We sometimes forget that the most potent source of wellbeing is within us. It is the energy of our own bodies, our life force, chi or prana. ‘But if my life force is so wonderful,’ you might ask, ‘then why am I always so tired? Why do I get sick and take so long to recover?’
There are many possible reasons why we lack the chi or prana we need to thrive. Negative thoughts, trauma, stress and limiting beliefs can corrupt or block the flow of energy through our bodies. We might not eat the natural foods that replenish and revive our life force, or eat too many dead foods (highly refined, irradiated or chemicalised foods) that give no energy and actually clog our energy pathways. We might not exercise enough or take in the fresh raw foods and clean water that our bodies need to properly eliminate waste and toxins and allow energies to flow. Or we might not breathe properly.
Most of us tend to breathe faster and less deeply than our bodies require. We need enough breathe to bathe every cell in our bodies with oxygen, and to flush out stale air and toxins. We need to breathe in life-giving, rejuvenating, revitalizing chi or prana from the air around us. |We need to breathe out not only the body’s carbon dioxide waste, but also the toxins and negative influences that harm us. To do all this, we need to do more slow, deep breathing.
The most effective way to improve your breathing is to breathe consciously. Pay attention to your breath. Notice when it becomes shallow or too fast. Practice calming your body and your mind by breathing more deeply. By becoming more aware of your breath, you’ll discover just what a friend it really is.