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Breath Your Stress Away

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Certain memories stay with us, as clearly as the day they happened. I can vividly recall hearing my then 8 year old son grunting and groaning in frustration from the other room where he was playing Mario Brothers on his Nintendo set. When I went in to check on him, he bemoaned the fact that it had been over a half hour, and he could not defeat the level he was on so he could advance and save the princess.

Since I had never played this game, I had no idea what he needed to do to move on, and trying to figure it out so I could show him would take too much time. But, being the mom, I had to come up with something. So I went with the basics. His frustration showed in his words, tone and posture. That is where I started.

“Okay, put the controller down and stand up,” I told him. I got a skeptical look in return, but pressed on. “I want you to take a deep breath, hold it for a count of three and let it out slowly.”

Well, this young man half my size explained as politely as he could in a most annoyed tone, “I asked you for advice! I need to get to the next level. I don't need to breathe. I need to know how to get past that blast of fire.”

As I suppressed a grin, I asked him to humor me and go with it. After all, what did he have to lose? “Fine,” he replied with an exasperated sigh.

I had him take a few deep breaths, shake and wiggle around for about 30 seconds, rotate his neck and scrunch his shoulders about 10 times, then take 5 more deep breaths. I guess I wouldn't have remembered this so well if he didn't sit back down and pass that level within 15 seconds. His success felt great, to both of us.

There are certain things you can do to nourish your physical body and other things you can do to feed your spirit, the essence and energy that is your soul. Breathing is one that will benefit you in both ways. And it's importance is not as recognized as it should be.

The benefits of breathing are vast. Breathing is designed to remove to 70% of the toxins from your body. It also releases tension, strengthens the immune system, alleviates pain, aids in digestion, calms your mind, brings focus and clarity to your thinking, strengthens the lungs, helps with weight loss, improves the quality of your blood and so much more. But breathing in a certain way will offer you optimum results.


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When we are kids, we instinctively breathe deeply, filling our abdomen first and then our lungs. When a child sleeps, you can see their stomach rise and fall. As we get older, we fill our chest and not our abdomen. Start placing your attention on your breathing and become aware of how you breath. When you notice you are not taking full, deep breaths, make a point to do so. Check yourself often until this becomes a habit.

One of the best reasons to relearn how to breath in a way that will maximize it's advantageous effects is to reduce stress. I do not know many people who like stress, but research has made us aware that stress is a killer and should be avoided at all costs. Why not the cheap, natural way? When things begin to feel a bit overwhelming, you should go some place quiet (even if your only option is the bathroom), close your eyes, shrug your shoulders a couple of times, then spend 2 to 3 minutes, taking deep, steady breaths. Push away all thoughts. They will be there when you open your eyes, but for now, there is nothing but you and this amazing gift of oxygen that fills you with life. Nothing but you and your connection to the universe with the air you are taking in and releasing serving as your conduit.

It is also a good idea to take short periods of time, 5 to 10 minutes a day, to focus on breathing deep to cleanse and enrich your body. Breathe deeply through the nose to a count of three, hold for one and exhale for four. Place your hand on your belly, and make sure it rises before your lungs do. Visualization during this process can intensify your experience. While you are bringing the oxygen into your system, imagine the air filled with a shimmering, golden light that is cleaning and purifying every cell in your body. Then imagine all of your cells getting stronger when you release any toxins as you exhale. This practice will enhance many aspects of your life, leading you to a richer and fuller life.



Burst breathing is another exercise that can improve your life. Burst breathing is when you take 4 quick, deep breaths in through the nose, then release 4 quick bursts of breath out through the mouth. This can be repeated for one to five minutes. When you take a short 5 minute walk in the morning and do your burst breathing, you get your body off to a wonderful start. You draw wonderfully fresh oxygen into your lungs and brain, giving you energy, clarity and focus. If you start getting the afternoon blahs, doing this exercise for just one minute will make you more alert and ready to go again.

One of the reasons meditation is so incredibly good for you is that you tend to incorporate proper breathing techniques into your practice. Meditation is a subject to it's own and a very important one. For now, I'll just say I highly recommend it for everyone.

