To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV
Tension can result in a chronic half-breath habit, which means you're not fully emptying your lungs of waste (carbon dioxide) or getting your fill of oxygen. The next time you're stuck at a red light, waiting in line or on hold, use the moment to notice your breathing. Take two or three breaths that are a bit slower and deeper than usual. Allow for a natural pause between the exhale and inhale. Let your belly rise with each breath. It's a quick and simple way to still your mind and relax.
I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am. ~Sylvia Plath
Song of the day: Breathe, by Willy Porter
Book of the day: Perfect Breathing: Transform your Life One Breath at a Time by AL Lee and Don Campbell
Video of the day: Bellying Breathing on Anxietycoach.com
Three breathing exercises (Dr. Weil)