Through conscious connecting the breath, the focus of attention is guided into the body. As the breath unfolds we meet all the “folds” that are in our way. You could say that the “folds” are the blockages in the body-mind.
Focusing on our breathing helps us not to identify with what we are feeling and/or thinking, so that we don’t have to drown in our feelings. We become able to breathe continuously whatever we think or feel and thus centre ourselves in “the here and now”.
We begin to notice that we are not our feelings and that there is something in us that’s “bigger” than all of our drama. We are enabled to observe what’s happening from an aware ego position and to feel enough safety, in which we can integrate our past hurts and pains. We stop feeling like victims.
There is a deep sense of peace the moment we can let go of our judgements. Deep inside us we know -in a nearly indescribable way- that we made a connection with our own true being. This is the process we call ecstasy when consciousness frees itself from limiting thoughts, judgements and convictions and we are no longer identified with them. We are able to “stand by” and perceive. Our bodies don’t lie. We can feel the truth. The blocked energy starts to flow freely again physically and mentally. New possibilities of choice occur. This process may happen very quietly or with a great sense of euphoria.
When energy is prevented from flowing, consciousness disappears. Where energy flows, consciousness steps in.
During my 2 hour massage today I set myself up to do a breathwork session for at least the first hour of the massage. I have done this before, where I let the massage therapist know that I’m going to be focused on my breathing so they can support me.
I’ve done a breathwork session a few other times during massage and love what happens. While keeping my focus on my breath, connecting breathing, I find that the therapist can go deeper into my body as I breath through what might feel uncomfortable-and as I am focused on my breathing I find that my body also naturally relaxes and opens up more to allow a deeper massage to happen.
For me, doing breathwork while getting a massage allows energy to move more easily through my body and especially when the therapist hits a spot that is tense or blocked or where I am holding on to something in my body. When I breath through the uncomfortableness of the pressure and let go of any resistance there seems to be a release of energy. Not only physically, but I experienced a few moments of letting go in the release by crying.
Breathwork, whether during a massage or just a regular session is such a wonderful way to open up, to let go of tension, to release emotions and allow our natural healing energy to work with us for deep emotional and physical healing along with connecting more deeply to our true nature.
In May of 2017, Kris and I set out on a 4 month trip in our Northstar truck camper up to Alaska. I did quite a bit of writing on that trip, and this particular piece comes to my mind often when I think about our trip. I wrote it the very first night, the beginning of our 4-month trip.
Have you ever thought about or maybe even heard the barking watchdogs of geese on a lake? Last night we arrived at a breathtaking camping spot at Saratogo Lake, Wyoming. It’s located about 30 miles south of Sinclair, tucked way back in the sprawling open fields and located on a serene lake. We camped right on the lake, where the shore is highlighted by flowing grasses and reeds, leading into the vast blue water of the lake teeming with various species of birds. This area was developed in 1992 as a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. The magnificent music of the birds singing all evening and again in the morning and afternoon was a delight. I’d say for me that one very soothing and enjoyable thing I’ve loved my whole life is to hear birds. I’ve memories of birds in the trees in the area where I grew up, but over the years the open land was developed into housing tracts along with DDT and the birds and butterflies disappeared. It’s nice to find places where birds are abundant and grace us with their symphonies.
Why did I ask if you had ever heard the watchdogs of the lake? Because last evening, as we strolled the lakeshore we spotted two geese also basking in the grasses along the lake. When they saw and heard us coming close, they started honking, flew into the water and for at least 10 minutes they continued to honk, (which sounds like barking) until we were far away from them. Had me think that these geese were on alert, like the dogs in our neighborhood who bark and protect their area when the see or smell something foreign. So I labeled these geese as “the watchdogs of the lake”.
Otto Warburg was a German physiologist, medical doctor and Nobel laureate. He was the sole recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1931and won the Nobel Prize for proving that cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes the tunnel seems deep, dark, and long even if being in that space only lasts a day. In that tunnel the mind can be very bothersome as it conjures up so many stories and scenarios as we face ourselves and the situations in our lives that need attention.
I’ve found how important it is to recognize the ego part of my mind and the part of my mind that is my friend and is trying to give me information as to how to move forward into more clarity, realization and understanding. Not sure I could experience the depth and breakthrough that comes after diving into these places without meditation. To give myself time to rest in the silence.
I meditate in a number of ways, all are so helpful. I love the silence of meditation and I love breathwork! Each take me beyond the mind and help so much as life unfolds.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, but we always do come through to the other side with more understanding, awareness, clarity, heart opening love.
Remember to take time each day to focus on your breath. breathe in, breathe out, breathe in breathe out. Focusing on your breath even for 1 minutes brings one back to the present moment, melts away what is bothering oneself and clears the space to be open, relaxed, and less burdened by the mind.