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Friday, February 17, 2017

BREATHE IN LOVE

Quoting Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

We all know that this isn’t the easiest of assignments. But, the way we feel about ourselves affects every other decision we make and determines the quality of our relationships, our work, our today's and tomorrows.

Feeling worthy and lovable requires us to see ourselves with fresh eyes - those of acceptance, love, and respect.  And these things can only come from within. But convincing ourselves of that doesn’t always come easy and is an ongoing process.

There are many ways in which we can begin to change our story, to view ourselves through a different lens. But we must take baby steps because if we are handed too big of a to-do-list, we can become overwhelmed and not do anything at all. So I thought instead of making one of those big lists (which I truly love to do, I’m a list gal) I’d give you one thing to try - this simple breathing technique which helps to fill us with love and release our negative thoughts and emotions. This is called the Inhale/Exhale Method, which I learned while attending The BTB Masters Training Program back in the 90’s to become a certified Feng Shui Practitioner.

1. Before you even get out of the bed in the morning and before you drift off to sleep at night, remind yourself that you are worthy and do this simple breathing technique.

METHOD:

1.  Inhale a long breath (through the nose)

2. Exhale through the mouth

3.  On the inhale, visualize clean, white, loving energy filling your body.

4.  On the exhale, visualize any negative thoughts and feelings leaving your body (you can visualize this breath as gray, turning to black on the last and longest breath of the exhale.

5. Repeat this nine times.

When you are done, envision yourself loved and surrounded by a warm bright light.

I hope you enjoy this. Next week I’ll send you another simple technique that you can add to your repertoire :)




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