BREATHE ...

The breath is undoubtedly one way we can access our inner connection with our self. There are many breathing exercises out there. 

Simply using the whole lung to breath into the diaphragm is taught by many schools. Though overbreathing is frowned upon in CBT circles, as it can keep the amygdala (brains threat recogniser button) activated.

So we want to do slow and steady breathing, often with longer outbreaths, to switch the threat brain off and activate the calming brain processes of the para sympathetic nervous system.

At the moment, I am exploring Ujjayi breathing, during which you breathes in fully, then on the out-breath one engages the larynx in a hissing sound, mouth closed, rather like the sounds the ocean makes. This breath is supposed to help the vagus nerve and is said to initiate calm responses.

Give it a go and let me know how it is for you ...

Bear in mind that engaging with ourselves is a journey, which can involve learning to tolerate our own feelings which may be unfamiliar, previously numbed or connected with memories, that we'd rather forget. So connecting through the breath is a process which requires patient, understanding and inner compassion. Take it slowly and connect regularly, to gain in the long run. Be prepared for a surprising journey ...