Episode #36 Pause To Breathe
Breathing. As we’ve seen in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death more than a month ago, every single breath is a gift and should never be taken for granted. As you wake up each morning to a new day of pandemic realities, racial injustices, and economic challenges, consider leveraging each breath for a greater good. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert explore the art of breathing in a unique conversation that will enhance your personal well-being during turbulent times.
Even as we record this podcast, I am feeling more relaxed. Even as I listen to you and pause to breathe, I feel like all is well. And things are going to be OK. Pausing brings perspective.Dr. Michael Brown
- We often carry stress and tension in our bodies without realizing it.
- It is difficult to interpret our thoughts and feelings if we do not first pause to consider those thoughts and feelings.
- When we fail to pause and remind ourselves of what is most important in life, we tend to make choices that are hurtful rather than helpful.
- Exhaling for one second longer than we inhale serves as a signal to our minds and bodies that we are safe.
- The benefits of yoga are two-fold: the opportunity to strengthen our bodies and the opportunity to slow our breaths.
- We can acknowledge how we are feeling without judging how we are feeling.
- Set reminders in your phone that encourage you to pause throughout your day and take your emotional temperature.
- Incorporate a daily palms-down, palms-up practice in order to release stress and receive peace.
- When you are feeling frustrated with someone, pause to breathe before initiating a verbal response.
In This Episode
Sit In Silence
It’s not exactly a new idea: there’s something profound that happens when we step away from all the noise and embrace the quiet. This week Dr. Michael Brown and Dan Costello discuss the power of putting this truth into practice.
Commit To Meditation
When we learn to stop wondering about the past and worrying about the future, transformational change can occur. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Tyler Schwanz discuss how meditation can help us reflect, recharge, and reframe our lives.
Slow It Down
Faster isn’t always better, and in fact, we are often at our best when we are at our slowest. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Greg Dickerson remind us that our pace is our choice and explore how slowness can actually give us more time.