Often, a newer client comes to me relaying a personal account of a time where they were called on to speak. They describe how their brain went blank or the words they formed in their brain didn't make it out of their mouth, one of the first things I ask is, "were you breathing?"
Usually, the answer was "No!," or "I don't know."
As described by Hackney, breathing can be less than optimum for a number of reasons:
birth defects or chronic damage
acute trauma due to an accident or injury
heightened emotions or feelings
sub-optimum movement or posture (slumping, trying to "flatten" the stomach
misunderstanding the process of breathing
seasonal allergies or pollution
In a culture obsessed with flat stomachs (and dis-integrated bodies) we truly do not understand how to breathe.
Encounter your breath
Breathing is the most basic way there is to connect yourself to yourself, to your environment, to other people. Consider for a moment, how incredible it is that we draw out environment into our selves on inhalation, and expel little parts of our selves out into our environment on exhalation. From that perspective, the boundary of our physical form is much less solid.
Breath is a physical action that carries a deep and complex emotional wallop. As Arthur Samuel Joseph notes, "The root of the word ‘spirit’ means ‘to breathe’. The root of the word inspire, ‘inspirare’ is to ‘to breathe into’. The Hebrew word, ‘neshama’ means both ‘soul’ and ‘breath’ "
Take 3 big conscious breaths upon waking and when you turn off the light at night. Observe what shifts.
Why Does It Matter?
Breathing is the first movement pattern of an infant and is therefore the foundation for all other neurological patterns.
Seeking A Connection
"Conscious cultivation of breath is recognized in many cultures to be an important part of attuning to a spiritual connection between the individual and the universe." - Peggy Hackney
“Cellular breathing forms the building blocks of our ‘life process’. Where it is not taking place, the cells are dead, where there is difficulty, the cells are struggling; and where it is occurring freely the cells are alive and healthy" - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
In Part Two, we are going to look at breathing in greater detail - the physiological process, benefits, and get started with a breath exercise...
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