A colleague of mine, at least once a week says to me "Breathe Woman!" She means this in both the literal and figurative senses. On any given day something happens in either my personal or professional life that makes me… hold my breath.
Holding your breath is holding you back!
In the literal sense, I inhale and then fail to exhale. In the figurative sense, I hold on to something and don’t let it go. The exhale in this case is needed to relax. To relax my mind, body, and spirit so that I can stay focused. The letting go is needed for release, especially the release of the frustration and negativity that holds me back, keeps me from being productive, and prevents me from moving in a positive direction.
What happens when we literally hold our breath?
We all know that if we are deprived of oxygen for long enough, we die. It’s really that serious! Whether it’s fast or slow, when we fail to breathe, we fail to live. Here’s what happens when we hold our breath;
Anatomy tells us that breathing assists with expelling toxins from our bodies. When we hold our breath, we allow these toxins to remain, circulate throughout our bodies, and ultimately manifest. Research has also shown that failing to expel toxins from the body can decrease energy, make us age faster, and keep you in ill health.
Breathing and Releasing
Many of the same side effects of holding our breath occur when we fail to release negativity. When we engage in negative thinking, stay around negative people, or allow negative energy to invade our space, we deprive ourselves of forward movement.
When we hold on to negativity…
When we release the negativity from our lives, we free ourselves from the bondages of stagnation and mediocrity. It is stagnation and mediocrity that often prevents us from being able to see possibilities and make the necessary changes that allow us to move upward and in a direction that creates opportunity
Exhaling and Letting GO!
Science says that when you maximize your breathing you release unwanted toxins to improve your health. Health includes that which is of the mind, body, and spirit. Exhaling rids the body of carbon dioxide, which is a waste product. Letting go rids the mind of negativity, which is just a plain old waste. We need to get into the habit of seeing things for what they are and identifying whether or not those things, or people, or situations will benefit our health and wellbeing. And, when it its shown that there is no benefit, we have to learn how to remove those things from our thoughts, from our space, and not act upon or react to them.
When we can breathe and let go, we can remove the barriers that hold us back from making progress. We can be creative, we can be productive, we can be happy, we can be healthy. It is all of these that keeps us motivated and innovative.