Breathing Lessons

Conscious Breath

All healing begins with awareness. The simple act of paying attention — to a pain in the body, to a difficult emotion, to an ailing relationship — sends life-energy to the object of our awareness. As we connect via energy, things open, lighten, clear, heal.

As best you can, pay attention to your breathing, not just during these exercises, but throughout your day. Any moment in which you are aware of your breath, healing happens.

Begin by paying attention to your next few breaths.
Even as you continue to read these words, also notice your breathing
and that you can easily read and breathe and practice awareness of breath,
all in the same moment.
Pay attention to the quality of each inhale.
Even as you read, notice the feelings and sensations of breath flowing into your body.
Feel the places in your torso that move or do not move with each inhalation.
Pay attention to the quality of each exhale.
Even as you read, notice the feelings and sensations of breath flowing from your body.
Feel the places in your torso that move or do not move with each exhalation.
Now return to the top of this page and read through again,
paying close attention to the ebb and flow of each breath, even as you pay
close attention to the sound and meaning of each word, and for a minute or so,
simply pay attention to yourself breathing, eyes closing for a few more breaths . . .

Practice 3 times a day.
When you start noticing your breathing at varying times throughout your day
You are ready to move on to the next breath.