In the Ten Minute Angelic Tea Prayer we discussed and discovered a way for you to enjoy a quiet moment.
This gives you a chance to take a deep reflective breath.
Let’s dive even deeper.
Your Monkey Mind is Causing Stress
The simplest way to describe mindful breathing is to focus on your breath: Inhale and exhale.
Let’s look at what happens when the brain is tired and stressed.
This metacognition distortion can be called the “Monkey-Mind”: Which means unsettled, restless, indecisive. It can decrease attention spans, memory and the ability to adequately learn. Basically, this causes mental chaos and leaves you scrambling, anxious, and even possibly depressed.
Take a moment and think about it.
Negative Affects of Stress and the “Monkey Mind”
You are super tired, so you drink extra coffee or consume an energy drink. You have so much going on that you are drained and the thought of cooking dinner upsets you. So, you go through the drive thru and grab a quick bite to eat. Lastly, you try to sleep with a belly full of fatty foods.
Agony happens, because you are tossing and turning, and can’t sleep.
In the morning you grab an energy drink or an extra shot of espresso in your morning coffee to give you energy from a lack of a restful night’s sleep.
Thus, the vicious cycle continues.
End Stress With Deep Breathing:
Let’s look at what deep breathing does to the brain.
- Tension begins to diminish
- Oxygen is released from your brain
- Blood pressure drops
- Endorphins are released
- Releases toxins
- Strengthens the immune system
- Increases energy
- Improves clarity
- Your body relaxes
So, imagine what 15-20 mins will do for you.
52 Mins of Focus
Some may say that they can work large amounts of time, and some may be able to “handle” longer work periods.
Let’s break this down some more. Research specifies that the cognitive mind works well for 52 mins and then needs a breather.
A breather can help increase your oxygen levels. Upon which, you are better able to focus, because your body and mind rested for a bit.
Let’s focuses on the totality and functionality of your mind. Your brain works well for about 52 mins. Then it needs a breather.
You are more functional, better able to think and produce the most amazing results when you have a calm, relaxed mind.
Wouldn’t you rather function at your best?
This can also help you breeze through your work in less time.
Now who doesn’t like that idea?
Please be aware that you are in control and not the ego.
Recently, there was another study conducted that states that workers are less productive after meditation while working. What the study did not include was on overall basis on how the “Monkey Mind” can create more stress and anxieties; but after meditation, workers were able to function in a manner that was more productive. The ego may continue to whine and procrastinate; how you choose to deal with your ego can create a peaceful or stressful situation.
And I can hear, but Natasha I work well under pressure. And I ask do you really? Take a look back at something that you were working on. Does this gleam YAHOO, super success or Uh oh, how’d I miss that…
Win – Win
Now look at this from a positive standpoint. You took a break with deep breathing exercises. Now, look at how by slowing the mind, your body was able to intake more oxygen. This helped provide a way to calm the “Monkey-Mind,” you to be more relaxed and better functional.
To me that’s a win-win.
17 seconds of deep breathing:
Sit or Stand with your elbows slightly back.
Inhale as if you are breathing in the aroma of flower or cooking food for the count of 7 (mouth closed-inhaling through your nostrils) and then hold for the count of 4.
Exhale as if you are blowing away a dandelion or bubble for the count of 6 with your mouth open.
Please be patient with yourself. This takes time to readjust your body; especially if you are not used to deep breathing.
Use your cell’s timer.
Begin with 1 minute of 17 seconds of deep breathing, That is three rounds or 51 seconds.
Your body will love you for this!
Work your way up to 3 mins; then 10 and so on.
Hey maybe you’ll get to 17 seconds of deep breathing in 17 mins.
WOW, calm, clear body and mind. AMAZING!!
Try not think of anything else during your deep breathing.
Now, if your mind wanders, as it may, that’s okay. Just bring yourself back and begin again.
Cognitive distortion may happen; it is a learned and taught behavior pattern. It takes time to un-do a life long habit and re-establish a new one.
RE- It’s all Latin to Me:
Take this moment to ponder and reflect upon you.
The re- prefix in latin means again.
Re-store = a place where goods are kept
Re-flect = bend or curve
This is all about you.
“When you rest where your goods are kept you can see the light bend and curve back to you.”
– Natasha Botkin
You shall find yourself with more energy. Which then creates the space to cook a healthier meal, where you can sit and slowly enjoy. Which elevates your vibration energy and this cycle continues with positive vitality.
Please be gentle with yourself. You’ve got this!
Reach out to me when you are ready to connect and learn more.
Oodles of Love,
Natasha Botkin, Reiki Master, Meditation Teacher & Intuitive Behavioral Energy Healer, is a #1 international bestselling Author and Artist. She uses healing soul psychology energies when working with youth and adults by releasing patterns & blocks to help them empower themselves. Connect with me Magical Blessings Healing Center