Note from Alice:
This is a reprint of an Energy Sharing Newsletter originally written in 2015 about Borderline Breathing. With our recent experiences with Covid-19 and its reappearance in some areas, it seems time to share this again. It is an excellent approach to gently expanding our lung capacity – after first checking with our medical specialists.
Also, if the emotions and stress mentioned below are caused by a dangerous or survival-threatening situation, please take immediate steps to obtain professional assistance. After reaching safety, calming breaths can be part of your healing practices and recuperation from trauma.
Common causes of energy depletion include emotions, stress, and illness. When experiencing any of these, our breathing becomes shallow and will either speed up or slow. There may be times when we unconsciously hold our breath.
Tenseness and reduced oxygen are then caused within our physical body which make it difficult to think clearly. This allows confusion to unfold which further increases emotions, over-reaction, and inability to think of available options.
Exhaustion usually follows. We’ve all been there, haven’t we!
Slow Deep Breathing
Taking just one slow, deep breath tends to steady and ground us while increasing oxygen. Our thinking process and focus start to return. A maximum of three inhales/exhales is recommended.
Its slow evenness prevents hyperventilation and requires no special preparation.
- Breathe in s-l-o-w, deep and evenly through your nose
- Exhale at the same rate and amount as your inhale
- Do not hold your breath between inhale and exhale
Explore whether exhaling out your mouth or out your nose resonates with you for relieving stress.
Tendencies & Habits
Without realizing it, feeling stressed, frightened or emotional can develop into a habit. We begin to automatically feel physical, mental and emotional tenseness even when there is no reason for doing so. Stress becomes a constant companion.
When this becomes ingrained, we easily become a ‘borderline breather’. Our breath is always shallow. Our lungs do not fill.
This diminishes both our energy and vibrancy. Our vibration decreases.
Helpful in Meditation
Slow, deeper breathing is calming and centering for meditation. You’ll find yourself less likely to have intruding thoughts.
Continuous intrusive thoughts are frequently called your “monkey mind.” Taking steps to calm and center before a meditative practice is referred to as “taming the wild horses.”
If your mind starts wandering or jumping again, take another slow breath to center yourself. Your mental jumble will turn into calmer focus. This also works for those who practice quieting in place of full meditation.
Sharing Your Experiences
Other seekers of self-healing, peace and tranquility will be benefited by your sharing your comments and experiences below about Borderline Breathing.