Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Making the decision to write about the over intellectualization of the healing process, I hit a wall...

Having a difficult time deciding where to begin, I decided to pick a card from my Hawaiian Healing Intentions deck (created by friend, colleague, and teacher Donna Jason), and I picked the card "Aho - Breath, to Breathe".

Appropriate, both for myself; to step back and breathe, to stop my mind from over-thinking what to write about, and, to remind people - YOU - to breathe as well.

There is nothing so simple, overrated, and often forgotten about in life, as the Breath.

It is what animates our life force; it comes in at birth, and leaves at death. We forget about the profound possibilities it brings to us in between these two stages in life.

In yoga, the breath is considered essential to connecting to our bodies and centering ourselves during asana practice.
In meditation, the breath is is cleansing, centering, and a way to begin witnessing what is happening in your mind.
In bodywork, the breath is often overlooked.

But, it is the breath that allows the body to relax - the muscles, and nervous system in particular - and it also relaxes the brain. Gets you out of your head, diverting your focus from past memories and what happened throughout your day or week, into what is happening in your body, right here, right now.

In a magical way, breath seems to to allow a break to happen from the logical, intellectual process of the mind to the more innate healing space of your body, connecting to the core part of you that is separate from the brain.

The breath takes us back onto that space of quiet knowing as to what we really need, what is really going on, and not what our minds want us to believe.

Artist Jim Dine - Philadelphia Heart

Artist Jim Dine - Philadelphia Heart

The breath overrides that "overthinking egoic" part of the brain and gets to what my grandparents used to call " the heart of the matter ". A deep, cellular, profound place.
Getting to this quiet place helps us to gain clarity into our patterns and what is happening in our lives beyond the body and its muscles and systems. (People really can be a pain in your neck!)


It makes sense. It goes beyond the "mind muck" to all you really need.
That is the place of clarity, of balance, of healing.

Namaste, Lisa Kai


Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for health and wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.