The Breath of Life and Love
can you live without food? Maybe 40 days.
How long can you live without water? Maybe 5 days.
How long can you live without breathing? How many
Breath is a perfect expression of how we live our lives.
When we think everything depends on us and we must keep
everything under control, our breath is shallow,
controlled, and contracted.
When we trust in God, the Universe and Life Itself, our
breath becomes full and open, moving gracefully through
a relaxed chest. It sounds like a deep sigh of relief
for that is exactly what it is; a belief and relief that
we are being taken care of. That’s when we stop running
interference on the Universe and allow life to flow
The in breathe allows you to absorb precious life force
energy, while the out breath allows your mind and body
to let go and deeply relax. Most people are more
comfortable breathing in then breathing out. And yet, it
is with through a deep exhale that we relax into our
deeper self and release stress, worry, doubt and fear.
When you breathe in deeply and release the exhale
effortlessly, old thought patterns, beliefs and painful
experiences are able to move through you. Healing occurs
when we feel safe and are relaxed. Consciously breathe
in and out and notice how the energy of life flows
Jack Shield, MD, a Lymphologist from Santa Barbara, CA,
conducted a study on the
effects of breathing on the lymphatic system. Using
cameras inside the body, he
found that deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulated the
cleansing of the lymph system
by creating a vacuum effect which sucked the lymph
through the bloodstream.
This increased the rate of toxic elimination by as much
as 15 times the normal pace.
Right now, take a moment to breathe in the beauty around
you…breathe out appreciation for the love in your
life…breathe in how much the Universe supports
you…breathe out with a feeling of faith and
belief…breathe in the gratitude you have for your
relationships…breathe out with a sense of wonderment for
Remember, each emotion has an associating breathing
pattern and vice versa. Take time to become aware of
your breathing. Practice deep breathing as many times as
possible throughout the day. It is perhaps the most
powerful way we can become grounded and centered in the
present moment and in our true beingness. When you
consciously breathe in and out, you reclaim your inner
power and are more easily able to handle the stressors
of daily life.
Allow your breath to support you. Its love and wisdom
are powerful allies. Ahhhhh.
© Copyright 2010
Laura Grace. All Rights Reserved.
Read Laura's Past Columns:
Art of Mindfulness"
- "Faith-in-it As You Make It"
Summer-Fall 2008 - "Spiritual Imagineering: A Celebration of Life"
Winter-Spring 2008 - "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives"
Summer 2007- "Making Room for Love"
Winter 2006-'07 - "Life’s Deepest Meaning: Teach Only Love"
Summer-Autumn 2006 - "The Courage to Be Happy"
Jan-Apr 2006 - "Turning Mistakes into Lessons"
Oct-Dec 2005 - "Be Still"
July-Sept 2005 - "Balancing Your Wheel of Life"
- "Imaginary Borders"
2005 - "Witnessing the Truth About Your Life"
2004 - "Letting Go"
2004 - "Progressing with Passion"
2004 - "Deepening Your Spiritual Practice"
2004 - "Life's Crossroads: Love-vs-Fear"
January-February 2004 - "Faith the Foundation for Every
2003 Column - "Touching the Heart of Others"
2003 Column - "Knowing How to Care for Yourself"
2003 Column - "Dreaming a Happy Life"
2003 Column - "Living the Authentic Life"
2003 Column - "Rising Above the Battleground"
2003 Column - "Healing Through Your
2003 Column - "Are You Going with the Flow?"
2003 Column - "Living the Soulful Life"
2002 Column - "The Power to Change"
2002 Column - "Peace Begins at Home"
Column - "Spiraling to Higher Ground"
September 2002 Column - "Cradled in Nature's
August 2002 Column - "Recovering
Laura Grace is the Spiritual Leader of the Circle of Spiritual Enlightenment in Central Coast California, and a national author and speaker. Laura provides spiritual counseling and offers numerous workshops and retreats for awakening the heart
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