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Just Breathe

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There are no such things as ordinary moments – each moment is truly extraordinary. Take a few moments to allow these words to wash over you. What if everything happening is in service to growth, learning and joy? How might our experiences be different if we could embrace this thought? Would our actions change?

Be still for a moment and allow thought to recede to the background for just a moment. Receive the gift of breath, and simply notice what is happening now. Slow down long enough to notice where you are, who is around you, what you are doing, and continue to bring awareness to your breath. Notice the rise and fall of the chest, the sensations in the body, and thoughts that come to mind. Notice if what you are feeling is pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.

Simply observe, continuing to bring awareness to the breath. As thoughts arise, imagine they become fluffy clouds on a beautiful sunny day, moving across the sky. Nothing to do with these thoughts for now, they will come back later if you need to address them. Return to the breath again and again noticing the sensations in your body and the world around you. What are you aware of now? Has anything shifted? Allow thought to come back in. What is important now?

This simple practice of bringing awareness to our breath can transform our lives. It anchors us, creating clarity and openness to be fully present with gifts inherent in each moment. The breath nourishes the mind, body and spirit, enlivening every cell in our being. It also brings us fully into the present moment, where everything happens and our world can change. Each moment is truly extraordinary…embrace the miracle of life.

Nancy Feth is a professional coach and strategic catalyst, passionate about relationships. Her work with individuals, couples, businesses and teams has assisted each in developing relationships that are both authentic and intentional. Clients served range from international organizations to small-businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Nancy and her partners recently launched Simply Grace, a women’s community designed to honor spiritual diversity and foster global kindness, compassion and love. www.facebook.com/pauseonpurpose www.simplygrace.me

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