February 16, 2013 by kamishep
I had a spiritual teacher who once suggested we listen to our voices, take note and then take four deep powerful breathes and listen to the same words once more. When I try this exercise I am astonished by how much deeper my voice sounds after the larger breathes. It is as if, the space in my body, the expansion of my lungs, has released a more powerful version of who I am, and allowed my actual voice to speak my truth.
Sometimes in western culture, we forget to really Breathe. Our physical bodies need oxygen to function, but our etheric bodies, our emotional and mental ones as well, are all deeply connected to our Breath. In a state of anxiety or panic, people often take short, shallow, and rapid breathes. In deepest relaxation, the gentle rise and fall of their diaphragms is like the deep rolling waves of the ocean. To breathe with intention for ones greatest sense of well being and balance, is to remember, that no matter how overwhelming life may seem, there is always enough time to Breathe. In the spirit of encouraging you to speak your truth, with confidence and power, I am delighted to share a breathing technique with you.
The Three Part Belly Breath is an introduction to deeper breathing. It can be done at any time, anywhere, while sitting, walking or laying on your back. My favorite variation is with a combination of yogic instruction and ‘energy awareness’.
*First interlace your fingers, and place your palms across your stomach. By interlacing your fingers, palms facing down, you have just blocked all other energy beyond your own personal resonance from your aura. Enjoy this sensation and take a few normal breaths while you ground into an awareness of your physical body and self.
*Next close your eyes and visualize the pathway your inhale follows, attribute a color that resonates with you to the air, such as soft gold, or healing green, strong blue, or loving pink. Notice how the breath flows through your navel cavities and down your throat expanding your lungs. On your next breath, imagine the color flowing deeper, expanding your belly, and pressing outwards at your palms. Your exhalation follows the same path, up from your stomach, resonating through your lungs, up through your throat and out through your nostrils.
*It may take two or three inhalations before you are able to draw the breath all the way into your belly. Note the feeling of space and expansion as your throat, heart center, and stomach all begin to create greater space for breathe.
*When you feel that the air is saturating your being, a slight dizziness may temporarily occur, at which point it is best to be sitting. Take another eight breaths. When you are ready to open your eyes, it is a good time to chant a mantra, of your own making, a personal affirmation, a prayer, or a spontaneous sound of joy or release.
*Unlacing your fingers, gently place your palms face down, if you would like to feel a greater sense of grounding, or hold them face up, if you wish to receive energy from the universe, your higher self or angels.
Most importantly, return to this deeper breathing throughout the day, when commuting, working, sitting quietly and contemplating life, or in the moments before sleep, give yourself the gift of deeper breathing.
Be loud in your breath, like the wind moving through the trees, be powerful in your fueling of your body and Self, and carry that energy into your waking life as the prana-fuel for your expression of your own unique gifts and truth.
with joy, Kamia