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Breathing: Simple Yet Profound
by Corrine Bucher
When my back went out a month ago, for the sixth time in 4 years, I realized I needed to do something to fix the problem, not just manage the pain. The Healing Yoga foundation came highly recommended by three friends, so I scheduled a private consultation. After quite a few questions about my lifestyle and spiritual beliefs, the therapist gave me a personalized program of poses complete with a meditation at the end. To my surprise, he also spent about half the session teaching me how to breathe. Having taken yoga off and on for years, I knew proper breathing was a vital component, but I was amazed to find out just how therapeutic it could be.
I left feeling hopeful but not sure I could commit to doing the program every day. I can be very disciplined about getting exercise, as long as it is sweaty, because the benefits seem so apparent. Now I was being asked simply to sit still and breathe. But desperation and pain are fantastic motivators.
After a few nights of practicing my program, the benefits went way beyond my back feeling better. There was a dramatic difference in the quality of my sleep. A week later, I found myself concentrating on breathing when faced with a decision. I could feel my body relax and clarity came easily. All my relationships benefited from me being more present and at ease. I could go on and on, but you get the picture -- it worked.
My life is cyclical, it’s not a straight line. Lessons come back around until I learn them on a deeper level. I have been practicing “being” versus “doing” for years now, but the act of consciously breathing is taking it to an entirely new level. I assumed that being stressed out was an unavoidable condition, part of being a working mom. I now fully realize it's optional. A simple but profound discovery.
Corrine Bucher is a veteran coach and mother devoted to transforming the lives of both working and stay-at-home mothers. Her Workshops for Working Mothers, originally developed for a Fortune 500 Company, challenge and inspire women to define their work/life balance vision so they may begin to feel a sense of control again. Learn more and sign up for her online newsletter, Embracing Motherhood, at http://corrinebucher.com.
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