#390: Overcome Stress and Suffering by Accessing Your Breath with Samantha Skelly

If You Want to Access Your Breath, You Should:

  1. Work to observe rather than identify with your survival response strategies
  2. Remember that you are in control of how you react to moments of life
  3. Steal back your attention through breathwork to become present and remember who you are

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Episode Summary

If you are looking for a moment of clarity or presence in your body, but can’t seem to find the time because of your crazy schedule or racing mind, breathwork is the number one modality I recommend. Not only can breathwork help you get through your day easier, it can also be the key to healing past traumas, living in the moment, and finding joy in our day to day lives. Plus, you can use it in whatever way suits your body, and your schedule.

Finding Presence Through Breathwork with Samantha Skelly

Samantha Skelly is a self-made entrepreneur and CEO of two multi-million dollar wellness companies, a highly sought-after international speaker, best-selling author, and wellness coaching expert with a heart-centered approach to business, coaching, and life. One of her companies, PAUSE Breathwork, is on a mission to unite all of humanity by helping people breathe, feel, and heal.

Taking Back Your Awareness

The default in our society is to always be thinking about the next thing, which keeps us in a hyper-active, go-go-go mode. When you can harness the power of your breath, the number one thing you gain is the gift of presence. By taking back your awareness from the attention economy, you don’t have to work to ‘turn it all off’, it will happen naturally.

Breathwork can help you reset your emotional and mental state, recover from past trauma, live in the moment, and is a life-changing tool to get you out of your reactive survival mode in times of stress.

Moving From Reactivity to Response

The more that we can be fully present, the easier life becomes. Throughout your entire life your survival patterns will continue to arise. Instead of reacting, using your breath to down regulate your nervous system and choosing differently can be the key to being present in the moment and being in control of your survival response strategies.

Sam wants to challenge you to become an observer of your survival response. While life will no doubt continue to challenge us, when we have the tools to control how we respond to these challenges, is when life truly opens up. Harnessing the power of your breath will provide you with a life changing perspective that you never thought possible.

Are you ready to take control of your breath in order to overcome your stress, anxiety, and overwhelm? Share what you thought of Sam’s breathwork approach and how breathwork factors into your day to day life with me in the comments below!


“As soon as we are aware of it, and we are observing it, then we are seeing it from a different vantage point. That’s what helps create spaciousness.” (6:54)

“We have been given this gift to regulate our nervous system and calm down and get into our hearts and open our mind, we have just forgotten how to use it.” (11:29)

“All we have to do is bring our awareness to it. Release the mind, open the heart, get back into our bodies, using the very thing that is natural to everybody, which is the breath.” (15:01)

“When you have the pure experience of the pain, and when we move through that and are with that, it liberates and liberates and liberates to the point where we are not feeling so charged by the situation, and then we can really work through it with our rational minds, open hearts, and from a place of power.” (22:24)

“The most important thing is to follow your body and use what you need when you need it. It is just one of the most beautiful practices to just reset and remember who we are in a world where it is easy to forget.” (33:44)

In This Episode

  • How to use your breath as a powerful modality for healing and creating space during survival strategies (4:09)
  • Discover the two different breathwork patterns and how each can benefit you differently (9:07)
  • What you can expect to experience when utilizing the tools and power of breathwork (12:02)
  • Explore the difference between pain and suffering and the role you can play in your healing (20:54)
  • Experience a breathwork session with Sam and feel the transformative power firsthand (26:47)

Resources Mentioned

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Related Episodes

Essentially You Episode #144: Using Breath to Heal Anxiety, Addictions, and Much More with Samantha Skelly

Essentially You Episode #326: Powerful Techniques to Feel and Process Your ‘Mess’ Including Breathwork, Meditation and Movement with Ashley Bernardi

Essentially You Episode #337: Rewire Your Nervous System Out of Stressful Patterns Using Your Breath with Amanda Laine

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