Week 4. Tantra and breathwork: Reflection questions Copy

  • Take a moment to sit in stillness. Draw your attention to your breath. Notice your breathing without trying to change it.
    • Focus on the inhalation for 5-10 rounds of breath. Sense aliveness. Invite in life. Notice how you breathe in. It is a metaphor for the art of receiving, of active recognition and engagement with the experience. What happens to the sense of Self while you inhale?
    • Focus on the exhalation for 5-10 rounds of breath. Sense vastness. Offer your love. Notice how you breathe out. It is a metaphor for the art of giving, of receptive compassion and inclusivity towards the experience. What happens to the sense of Self while you exhale?

Please share what you have learned about your way of receiving and giving through your breath and your conclusions.

  • Think of each of the following fundamental emotional wounds (based on the work by Lise Bourbeau):
    • Abandonment – lack of parental support on the emotional plane; lack of attentive attention.
    • Rejection – feeling of being refused because of inadequacy
    • Betrayal – promises not being fulfilled
    • Humiliation – criticized and disapproved
    • Injustice – feeling of coldness and authoritarianism, excessive demands
  • Take the time to recall to your mind’s eye a situation where you have experienced each one of them. As you come back to the memory, what happens to your breath?
  • Remember that the breath has four parts: inhalation – pause – exhalation – pause.
  • Reflect on which part of the breath is affected by each wound. How is it informative about the effect of these wounds on your life force?

Please share your reflection and conclusions.

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