Your Natural Guide into Spirit by Deanne Mincer
about losing a job, becoming ill, being late and so many other fears can trigger you to “fight and flight” breathing. The benefit is a calmer self. When you are faced with an emergency or potentially life-altering scenario, your body and mind can enter fight/flight even if you have already trained and mastered the many breathing techniques. Stopping yourself and paying attention to your breath can help you regain more control and make clearer decisions. In addition, your anxiety or fears will be less palpable to others that may be involved in the emergency situation. The way you breathe has power, but what about using it to reach into spirit, into peace and even enlightenment? • Imagine that whenever you breathe in, the breath carries within it divine light and love and it spreads throughout your body. When you breathe out, the breath carries away fear, illness, pain and worry. • Now add a color to the breath, maybe one of the higher chakra colors, such as blue or violet. Imagine that color moving through your body. • Try coordinating the breath with mantras or words—such as a “so ham”, “om”, “I love myself completely now” or “let go”—on every in and out breath. • You can stop in your day and, for a few minutes, do this or let it be a part of your meditation practice. • Remember that the breath is a favorite focus for many forms of meditation—simply watching the breath and without judgment.
• When you inhale, does the belly fill o you know that you have up? When you exhale, does the belly always carried the key into go in? The reverse of this is contrary spirit? From the time you were breathing and not to be desired. born and until you leave this world, • Is the breath even while inhaling and that guiding gift has been with you exhaling? every single minute. You have access • Do you hold your breath and stop to this powerful tool and can use it more than 23,000 times a day. It is the breathing, thus producing stress and creating a lack of oxygen? breath, something you may take for granted. But, if you fine tune it, your These are some of the basic essentials breath can lead you into peace, love and the truth of your own being—your to healthy breathing. Also of importance is training yourself to be aware of divine self. “fight and flight” breathing; when you We always have the breath with breathe rapidly and into your chest, us. Even if it is for a few minutes or that is a signal that you are in fight/ longer, you can choose at any time to flight or feel in danger. Unless you are check in with yourself. being chased by a wild animal, you • Notice how you are breathing. Witdon’t want to breathe like this because ness the breath. it wears out the body. • Are you breathing in the upper chest The problem is that many of us (stress breathing) or deeper into the breathe as if we are in danger bediaphragm? • Are you breathing through your nose cause of what we think. Moving your breath into the diaphragm can help and not through the mouth? you “trick” your body into letting go of • Is the breath jerky and agitated or is HVWS_MorningGlories_NatAwake_4.75x2.25_April2016_HVS PM K_CT par 2007 3/17/16 12:53 PM the stressed breathing when thoughts it smooth and flowing? Yoga offers many different breathing exercises—some that calm the body and others that energize. You might want to try them by finding a yoga teacher who has training in this.
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Deanne Mincer is a speaker, the author of The 52: Discovering the True You in 52 Simple Lessons and the co-creator of the Divine Love: A Unique Yoga Nidra Experience album. She teaches classes, including A Course in Miracles, and offers private healing sessions in Ridgefield. Connect with her at DeanneMincer.com. See ad, page 51.