Concscious Hara Breathing

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Breathing is the most primitive and most essential aspect of human life. We can live for sometime without food or water but without the breath we cannot exist.  

Rarely are we conscious of our breathing patterns, shallow breathing when stressed or rapid breathing when anxious.  During these difficult periods it is very hard to reflect on how we are breathing unless we have developed a mindful practice.  In which case we are able to calm our mind, ook at the reality of the situation and be courageous and truthful in our actions.

By learning to recognize the breath is the initial lesson.  To take a step back and pause for an instant and take the first conscious breath, that begins the true change.  With this, we gain a deeper understanding of how we breathe and are able to change the physical and emotional tension in the body, gaining awareness of the breath and body as a whole.

There are physical, emotional and mental benefits to a Concious Hara Breathing practice.  By developing a good breathing practice the body will begin to regulate blood pressure, respiratory, circulation and digestion.  This in turn will result in better sleep cycles and overall better physical health.  With continued practice the Conscious Hara Breath will begin to clear and calm the mind, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce negative thought patterns and alleviate bouts of depresssion.  By circulating the breath more energy is gained and more toxins are released.   And once the breathing practice is well established supressed emotions and traumas can be let go.  True growth can begin and inner peace attained.

 

CONSCIOUS HARA BREATHING CLASSES: begin October 2, 2017-  9:30-1030am

Breathing classes will be held at the Better Life Studios, 390 Dupont St.  suite 201.  For more information please contact Adarsa at (416) 301--4931 or email:  adarsa@chakracentre.org

Still Waters...

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To prepare for the End of Summer Zen Workshop that just concluded before Labour Day, I spend some time at a beautiful cottage on Rice Lake.  Having that time to reconnect with nature, to awake with the loons and to see the mist clear each morning allowed me to recharge and prepare for the zen practice.  

Early in the morning the water was still and as clear as one’s heart is when at peace. As the day broke the sun rose higher and higher, the daily cycle began.  The surface of the lake started to change.  First there were small ripples from the fish, ducks, herons, otters -then the canoes, the fishermen in rowboats and motorboats. As the lake and people using the lake began to awake, the ripples changed to waves.  

I realized that essence of the lake did not change only its appearance changed.  I began to meditate on this movement of the water.  I saw its reflection in my own heart.  I saw the waves created by my mind. This led me to question how we do and why we do zen practice.  The answer I found was - if we do practice just to do the practice, applying our full awareness to what we are doing in the moment, then our mind waves become calm and our heart becomes peaceful. I understood that no matter what has shaken the waters, the monsoon of emotions or reactions we may have in life, the stillness of daybreak is always present.

The End of Summer Zen Workshop was wonderful.  We exercised and trained hard.  We created many waves and wakes both internal and external.  We shared great vegetarian food.  Most of all we found stillness and were energized to know that in that stillness comes strength and courage.   I hope to see you for our Winter Zen Workshop in December (27-30th).  Until then...be well.

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