heart-centered breath

Heart shaped moon reflected in oceanAwake, my dear, be kind to your sleeping heart, take it out into the vast fields of Light and let it breath ~Hafiz

Be kind to yourself with a bath of positive loving thoughts – take a moment in your day to pause and relax your para-sympathetic nervous system to support yourself towards a peaceful, heart-centered outlook. 

As we go about our day, sometimes we may find ourselves clinching our bodies and holding our breath in an unconscious attempt to protect or control a situation. This can cause our sympathetic nervous system to take over and produce fearful or negative self-talk and a survival state of mind in which the ego is in control of our thoughts and emotions.

Simple Heart-Centered Breath

Begin by finding a place where you can sit relatively quietly. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. Slowly and consciously expand your belly with the inhale. Feel the breath rise into the chest and take deep additional sips of breath as you suspend the breath; making more and more room for the physical heart-space. On the exhale, slowly release the breath in the chest first and then pull in the navel point for complete exhalation.

With each breath you take, see your heart gracefully expanding. Allow your heart to continue to expand. If you feel that your mind is trailing off – note the pattern. Are you thinking of unpaid bills or a to-do list that seems never ending? Bring yourself back to heart-center, and refocus on your breathing. Take a few minutes – or longer – to rest in this nourishing energy.

When you feel shifted, expanded and more relaxed, slowly open your eyes and sit quietly for a moment; integrating peace and calmness into your being. You will feel re-awakened to your mission and a reduction in anxiety.

Try giving yourself this gift of self-love as often as you can during this month of love!

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