But think about it. Our breath is what keeps us in constant contact with the Earth. Not once are we suspended from this planet. We believe that we move about quite independently but it’s not true. Through our breathing we are attached to the Earth in the same way a baby is attached to its mother by the umbilical cord.
You can be without food for a month, without water for a week but without breathing you will only last a few minutes. That’s how important it is. But since it doesn’t give us the obvious pleasure that eating or drinking does we don’t appreciate it.
Breathing is a bridge between the inner and the outer. As soon as we experience any kind of turmoil it is immediately reflected in our breathing. Stress, worry and fear can affect our breathing permanently.
What usually happens is that the breath becomes more and more shallow. Eventually only the top of the chest moves. The result is that we don’t get enough oxygen and that the air taken in is never fully expressed from the lungs.
If you look at a breathing baby or an animal you will see that their chest is rather still and only the abdominal area expands and contracts with the flow of air.
That is healthy breathing.
That is the kind of breathing that provides the body with enough oxygen and energy. It is also very pleasurable to breathe that way. If you pay close attention to the way the body takes in air when it is fully relaxed you will notice what a delicious pleasure it is.
Try this audio breathing exercise if you want help to get started. It will relax and refresh you.