Cindy Hoard

Inspirational Author and Psychologist


I know we have talked about this before!
I continue to be amazed every day with the various experiences and insights we can gain as part of our breathing in the present moment.

An Amazing Image of Breathing
I want to share a quote from the Persian Poet Hafiz – “I am a hole in the flute that the Divine’s Breath blows through.” This is a wonderful expression of another way we can appreciate the power of our breath. What an artistic way of creating a visual image of the Divine coming through in our life.

Be Present in the Moment Anytime, Anywhere,
There is the possibility of being present in the moment at any time. When we practice deep cleansing breaths, they can help us redirect our attention to focus on the present moment. Some sages would argue that every minute of our life has the potential to be a meditation. Key to bringing our attention to these times is using any of our senses (e.g., what we see, what we hear, what we feel in our body, what we smell, what we taste, what we feel emotionally and/or physically) which can take us out of our thinking mind which can distract us from the present.

Meditation Options
Expanding our idea of conscious breathing beyond just the 3 deep cleansing breaths opens up infinite opportunities to put our breathing into practice many different times, many different ways. It does not matter what we are doing (e.g., working at a job, cleaning the house, going for a walk, taking a walk in nature, indulging in your imagination, preparing a meal, taking a long luxuriant bath, going for a long drive and, and…, and…..) or where we are. It all comes down to breathing in consciously and deeply and focusing on the immediate moment. Listening to messages from your body through your senses is invaluable.

Long-Term Effects of Meditation & Breathing
Conscious breathing helps focus and distract the infamous “monkey mind” that tends to rule our attention. These practices also help us be the most fully present we can be to an activity. Concentration of this nature can increase our intuition, creativity and productivity over time.
Try attending for a few concentrated breaths and minutes and notice how your body feels, the relief it can bring to your mind and the freedom from what might seem like urgent things trying to grab your attention.

With committed, consistent practice in any form, you may well discover that your attention and the time you make for breathing and meditation will naturally increase. Expand your experiences and options! Go for it! Cindy

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