A breathing exercise can be a powerful tool to ease our stress and anxiety while enhancing our vitality and well-being. Consistent breathing exercises over time, even with modest time investment, go a long way. Physical exercise is commonplace in our Los Angeles, CA culture, while mindfulness is emerging onto the scene. A breathing exercise is a fusion of the two. It integrates the physical exertion of exercise with the profound stillness of meditation.
Deep breathing exercises are an immediate gateway into self-love and well-being. Our breath is free of charge and immediately available. It is here. It is now. (Stop reading for a moment, and breathe). It is the most intimate ‘thing’ in the world. With so much asking for our attention on a daily basis, we often overlook the breath. Our modern minds become entangled in the overflowing content of the world. Conscious breathing creates an interruption to this momentum. It invites the mind to shift away from content and into the inner world of consciousness.
Our breath is the bridge, connecting mind with body. Experientially, we are shifting away from thinking and into feeling. We move from the head (intellect), into our powerful heart space. During breathing exercises, we practice breathing deeply into ourselves. We awaken deeper aspects of our emotional body that have been stagnant and dormant. This is the weight we carry on a subconscious level. When we breathe Life and Energy into these suppressed aspects of ourselves, in body and mind, we invite Nature’s intelligence IN. That which no longer Serves, is given Space to be Seen, to be felt, to be released. Amen.