Wednesday vitality / our breath
we forgot the way
What things are causing you anxiety this week?
Can you pin-point your biggest stressors?
Write them down on paper if you feel compelled to.
Stare at that page for a moment - and now embark with me in this week’s article:
Humans were made to handle all kinds of anxieties in our world.
We have coping mechanisms and survival tactics that protect us in the face of danger.
One of those things is our adrenaline response.
A response that changes the way in which our physical body operates in order to keep us sharp, and on point - in case we need to fight or run away.
Our adrenaline response was made for survival - and survival only.
In our society now, this response is not triggered by the wild or by animals and protecting our own species - but it is triggered by emails, by gossip, by scenes in movies, by to-do’s.
And somehow in all of this, our bodies now seem designed to feel anxiety throughout our day, constantly.
We have somehow removed ourselves from a healthier foundational breath, to one that cultivates more stress in out body.
I wonder: during your day, do you ever take time to focus on your breath?
To see if you are diving deep into a full-body inhale and exhale?
One that nourishes your heart, your body, and your soul.
Just like the belly breaths that you see puppies and dogs take, because that is the best way they calm their systems.
Instead, we take short shallow breaths that actually limit our body’s exposure of oxygen nourishment.
And we are doing this all day, everyday.
We live so much outside of our bodies that our short breaths are not even noticed.
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