Don't be discouraged if it takes time to access release through breathing; it will happen eventually, and it is an invaluable tool for de-stressing. Making these connections between breath and body heightens sensitivity and prompts us to take better care of ourselves.
There are a few key factors that determine one's ability to successfully practice deep breathing. A few key pointers can give people the awareness they need so that they may utilize the gift of breath to restore and enhance the body's balance, freedom and health.
A simple daily habit of taking quiet time allows us to find our path away from the quicksand of life and into moments of insight. It is those flashes of brilliance that separate the successful from the want-to-be.
Relaxation is the most difficult Olympic sport of all, and the sting of not getting a medal can run deep. Finding our present is often the missing step as many of us begin a meditation, yoga or any other mind-cleansing practice.
When we count our breath, we count on our breath. We discover it is the ticket back to ourselves. The breath both coaches and coaxes us into self-reliance, not only for relaxation into sleeping states, but also for profound letting go in superlatively chaotic and awake states.
Rabbi G and his wife lost their young daughter to leukemia in 1981. Despite undergoing what would now be considered primitive treatment with brutal side effects, his daughter would lie on top of him and say, "it's ok, Daddy, I love you."