What are the actual facts? What really happened in the past? The famous duet, “I Remember It Well”, sung by Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold in the movie, Gigi is a perfect example of how subjective memory can be. In that song, an elderly couple reminisce about the details of the night they met. In essence, they cannot agree on anything – the color of the gown she wore, whether the moon was shining or not, what day of the week it was, etc. The last lines of the song, the “take-away”, is that the feeling of falling in love, of still being in love, is the dominant emotion. All the rest, in the bigger picture, is relatively inconsequential.
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Are you a self-proclaimed control freak?  Wouldn’t the world just run smoother if you could control the key players in your life? After all, you are smart and have good intentions.  If you made all the decisions and wrapped everyone you love in a protective bubble, you would not have to worry and could sleep soundly at night.  Sound good?  I thought you might agree.
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“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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Thank you Ellen Degeneres for shedding some light  

Is Incivility killing your bottom line and wreaking havoc on your employees emotional health?
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Capacity, Concentration, and Observation

Putting all of the earlier challenges together, we add one final piece: putting your breath on the wheel.

Growth Through Challenge

As you challenge yourself to increase your concentration skill, you are forming stronger neural pathways in your brain.  This is one of the ways that meditation benefits us.  Your ability to concentrate when meditating will help you concentrate in other areas of life.  First, we must put in the practice.

A New Challenge

We continue to transition from simply observing the breath, to modifying the breath.  This advances our meditation practice.

You’re Getting Good at This

You’ve been watching your breath now for some time, so let’s challenge you to notice the subtleties of your breathing.  Doing so will improve your mindfulness training.

What does our breathing tell us?

Engaging the diaphraghm is a beneficial practice.  It may seem like a little thing, but it’s really important.  How we breathe has all kinds of impacts on our heart rate, the neurotransmitters in our brain, and the overall state of our body.

These simple phrases of “I love you, I am sorry, please forgive me and thank you” have magical qualities.   

They have the capability to transcend negative thinking. 

They have the ability to tap into higher wisdom.  

They have the ability to heal hurts and wounds.  
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