Scientific studies have proven that stress hurts the heart. Spirit has advice to counter the effects of stress on your heart.
- As much as possible, breathe deeply. The more deeply you breathe, the more open your veins stay.
- If you’re having trouble breathing through your nose, remain unstressed about this breathing situation. The body is designed to inhale and exhale through the nostrils—sometimes through both simultaneously and sometimes alternatingly. Feeling stress when one nostril seems to be closed is stress misplaced. The body will balance the breathing, unless excessive amounts of mucus are being created because of a cold, allergic reaction, or reaction to medication. In these cases, slowed breathing through the nostrils or mouth will sustain the body.
- If you are feeling stressed, heart breathing can help: as you inhale, think of the breath coming in and surrounding your heart with care and protection. As you exhale, let the escaping breath leave your body carrying out unwanted thoughts. Heart breathing is strengthening and repairing.
- Movement can release stressful forces on the heart. Simple movement, such as wiggling the fingers or gently moving the head in different directions and angles, are minimal movements that lighten stress. Walking in nature or engaging in an enjoyed sport can be more helpful.
- Listening to music that relaxes lowers stress.
- Interacting with animals lowers stress and opens the arteries.
- Smiling relaxes the lungs, which then invigorate the heart. Smiling releases stress.
Involvement in society
- Showing gratitude to others—on a regular basis—helps the heart stay strong against stress.
- Meeting with people who are not stress-inducing—on a regular basis—helps the heart stay resilient against stress.
- Listening to others and empathizing with them helps the heart be pliable.
The heart and stress
The impact of stress on the heart cannot be studied easily, because of stress’s impact on the other organs and systems in the body. Our bodies are holistic entities that cannot be separated into parts without sacrificing the reality of interconnectedness.
All the tips presented in this blog post have impact throughout the body. They are worthwhile to pursue for well-being and balance. More can be done for well-being and balance, but doing these suggestions is a way to begin.
Note: This information has been spiritually received.
Last night I was very privileged to attend a gathering of like-minded people. People who are open to spiritual possibilities, people who are conscious of connection to the earth and to its inhabitants. My heart felt open and expansive.
As I connected with them, I sensed the commonality among us and the nuances of each very different individual. Each person with his or her own struggles and talents, each person striving for meaning and relevance. I felt their combined empowerment and individual contributions. Personal achievements feeding on the achievements of the assembled.
The gathering was not for a cause or a spiritual meeting. The gathering was a birthday party of one of the like-minded people. A cause for celebration and a reason to connect. Food was bountiful, but considerate of the environment (organic and humanely obtained). Disposable dishes were nowhere to be seen—only real plates and glasses and cutlery. We took turns washing and drying after the meal, which offered more opportunity to connect around the kitchen sink. The gathering was all the more joyous because its impact on world resources was minimal.
So many people in the world and so many personalities. If only we could all feel our place in the whole that is our environment, and strive to sustain it rather than abuse it. Each person, with his or her own struggles and talents, feeling responsible for the world in which we live.
– Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
The rhythm of breathing.
– Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
The motivator of healing.
Releasing with the exhale.
Circulating with the inhale.
– Body well.
– Health urged.
Rhythmic breathing is natural. Inhalations and exhalations of equal length are usual when the body is at rest. When the body is in motion, the rhythm changes, but the lengths of the inhalations and exhalations remain relatively equal.
Rhythmic breathing of unequal lengths can be used for developing greater breathing capacity and healing. In general, when the exhalations are longer than the inhalations, healing is encouraged, if this rhythmic breathing is for an extended period of time. For example, inhalations to a count of six and exhalations to a count of eight, when rhythmically done for at least 15 minutes, start various balancing mechanisms.
Each person has a capacity for uneven rhythmic breathing depending on physical condition, age, breathing habits, and current sleep situation (slept enough or sleep deprived).
Daily uneven rhythmic breathing can be a tool for balance and well-being.
– Inhale: 6, exhale: 8. Inhale: 6, exhale: 8.
The rhythm of uneven breathing.
– Inhale: 7, exhale: 9. Inhale: 7, exhale: 9.
The path towards healing.
Releasing with the exhale.
Circulating with the inhale.
– Body well.
– Health urged.
The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.
Here is Test #4.
Test #4: Rhythmic breathing
“The more varied the breathing, the less chance for illness to set in..” -from the post “Aging is manageable when done properly” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/12/aging-is-manageable-when-done-properly/).
The importance of breathing cannot be overstated. Not only does breathing sustain us in life, but it sustains us in good health. Breathing that is appropriate for the activities we do is necessary for the body to refresh itself.
For this test, use the following descriptive words to describe how you breathe during the activities presented in the list:
*tight *quick *neutral *deep
1 working/concentrating at the computer or smartphone
2 singing/playing an instrument/talking
4 moving briskly through exercise, sport, rhythmic movement, work, or walking
5 laughing/talking with friends/playing with grandchildren, children, young siblings, or young children in one’s charge
For each of the activities that you do, pay attention to your breathing.
