Breath ties your body to your mind. There are a large number of us that do not breathe deeply enough causing residual air to lay stagnant in the lungs. Your body functions better on fresh air and the mind is no exception. To balance the activity of modern life there must be stillness. This peace can release anger, grief, fear and any other negative emotions. Deep breathing helps to nourish and revitalise the entire body while allowing it to relax.
- Sit down comfortably, with your feet flat on the floor with your spine straight on the back of the chair comfortably.
- Place your hands on your diaphragm
- Inhale slowly through your nose to the count of eight.
One – two – three – four – five – six – seven – eight
While inhaling imagine that you are breathing in not only air through your nose but also energy through your crown charka.
- Hold this inhale for six counts. Ensuring your hands are over your diaphragm on inhale, make sure your hands rise up as air fills your body
- Exhale the breath slowly, through the mouth to the count of ten
One – two – three – four – five – six – seven – eight, keep pushing – nine almost there! – ten
- Exhale slowly and you can repeat the process as many times as you feel necessary or you like. Don’t be frustrated if nothing happens you will not be “instantly enlightened”. 10 breaths in and out is ideal. Both morning and night.
- With your mind, move around your body starting from your feet allowing them to relax. Repeat this from your legs through to your face. Allow all held tension to drain away. Telling each part of your body “I am relaxed”
- Once you feel your session is complete allow yourself to realign with your physical body and carry this feeling of relaxation and peace throughout your day
This breathing exercise is the beginning of meditation to focusing on your breathing allowing you to leave behind the rushing thoughts within the mind. It can be done at any time of the day for as little as 5 to 10 mins. Meditation and breathing can assist problem-solving, reveal more personal creativity, assist physical and emotional healing, open contact and connection with higher powers and open your consciousness on an energetic and spiritual level. The challenge is to incorporate this to every day for an entire week.
Adapted from Breathing Technique by Dr Usui and
Rose Vanden Eynden 2006 ‘So you want to be a Medium: A Down to Earth Guide’