Day 19: Centering, Possibility and Discovery? Right Here.
September 1, 2012 Leave a comment
- Looked up and remembered – with intention, to slow down
- Sought out someone in need and took time to celebrate them, with them
- Turned to a friend or family member and simply said: “Whats on your mind?”
- Gave yourself permission to take a break and have a little fun
- Bought a cup of coffee for someone in line behind you
- “Accidentally” dropped a $5 bill in front of a kid at the store and said; “Say, that’s not mine, looks like you dropped something there.”
Lift your head and scan the environment, what patterns do you see? Pay attention and listen, because we all need reminders that this life is about making connections. We never get anywhere without others and when we surround ourselves with a supportive community, they help bring us back to our center. It is the essence of positive karma.
I was recently told about a book by Thomas Crum called; “Three Deep Breaths: Finding Power and Purpose in a Stressed-Out Life.” I can’t wait to read it! The premise behind the book, as Crum states, is as follows:
“Science has shown us that there are three “C’s” of a stress resistant immune system:
- A sense of CONTROL over your response to life events
- A sense of COMMITMENT to something beyond your ego (i.e., family, service, religion, or life philosophy).
- A sense of CHALLENGE and learning opportunity when confronted with a stressor.
The Three Deep Breaths technique is a mind-body process which allows us to achieve the three C’s while balancing our autonomic nervous system through the breath.
Breath # 1: The Centering Breath
Breath in the present moment, with balance and energy
Breath # 2: The Possibility Breath
Breath in the “me I want to be” with power and purpose
Breath # 3: The Discovery Breath
Breath in the mystery, let go of judgment
The Centering Breath gives us the calm and balance we need to respond appropriately rather than react negatively in stressful situations. The Possibility Breath reminds us of a purpose higher than our egos. And the Discovery Breath turns a stressful situation into a crucial learning opportunity.”
As another resource to stay grounded, I created a board on Pinterest called “Meditation” Enjoy it and pay it forward by sharing it with someone who could use a lift today.
Please comment below. What are some interesting things you or those you do to refocus and feel centred?
Four things I am grateful for today
- Validation and support systems who remind me I am centered, strong and resilient
- That children are teachers who center me, remind me about possibilities and the wonder of discovery
- My optimism and ability to re-frame possibilities