Everything in the universe breathes; contracts and expands. In Chinese Medicine, this process is described as the dance between yin and yang, dark and light, blood and Qi, sedating vs. stimulating, and receptivity vs. activity.
All of it describes a natural rhythm that we experience in our bodies, and that maintains balance through the process. However, when we get stuck in one pattern for a significant period of time, it can take a toll on our health.
When we’re stressed, our body’s cells, organs and tissues contract. When we relax, everything in our body expands, literally breathing a sigh of relief from the inside out. I see this when I’m working on clients…as energy moves and releases tension, their breathing deepens. Sometimes there is repetitive yawning as the body involuntarily seeks more oxygen and healing.
Whether practicing yoga, receiving acutonics, massage, reiki or other energy work, breathing is key to the healing experience. If you find yourself breathing shallowly, or worse, holding your breath, take a few deep cleansing breaths to interrupt the pattern of stress and allow life to flow back in.
Here are some quotes to help you remember to breathe…
There is nothing about your physical awareness that connects you more to the Non-Physical aspect of your Being than that of your breathing.
Many assume that the process of breathing is only about your physical nature, but that is not the case. The process of breathing is much more than an essential function of your physical body. Indeed, it is the flowing of Spirit to you, and through you. That is the reason that when the focusing of Spirit through your physical body ceases, your breathing ceases also. ~Abraham-Hicks
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings. ~Rumi
First of all the twinkling stars vibrated, but remained motionless in space, then all the celestial globes were united into one series of movements…..Firmament and planets both disappeared, but the mighty breath which gives life to all things and in which all is bound up remained. ~Vincent Van Gogh