Are You Breathing?

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If you are reading this, I’ll have to assume the answer is yes…. the old joke when I got into real estate in 1983 was that you could get hired if you could fog a mirror. It was also the test for one of those old assumable loans too! These days, it certainly takes more than just breathing to be successful or to get a loan!

Many of us may be breathing but not really being aware of it most of the time.

You see, I shared I am a recovering “Type A” and, as such, am intrigued with ways of being very effective and focused without an hour of yoga or sitting in meditation for 25 minutes. I have tried! I really, really have, but can’t say embracing either felt right for me. I know they’d probably be GOOD for me, but so would no wine, cheese or chocolate for the rest of my life. I’m looking for a healthy balance that feels right and includes indulgences! We’re always making choices, aren’t we? So my quest is how to live life to the fullest, and still stay healthy and sane!

What’s all this got to do with breathing? In my research on productivity, happiness & success, repeatedly the topic of breathing crops up. So here are some random thoughts and resources for you to take as they fit for you.

  • Master Chunyi Lin says most of us are breathing about 25 times a minute and leaving 40% stale air in our lungs. He suggests you can energize, calm and focus by slowing your breathing down to 10 breaths a minute for several minutes. Try this for 2-3 minutes next time you feel stressed, angry or overwhelmed. BREATHE.......
  • Dr. Andrew Weil says in his book Spontaneous Healing, “ You can learn to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, circulation and digestion by consciously changing the rhythm and depth of breathing.”
    • Three exercises that are very simple are described in his book. Observing the breath, start with exhalation and then let yourself be breathed. All this can be done in just a few minutes each day.
  • One of my favorite intuitive speakers & teachers, Sonia Choquette, teaches how important our awareness of our breath is.
  • To learn some simple ways to practice: David Harp wrote a little book I like calledThe Three Minute Meditator: 30 Simple Ways to Unwind Your Mind While Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence

One of the messages that has resonated with me in 2010 is that my job is to take care of me. Being more aware of my breathing and using it as a quick centering technique is something I can do! How about you?

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Comments (6)

Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Very interesting! I am now practicing my breathing!

Jan 07, 2011 05:54 AM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

Joeann, How have I missed your blog.  This is right up my alley in terms of interest.  Thanks for shairng

Jan 07, 2011 05:54 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I have not heard of any of these theories but they make sense.  I will click on the links and see what I can find and adapt for myself.  Thanks for the post!

Jan 07, 2011 06:00 AM
Brad Hornshaw
Brad Hornshaw Realtor Lynnwood, Bothell, Everett - Lynnwood, WA
Realtor, Listing Agent, Buyers Agent, Investments
Joeann I certainly Believe this I have studied Self Hypnosis And Meditation which I believe to be pretty much the same discipline called different names. Proper breathing some times I have heard called triangle breathing is so crucial to relaxing. I used to have a lot of sleeping problems proper breathing pretty much ended them, as well as helped me make some needed changes in my self....Brad
Jan 07, 2011 06:26 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joeann, Breathing is a good thing...even keeps us alive. I, too, have heard the "fog the mirror rule."

While writing this comment, my breathing has been slow, controlled and calming. Thanks for the  reminder and it is still one of the free tools we have. And I know 'free' is one of your favorite words.


Jan 07, 2011 02:33 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for the referral of David Harp's "The Three Minute Meditator!"

Mike in Tucson

Jan 14, 2011 12:47 AM