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Conscious Breathing by Tony Samara
Correct breathing is considered as the source of balance in life. While breathing in, one experiences expansion, while exhaling contraction. Between the inbreath and the out-breath, if our consciousness is in harmony with the expansion and contraction of the Universe and of all life, we can experience illumination.
If we remember our first breath, the moment when we came into the world, we can understand the power contained in that moment. When the baby takes his first breath, the Spirit enters his physical body. The expansion of the in-breath puts him in touch with the emotions and the mind. With the interruption of the breath, the experience of the emotions stops. In that split second, the baby can say “yes” or “no” to life. If he says “no,” he is not balanced with his own spirit. In the same way, when we breathe with an emotion, if we are not aware of it, the experience of this emotion will be reproduced with the second breathing, and so on. The emotion thus reinforced then manifests itself in the body. This process often continues for many years until adulthood. One breathes and, very often, one says “no” to life, but on a level so subtle that our ego is not aware of it.
To practice some techniques of complete breathing, even for only ten minutes each morning, allows for an understanding of what is breathing.
If you only have time to practice one breathing exercise I would suggest this powerful ancient deep breathing technique. Practice it for two weeks and the results will speak for themselves. Then, if you like, practice it for the rest of your life.
This exercise is best done in fresh air both in the morning and in the evening.
1. Stand up tall or sit straight becoming aware of your lower ribs and diaphragm. Feel your hands totally relaxed. Join together your thumb and index fingertips on both hands and squeeze gently.
2. Take in a slow deep breath through your nose, making sure you feel the lower ribs and diaphragm expand and move outwards.
3. When you have filled your lungs and diaphragm with as much air as possible force yourself to breathe in more, so that your body is expanded to the maximum.
4. Now let the air out slowly through your mouth, keeping your lips partly closed so that a wind-like sound is audible throughout the complete exhalation of the breath.
5. When you have breathed out all of the air, suck in the lower ribs and diaphragm so that you are contracted to the maximum.
Do this exercise 5-7 times in a quiet space.
Breathing correctly is to say “yes” to life, to all the aspects of our self – the good and the bad. It gives us the courage to experience a part of ourselves that has been put aside for a very long time. There is no “short cut” for changing our breathing patterns or for entering into a harmonious relationship with the expansion and contraction of Mother Earth. It just requires practice, a practice that is not secret but requires time and discipline.
(Excerpt from ‘Shaman’s Wisdom’ by Tony Samara. Available http://astore.amazon.com/tonysamahumaa-20/detail/0957696450)
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Sat Tony Samara, author of 'Shaman's Wisdom,' 'The Simplicity of Love Meditation,' 'Different Yet the Same,' 'Karma, Mantra and Beyond' and 'Discover Your Inner Buddha' has been inspiring thousands of readers to discover inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives, through the power and simplicity of practical Spirituality. At the core of his teachings lies the evolution of human consciousness, which in today's world is vital for achieving deep, personal happiness, inner peace and the illumination of one's inner quest.
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