Let's Talk About Gratitude
And, let’s talk about why we’re talking about it.
It’s so very common to hear the quick chatter about “having an Attitude of Gratitude changes your life” or “Stinkin' Thinkin’” or “Change your Thoughts, Change your Life” ….. but, the reality is, it’s pretty darn hard to change sometimes! And, it doesn’t matter how many affirmations you post on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror or dashboard, this is Tough Stuff and the truth is: you have to get yourself to a place where you WANT to change and sometimes that’s pretty daunting.
You know I’m right! We’ve ALL felt this way. Yet here we are, right back into the holiday swing of things, and right back to facing up to things like: hey, did I meet my goals this year? How much of what was on my list did I really accomplish.
So this month let’s focus on the WHY of our practice, and by practice, we could mean doing yoga on a mat, or meditating, or just sitting in silence for five short minutes a day. Why do we constantly and continually talk about this? Because it will change your life. And, trust me, you do not have to stand on your head to make this work for you.
In our busy lives, even five minutes a day is hard to fit in. Yet I KNOW that this simple habit can save you from depression, from insomnia, anxiety, and stress.
For an easy, heartwarming yogic breathing technique to combat depression, fatigue and anxiety, try the technique below, Humming Bee Breath (courtesy of yogicwayoflife.com).
In Bhramari pranayama the humming sound is produced during slow exhalation. The eyes and ears are closed using the fingers during this process. This cuts off external sense inputs of sound and sight and helps to internalize the consciousness. The practice of Bhramari pranayama can be a prelude to Nada Yogaor the science of meditation on internal sounds.
How to do Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)?
1. Sit in a comfortable meditative pose. Padmasana, Siddhasana, Ardha Padmasana, Swastikasana or even Sukhasana can be used as a sitting posture. Keep the spine erect. Do not do this in a lying down position.
2. Breathe normally and relax the whole body.
3. Keep the mouth closed and the teeth apart.
4. Plug both the ears with the index fingers and close the eyes. Some also use the thumb to close the ears. In this variation, the eyes are kept closed by using the middle finger.
5. Take a slow deep breath and fill the lungs fully.
6. Then exhale slowly, making a continuous humming sound from the throat. The sound should reverberate in the head.
7. Feel the sound vibration in the head. Be aware of only the continuous drone that the sound produces. This drone is similar to the humming sound of the bee.
8. This is one round.
9. Start with 5 rounds and increase it as per your convenience.
Benefits of Bharamari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)
1. Bhramari pranayama calms the nerves and reduces tension and anxiety.
2. It helps to reduce anger and frustrations.
3. It gives the practitioner a good sonorous voice. It can also help remove throat ailments. 4. It helps to reduce blood pressure.
5. Bhramari pranayama is a good prelude to the practice of Nada yoga. In Nada Yoga, the consciousness is internalized and practitioner meditates on the subtle internal sounds.
6. Bhramari pranayama helps to attain the state of Pratyahara, or the state of withdrawal from the senses before the start of meditation.
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Take time to sit by yourself this season, and practice practicing gratitude. Have grace.