Finding out who I am

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Finding out who I am, and my direction in life has changed over the years.  I am on the brink of starting something new. Charting my course to set sail on a new journey, following a common dream that has been there all my life. Yet still feeling like I am missing something.

About a week ago I attended a “Breath Circle” here in Olympia, WA.  I had never been to this type of a gathering before, and I did not know what to expect. Was I nervous? No, not really.  More intrigued than nervous.  “Tapping into your body’s innate wisdom” seemed like something I need to remember to do more, so I was excited to attend.

In the days before the gathering I re-realized how I breathe (I had noticed this before but had not really made any effort to alter it).  Not a simple in and out as you would expect.  I noticed how I seemed to spend more time exhaling as compared to inhaling.  And then there is the pause, or is it a hesitation, that follows? I realized I feel like I have been on pause for the last year or so. One of my goals at the circle was to re-train my brain/body to balance the breath, equal time inhaling and equal time exhaling.  Helping me to establish balance in my breath as well as my life. Taking in as much as I am giving out so to speak.

We started by setting our individual (and group) intention and moved forward from there. During that 90 minutes we were all together, about 50 minutes was spent lying on the floor breathing in and out.  We  listened to a customized playlist created to help us find our center and find peace in the chaos that is our lives these days. Each and every song was new to me. Each song allowed me to go deeper into who I am. This meant releasing expectations and truly bringing in and welcoming who I want to be, reclaiming who I was meant to be, all while filling my lungs with all that oxygen!

I can say that I found the breath circle to be exactly what I needed in order to re-set my breath and my nervous system! I left the circle much more grounded and ready to sail out toward my destination.

Stay tuned for more of  …”This is who I am, and this is what I do”


5 thoughts on “Finding out who I am

  1. That sounds amazing!

    I’ve recently started meditating and have never really given much thought to my breathing before that. It’s incredible how powerful mindfulness is to our everyday well-being.

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    1. Thank you for sending a comment. Congratulations on starting to meditate! I agree mindfulness can be quite powerful in our everyday lives, especially in our technological world.

      Breath is something we do every minute of our lives, but usually never (really) pay any attention to during our day to day lives. Breath takes place throughout our bodies, not only in our lungs. There is this subtle movement taking place constantly, the cranio-sacral rhythm. I am becoming more and more aware of breath each and every day. (During my time with clients I am paying attention to the breath in their body as well). I hope you take some time and pay attention your breath, see what it may be telling you. 🙂

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        1. oops, it seems I didn’t click reply and simply added another comment. I am still learning the system. Sorry about that, I really did respond quite quickly actually. (ha-ha). Please take a look at my added comment for a reply to your question.

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  2. The easiest way I have found to “concentrate” on the act of breathing is to simply pay attention to how your breath goes in / out.

    Consider this: While sitting, or laying, practicing your meditation only focus on your breath. (Hopefully your mind will stop all the thinking and have a focal point) Pay attention to your breath … is it a quick inhale, a slow and easy full breath in, a stuttering / jagged inhale, etc. Then pay attention to your exhale. At the breath circle we then consciously changed our breathing to a two step inhale – first inhaling into our abdomen and then into our chest, followed by the exhale. Maybe after you take a moment to notice how you breathe, you can try the two step breath as well! Let me know how this works for you.

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