Journal Questions: Perhaps give yourself 2 minutes per question. There are no right or wrong answers!
As you sit down to journal right now, perhaps noticing that you are breathing. Do you notice your breath moving in any particular place in your body?
What sensations do you notice as you breathe?
What might it be like to add a little breath? As you add breath, do you notice any resistance? Perhaps write a bit about what that resistance feels like.
If you would like to learn more about breathing, here are some resources you can check out:
Read the section called "Breathing " (p.108) from the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson.
Embodied Practice suggestion:
This week, I invite you to continue to practice BREATHING.
You may practice noticing that you are breathing by applying your attention to the movement of your breathing muscles or bringing your hands anywhere on your torso and feeling for movement that way.
Throughout the next few days, perhaps notice when you are about to make a transition and practice taking one full inhale and exhale during that transition.
If you are curious, you could try deepening or lengthening your breaths on purpose. You could try the practice of exhaling for longer than the inhale if you want to calm down or inhaling longer if you want to gain more energy. In this way, you might practice using breath for self-regulation.
Breath creates space for choice and interception