Sunday, March 6, 2011

Create Balance with Breath

Self-Help Tip:

Breath is the Basis for Energy
"Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within." 
~Author Unknown   

   Breath, the purified essence of life, is the simplest and most perfect of all the tools we have for health and balance. It can be used with awareness at any moment to balance the life energy and bring us into a place of harmony and healing flow. Within the breath lies the key, our power to transform our lives and the world. Simply exhale and alow the life energy to fully infuse our being.

    EXHALE long and deep, then you need not TAKE an inhalation but will RECEIVE one naturally.
Sit with your hands folded in your lap. Drop your shoulders. Bow your head and SMILE from the very soul of you. As you EXHALE, unload all the dust dirt and greasy grime that is held in your body. Exhale from head to toes.

     INHALE from toes to head. RECEIVE the Cosmic Energy of Abundance and connect to the Cosmic Energy Force.

"In the breath that I am,
I am always new."
~Mary Iino Burmeister

     In Jin Shin Jyutsu, we are invited to focus not on the inhalation.. but instead to observe  the Exhalation. The exhalation is the key to clearing the body. Clear your clutter. Too many of us are hoarders of one kind or another. Many of us hoard our breath by not exhaling fully. WE keep the old stuff in and don't make room for the new purified air, the abundant out-pouring of limitless life-power, our birth-right.

     "The Meditation of the 36 Conscious Exhalations" is a great way to access this Limitless Life-Power. Begin by counting each exhalation.  One, exhale, inhale. Two, exhale, inhale....... Allow your breath to unfold naturally. You will begin to realize that once you have fully exhaled, the next inhalation "just happens". No effort is necessary. If you lose count, just begin again. This exercise can be done all at once, or broken into 4 session of 9 breaths each. In time, your breathing will automatically become deeper and more rhythmic. As you count each breath, your attention is focused on the counting and this in turn serves as a way to quiet the mind. 

     Receive each breath with awareness and gratitude. Welcome to the effortless reality of your life.

"Breath is the bridge
which connects life to consciousness,
which unites your body to your thoughts." 
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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