I think we are all surprised that once we slow down a little, how easy it is to connect to ourselves, and, in doing so, we find a different space from which we can live from.
It shows us that the pain we might be in, whether it be physical, emotional or mental....whatever it is, could it all be a result of not been connected to Self?
Yes, connection takes slowing down. And it’s pretty simple and super enjoyable once you get over the initial couple of days...
Medicinal breathwork has been the second cornerstone of my health routine for the past 10 years. (My first cornerstone was turning to plant medicine, herbalism, and tea.) I first tried it was when I was 15 years old. I would hang out in the woods reading Herman Hesse and Jack Kerouac and meditate using techniques taught by my Chinese teacher. But it wasn’t until I almost completely destroyed my health that I got serious about it. Funny how many of us find ourselves in that boat.
”Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out." After saying these sentences, we can abbreviate them by saying "In" as we breathe in, and "Out" as we breathe out. We don't try to control our breathing. Whether our in-breath is long or short, deep or shallow, we just breathe naturally and shine the light of mindfulness on it.