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Motherhood Journey: Harnessing the Shamanic 4-4-4-4 Breathing Technique


Welcome to my motherhood playstrology blog, where we delve into practices that nurture and empower mothers on their unique journeys. In this post, we'll explore the transformative power of the 4-4-4-4 breathing technique, a practice rooted in shamanic traditions. Discover how this ancient technique, known for its calming effects, can serve as a powerful tool for mothers seeking a moment of tranquility and self-discovery.



The Shamanic Roots of the 4-4-4-4 Breathing Technique


Shamanic Traditions:

Shamans, throughout history, have employed various techniques to connect with the spiritual realm and guide transformative journeys. Among these practices, breathwork holds a special place. Breathing is considered a bridge between the physical and spiritual dimensions, enabling shamans to access altered states of consciousness and facilitate healing.


The 4-4-4-4 Breathing Technique:

The 4-4-4-4 breathing technique, often associated with shamans, involves inhaling for four counts, holding the breath for four counts, exhaling for four counts, and pausing for another four counts. This rhythmic pattern aligns with the natural flow of breath, creating a foundation for a profound inner journey.



A Mother's Journey: Practicing the 4-4-4-4 Breathing Technique


Creating a Sacred Space:

Begin by finding a quiet and comfortable space where you can sit or lie down. Create an environment conducive to relaxation, perhaps dimming the lights and ensuring minimal distractions.


Initiating the Breathwork:

Gently close your eyes and embark on a few deep, natural breaths. As you transition into the 4-4-4-4 technique, envision it as a personal journeyโ€”an opportunity to explore the depths of your emotions and thoughts.


Feeling the Rhythm:

Inhale slowly, feeling the expansion of your chest for four counts. Hold the breath, experiencing a moment of suspension. Exhale gently for four counts, releasing any tension. Pause for an additional four counts, allowing the stillness to resonate.


Embracing Emotional Release:

Notice any emotions that may arise during the breath cycles. Shamans believe that breathwork can be a conduit for emotional release, providing a pathway to understanding and acceptance.



Shamanic Wisdom for Motherhood:


Bridging Generations:

Incorporate the 4-4-4-4 breathing technique into your motherhood journey as a bridge connecting ancient shamanic wisdom with the modern experience of nurturing and caring for your child.


Intergenerational Connection:

Consider sharing this breathing practice with your child, fostering a sense of intergenerational connection. As you breathe together, you create a sacred space for bonding and emotional well-being.



Incorporating the shamanic 4-4-4-4 breathing technique into your motherhood journey offers a transformative and grounding experience. Embrace the wisdom of ancient traditions as you navigate the profound and beautiful journey of motherhood. Take a moment each day to breathe, connect, and empower yourself on this extraordinary adventure.


Happy journeying, mothers!


~Lisa



P.S. I used AI to help me write this post for you while my daughter was napping, but I also wanted to add that I personally was practicing this breathing technique unknowingly each time I laid my daughter down to sleep! ๐Ÿคซ I sing her the song "What a wonderful world" and it flows perfectly to this 4-4-4-4 rhythm if you reaaaaalllly take your time singing it.


Here's my personalized version I sing to her below and some added breathing counts to help you get started:



๐ŸŽต What a Wonderful World


I see trees of green, (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


Red flowers too, (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


I see them bloom,ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


For me and for you,ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


And I think to myself ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


What a wonderful world. ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


Yes, I think to myself ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


What a wonderful world.ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



I see skies of blue,ย (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


Clouds of white.(exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


Bright as the day, (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


Dark as the night.(exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


And I think to myself,(exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


What a wonderful world. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


Yes I think to myself, (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)


What a wonderful world. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



I see the colors of the rainbow spread across the sky. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



I also see those same colors on fairies flying by. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



I see birds waving wings singing, how do you do. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



They're really saying, I love you. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



I hear the wind rush by. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



Watch the fire glow. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



Feel the earth under my feet. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



Taste the water as it flows. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. (exhaling)


(Hold 1,2,3,4)


(Inhale 1,2,3,4)


(Pause 1,2,3,4)



Yes I think to myself, what a wonderful world.



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It's such a simple yet powerful tool to calm, relax and regenerate your inner grid and invite your inner Being.. Thank you Lisa for the reminder through the beautiful combination of breath, music and beautiful scenes. โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’ง

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And thank you for the synchronous reminder of this breath practice to pair with my bedtime routine. ๐Ÿ˜€

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