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Osho Natural Breathing
Natural breathing has to be understood. Watch small children, they breathe
naturally. That's why small children are so full of energy. The parents are
tired, but they are not tired.
One child was saying to another child, "I am so full of energy that I wear
out my shoes within seven days." Another said, "That's nothing. I am so full
of energy I wear out my clothes within three days."
The third said, "That too is nothing. I am so full of energy I wear out my
parents within one hour."
In America they have done an experiment where one very powerful man, with an
athletic body, with tremendous energy, was told to follow a small child and
imitate him. Whatsoever the child was going to do, this athlete had to do,
just imitate for eight hours. Within four hours the athlete was gone, flat
on the floor, because the child enjoyed it very much and he started doing
many things -- jumping, jogging, shouting, yelling. And the athlete had to
just repeat. The child was perfectly full of energy after four hours. The
athlete was gone; he said, "He will kill me. Eight hours! Finished! I cannot
do anything more." He was a great boxer, but boxing is one thing. You cannot
compete with a child.
From where does the energy come? It comes from pranamaya kosha. A child
breathes naturally, and of course breathes more prana in, more chi in, and
accumulates it in his belly. The belly is the accumulating place, the
reservoir. Watch a child; that is the right way to breathe. When a child
breathes, his chest is completely unaffected. His belly goes up and down. He
breathes as if from the belly. All children have a little belly; that belly
is there because of their breathing and the reservoir of energy.
That is the right way to breathe; remember not to use your chest too much.
Sometimes it can be used -- in emergency periods. You are running to save
your life; then the chest can be used. It is an emergency device. Then you
can use shallow, fast breathing, and run. But ordinarily the chest should
not be used.
And one thing to be remembered: the chest is meant only for emergency
situations because it is difficult in an emergency situation to breathe
naturally, because if you breathe naturally you remain so calm and quiet you
cannot run, you cannot fight. You are so calm and collected you are
buddhalike. And in an emergency -- the house is on fire -- if you breathe
naturally you will not be able to save anything. Or a tiger jumps upon you
in a forest and if you go on breathing naturally you will not be bothered;
you will say, "Okay, let him do whatsoever he wants." You will not be able
to protect yourself.
So nature has given an emergency device; the chest is an emergency device.
When a tiger attacks you, you have to drop natural breathing and you have to
breathe from the chest. Then you will have more capacity to run, to fight,
to burn energy fast. And in an emergency situation there are only two
alternatives -- flight or fight. Both need a very shallow but intense energy
-- shallow, but a very disturbed, tense state.
Now if you continuously breathe from the chest, you will have tensions in
your mind. If you continuously breathe from the chest, you will always be
afraid. Because the chest breathing is meant to be only in fearful
situations. And if you have made it a habit then you will be continuously
afraid, tense, always in flight. The enemy is not there, but you will
imagine the enemy is there. That's how paranoia is created.
In the West also a few people have come across this phenomenon -- Alexander
Lowen or other bioenergetic people who have been working on bioenergy. That
is prana. They have come to feel that people who are afraid, their chest is
tense and they are breathing very shallow breaths. If their breathing can be
made deeper, to go and touch the belly, the hara center, then their fear
disappears. If their musculature can be relaxed, as it is done in
Rolfing.... Ida Rolf has invented one of the most beautiful methods to
change the inner structure of the body.
Because if you have been breathing wrongly for many years, you have
developed a musculature, and that musculature will be in the way and will
not allow you to rightly breathe or deeply breathe. And even if you remember
for a few seconds -- you will breathe deeply -- again when you are engaged
in your work you will start breathing shallow chest breathings. The
musculature has to be changed. Once the musculature is changed, the fear
disappears and the tension disappears. Rolfing is tremendously helpful; but
the working is on pranamaya kosha, the second -- bioplasma body, bioenergy
body, chi body, or whatsoever you want to call it.
Watch a child and that is the natural breathing, and breathe that way. Let
your belly come up when you inhale, let your belly go down when you exhale.
And let it be in such a rhythm it becomes almost a song in your energy, a
dance -- with rhythm, with harmony -- and you will feel so relaxed, so
alive, so vital that you cannot imagine that such vitality is possible.
Source: from Osho Book " Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega,
Vol. 9 "