Meditation and Breathing
The most effective way to relieve stress is by breathing. It works better and faster than any drug or stimulant and it’s free. During a stressful situation, we do not bring enough oxygen into our brain and vital organs thus causing headaches, trouble breathing, and lack of concentration. In our daily lives, we are not aware of our breathing, we continue to hold our breath and engage in shallow breathing.
Life begins with your first breath, for oxygen is the first and most basic necessity in life. We must first understand the relationship between breath and life energy. Healing begins with each breath. Breathing slowly and deeply provides nourishment in the form of oxygen to the body which helps relax the brain and the nervous system.
It can help you release stress, anger, sadness or other unexpressed emotions. Physically, it can enhance your immune system, manage chronic pain, and reduce high blood pressure.
Heal Your Body
Regular practice of the intestine exercise accelerates blood circulation and brings into motion the internal organs. This stops and prevents any constipation problem. The intestine exercise heals and strengthens the large intestine and the blood circulation gets more intensive all over your body and, as a result, the body accumulates energy and gets rid of blockages. The more intensive blood circulation nourishes muscles and other tissues of the abdomen. In turn, this helps your skin to become cleaner, softer and smoother with your face relaxing and becoming more radiant/beautiful. The intestine exercises help to increase your overall energy.
Practicing conscious Breath work increases your ability to be present and in the moment. It allows you to connect your mind with your body. Try the following breathing exercise the next time you feel stressed.
Lie down on a mat on the floor or a firm bed. A soft bed will not allow your back to be lengthened and straight for proper flow of Chi energy (Life energy).
Place your legs about 45 degrees to the side. Place your hands on your lower abdomen forming a triangle from your navel. Relax you body and make yourself very comfortable by shaking your feet, hips, shoulders, and head back and forth.
Bring your awareness to your breath and inhale deeply through your nose on the count of 3 and exhale slowly through the nose on the count of 6. As you inhale, push your abdomen out like a balloon and as you exhale pull the abdomen in.
Relaxing Your Mind
Begin relaxing your mind. Let go of any negative thoughts, preconceptions or judgments, replace them positive, joyful, and peaceful thoughts.
Then bring your focus on your entire body from the top of your head to your toes. As you inhale and exhale scan each body part and slowly begin releasing the tension in those areas, allowing each muscle to relax. Begin with the top of your head, (Crown Chakra) your facial muscles, neck, shoulders, arms and palms, relax your chest, lower abdomen, spine, hips, thighs, knees, legs, calves, ankles, feet, and toes. Relax your entire body from head to toe.
Be conscious and aware of each breath, breathing in Healing energy to every cell, tissue, muscle, bone, and organ in your body. Take your time and enjoy the process of letting go of the tension in your body. Letting go begins with the body and then progresses to your thoughts.
Continue to keep this feeling of inner peace, joy and love. Make Breath work a daily habit to calm your mind and body resulting in a healthy, happy, peaceful, and balanced life in the present.