Barton Springs, Austin, Texas
Fluidity is our natural state of being.
With life’s “hits” we often become static, fixed and rigid, wrongly thinking that these states will protect us from whatever is “out to get us” in our day to day living.
Instead we can be knocked over quite easily and incur even greater trauma when in these non-fluid states.
The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
To add to that according to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, and even the bones are watery: 31%
We can’t ignore the fact that water makes up more of who we are than other elements and considering that we came from a watery home while inside of our mother it seems curious why we outright deny that we are in fact fluid and liquid in nature.
There is nothing more directly noticeable than the breath when we are not in a fluid state in our bodies, thoughts, emotions and how we express in the world. Our breath is hung up in the upper most part of our chests, and secondary breathing muscles (in neck, shoulders and upper chest) compete to see who can become the most contracted in their efforts to breathe us.
When we are breathing effortlessly from our primary breathing muscles (diaphragm, intercostals between the ribs, and abdomen)- or being breathed as I like to say - our bodies feel supple, fluid and flexible and our expression in the world comes from a deeply relaxed place of trust and confidence. Imagine a wave of breath washing through you. There is no way to be fixed, contracted or rigid in that!
If you really want to feel liquid and fluid I would suggest swimming with dolphins in the wild. This was a peak life experience I was privileged to have several years ago. One can’t help but feel the sensuous nature of being free, playful and lovingly liquid as when swimming with these amazing creatures. For moments in time you feel that you could breathe under water too! Perhaps we all did at some time in our ancient past!
A FEW TIPS FOR EASEFUL FLUID BREATHING:
* Be aware when the breath becomes shallow and you feel tension in your neck, face, upper chest and shoulders. Take a breath break!
* Breathe with your primary breathing muscles: diaphragm, intercostals between the ribs, and abdominal muscles. (by the way holding tight in your abdominal muscles or wearing unforgiving tight clothing constricts the breath unnecessarily)
* Imagine a wave of breath moving through you and washing all of the tension away.
* Smile and laugh often and watch the fluidity come back into your being!
* Dance with abandon and move from all parts of your body. Celebrate the body you have been given!
* Join with another and breathe together. Watch as your breath eases and lets go as your rhythm comes into synchronization with theirs. Surrender is the name of the game.
* Imagine yourself safely in a water environment floating and being completely held and supported.
* Bring attention to your second chakra (right below the naval) and place your hands there with great love as you consciously breathe for a few minutes. Watch your abdomen soften with the attention.
*Commune with the Earth and frequent Nature often!
* Go swim with dolphins!
There is a way of breathing
That is a shame and a suffocation.
And there is another kind of breath,
A love breath,
Which opens you infinitely.
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