What does it mean to be what you breathe?
To be what you breathe, in this case, refers to the many messages, attitudes, and opinions we take in on a daily basis.
Everyday we come in contact with various amounts of people, forms of media, and advertisements that all emit different beliefs, attitudes, and messages to us. Whether we realize it or not, each emission has the power to profoundly affect not only our day but our attitude towards life, relationships, and success.
Imagine this: you’re having a great day and decide to meet up with a friend for a coffee date. But while on the date, your friend is talking with a defeatist attitude about how nothing in her life ever goes right and how success and happiness are overrated and for complacent people.
Naturally, this completely throws you. Before you met up, you were in a great, positive mood. Unfortunately, this is the point where many people, though not willingly, ingest the negative vibes and a seed is planted in their mind. “Maybe she’s right, maybe happiness is unachievable.” Situations like this happen all the time in varying forms.
While we may not have the power to control who or what we come in contact with, we have the power to choose how we react to it.
We can choose to breathe in outside messages and let that message become apart of and eventually fuel us. Or, we can actively approach them.
How do you choose what to breathe in?? Well, it looks like this:
- Position. Say you’re in tricky situation like the one before. To position yourself means to decide how closely you allow yourself to connect with your friend. This doesn’t mean denouncing them, merely deciding how little or close you allow yourself to relate to that person or idea.
- Evaluation. In times when you have more control over your situation, ask yourself: “do I need to be exposed to____?” or “how do I think seeing or hearing this will make me feel?”
- Breath. When in doubt, pay attention to your breath. How did it feel before coming in contact with attitudes that bring you down? Hold onto to that.
Coming in contact with negativity, bad vibes, and insensitivity is inevitable. Next time, pay attention to your breath.