Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing the multi-dimensional functions and potential of the breath. Let’s take a few minutes to put these words into practice and experience for ourselves!
Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight but relaxed and natural.
Close your eyes
Turn your attention inward, beyond your thoughts. Allow yourself to explore the realm of subtle sensations in the body: well-being, spaciousness, energy but also tensions, blockages and emotions.
Simply observe, sit quietly with whatever is there. The breath will help you to keep your attention steady with whatever you’re experiencing. Watch any tendency to judge, analyze, identify with a storyline, rationalize or otherwise escape from just simply being. No need to judge yourself or your experiences. We’re all in the same boat.
Just give yourself time to sit with what is. If you become aware of any particular thoughts or feelings, simply hold your attention there and watch. Just breathe and relax. Whatever is there, is there! Again, observe any tendency to flee or escape back to the mind and bring your attention back to your breath and your inner experience. With practice, you will observe that sitting quietly with our core sensations and emotions actually softens them. They become gateways leading us more deeply into ourselves and ultimately, they bring us into our center.
If you have time, you can practice this until you reach a place where you sense inner peace, well-being, acceptance or peace with things just as they are. If your time is limited, you can set a time of 5 or 10 minutes, for example, and start to cultivate the practice of just sitting with what is.
If you find that starting to go inwards brings up strong emotions or unpleasant ruminations, it is best to seek the guidance of a professional. Sometimes we carry strong disharmonies, emotional wounds or simply bad mental habits that can be addressed with a little help. This clears the way for a more mindful and peaceful relationship with ourselves and others.
Stay tuned for the next installment in our breathwork series.
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