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One of the hardest things to do is to put into practice an already vague idea that you read about in a book or online. That's why people pay a lot of money to have someone teach them how to meditate or breathe or do pilates "correctly". Having the benefit of being so banged up that you literally have NOTHING ELSE TO DO BUT BREATHE and no energy to do anything but lay in one spot has worked out well in this one regard. I learned to do this stuff for myself.

Now you can practice along with me wherever you are and whenever you feel like you need a break.

One major rule: DON'T DO ANY KIND OF BREATH WORK OR VISUALIZATION WHILE DRIVING, CHOPPING BROCCOLI OR TAKING A BUBBLE BATH. It could have a counter productive effect to go all hazy and blissed out while busy with knives, at high speed, or while submerged. You get the point.

The first basic exercise I want to show you is how to breathe out the sensation in your body and replace it with something else. It's easy.

  1. Lay on your back and close your eyes. Take 10-15 breaths in through your nose and exhale through "whistle lips" (see Breath is Life post for more specifics). Say to yourself "my breath is medicine" with each of the inhalations.Once you've gotten your lungs and circulatory system working we are going to focus on any areas of discomfort in your body. This means we need a basic body scan.
  2. Begin to pay attention from your toes to the top of your head and "scan" for areas of heat, sharp or pointy sensation, blunt dull sensation, tightness, or other forms of discomfort.

NOTICE IF YOUR SENSATION HAS A SHAPE, COLOR, 'FEELING' OR OTHER MEANS BY WHICH YOU CAN GET FAMILIAR WITH THAT PART OF YOUR BODY THAT IS ALWAYS DEMANDING YOUR ATTENTION.

We will use this later but for now you'll be surprised what comes up for you as you examine or "scan".

  1. Begin to breathe "into" that area of discomfort...WAIT! WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? It sounds like new age hippie talk. It's not--it's as easy as this...

If you can use your imagination to 'see' what you're doing then imagine your breath penetrating or mixing into that area in your body. You're going to breathe good shit into that area and breathe bad shit out. 

As you continue to do this with every inhalation you will continue to say "my breath is medicine". It's like filling up a soup pot. One measuring cup at a time. IT DOESN'T ALWAYS HAPPEN QUICKLY BUT IF YOU KEEP AT IT YOU'LL BE AMAZED WHAT YOU CAN DO ALONE WITH YOUR BREATH AND IMAGINATION TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER!

Continue to breathe "my breath is medicine" into that area of discomfort til you feel or 'see' that it is full of as much good shit as you can possibly hold in that area.

You can choose to expel the "pain" or discomfort with each exhale a little at a time, imagining it lessening with each out breath or you can hold all that good stuff in for as long as you want and "blow it all out" WITH THE BAD STUFF in one big puff at the end. See which lessens your sensation most effectively and feel free to share what works best.

IT'S YOUR BODY AND YOUR IMAGINATION. Make them work for you! STRANGELY...USING YOUR IMAGINATION IS ACTUALLY THE KEY TO GETTING RESULTS.

Remember..."The mind is its own place."

  1. Experiment with different combinations of breathing in good and holding it and then breathing out the bad--as though your breath was a street sweeper cleaning out the crud in that area of gnarly sensation.

I'm not kidding. This is literally one of the breath/brain games I play almost all day every day now no matter what I'm doing. 

And it works because I'm on almost no medication. With INCREDIBLE discomfort all day every day. No Bullshit.

Hit me with any questions. I hope this works for you. On this one more than most...I'm right you beside all the way!