World Breathing Day: A global perspective of the healing nature and spiritual importance of breath

The relationship between our breath and life is symbolically demonstrated in a breathwork session through our inhale and exhale. Our inhale is how we take life in. Is it shallow? Is it held? Is it full? Whilst our exhale is symbolic for how to respond to life. Is it controlled? Is it forced? Is it surrendered? For me, I became acutely aware of this relationship (and how it plays out during my breathwork sessions) whilst at work. The more aware I became of my breath, the more I came to realise I was holding my breath whilst at work, which subsequently manifested as extreme anxiety and an inability to act. Through my own breathwork practice I have been able to remain conscious of my breath, and re-pattern this behaviour, reduce my anxiety and respond more effectively to the stresses of my work environment.

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