A breathing and relaxation technique that works
At some point in time, we all have heard someone say “Just breath and relax” or something like that. Really good advice that sometimes is just out of our grasp. Breathing and relaxing is a skill, one that may take some time and practice to be of any use for us. One that may make a difference in how we respond to the things that trigger us.
How about a simple breathing and relaxation technique that can become a part of our daily routine? One that can even provide that extra bit of stress relief that comes in handy on a daily basis? This is not a magic cure-all, not a easy fix. It requires disipline on your part, a willingness to practice and apply it in your life.
Let’s start with a little “magic” hyponosis to reduce stress, add in a mantra or affirmation to provide a helpful thought direction, and discover a way to calm the mind of random thoughts that pop up as we relax.
The 10 Minute Relaxation, Hypnosis for Stress Reduction by Donald Currie, MH, NLP.P, CI. Currie is a registered Psychotherapist, a Master Hypnotherapist,a and NGH Certified Hypnotherapist (Since 2002).
Some people beleive in hypnosis and others don’t. I keep an open mind and just go for the value I can get from these light hypnosis sessions. I’ve found it to be a useful tool in reducing stress and a great way to escape from the problems of the day, even if just for a few minutes. And I’ve never noticed any strange side affects, never clucked like a chicken at inappropriate times or anything like that.
“Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.” Swami Muktananda
Swami Mukundananda was born December 19, 1960 and is a teacher of yoga, meditation and spirituality. He is the founder of Jagadguru Kripalu Yog Trust (JKYog India), a nonprofit organization based in Cuttack, Odisha; and Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog (JKYog), a nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Texas which offers a unique Yogic system JKYog, also known as Yoga for the Body, Mind and Soul. Source: Wikipedia
Train Your Monkey Mind, Mingyur Rinpoche
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was born in 1975 and is a Tibetan teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He has authored two best-selling books and oversees the Tergar Meditation Community, an international network of Buddhist meditation centers. Source: Wikipedia
One of the first things I remember about my grandfather is his advice to breath. It’s really all we have to do.
“May I be Happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be Peaceful and at ease.”
An interesting twist is that this mantra can also be used for others in your life. Simply replace I with their name.
Comanche Moon Song by Doc Tate Nevaquaya
Doc Tate Nevaquaya was born to Lean and Victoria Tate Nevaquaya July 3, 1932, in Apache, Oklahoma and was a self-taught artist, flutist, composer, dancer, lecturer, and Methodist lay minister,Source: Oklahoma Historical Society
Other artists and more Native American Flute music is here at my music page.
Is finding relaxation really this easy? You can be the judge of that. For me, the answer is no. My Monkey Mind refuses to follow my simple instruction to just go with the breath. Distractions have a way of interrupting my hypnosis time and I seem to get lost in the Comache flute music. But…
I have found that the more times I listen to the hypnosis audio, the easier it is to get into the flow and to allow the directions to become a natural response, The more I work toward being able to clear excess thoughts (and to dismiss the ones that do creep in), the easier it is to be able to focus on only the breath. Being able to get lost in the music is a good start but I find myself disappointed when it ends. Guess I can’t have it all…
Hyponsis and meditation both seem to have at least this one thing in common. Both are helping to control breathing and clearing the mind. There is nothing new about this breathing and relaxation technique. My grand-parents were told this when they were children and is wisdom passed from the beginnings of time. Its up to us to apply those teachings, adapting them to meet our requirements and needs. Another skill to be used in our daily life.
Walking the Path of Peace, Sanders