Connect with your Breath and Prevent Yourself from Freaking Out!

Have you heard the term, “You are not your emotions/thoughts?” Well, it’s true! Although your emotions can give valid information,  too many people attach themselves to a emotion which can lead to a perpetual mental feedback loop of thought. This leads to obsessive thinking and unnecessary worrying. One way of cutting the feedback loop is to connect to your breath. Without your breath you can’t control your mind and therefore how you respond with your emotions. We are getting into the summer months where the weather can not only heat up, but also opportunities for our emotions to become fierce like a fire. You have the option to react or consciously communicate. Rule your breath then you can rule how you communicate. This meditation can help with that!
Meditation to Prevent Freaking Out
*(From the I am a Woman – Creative, Sacred, Invincible Manual)*

This meditation will alter your energy by changing your nostril breathing. You can’t get out of your body, but you can change its energy. If you are thinking something neurotic and find out that you’re breathing through your right nostril, start breathing through your left nostril instead. This will change your energy from agni (fire) to sitali (cool).
If you are depressed, in a disturbed mental state, start breathing from the right nostril. In 3 minutes you will be a different person. This ability to change nostrils in breathing should be taught to your children within their first 3 years. Exercising this ability can prevent nervous breakdowns. You may work up to 31 minutes.

  1. Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine, and a light Neck Lock.
  2. Interlace the fingers with the right thumb on top.
  3. Interlace the hands at the center of the diaphragm line, touching the body.
  4. Eyes are closed.
  5. Concentrate on the breath at the tip of your nose.
  6. Notice from which nostril you are breathing. Within 3 minutes you should know.
  7. Then change it. If you are breathing primarily through your left nostril, consciously change to your right nostril.
  8. Be sure to keep your shoulders completely relaxed.
  9. Practice changing this breath back and forth for as long as you like.
Eye Focus Closed
Time: 3 minutes to 31 minutes

*This meditation retrieved from the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings on 6/1/2016.

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