I’m typing right now, even just remembering some of those days, I can still feel those exact sensations in my body. So, I’m going to stop typing for a moment, close my eyes and take some breaths …
I’m typing this part now, after I actually did it! This is my experience:
My ribs expand; my breath deepens and slows. I now have some space and room, even if just a tiny bit. More ease. I breathe more. I find more space.
With patience, love, ease, flow, passion, and being present to all that comes, I use the space to imagine myself fully dealing with the challenges and excitement of our new home and the school year ahead. I feel a smile spread across my face.
I open my eyes and immediately close them again. I want more of my delicious vision. It is so nice to feel strongly and clearly connected to myself. I take a few more deep, full breaths and let my breath spread this delightful, spacious and powerful energy through my entire body and mind. I slowly open my eyes. I feel grounded, inspired and ready to live (and write) fully! The icky stuff has cleared away – even if only for a few moments …
Your breath is powerful! Your breath can keep you merely alive — or it can change your life. You know how to breathe and you know how to dream. By bringing the two together, becoming conscious of your breath, deepening it and consciously infusing it with inspiring images, thoughts or feelings, you are creating and living (even if only for a moment) your vivid life.
With each infused breath, you move stuck energy, old beliefs and detrimental patterns out of your body/mind, and replace them with inspiring images, thoughts and emotions. With time, intention and practice, you’ll live into these inspiring moments at will.
You can practice this Infused Breathing anywhere — sitting at your desk, at a red light, while lying in bed: you can even use it as a focus for meditation. Infused Breathing can be even more potent when paired with a good cardio workout or deep yoga class to really get it strongly pumping into your body’s cells.
Breathe. Give yourself a gift!
This month, change your life with Infused Breathing.
1. What are three inspiring images (actual or created) that evoke the absolute best in you?
2. Commit to pairing your breath with these images any time you remember to do so, especially when exercising, moving, practicing yoga or meditating.
3. When you find yourself in a stressful situation or when you need to make a decision, close your eyes, take some breaths; anchor into your inspiring images, thoughts or emotions. Notice the calming wisdom that you may have even more access to.
What changes within your body and life when you practice infused and conscious breathing? Please post below! Can’t wait to hear.
Much Beautiful, Conscious, Infused Breathing and Love,
Julie Zeff is a Life Coach for busy and working moms; Author of Vivid Living for Busy Moms: Coach Yourself to an Extraordinary Life; and a trained Forest yoga instructor building strength and flexibility with emotional and spiritual intelligence. Request her FREE report – Top 10 Tips to Vivid Living or receive her FREE Coaching Tidbits and 5 Anytime, Anywhere Breathing Tips by visiting: http://www.vividliving.net. Download a FREE peek of her book, Vivid Living For Busy Moms here: http://vividliving.net/julies-book