Of the number of things I do not like, and am constantly working on, is the agitated surge of negative or critical or judgmental thoughts that can grab hold of my mouth and pollute the air around me, soiling the relational connection of the person I am with.
When that burn fires up my belly and rises toward my gullet, I have to take action or suffer the consequences. I will definitely have emotional/relational clean-up work to do.
I have been working on breathing through those surges while actively telling my mind, “Do not listen to this charged litany.” My body is in distress and needs my full attention. It is contracting and constricting my vital life energy. It is time to bring back the breath of life to my body, which needs the loving care of focused breathing: four breaths in, four breaths out.
My left brain thinks I am under attack. That fighting words are the way out. I have to stop. A big stop hand. Nope. You don’t get my attention. My body does.
Amazingly, when I use focused breathing, my body relaxes and the tenor of my thoughts shifts. A sigh escapes my lips.
I dodge a potential moment of damage, just by breathing.
Try it . It works.