Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dolphin Medicine: The Sacred Keeper of the Breath

This weeks animal the Dolphin

We are all mesmerized by the dolphin, the medicine it carries, and the connection to our own souls; but what can it teach us about our own lives.  We are going to focus on the Dolphin Breath and how we can use it to release all the unwanted tensions in life.

Dolphins are considered to be the keepers of the sacred breath of life and they create a rhythm which holds the energy of universal life with its breath and its dances in the water.  The dolphin breathes consciously; whereas, most of us don’t pause long enough to breathe consciously.  There is a lesson in this simple fact.  As the dolphin dives into the water depths it holds its breath before breaking the wave and breathing with large spurt of energy. 

This breath action, the holding of breath and then spurting it out with energy, is a way to follow the rhythm of release.  Inhaling deeply and then blowing out with energy as we release our tensions, our emotions and our thoughts. 

Dolphin Breath Exercise

Dolphin breathing can be done either seated in a chair with your feet flat on the floor or you can stand
with your feet shoulder width apart.  You want to do these exercises barefoot whether you are inside or outside.  Relax your arms and hands keeping them by your side or restringing easily on your lap.  Our exercise and intention is conscious; however, we are simply going to watch the breath not become the breath.  Simply put, the breath should become effortless.    Take a deep breathe in through the nose and allow the breath to leave your mouth.

As you continue to simply watch your breath you want to begin to imagine that your breath is coming in the crown through a “blow hole” and exhale through the mouth.  Practice this stage one dolphin breathing so that it becomes effortless before moving to stage 2.

Stage 2 Dolphin breathing is consciously inhaling and consciously exhaling.  Continue to breathe through your visualization of the “blow hole”, after inhaling hold the breath for a count of 3 before consciously with energy exhale through the mouth.  It may help to make an audible noise as exhales.
Continue this breathing for 1 to 3 minutes.

When you become proficient at the stage 2 breathing you can begin to release the tension and emotions pent up within during the exhale by consciously focusing on what you wish to release.