“Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing, it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing.” -Joseph Pilates
Let’s talk about this for a minute and break it down. How does it affect us? How does it affect our lives? What does it even mean?
Well, I like to keep things simple, so here is an easy explanation. You know those days that you feel crappy, pissy, moody, as though nothing can go your way? I’m sure you have heard the phrase, when it rains it pours. You know how when you are feeling that way it seems like the world is against you? Or let’s look at the opposite end of that. Think about the days that you wake up feeling unbelievable, as though nothing can touch you. “Good luck” seems to pour down from the heavens above you. It’s as though everything you touch turns to gold. That the world is for you.
But what if you looked at those situations and instead of giving your power away to some “outside forces”, what if you realized and took full responsibility for your own energy. Your own frequency. What if I told you there are no outside forces beyond your own? And your connection to a bigger part of you. I think most who read my blog would tend to agree with this and understand it on an intellectual level. You create your reality, right?
But what I see all too often is people understanding this, but not really fully comprehending how it affects every second of their lives. Or worse yet, not applying it.
We can all agree that where your attention goes, your energy flows. Meaning wherever your frequency is, at any given moment, dictates what you “see” in your outside world. It can be as simple as wanting a white Chevy pickup and seeing them everywhere you go, to having the perfect partner show up in your life, to your bank account showing millions.
What I am trying to say is that if you aren’t aware in every moment where your frequency or energy is, how do you expect what you “want” to show up in your life?
If you think about the two examples I gave in the beginning, you can see how very opposite those two frequencies are. One creates stress, anger, powerlessness, disease, unhappiness. The other creates joy, happiness, health, wholeness, things showing up out of the blue. See, you think you can’t control your emotions most of the time or that things happen TO YOU. But if you were to really realize the power you hold inside of you to literally create your reality, I bet you would be checking in with yourself more often.
Let’s look at this in a real time example. Say you had started your day off with a great meditation or work-out or journaling session or whatever you do in the mornings that make you feel full. And because you did, you start your day off at a high frequency. You are feeling empowered, full of a future vision of the day and your life. Seeing all the possibilities the future holds and what you want to create in your life. But then all of a sudden you get a phone call from your boss, who you don’t get along with, that sucks you back down. Or you open your mail and see a bill for the exact amount you have in your savings that you have been working on building for the last couple of months. Or you go to the doctor and he tells you your cancer has progressed. THIS is your moment of reckoning. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where it actually matters to know where your frequency is, and most importantly, how to change it. But you can’t change it if you aren’t aware of it. So your first decision is if you want to give your power away. If you want to let the “outside world” determine how you feel and what your internal world looks like. If you choose not to allow your energy to be taken away, you then have a second step…keeping your frequency elevated. And you know what your number one tool for being able to do that is? Your.Own.Breath. That’s right. You can actually use your breath to keep yourself in a higher frequency, in a higher state. To keep your energy up regardless of what is happening around you! To become extremely present. Most people don’t even realize that the number 8 element on the periodic table is actually their best tool in creating health, wealth, happiness, and joy!
Now, I could go into all of the details of how breathing consciously and intentionally allows you to enter your parasympathetic nervous system, turning off fight or flight, moving oxygen rich blood and cells throughout your entire body stimulating rest and digest along with some powerful self-healing. But I don’t want you to get bogged down with the details (you can work with me one on one for that 🙂 . I just want you to take a moment and realize how powerful your own breath is.
Think about most modalities that are taught in life. Lamaze classes. Breathing to stay on top of pain. Martial arts. Breathing to stay focused. Meditation. Breathing to connect. Almost all healing modalities as well as spiritual traditions focus on some aspect of using your own breath. And the best part? Breath work is twofold. It is amazingly powerful in releasing stored energy, old emotions and subconscious beliefs, so you can direct your life in a conscious way. But it’s just as effective for regulating day to day. Just taking a minute every couple hours throughout the day to consciously breathe, big, deep, slow breaths, filling your body with oxygen, can change your entire frequency….which can change your entire life. Instead of taking a xanax to deal with anxiety or a sleeping pill just to get some rest, you can literally use your own supply of oxygen to get the same result. I know because I have seen it over and over again.
Now how does this go back to energy and frequency? If you are spending more hours of your day in a conscious and aware state, appreciating everything around you, feeling joy for the simple things, I can guarantee you, your frequency and energy will bring everything you desire. Because when you are in that state, you don’t need anything anyway. And what is the number one tool you have, that is free, that there is no lack of, that can change your energy in a matter of minutes? I think you know the answer to that by now.
So take a few minutes today to really breathe. Focus on your heart and take every breath in and out of it. Prove to yourself once and for all, how powerful you really are…