Navy SEALS are all about challenges. One mile lunge walks, 1000 reps of an exercise or even a 24 hour walk in solitude. One may think some of these could be easy. Plug into your head phones and just jam to music all while the time passes by, right? Yet, we’re not encouraged to listen to music when facing these kinds of challenges. How come?

Philosopher Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” In his book, Just Breathe, Dan Brule interviews US Army Brigadier General James Cook (retired) regarding conscious breathing. Cook says, “The mind can fabricate a lot of fears. Conscious breathing keeps us present and in touch with reality.” He goes on to say, “This peace that seems to pass understanding can be hard for the ego to grasp.” Cook uses breath awareness to keep himself relaxed, calm, alert and in an energized state.

Where do your thoughts go when faced with a challenge? Do you just zone out singing to your favorite Beatles tune all while trying to avoid negative self-talk, pain or fear? Or do you examine your life, examine your thoughts and realize there is a greater path to lead us to our best selves? Let’s continue to follow in the footsteps of the ELITE, face our fears and learn to bring our attention to our breath which, as scripture says, “Brings us the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. “ HOOYAH!

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