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How Deeply Emotions Affect Breathing

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Under: Emotions and Breathing
Often when I sit down to do my breathing exercises, I can't do it for more than 10 minutes before I have a thought that gets me stirred up and upsets my calm.  My breathing rate and the volume of air I'm taking in each breath increases.  My pulse at the end of the session might be higher than when I first started, and I've just been sitting quietly and for the most part, doing the exercises correctly.

My Buteyko trainer Robert Litman first introduced me to the idea that thinking is a metabolic activity that increases breathing.  That may not pass muster with the leaders at Weight Watchers, it's not like this metabolic activity burns any calories!  But thinking especially negative or sad thoughts, or being depressed and burying them, affects our breathing and ultimately our health.

Chinese medicine especially talks about the connection between our lungs and our grief.

So in addition to being a Buteyko educator and teacher trainer, Robert also runs The Breathable Body, offering courses that put our bodies in a position to breathe easier.

I just got an announcement of a very special workshop integrating griefwork into breathing work this Spring that he and a colleague are leading.  I highly recommend it if this speaks to you:

Heart of Grief Into Breath - A workshop with Robert Litman and Susan Harper
March 1-5, 2012 in Tucson Arizona

"Unexpressed grief weights the heart and constrains the breath. Inside grief lies loss - of a beloved, longing, shattered dreams; AND paradoxically passionate praise for what we have dearly loved, are missing and remembering with joy.

We create a communal container where we can feel and express what lives in our belly, and with the strength of heart that comes from speaking the truth. Through heart-borne expression, we resonate more deeply with each other.

WHAT WILL WE DO?
EXPLORE BREATH AND FEELING DYNAMICS - The freedom or inhibition of movement in our bodies and breath affect our emotional expression. Grief fully-felt and expressed frees energy and life-sustaining breath.  We will invite ease and flexibility in the breath and body, which allows our emotional body to have an easier time expressing grief, appreciation, anger and joy.

TENDING THE FEELINGS OF THE HEART - We develop practices to be honest with what is in our hearts each day, listening to the unattended sorrows, tending gratitude, acknowledging regret, and celebrating joy.

SHARING GRIEF AND COMPASSION - Sharing our grief in communion opens shared experience and invites the healing energy of compassion. We invite the imagination of the heart to awaken and inspire how we live and love. Together, we open a compassionate vision for lviing with heart and soul in a global community.

For more information, see this flyer.

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