“One kind word can warm three winter months.”Japanese Proverb
Peace of mind through conditional happiness is something I have chased before in my life. However, by doing this, I have at times been like a dog chasing after its own tail. Around and round I’ve spun, never quite catching what I thought at the time would make me happy. All a while, time would be running away from me until one day, if I didn’t become wise, my time would be no more!
I still like to go for dreams and some times they manifest other times they don’t, but that’s okay as some things are out of my hands. My peace of mind now come from enjoying life and seeing it as a gift.
It all comes down to how present and grateful I can be.
Still, with the change of seasons and winter beginning in some parts of the world, it is still possible to find warmth when the weather is cold. It does not have to be hot sunny weather to feel joy.
Ridged unpliable happiness conditions I believe are self-made prisons. The bars of these cells mainly exist in mind and can be melted through meditation.
In the winter it can be easy to lose motivation and feel the chill of unsettlement instead. However, with the following meditation, I hope it can help cultivate a deeper, more connected peace of mind.
The following meditation acts like snowshoes for the mind, supporting and grounding in times of frosty doubt.
Kapalabhati Breathing meditation
I first learned how to do this breathing meditation back in 2004 before my yoga training. In the ashram, we did this for 30 minutes twice a day followed by alternative nostril breathing. By the time I had finished my training, I was a new person.
Please do not do this meditation if you are on our cycle or pregnant and like with all forms of exercise, please consult your doctor before doing and exercise at your own risk.
Sit up nice and tall, cross-legged on the floor or if you can’t do that then use a chair.
The secret to this breathing meditation is to focus on the exhalation.
So, inhale, then exhale and using a strong movement from below the navel, drawn the diaphragm in on the exhalation. If you are doing this correctly then the inhalation should occur naturally. Keep going for a count of 30.
Next, inhale, exhale and aim to hold the breath up until a point where it does not feel a strain. So maybe count to ten and build up the time gradually.
Next, inhale and then exhale and do another round of Kapalabhati. Building the count up to 40. Followed by the breath holding section.
Repeat both sections 3- 4 times more again building up the time.
At the end sit quietly and if you have time follow this with alternative nostril breathing.
Try it for 40 days keeping a diary, and I have feeling it will warm up your winter and clear away any emotional cobwebs.
This meditation is supposed to make one shine with radiance and exhale and doubts and replace joy where there was once sadness. Teamed with alternative nostril breathing it can help to bring a deeper sense of calm.
Let me know how you get on!
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