Family visits are usually a roller coast ride of emotions, and my recent three-week visit home definitely qualifies.
There was the sweet nostalgia of spending time with my ninety-one year old grandfather, the indescribable feeling of being there for my parents, and then the sadness of saying goodbye.
This visit was a great reminder of how important it is to slow down, take more deep breaths, and be present.
Because life keeps doing its thing, throwing out unexpected curveballs, and life is just so damn busy.
Your brain has to deal with millions of bits of information each day. It’s exhausting.
We get worn down by it, becoming more and more unresourceful as time passes.
While home, I researched relaxation techniques to help my Dad with his hypertension, which led to discovering the Institute of HeartMath, which then led to a couple of hours absorbing the art and science of connecting hearts and minds.
And even though I’ve been involved with personal development for many years, the impact of practices like meditation and breath-work on physical conditions still surprised me.
I fell in love with the following exercise because of its simplicity; it’s short, easy to follow, and you’ll feel the difference immediately.