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How you breathe affects your emotions.  Rapid breathing often indicates fear, stress or anxiety, while shallow breathing can act a defense against feeling unbearable pain, and deep breathing can calm us down.  Managing our breath influences how we feel.  To ground yourself using your breath, take a couple of intentional breaths…in and out…..in and out…..in and out…… Then, inhale through your nose to the count of 4 allowing your breath to expand your lungs, ribcage and belly, hold for 4 counts, and exhale through your mouth for a count of 6.  Repeat several rounds.  You may even wish to visualize tendrils coming from the soles of your feet heading into the earth, rooting you securely.  Breath is a living moving meditation.

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