For this week’s Zen Monday, Brittany from Sheer Spirit will be guest blogging. She created an amazing post sharing her techniques to connect to the breath, using each inhale and exhale to find a peaceful meditative place.
One of the simplest yet calming practices of spirituality is to focus on your breath.
Whether we realize it or not, our mood, energy, and overall well being is contributed a lot to our breathing patterns. Think about it, we breathe 24 hours, 7 days a week. There’s not one activity we can do without breathing for extended periods of time.
With all this time spent breathing, why not create breath that counts?
When your breathing is short and heightened, it’s most likely that your physical being is in an adrenalin-based state, which isn’t always a negative thing. Sometimes we need that level of energy to get the creativity flowing.
However, in times of serenity and tranquility a slower, deeper breath is preferred.
Here are some breathing exercises that will give you that zen flow:
· Inhale for 3 seconds, hold for 3, exhale for 3, repeat, (a wonderful way to center I learned from Gabby Bernstein)
· Inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 8 to release extra toxins
· Breath deep and close the back of your throat so you can actually hear your breath, (it almost sounds like the ocean)
· Inhale your belly out, exhale your belly in, (this releases tension by creating more space in between your vertebrates)
· Breathe deeply using affirmations (breathe in: I am wonderful as I am, breathe out: I am complete as I am)
Become conscious of your breathing and you will be able to remain calm amidst the chaos.
Mountain picture taken by Aura Jade.