You Can Develop Your Will-Power With Breath Technique
“In the meditation world, there are two main countering perspectives about how much we can and should control our breathing while sitting to meditate. Some teachers indicate a passive breath and invite gentle curiosity to the process of sitting still. Others choose a more intense set of breathing and concentration interventions. This work is unashamedly in the second camp.”
Chaitanya Brandon Ives
Markers of Progression toward the goal:
Character Development Replaces Magical Thinking
Heart Rate Variability Coherence and Personal Magnetism
Sensitivity Woven with Power - “Soft Power”
Psychological Wounds Integrated / Healing
Living with a Foundation of Gratitude
You Can Develop Your Will-Power With Breath technique
Then there is another category of meditation instruction. This category would suggest that we do our best to control our breath and use our time in meditation to learn to breath well. On the extreme end of the seekers who engage with “breath control” there are a number of intense practices that involve holding and counting and pushing and gyrating and belly churning and all sorts of methods for “hacking” the nervous system and tapping our resources. Some of these techniques, when done well, will benefit our long-term health, but many of them are “spectacle breathing” – they give us a rush now and cost us precious vitality later. When done improperly, overly-exertive breath control dampens access to the eternal spring in the depth of our heart which measured, conscious breath, appropriately paced offers.
a or Become a True Master of Breath (By Yielding to Breath)
True masters of breath know that breath cannot be entirely controlled. To try to fully control breath is like trying to control your life – you will fail without a certain amount of humility, surrender, and openness. Masters of breath respect the unconscious breath, the Primary Breath – its cadence, its mystery, and its interpenetrating intelligence – and weave into their meditation practice a gradual, but dramatic shift in the development of their personal WILL, allowing for the Will of the Universe to be known through you!
To get to this precious state of consciousness, a battery of beginning and intermediate breath techniques are employed and we use these techniques to invite a nuanced awareness of the different “levels” of ourselves: the mind, the heart, and the soul… the “Inner World”. This is part of the invitation here at IlluminationPath.com.
In complicating our meditation practice with a giant toolkit of techniques, does one risk chasing the “Enlightenment Oasis” that we never get to? Do we not feeding the voice that says “When I am spiritually realized, then I will feel fulfilled.” The voice that says “When I am enlightened, then I won’t feel Pain!” Of course the risk of distraction exists. All paths, all teachings, and all methods have the trappings of potentially distracting us from discomfort, from responsibility, and from any dissatisfaction we might feel in the present moment. Even the most “spiritually advanced” beings can be caught in psychological “eddies,” circumventing a needed change to their their relationship or to their vocation. Life is inviting (or demanding) them to address. Breath is like this, too. We all experience periods in life where we go well out of our way to avoid moving into deep hurts, but consider how much energetic potential is lost to these unaddressed wounds.
In the modern digital age, we all have the potential to become our own autodidactic spiritual teachers – we can Zoom into
many spiritual communities and take what we like and disregard what we don’t. Our own biases wi is commonly trivialized and judgement often thrown on the reactive or depressed on as being avoidant, for participating unconscious in “Spiritual Bypass.”
The Great Mystery in Life
Breath – we know – is autonomic and volitional, both. That is, we can breathe unconsciously or consciously and we can oscillate between intentional breathing and a state where the breath does its own thing. However, when we ignore our breath and do not take care in maintaining it – in making its cultivation a priority in our lives – this beautiful rhythm of the cosmos which continues to pour into us and flow out of us as if by magic – draws thin and our lives go a bit sideways. The Great Mystery of life IS breath, because breath IS life. Adjust your breath – its quality, its length, its depth, and attune it to your biorhythms. If you do, a host of imbalances that occur in your life will, over time, recalibrate.
The Heart is the organizing Rhythm, and your breath is the
Breath awareness is common to all forms of mysticism and meditation practice, and a subset of meditation forms involve breath cultivation. Optimal breath cultivation, in my opinion will (in the future) become central to psychotherapy, to the personal-development industry, to the medical and health industries. It will take longer, but eventually public education.
You are a generation of pioneers breath and heart will b
The emergence of this sacred knowledge from the underground and into the mainstream has been on the rise for many decades, but only in the recent decade has meditation become a resource nearly all are attempting to engage with. And at no point in history has the need AND the access been greater.
Widening the Bandwidth
Normal, autonomic everyday breath – when left untended to over time – slowly lowers our ideals, narrows our emotional range, and dulls our senses. Breath moving through us unconsciously leads to our leading a mostly unconscious life. Thin breath, rapid breath, and arrhythmic breath together provide the conditions within our cells and tissues for restlessness, for anxiety, for chronic tension and health degeneration. This is why breath awareness and breath technique is uncompromisingly vital for your success – to do your work – to fulfill your dharma – to remember the task impressed upon the seal of your heart. Your very LIFE depends on the quality of your breathing! The seriousness of this principle cannot be understated.
Similarly, the challenges of stress will crimp down on the fullness, pace, and vitality of our normal everyday breath. The more we ignore our breathing, the more doesn’t go well in our lives. The more that doesn’t go well in our lives, the more we are called to look within – and the most ideal place to look within is not some intake on who we think we are or what we are doing wrong, and its not even yet looking for the messages of the unconscious or guidance from the heart, and all that jazz that comes later. Overtime, the “pales” of our heart’s energy capacity spill out, and lose their holding capacity. We notice the degradation and look for excercizes, programs, books, teachers, healers, and diets promise to replenish us. But if we don’t experience that behind all the woes in our world, behind all the things that “happen to us” from the seemingly chaos and jarring randomness in the world, we have forgotten the self organizing, stability-finding resources within us: our breath, our heart, our mind, and the field which glues them together.
What all meditation forms teach is at least to observe your breath (how it flows, where it touches in the body, the sensations and emotions associated with breathing), etc. What is not taught in all meditation forms, however, lies the key to a meditation practice that lasts, that carries you through dark times, that opens the possibilities of embodied splendor, of a felt sense of beauty, and a return to child-like wonder that retains the wisdom of your adult experience. This is that technique. And it’s name is Heart Rhtym Meditation.