On Breathing and Visualization

Wow! I can’t believe so many things has happened since my last blog post! Some of them are: I am now a proud college graduate(!), I have travelled to a number of new places like Punta Bulata in Negros Occidental and some out of the way places in Capiz, met lots of new friends, experienced huge career growth, made major decisions in my love life(I’m engaged!), and a lot more! :D

Truth is, I still have a lot of blog backlogs. But like I said, I will be tackling them all slowly but surely.

Anyway, this morning when I woke up I felt this itch to blog. Today’s blog post is about breathing and visualization. I’d like to share all the things I have learned from my teachers, my readings and of course through my experiences as well.

On Breathing
All of us breathe. We usually view the rhythm of our breathing as automatic. We are seldom aware of the quality of our breathing and tend to just take partial, shallow breaths using only the upper part of our lungs. We often hold our breath or take light, quick breaths, especially when we are tense, nervous, or fearful, without being conscious of it.

So now, try the following simple breathing exercise: Consciously, take a few short, shallow and irregular breaths. Be aware of how you feel. Chances are you will feel anxious, uneasy, and ungrounded.

Now take a few deep, full breaths, counting slowly to six at each inhalation and slowly to six as you exhale. Chances are that this deeper, slower breathing will help you feel more calm and comfortable.

If you have observed, when rapid, shallow breathing becomes chronic or habitual, we also limit the amount of air that we take into our body. This not only impairs our body’s ability to oxygenate the blood and other vital tissues (you can ask your doctor about this), but it often makes us feel nervous, mentally sluggish, and tired. In contrast, deep, rhythmic breathing is essential for proper oxygenation and can have a positive impact on how we feel mentally and emotionally.

On Visualization
I also would like to share with you the things I have learned about visualization. Creative visualization is often used in a healing meditation. In the book “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise L. Hay, she outlines the three basic parts of a positive healing visualization, which we can adapt to our individual needs. I am sharing them to you as well below:

  1. An image of the problem or pain or disease, or the diseased part of the body.
  2. An image of a positive force eliminating this problem.
  3. An image of the body being rebuilt to perfect health, and then the image of the body moving through life with ease and energy.

Always remember that positive visualization can incorporate literal images, symbolic images related to treatment, or abstract images. One universal image you can use is a bright, white healing light. Imagine it shining around (and through) every aspect of your being.

So I hope you have learned something in my blog post today. It always makes me feel good everytime I put into words my ideas and feelings. Hope to see you in my next blog post and don’t forget to leave a comment below. :)

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