The Power of Sacred Breath and Mindfulness

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“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Hilary Cooper

“The average respiration rate for a person at rest is about 16 breaths per minute. This means on average, we breathe about 960 breaths an hour

…23040 breaths a day

…8409600 a year

If a person lives to 80, then that means on average they will take 672,768,000 breaths in a lifetime!”

As many of you know, there is a tendency in our rushed society to take shallow breaths that keep us in a mildly agitated or stressed out state. Believe it or not, one of the most important things you need to learn when practicing Tantra is the importance of sacred breath!
In so many situations in life, our breath, minds and bodies are running on auto pilot. When we aim to bring awareness and mindfulness into our lives, one of the most effective tools is the art of sacred breathing.
In the time you have been reading this post, how many breaths have you taken? How many conscious or mindful breaths have you taken today? The idea of taking a sacred breath is to simply focus on your breath…feeling your breath as it flows into your body and then feeling your breath as it leaves your body…
You may find that just the act of focusing on your breath provides a certain level of calm energy to enter your body…thus allowing your mind to follow suit and enter a calm state…
Or, you may find that it takes more effort. That is also fine. It’s all good! It is important to know that is not necessary to change your breathing patterns. It is not healthy to  interfere with the vital function of breathing. Instead of deepening or changing the natural rhythm of your breath, simply ease into awareness of it and let your breath flow while being present.

Being present is something that has come up several times during Tantra Bootcamp. What does ‘being present’ look and feel like? If I were to describe the moments where I am fully aware and present, it would be challenging for me to describe what it looked or felt like because I was simply in the moment with my breath.

The very first step in developing awareness is the act of conscious or mindful breathing…so, I’d like you to simply focus on the sensation of breathing…while focusing on the base of your spine. Feel the rise and fall of your breath…imagining that, with each breath you take, you feel even more deeply connected to your life force or sexual energy…if you have a good friend or lover…you can practice this together.

There are so many different ways to practice conscious breath together that I am leery of giving too much guidance, because this is your process. I want you to know what to do and then find the approach that works for you. However, I will share my approach, but then ask that you contemplate conscious rbeath and find an approach that works for you.

When I practice conscious breath with my lover, I simply place my hand (generally my right hand) on my lover’s chest and imagine that our breath facilitates a deepening of our connection…sometimes I look into his eyes, sometimes I send my heart energy through my breath…if I am feeling aroused, I send my sexual energy through my breath into his body…it is divine and not only allows me to feel connected to myself, it increases our connection…


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