Morning has broken: birdsong, breathing and brilliance…

Birdsong is such an inspiring sound to hear, now the mornings are getting lighter, and Spring is around the corner.  I’m waking up pretty early these days for some reason, and, rather than being grumpy about the missed sleep, I was wondering what I could “do” with the pretty birdsong that I’m hearing as it becomes light.  Yes, of course, I could just be still and listen to it, and sometimes I am, and I do.  And then it occurred to me that it would be good to use what I was listening to even more productively.  I was recently reminded of a really simple breathing technique, which many people know, I’m sure, and like the plethora of tips and hints for personal well-being, gets buried and forgotten underneath the day-to-day stuff.  This is the technique where you breathe in for a count of 2, 3, 4, or whatever suits you, hold for a moment, then breathe out for 2 counts longer than your in-breath.  This technique helps your parasympathetic system to dominate the sympathetic system for a little while.  When the parasympathetic system is in control, your feelgood factor kicks in, your blood pressure is lowered, and you feel content and relaxed.  So, birdsong and deep breathing – a perfect combination I’d say, and a great way to set yourself up for the day feeling brilliant!

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