I recently had an interesting dream in which I sat on a bench-like seat that rose to take me to an overhead video screen where I watched a short movie. I don’t remember too much about this part of the dream but I do remember what happened next.
At the end of the movie, I heard a voice say, “Here’s how you’re breathing right now.” All of a sudden the seats were either going up or down, depending on our breathing. My seat would ascend when I inhaled and descend when I exhaled. I remember exaggerating my breathing to give myself a little bit of a bumpy thrill ride.
Since having that dream I’ve been paying more attention to my breathing as far as bringing myself into the moment of mindfulness. Often I think of how that ride feels with respect to my breathing. Am I going up and down smoothly or is it a bumpy ride? I imagine my ride is mostly bumpy with my shallow, panicked breathing during my anxious moments.
How interesting that our dreams can sometimes teach us such valuable lessons to use during our conscious hours.