In life, we experience positive and negative emotions, how you react will decide your future? How can you be your best?
In One word: emotions.
In two words: emotional control:
In three words: breathe before acting
In four words: breathe before acting foolish
In five words: breathe before getting yourself arrested
In six words: breathe before ruining your remaining life
In seven words: breathe before going to prison for life
In eight words: breathe and say no before your next action begins
In nine words: think about the richness of breathe, life, family and freedom
In ten words: turn around, go home right now, avoid catastrophe, live happy
See, a lot of times other people make us angry. They really get our goat. They make us want to react to their chaos. But we don't have to make an immediate response. We can wait. And it is within the waiting period where you can turn tragedy into triumph. What if, on the other side of friction, was a best friend. A dude who loves the same NBA team and video games. A would be friend, that if not for living on the other side of the neighborhood, is an enemy. What if, before you acted on emotion, before you took action without giving yourself breath, life, justice, freedom - you asked yourself: where in my body is my "emotional control"? did I breathe yet?
I bet you didn't realize that your breathing is in your control. While you may have the joyous experience of breath daily, freely, much of the time in life, we are not even aware that our breath is short. That's what high stress can do - it can take your breath away. The guys who show up in the brightest of lights, when the times are the toughest always take a deep breath or two before the next play.
What if you became more aware that breathing could influence decision making On AND Off the court, field or sideline? Would you breathe in bigger when stressed in life? Would you avoid the chaos and fall into a series of meditative breaths to calm your mind, body and spirit? I tend to believe that many poor decisions are made when student-athletes are responsive and reactive in negatively perceived situations. The other person, the person that "made you mad", is not your enemy. When you stop breathing, you feed into the ego who says you must win in this one v one battle called life.
But when you actually roll the dice in real life, expending action from emotions without breath, you take the risk at pulling the trigger twice - potentially hurting or killing someone now and trading your entire future self of desired experiences, opportunities and a world of beauty that's out there, for what many would call, a stupid altercation.
If you read this, I hope you will join us in a daily series of deep meditative breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth, to help you prepare calming your mind, easing body tension and inspiring your soul for a positive day.
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