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11/15/08 7:06 P

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Taking a breather, deep and slow for 5 or ten minutes can actually lower blood pressure by 5 points and improve cardiac function.

I have a book from Nancy Zi called the art of breathing and it helps me to calm and to exercise.

I just love your posts!!! Thanks for sharing.

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11/12/08 7:00 A

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11/12/08 3:38 A

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I feel very stressed an anxious right now so thank you so much for grounding me right now. I am breathing. Smile. This came at a very good time for me right now.

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11/11/08 9:29 A

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Today's Small Change: Take a five-minute breather each day.
Take a Breather
When I talk to people about the importance of proper breathing, I get a lot of skeptical looks. Yet deep, slow, focused breathing can change the way you feel, give you an emotional lift, and reduce stress and anxiety!
When you breathe, you deliver oxygen to all of your body's cells, including those in your brain. (If you've ever held your breath too long and become light-headed, it was because your brain was being starved of oxygen.) Normal breathing involves deep, slow inhalations and exhalations.

When you're stressed, however, you tend to take shorter, shallower breaths, which don't supply as much oxygen to your body. This actually increases the amount of stress you experience. Because breathing is fundamentally linked to the way you feel mentally and physically, simply changing the way you breathe will enable you to handle stress better.

You probably can't remember the last time you sat quietly and simply focused on your breath but with a little effort taking a breather can become a regular activity. Today, I want you to do a five-minute exercise that will allow you to become aware of your breath, slowing down your heart rate and reducing your stress level in the process.

It's simple: Just sit and be aware of your breathing. Inhale, exhale, and repeat. Your breath may begin to slow and deepen, but don't actively try to change it. Just follow it without judgment.

How does paying attention to your breath change how you feel? How does it change your breathing? You may be surprised how relaxing this small step can be. Anytime you feel stressed or anxious going forward, do the five-minute breather to return your body to a state of calm.

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Realize the power of thought. It is a gift from God.
Use it well.

This is the responsibility of thought - to choose wisely.
This is the power of thought - to create what is.

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