When did you last take a breather? Centre yourself? Feel calm?
It’s rare – unless you’re a yoga bunny or meditate once a day – to experience calm and balance. So many distractions, a never-ending ‘to do’ list and all and sundry calling on your time and your energy. Plenty of distractions.
So to help you go within and experience your true essence and some quiet time, here’s an easy exercise you can do first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and if you work from home almost anytime.
Centering and Balancing
Our life force or chi is the energy you feel pulsing through you every day. This spirit is the electrical energy that fuels the living matrix of your body. When you practice the exercise (see below), you’ll become acutely aware how your breathing influences your thoughts and your emotions.
Developing an awareness of the breath is crucial in stilling the mind.
So… either sit on the floor cross-legged on a pillow or cushion, or if you prefer in a chair. Sit upright with your back straight.
Imagine your head is touching the ceiling but keep it level. Feet on the floor, legs uncrossed. Allow your muscles to relax, without slouching and feel your abdomen pushing slightly forward so your diaphragm moves freely with each breath.
Now place your hands in what is known as the ‘cosmic mudra’ position. Put your lead hand (right if you are right-handed; left if you are left-handed) palm up in your lap. Nestle the other hand gently on the palm of the active hand so that the knuckles overlap and your thumb tips just touch. Making an oval.
Allow your body to settle into a comfortable position. Your back is upright but not stiff, your chin is slightly tucked in, the tip of your tongue resting gently against the roof of your mouth, just behind your upper teeth (prevents over-salivation). Breathe through your nose.
Then lower your eyes so you’re looking at the ground a few feet in front of you.
Discover your centre
As you do this your focus will start to move naturally inwards. Shift your attention to your hara… this is your power spot located 2.5 inches below the navel. It’s actually the centre of gravity in your body too. Allowing your focus to rest on your hara creates a sense of balance for the body and mind. As you breathe in, imagine your breath going down to the hara, then returning from the hara as you breathe out.
Be mindful of your breath
Become aware of your breath, how it feels in your nose, the back of your throat. As you breathe count 1 on the in breath and 2 on the out breath and so on up to 10. Then repeat the whole process from 1 again. If you get distracted, choose to let go of your thoughts and begin again.
If you do this for 15 minutes in the morning and evening you’ll find your ability to focus and concentrate dramatically improve. You’ll be able to find stillness among all the outer chaos in the world. And you can do this anywhere and at any time. Moving to your still point swiftly and with ease will positively impact your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.