Athletes, Yogis, and Martial artists have used the power of breath for centuries to boost their performance, stamina, and focus. Those sacred practices used to be passed down from master to disciple only.
In our present time, we have access to a lot of information through books and the internet. It takes more and more discernment to clear through what is available.
To sharpen discernment, the most immediate, reliable tool that I found is conscious breathing.
Respiration literally means re-connection to Spirit. Breath equals vital life force: that, which animates our body/mind system… that, which fuels the brain functions and provides oxygen for the cells in our body.
Our first breath we take at birth, our last when we die. Life is the dance between these polar opposites, and hopefully, the remembrance of our essence, which bridges all polarities.
In the womb, and even shortly after birth our umbilical cord feeds us with nutrients and oxygen. If uncut, once we see the light of day, it continues to do so for a few hours or even days, until it falls off by itself. Only then would we gently transition to nose breathing.
That, however, was not the case for most of us.
As soon as we were born through the tight birth canal, into bright light, un-muffled sounds, and touch, the umbilical cord was cut. Suddenly our supply of oxygen no longer came through, and we began to suffocate. So, then the doctor hung us upside down, smacked us on the bottom… and this is how we took our first breath! … To cry!
Most of us took the first breath fearing for their survival.
Our first breath entered our lungs in a much bigger way than it would have if it transitioned naturally from the umbilical cord to the lungs.
We didn’t have a chance to open up slowly and gradually, and so the first breath appeared to be painful, and maybe even rushed.
Many drew from this experience subconscious conclusions, like ‘’breath = pain’’ (more energy=pain). ‘’in order to survive, we have to put up with pain’’ etc
We learned various ways to breathe only to survive, not using our full capacity.
Most people nowadays range at about 30-40% of their lung capacity.
Our breath is in direct relationship to our vital life-force. Breathing is also our primary way of detoxing. So, we find ourselves in a dilemma, where logic dictates a different truth than our subconscious.
In Breathwork we practice breathing open, full inhales … steadily flowing in until it turns into an exhale, allowing everything to fall away naturally.
Before completely exhaling, we fuse it back into an inhale, steadily filling, receiving, opening …and turning to witness the exhale, surrendering into a sigh without the sound.
By bridging inhales and exhales seamlessly, we bridge the polarities within ourselves. We witness the energy rise, bringing up anything, that we repressed in the past. Just by allowing ourselves to feel and witness, free from judgment, liberated from any stories we used to tell ourselves, the cellular memory gets cleared from the body.
It’s that simple, yet the more I uncover… the more the mystery of existence expands.
Clearing layer by layer of conditioned patterns and habitual loops of conduct, I become more, not less, Myself and selfless at the same instance.
Once the Energy flows freely and unrestricted through the body, we begin to reconnect to all aspects of ourselves. We remember, how good it feels to be fully alive.
It is worth the courage, the forgiveness and compassion it takes to cultivate.
It gives me hope for humanity, to end suffering and co-create a harmonious existence.