Breath(e) + -ing
… bliff, blaff, bluff; chihuahua!
… exchange of air and its movement; inside/outside, pulmonary breath
… permeability and osmosis: membranes exchange, air dissolution within the bodily fluids
… the concomitant movements of adaptation to those above, ripple effect through and out the body; without them the other ones couldn’t even start happening
… cellular breathing: tiny version of exchange and its movement, permeability and dissolution, concomitant pulsation
Exploring the limits/limitations of the breathing:
b r e a t h i n a n d b r e a t h o u t
breath in and out but never holding, without closing the epiglottis, without holding any muscle (each muscle can behave as a closing epiglottis); no, please don’t close your epiglottis, none of them
s a m e s a m e b u t g o i n g e v e n d e e p e r , g o i n g d e e p e r i n t h e b r e a t h o u t o v e r a l l
And after the maximum breath out has been found, what if the breath in is not an anxious gulp… what if we could abandon the fear and just let the air come in by itself.
This exercises is a description of a material and physiological breathing exercise. From this physiological breathing characterised by softening and by the release of what was fixed, so fixed that was even unnoticed, we can fall in an state of breathing characterised by the experience of spaciousness… characterised by space. Space like in the skin that breathes, porous; space like in the soil that breaths; recently dug and stirred up; space like in wine that breaths, waiting at the table for the gourmet to pour it into the glass.
Space calls for more space.
I’m watching… she is there before us and I think of the way she allows herself to delve deeper into a performative total “breath.”
It makes me think that as well as having the material breath and the state of space, one could even go further and use the exercises of breathing deeper by letting go in a metaphoric way.
The mind is a body, more than a muscle a body that also breaths in and out. A body with muscles that allow you to breath: in, out; but also muscles that as much as they allow you to breath they also limit your breathing, holding it. What if we let the breath of our mind to go deeper: deeper in, deeper out; and in this way letting the air happen because there is not holding.
My doings, my makings, even my being are like bodies also. What if I could let them breath.
What if letting go is not accessible? Maybe by contrast you can define it… holding your breathing may help to define and differentiate what’s letting go…
At this session we were Mira Kauto, Manou Koreman, Penny Levick, Jiska Morgenthal, Thelma Sharma and myself.
Next session: Breathing — Self // Floor — Environment
inner space outer space