When a crisis is upon us, it can become challenging for those besieged by fear to stay grounded in the here and now.
We get so swept up in our irrational fears we can sometimes lose control over our sense of reality.
And while the days go by with uncertainty about what will be knocking at our doors, our negative thoughts start to get the better of us.
One way to combat unwanted thoughts is through the breath. Our breath connects us to the cosmic healing energy of the universe. This is why so many disciplines return to the breath as the center of their practice.
If you’ve never meditated or worked with the breath, I will give you a simple breathing technique that can be easily applied whenever you need to reconnect to your divine center.
I demonstrate this technique on my IG and FB pages.
SIMPLE BREATHING EXERCISE
- Relax your body by sitting in a comfortable position.
- Exhale or “blow out” one big breath releasing negativity and tension.
- Inhale for a count of four (the expansion)
- Hold for a count of two (the transition)
- Exhale for a count of five
- Repeat as long as you can
WHY IS THE BREATH IMPORTANT?
Breathing is far more critical than we realize.
Its benefits on the physical and mental planes are innumerable. Focused breathing relaxes the mind, regulates hormones, boosts immunity, creates mental clarity, and brings greater awareness.
But it is the spiritual purpose of the breath that is most significant.
Everything in the universe breathes; plants, animals, planets, stars, and galaxies.
There is an expansion and contraction of energy that, when we breathe, we connect through the expansion and contraction of our lungs.
As we inhale, we take in the cosmic breath, which, when held in the transition stage, flows through our cells, cleansing and clearing the harmful congestion.
On the exhale, we release these toxins back into the ethers.
The more we breathe, the more our auric field expands. When this happens at a regularly controlled pace, we begin connecting to the energy centers of everything around us, slowly becoming in rhythm with nature and the divine.
Many philosophies say we are born with a finite number of breaths, and when those breaths run out, we shed the earthly body.
So the breath is not just crucial to the physical and mental bodies but is quite literally the life force energy of spirit or the “all that is” which connects all life.
Start with this simple technique if you’ve never meditated or done any breathwork. With dedication, repetition, and practice, you will see its numerous benefits begin to manifest.
In the meantime, stay safe, calm, and healthy. And remember to keep breathing. 😉