There is a lot of information about being in the present: books, podcasts, everybody talks about that. There many different recipes for how to get into that state. And for me, an excellent tool to become present and find presence in everything we do is through breathing.
One of the things that I have learnt (in my personal experiences) that shocked me the most is that every-where you go, in a yoga class or even some breathwork workshops, the first thing they do is try to bend or change your breathing or tell you that your breathing is not correct. We have to understand that our body is doing the best it can for us every step of the way. Sometimes an illness, a pain in any part of our bodies, is nothing but an alarm telling us what’s wrong and that needs our assistance. There is always lots of meanings or things our body is trying to tell us about, and for me, it is the most sophisticated machine to bring you back into the present when you breathe.
How Do I Listen To My Breath?
Breathe at your rhythm. Put your hands over your stomach and breathe. Pay attention to your breath with your eyes closed, you will immediately notice that your body will start to relax; for this, you can focus on your belly and breathe. You will see that the way that you’re breathing changes because you’re telling your body, I’m here, I’m paying attention, I’m listening. What do you have to say?
At that moment, when you are in your body, you become present. You are in the here and now. And if you thought that going out running after a bad day was the best choice, maybe your body is telling you, I don’t need to go out running right now. What I need is a bath. I don’t need to go running out right now. What I need is to drink tea and go to bed. But sometimes society, the matrix, all the social convention, everything that we watch on TV, everything that we hear from people in our surroundings points towards “you must be productive.”
Do We Lose Anything If We Stop Running The Hamster Wheel?
That type of “being productive” usually translates into the belief of being incapable of stopping. If you stop, you lose. If you continue running, doing, you win. I did the running, the pushing forward, the “productive” thing, and I got sick. I ended up in the hospital, and my whole life changed. And I’m grateful because I never used to listened to my body. My body had been telling me for a long time already that there was something wrong. My body was already telling me then. And right now, I can say that if it weren’t for that rude awakening, I wouldn’t be doing what I love. So always listen to your body.
When our body is relaxed, it´s stronger. Our body can go ahead with the natural healing processes of all our organs. Always listen to that ache, pay attention to how you’re breathing. Don’t force it, observe every inhale and exhale. Do it at your pace: shallow or deep, long or short breaths, don´t judge. Connect with your breath and yourself. Love every breath. Say thanks to your body for supporting you (literally) every step of the way.
The more we are in our minds, the more we disconnect from our bodies. Our minds are designed to consume energy, our bodies are designed to produce energy. Through breath, we recycle our energy, and our body in its immense wisdom will show gratitude via good health, stamina, focus, and peace. As human beings, we are here to achieve balance. We are the universe experimenting with itself in many different ways and forms.
Are you listening to your body?
Are you observing your breath? Leave me a comment below….
About The Author
Andrea is a channeler and spiritual coach bringing spirituality and entrepreneurship together. Specializing in focus, flow, abundance mentality, and self-care. Andrea has always experienced intense metaphysical experiences since a very early age. This gift led her to develop skills and techniques like channelling, Reiki, colour therapy, tarot for personal evolution, therapeutic astrology, NLP, somatic breathwork, guided meditation, sacred geometry meditation, Ho-oponopono, and hypnosis.
Experiencing bullying from an early age left her unable to express her feelings and needs healthily, bringing unbalanced relationships, mental health problems, and the need to excel at all costs. This unresolved trauma created a disconnection in her life that manifested into a severe illness that nearly cost her her life.
This traumatic experience changed her, setting her on a path focused on rebuilding her life and relationships, learning, integrating, and eventually healing her body and soul.
Andrea has travelled and worked in many different countries. In 2005 she established in Barcelona where she created her company in the tourism industry.
The knowledge and years of experience have led Andrea to help entrepreneurs and professionals in all areas to reconnect with their spirituality to navigate through life and business in a coherent, meaningful, happy and healthy way.
To find out more visit: fortunaliving.org