Change the way you see the world one breath at a time.
From your first breath when you are born, to your last exhale when you leave this world, you are habitually breathing. It happens automatically and without thought. But what happens when you become aware of your breath?
There are profound healing effects that can take place when you move to a conscious practice of breathing.
- You begin to see patterns
- You begin to release blockages
- You begin to find more clarity of thought
- You feel more in touch with yourself and your surroundings
- You nourish your body from the inside
- You increase blood flow
- You calm the nervous system
Your breath is an amazing and under-utilized power that we are all born with. Taking small steps daily to consciously connect to that source can change your whole perspective.
Change Your Breath, Change Your Mindset
Most of us, most of the time, are walking around breathing fast and shallow. Thus our thoughts and actions become short and shallow. Why? Because where the breath goes the mind flows.
When you are breathing shallow it’s much easier to be triggered by your surroundings. Think about the last time you were sad, mad, or angry with someone. Feel it in your body. What happens? Your chest tightens and you can feel your breath pump fast and shallow. This is natural. This is what naturally happens in these high-intensity states. The problem is many of us are living in this state all the time.
Slowing your breath down by consciously taking deeper inhales and longer exhales creates an immediate shift internally. This is why when a child is on the verge of a breakdown we calmly guide them to breathe. Why? Because this slows the mind. Your breath and your mind are like two peas in a pod.
2 Peas in a Pod
Let’s think about this. When your mind starts to spin into a negative thought pattern your heart rate goes up and your breathing gets more short. Hence, your breath simply follows orders from the brain. And it works the other way too! When you notice that you are in a negative spiral you can, at that moment, make a conscious effort to slow your breath. Instantly your brain will take the queue and slow down too. Once you understand this it’s easy to start to see the link between your breathing patterns and your mindset.
Mindset and the Breath
Breathwork is the gateway to meditation. Whether or not you are someone who meditates or is interested in meditation you most likely have some thoughts built around it. Perhaps you think it’s hard or that you don’t have time for it. You can say the same for breathwork. It’s so easy that it’s hard to remember to take time to dedicate to it. This is where mindset begins. You can begin by dedicating 5 minutes a day to sitting and consciously noticing your breath.
Let your whole mind be in tune with only your inhales and your exhales.
Soon you will find that you’re craving more than 5 minutes because you will start to notice things shifting inside of you.
- Your outside world will begin to reflect on situations in a much broader and clearer way.
- You will feel less like a victim to your circumstances and your mindset of life and your connection to it will be altered.
- You will notice addictive thoughts and behaviors and use breathwork as a tool to break free from those habits.
- You will create space for change to occur that leads you to insights you couldn’t see before.
We all have a certain amount of trauma we carry around and we all hold a certain amount of shame around that trauma. Your mindset around these situations can be altered by breathing through the pain buried in your body because of it. Once light has been shown to it, you can begin unlayering that pain and shame.
When you actively change your breathing patterns so too are you changing your thought patterns.
Mindset work comes naturally when you are consciously breathing. In this type of meditation, your breath reveals to you your triggers and ways to set through them to heal.
Our thought patterns are shaped by every experience we have. As we age we see examples of our thoughts reflected back to us in all our relationships. We are wired to pick up and see things that mesh with our deep-rooted beliefs. This can be great, but it can also be toxic.
For instance, if your Mother didn’t show you love as a child, you would have a deep rooted feeling around Moms being distant or unloving. Then, throughout your life, you would pick up on examples of this everywhere you went. Your mind would be completely closed off from the thousand of models that suggested otherwise.
Breathwork helps break through these hard anchored thought patterns. They are uncomfortable at times, as all growth is, but your mindset will begin to alter and you will start to notice examples of loving mothers all around you.
This kind of mindset work can only happen when you make the effort to do the work. Breathwork is just one way to walk that path.
Spirituality and Love
Insights found while consciously breathing help you to see and maintain a healthy love for yourself and your body. This is the ultimate key to finding your true self. Once on that path, your mindset will be your spiritual teacher. You will begin to notice that every time you get up from a breath session that you have new clarity and insight. You might even find yourself linking up with new opportunities and people that before you hadn’t even noticed were there.
The world is in a funky spot and people everywhere are struggling. Disconnected from each other and ultimately from themselves. We are on so many prescription drugs that numb us from our minds and bodies. It’s hard to find healing in a world like that.
Using your breath to release old ways of thinking allows your mind to tap into something more authentic within yourself.
Mindset and Clarity
Slowing your breath and your mind is not only good for your mental health, but it helps you find clarity in your thoughts as well. The deeper you breathe the deeper your awareness becomes. This helps you to be more present in a stressful situation without the risk of a freakout. Clarity helps remind you that we are all connected through our breath. That you can alter someone’s energy by slowing your breath or give in to their energy by raising your breath. The choice really is yours. Because of the high-stress world we live in it’s easy to think that brain fog is normal and anger is just something we all experience. But breathwork helps you to tune into something greater. Something more profound and much more energizing.
Breath is your life force. As your breath becomes deeper and centered so to will your thoughts. Your mindset can be altered to create powerful positive changes in your life and the lives of those around you, and you hold the tools inside of you to make it happen.