Breathing Lessons

Always Moving Breath

As you pay attention to your breathing throughout the day you will quickly notice how often you stop breathing. Typically, we stop breathing — sometimes holding the inhale in, sometimes pausing after the exhale — once or twice every minute.

Certain activities, such as thinking about money, or intense anticipation, or dealing with unpleasant people, always stop the breath. Likewise, difficult emotions: we hold our breath when feeling sad, angry, or afraid. Even positive emotions can stop our breathing; think of trying not to laugh at an inappropriate moment, or trying to control sexual attraction to the "wrong" person.

Holding the breath is an unconscious habit developed during childhood. It totally interferes with the natural function of breathing. Undoing this habit and restoring the "breath you were born with" is a major key to becoming healthy and feeling happy.

Now, even as you read, bring attention to the movement of your breath.
Notice that you can read these words and make sense of their meaning,
while at the same time you can pay attention to the movement of your breath.
As best you can, let your breath become one continuous flowing motion.
Breathing in through the nose, allow a slow easy inhale,
filling your torso, and just as you feel full,
without stopping or holding, release the breath out through the nose,
a long easy exhale, and just as you feel empty,
without stopping or holding, breathe in again, a slow easy inhale,
and just as you feel full, breathe out again, a long easy exhale,
until you feel empty, and breathe in again,
the breath always moving, and breathe out again,
the breath always moving, one continuous breath,
gentle and fluid, always moving, always flowing,
always moving, always flowing, always moving,
Always flowing, always breathing. . . .

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