The breath is of special significance to the experience of life, is highlighted in many areas of study and further, perhaps even considered a lost art form. Egyptians believed that breath was given to a person at birth and was the source of energy that gave life. In the Bible, it says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” (Genesis 2:7) While in Hinduism, “Prana” is the Sanskrit word for breath meaning, life force or vital energy that permeates reality. Even in many modern healing modalities we understand the breath is the energy generated to become the thread that transfers from healer to the person receiving what we call a healing or better yet, new life. Think about the function of breath in connection with exercise, in order to move beyond the comfort zone and past limitations, we need to access deeper reservoirs of breath as a requirement to fuel the body, the muscle, the mind, well beyond its barriers and into a state of life-giving energy. My yoga teacher says, “Your strength is not in the muscle, it's in your breath. Your breath will keep you up." In these scenario's, breathing now becomes tangible proof of life and a knowledge that we exist as a living being within the power of that life-force.
~ Breath is life and life, is breath ~
But how often do we consciously connect with our breath and utilize that life-force to magnify our reality? There are so many people, places and things that can pervade our minds and state of reality, especially in today’s current events. At times, we can feel held back or stuck in past events that invade our current circumstance. We may not feel as balanced or whole because a sense of emptiness speaks more loudly than silence, stillness or a deep inner calm. The breath keeps us present, away from past patterning and future projections. The breath keeps us solid in the now with the present or gift of awareness. Prana or breath feeds the aura and the aura, is the home that contains our life energy or our personal atmosphere. If there are holes in the aura, life energy leaks out and we don’t feel as vibrant, happy or whole. This is to say that breath feeds our personal existence or vibrational emanation with life. Where there is life, emptiness cannot exist. Where there are no holes, wholeness exists. Therefore, to feel whole and complete is to be filled with breath.
But how often do we connect with our breath?
This question now becomes a magnitude of great proportions and our exploration becomes a road map to leading a full life experience. If we let go of the past, we strengthen the aura. A stronger aura makes us feel more whole. Feeling a sense of wholeness allows us to feel more relaxed. The more relaxed we are, the deeper the breath. The deeper the breath the more life force is generated. The more life force generated the lighter we feel and more life can fill into our personal atmosphere. The stronger our personal atmosphere or vibrational emanation, the more energy we have. The more energy we have, the more we feel better and better and stronger and stronger. Practice long, deep breathing. Practice being present in the moment. Practice connecting with your breath and identifying the thoughts, emotions, intentions of behavior and breathe through to the other side, without attachments to old thinking, patterns of behaviors, belief systems, or constructs. Practice awareness, being conscious in your state of being as a source of light and life. When you’re present inside your life force, you can influence the moment in a positive, life giving way. Let’s add life to the atmosphere of existence. Let us relax into a new reality, consciously creating and let us share that with the world.
Discovery Practice: Deep breathing with (1) count retention
1. Begin with long, deep abdominal breathing
2. Inhale slowly and retain breath for one count
3. Exhale slowly and retain breath for one count
4. Continue this cycle for at least 5 complete rounds of breath or more
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TIS` THE SEASON OF HEART
December can be quite a magical month and fulfilling time of year. We get a chance to embrace the spirit of holidays and witness the wonder through the eyes of children and adults alike. Tis` the season of heart, when the world steps into a place of family, togetherness, and hope. It’s an end of a year that begins an active path into giving and receiving, rooted in a coming together of values and the essence of home. The season fills the atmosphere with magic; crisp air and snow falling from sky, lights aglow on streets and in homes, long gazes into loved one’s eyes by the crackles of fire and sparks of sweet-hearts. We take care, nestling into hearty foods like soups, stews, and hot chocolate. We bundle up with sweaters, scarves, blankets and loved ones and we find ourselves surround by light, the illumination of our hopes and dreams in the stillness of love within our hearts.
The heart symbolizes life, love and the engagement in partnership. The heart never leads alone... It never beats alone... One pulse follows the other in the direction of union. A sense of union requires partnership. We learn to connect and re-connect through the heart-experience, magnified between a pair of arms that allow us to reach out and touch what we love, while, cradled and comforted between two breasts that safely hold what we feel. We are given an opportunity to feel the magic of life, connection and harmony both, individually and collectively. The season of heart reminds us in order to create a spark of life, we cannot go at it alone. We simply relate and create in a blended continuum of wholeness. The heart does not beat alone... It does not lead alone... One pulse follows the other in complete unification.
