Soft-Belly Breathing

In this audio clip, CMBM Founder and CEO James S. Gordon, MD, leads you through our core breathing meditation for relief of stress and trauma (7:41).

Soft Belly, a “concentrative meditation,” quiets the stress response, making it easier for us to accept and put our emotions in perspective. It enhances activity in the hippocampus and frontal cortex, which allow us to gain perspective on our emotions, to integrate them more easily with our memories and our ongoing experience. When our brain function is restored by Soft Belly, we are able, little by little, to quiet the flood of painful memories and fearful anticipation. We react less and respond more.

Syrian women meditating during mind-body skills training