Here is a powerful technique that you can start to apply right away to improve your vitality, wellness, and success.
The word Inspire means to motivate, energize, and also to breathe. Our breathing and our state of motivation have a synergistic relationship. When we are breathing well and oxygen is flowing freely throughout our entire body, we can feel more energized and motivated.
In spite of our awareness that breathing well feels good, is healthy and helps us to be more productive, modern people are chronically poor breathers. Most of us have a habit of breathing more shallowly and rapidly than is beneficial. It is a habituated pattern that we don’t often question, or consider changing.
These breathing patterns are often as a result of the body’s response to stress. You may know that this is the fight, flight, or freeze response to perceived threats in our environment. On a physiological basis the body is preparing to do what it needs to in order to stay alive. We produce adrenaline and other chemicals and we begin to breathe more rapidly and shallowly, to be prepared to react quickly. This type of response is normal, healthy and beneficial, but not when it is happening many times on a daily basis or constantly for some people. In an emergency this state of hyper-arousal is useful, yet when it becomes habitual it can have a negative effect. On the level of our nervous system this is a state of dysregulation vs. a state of regulation.
Most of us know that breathing better would be beneficial, but we have yet to change, or we just don’t know how. To make this positive change we need more than just awareness. We also need motivation and an effective way to create this new habit. In a moment you will learn a technique to consciously regulate your nervous system to a state of greater calm by practicing mindfulness of your breathing. When practicing this technique your body will feel better and it will feel more alive. This felt-sense of aliveness occurs as more oxygen, which is synonymous with life, gets delivered to each of your forty trillion plus cells! This sense of wellbeing will provide added motivation; as your body likes to feel good!
Mindfulness means paying attention to your experience. In this case you will be paying more attention to how you are breathing. The goal is to retrain your system to breathe naturally.
The following technique can be easily remembered with the acronym B-R-S which stands for Breath, Relax, and Sense. Here are the three steps:
Breathe – Inhale slowly in a full and natural way through the nose, relaxing the muscles in the torso area so that the ribs can expand like an accordion. This feels more like being breathed, than forcing the breath. Raise your shoulders towards your ears slightly on the inhale.
Relax – Exhale while lowering your raised shoulders. Allow the exhale to be a letting-go breath; as you release any tension in the shoulders and in the rest of the body.
Sense – Feel into the body, or place your awareness on the slight sense of heaviness as you released your shoulders. Keep some of your attention in the body as you begin the next inhale.
Repeat this cycle for approximately two minutes. If one cycle of an in and out breath takes you ten seconds, then you will have six cycles per minute, or twelve cycles in two minutes. Try this technique several times a day to begin building this healthy new habit.
Set the intention of using any stress inducing event as a trigger to practice mindfulness breathing. For example, the sound of a siren going by, or a car alarm going off could be used. This way you will be using those things that normally induce a stress reaction as triggers to practice this mindful, calm-inducing response. Soon you will be responding to red traffic lights with the same calm and sense of wellbeing that you now get from green lights.
Brad Maybury teaches mindfulness practices, helping clients connect more deeply with their body and gain greater calm, vitality, and wellness! Those with symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma go from surviving to thriving.
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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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