In January to March 2018, I was in a five-week outpatient Pain Management Program at Kaiser. It was in that program I learned to practice “mindful breathing” or, as Dr. Julie Whitehead called it, “belly breathing.” She taught us to place our hands lightly on our abdomen as we inhaled and feel our “belly” expanding. Then, as we exhaled, we would feel our “belly” shrinking.
In the beginning, our breathing was quick and shallow. But, with practice, we learned to slow down both inhaling and exhaling. An advanced technique adds in holding the breath for a specified number of seconds between the inhale and the exhale. So the result was a very relaxed state of being!
For a practical application of mindful breathing with guided meditation, you can access this collection of 8 meditations based on The 8 Laws of Health:
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