Discover: Essential Oils, Making A Murderer, & Brene Brown on Breathing
Discoveries is a new series where I'm sharing things (quotes, short stories, articles, songs, art) that have moved me.
1. BRENE BROWN ON BREATHING
In Brene Brown's newest booked, Rising Strong, she talks about how conscious breathing is central to mindfulness which is the practice of becoming present to our thoughts, emotions, body, and surroundings. She says:
"The research participants who taught me the most about breathing occupy what we would traditionally think of as opposite sides of the professional continuum: yoga teachers, meditation leaders, and mindfulness practitioners on one side and soldiers, firefighters, first responders, and elite athletes on the other. Regardless of the teacher, though, the methods are virtually the same."
In other words, people with different backgrounds and belief systems use the breath as a tooth because it works. A breathing technique called Tactical Breathing is used in the military and is virtually the same as Square or Box Breathing which is taught by many therapists and mindfulness practitioners. It goes like this:
1. Inhale deeply through your nose, expanding your stomach, for a count of four.
2. Hold in that breath for a count of four.
3. Slowly exhale all the air through your mouth, contracting your stomach, for a count of four.
4. Hold the empty breath for a count of four.
2. essential oils
I've been doing lots and lots of research on essential oils as of late. If you're unfamiliar, essential oils contain the concentrated essence of a plant. These oils are extracted through various processes and have been using throughout history for medicinal purposes. I use essential oils in my in person Breathwork sessions and have also begun making candles (coming soon!) and body lotions using various oils. I highly recommend doing a lot of research before purchasing any essential oils. Unfortunately, because they are not FDA regulated, there are many fraudulent companies actually using chemical fragrances instead of authentically derived essential oils which will obviously give no health benefits and could be dangerous. I found this article to be helpful.
3. MAKING A MURDERER
Don't worry, no spoilers! I got hooked on this quick and binge watched all 10 episodes over a few days. It's really an important documentary series and not because, as a Dateline reporter from the film stated, "Murder is hot right now." It's because we're living in a corrupt world where those in power are taking advantage of their position. They're hiding behind the traditional, undeserved belief that the people up top always have the public's best interests at hand.
This series shows how deeply held beliefs cause us to become blind to the truth. It shows us that people have a really hard time finding their humility once they've lost it. And it shows us that our judgements overcome our ability to see clearly. If you have Netflix I encourage you to watch it. If you don't, find a friend who does and bring the wine.