We have all been told at one time or another to “breathe” and it may have seemed like our concerns at the time were being brushed off by the giver of that advice. We should all be experts at breathing by now, since we’ve been doing it from birth and it’s automatic after all. You may ask, why should I give any thought to my breathing now? I have come to realize the value of diaphragmatic breathing and what is referred to as the relaxation response. It is simple and basic but equally relevant and powerful.