Bust Through Any Bad Day With This Simple Breathing Exercise
I was recently disappointed by a work situation that left me feeling unappreciated, frustrated, stressed, and all-around pissed off.
Who hasn't felt this way at one time or another?
Feelings like these are part of the human condition, but so is the choice to do something about them.
One thing to remember when your emotions are out of whack
Next time you're feeling out of alignment, allow yourself to feel this way completely. In other words, don't self-medicate with food, alcohol, shopping, or mindless TV.
It is vital that we fully recognize our pain; otherwise it will just resurface at a later date with a vengeance. When we raise our vibration, we raise the vibration of the world. And the world could certainly use our radiance right now!
Give yourself sufficient time to work through whatever negative emotions come up, then start the journey back to gratitude with this quick breathwork exercise from life coach extraordinaire and best-selling author Tony Robbins.
A simple breathwork exercise to return to joy
1. When you're ready, find a comfortable place to sit. Close your eyes and place your hands on your heart. Breathe into your heart. Notice how powerful and beautiful it feels. Focus for a moment on that strength and beauty. Feel appreciation.
2. Now, think of the situation that is causing you pain, suffering, frustration, or grief. For example, "I'm frustrated these jobs keep getting canceled, and I don't have more money in the bank right now to grow my business and live the lifestyle I desire without getting into debt." Be specific.
3. Keep feeling your heart and listen carefully to it. What is it trying to tell you in this moment?
4. With your eyes still closed, connect to the power of your heart and mind and pay attention to what comes up for you. Then fill in the blanks for these phrases:
"In this situation, all I need to remember is: (I'm safe, for example)."
"All I need to do is: (Trust)."
"All I need to focus on is: (Doing my best)."
Take as long as you need. There are no right or wrong answers. The important thing is to simply let yourself feel and be open to the truth pouring from your higher self. For me, the truth is that I am safe, and all I need to do is trust and focus on doing my best.
Our heart always knows the answer.
Many of us spend our lives overstimulated and exhausted, just trying to keep up. We forget to return to our breath, slow down, and listen to our inner knowing.
Our heart always knows the answer. We just have to give it the time and space to speak our truth to us.
I find this exercise to be a quick and powerful way to ground myself and acknowledge why I feel out of sorts. It's free, relaxing, quick, and can be done again and again. I also love this exercise because it's a great reminder that we are 100 percent responsible for our life experiences. What an empowered place to live from!
Certainly setbacks and disappointments, trauma and tragedy can and will still arise, but we don't have to stay stuck in a low-vibe state of despair. Our hearts and minds want to work together to bring us a fulfilling, joyful life that lights us up.
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