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”