Monday, September 08, 2014

The right use of breath to maintain health

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Instructions on the right use of breath to maintain health, and even help when dis-ease has already manifested in the body:

Sit, or lie down, and begin to become aware of your breath... notice the rise and fall of your belly, just below the navel centre. Beginners often find it easier to lie down.

Breathe in by drawing the breath all the way down into the lower abdomen, below the navel. Once the lower portion is filled, draw the breath to up into the middle portion of the chest, and then finally the upper chest. Imagine your lungs like two balloons filling up...

Imagine the flow of the breath like the tide coming in...

Then breathe out in the same way, releasing the breath from all three sections/portions of the lungs... like the tide going out. Ideally, with practice, the breath should be smooth and continuous.

This, in yogic circles, is known as 'the complete breath'.  Today, those people who wish to master yoga, have to master control of their breath.

Many dis-eases of mind and body will clear up simply through the right use of breath over time. The so-called 'civilized man' is totally ignorant of this - the adoption of bad posture and breathing habits has done more to create ill-health in the body/mind than anything else.

A return to correct breathing (as babies and animals naturally do), will help the world return to a state of health and wholeness.

Once you have mastered the complete breath, the next stage of this is to link the breath to the rhythm of your own heart beat, and this is called 'rhythmic breathing'.

[Caution to beginners: practice slowly and build up. Start with 10 to 20 breaths during any one session. Do this for 30 days to notice results.

Practise on an empty stomach, so before breakfast, for example.

The daily practice of deep breathing will most likely release a lot of 'stuck energy' in the body, and will most likely lead to physical, emotional and mental detoxification. You may, depending on your energy construct, experience temporary healing side-effects such as nausea and/or headaches; this is a natural part of the energy system 'throwing off' unwanted blockages. Drink plenty of water.]

Jaime Tanna

Friday, September 05, 2014

Are you complaining, or just 'being real'?

Question: "If someone is unhappy about something, talks about it, is it complaining or stating how you are feeling?"

[This was asked in relation to the quote: ''A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even in paradise.']


Complaining can be defined as a continual inner resistance to 'what is' showing up in your life. Often, the resistance is accompanied by continual negative thoughts about a particular person and/or situation, and a repetitive voicing of that negativity to anyone who will listen.

Many people, most often through a lack of awareness, find much to complain about.. from the weather, to their job, their partner, their family, their lack of money, their lack of health...and, underpinning all of this, usually lies a deep unhappiness and resentment towards some, many or all of the circumstances and conditions of their life.

Let's be honest here... complaining (talking incessantly about what we don't want/like in our lives) doesn't change anything. In fact, it magnifies it!

So, we are invited not to magnify our state of unhappiness by dwelling on unhappy circumstances, continually thinking and talking about them.

Thought produces experience, which produces thought, which produces experience...

The above question shows much wisdom in that if we find we are unhappy about something/someone, we must surely admit that to ourselves to be able to change our state of being.

Recognition of one's internal state is vital to changing it. Denial, or pretending to be happy, does not serve us - and, in fact, this type of 'positive thinking' is not positive at all!

Pretending to be happy does more harm than good, and is a result of misunderstanding the law of vibration.

Yet, if we continually say we are unhappy, to ourselves and others, and we do not seek to change that energy, we can fall into the trap of complaining, which will perpetuate the state of unhappiness. It is Law.

We must seek to change our circumstances by becoming the witness of the Self. This inner awareness breaks the cycle, and allows us to think a new thought, feel a new emotion, and take action from a resultant shift in perspective.

When we find ourselves in a state of resistance, we must immediately ask, 'what do I really want here?' and move from that new awareness. We must learn to use the contrasting experiences of our lives to go upwards in consciousness, rather than going around in a vicious circle.

When we resist anything, we unwittingly root it in place - and the law of attraction/vibration has no judgment. It gives us more of the same!

Jaime Tanna
Founder and Director

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