The cannabis strain is 'Original Skunk' — stinky, and Aura looks like a sweetpea. She hadn't even smoked!
Deep, slow breathing is central to the practice of growing in awareness, yet until recently it has been a point of resistance in me.
When I focused on it, I found my breathing was fast, short and shallow. It was difficult to make smooth, longer inhalations and exhalations.
Then, I started using an inversion table to alleviate pinched nerves in the upper cervical and lower lumbar and started smoking cannabis to lesson the pain. When I smoked and then inverted, my body wisdom took over and I began naturally breathing deep into the diaphragm, filling to the top of the lungs, exhaling like a pinched balloon slowly released, and pressing the stomach to the spine.
'Breathe Deep, Fly High' refers to the health benefits of deep breathing, not to my special method. This is from the health article:
"Relaxation is inextricably bound up with the parasympathetic part of your nervous system, the so called “rest and digest”. It belongs to the self-propelled autonomic nervous system, but by actively focusing on your breath and the movements of your diaphragm, you can influence the system enormously through the vagus nerve that spreads from your brain to your lungs, heart and other organs.
"Try to activate your own vagus nerve. Simply breathe out very slowly. Can you feel how your heart rate drops and your mind relaxes instantly!"
I no longer have to smoke and invert to breath deep and long, and appreciate this heightened ability, as it is at the core of my 'Synthesis of Personal Practice,' on which to build meditations such as this: