Don’t forget to Breathe

Day Twenty Two

My team at work are quite interesting. I work as part of a think tank/ innovation lab so it’s expected that our approach to work will be rather different to the rest of the business .

Every Fridays we do a check out where someone in the team runs something fun for 15/20 minutes as an energiser to end the end on a high note.

Today a colleague decided to get us all to put our phones on airplane mode, close our doors and remove all forms of distractions.

Then they got the entire team to just close our eyes and breathe. In and out, bringing our bodies to a more relaxed and calm state.

This went on for a few minutes.

They then asked us to think about one thing we were grateful for with our eyes still closed and our breathing still totally in control.

As I thought about what I was grateful for this week, a wave of gratitude washed over my body. This sense of calm, joy and peace all combined into one came to the forefront of my mind.

I hadn’t realised before this moment that I actually did have a lot to be grateful for.

When the session finished, I thanked my colleague for allowing me to connect with a deeper part of me.

Remember, nothing had changed in my life. My circumstances were the same but just a tiny bit of focused breathing and focused attention towards something positive and my entire outlook for the rest of the day had changed.

It’s such a powerful tool we have at our disposal, it’s shocking why we don’t use it often enough.

Every so often, take a moment and just breathe. Breathe in deeply and purposefully.

After all, it’s the stuff of life.



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