New Lease on Life

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What do you think it means to have a new lease on life? 

Fresh start. Renewed vigor. Good health. Sometimes a restart is in order to get out of a funk or some heavy hard-to-process emotions and coming out of the long hibernation we all endured from 2020 to 2021. No matter how it hit each of us, we all have been affected in some way. Some have endured such loss and sickness; it is hard to fathom. Someone I know lives near a hospital and witnessed the lines of ambulances and other emergency vehicles. That reminded me of the endless sounds of the vehicles on the beach after Sandy starting before sunrise. But even if we were secluded from daily close reminders, it was a very, very hard time. 

So, being here now, what can we do to lift up and move forward with a new lease on life rather than carrying it with us in a way that affects our daily life? Full deep breathing, consciously connecting to others with a loving heart, and intention from emotion not from the mind.  This has been my road to recovery, my way of creating a new lease on life. Conscious breath practice has so many benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Science backs it up — they monitor brain waves (also for meditation) and notice astounding results. 

So, bringing in conscious breathing whenever we can on a daily basis. Here’s one I guide at the beginning of Yin Yoga because it keeps the thinking at bay for a bit, maybe long enough to quiet the mind. 10-count breath practice: breathe in saying 1 1 1 1 1 to yourself, breath out saying 1 1 1 1 1 to yourself. Breathe in saying 2 2 2 2 2 to yourself, breathe out saying 2 2 2 2 2 to yourself. . . All the way to 10. Another option (and there are many): full deep belly breaths. Take a full breath in pushing the belly forward soft, then feel middle and upper chest lift, exhale as you pull the belly back to the spine letting all the air out. Repeat this for five cycles. 

Intentions made from the heart (not the mind) are powerful and gather pointed focused energy inward. How to create one that will help you to lift up and move forward more content?  My practice is to sit with myself, drop into my heart and ask from that feeling place. Then formulate it in words so I can say it to myself over and over again. The intention I add to this column every week below is something I have been saying to myself before sleep for a very long time.  (May I be happy. . . Etc.) 

“We are notes in this beautiful concert of existence. If we don’t play ourselves, nobody will.” (From dialogue in “Mozart in the Jungle”)

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

By Paulette Mancuso

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