Tip for Simple Living: Breathe

October 14, 2010

Breathe.  This tip is about as simple as you can get.  Breathe.  And think about it.  Breathing is essential, as you might already know, but how often do we think about breathing?  Eating is essential, and we (okay, I) think about it all the time.  Sleeping is essential, and we think about sleep (that deserves its own post).  But breathing is most often an afterthought.  Take a closer look at ancient literature, and we see that ancient peoples saw breath as more than just our sucking and blowing of oxygen.  Breath is our spirit, our life, our energy.  Real, intentional breathing can slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, release stress, and help strengthen your immune system.

Take a few minutes each day to think about your breathing.  Practice breathing exercises, like these, or do yoga, or just be conscious of your breathing.  If practiced regularly, you’ll notice a difference.

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