“Great, another thing to think about? Now I have to worry about whether or not I’m breathing right?”
No! Haha, I know how you feel. But this is not about worry.
In fact, it’s hard to worry when you’re breathing right…
And let’s talk about that. Breathing right, I mean.
If your breath is the rhythm of your spirit, and your spirit is the energetic force in and around your body ( think of a force field or “the Force”, Star Wars fans ), then what beat are you dancing to?
Are you living your life to the rythm of Nine Inch Nails ( my friends loved this in high school, for some reason unbeknownst to me lol )?
Or are you living to Mozart?
Don’t take my music references too literally. The point is that the quality of your rhythm of breath matters; it can change your brain chemistry, just like the Mozart Effect.
Breathing is also a main form of detoxification. When you practice diaphragmatic breathing – meaning belly breathing, rather than chest breathing – you oxygenate your body and accelerate the absorption of vitamins and minerals, and you speed up your enzymatic processes of digestion, immune function, and cell regeneration.
It’s no coincidence that children belly breath without thinking about it, and belly breathing is associated with anti-aging. It’s only when we experience trauma or when we become adults who are stressed under the weight of societal pressures and burdensome thoughts that we begin the unsustainable practice of chest breathing.
The good news is that you can retrain your body to breathe correctly!
Note that if you are a survivor of sexual assault you may need to seek therapy, EFT, or another form of energy or trauma release prior to beginning a new deep breathing or meditation practice.
- To begin I recommend you find your sacred space. As I’ve said before, your sacred space can be a stolen moment in your closet while your kids play, or it can be on the beach – really anywhere. As long as the space is yours energetically, and you take care of it.
A messy closet with clothes haphazardly strewn about will not do, at least not in the long run. If you’re not taking care and consideration to create a space that is not free for the kids to run through, that is a good place to start.
Remember: your surroundings are a reflection of your mind. That’s okay if your mind is messy right now; we’ve all been there.
But you’re taking time to read this far, which means you’re ready on some level to UPlevel your life. Simplify. Detox.
- Start with a small space or cover in or near your home where you can go to breathe.
- And when you have that space, dedicate a few minutes each morning to practicing your breath there. Observe it, don’t force it.
- Place your hand on your belly and feel it move in and out. This gentle movement means you are consciously bringing your body into parasympathetic mode; in other words you are entering the nervous system mode of rest and repair. That’s what we want.
This is what will facilitate the detoxification and regeneration of you digestion, and your skin. You’ll look younger after a month of breathing, or so say the health experts of the world. In addition to personal testimonies and hundreds of years of scientific backing from Ayurvedic tradition, modern science recognizes that advanced glycation end-product ( AGE ) build up is reduced with a yogic lifestyle, the foundation of which is what?
That’s right; AGEs are one of the biggest causes of wrinkles and premature aging.
I can tell you that breathing correctly helped my skin and anxiety to heal.
So don’t get to particular about your breathing practice; don’t bring the need to be perfect at everything into this…this is entirely other. Just bring you, and get ready to connect with your inner child.
News flash: your inner child isn’t perfect; she tries new things and she leads with her heart.