A Simple Breathing Exercise: Part Two
In this short teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche demonstrates another simple breathing technique that we can use when we feel overwhelmed by our emotions. In this technique, we focus on exhaling completely from our navel through our open mouths. We aim to empty our lungs completely in this practice. Rinpoche reminds us that this focus on exhalation has a real impact on our negative emotions. We exhale completely from the belly because we are letting go of our subconscious holding of these negativities. We are depriving our thoughts and emotions of oxygen. It is important that we don’t push ourselves too hard in this practice. Rinpoche recommends that we should only do this for three seconds at a time.