Next let’s examine the process of breathing.

It seems as though we're born knowing how to breathe. From birth onward we breathe naturally. But without awareness our breathing can become less than adequate.

Pause for a moment and observe your breath. Don’t try to control it, just watch yourself breathing normally. Observe how frequently you breathe, how deeply.

Our breathing is often superficial, but we’re so used to it that we don't recognize that it is.

As a result, the air in the body is more completely recycled, so that the brain receives a richer flow of oxygen and can function better.

Also, sitting on a cushion or a straight-back chair — unlike our cushy sofas and chairs — allows the diaphragm and our lower abdominal muscles to  move the air into and out of our body.


So this imaginary balloon may be useful in experiencing your breathing process as a full-body function.