Now that you’ve been thinking about your shoulders for a couple of days, let’s try something different.

How often do you hold your breath?

When this question was first posed to me, I answered, “I don’t hold my breath at all.”

I was wrong.

When was I holding my breath?  When I bent down to pick something up.  When I got into or out of the car.  When I was listening to or watching something exciting or suspenseful.  When I was doing situps.  When I got into or out of a chair.

I don’t need to hold my breath to do any of those things.  I don’t know when, how, or why I started holding my breath while doing those things.  Doesn’t really matter, I suppose.

I hold my breath much less often now (though I still do it unintentionally sometimes).

Notice your breathing.  Are you holding your breath more often than you thought?  Can you let yourself breathe?

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