SELF-CARE FOR YOUR SOUL

When was the last time you got through a day without feeling stress? Can’t remember? I can relate.

That’s why, a long time ago, I began looking for a way to find peace in a hectic world. To be the calm center in the middle of the hurricane. To reap the benefits as the hurricane dissipates around me.

My search took me to the Transformational Breath Foundation, where I learned a breathing process that changed my life and became a Transformational Breath Facilitator. If you want to learn more about this fabulous therapeutic process, check out the link below.

However, like the Gemini I am, I wanted a way to use this process on the go any time I was feeling stress, anxiety, lack of confidence, you name it. So, I modified the process so anyone can use it any time they need a way to move back into clarity.

It’s a simple process, but it takes some time to learn it. You’ll see why in a minute.

When we were born and took our first breath, we automatically began breathing in perfect harmony with our body. As we grew, most of us learned to breathe in a way that doesn’t serve our emotional, physical, and spiritual rhythms. Most of us breathe shallowly into the chest, using only the upper part of our lungs. This creates stress in our body and deprives us of the full value of breathing.

In order to receive the full advantage of our wonderful breathing apparatus, it’s important to use all its parts, which means getting the belly involved. And here’s how to do it.

To experience all the benefits of breathing, it’s important to fill your lungs with oxygen by pushing your belly out when you inhale. I know, it sounds weird, but by breathing through the chest, we’ve learned to breathe in a way that deprives us of oxygen.

If you have the opportunity, watch a baby breathe when sleeping or put your hand on its tummy and feel the rhythm there. You can do this with a family pet, like a cat or dog, too. You will notice the belly expanding on the inhale and letting to on the exhale with no hesitation between breaths. It’s called circular breathing.

It may take some time to relearn circular breathing, if you choose to, but remember, you used to be an old hand at this. Here are the directions.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably and place your hand on your solar plexus.
  2. Inhale through your nose, pushing your belly out.
  3. Exhale through your nose, letting go (like a sigh) rather than pushing the air out.
  4. Repeat, with no hesitation between inhale and exhale.

Most people find that pushing out the belly while inhaling and letting go on the exhale instead of pushing the breath out are challenging. But with practice, you will notice the benefits of this natural way of breathing. It will calm your mind, and using your full lung capacity will help eliminate toxins from your body. You can breathe deeply if you want to, but it isn’t necessary. It’s the rhythm that counts.

Once you get comfortable with this process, you can use it anytime, anywhere you are experiencing stress, such as tightness in your body or mental or emotional tension. For example, you can breathe this way at your desk at work, in a meeting, while driving, even during a stressful conversation with someone.

You can use this as a meditational breath. Try starting your day with 1-2 minutes of circular breathing, working up to 5-10 minutes. You can choose to go back to your breathing roots by learning to breathe this way throughout your day.

It’s important not to breathe through your mouth with this process. Breathing through the mouth makes this a therapeutic process for healing emotional issues, which should be done with a professional Transformational Breath Facilitator.

I wish you peace and happiness with on-the-go circular breathing.

For more info, click here: www.transformationalbreath.com

By liveyourpurposeloveyourlife

I'm a retired soul-centered psychotherapist. Along with doing research and art work, I want to share with you some ideas that may help you on your journey through life.