3 Steps to add a superpower to your breath!
How we breathe affects how we feel.
How we feel affects how we breathe.
Notice your breath right now...
Where is it going? Do you even know?
What are you breathing? Only oxygen?
What is the texture? Temperature?
Is it reaching your belly? Or only your upper chest... not much space there...
You've probably heard about deep abdominal breathing and its benefits.
Well, have you heard of "Complete Breathing"?
Yes, most of us go through life not even realising that there's more to breathing than meets the eye (or lungs ;-)
Yes while properly breathing air into our bellies is needed to oxygenate our blood stream for a healthy body, it also helps to calm the monkey-mind. Especially if we consciously tune into it and make that exhalation longer than the inhale so as to activate the relaxation response in our nervous system. It's free. It's always with us. It's so simple.
One of my meditation teachers taught me to see the mind like a puppy. To have a little puppy behave like we would to, we have to train it. With patience, compassion, care and non-judgement. This we learn in mindfulness.
There is however another simple step that we can add to breathe more completely.
To gain energy that would be otherwise lost in the mind.
That is Complete Breathing.
Also known from ancient Tibetan practices as Vase breathing.
or Energy body Breathing.
The Energy Body:
All humans are equipped with not only a physical body but also an energy body.
The energy body is a more subtle vibrational frequency of the physical body.
To put it another way, all matter is composed of particles and waves: the physical body is
particulate; the subtle body is its waves. The energy body exists in the same space as the physical body on a more subtle level. It is formed by the flow of energy channels.
The human energy system ("HES" consists of many channels of different sizes including the large central psychic channel, with a series of power centers and small fine ones.
By altering the flow of the energy channels, one can influence the function and healing of the body.
This is the foundation of complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and Reiki.
In complete breathing we recognise that there is vital energy in the air around us and we intend it down into the energy body's energy center/vase. By doing so we gain greater vitality.
The Universal Energy Field ("UEF"):
The Universal Energy Field (UEF) is ubiquitous, life-giving energy that has been referred
to in at least 97 traditions*. It is sometimes referred to as chi or prana.
Living organisms emit measurable energy vibrations. This energy is known as the
biofield, bioplasma, or electromagnetism.
The human energy center has been referred to as the hara, Life Vase, tse bum, and
second chakra. The Vase spans about 4 fingers above and below the navel.
Beginning in the early 20th century, the universal and human energy fields have been
scientifically investigated using techniques involving electrostatic, magnetic,
electromagnetic, sonic, thermal, and visual measurements *.
Energy medicine practices have since been integrated into many hospital practices and are being validated by a growing body of scientific research.
Complete breathing intends subtle energy from the UEF into the HEF.
By working with the energy body through intention and breath, we optimize the
functioning of the energy body and thus optimize the functioning of the physical body.
It conserves energy and produces better oxygen absorption allowing for
optimal functioning of the HEF and greater mental and physical awareness.
And for expectant women, it's a key practice we teach in "Calm Birth" birth preparation since the womb is roughly located in the same area and greatly benefits from this practice too.
Step 1: Become mindful of the breath without judgement. (Naturally as a result you should start to deepen the breath.)
Step 2: Add your intention to the breath of visualising the vital energy from the UEF down into your vase, your energy center. Nothing fancy. Simple but powerful.
Step 3: Feel how your energy body and as a result your physical body gains more vitality!
Start your day in the morning with a couple of energy body breaths, setting the intention for the body to continue breathing in this way as you go about your day.
And slumber off into dreamland as you set the intention for your body to continue breathing in this way, with the knowing...
The body is made to breathe energy.
And if you'd like to deepen your understanding and practice of this beautiful practice and take your Self-Empowerment journey further, don't hesitate to book a Conscious Empowerment session and I'll be honoured to work with you.
* References: Brennan, 1988