“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Stephen Covey 1932-2012, Author and Speaker
Today make the conscious decision to stop and take a deep breath. Whenever life feels overwhelming, stop and breath. When you are faced with a big problem that requires an innovative solution, stop and breath. Or when you just start to feel anxious or out of sorts, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to stop, pause and remember to breath. Not the kind of breath that is short and shallow. I am talking about one that fills every part of your body and soul. And don’t just do it once. Take as many as you need to calm yourself. This small decision will make all the difference in the way that you proceed. It can clear your mind so that your focus is sharper and you are more attuned to the matter at hand. It can bring you to a place of peace if only for a moment. There have been studies done that show that people who take deep breaths throughout the day, be it through meditation, yoga or moments in time have a higher level of happiness and clarity. It does not cost anything, so there is no excuse not to. It is vital to living. In this fast paced world, you may need to slow things down a bit. Just stop and take deep breath, visualizing a more vital and robust you and at the same time letting out the negative energy or hot air. The tension that is present in any challenging circumstance throughout your day is minimized by making this wonderful choice to stop, breath and let go. It seems like a silly reminder, but if you don’t forget to take deep breaths daily and often, your spirit has an even better chance to take flight and feel more alive. How about that for a wise choice and investment in you!