Taking Time for Breath

Taking time for breath – by Shannon Rose Farrell-Jackson

I woke up this morning, to the light rumble of thunder and the brief flashes of lightning as they lit up the humid air.  I purposefully set my alarm 15 minutes ahead of my household, for just this reason.  I get to pour a cup of coffee and step out into the newness of the day… taking a simple breath. 

It is an incredible privilege to be able to take small moments like this.  A breath.

When I wake to my alarm, I have this overwhelming urge to check my email, to start my work day, to take action.  Every morning, I need to remind myself of the importance to act mindfully, to slow down for that small moment and take my first breaths of my waking day. 

Physically, this not only gets oxygen deep into the recesses of my lungs, it signals the brain to turn off the “fight or flight” response that the alarm has instilled in me.  The brain, sends a new signal, a signal that tells the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the cardiovascular system to ignite and do what they do best – nourish and cleanse the body.  This simple act of taking a breath, triggers a chain reaction that sets a tone for my day.

The privilege in this small moment becomes the privilege of deep well-being.  A small gift to self that reaches to the micro-level of my life and my health. 

Take a small moment, anytime in your day, and give yourself permission to accept and find joy in this simple gift to self – in your breath.

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