Breathe through resistance

It seems a simple thought. So simple that we forget to think about it. Breathe through resistance. Of course it was my yoga instructor today who reminded me. Who reminded the entire class.

I’ve been noticing my resistance recently. The good news is that things are going quite wonderfully right now. The even better news is that when things are going wonderfully, I’m even more aware of my resistance. I more easily notice my fear. My frustration. My anger. My hesitation.

I notice them more easily because they stand in such contrast to how I have been feeling. Which is good because I don’t want to stay in resistance, and in order to move through or past my resistance, it helps to know that I’m there in the first place.

So I’ve been more and more aware of my resistance, and more and more wanting to let it go. I think I have been breathing through it, but I’m also pretty sure that I’m efforting through it, forcing myself through it. Forcing myself to let go.

Therefore I love my instructor’s reminder because now I can breathe through more often. More mindfully and more intentionally.

It amazes me that breathing can have such an effect…and yet we forget how it can help us. We remember to do it, but we forget to use it to its full extent. We breathe to live, but breathing fully and mindfully can give us so much more.

When I breathe through my resistance, my resistance lessens. When I breathe consciously and fully, I ease my stress. When I breathe and refocus – or choose to focus on nothing but my breath – I ease my fear and my frustration. My anger or my hesitation.

When I breathe I feel myself relax and release. I feel myself ease and flow. I breathe in peace and calm and breathe out anxiety and tension. I breathe through resistance.

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