One thing that I learned through breathwork is how to properly breathe and how to take the breath to my day to day life.
The breath of life, the very force that connects this physical body to life. The first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die. It is the one thing we have conscious control over. And this breath can make a huge difference in our lives and offer healing for innumerable mental and physical illnesses we may have.
Breathwork itself is powerful and can make a lasting change and difference in our life. But for the changes to be effective, we need to apply what we learn during a breathwork session into our day-to-day lives. If not, breathwork sessions will be nothing but a nice experience.
There are certain things we can do to make the most out of a breathwork session. The number one thing is integration. Examples and integration suggestions are mentioned in the post: The three pillars of breathwork. You can find the essay here.
Another really good way to bring breathwork into our daily lives is breath awareness. By regularly and consciously connecting to our breath, we learn to access that inner wisdom that is inherent to all of us, outside of the Breathwork sessions. By doing this, we can anchor ourselves in the present moment, work with our emotions, tune into our body and listen to our inner guidance.
Taking a few cycles off diaphragmatic breaths first thing in the morning, right after waking up is a powerful exercise to start the day. We can let go of anything that comes to our minds right after waking up and focus on what lies right in front of us, giving us energy, courage and strength to be the best version of ourselves and face whatever the day will bring.
Doing the same exercise at night, right before falling asleep helps us to let go of the day’s events, let go of any unresolved issues we might have and fall asleep in peace. We fall asleep faster, sleep deeper and wake up energized and refreshed.
Any time during the day, we can do the same exercise. Even if it is just for one breath-cycle, whenever we become aware of any emotions or thought patterns that are affecting us and are keeping us from being present and productive.
We can do this exercise whenever we get triggered by some occurrences outside of us. Taking one deep, diaphragmatic breath can stop us from reacting. We can refocus, listen to the stillness that arises and find solutions, rather than creating more problems. It is that split second between action and reaction that makes a huge difference in our world.
That split second, the NOW, that everything is made of, brings peace, joy and abundance. All we need to do is be willing to take this one, deep conscious breath.
The more often we practice this breath, the more natural it will become. And with that, abundance, joy and everlasting freedom will become the reality we long for.