Did you know the average person takes 14–20 breaths per minute?
Yet, we are hardly even conscious of the fact we are doing so. Most of the time, we take breathing for granted, and we disconnect from it, while simultaneously depending on air for survival.
Today, we’re going to breathe a bit differently:
Take a deep breath, letting your belly expand as you inhale; fill your lungs.
Hold it for 8 seconds. Feel the oxygen hit the insides of your chest, feel your ribcage expand out to the side, and your shoulders ever-so-slightly shrug upward. Now, feel the oxygen expand inside your body, reaching through to the top of your head, outwards towards your fingertips, and then down to your toes.
Now, exhale with your lips pursed, so you breathe out slowly. Imagine you’re breathing through a thin coffee straw when you’re exhaling, so you force positive pressure back through your lungs and prepare them for the next breath.
Repeat x 5, as follows:
In just six breaths, you have centered yourself. You have channeled inner peace from the Earth’s resources, from positive action, and from within yourself. Imagine what happens when you commit to this exercise when you wake up, before and after every meal, and once before bed.
We’re talking about just 30 breaths per day, and a monumental shift in your perspective; consciously and subconsciously.
Again, your six breaths are:
Couldn’t be simpler. Begin.
I’m so grateful for you,
Originally published at medium.com