When I was in my undergrad I had a teacher who took an entire class to teach us how to breathe. Many students thought it was a crazy lesson but I thought it was awesome. Learning to pause and breathe deeply is an important tool for life. Today, as you create space to be still, layer on taking deep breaths.
If you need more guidance, try this:
- Inhale expand the belly, ribs and then chest.
- Exhale retract the chest, the ribs and then the belly.
More detailed description:
Take one hand to your belly and one to your chest. As you breathe in, pretend there is a balloon within. On the inhalation inflate the balloon, starting with your belly, then expand your ribs, then allow the chest to rise into your hand. On the exhalation, deflate the balloon, allowing the chest to fall back down, the ribs to draw back towards the center of the body and have the belly button deflate and draw it back towards the low back.
- Is there room for improvement for you in this area of your life?
- When you are taking time to be still, layer in 3-part deep breathing.
- As you create space and take time to be still, take 10 deep breaths.
- Do this 3 times during your quiet time.
- Don’t worry about doing the breathing exercise perfectly. Just allow the breath to flow in, and flow out.
- As with anything, the more you practice it, the better you will get at it.
“Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10