I had a similar experience last week with my brother. Four years my junior, he was rushed via rescue squad ambulance from a physician's to a local trauma center in defib. When he called me on the cellphone, I could hear the fear in his voice....the cold and cough he had ignored all winter was now a massive lung infection hampering his breathing. I realized I needed to calm him down....without trying to confuse his breathing. I remembered a "breath prayer" I learned, not in a yoga class, but at a Presbyterian church taught by a woman who combined her Christian faith with healing touch training: "Let go; let God."
It seemed to help him. I hope it will help others.
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Thank you, Jean, for your blessings and for your advice on yoga. (And that goes for the rest of you who have chimed in with suggestions.) I am in the midst of chemotherapy for stage 3 breast cancer and struggle with fear and anxiety about the treatments and the future. I need a way that I can prepare my mind and body for healing. Yoga, something I've done sporadically throughout my adult life sounds perfect. Even though I live in a small town, 40 miles from a large city, I appreciate your suggestions of finding a private coach and/or working with online and audio resources. Because of you, I am ready to take a first step toward taking back my wellness. Namaste.