At lightened hands healing we recommend Meditation and the use of yogic breathing techniques to assist others with their stress to allow them to feel the benefits of slow breathing. There are many health benefits to gaining control over your breath from breathing slow and exhaling completely and can increase your physical and mental relaxation. Lungs being more effectively emptied out while prolonging your exhalation releases the stale excess air. The breath can help reduce the shortness of breath and increase your stamina and exercise tolerance. Staying aware of your breath while walking, resting or exercising but especially during your meditative practice is important. There are various techniques as counting the breath while extending your exhalation and deepening of your inbreath. You can silently count the breath while breathing and it will automatically slow and relax the breath.
When a person is relaxed breathing will automatically get slow and soft, diaphragmatic breathing will be restored and stress related patterns are reduced. Take time each day to relax physically, mentally imagining yourself in quiet setting and breathe in each breath relaxing more than the time before. To use your intention of longer exhalation and slowing the breath will take time to master as you become more relaxed and always do without straining.
Tracking your breath flow-Allow the mind to focus on the breath by tracking it downward flow as you inhale and upward flow as you exhale. This can be enjoyable experience. There is a common expression “Breath flows where the attention goes.” So pay attention to the natural flow of breath flowing upward and downward in the lungs and abdomen.
You can imagine breathing in and out through different centers. You can inhale imagining the in-breath entering the crown of your head and ending in your heart center. Each time as you exhale imagine the out-breath starting from the heart going down and exiting through the toes or feet. This can be done in a sitting or lying position. We sometimes use sound, humming or vowel chanting.
There are many other techniques too many to be discussed here but to know each person will discover which can work best for them to assist with longer periods of meditative moments.
These techniques then can assist others to feel God working through them to heal.
I have lived a yogic lifestyle and I believe these techniques of meditation and breathing are helpful and while using them it can allow others to feel God working through them to heal.
We offer Meditation classes once weekly using breath, progressive relaxation and the use of visualization to center ourselves.