deep breathing

This is a reblog of a post that reminds us all about breathing and living well. Take three full breaths and dive in…

Do you know how are you breathing right now?

Take a moment and simply notice your breath. Perhaps place your hand on your navel and the other above your heart.  Notice the movement as you inhale and exhale.

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We breathe in and we breathe out. And for the most part we take it completely for granted.
Until something happens such as asthma, a cold, allergies or worse. When we notice it is difficult to breathe we appreciate it so much more.

How we breathe is not only a reflection of the health of our lungs, but also a reflection on how we live our life.

Did you know that our breath is connected to our emotional state?

When we feel:

Panic – It is short, fast, shallow breaths. Trying to get more air in by speeding up.

Anxious – It is shallow breaths seeking more reassuring air.

Tense – We hold onto the inhaled air, pausing at the top of the inhale before we let it be released, sometimes with a sigh.

Anger – It is long forced inhales and exhales. Fueling the flames like a bellows.

Calm – It is slow and steady breaths becoming shallower with relaxation.

Happy – It is long inhalations and long exhalations. Slowing it all down.

Did you also know we can change our emotional state by changing our breath? We can bring mindful awareness to our breath and create the emotional state that we seek. For example, close your eyes and take a moment to imagine being at your favorite place in the world. Perhaps it’s on a beach, by a river, in a garden or on a mountain top. Now breathe it all in. Take full slow breaths and imagine being there. Simply breathe it all in. Can you feel the shift? ….

Practitioners of Meditation and Yoga have known for millennia that we can change or emotional and mental state by using our breath. Being aware of the breath allows us to slow down and come into the present moment. Here we bring about a more relaxed and centered state of being.

Science shows that when we slow the breath it signals to the brain and the parasympathetic nervous system that everything is well. No need to be on guard … its okay to relax and restore your natural balance. When we want to alleviate stress and become calm, slowing the breath works.

EXAMPLE: Try counting between 4 to 6 in your mind for each inhale and exhale. It can really make a difference. Why not set aside a few minutes and try it for yourself. It may feel awkward and take some practice but your body, mind and emotions will thank you for it.

Bringing awareness to our breathing is such a valuable guide to how we live our lives in that moment. With awareness of this comes choice. Please click here to explore more about your breath.

If you want to live your life fully then practice breathing fully.


31 comments on “Change your Breath, Change your Life

  1. Thanks for this one!

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  2. I learned much about the importance of breathing in physical training.

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  3. Not only does breathing fully help with our emotional state, it helps put us to sleep. It works like a charm for me. But I’m sure you already know that, Val. πŸ™‚

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  4. I did as you said at the beginning and took three deep breaths. It felt wonderful, and made me realize I need to get back to my meditating. I had been doing pretty good, but it’s been about a month now. Thanks for the reminder…


  5. This is why I meditate every morning. It makes it easier to return to my breathe during the day.

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  6. It is a true and calm pleasure to be here, Val. Thank you for this gentle reminder about the vitality of breathing.

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  7. Love those tips Val. Thank you.

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  8. You are so right dear lady. When that breath is taken away, only then do we appreciate such a simple but wondrous thing ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹


  9. How we breathe reveals how we live! So important ☺️

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  10. This is a valuable message. I can never be reminded too much about breathing, how it affects me and how I can bring peace to my body through the breath.
    Wishing you wellness and peace,


  11. So important to recognize the connection from breath to our emotional state. Breathe well!


  12. I’ve been reading the book “Breath” by James Nestor. Very interesting. As a person who forgets to breathe I have been studying it in depth. It’s fascinating!! I’ve practiced proper breathing so long that at my last lung function test this week, I could pass the part that wanted me to pant. πŸ˜‰ That was the first time in 5 years I couldn’t do that part. Oh well.

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    • Thank you Marlene. That Nestor book is great …. at has a great summary and practices towards the end. Keep practicing and using all your lobes! It makes such a difference in the long run πŸ’›πŸ™πŸ’›

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  13. Our breath is our greatest gift and a treasure to work with. Your post was a delight to read with such wonderful information and reminders.


  14. Thanks for these essential tips, Val! 🌻

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  15. I learned about the importance of our breath a long time ago after a trip to the emergency room in my early 30’s. I thought I was having a heart attack, and learned that I was “suffering” because I was stressed, and NOT breathing deep. I had to learn how to breathe differently–deeply, evenly, and top of the list perhaps, manage the stress in the first place. πŸ™‚

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  16. James Sweeney

    Love this Val, a great blog! I hope you have a fantastic day πŸ™‚

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  17. James Sweeney

    Excellent blog Val! I’ll be sure to share it on my page for my readers to see πŸ™‚

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  19. Great advice thanks so much Val πŸ‘

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