Now to breath! If you have started monitoring and altering your breath, as described in the last post, you are already seeing how this simple awareness can make you lighter and happier. That’s the promise of this 52 week course in spiritual teachings.
Most of us take our breathing for granted. We just do it, without any thought of how we do it. Did you know that there is an entire science to breathing. In fact, in my yoga training, one of the books we studied is titled Science of Breath. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend this book. It was written by the people who were my on site teachers in my studies of yoga. It was a privilege to be surrounded by swamis and medical doctors and psychologists, all of them seasoned in yoga. What a multi-disciplinary approach to the “science” and philosophy of yoga!
Now for more breathing tips you might like to try:
- While you are breathing, use this visualization: Imagine that the in- breath is filled with bright healing light. Feel it flow in through the nostrils, down into the lungs, then sense that it is spreading throughout your body. You could visualise the light into every organ, tissue and cell — all the way out to the extremities. Each cell is cleansed and bathed by the breath.
- Now as you exhale, imagine the breath is carrying away anything you wish removed from your body — illness, pain, toxins, soreness. Feel it flow out through the nostrils and flow completely away from your body.
- Here is another: Let each in-breath be bright with a golden light of love, bathing your entire body. Then breathe out confusion, chaos, worry, sadness or any negative emotion.
These images can have potent power. One time, a man was referred to me for special yoga practice. He was suffering with intense back pain. He had been advised to have surgery. We engaged several of these breathing practices. He described that his pain was totally gone. Then, as often occurs, his ego and skepticism kicked in. In a short time, I am sorry to say his pain returned. He could not accept that something so simple could relieve his pain and that he had the power to do it. I never saw him again but was told that he decided on surgery.
When the body, breath, and mind work in loving tandem, miracles can and do occur. See what happens to YOU when you work with your breath.
In a few days, there will be more on the breathing. Let me know how you are doing. Remember, even though I have used these practices for a long time, I am following “the 52” right along with you and feeling results anew!
With love and namaste, Deanne
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