The self is no more in the mind than the wind is in the trees.
--Swami Anandakapitla Saraswati
As a "god-mind' (Hu is Chinese for god and Man is from the hind manas which in English is mind.) we cause our bodies to suffer from thinking more than anything else. This exercise that I call, "The Harmonious Breath" balances us immediately, without having to "change our minds" . It is a simple Pranayama,( breathing exercise) that evolves spirit and body. This is easily seen if we understand that the word Spirit, comes from the Greek word Spiro, which means breath. Spirit is "the breath within us", not the mind we use. To Start this aura/chakra balancing breath you may sit in a chair or on a yoga pillow, or even lay down on your bed. Place your hands in a relaxed palms-up position, either on your thighs or by your side, while forming an "o" with your thumb and index finger. This sends your energy around and back into your body. Now comfortable empty your lungs.
1) slowly inhale through the nose, expanding your stomach as you comfortably fill your lungs. This is a deep and easy breath that fills the lower and upper lungs.
2) When comfortably full, hold your breath for an easy and slow count of 1 to 10.
3) At the count of 10, exhale easily out the mouth, until your lungs are comfortably empty.
Repeat this process for about 10 minutes. You will notice a comfortable energy balance that is the foundation of further and more powerful meditation. We need to maintain our bodies as our spiritual environment and not as a puppet of the environment and this simple breath is a beginning towards that blissful goal. Do this breath for a few days until you can do it easily and without much thought. Future blogs will keep adding visualizations to this breath that will open chakras and harmonize creative abilities that allow us to use our bodies as our power tool rather than a tool of our environment. For more information about pranayamas or for a personal appointment, call Eli @ 253-241-0129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and may you live long and prosper.