Conscious Breathing

“Make conscious breathing your anchor.” Barbara Ann Kipfer[1].

What a tremendous image! “Breathe, breathe, breathe into the paper bag,” folks tell us. “Take a few deep breaths when you’re anxious,” therapists say. “Count to three on the inhale and hold, count to three while exhaling and hold,” the gurus say. There are hundreds and maybe even thousands of techniques for mastering our breathing to achieve everything from relieving anxiety to raising Kundalini energy.

An anchor is with us at all times. Whether we’re in full sail or we’re docked, the anchor is vital to our existence. We can’t survive without breathing. Whether our breathing is shallow (which it’s bound to be at times) or deep into our diaphragm, putting our attention on it – perhaps by visualizing an anchor – making it conscious is bound to help smooth our sailing. I really think Barbara Ann is on to something here. Don’t you?


[1] Self-Meditation: 3,299 mantras, tips, quotes and koans for peace and serenity by Barbara Ann Kipfer, p. 166. Workman Publishing, NY, 2006.

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About cmattingly100

Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice since 1999. I have served hundreds of adults with general mental health, addiction, and spirituality concerns. I am the creator of Celestial Psychology, which incorporates energy medicine specifically, The Reconnection into conventional talk therapy. The two books I completed for Celestial Psychology are available on Amazon http://ow.ly/sSggQ. I am the founder of The Sanctuary for Celestial Empowerment and have blogs for both. My main site is also a WP site, celestemattinglylcsw.com looking forward to getting to know you.
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