Breathing is the most important and vital act our body does. Everything begins with the first breath. In the beginning, it’s aligned with our respiratory system and we breathe in naturally, connectedly, and automatically, beautifully…
That’s what makes a child peaceful under her or his skin. Curious, excited, joyful, playful. It’s the child who feels she/he has all the time in the world, and everything is doable, can follow a butterfly all day long and feels fulfilled by doing that. That one action is more than enough for that day. There are no reasons, explanations, questioning, “but…”. That’s the moment. The child is present there and then. Total mindfulness.
So, when does this change?
Breathing is one of the few bodily processes that can either be voluntary or involuntary. Breathing can take place automatically without thinking about it or we can alter it consciously and at will.
As we grow up, we are told not to do things because they are dangerous, or because the society doesn’t approve them, every time we are interfered with our natural course of actions, we build up unpleasant feelings mostly unspoken as well. Then, we learn to hold our breath, or make it slow or shallow to be able to deal with the feelings we are not let to feel and express freely.
That’s the time we begin to interfere with our breathing and become a master of manipulating it.
We might take deep breaths to calm ourselves down, it might look like it is working very well but what we don’t know is while we are using our breath to deal with feelings, thoughts and life experiences, we are pushing our feelings under the carpet or locking them in a drawer and put away not to be seen or heard.
This affects our psychology and physiology negatively!
There is a unique relationship between our thinking and bodily processes that our breathing pattern affects how we feel and how we feel affect our breathing patterns.
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