Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday Circle Reflections, December 14, 2020

I’m always in awe of how each distance reiki group I work with dances around a consistent theme or thread over time. For this group, it seems that there is essential work to be done around breath and breathing.

Today, I felt particularly constricted at my chest while focusing on the heart chakra and then saw many hands working on healing my diaphragm when I moved to the solar plexus.

I highly recommend focusing on strengthening your diaphragm this week by focusing on diaphragmatic (or belly) breathing. Here’s how to do it:

  • Lie on your back on a flat surface (or in bed) with your knees bent. You can use a pillow under your head and knees for support if you need to.

  • Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly, just below your rib cage.

  • Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting the air in deeply, beginning at your lower belly. The hand on your chest should remain still, while the one on your stomach should rise.

  • Tighten your abdominal muscles and let them fall inward as you exhale through your lips. The hand on your belly should move down to its original position.

Last, I saw a wooden box filled with old (maybe even ancient) things at the root chakra. The box fell over, and when it did, among all of the items strewn on the ground, an old cross stood out. It felt like a message. Since the root chakra is closely associated with family and tribe, I believe that ancestors are speaking to us with this image, encouraging a focus on spirituality now.

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