Happy Healthy and Fit

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Health and Happiness are Right Under your Nose

It is fascinating that people struggle to control companies, countries, companions, children and situations and lose complete control over the only thing that can actually be controlled.  Look right under your nose, I am talking about the breath.

Without breath, there is no life.  If you have ever been in a situation, where you are literally struggling for breath, you know that you will no longer think about anything going on outside of you.  Your focus will be entirely inside of you, on your breath.

In just a few minutes everyday, you can greatly improve your health and happiness.  The best part?  It's free!

Very rarely do you breathe through both nostrils at the same time.  Chances are you never really noticed this or thought about it.  If you did, it wasn't for very long.  Typically about twelve hours per day are spent breathing through each nostril.  Isn't it amazing how little attention you give to something so vital, going on right under your nose?

As you transition your breathing from one nostril to the other, it is possible that you are breathing through both for a moment.  Doctors, scientists, philosophers and yogis recognize this breathing pattern, but the whys and hows remain a mystery.  It is known that the right nostril is related to the sun, controlling the vital and physical aspects of the body.  The left nostril is ruled by the moon and controls the mental functions of the body.

Balanced breath harmonizes the body ensuring a balanced personality.  If you are struggling to control anything going on outside of you, take a moment and check in with your breath.  Anxiety and anger lead to a shorter, faster breath which tax the body.  Long, slow and fluid yogic breaths create a calming sensation, which brings a heightened sense of awareness, allowing you to see things more clearly.   Isn't it possible if you don't even notice your own breath, you may not fully appreciate someone else's point of view or perspective?

There are many different types of meditating and breathing exercises that you can learn, but simply bringing consciousness to your breath returns your focus to your center.  Life is not intended to be a struggle.  You cannot control anything going on outside of you anyway.  You can only learn to control your response to different situations.  Tune into the breath and take a nice, long, slow one.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means honoring and appreciating your life by honoring, appreciating and lengthening your breath.

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