When was the last time that you gave conscious attention to how you breath?

Inhale, exhale, right?

Or is it, innnnnnnnnhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaleeeeeeExhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaleeeee

Or is it, in-hale…Ex-hale

Or is it innnn……….hale, hale, hale……ex-hale, hale, hale?

Or is it in-ex-in-ex-in-ex-innnn-ex….haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaale-in….

It’s amazing, at least to me, when you take a moment to think about it. We all need to breath to live [duh]. Yet, it is one of those few things in life that we do, mostly on autopilot – while mindlessly assuming that everyone does it the same way as we do.

Ask your average person how many steps there are to the breathing process, and they’ll look at you cockeyed just for asking the question:

“Huh?! What? Um, two steps, dummy, just like you – I breath in, I breath out.”

If you approach it with a bit of mindfulness you’ll notice that we often miss that slight pause in between both actions. Most of us assume that THE most important biological process of our lives is a 2 step process, rather than four.

  1. Breath in.
  2. Pause.
  3. Breath out.
  4. Pause.

Not to mention that for thousands of years, millions of people have been experimenting with their/various breathing patterns in order to harness it in order to reach a higher level of consciousness, metaphysical experiences, calming their anxiety, activating their lymph fluids, hyperventilating….

The more you think of it, it seems as if fundraising might be a lot like mindful breath work. The nuances that one might miss, the rhythms in which we might do it, simply down to discovering through trial and error what might work best for us, depending on the situation in which we find ourselves momentarily. And considering that we might be able to leverage a different cadence depending on what types of situation we may find ourselves in. For ourselves, our team, our organizations as a whole.

 

May you continue to cultivate the joy of giving, without holding your breath.
AC