- In general, tight breathing is reserved for tense emotions. If your breathing feels tight at other times, you should consciously relax more often.
- In general, quick breathing occurs during brisk movements. Out-of-breath during brisk movements can be a sign of too little water in the body, too much movement at the current time, or illness.
- Neutral breathing is appropriate for most activities. It is not the right rhythm for brisk movements or moments of deep focus.
- Deep breathing requires conscious effort until it becomes habitual. Deep breathing is the most cleansing and strengthening of all the types of breathing, but is not necessary during brisk movements. Deep breathing strengthens the organs, flows, and spirit.
Allowing your body to breathe deeply and variedly is good for your health!
Here is a video showing how to do the huff’n’puff, an exercise that strengthens and balances the four components of health—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. It was described in an earlier blog post: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/15/aging-is-manageable-when-breathing-is-huffnpuff-post-4/
This video presents the basic steps of the huff’n’puff. You can modify it to suit your physical abilities and concentration. It is a cardio exercise. Be sure to be well hydrated before doing the huff’n’puff.
Strengthening all four components of health at once is a way to age wisely.
This post is a continuation of the information I have been receiving from Spiritual Presence about aging well. Physical exertion is necessary for aging well. The breathing that accompanies physical exertion strengthens the body and prepares it to handle unexpected traumas and illness. There are many types of physical exertion that induce strengthened capabilities. Each person is drawn to different types of physical activity. Most physical activity builds and maintains the physical component of health. Some types of physical activity also affect other components of health—emotional and intellectual. Less often, physical activity affects all the components of health, which includes the spiritual component. Achieving physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual strengthening and balancing through a single type of physical activity is possible through the following exercise that I am going to teach you (as given to me by Spiritual Presence). It is called the huff’n’puff. It’s sort of a marching exercise.
How to do the huff’n’puff
This exercise must be done outside. While doing the exercise, you should look at a flower or flowering plant that is low so that your chin will be held slightly downward. If the plant is too high and your head is held straight forward or higher, then your breathing will not be correct and balance will not be achieved. If there are no flowers, then look at an interesting low plant.
- Before you start, become aware of the physical and spiritual balance points on your body. One point is located in the middle of the ascending colon and one point is located in the middle of the descending colon. My simple diagram will give you an idea of where they are located:
As you do the exercise, try to physically support these points (basically, that means to suck in your gut. Actually, it’s more than that, but sucking in your gut is a good start.)
- Stand opposite the flower with your feet comfortably apart, with your chin slightly down and look at the flower.
- Your feet will be doing a sort of march in place: one leg marches and the other leg kicks forward. You will alternate the marching/kicking whenever you feel like switching leg activity.
- As you march, your arms will swing energetically as if you are walking at an energetic pace. Every so often you will raise your arms over your head and wave them from side to side. Alternate the two arm motions as you like.
- The entire time you do this exercise, you focus on the flower, noticing its characteristics. To add the spiritual dimension to the exercise, while you are looking at the flower, marvel at its wondrousness.
- Do this exercise for as long as you feel comfortable. Each person is at a different physical activity level.
I will aim to make a video explaining how to do the huff’n’puff. If my instructions are clear to you, go ahead and try it. I’ve done it and it’s not hard.
Update: Here is the video: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/25/the-huff-n-puff-balancing-cardio-exercise/
Strengthening all four components of health at once is a way to age wisely!
This post is a continuation of the information I have been receiving from Spiritual Presence about aging well. It was inspired after I watched a report about people living into their 90s.
The key to good health throughout life is breathing as designed. We are designed to breathe rapidly, slowly, at a neutral pace, and contentedly. Contented breathing is the subject for this post.
What is contented breathing?
For contented breathing to occur, several emotions must surface in a short space of time. These emotions can be satisfaction, caring, serenity, devotion, joyousness, and transcendence (also other emotions that are similar). Contented breathing requires three of these emotions to be felt within minutes of one another.
What leads to contented breathing?
Typical actions that can lead to contented breathing are 1) feeling a part of the world while being in nature, 2) having sexual intercourse with a person you love and in the course of the contact orgasm is achieved, 3) for women—breastfeeding in a relaxed and nourishing environment, 4) for men—total immersion in a challenging and interesting endeavor, 5) taking part in family or community events that bring joy and feelings of generosity, and 6) taking part in children’s views (which means feeling a child’s view when interacting with children).
Participation in sporting events sometimes leads to contented breathing, but mostly to rapid and neutral breathing. Same for dancing and attending performances. Creating music can lead to contented breathing depending on the feelings of the musician at the time.
Contented breathing: breathing that is all-components
When contented breathing takes places, all the components of health are nourished. The breathing exercise from yesterday’s post teaches contented breathing. Contented breathing connects the physical with the spiritual with the intellectual with the emotional.
That’s it for now. We’ll explore breathing more in the next post.