When when things start to feel a little out of control, remember, this too shall pass and take a few deep breaths.

Believe and Receive’s Picture of the Day

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Think Yourself Thin

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In my last blog I wrote about how you can use your thoughts to get the life of your dreams. For most of us, the life of our dreams includes good health. Whether your perfect future includes travel, writing a novel, or starting a new company, how much joy you get out of that future will depend on how well your body serves you.

The person you are, your soul, your energy, your life force, is housed in flesh and blood. Although we strive to improve our minds and we seek to become better individuals, our spiritual, intellectual and physical pursuits are either aided by or hindered by our physical condition. When our bodies are healthy we are able to enjoy life more completely. There are a myriad of illnesses that are a result of being overweight. Heart problems, knee swelling and damage and loss of energy are just a few.

Still, the most common reason that people site for wanting to lose weight is they want to look good. There is nothing wrong with that. When we look our personal best, our whole demeanor is lifted and we walk with a bit more confidence. Translation, when we look good, we feel good. And when it comes down to it, the reason we want anything in life is to feel good. We want the raise because it will feel good to be recognized and have a little more to spend. We want to remodel the bathroom because it will feel good to have an updated room that we can be proud of. We want the new car because we will feel good when we are behind the wheel driving it. We want to feel good. All of our choices are made with the underlying question of “will this make me feel good”. Which is why we often make the wrong choices.

When it comes to weight loss, there are two things you need to do; eat less, move more. Here is how your thoughts and self speak can lead to success or failure.

In the case of eating too much or the wrong foods, we do this because food brings us pleasure. It makes us feel good now. And we have become a society that loves our instant gratification. When we think about a cupcake (or substitute your junk food kryptonite here), we think, “that would be so good. I love the taste of chocolate and the cake will almost melt in my mouth. The frosting is to die for. I have been working out and I have earned it. I can just imagine how good that would be.”

As we put these words in our head we start imagining our future, the future when we are in a blissful trance eating this decadent piece of joy. We trigger the feel good endorphins and our body wants to complete this transaction. It needs to satisfy the craving that we just talked ourselves into having. We just wrote our future and now it is very hard not to live it.
Healthy Choices 200x300 Think Yourself ThinChange your thinking and change your results!!! Even if you are smart enough to keep unhealthy foods out of your house, you will be faced with them. So you will need to change how you associate with foods. People that are overweight usually associate pleasure and satisfaction with foods that are not good for you. You need to look at these foods for what they are and ask the following questions. How many calories are in this item? Is it mostly fat? Even if it is low fat, what else is in this product? Will this food nourish my body? Are the calories void of any nutritious value? Will my body easily digest it? Will it cause other damage to my body, like clogging my arteries? How long will I need to exercise to burn off these calories? Am I really hungry? How will I feel about this choice in 5 minutes?

I'm pretty sure if you ask yourself these 10 questions before you reach for that doughnut, you will be well on your way to making choices that will enrich your body and consequently also enrich every aspect of your life. Never think about making the wrong choice in a good way. Always think about the benefits of the better choice you are making and how good you will feel when making the right decisions comes easily and naturally.
Stretching Is Good 200x300 Think Yourself ThinNever think about the right decision in a bad way. Start looking at the right choices in a positive way. Never ask yourself if you want to workout, walk around the block, do a yoga workout. Always think about the results you will get from consistently making the right choices. Tell yourself, “I am going to feel so amazing when I get done working out. I will be incredibly proud of myself after I do this, especially since it was not the easiest choice. It is going to be a great feeling when my pants start getting lose on me. My body is going to feel so thankful when it gets a good stretch. I am going to love having the extra oxygen circulating through my body making me sharper and more focused.”

Think ahead. Think of the results and imagine how you are going to feel when you have accomplished them. Select thoughts of success and you will achieve it.

To learn more, see the archives of blogs in the 3 Easy Steps to Permanent Weight Loss series and look for Believe and Receive's free 3 Easy Steps to Permanent Weight Loss eBook to be offered soon.

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