In my last blog, we went through the process of using imagery as a transformational tool. We looked at using all of our senses, visual, feeling, auditory, taste and smell, in order to get a better sense of your goal.
Here, we’re going to look at a calming exercise that will help you focus even more.
A centering breath can be taken at any time when you feel that you would like to focus your energy more constructively on what you are doing.
It is relaxing and focusing.
Use the Centering Breath as often as you need it. Good times to use the centering breath include:
- the time leading up to an important “performance” (you may need many)
- before making a phone call
- before answering the phone
- before an important meeting, before answering a question that is important to you
- before responding during a conflict with someone
- before doing anything that is important to you so you can be more focused on that task
A centering breath only takes from six to 15 seconds, and we all need to breathe anyway.
The Centering Breath Process
- Take a moderately deep breath into your abdominal area for approximately four seconds.
- Release your breath slowly over the course of from four to 10 seconds. Then let your shoulders, face and neck relax and let go. Relax as your energy focuses in your lower abdominal area. Let the tension drain away.
- Think of a very pleasant thought.
- Do this as often as you would like.
Take some time to think about what you’ve learned and briefly summarize that knowledge here. In fact, try taking those centering breaths now, and let me know how this exercise makes you feel. I’d love to hear about your progress.
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For questions about this post or for information on becoming a fearless leader, contact Dr. Cathy Greenberg and The Fearless Leader Group at (888) 320-1299 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.