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The Metaphorical Exhale

By Paige Bradley-Pecoul

WED SEP 02, 2020

Hello friends!

Today, I want to talk about exhaling.

I invite you to pause, and take notice of your breath. How is it moving in your body? Is it shallow or deep? Is it mostly in your chest?

Breathe more consciously. Invite the breath to deepen and widen by making sure you exhale completely. You may want to exhale through the mouth a few times with a sigh.

There. Don’t you feel better? More relaxed? Ready to receive? This Is the power of exhalation. It creates space for the next breath to enter.

Imagine if you didn’t exhale, if you simply kept drawing breath in, filling up every last bit of space in the body, and still trying to take in more. Soon, overwhelm and imbalance would take over. Luckily, your body would force you to exhale. If you didn’t exhale completely, you could only take in so much more before quickly entering into overwhelm and imbalance again.

The exhale is a necessary and vital part of the cycle.

Cycles and rhythm govern the flow of energy and life force. The drumbeat of the rhythm is spanda, divine pulsation. Inhale, exhale. Receive, release. Expand, contract. Consume, digest.

You need both. If you just keep going, doing, scrolling, and eating, your system will become overwhelmed and imbalanced. This could manifest in many ways, including exhaustion, stress, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders, weight gain, and hypertension, among others.

Imbalances and disease are the body’s way of asking you to take a metaphorical exhale.

To honor the drumbeat and the rhythm, the metaphorical exhale needs to be built into your day. Periodically pause to allow the mind, body, and nervous system to prepare to take in what is coming next. How long depends on how much you have been consuming. If your days are quite busy, allow your evening to be one big exhale.

Some ways to take a metaphorical exhale:

  • Take 5 conscious breaths between activities.
  • Pause when getting in and out of the car to take note of where you have been or where you are going.
  • Set a timer and look up from your computer every 30 minutes. Turn your gaze towards a window and look outside. If you can, get up and go outside.
  • Watch clouds drift by.
  • Watch it rain.
  • Choose silence over sound.
  • Lie in the grass.
  • Eat only when hungry. Space out your meals. Resist snacking.
  • Take social media breaks.
  • Turn off devices at least one hour before bed.
  • Journal

You get the idea. Digest your food before taking in more. Digest your experience before moving on to another one. Digest your day before bed.

Exhale, so you can inhale.

You will soon do more with less stress. You’ll avoid overwhelm and breakdown. You can even change your relationship with time.

Who doesn't need more of that?