Breathalyzer and Enlightenment

Breathalyzer is a term that I used for analyzing the breath to understand consumption of substance intake. The substance that is being checked during this process is often alcohol or drug that is altering the breath’s ability to move through the body and do its function as divine intended. My suggested usage, as a coach and a yogini is to analyze the influence that is created on the breath by the subconscious thoughts and fear, and understand the impact on the body.

I have spoken about this before that the cultural and social conditioning, through thought patterns we subscribed to, and fear has major influence in our body’s ability to breathe. As a yogini I observe this in my body daily. The minute I come across an awareness of fear directed flow in my body, I can see that the heart closes, and certain areas in the body responds in the same way of shutting down and not allowing the breath to go through. The concept of enlightenment is often understood as the light comes outside in, and the new age behavior for capturing this light from outside is doing some physical yoga activities, using candles, reading bunch of spiritual content, etc. I am all for that, except the fact that the light that is sought is nowhere else other than one’s very own body. It is waiting for us to enable through our breath by releasing ourselves from the constricting thoughts, constipating emotions and disabling fears. So the way I use the word of enlightenment is in-lightenment…

Today, I am writing to create awareness on these two major concepts. One of them is to have you to understand your journey and your seeking of light. Where do you look for light? What do you think is going to in-power you so that you can in-lighten? And the second one is; which areas in your body still breath-disabled? Those areas are your guide, as the Tibetan wisdom names it, your demons to help you uncover the light.

Most of my students like me to provide example so that they understand and learn the concept better. So here is an example. I am working through fears around abundance and scarcity. As soon as I get a trigger- if you are not as present in the moment, you may get lost in the anger, fear and get near sided about the story is taking place. Our real-life experiences are scenarios that set for us to grow from, not to crate drama for usJ -I then stay present and focused to understand where I am blocking the flow of breath. Then I start to encourage the breath to flow through there. –This requires gentleness and compassion.- During this process, you will get some memories of the past activated and you will hear the experience replaying in the back of your mind, or see the images, etc. That is where the major injury in the psyche occurred. That is your opportunity to visit that moment, forgive, heal, release and come back. I call this process, travelling across time and space. If the trauma is strong, you might need a coach to guide you through it. And you need to be very patient with yourself and your body as it might take months before breath to go through the place of physical or emotional injury. (Sometimes, what we experience in our body as a blockage can be a cultural wound or a family legacy that might not even belong to your experiences but you might have been the signed up for the team to resolve that for collective consciousness…)

Here comes the prayer: May you are able to create a breath-map of your body to get intimate with how breath breathes you….May you fall in love with the uncovering process of love within you. May your process of being in-powered and in-lightened be filled with joy, compassion, curiosity, delight and fun. May you in-courage and lead others in their journey to in-lightenment.


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What questions do you ask?

She said the feedback is that you don’t ask enough questions…I was puzzled. I felt upset and angry. This was years ago when I was hired as an analyst to a fortune 100 financial firm. I was thinking to myself at that time, why should I ask questions, I understand what was going on with what they tell me… That was very true; I always had the ability to sense the things beyond the words. Plus, growing up in Turkish culture where everyone asks a lot of questions with no hesitation about your personal life, I really disliked asking questions to anyone since I did not like the questions I was being asked…Even then, I started to try asking more questions. I did not like it at all at first. Felt weird, uncomfortable, sometimes took away from my ability to stay quiet and sense, but I did it anyway.

Now I can say that I am a queen of question askingJ After becoming master in process improvement, and becoming a coach, I cannot think anything other than asking questions to get intimate with the process or the person at hand. I have a very different perspective now in question asking. I now ask questions to bring clarity into the situations people otherwise don’t see. In problem solving whether it is a process that is not working well or an issue a person having in their life, one requires intimacy to understand. I still use my empathic skills and intuition to sense what is happening. And rather just tell them what is going on I ask questions so that people realize themselves…I can say that being able to ask "masterful questions" is one of the major skills to achieve mastery in coaching…

Let me tell you that the question asking is not only a tool for analysts, process improvement experts or coaches. One’s ability to ask questions to self enables spiritual growth. Therefore I see question asking is a major tool for anyone in the path of spiritual advancement towards enlightenment…It is often that when we stop questions ourselves or things in our lives then we stop growing spiritually.

So today, I am writing to bring awareness into your ability to ask questions to yourself? When do you sit down quietly, be curious about you and ask questions to get intimate with you? What do you find out when you do that? How does that feel? How often do you do it? What questions do you ask to other people? How do those questions make them feel? What happens to your relationship with yourself and others with your style of questioning, does that bring you loser or create more distance?

Here is my prayer for today: May you are able to achieve in mastery in your questioning towards your spiritual advancement. May your questions always be loving, caring and growth enabling. May you be able to engage utmost curiosity, playfulness and joy in your questioning process with child-like innocence.