Body Talk: Heart Hugs

The body is just amazing, beautiful and intricate! Each part is woven into the fabric of the next part, interconnected to serve the whole of our being in some special way. Lately I’ve been working with the breath, noticing how the breath is connected to my body, through the lungs movement and the heart’s beat. Each breath is moved by the contraction of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. While the lungs expand outward, they are also pressing in wards towards the heart, giving the heart a gentle hug!

In invite you to stop for a moment, to notice your breath. Notice the movement of the ribs outwards, the chest rising and falling. Pause a moment between breaths to notice the hug at the heart center. You can actually feel the gentle hug each breath brings the heart. Breathe into your lungs, giving your heart a hug and notice your heart beat. As you exhale, notice the release of pressure on the heart.

I have come to believe that this is part of why our breath is so important to life. It is well known that breath is one of the signs of life – at birth a baby’s first breath brings physiological changes to the body as oxygen is breathed directly into the lungs, offering the blood it’s first charge of atmospheric oxygen. These breath bring the first knowing of life as separate from the mother. From then on, the body gives the heart a hug with each breath of air. The hug of the heart with each breath brings the opportunity for us to be reminded of the preciousness of life.

So, I invite you to BREATH DEEP and give a BIG HUG to your HEART! Nothing can stop you from being aware of this each day, each moment. There is an opportunity to discover the preciousness that is YOU! So, go ahead give yourself a hug!

Breath deeply, Deep Peace, Much Love,

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