This week’s episode is an easy one – it’s about something we all do – breathing!
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Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of The Curious Coach Podcast. This week’s episode is an easy one – it’s about something we all do – breathing!
From the moment we’re born, until the moment we die… we breath. Our breath might be fast or slow, deep or shallow, depending on a whole range of factors: such as, what we’ve been doing, what we’re about to do, how fit we are, whether we’re feeling unwell and so on. It really is amazing that we do this automatically and without awareness.
In fact, on average, you’ll probably take somewhere in the region of 23,000 breaths today! 23,000 – it seems like such a large number.
Now, my challenge for you this week, or indeed, even for today, or maybe even just for the next few moments, is to start to pay more attention to your breath. In fact, in a typically day, how often do you become aware of any of those 23,000 breaths you take? Now, to be fair, chances are you’re asleep for around 8,000 of them – so you’ve only really 15,000 left to notice!
So out of those 15,000 breaths, how often do you stop for minute and notice maybe even 16 breaths you might be taking in that minute?
That’s my challenge for you. Periodically bring your attention to your breath and connect in with it. Notice yourself breathing. Don’t try to change your breath, but be curious about how you’re breathing. Are you breathing deeply from the diaphragm or shallow? Is it completely silent or can you hear a sound? What muscles do you notice moving to enable you to breath? Where does your breath start? Where do you feel it travel to within you body? And what do you notice about your body as it leaves your body?
For something that is so automatic, there’s really a wealth of things about it, that you can become curious about.
As you start to pay more attention to your breath, check in with how you’re feeling before and after paying attention, do you notice any difference?
So that’s my challenge for you this week. Simply start to become aware of your breath and be curious about what you’re noticing.
As always, if you’d like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to send me an email to [email protected] and that’s stephen with a p.h. Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at stephenclements.ie/podcast
Thanks for listening and until next time, don’t forget – stay curious!