Breathing is a necessary activity that we often leave on auto-pilot. However, if you take control of your breath, you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish. For instance, you can regulate your state of mind, using measured breathing to take yourself from a fever pitch into a state of calm.
You can even use your breath to “transcend the narrow boundaries of the body ego” into a relaxed and even spiritual high. If that sounds like the stuff of arcane spiritual practices, you might be surprised to find that this was actually the goal of scientists. (Grof, Stanislav. Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research. 2000.) That’s the goal of holotropic breathwork, a breathing technique that falls under the umbrella of transpersonal psychology. Read more