A Fun Tip To Awaken the Power of your Breath
I’ve got a fun and simple tip to awaken the power of your breath to shift worry, feel better, and effect powerful changes.
Sounds simple doesnât it? Â
Yet, all too often our breath is shallow, and only reaches our upper chest. Â
Worry and looping thoughts often accompany shallow breathing.Â But when you are worrying, how do you take a deep breath?Â
Discovering the Power of Breath, through song, and my horse!
I first got an inkling of the power of my breath for taking my focus off of a problem and effecting change back in 1988 in one of my first Centered Riding Lessons while on my horse Ibis. Â
My riding instructor had me sing âRow, Row, Rowâ your boat while trotting!Â I thought she was off her rocker! Â
Surprisingly, I could barely get out the simple one word syllables. My breath was so shallow and constricted.Â Plus, I felt incredibly silly to be singing while riding!
As I continued singing however, my breath became deeper.Â Oddly enough, I felt my horse trotting in a steadier rhythm and able to go easily down the ring in straight lines – as soon as my breath deepened.Â
Before singing, and breathing more deeply, no matter what I tried, he was not trotting in a steady rhythm, nor would he trot in straight lines.Â I thought the problem lay with my horse.
Through the simple act of changing my breathing pattern, I experienced 5 surprising and immediate benefits.
1) I felt better physically when singing
2) My emotions and worries calmed down
3) My horse changed his way of movement easily
4) I discovered a new form of communication, with my own body, and between my horse and I
5) I discovered an easy way to effect change with issues & problems that were previously difficult
My breath deepened, my body relaxed, my focus shifted off the problem, I felt better, and my horse changed.Â What? This was new territory for me. Â
Start by singing a few bars of Row, Row Your Boat out loud just to get you going, especially if you are not used to singing at all.
This gets your throat and diaphragm opening with blood flowing.Â Continue to sing the song for a few minutes.Â
Notice your breath starts to deepen automatically.
And, did your focus move away from any worries or issues?Â
Just because youâre singing!
Purposefully Shift Your Attention This Week
Breath can carry you through any issue or uncomfortable circumstance into a dramatic and powerful shift physically, physiologically, mentally and emotionally.
Use the power of breath with this simple song for a way to purposefully shift your attention this week away from an issue or problem.Â Try this with ANY issue that arises: Walking a dog that pulls on the leash, leading or riding your horse, financial worries, physical pain, emotional concerns, etc.
Sing the Full Verse
Sing the entire verse over and over for a few minutes at a time, at least once a day for the next 7 days: Â âRow, Row, Row Your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.âÂ Â
Let the Words Inspire You
As I was writing this article, I realized the words are also a great metaphor for living life and give a purposeful directive on how to live:
Row gently through life, donât go upstream, go with the flow, merrymaking. Remember life is but a dream that youâre creating.Â Â
The lyrics bring your attention to creating flow vs being stuck in focusing on a problem or issue. Â
Singing to Feel Good
Direct physical changes occur in your nervous system when singing, reducing stress and muscle tension, and increases your ability to problem-solve and focus. Â
An article on the neuroscience of singing in uplift.com states, âNumerous studies demonstrate that singing releases endorphins and oxytocin â which in turn relieve anxiety and stress and which are linked to feelings of trust and bonding.â Â
When you create this type of shift in yourself, you have increased the potential for others to shift as well.Â Just as I experienced with Ibis all those years ago. Â
Mahatma Gandhi said, âWe but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.â â
Share Your Positive Influences of Singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Share what you are experiencing with those around you and let usÂ know too!Â Â Leave your comment below.
I look forward to hearing the positive influences you notice when you start singing âRow, Row, Row Your boat.â Â
About the author, Sandy Rakowitz:
SandyÂ empowers people to access and develop their natural Intuitive, Deepest Knowing while awakening their life purpose.
Connecting with the Divine Spark in themselves, their animals, and âAll-That-Isâ through Animal Communication, Brennan Hands of Light Energy Healing with people and animals, Tellingon TTouch, Essential Oils, Money Empowerment, Life & Business Coaching, plus channeled holistic healing methods, including her Creative Art Journaling process and the Awaken Animal Communication Method.
Find out more and work with Sandy:Â www.OneHeartHealingCenter.com