Inner Life Breathing

69Inner Life Breathing is a valuable practice. Not only does it instantly move you into the present moment, putting you back in tune with your Inner Life, but it also promotes over-all feelings of well-being, relaxation, relieves tension, stress, anxiety and helps with insomnia. Inner Life breathing will also increase the oxygen in your bloodstream which will help lower blood pressure and heart rate. Once it becomes a part of your daily routine, it can be done anywhere at any time.

To start, you may find it helpful to begin your practice at bedtime and upon waking when you can close your eyes and leave all distractions behind. In time, “being within yourself” will come naturally and effortlessly.

Turn your attention to your natural rhythm of breathing. Take a few minutes to feel yourself breathing as you normally would. Feel everything about it from inhaling to exhaling to how the breath feels flowing through your body. Get to know your breathing by becoming one with it.  Gradually begin a slower and deeper breathing pattern. It is important to keep focusing on your breathing from within by feeling it, not thinking about it. The more you feel it, the more “alive” you will become from being in the present moment, from being in tune with your Inner Life. I use this method at bedtime and upon waking for 5 – 10 minutes and throughout the day for a few minutes at a time as needed.

393Aside from the benefits I already mentioned, practicing Inner Life breathing on a regular basis will free you from the confines of your mind. It will move you into the present moment where the past and future do not exist. It is where you will find peace and harmony. This is important to remember when faced with an unwanted life situation. The moment you feel yourself experiencing a negative emotion, turn your attention inward and begin your breathing practice. This will slow down the mind and keep your negative emotions from getting out of control.

Live, Love & Breathe Life ~

Love & Light,

Cynthia K Ortiz, Inner Life Guidance Coach

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You Are Not Your Inner Demons

sadnessDo you live with inner demons? Is there something you did in the past that haunts you day in and day out?  Do these demons control your life and control who you are?  Well, they do not have to.  There is nothing in the past that can affect you unless YOU ALLOW it to.  There is nothing that can DEFINE who you really are OR who you want to be unless YOU ALLOW it to.

Too often we live with guilt and regret over things we have said and done.  We allow these feelings to control our entire lives.  We live with self-criticism and at times loath ourselves.  For some the guilt and pain of the past causes feelings of unworthiness.  This will cause you to push against anything or anyone good that comes into your life.  You will destroy happiness and love because you do not feel worthy of it.  There are others, who will engage in self-sabotaging behaviors such as addictions in an effort to numb their thoughts and feelings.  For many, it is a non-ending cycle of suffering because of the choice to hang onto the past.  Yes, hanging onto the past is YOUR choice.

At one time or another we have done something we consider to be wrong or bad.  Others have committed acts of violent crimes.  Regardless of what it was that you have done, if you HONESTLY want to move away from it, and out of your past, you must find a way to forgive yourself, for if you cannot find forgiveness in yourself, you will never be able to move forward or heal.

th (1)Forgiveness toward ourselves is not always easy because we have to look in the mirror and like what we see.  We have to see who we are, not the demons that live inside of us. We have to come to terms with that which we did but we also have to accept it and ACCEPT OURSELVES for the same.  Forgiving and accepting yourself does not make what you did “right” it just RELEASES you from the past so that you can start living in the present moment.  Once you are in the present moment, your feelings of guilt, regret, and unworthiness will start to disappear faster than you can imagine.  When you live in the NOW how can you be what you once did?  You can’t because what happened in the past is not happening right now.

For many, negative thinking habits get in the way of moving forward and of feeling better.  This is when learning how to control your thoughts and practicing positive thinking comes in handy.  Whenever you find yourself thinking a negative thought, immediately change it to something pleasant.  It does not matter what that thought is, as long as it makes YOU FEEL GOOD.  Hold onto that thought for at least a minute or two.  When you do this, you will feel a shift in your vibration creating another pleasant thought that will pop in your head. 

Meditation is also an extremely valuable “practice” because the “freeing of the mind” creates the connection to your Inner Life, which will release your mind of all its clutter, trash, and negativity. It will also increase your awareness of the present moment, release resistance, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.  It will promote relaxation, inner peace and enhance your own personal and spiritual growth.

