Your Knowing Breath
- Monday, 04 July 2011
My first yoga instructor taught me that you can’t hold fear in your body and breathe long and deep at the same time. When someone asks me how to develop their intuition, I tell them to breathe. When your breath becomes shallow it is usually because you are afraid. This can show up as anxiety, worry, concern, stress, and any number of descriptors for the same thing: fear. When you are afraid you do not hear the voice of your intuition.
The breath controls the mind and the mind controls the body. Slowing the breath to 6-8 breaths per minute, the mind slows down and you start to relax. Through this state of relaxation your inner knowing can be heard. It’s not always easy to do. When I’m really in a state of anxiety I have to do some vigorous exercise to get my body and my mind to relax. I like to walk down by the river where I live. Water stills the mind and is a great conductor of intuitive energy. I can gaze out over the water and a natural stillness comes over me.
If you do not have easy access to a natural body of water try this meditation. Fill up your bathtub and place a few drops of lavender oil in the water. Light a candle. The warm water will relax your body and the lavender oil will relax your mind. Start breathing long and deep. You can close your eyes or look lightly at the burning candle. Gently....