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A creative blog by Philip Horvath on The Whole 9

Philip serves as a catalyst working with individuals and organizations on turning change into transformation, and ultimately creating meaningful experiences and relationships. He combines his years of experience architecting and running projects for Fortune 500 companies with over twenty years of studies in yoga, alchemy, various esoteric systems and transformational psychology.

Breathe and remember…

For those who have been following this blog, I have been laying it down heavy on the get go. While I do believe philosophy is everyone’s job and not something to be locked up in ivory towers, it’s also important to take breathers from all the thinking and remember what it’s really all about…

So… let’s take a deeeeep breath….

Good.

Breathing is the number one thing you can do to bring yourself back into the present. The other day I read my favorite definition of neurotic so far: “neurotic means fighting the present”.

So, to reduce neurosis (and anxiety/stress in general), breathe. Presence yourself to this moment. Breathe. This also kicks in your parasympathetic nervous system and begins to regulate all your physical functions toward perfect equilibrium.

Ok. Another deep breath…

Good job!

Now enjoy this and let this wonderful little girl remind you why we are all here doing this:

  1. :) Thanks Philip!

  2. Right on!

  3. Exactly what I needed to hear!

  4. She’s right! We should all have such insight!

  5. Of all things physical and life sustaining, breathing tops the list. We can go without food for days, even weeks. We may get closer to our ‘hollywood’ weight but we won’t perish immediately. We can live without water for a few days, maybe less depending on conditions but breathing is another matter..yoga, martial arts, meditation even scuba place such emphasis on breathing. Nothing is more important in achieving focus, calming your ‘monkey mind’ or being, “right here, right now”. Go ahead, hold the phone, hold the elevator, hold that thought…just not your breath.
    Philip…can I exhale now?

  6. YES!!! Please! Make sure you exhale ;-)

    Inhale – Hold – Exhale – Hold – Repeat…. ;-)

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