Right now, stop and pay attention to your breath.
If you are sitting, close your eyes and check in with how you are breathing.
What did you notice? Was your breathing full and deep? Did it flow in all the way into your chest and belly? Or was your breath short and shallow? Did it feel as though your breath got stuck in your chest?
Don’t be alarmed, most of us are barely breathing. However the thing to ask your self is:
If I am barely breathing, does that mean I am barely alive?
To quote the late Indian mystic, Osho:
“When you are saying that you are happy and you are not, there will be a disturbance in your breathing. Your breathing cannot be natural. It is impossible.”
When you are barely breathing you are disconnected from your body; you are not fully present, because if you were you would be using your breath completely. In fact, the times that you are the most present in body and mind happen when you are naturally breathing in and out through your mouth. Think of the last time you had great sex or lost yourself in dance or engaged in another physical activity completely, you were probably breathing through your mouth. All these activities, for most of us, are also times of pleasure and joy. To be fully present in body and mind is a delicious feeling.
Many of the problems that arise in our lives stem from two things: our bodies breaking down and not being able to support our lives with energy and vitality and our minds, which can cause us to stay stuck in stressful thought patterns and then dictate the habits we form. Since there is a symbiotic relationship between body and mind when one is affected the other is as well.
When you were a young child, your body began to protect your mind from trauma. Due to the limited reasoning capabilities children have, it becomes the duty of the body to store and absorb information young minds are unable to process. Your body is a walking “filing cabinet” of every single thing that you have ever been through in your life and it continues to store information, particularly the kind you hold back from expressing externally.
What you experience in your body as chronic pain, muscular tension and other discomforts can very well have it’s roots in an old trauma or unexpressed emotion. You wear this old trauma, like armor and the longer it goes unreleased the harder your experience of living becomes. You will either feel ungrounded and disconnected in your body or you will feel the burden of pain and discomfort.
Biodynamic breath work is the cutting edge approach to releasing old trauma, that is held in the body and the forgotten and buried psychological trauma sitting in the subconscious mind. This type of breathing, which is done through an open mouth, with eyes closed while lying down, has the ability to bring your body and your mind in union through complete presence. Biodynamic breath work is not only an active way of meditating, but also a pathway to transformative healing.
Bioenergetic exercises, which are exercises that use the energy of the whole body, to increase blood flow, ground the body and open up your breathing, prefaces this connected breathing through the mouth. The powerful combination of movement and full, deep breathing allows the release of holdings in the body and body armor that has formed over a lifetime.
The liberating feeling you experience in times of mental joy and physical pleasure do not need to be isolated moments. You can learn to heal old trauma, by using the innate wisdom you carry inside, through the power of your breath.
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