The Language of Breath
"If you can do something with the breath, you will attain the source of life. If you can do something with the breath, you can transcend time and place. If you can do something with the breath, you will be in the world and also beyond it" - The Book of Secrets, Osho.
Breathing is hugely powerful, in ways that most people never come to appreciate. Breathing is the only system of the body that is both automatic and also under our control. There are aspects of the way you breathe that you may never have observed or explored, and these aspects are like doorways that can lead to new and profound abilities. By learning how to use your breath, you can change the way you feel, help to heal yourself and even transform your life.
There are many different variations on how we breathe: - through nose or mouth; how hard, fast, regular or deeply we breathe; whether we hold the breath; where the breath flows in our body etc. Each aspect of breathing is associated with a physiological, emotional or mental state. Our breathing is affected by how we are feeling, yet at the same time we can consciously induce a feeling by using our breath. In this way we can consider that there is a communication between the mind and the body that takes place through the breath.
There is substantial scientific understanding of the function and effects of the breath in terms of biomechanics, biochemistry and psychophysiology (the mind-body connection), and how the breath impacts the state of our nervous system. However, in terms of understanding how to use the breath to communicate between the mind and the body, it is more like learning a language. Indeed, the power of the breath is recognised in our language: - as we breathe in we are inspired; we breathe out what is expired; with our breath we aspire.
The process can be summarised by the ACT of breathing: -
1. AWARENESS - the starting point of learning any language is to listen and observe.
2. CONSCIOUSNESS - we make a choice to explore how to control of our breathing.
3. TRANSFORMATION - with guidance and practice, we find the ways to use breathing to become more flexible, to shift any barriers, to help heal ourselves and to help make changes in lifestyle.