I put together a two hour presentation called, Wake Up & Breathe. I had fun pulling together tons of information I had learned over the years. Of course I had way more then two hours would allow, plus I had promised experiential and needed to build in time for that. In the end, the two hours was a variety of tidbits and lots of opportunities to breathe. I was very pleased with how willing people were to try things and share they experience with each other. I also learned myself just how easy it is too get caught up in all the interesting bits of information about breathing and never breathe.
The day after the talk I found myself running ahead of myself throughout the day. I didn’t remember the most important piece of information from the night before – keep it simple and take the few seconds throughout the day to breathe!
I could easily say I big piece of the problem for me is having a hyper puppy demanding my attention. I could also blame a busy schedule. But I had in my talk given lots of ways that only took seconds and/or could be done easily with Bailey in my lap. ( which he loves and he definitely beathes!). So what makes it so hard to make the time to breathe.
I do believe there are two possibilities. One is that when I breathe I often bump into places where I am holding or begin to feel some feelings which I may or may not be so open to allowing. That use to be the common cause of keeping the breathe shallow and holding on. I am actually better at that now. Of course I still get get caught avoiding feeling but at least I am more aware and can shift.
The second reason is a bit more surprising because it just seems odd. These days when I am regularly breathing and stay present. I actually find I feel more alive, joyful and quite content. Now you would think that would be a pretty good motivator to remember to breathe. But it seems I have some sort of speed bump around contentment or aliveness. Some is great but too much just doesn’t isn’t okay.
I don’t think I am the only one who operates this way. I know others who seem to wrestle with a similar set point. Why is it that contentment, joy and aliveness are so hard to stay in. I think most people would say they want that in their lives and most people stop themselves.
I have read the quote about our greatest fear being our greatest and our light not failure. May be that does have something to do with it. We don’t seem to have too much trouble dwelling in worry, doubt and all that is wrong with the world. What about what’s ‘right’. I can get to the idea of being present. But I think there’s even more. Presence taps me into unlimited possibilities and some type of oneness or wholeness. I am much more then me and from that possibility anything is possible. I guess I believe from that space we aren’t just present we are everything – the past, the present and the future – which means we can influence and shift ourselves and our planet. To me that is worth considering. We do it unconsciously anyway – breathing is the one function that is both voluntary and involuntary. So way not breathe conciously. Just imagine what’s possible. Wow!!
Today I started out taking some time to breathe. Nothing too big but enough to get me vibrating and excited about life. So far I am finding the day is going quite well. I haven’t changed the planet but I also haven’t been afraid to imagine that I could – one little blog and breathe at a time!!