I teach Breathwork, an active meditation that helps release stuck energy and limiting beliefs. One time, long before I ever could have fathomed myself a Breathwork teacher, I woke up to an intense pain shooting down my back each time I took a step. I was broke, in pain, and desperate for a solution.
I found myself engaged in communication with a craniosacral massage therapist who I wanted to cure me in one session so I could move on with my life. At the end of a week long email exchange he asserted that he could not actually help me and that I should do Breathwork to help me with my control and trust issues.
He was right that I had these deep issues, and he had intuited them through our email exchange. I trusted him enough to try it out, but at the time I was thinking what you might be thinking now, “How is breathing really going to help me?”
I imagined Breathwork to be simple slow breathing (which I now know to also be powerful work), but it wasn’t. It was kind of difficult, actually, and it left me in an altered state full of love and gratitude, and it ultimately helped resolve my control and trust issues.
The practice changed me so radically that I found myself sharing it with anyone who was interested, and the results were the same each time: people were amazed by how a simple breathing technique left them feeling.
Here are 5 reasons breathing can change your life:
1. Letting go of pain.
We were all born into this world pure. We were these innocent little beings learning how to move our bodies, use our voices, and navigate this giant world around us. As we grew, we experienced things.
Some of them were happy things and some of them were not. Some of the unhappy moments might have caused us pain. Our parents might have forgotten to pick us up from school one time leaving us feeling abandoned.
We might have been teased for having a big nose making us self-conscious about our appearance. We might have had severe traumatic experiences like being molested or abused. These experiences may vary in their severity but they all register to us as pain.
When we don’t know how to process this pain it sticks with us, often times unconsciously hiding under the radar of our psyches. Certain types of Breathwork stimulate the central nervous system, activating our energetics bodies, and moves this stuck energy. It helps us process and release pain that has been with us for a lifetime.
2. Get connected to your body.
We live in a world where we spend a lot of our time upstairs in our heads. We watch movies, read books, and spend lots of time online absorbing even more information. We process and analyze it all. We consider how it affects us, the world around us, and our place in it. We’re thinking. All. The. Time.
Some of us become so disconnected from our bodies that we don’t feel comfortable in our own skin, and most of us don’t feel disease coming on until it’s screaming in our faces or it’s too late. Focused breathing teaches us to develop a more intimate relationship with our bodies.
Breathwork moves energy which allows us to feel areas of discomfort showing us where energy is stuck in the body. The breath can help free up these areas leaving our bodies feeling at ease, and it can help us cultivate a deeper connection to our bodies’ needs so we can live healthier lives.
3. To find clarity.
If you feel stuck in your life I’d bet that you’re stuck in your head. I have always had an overly analytic mind. It’s something that’s useful at times but exhausting and confusing at others.
The mind is a tricky place. When we can’t seem to determine what the best move is, instead of taking a risk, we often find ourselves stagnant. Breathwork clears out all the stuck energy that creates a foggy, unconscious life, and it allows us to become connected to our deeper selves, the unfettered part that is ready to be seen.
You, whoever you happen to be, have an amazing gift to share with the world, and all of your fears and concerns are standing in the way. Intentional breathing can also help center yourself so you can hear what it is you need.
4. To stop being a control freak.
Sometimes our good intentions are driven by fear. Some of us want simpler lives because it helps us feel more in control. Some of us cling to 9–5 jobs because we feel safe. Some of us stay in unhealthy situations because what would happen if we change?
The idea of something shifting out of place and completely redefining who we are is often too much to bear. We like to be in control because we like to feel safe. But safety is an illusion. People die suddenly, companies lay off employees, kids break nice things, and the world keeps turning.
The desire to be in control stems from fear, and that fear likely connects to something that hurt you or made you feel unsafe at some point in your life. Breathwork sheds the layers of fear and allows us to trust ourselves and life more deeply.
Using the breath intentionally in our daily lives connects us to the present moment, helping us live more consciously.
5. To see who you really are.
It’s fascinating what the mind will do to protect us from the truth. The truth can be uncomfortable. When that healer told me I had trust and control issues I squirmed. And then I cried because I knew he was right and because someone finally saw me.
He saw who I was in the truest, deepest way. He didn’t see the version of myself I was choosing to share with the world. He saw my fears. He saw what I was hiding from. The beauty of Breathwork is that you get to see it for yourself.
The breath moves so much energy that it connects you to the truth about yourself. You get to see and feel the things that are holding you back, the things you’re afraid of, and you get to see that beneath all of the hiding is someone who just wants to love and be loved.
The breath is an amazing tool for healing, gaining clarity, deeper connection, and contentment. Through the breath life gets simpler. We stop being so bogged down by the mechanism of the mind and find ourselves more balanced.
We sheds the toxic layers we’ve accumulated, leaving us with a knowing of what it is we really need for our own lives. This clarity is one of the greatest gifts of life. It frees us from our mental confusion allowing us to live deeper, richer lives.
If you’d like to experience Breathwork for yourself I’m holding a virtual workshop on January 31st. If you can’t make it, a recording will be available.