“We come home to ourselves by breathing. Breath can be a natural tranquilizer as well as a stimulant or energizer. The healing impact depends upon the pace with which we breathe. While it is natural to hold the breath for a moment when concentrating on a task, or when doing detail work to steady one’s hand, holding the breath may sometimes indicate a startle response or a fear reaction. Breathing patterns often reflect one’s emotional state. Shallow or rapid breathing may indicate emotional upset. Long, slow, deep breaths are often signs of relaxation.
. . . .You can use breath work to over-come obstacles, maintain clarity of focus, energize your spirit, relax your body or calm down when you are over excited. Learn to support yourself with your breath.” Radical Self-Care, by Dr. Beth Hedva.
Debra says the quote that stands out for her from Chapter 4 of Radical Self Care is: “Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask Before Assisting Others” Cathay Pacific Airways.
I have spent a lot of time, especially as a mother, assisting others before myself. For a while now I have been concentrating more on self-care and seeing how much more available I am to everyone when I look after myself first. If its yoga or breathing it helps me be so much more present with everyone around me; friends and family. This is really, really truly important…..it’s essential.
Thank you Debra
Iain also speaks of the importance of breath, Chapter 4 of Radical Self Care ” When it is remembered that the greater portion of prana acquired by man comes to him from the air inhaled, the importance of proper breathing is readily understood”. Yogi Ramacharake, The Science of Breath Copyright 1905.
This really brings home how important proper breathing is. As I read through all the types of breathing, some for calming, some energizing, we think about what we eat and how it nourishes us. But it’s really the air, and quality of air,and how we bring it in to ourselves; and, how this air nourishes us, nourishes our energy. It’s more important than food. It’s so important to breathe properly, to take time out, and breathe, not react, to reflect and become centered.