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Healing With Conscious Breathing

Tapping The Power Within
Iyanla  Vanzant
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Aug 24, 2014 at 02:15 AM

Conscious breathing, deep breathing, can take you into a profound understanding that grows from the core of your being. Often, it comes to you as a brief glimpse of your true self. It pops into your head as snatches of where you are going in your life. These snatches of reality may be difficult to believe, even frightening. More important, it is your breath—not another degree, or a different relationship, or more money—that opens your mind so that you will always know where you are going and what you must do to get there.

Conscious breathing is a beam of light in an often-dark world. Like a laser, it will support you as you move through obstacles enabling you to remain steady, strong, and powerful. You eventually come to realize that everything in your life must be aligned with your breath. No matter where you are, you got there through your ability to remain connected to and conscious of your breathing. Breath is your source and your strength. It is the eternal beacon of light that beckons you and guides you home. Breath is the place in which you meet God, the I Am-ness of our nature where you are not too afraid, stressed out, or freaked out to take a look.

The Benefits Of Breathing Deeply

Nothing happens in life that does not begin with breath. Once you learn how to do it, and do it consciously, you begin to understand what the philosopher Nietzsche said: “If you have a strong enough what, the how will be presented.” The how of breathing means doing it slowly and deeply from the belly, not from the chest. Believe it or not, most people do not know how to breathe. As a result, they breathe in the chest when real breath must come from the center of the body. With every inhalation, the belly should expand. With every exhalation, it should deflate. This will not only strengthen your stomach muscles, it will bring oxygen to every part of your being. In addition, each breath must be full, a complete inhale and total exhale. If not, we are simply circulating toxins and killing off our brain cells. True breath requires an investment—of time, energy, and faith. When you make the investment in learning how to breathe properly and practice it vigilantly, it will wake you up from a sound sleep. Then, and only then, will you dare to invest your entire self in your life.

What I know now is that when you are fully breathing, you outgrow self-doubt and needless self-sacrifice. The incessant nagging of the have-to-do’s and need-to-do’s for others? Gone! Breath gives birth to readiness. You become ready to move, ready to jump, swim, fall, survive, drown, thrive, flourish—taking no prisoners, hangers-on, or leeches in the process. The neediness, the desire for approval and acceptance, the hesitancy that kept you in the desperate despair of wishing and hoping? Gone! You are about the serious business of making a dream into a reality. You have moved beyond the practice of mere goal setting. You have become a vessel for what you know and feel must and is happening through you because you are breathing. It is just that simple!

Remaining conscious of our breathing moment by moment takes willingness and practice. It requires that we mentally check in with ourselves in order to monitor the intake and output of breath. Try it right now. As your eyes are gliding over these words, notice the depth or shallowness of your breath. Is your chest or your belly expanding? Is your mind calm, or racing? Take a moment right now to regulate your breathing. Take it deeper. Breathe consciously and enjoy your life in this moment and in those that follow. 

About Author
Iyanla  Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant is the founder and executive director of Inner Visions International and the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. She is a Yoruba priestess and an ordained minister in Christian New Thought. The author of 13 titles—inc Continue reading