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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

13 Goals of the Witch -- Breathe and Eat Correctly

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I know that this following statement may be controversial, but here goes; Pagans should be the healthiest group of people and that includes weight. Because we should be in tune with the cycles of the Earth we should also be healthy and in shape. Now this is not to say that we should be bodybuilders or pro athletes.

But we should try to eat a healthy and well balanced diet. The goal is to be a healthy weight.

I have found that a healthy body is a clear and true channel for the Divine. But this alone is not enough. We should also be able to breathe well also. Here are some exercises that may help in doing just that.

The first step to regulating breath is to explore breath. Sit still for a time and just listen to your breath. Feel your breath, is your inhale as deep as your exhale or is it the opposite. Feel the breath of air at the bridge of your nostrils know the feeling.
As you are sitting there following your breath, let your exhalation slow to where exhalation lasts twice as long as your inhalation. Focus on letting there be no pause between the two. Inhalation flowing into exhalation, exhalation flowing into inhalation. This will aid in the breathing practices listed below.

Diaphragmatic Breathing
Spend a few minutes everyday just before meditation learning to breathe with the diaphragm. When doing this keep the shoulders, upper chest and abdomen motionless and allow the diaphragm to do the work, pulling the lungs down and to push the ribs out slightly.
Let your breath flow smoothly from inhalation to exhalation and back again. Breathe slowly and comfortably do not strain or fail to get insufficient air. Remember to begin with the inhalations and the exhalations being the same length and slowly lengthen the exhalation to last twice as long as the inhalation.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
If you are noticing irregularities in breath such as jerkiness or noisiness then you are out of balance and need to regulate the mind. For does not the mind control all parts of breathing? An exercise you can practice to bring about balance is alternate nostril breathing.
To stop breath in one nostril you will use your fingertip to block off airflow in one nostril. The easiest practice for this is to do exhale and inhale from one nostril five times then repeat in the other nostril. This is a round. Three rounds usually counts as a complete practice. This will help to regulate your nervous system and through that your mind.

Spinal Breath
This involves visualizing the breath moving flowing from the top of the head down to the base of the spine on exhalation and the reverse. Seeing your breath flowing from the base of the spine back to the top of the head on inhalation. This can be done lying down or in a sitting meditation posture.

Complete Breath
First you inhale completely at the stomach. Fill next the midarea around the diaphragm and continue on to fill the lower and upper chest. Then empty these areas in reverse order during exhalation. This is a good breathing exercise to do everytime that you meditate. Even just two or three breaths would have an useful effect.

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