03If you struggle with worthiness, do things for other people.  It does not matter what it is, how big or how small, but just helping someone else out will promote feelings of “goodness” inside yourself.  Sometimes it is easier for us to be kinder to others than to ourselves and in doing so, it makes US feel GOOD as well.

You have a choice to live with your demons or to let them go.  The only excuse you have are the ones you make yourself.

If you truly want to let go of your past and move forward, then DO what you KNOW you have to do. Just remember that every moment you have is a chance to make your life better or worse.  It does not matter if you did something wrong five minutes ago, it is now in the past, and you now have the choice to do it again or to be who you really want to be.  

You are not your inner demons or what you have done – you are who you choose to be.

Love & Light,

Cynthia K Ortiz, Inner Life Guidance Coach

 

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What Is Your Game Board Revealing To You?

82Life is not a game per se but it is supposed to be fun.  Unfortunately, we are all faced with unwanted situations.  Situations that can cause more harm than good to our well-being if we allow them to.  I know how hard it can be to stay focused and positive when you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders so maybe it is time to stop worrying and start playing. 

There was a time when I was faced with the possibility of what I felt would be the “end of me”.  Although I knew it wouldn’t actually be the end of me, I allowed not only my past redirect my thoughts but I also allowed fear to control me.  This did not do me good nor did it get me closer to where I wanted to be so I made up a little game in my head.  One that eventually “tricked” my mind into a totally different thinking and belief pattern.  It was then that everything began falling into place.

84What I did was think of my outer life (people, places and things) as one big game board. I laid it out in my head like a grid map which completely matched where I live, where I go, who I spent time with, and the things I was doing or not doing.  The object of the game was to only “play” with the people, places and things that brought me 100% complete joy and happiness.  Boy did my game board empty out pretty quick!  I had not realized how much negativity I was allowing into my life.  I even felt some disbelief as I thought through this little discovery of mine until I realized what my game board was revealing me.  It was revealing all the things I did NOT want!  This in itself “enabled” me to change the direction of my focus which in turn changed the direction of where my life was headed.  Focusing strictly on the “pieces” I WANTED , took me away from the situation I was facing at the time which took me away from my negative thinking.  It actually became a daily game for me and it was fun.  I would get up every morning, place myself on “Start” and from there I chose who, what, where, when and how I wanted my game board (life) to fill up.  Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face and even a little laughter over some of the great and enlightening experiences I had while playing!

83Honestly speaking, I would say it was within 3 – 5 days that things began to change.  Not only did I feel “normal” again, but I also felt a renewed sense of faith and hope.  I knew everything was going to be okay and it was and is. Today my game board is filled with nothing but the pieces (people, places and things) that do in fact bring me complete joy and happiness!

What type of pieces are on your game board?  What is your game board revealing to you?  Lay it out in your head and see what gives you a spark and see what makes you die out.  Remove every piece (or work toward removing it) that does not leave you feeling good.  Recreate your entire life if you want to for you are the only one who has control over your life and how you feel.  No one or no thing is responsible for it except you. 

You can’t change your thinking and belief patterns if you are surrounded with negativity so by way of this little game, you are adding joy and happiness to your life through people, places and things, which in turn automatically changes the pattern of your thinking!  From there, as long as you continue to have positive thoughts and feelings, nothing but good will come into play!!!

Positive pieces to add to your game board:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Positive, Inspiring, Self Assured, Well Balanced People
  • Music
  • Cooking / Baking
  • Helping Others
  • Cleaning – getting rid of the things you no longer have a use for
  • Nature
  • Pampering Yourself
  • Hobbies, Writing, Reading
  • Playing with your Pets
  • Family Time / Family Meals
  • Feel Good / Funny Movies
  • New Places
  • Ice Cream – when is the last time you had an ice cream cone? 

Negative pieces to remove from your game board:

  • Negative, Drama Filled, Unbalanced People
  • Self Destructive Behaviors
  • Unhealthy Life Styles
  • Eating Junk Food
  • Being a Couch Potato
  • Clutter
  • Violent, Depressing Movies 

I think you get the idea – it is your game board so play with it any way you so choose as long as it makes you feel HAPPY! 

Love & Light, 

Cynthia K Ortiz, Inner Life Guidance Coach 

 

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