This is a time of un-veiling, re-vealing, and an un-folding of self to the inner sweetness of comfort and warmth. It’s a reminder of the mother-child experience, the inner connection and bond of unconditional love. Our very own place to rest soulfully in the wonder and awe, completely disarmed and embraced in the natural state of being. The heart leads us to a clear passage and cleansing, a shedding of old, a point to nurture life and all that we live for. It is a space given in which to surrender, to lay down a clean slate, to be re-born in concept as we celebrate into the new, calm and cradled in the mother energy, inside the season of heart.
#HeartSeason #SpiritofCalm&Comfort #MotherEnergy #CradledInHeartEnergy #TistheSeasonforMagic #HeldinLight
It’s time to get out of the “cookie cutter” version of what healing should look like and shift back into our own personal guidance and experience. Sometimes, the path to healing has us feeling off center and it’s cause for questioning but we forget, feeling off center is also for good purpose. The center balances opposing sides and reveals a place of wholeness. When the scale tips toward into the wound, the other side of balance is overlooked. The gift of wholeness is to be open and available to both sides and to integrate them into conscious balance. Your personal path to healing begins inside wholeness not in one side of experience. Let’s look at pain for example. I’ve thought about pain. Pain is real. Pain is relentless. It reveals itself through the body, not just inside it. It wants to be seen. It beckons to be heard. It tugs at you every minute of every day. Pain is restrictive, trapped in the body with no space for joy and we suffer. Pain is suffering, the physical manifestation of held in, held back, shut down and buried emotion. Your physical body can become the storehouse for ignored, unacknowledged and suppressed emotional energy. Pain is an internal broadcast system for the feelings buried inside, screaming to be heard. To be acknowledged. To be cleared. To be loved.
Every healing journey will not look the same. It’s a personal pursuit-
Have you ever sat with the inner voice of your own pain?
I have. Pain is a lot more than just what we name it. It’s a culmination of stuck emotions, blocked feelings, experiences, memories, unconscious belief systems and unhealthy patterns. Because of this, healing can be an evolution of all experience and acknowledging what exists inside you, begins the path that serves as a direction. All of it is important information to construct a very intimate healing experience. Sometimes the tendency is to give up because you don’t like what you see and it can be hard to move through. This is when healing becomes dedication and time becomes discovery. I thought about pain. I’ve had pain. I’ve worked with pain and then it occurred to me. It came into me like a whole being awareness. The other side of pain, is pleasure. Pleasure. What a revelation! In all these years, it never occurred to me that pleasure was a root deficiency to my experience of pain. I was totally invested inside the pain that I missed out on any form of pleasure. I never embraced the joy of life and in being because I never thought to look at the other side of what the experience of pain had to offer.
I thank God for that moment in wholeness. It moved me. Pleasure was now in the game and enjoying my life became priority. When you embrace the other side, you stop brow beating the wound. You cease falling back into rigid, perfectionism disguised as discipline and the “trigger” has a place to go, a space to flourish. My personal healing did not look like the ideal or what I had anticipated. I found rest. I witnessed no more pushing into life or wanting to force forward. I could feel the grip loosen, I allowed some fun and sweeter foods, exercise was no longer a bloodbath but now conscious movement based on my needs for that day. Yes, I gained some weight but I also embraced that weight and loved myself anyway. My healing journey through pain helped me find a better balance within myself, a conscious balance. It helped me find the opening to the possibility of having pleasure move through me and integrate it into my experience. When you make your healing journey personal; it moves you, it changes you, it transforms you into a state of inner-conscious being. Shift away from the “call to action” approach to healing and move deeper into intimate understanding. Let that be the life-giving medicine you take in.
-Releasing Emotional Patterns
#BecomeYourInnerMostBeing #ConsciousBalance #WoundsAreOurGreatestTeachers
#SeektheOtherSide #BecomeWhole #WholnessMatters
AUTHOR OF INNER BEAUTY BLOGS
Jennifer is a truth seeker and artistic expressionist. She is certified energy therapist, emotional wellness coach, yoga/meditation instructor and intuitive. She is known her poetry and the deep care she feels for others.