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Breathing for Meditation
Posted by on 13 February, 2006

Breathing is the MOST important part of meditation and Kundalini Awakening. It?s the foundation of all the exercises and skills that come after, so taking the time to learn it now will make things much easier.



Breathing is the MOST important part of meditation and Kundalini Awakening. It?s the foundation of all the exercises and skills that come after, so taking the time to learn it now will make things much easier.

From our birth until death we breathe more or less continually, yet for the most part we do it without any awareness of our breath and its effects on us, and believe it or not most people in the western world do it wrong!

Breathe in through your nose and draw your breath down into the area just below your navel, allowing your stomach to expand as you breathe (Baby Breath) and filling your lungs entirely with each breath before exhaling through your nose.

Take a moment right now and feel your breath. Pay attention to the air as it flows in through your nostrils and down into your lungs. Don?t think about anything or do anything other than just breathe.

1. Are you taking a relatively shallow breath and just filling the upper lobes of your lungs?

2. Does your stomach move out as you breathe?

3. Do you feel the bones of your ribcage expanding and opening with each breath?

For most people the answer to 1 is YES and the answers to 2 and 3 are NO so lets expand this exercise a bit.

This time draw your breath down to a point about 2 inches below your navel (the body?s center of gravity). When you do this you?ll feel your stomach expand and push out in front of you. Most westerners usually keep their stomach pulled in and their chest out, so when you do this you?ll have to relax all those muscles.

Just take a moment and be aware of your breath as it flows down into your center.

Now as you inhale and draw your breath down, also let your ribcage expand. You?ll feel your floating ribs at the bottom of your ribcage spread and move, and you may get a few pops out of your spine also. Just take a few moments and breathe this way. Don?t think or let your mind wander, just breathe.

If you´ve never meditated before then congratulations, you just did! It?s exactly that simple.

There are many benefits to proper breathing. The extra oxygen in your system means that your heart doesn?t have to beat as fast, lowering your pulse and your blood pressure. Drawing the breath down into your center also helps to massage your internal organs, providing more oxygen to them as well as helping to release the accumulated stresses that build up there. The long term health benefits are immeasurable and have been repeatedly proven for thousands of years.

Breathing is by far the most important part of the kundalini awakening exercises, although it sounds so simple. Paying attention to the breath is the beginning of opening up your awareness and it?s seen in every meditative culture on the planet.

Take some time to practice this, as it?s the foundation for everything that comes next. If you have to dedicate your meditation time to breathwork for awhile then that´s good, as we all proceed at our own pace.

I recently read a translation of some of Jesus? teachings from the original Aramaic (the language he actually spoke, although he apparently wasn?t literate) and it was very interesting to me that in Aramaic they used the same word for ?wind?, ?breath? and ?spirit?. Those with a Chi Kung background might find it interesting to take another look at the New Testament and insert the word "breath" every time you see the word "spirit".

It´s funny that something as simple as proper breathing can have such a profound effect on the rest of your life, but don?t take my word for it, you can find out for yourself beginning with your next inhale.

Copywrite 2005 Robert Morgen
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About Robert Morgen


"Breathing for meditation" is an excerpt from Robert Morgen´s book "Kundalini Awakening for Personal Mastery" (ISBN: 0977380106)
Robert Morgen is a Reiki Master who currently holds a Black Belt in Hoshin Roshi Ryu and founded High Mountain Hoshin in Denver, Co. He´s also the founder and moderator of the Kundalini Awakening Discussion Group at http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Kundalini
You can learn more about his books, seminars and FREE newsletter and events at http://www.robertmorgen.com


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Is The Heat On? Maybe You’re Having A Hot Flash!
Posted by on 15 March, 2005

Hot flashes are characterized by a sudden feeling of heat often accompanied with a reddening of the face and profuse sweating. For some, it is as mild as a brief warm flushing of the face and skin. For others, it is experienced as an intense heat on the face and upper body with intense sweating. While estrogen therapy is the traditional solution to hot flashes it is good to try a less drastic measure first. Below are some things you can try to help reduce the heat of hot flashes.




Hot flashes are characterized by a sudden feeling of heat often accompanied with a reddening of the face and profuse sweating. For some, it is as mild as a brief warm flushing of the face and skin. For others, it is experienced as an intense heat on the face and upper body with intense sweating. Sometimes hot flashes are also accompanied by an increased heart rate, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, weakness or a feel of suffocation.

Physiologically speaking, hot flashes are the body’s reaction to a decreased supply of estrogen. Typically this occurs when a women approaches menopause. Every woman’s experience of this important life change is different, unpredictable and highly individual and they all follow their own pattern. In some production of estrogen decreases gradually, producing few flashes. In others, the ovaries stop abruptly or start and stop before production ends completely. For these women, hot flashes can become tricky.

Dropping estrogen levels confuse the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that controls appetite, sleep, sex hormones and temperature), where it makes the body think it is too hot. This activates the body’s heat releasing mechanism where it causes the blood vessels in the skin to expand, increasing blood flow to help dissipate heat. At the same time, the sweat glands begin producing sweat in an effort to cool the body off even more.

Not all women experience hot flashes, but more than half of them do. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 85% of all women in the US experience hot flashes in one way or another. Hot flashes often begin before a woman notices a change in her menstrual cycle and can start as early as her late 30’s and early 40’s. It is typically the first sign that menopause is approaching.

Usually experienced for a short period of time, some women complain of them all the time for a number of years. Most women begin to experience hot flashes 1-2 years before menopause and they end within a year of their last menstrual cycle. Some women can experience hot flashes up to and sometimes more than 5 years after their last menstrual cycle.

While estrogen therapy is the traditional solution to hot flashes it is good to try a less drastic measure first. Below are some things you can try to help reduce the heat of hot flashes.


Recommendations For Wellness

Dress in layers so you can peel off a layer if you start to feel warm.

Stick to cottons, linens and rayon and avoid wools and synthetic blends.

Try to keep some ice water on hand to sip on and cool down your insides.

Turn down the thermostat, buy an air conditioner or a ceiling fan to help keep your environment cool.

Silly as this may sound, many women report sticking their heads in the freezer when a hot flash hits.

Try to identify what is triggering your hot flashes. Keep a record of when they occur, what you’re are eating or doing and how you’re feeling at the time a hot flash strikes.

Incorporate massage, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and other techniques to help you reduce your stress level.

Herbs such as black cohosh, chaste tree, wild yam and don quai have historically been used to relieve menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.

Talk to your health care provider about natural bio-identical hormone replacements.

A menopause homeopathic may also help to alleviate hot flashes, relieve pain and hyper-sensitivity.

About Dr, Rita Louise




© Copyright Body, Mind & SoulHealer 2005. All rights reserved.
Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is the author of the books “Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4” and “The Power Within”. It is it is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise help you bring health healing and wholeness back into your life. Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes are now forming. Visit http://www.soulhealer.com or call (972) 475-3393 for more information.



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