When a crisis is upon us, it can become very hard for those besieged by fear to stay grounded in the here and now.
We get so swept up in our own irrational fears we can sometimes lose control over our sense of reality.
And while the days go by with uncertainly as to 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 the reason behind so many disciplines returning to the breath as the center of their practice.
If you’ve never meditated or worked with the breath, I am going to 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 important 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; the plants, animals, planets, stars even the 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 negative congestion.
On the exhale, we release these toxins back to the ethers.
The more we breathe the more our auric field expands, and when this happens at a regular controlled pace, we begin connecting to the energy centers of everything around us, slowly becoming in rhythm with nature and the divine.
There are many philosophies that 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 important 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.
If you’ve never meditated or done any breathwork, start with this simple technique. With dedication, repetition, and practice you will start to see its numerous benefits begin to manifest.
In the meantime, stay safe, calm, and healthy. And remember to keep breathing. 😉