Remember how you breathed when you were a baby? Or when you were young and your belly was soft and moved like a wave when you breathed. There was no holding back, no shrinking down for anyone or anything~ the body and breath were fluid and open like every cell was expanding and contracting effortlessly. Your breath was unfettered, free and full as if there were no cares in the world. This is the natural breath.This poem reminds me of how it was when I was breathing as a baby.
The great sea... Has sent me adrift
It moves me... As a weed in the great river.
Earth and the great weather
Move me and... Have carried me away
Moving my inward parts with joy.
The great sea is like the ocean sounding breath that is both sublime and subtle. The sound draws you close to your breath. To form a relationship with your breath, and regain your natural breath you must first know how you breathe.
This relaxed and free breathing may seem a like a distant memory or you may never have felt this kind of breath. Either way, you can bring the natural breath back into your life using effective breathing techniques, visualization, and meditation.
The breath inquiry below is from The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi. It allows you to discover your unique breathing patterns. This process of self-discovery opens the door to your true and highest Self. A relationship that is of primary importance on the spiritual path.
Breath Inquiry: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Give yourself a minute or two to investigate each question about your breath. Refrain from judging or analyzing your breath. Simply notice the breath using a loving, accepting, and kind inner witness. (15-20 minutes)
Write down your insights for each question in your practice journal. Practice at different times of the day and notice differences in your breath. Practice 4-5 times a week and see how your breath changes over a one month period of time.
Sienna Smith C-IAYT