It was probably about 2 years ago that I was dealing with some strong anxiety. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it had been years before, but with all the spiritual and medative work I was doing, I found it troubling that I couldn’t seem to shake some of this mid belly anxiety. I talk about being assisted by some beings from another place in my Alien Encounter post to release some of this pent up stuff. (Shout out to Shannon Carter who created this Kellee heart )
But, in addition to that, I was told by my mentor that I should “breath through my heart”. She said she discovered it and thought it was very helpful. She is also a licensed psychologist and a spiritual guru in my eyes, so I taker her advice very seriously She also told me about HeartMath…an amazing organization that studies the power of the heart. Fact is, the heart generates 40 to 60 times more electrical amplitude than the brain. So, you can understand why thoughts, and all that BS going on up there by your “mental advisors”, as my friends Chad and Kevin call them, are not nearly as powerful as your heart, physiologically speaking. So, after testing her advice I feel breathing with your heart, and focusing intention there, is incredibly powerful for health and well-being. And, this is why HeartMath exists.
So, breathing with your heart…how do you do that? Well, it is rather simple really. And, to this day, when I feel a sense of stress, tightness or anxiety anywhere in my body or from certain thoughts, I do this.
Basically, I envision that my heart is actually open, like a mouth, or like it might be in an open heart surgery, minus the blood and knives. I am sure this visualization of opening is actually helpful in and of itself. So, I think of it like my heart is actually breathing, that the air is coming in and out of my chest. Occasionally I might put a color to the breath, or if there is something bothering me I imagine healing love coming in, and healing love going out towards the issue. Sometimes I do this with other body parts if the tightness is really extreme in a certain part of my midsection or even a pain somewhere. You often hear in Yoga class and such to “breath into an area”. This is because it seems to have a benefit in stretching the area as well.
I know the deep breathing is also helpful in and of itself too and I imagine that plays a role. One of my friends who is trying to quit smoking said she should do deep breathing exercises as she has read that the deep breathing that happens when you smoke cig’s is actually part of the addiction, as we often restrain, hold or shorten our breath throughout the day when stressed. I used to smoke cigarettes like a maniac and I think there is definite truth to this. I felt a decrease in anxiety when I lit up, although I imagine some of it is of course chemical. I did quit because my mom got lung cancer, almost died and went through unreal radiation and chemo treatments. I could no longer justify my habit. Not to mention I learned more about the tobacco industry and the chemicals.
Nonetheless, one big belly breath can have a huge impact on how you feel. One time I did a breathing workshop where I learned how much I was NOT breathing with my belly. I was a gymnast and have a large arch in my back that makes my belly stick out. I was always told to suck it in when I was a young gymnast. Then as I got insecure and learned people called me “pott belly” in highschool, I started sucking in even more. It was possible all the time however, lol. I have been less hard on myself although I find it an instant reaction when my ego steps in and I want to “look pretty”. I still have to remind myself to breath deeply sometimes. In another post I will tell the story of this amazing breathing workshop and what came out of it.
If you happen to try this method, of breathing with your heart, I would love to hear if it is helpful to you also.
Much love and deep, fulfilling, cleansing breaths to u!