Breathing and Meditation

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Often, as I do a fingernail evaluation, I see missing lunulae (those little white moons,) which means that there is poor oxygenation to the tissues–meditation could help this. When I ask my clients if they remember to breathe (I mean conscious deep breathing!) they tell me they just forget to breathe. I’m guilty of this as well. So, how do we find ways to remind ourselves to breathe deeper? These three things help consistently (and fairly quickly) to reestablish and oxygenate cells:

Breathing and Meditation Techniques

Start with some Exercise if your body allows–hopefully some type of exercise that increases your heart rate. If you haven’t done any in ages, start with 10 minutes/day and work up to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week.

Meditations–See the techniques below:

Deep breathing exercises such as the Oxycise method (a no-impact exercise you can do by just sitting in your chair) or just taking time out several times each day to breathe deeply!

Meditation Methods: 

Breathing and Meditation 1

Meditation is difficult for me. Here are some methods that I have extracted from different sources over the years that I connected with, but you will need to find the method that best works for you. When I asked people in an online community I was once involved with how they meditated, I got these responses:

Meditation Method #1: 

From Pablo:  Ritual is very important to my meditation practice. In my practice, that includes meditating at the same time every day: incense, a lit candle, acknowledging the four directions and an opening prayer and music. I have been influenced by Zen meditation, yoga relaxation and breathing practices, visualization techniques, mantra repetition and even dancing techniques to name a few. My meditation experience changes from day to day as sometimes it is very contemplative of my life; some days I feel connected to nature or I find myself praying for peace, compassion and love. At times my meditation takes me into a void where there is no thought or it can be very visionary where I receive insights about my life and that of others around me; sometimes I even see things far into our future. Every once in a while, I am BLESSED with feeling an all-loving presence that permeates my whole being with happiness and love. What is constant and most important about my meditation practice is that it has become as essential to my life as breathing air is for all of us. Best of all, I have seen how my behavior in my everyday life has become (for the most part-who is perfect?) a mirror of the peace and compassionate feeling I tap into when I meditate.

P.S.: I have been meditating for 20 years. Thank you for reading my posting. May you have a blessed journey.

Meditation Method #2 

From Nick:  Good question. I use a very unstructured approach to meditation, working toward the goal of making all my waking and sleeping moments meditative. If I am walking (or cycling), I develop a rhythmic cadence of affirmation around some issue (health, harmony, love, etc.) and pace the affirmation to my pace. For instance, I like an eight step pace and this harmony affirmation works well for me, “I am one with the universe and all things in IT. Not my will, but thine be done.”

My hypnosis/hypnotherapy training has taught me that trance induction is easy. I use the following sequence of statements repeated sub-vocally (and paced with normal breathing cycle) to induce both trance and meditation: “Relax now. Release now. Renew now. Refresh now. Live now. Love now. Heal now. Grow now. Peace now.

I try to be in nature every day, whether it is watching ants in my backyard or fishing on the local rivers and lakes. That is meditation to me. I also use spontaneous free-associative journaling as part of meditative practice. I picked this up from Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way“. She calls such discipline “morning pages” and there is no doubt that this approach has great power to center one in meditative action and intuition.

I guess what I am seeing from what I am saying is that I am highly kinesthetic and prefer action meditation to passive meditation…..and if you hadn’t asked the question, I would not have realized this. Bravo. Hope that makes some sense. Again, good question.

(Note: I suspect Nick is a Blood Type O–they need moving meditations to help with catacholamine build-up which helps them to defuse stress.)

Meditation Method #3 

From Molly Harvey: I meditate early in the morning – it’s a big part of my life. About 4 years ago I went on a weekend retreat in Oxford to the Brahma Kumaris and learned the meditation of Raj Yoga which means meditating with your eyes open. At first meditation was difficult but Discipline is the key. It calms my working mind and psychologically wise, I am more at peace. Molly Harvey’s website:

Meditation Method #4 

I read this in The Evolution Angel by Dr. Todd Michael and liked it, so will share it with you.

The angels believe that we lost the ability to communicate with God directly when the churches put in a go-between for communication. These angels give us permission to use God’s name, which is Yahweh, in meditating with God to connect at a deeper level and on an evolutionary plane. Yahweh is the name referred to in the Lord’s Prayer. It is the name in the Judeo-Christian tradition that is said to be so sacred that it is never to be uttered aloud.

If you dwell on this name in your mind over and over, day after day, month after month, all good things will come to you. Do not use the name in an empty, mechanical manner. Repeat the name silently within. Saying the name over and over helps you to overcome that inner chatter.

Here’s how this meditation is done:

  1. As you say the name your thoughts should gradually slow and lengthen. Repeat each syllable rather slowly. Saying each syllable in about a second and then lengthening it to 3-4 seconds with a little rest between syllables. It will feel good when you hit the correct cadence for you.
  2. To further enhance the technique, breath in on the “Yah’ and exhale on the “Vay”. Your breath should be smooth, peaceful and in a leisurely fashion.
  3. When you get that part down add in the heartbeat. Visualize and feel the sounds, along with your breath, flowing in and out of your heart.

The Angel’s say that this mediation will fix everything in your life and put it back into balance. You start developing in ways you never thought possible and at an astonishingly rate–with less pain.

Meditation Method #5 Holosync Program

After extensive muscle testing for a client who was researching the best meditation program for herself I decided to explore the Holosync meditation by Bill Harris at Centerpointe. I’ve been doing the program since 2008. What I was not prepared for was the MASSIVE amount of advertising this guy crams down your throat, but it is a good program. After meditating for an hour a day for almost a year Michael decided that he would do it with me. I completed about 5 years of the program before the advertising/prices became too much for me. It seems to be a good program for Blood Type O people who don’t usually do a very good job of meditation. I got to the point where the first half of the meditation just prepared and opens different parts of your brain so that you used a larger portion of the brain. The second half of the meditation was a series of affirmations and subliminal programming that the listener creates. I will say that we do a better job of staying calm in situations than we did before we started the program.

Meditation Method #6 The Silva Method.

This is another great meditation technique that also addresses healing in your own body and gives you the ability to work on others as well. I use this one sometimes before or after talking to a client to see where the challenges are in the body and to give my clients some extra healing energy. What I like about the Silva Method is that it teaches you to go very deep into the Alpha state. I actually feel more relaxed (faster) with “going to level” within the Silva method of meditation.

Helpful Links and References for Meditation: