The simplicity of any focused practice is the point of the breath & thus connecting to our very essence, our inner ‘life force’ our inner ‘chi’ or ‘qi’ as referred to in qigong, tai chi practice. The point of breath is the connection to our inner stillness. Our breath can be a powerful tool, to assist in calming our ‘racing monkey minds’, our altered ego that tends to limit us with self-limiting beliefs and can take us off our focus and inner balance. Our body is merely a vessel, yet our mind and spirit can go beyond our boundaries of confined, conceptual thinking. The breath is a point of bringing ourselves to our centre, calming the mind, our emotions, grounding ourselves to the present moment and just ‘being.’ The importance of breath work during mindful, meditation practise begins with :
Focus attention of the breath starting from the belly, stomach region, Breathing, as if filling a balloon with air, breathing through the nostrils on inhalation and pushing your belly outwards. Easiest to place your hands onto your belly, stomach area and hold for count of 3 seconds and then gently exhale, pushing stomach inwards and up towards rib cage, hold for 3 seconds. Continue this breath work for 5 minutes. This is a powerful tool to calm and centre your mind, distress and any short breath or anxiety will subside.
In this the fast pace every day life, we tend to breath shallow from just the upper rib cage, chest area and not from the belly, in the process stagnant energy remains in our stomach area and can cause toxins and stagnant energy, thus depleting our life force and energy levels. This can cause physical health problems in our stomach area, i.e bloating, candida, short breath, anxiety and symptoms of IBS.
Reconnecting you to your inner chi,qi and inner life force, Is nourishing not only the mind, body,must also the spirit. Our mind is a powerful tool, however our spirit needs to be nourished and be full to maintain our every day balance, harmony, happiness & inner peace.
Ideally my Qiqong practise is done out doors, barefoot connecting to the earth, to remain grounded and becoming ‘fluid’ taking in the elements of nature, becoming the wind, the water, air… As we are part of nature not separate. The beauty of this practice is the subtle and effective way it builds inner and outer stamina, strength and inner core, reconnects you to your inner life force, nourishes your human spirit not just the mind and body. At the core we are ‘spiritual beings having a human experience.’ We must take care and nourish our inner human spirit too.
Enjoy your fresh start of each day to 5 minutes of mindful meditation breath work and see how it works for you! Remember to keep it simple and nourish your mind, body & spirit!
I highly recommend a good quality loose Green tea or loose Jasmine tea after your mindful meditation to assist in cleansing your system and re-energising start to the day!
~Namaste ~ Written by Eagle Colleen
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