In the days leading up to my baby girl's first birthday on Monday, I found myself feeling more than a little unsettled. One year ago the New Beginnings household was in a state of euphoria as we welcomed our long-awaited and much desired miracle baby into the world. Time stood still as we reveled in the delight of getting to know our daughter and the wonder of this new adventure.
Needless to say, time is no longer standing still - in fact, each day seems to pass more quickly than the last. Despite my sincere desire to experience these fleeting moments and commit them to memory, I find myself constantly distracted by an ever-growing to-do list and overwhelmed by seemingly futile efforts to recreate the order and organization that once gave rhythm to our life.
This phenomenon is not exclusive to new parents. Life is constantly presenting new challenges - and who among us hasn't wished for a "reset button" from time to time?
While it won't magically restore order in your home or erase items from your to-do list, a few moments of intentional breathing can help put your responsibilities into perspective and perhaps create a bit of mental space in which you can pause and enjoy the precious moments before they pass you by.
Next time you find yourself craving balance, try the following technique, known as samavritti (equal breathing):
If you find the practice helpful, let us know in the comments section below.