At Akasha, we like to keep thing positive. We start with your strengths, not your non-strengths. Breathing for example, is something each and every one of us does every day without thinking. It is a natural human function that helps us to survive.
For most of us, we don’t spend much time or energy focusing on getting air in and out of our lungs . . . but guess what? It’s time to make a change! To help you better understand the importance breathing plays in your life, we’ve come up with 4 reasons to pay more attention to your breath.
- Breath is Life
When we’re born, we instinctively or naturally know how to breathe without doctors or our parents showing us how. We inhale from our bellies. Each breath is nice and deep and slow.
As we get older, we experience situations where our natural ‘fight or flight’ instincts kick in. In these situations we take shorter breaths to help us prepare for whatever action we decide to take. Over time, this response can have a negative impact on our bodies, especially when we face prolonged periods of stress.
Try to remember that without breath, it is impossible to survive. Focus instead on feelings of joy and appreciation instead of stress! Each breath is a gift that gives you life.
- Find the Calm in Chaos
The majority of people inhale enough just oxygen to fill only a third of their total lung capacity. This can lead to hyperventilation, which means that you start to exhale more than you inhale. The bottom line is: you don’t get enough oxygen into your body.
Hyperventilation can be the root cause of different emotional states such as, anxiety, panic or stress. When you start to feel this way, try to take a moment to focus on your breath. You will find that you are not inhaling deeply enough.
In these kinds of chaotic moments it is important to slow down and take deep breaths. It will help to slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. Whether you’re trying to meet a deadline or are a nervous flyer, focusing on your breath during moments of anxiety will truly help you to cultivate a sense of calm.
- Wake Up!
As mentioned above, focusing on taking deep, full breaths instead of short shallow ones helps to bring oxygen into your body.
If you feel tired or lethargic all the time, you might need to investigate or focus more on your breath. If you aren’t getting enough oxygen into your body to charge up your organs, you are going to feel sluggish.
If you do feel sleepy, check in with your breath. How are you breathing? Are you taking deep or shallow breaths? Asking yourself these questions is a great way to check in with your breath any time you need a little boost of energy.
- Gain Focus
Giving your body enough oxygen helps all of your organs to function better – this includes your brain! Your mind is a powerful tool to help you get through life and it’s up to you to make sure that it’s functioning at its best.
When you focus on your breath, you help to train yourself to focus on other tasks. You also help to clear your mind and find calm. These are two critical elements to help you cultivate focus in other areas of your life.
Pearl of Truth: Breath is Life – Water is an Akasha element that focuses on cultivating flow in everyday life. Breath is an important part of this process, which is why we’re excited to share this Pearl of Truth with you today!
If your symptoms of anxiety or stress still persist, it might be time focus on your Akasha meditations, or to visit your primary care physician. Over time, the benefits of focusing on your well-being or discussing options with someone who can help will amaze you!