Wednesday, March 25, 2009
How to Breathe Consciously : 3 Easy Steps
How to Breathe Consciously
3 Easy Steps
by Jim Donovan
Imagine a pouring water through funnel. Now imagine pouring water through a wide open pipe. The smaller the opening, the longer it takes for the water to reach it's destination.
These visual metaphors describe the relationship between breathing, creativity and openness. The water represents energy and information. The funnel represents restricted breath, and the wide open pipe represents a person who is consciously breathing and relaxed. The more relaxed you become, the more you are able to open yourself to your vitality and creative inspiration.
Take the next 30 seconds and dedicate them to yourself.
1. As you read these words, take a slow deep breath into the lowest parts of your lungs so that your belly expands completely. (Just like Santa Claus!). Once your belly is full of air, fill the top of your lungs so that you are completely filled with air.
2. Now exhale slowly and completely. Be sure to push all of the excess air out of your lungs until there is nothing left in there.
3. Now slowly do the same process again. Inhaling into the belly...slowly exhaling.
Notice how different you are feeling even after 2 conscious breaths....
Perhaps you'd like to keep breathing this way for longer than 30 seconds? Feel free!
This breathing style is called a deep abdominal breath. You can use it anytime you have encountered something that has closed you such as fear or stress.
Anytime you have become closed, for whatever reason, it is your job to find a way to reopen yourself. Breath is your ally.