Daily Dose: “Just Breathe” 04.02.20 – Living the Inner Life

Hi, it’s Chris from Living the Inner Life, and today is April 2nd, the second day of the stay at home, stay in place orders that we have to follow throughout the month of April, 2020 during this coronavirus outbreak.

So as I promised, everyday I’m going to give you some tidbit of information, maybe something to think about, or even more important, something to do that can help you get through the day. And if we string enough days together, we’ll get through this month, or beyond if it needs to go that way.

So today, I want you to do something, and that is: “Just Breathe”. Okay, so if you’re hearing me and seeing me, chances are you’re probably breathing, and that’s really good news because it means you’re alive. Now breathing is something, of course, we do automatically, we do it unconsciously, we do it in our sleep.

But it’s also something we can do consciously, or at the very least, become consciously aware of our breath. Because, if you can hear your breath, not only does that mean you’re still alive, it means you’re in the present moment, and when you’re in the present moment, you’re not worried too much about the future, or disappointed about the past, or consumed with a lot of negative thinking that can go on in our minds all the time.

So, it’s really important to stay in this present moment, to get centered. Now, if you have to run into the bathroom and do this, or go in your car or in the closet, take a moment, take three counts and we’re gonna do them together and breathe and listen to your breath.

So are you ready? Breathe in…out. That’s one. Breathe in…and out. That’s two. Breathe in…and breathe out, that’s three. So if you can do that on a three count, and you can repeat it as many times as you want during the day, you are in the present moment. You are breathing and you are not consumed with this endless thought stream of concerns and worries. And if you’re feeling really up to it, see how high you can count – I’ll bet you lose count before you get to ten.

So this is Chris, we’ll see you again tomorrow and don’t forget…just breathe.