Successful Living Part 8 - Health and Happiness through your Breath
Life, in its many facets of family, job, and
society – demands a lot. Talk of Financial crisis, unemployment,
uncertainty and violence for years now fill our news. Worries, fear and
stress are a natural result. At times it may seem as if we are living
our lives only to FUNCTION instead of participating.
So what to do? I was in the middle of contemplating this questions few years ago when a friend of mine suggested that I take part in a course.
She did not tell me much about it but she insisted that it was well worth my time and money. I trusted her wisdom and so I went.
The sessions were playfully interactive, full of practical insights for dealing with life's challenges and those human emotions of anger, fear and frustration.
In those 6 days I became aware of the POWER of my BREATH and the POWER of my SMILE.
I learned that BREATHING and SMILING are powerful tools to influence the way we feel.
Breathing is the most basic human activity and doing it properly has been shown to enhance lung function, strengthen the immune system and release stress. The key is to do it properly every day to change long-established breathing patterns.
Smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
After 3 days of breathing differently I started to feel energetic and calm at the same time. After 5 days of interactive sessions, meditation, frequent smiling and breathing exercises I felt physically detoxed and emotionally uplifted.
This was a promising start. I wanted lasting change and used the home program to practice and incorporate the techniques into my daily life.
I practice at least 30 minutes most days. In time I became more aware that whenever fear, frustration, anger or other challenging emotions were taking hold in me. That awareness helped me to overcome them quicker and stay more relaxed under pressure. I also learned how to address these emotions in other people and was able to better relate and successfully deal with conflict.
Ultimately it all boils down to how we feel and how we connect to one another. In general, people underestimate the powerful connection of warmth and overestimate the importance of competence.
Many people believe that if they are efficient or have great ideas, they should be able to magnetize others toward them, but now I know that it doesn't work that way - you have to go and meet people where they are and then all move together.
Understanding what moves people, what moves us, is part of the Skill of Living.
That in turn has a powerful effect on the type of person and leader we become. It also has a powerful effect of the type of organizations and communities we build.
With my best wishes for your success,
Life & Leadership Coach