When stressed, worried or anxious, our heart and breath rhythms are moving out of sync, continuing to give the brain messages that all is not well. If we can pause as soon as we notice we're experiencing distress, we can use our attention and our breath to create coherence. With practice, we can do this quickly, reducing the time we spend in suffering and wasted energy.
A few weeks ago, I introduced the Quick Coherence Technique to get you started in a brief coherence practice. If you've been working with that for awhile, you're likely ready to add some time and an additional step to your practice. (If not, please go back to that post and begin there, returning to this page after a few weeks of regular practice.) Today we'll be working with the Heart Lock-In Technique, and the song above will play for up to 28 minutes, so you can begin to steadily increase the amount of time you spend in practice. Start with 5 minutes, twice a day, and add a minute or two every week, until you are consistently practicing for 20 minutes a day.
1) Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your
heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual.
Find a balanced rhythm with your breath: breathe in for a count of 5, breath out for a count of 5.
2) Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care
for something or someone in your life as you continue to breath in and out of the heart area.
(You might try to re-experience the feeling you have for a pet, a special place, someone you love,
or focus on the feeling of calm or ease.)
3) Radiate that renewing feeling to yourself and another/others. You can offer this renewing feeling back to the being or place that helped you create the feeling, to someone in your life who needs positive energy in their lives, or to all beings everywhere. Sharing your renewing feeling with others benefits them, and especially helps recharge and balance your own system.
Practice daily, and then let me know what changes you begin to notice! I'd love to hear from you.
Practice, and all is coming.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.