ALLOWING

RECOVERING NATURAL BREATHING

Rediscover natural breathingRe-discovering the early experience we had of natural breathing involves a degree of unlearning. Above all however, it involves trust and a willingness to be less controlling - and this applies not just to the physiological breath. It will embrace many of the adult life issues that we have taken on and made part of ourselves as we grew into and through adulthood. Our psychology and our spiritual values will be brought into play. The following pages in this chapter will describe a number of simple exercises which you can do on your own. These will focus on relaxing and becoming aware both of your body and of the breath. You can look on these as basic steps on the way to preparing yourself for more relaxed, natural and deeper breathing.

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THE GIFT OF BREATH

Being able to let go and allow the breath to flow in itself implies no little trust and indeed promotes trust. The breath and your whole life come to be seen and received as gifts from God. This opens you up to the possibility of a deep awareness of and relationship with God. 

 

LEARN FROM CHILDREN AND ANIMALS

Master of natural breathingOne community to which I belonged had a pet cat. It wasn’t the sharp-eyed fleet-footed type, but a massive black and white neutered male. Dinky was everybody’s pet, about as peaceful and inactive a creature as you could find.

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Meditation with Prayer Word on the Breath

 

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