Breathe!!!

TIME magazine dedicated this week’s cover to mindful breathing. The article is fabulous, a must read. TIME editor, Radhika Jones, says multitasking is affecting our concentration and mindfulness can sharpen our focus. Well, who would have thought? We have been told for years that multitasking was something to be proud of. The ability to do several things at a time proved what organized human beings we were, capable of achieving anything. It seems now that we were confusing movement with achievement: running this way and that did not mean we were accomplishing much!!!

breathe2I don’t know about you, but I feel so much better about this. I could never, really, do more than a couple of things at a time comfortably and then, I wasn’t sure I was completing or doing them right. In the meantime, I have discovered that we have to do things mindfully. This involves breathing properly and I wasn’t….Yes, it all comes down to that: breathing!!!

Frequently, we are told or we tell our friends to breathe. I was just telling a friend a few days ago to do just that. She responded that she was too tired to breathe!! Since we usually mean an inhale/exhale motion when we are flustered, frazzled or upset, that is not enough to produce all the benefits people are talking about. Here is an article that would explain those benefits better than I ever could: Benefits of Deep Breathing

We know that situations in our lives can make us stressed, tense, nervous. In this modern world, when we think of fighting stress, we think of changing our diet or our exercise routine. We even think of medication! Very seldom do we think about changing the way we breathe. We take breathing for granted and think we are doing it right, but we are mistaken. This is what I have learned and tried on and off for years. Unfortunately, I only tried it when I was upset and ready to scream….you understand what I mean. The trick is to do it all the time. From now on, I will try to do this on a regular basis, until this becomes my breathing pattern: breathe slowly, deeply in your abdomen not your chest. Holding the air in your lungs and exhaling through your nose or slightly parted mouth. Keep an even rhythm. It is definitely a learning process, but one we must learn. Soon!!!

Breathing properly makes us powerful because it makes us concentrate and focus. When we learned to do this, we can apply mindfulness to all aspects of our lives. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present, on the task at hand, on our present goal. A statement I found on the Psychology Today website says: “when you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience”

So it’s back to basics: BREATHE, so we can achieve, live better, be healthy and enjoy life!!!

8 Comments

  1. Nirm G. says:

    Mercedes! I read this and know EXACTLY what it’s like not knowing how to breathe. And it’s true, multi-tasking was wrecking my brain and my life – almost literally. The best thing I did was take up meditation and learn to just sit. What do you do when you just sit? Focus on your breathing. It’s amazing how the act of not doing is so healthy. Good Article Mercedes.

    Nirmal

    • Mercedes Mercedes says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Nirmal!!! Yes, there is no such thing as multitasking. Women use this term because they are expected to do so much and literally have no time……so we say we could do more than one thing at the time. I feel a lot better knowing this is not possible if you want to do things right…..much more realistic!

  2. Catharina says:

    this fits in with our discussion last Wednesday Mercedes and I am breathing now. ;-) Kitty

  3. Ana C. Bolduc says:

    I read all your posts with the utmost concentration and interest….they are always a different take from our most familiar subjects…simple and practical. Once read, I try to absorb the lesson within and maybe,if I am persistent, practice some of the lessons. Not easy!!!! Keep it up

  4. Now, I wonder who that crazy friend of yours is???

    • Mercedes Mercedes says:

      I wonder too, but I am sure she is breathing beautifully at the moment…..LOL!!!!

      • Mercedes Mercedes says:

        This means a lot, Ana!!! I am glad you are enjoying my new takes. We are all different and we see things from our experiences and lifestyle. Sharing what we have learned helps us and others, even if not easy. I am enjoying this too much to let go now.

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