Breath of Life

spiritus: Latin word meaning breath, spirit, soul, courage, vigor

respiration:

1:  a single complete act of breathing

2:  the physical and chemical processes by which an organism supplies its cells and tissues with the oxygen needed for metabolism and relieves them of the carbon dioxide formed in energy-producing reactions

inspiration:

1:  a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation

2:  the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions

3:  the act of drawing in; specifically:  the drawing of air into the lungs

“life-force” / “prana”  /  “chi”  /  “mana”

Breath: your new best friend.

“Cellular breathing forms the building blocks of our life process. Where it is not taking place, the cells are dead, where there is difficulty, the cells are struggling; and where is occurring freely the cells are alive and healthy.” –Peggy Hackney

Disturbances in breathing patterns may happen due to:

  • birth defects
  • accidents / trauma
  • feelings and emotions (fear, anger, frustration, panic, anxiety, worry)
  • over-thinking (learning something new, trying hard)

Tuning into your breath can help when:

  • you are feeling tired and exhausted (breath brings energy and aliveness)
  • you are feeling “off” or far away from yourself (breath brings awareness to your internal self)
  • you are under pressure (breath helps you release tension)
  • you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed (breath has the power to shift emotions)
  • you are healing from an injury or illness (increasing oxygen flow to the cells of an affected body area can accelerate healing)
  • you want to kick butt (what do you think those martial artists are channeling? Breath.)
  • you want to feel grounded (breath brings us to the present moment and brings us nourishment)
  • you are in an argument and want to create empathy (attuning your breath with another allows you to feel deeply connected)

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