Did you know that the difference between stress, anxiety, worrisome thoughts, tension and total relaxation might just be in your breath? Research has found that taking time to breathe properly can completely change your attitude, relax your body, and open up your mind to good things! In today’s post I’m going to teach you my simple method for taking just a few seconds – anytime, anywhere – to surround myself in positive energy, total relaxation, and complete relief from stress with breath meditation!
First, it’s important to explain that ‘deep breathing’ and ‘big breathing’ are not the same thing!
Many people will tell you to take a deep breath when you’re stressed out – but most people end up taking a big breath instead. Relaxation breathing is not about how much air you can take in, but where the air you take in ends up.
Before we begin, place one hand on your chest and one on your navel. As you learn to breathe properly, the hand on your chest should not move! Only the hand on your belly should rise gently with each inhalation and sink down with each gentle exhalation.
How To Breathe
First, give your breath away. Do a nice full exhalation.
Now, go ahead and gently close your mouth and inhale slowly, calmly, and lovingly. Remember – we’re breathing with our bellies, not with our chests or shoulders! Only your belly and diaphragm should move!
Hold that breath in for just a moment to get used to the feeling of a diaphragmatic inhalation. If you usually breathe improperly with your shoulders or chest, this might feel really weird until you get used to it!
Now, go ahead and slowly exhale through your mouth past pursed lips. Feel free to make a sigh as you exhale – it’s very relaxing and sometimes sounds like the ocean!
Hold for a few moments, then start again!
Remember that this should be gentle, calm, and nicely paced. You may feel starved for air or uncomfortable at first, but stick with it and your body will gladly revert to this natural way of breathing. For free lessons on breathing from the best teachers anywhere, watch a newborn baby! They are all about belly breathing!
Adding Spiritual Power To Your Breathing
As a simple meditation, all you need to do is imagine inhaling good things like love, peace, healing, abundance, or blessings – and feel yourself exhale stress, worry, obstacles, fear, or confusion!
Do this over and over again and you will feel yourself go deeper and deeper into a state of spiritual bliss while at the same time experiencing more good ideas, thoughts, emotions, and feelings wash over you!
Once you master the breathing and meditation process, you’ll be able to do it anytime, anywhere without anyone ever knowing!
Check with your doctor before starting this or any other breathing program. Some people may not be good candidates for deep breathing techniques. Know your body, honor your boundaries, and love yourself!