Breathing is the unique vital function of the neuro-vegetative system that is controllable.
Regulating the nervous system and blood circulation, and closely linked to emotions, breathing is essential for reach Harmony. Although it may bring confusion as to the respiratory activity, we often use the expression “ventral breathing” to define “abdominal breathing”. However, we do not breathe with our abdomen (stomach, belly), but with the abdominal muscles, which, through their dilation, allow the lowering of the visceral mass. In so doing, we provide natural mobility to the diaphragm.
This type of breathing, typical of the baby, the animal or the adult while asleep, is the original breathing, which disappears over time and through the process of socialization, the education of “stand up straight, pull your stomach in” and other negative images associated with the body. The “ventral” breathing being natural, its re-discovery must be neither forced nor artificial. It is a question of returning to the source, and not a question of an “added” mechanism. In fact, this breathing becomes established and normal.
Breathing regulates the symptomatic emotional aspects of anxiety. Breathing consciously by, and with, the abdomen, is in fact freeing one’s internal tensions, oxygenating the brain and providing the body with its instinctive dimension. Moreover, by urging the abandon from an external rhythm to an internal one, breathing becomes the number one tool in letting go. Through it, the individual will control the emotional stakes of life relating to speaking up, feeling rooted, gaining self- confidence.
From birth to death, we breathe. In between, everything moves, nothing remains the same except for the continual flow of breath, authorizing no interruption without, however, calling on the conscious of the individual. Breathing is the essential factor of life. We cannot live without it. Thus, we easily confuse breathing with life. Breathing goes from the exterior to the “center” and from the “center” to the exterior, however, we rarely take a sufficiently “deep breath”… Therefore, in general, air does not reach the “center”.
Observe a child’s sleep. Examine his breathing. The air penetrates, the abdomen rises. His chest is immobile. The air touches his center – the “center” – thereby the well-being of children, their surplus of energy, and their insatiability, their capacity to live here, now, without past or tomorrows. We were all children once. How does it happen that while “growing-up”, our breathing becomes strangled, compressed, and shallow, limited, loses the center and does not touch the abdomen?
Focus your attention on your breathing without trying to control it. Simply, let it be. Feel the air enter your body; note how it circulates through it. Feel the manner in which the air comes out after it has circulated through your body, after it went through you. If some thoughts emerge, ignore them, and re-focus your attention on your breathing. Welcome and observe everything that happens, tingling, fear, laughter, tears, well-being, calm, impatience, etc. and then, re-focus on your breathing.
With each “inhalation”, be conscious that you are taking in a breath. With each “exhalation”, be conscious that you are breathing out. Do not imagine anything; do not try to visualize anything. Simply let yourself go with your breathing.