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More on Lessons 1 thru 4 (Breathing & Body)

 

You mention that you don't "force" the long breath, but nevertheless coax it skillfully, somehow. I have a heck of a time trying to follow the breath in daily life, but perhaps if I could create long breaths it might ease the problem some. Since reading your lines, I have commenced doing so -- creating long breaths, that is. This is probably "forcing", but is this nevertheless a worthy objective? 

Yes. By "forcing," I mean excess force or will that creates tension, that strains. I prefer "nudging" it, gently massaging areas of breathing w/ the breath. Gradually deepening the breath in a way that helps everything relax & doesn't cause more tension. Takes some learning & practice, but the body & breathing will show the mind how to "do" it by not doing its usual games.