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Create Your Own Pace Through Breath

Create Your Own Pace Through Breath

The busy pace of our lives can sometimes cause us to lose touch with our inner selves. But when we bring our attention back to the breath, we reconnect with our own pace and rhythm, rather than getting bulldozed by outer circumstances.

Learn how to establish your own tempo through breathing so you donít risk losing yourself in the hustle. Interestingly, the author is not suggesting that we should simply slow down. Instead, this exercise is all about developing a range of speeds so you can set your own pace for the day.

First, connect with your breath:

1. Notice what is. Count your breaths. How many breaths per minute are you taking? Use a clock or a stopwatch if you can. Do not slow your breathing down or speed it up, just enjoy it as it is and notice the tempo.

2. Breathe with your hands. With your hands at the level of your mouth, move them away as you exhale and toward your mouth as you inhale. Watch them and feel them. Do this for 1 full minute.

3. Breathe fast. Find a fast tempo you enjoy and breathe at that pace. Breathe as rapidly as you would while walking up a hill or running. Explore the sensations that arise.

4. Breathe slowly. Intentionally slow your breathing and note any changes in your body.

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Adapted from Breath Taking, by Lorin Roche (Rodale Press, 2001).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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2:45AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thanks for a good article.

10:27PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for info.

10:26PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for info.

10:25PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for info.

10:24PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for info.

10:24PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for info.

8:54PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

And the most important thing is that you breathe.

8:52PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Very useful, thanks

1:32PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:39AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

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