Breathing Lessons: Breathing Awareness

By BijaB

Begin all your practices from this quiet place inside yourself, and you will establish a foundation for going even deeper.

(Photo: Lois Greenfield)

As you learn to reawaken the natural flow of your breath, you begin to develop a conscious familiarity with yourself.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Self-referral Awareness

  • Start by sitting down on the floor or the chair, and be with yourself for a moment. Find yourself and your awareness — the awareness that is always available to you. Begin all your practices from this quiet place inside yourself, and you will establish a foundation for going even deeper.
  • This state is not an altered state of consciousness. Rather, it is already occurring in your natural state of awareness. As you are sitting, observe whatever bodily feelings are present. Notice that this takes no effort at all. It is comfortable and easy. It is effortless awareness.

Step 2: Breathing Awareness

  • When you feel ready, deepen your breathing and continue to breathe easily through your nose. Notice that as your attention shifts to your breath, your posture naturally begins to change. Your posture and your breathing are intimately connected. Feel this natural relationship between your movement and breath for a minute or two.
  • As you continue breathing, notice that there is an effortless pause between each of your breaths. Every time your breathing turns the corner there is a moment or pause preceding the beginning of the next breath. Each breath seems to arise out of this pause between your inhalation and exhalations. Stay alert to this pause as you continue to breathe consiously.

Step 3: The Whispering Breath

If you are not already breathing with a soft airly sound, try it for a moment. 

Learn more in my book, "Breathing into Life".

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