A few years ago I was asked to be on a panel to discuss wholesale sales for makers. I was so excited to be asked to speak, but there was one big problem, I have a huge fear of public speaking. Think red-in-the-face, high pitched voice, lots of like's and um's, and no eye contact. I thought a lot about begging off the opportunity, but I knew I would regret it. In preparation for the day, I had a mantra of "mind over matter" - but I knew I needed something else to calm my nerves beforehand. I added a second mantra "Just Breathe"helping me to steady myself - my voice, specifically - and focus. I got on the stage with the other panelists, and felt frozen - I could feel the heat rising to my face - but then I repeated "just breathe" in my mind and focused on my breathing, and was able to recenter and steady myself. It ended up being a wonderful experience and learned that I could do public speaking and have fun doing it.
Everyone tells you to breathe. While ultimately, it's life sustaining, breathing has multiple meanings that goes deeper. Remembering to be aware of your breathe is a much different mental and emotional experience. It is the pacifier to calming the mind and the heart. It is the key to centering your constant stream of thoughts and therefore, your body.
It is a default for most of us to lead with our emotional side of the brain. Our emotions like to be in control even when we know logically it isn't reasonable. Intuitive breathing can lower those emotional thoughts so rational reasoning can come into play. When you get upset or are feeling overwhelmed, if you just take a step back and catch your breathe you will find the anxiety or frustration reducing and the breath centers you where you are at one with your body and mind. Intuitive breathing isn't easy to just do. It is a daily practice that takes time. That is one of the main reasons I added Breathe our core messages - as a daily reminder to wear and see when you look down or when playing with your necklace.
Customers have shared countless stories of challenging and sometimes horrific things that they have experienced in their lives and how they have used this message as a calming reminder to breathe. It is a message that resonates with someone going through an emotional struggle or a person who suffers from asthma. As obvious as you would think breathing is, a mindful inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth is hard to remember to do. We are always feeling like we need to go go go, stay productive, and then relax in front of the tv for the last hour or two of the day for a little bit of peace. The reality is, you can make several time-out moments for yourself throughout the day with a simple deep breath. As Eckhart Tolle once said, "One conscious breath in and out is a meditation.".
We have several different versions of this message in the shop that you can choose from including: BREATHE | JUST BREATHE | INHALE EXHALE (custom message) and is offered on rings, necklaces, and bracelets. When browsing our Core Messages, you can filter by message on the left hand side of Products Page on our website. If you don't see the message as an option for the piece you want, we are happy to personalize it for you. All you do is select "personalize" under the message tab on the piece of jewelry you selected and insert your message.
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