I have just been introduced to The Universal Breathing Room, and I'm so thankful and excited to share it! I was sitting here feeling a little off. I could feel there was something there, something that was the faintest feeling of sadness and longing, but I couldn't shake it off and I wasn't sure what I needed. I was following a discussion on self-sabotage and fear and someone shared the UBR (Universal Breathing Room) from the Do As One site.
On the site, you enter into a virtual room and join with others and just... breathe. I was instantly curious because I know when you join with other people an experience increases in intensity (which was studied and is now called the Maharishi effect). So if I was breathing with the intention of feeling better, and others were too, then my good feelings would rise even faster. I did some deep breathing in the room for a few minutes and yeah, it was awesome. This is so simple and so effective. The best part is you can see how many people are there (when I first went in it was 7) so if you're feeling lonely you can imagine all those other people, breathing, chilling out, choosing to feel good above all else, sharing this experience with you, breathing with One with you, and you won't feel so alone. You can experience the sense of connection without having to do anything except breathe. And deep breathing is so healing. It connects you to your life force, the now moment, cleanses and detoxifies and clears your mind.
There are several settings in the room. I tried to start breathing right away, and then lost my pacing as I played with the settings. I recommend relaxing at first and seeing what the settings do before you go into the breathing pattern. I would also recommend keeping the visual off at first. It can be hard to see the inhale/exhale instructions with it on (I also found it a little distracting, I preferred the solid color anyway). The intention setting is fantastic, however. Today I went with a purple color and intentionalized it to "Unconditional Love."
I stopped following the breathing and came here to write this post. Without thinking I left the breathing room open in my web browser. Even the act of just listening to the breathing was so calming and soothing. I wondered if it was creepy I was enjoying listening to breathing, but it felt good, so who cares (and after awhile it started to sound like the ocean). As I was listening to the deep, rhythmic breathing I saw on FB someone posted this angel image. I started to follow along with the breathing again while staring at this and then I really started to feel good! I hope you get a chance to try The Universal Breathing Room today or sometime this week! If you enjoy it and feel comfortable sharing it please do so! The more people who join the more its energy will grow and expand.
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