Updated: Jun 7, 2019
“The cure for pain is in the pain.” - Rumi
Research has found that our feelings become translated into peptides that are stored in our body, like stored energy in an archer’s bow waiting to be released. So, how do you break free from emotions, like pain, when they are buried in your very cells? Breathwork.
Animals shake when they experience trauma. This shaking helps calm their nervous systems and quiet their fight, flight, or freeze response. This enables them to move on and thrive. Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, attributes this ability to an animal’s lack of higher brain functions. An animal doesn’t think and try to cope with a trauma intellectually, like a human. Instead, its body instinctively shakes it off.
Dr Levine believes that we too can shake off emotions and move on by tapping into our reptilian brain—the instinctive part of our brain whose job it is to keep us alive. Our breath is a powerful tool that can help us do this.
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