For many, this first breath is taken in shock and pain, the harsh air burning delicate throats and lungs and immediate cord clamping cutting off the flow of oxygen and nutrient rich cord blood. This shocking memory sits in every cell and causes fear to accompany our thoughts about the breath. In response we choose not to breathe deeply, not to take in this full life giving and purifying substance. We resist, we hold back, we breathe shallowly not willing to return to those sensations.
Breathing consciously and deeply is one of the most therapeutic, healing acts we can do. Practice breathing deep into your high chest and low into your belly and see what happens!
When you are angry - BREATHE
When you are sad - BREATHE
When you are excited - BREATHE
When you are afraid - BREATHE
When you are ill - BREATHE
When you don't know what to do - BREATHE