Does that sound a strange question? No seriously when was the last time that you actually took notice of your breath?
Generally we take it for granted..it happens automatically and it doesn’t need thinking about! But wait a minute…there is more to the breath than you might think. In fact you have the potential to completely relax, heal and revitalise your whole body and mind just by becoming consciously aware of your breathing.
The breath can be used to become more internally aware of what is going on inside your body and mind and from that new awareness and felt experience you can start to relax, let go and if desired begin a healing process.
Have you noticed how each emotion changes the way we breathe? Anger, sadness, worry, fear, grief and a whole range of other feelings and emotions will all be reflected in every breath we take. If we open our awareness we can get in touch with that raw emotion and through the process of letting go we can release the grip of that emotion or feeling both in our mind and body. With practice it does become possible to release strong emotions out of our system as they arise, however this does require some time to master as it is all too easy to be swept away with the strong current of emotion that can arise. My free ebook 7 Steps to Being Stress Free & Live in effortless Flow shows you how you can learn to use your breath to release strong emotions why not download it now and start right away? As you get used to the letting go process you will feel a noticable shift that feels amazing.
We can also learn to use the breath to relax and de-stress through the Body Scan meditation. Through this exercise we can get in touch with and deeply connect with each part of the body and through this awareness begin to let go both of physical and mental tension. It’s truely surprising how much energy is tied up with keeping the body tense and amazing to feel the body release and the subsequent increased sense of energy flow through your body as a result. I can’t recommend this exercise enough to you. It has made such a difference to my own health!
Finally we can use the breath to deepen our awareness or mindfulness during meditation. In formal meditation practice concentrating on the breath encourages our mind to come back home to the body and as a result gently guides the mind back into the present moment. It is in this space that we can then allow our body to release, emotional pain to come up to be resolved and rest in the deeply peaceful ‘here and nowness’ of the moment.
We can then let go of all the fear, anger and pain, worry over the past, fear of the future and learn to respond to all our new experiences from a place of clarity rather than react from seeing those experiences through our old conditioned perceptions.
The journey to let go of all the mental distractions that our ego has the habit of presenting to us all the time, is a journey that leads us to discover who we really are at the very core. And at the core is a state of unconditional love both for yourself and everyone around you. A love which is experienced through the heart not the head. A love which is not dependant on getting any reward in return.
I hope that you feel inspired to start your journey today!
To Your Success
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