1. The Breath as a Vehicle for Transformation
In times of stress we have a tendency to either breathe high and fast into our upper chest -- or hold our breath. When this becomes habitual our energy becomes restricted and affects every area of our lives. The stress response of fight-or-flight keeps us stuck in a fragmented and contracted mode with little room for breathing space or movement. We mistakenly have the illusion that we are "in control." Really what is happening is we are being controlled by old tendencies.
Rather than being empowered we resist life's experiences through various energetic holding patterns. These manifest like invisible suits of armor and postures that cause us to hold on, hold in, hold back, and hold together. These patterns are our defenses against perceived attack from outside. Afraid to let go we feel these holding patterns keep us safe and somehow earn us the love and approval we crave. We do this by being too compliant, hiding our feelings, staying in our comfort zone, keeping ourselves small, or being in our head and vacating the rest of our body.
Through conscious connected breathing and focused awareness we can identify these patterns, complete the energy cycles and release what no longer serves us. Then we can move into a place of empowerment, free to expand and express more authentically.