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A Healing Adventure Part 1

Your Long, Deep Breath

Such a simple thing! Our breath may seem too mundane, too “normal” to assign any real importance to it. After all, it’s just there. But thank God it is. Our breath is such a miraculous operation. Not only does it do the physical things that we learned about in high school biology—taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide wastes to enable our body to work - but it is also opens a great door to our mental, emotional and spiritual realms as well.

So, let’s take a trip of exploration through some of these most amazing effects of our breath “portal” with a series on breath, published from time to time.

First adventure: If you ever feel stuck, shocked, overwhelmed, angry, or reactive, check your breath. Chances are you have either quit breathing or you are breathing too quickly and shallowly. Since your breath is intrinsically hooked to the flow of your vital energetic system, your breath in this state disrupts the pranic energy that your mind and body depend on for healing and nourishment. Cramped breath actually cramps your mind, perpetuating counterproductive thoughts and emotions.  That, in turn, causes all kinds of caustic nerve and hormonal distress to your body. Yikes!

Next time, be alert to quickly check your breath. Inhale really deeply, and begin long, deep breathing - the more powerful, the better. It will free your jumbled energy, clear your mind and emotions, and circulate pranic health to your body. Long deep breathing will also support your autonomic nervous system in moving out of the grips of its stress response. And while you’re at it, have a big refreshing glass of water.

Too simple? Try it and see what a world of difference your own precious long, deep breath makes!

Siri-Gian Khalsa
Intuitive, Healer, Teacher

Recommended: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron


Audrey Rose commented on 18-Oct-2009 01:31 PM5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Siri Gian for sharing this simple idea of remembering to just breathe deep down to the soul, for that is the clear road to the soul of change. You explain it very well and it is so accessible all the time.

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