You've chosen to proceed so lets get more comfortable. Have you had a tough day?
Was someone rude or snippish with you? Did things go wrong again?
Or are you just waiting for it to hit the fan. Do you blame yourself or someone else?
Or worse, do you hate yourself, or your looks, or your life
Take heart my friend, your not alone, we've all been struggling.
This world of our's doesn't tolerate slackers. There's no room for mistakes.
There's no place for the plain, ordinary, average person.
Your here now... in the "Emptycloud"... a safe haven in the storm.
A Site for Refreshment, Nourishment, Relaxation.
Let the world go on about It's business while you take a break.
Perhaps, adjusting our breathe will help, that will increase our patience and tolerance,
so that we can proceed thru this site slowly and extract the maximum benefits. Please explore the photo-environments provided as portals to the clouds.
A few nice deep breaths can be so relaxing. It can be a quick and easy stress reliever to take with you. You can practice this anytime, anywhere. It is usually not noticable to others unless they must wonder why you are smiling.
Word has it that when people are stressed, they tend to take short little breaths rather than deep, relaxing ones. Is this true for you? Check it out.
Quick and Easy Stress Management Breathing Exercise:
- Sit down or lie down.
- Inhale slowly and say to yourself I am...
- Exhale slowly and say to yourself relaxed.
Breathing is not something you DO. Rather it is something which you ALLOW. The problem is that we don't allow our breathing to occur smoothly and naturally.
For those who are a bit more ambitious, here is a way to experience more about breathing.
Experiencing a Full Breath
While it is not possible or necessary to fully expand the lungs with every breath, it is vital in heightening awareness to experience how a really complete breath feels. Used periodically, this exercise utilizes the lungs to capacity, and extracts great amounts of "life force" from the air.
Directions: Try this exercise sitting, standing and lying down.
- 1. Exhale deeply, contracting the belly.
2. Inhale slowly as you expand the abdomen.
3. Continue inhaling as you expand the chest.
4. Continue inhaling as you raise the shoulders up towards your ears.
5. Hold for a few comfortable seconds
6. Exhale in reverse pattern, slowly. Release shoulders, relax chest, contract the belly.
This exercise will require gentle practice in order that inhalation and exhalation be smooth and balanced. Beginners should only do it 2 or 3 times continuously.
- From: The Wellness Workbook. Travis, MD & Ryan; Ten Speed Press, 1988
In many cases it is not possible to relax until you relesase some of your pent up energy. Concentrate on this restless energy that you have caged within and take it to one of these convienient locations for release. Imagine it to be a caged wild animal, the door is flung open, it pauses for a moment, checks to see that the new inviting space is safe,and then experiences the surge of release and the new found freedom of rebirth.
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