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Breathing

After all, computers crash, people die, relationships fall apart. The best we can do is breathe and reboot.

— Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City"

Thrive Global Signature Protocol

Come Into the Present Moment

To be in the present moment

(Preferably done with closed eyes, but can be done with eyes open)


  1. Simply become aware of the rising and the falling of your breath (3 breaths)

  2. Now allow yourself to receive the breath. Don't take the breath in, receive it. (Realize the breath is a gift. We have done nothing to earn our breath). So we receive it and then let go of it. (The breath is the perfect metaphor for life: we have to let go - create space - in order to receive).(3 breaths)

  3. We now feel the wave of the breath throughout our whole body. When our breath moves, our whole body moves. We can feel this as a wave. (3 breaths) (We may need to adjust our body position to experience this - in other words it is more difficult if we are slumping or have our legs crossed.) (Can be done at anytime during the day as a mini-break).

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Breathing

Bring your attention to the breath at any moment during the day.

Even a few seconds will recenter you.

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Breathing

When breathing most people focus on the inhale, but it is the exhale that is the key.

The more completely let go of the breath, the more completely you can receive the next one.

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Breathing

On the exhale the diaphragm relaxes and travels upward. So extend the exhale, even a second longer. And then become aware of the pause between your exhale and the point at which you inhale again.

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Breathing
  1. Now that you’ve practiced the basic breathing protocol, that’s all you need. However, there are many other breathing practices you may want to explore.

  2. 4-7-8 breathing: Inhale trough your nose for four counts. Hold your breath for seven counts. Exhale completely for eight counts. Repeat.

  3. Alternate nostril breathing: Place your index and middle fingers on your right nostril, and inhale through your left nostril. Exhale through your left nostril, and then switch your fingers to your left nostril and inhale through the right. Continue switching between nostrils as you inhale and exhale.

  4. Balanced breathing: Inhale for four counts, exhale for four counts. As you continue to practice, increase the count.

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Breathing

One must first come to know - through observing oneself - just what one does with breathing while brushing one's teeth, while putting on one's socks, or while eating. Try to make any movement without interfering with breathing. We must notice how breathing becomes constricted in response to the most trivial causes. We will begin to feel the beneficial effects as soon as breathing is released, noticing that rigidity immediately vanishes.

by Elsa Gindler

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Breathing

Observe your own body. It breathes. You breathe when you are asleep, when you are no longer conscious of your own ideas of self-identity. Who, then, is breathing?

The collection of information that you mistakenly think is you is not the protagonist in this drama called the breath. In fact, you are not breathing; breath is naturally happening to you.

You can purposely end your own life, but you cannot purposely keep your own life going. You don't possess life; life expresses itself through you.

by Ilchi Lee

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Breathing

The breath has its own intelligence. It's always looking for space. When the breath is the center of movement, you find lightness, freedom, spaciousness, and ease.

by Leslie Kaminoff

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Breathing

To find the center of gravity in yourself is to relax completely and lower it from the head down into the heart and belly where it is more naturally at home. And once you start relaxing and settling down into yourself this way, it becomes much easier to breathe.

by Will Johnson

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