Straw breathing for Joy: Compassionate Breathing.
Benefit. “A lovingkindness meditation course also increased participants’ daily experience of joy, gratitude and hope- the more they meditated, the better they felt.”
Technique: Compassionate Breathing.
Uses. To cultivate a state of love and compassion for yourself and others.
Step 1. Place straw between closed flat lips.
Step 2. Place one hand on your heart and one on your lungs.
Step 3. Inhale deeply through the nose imagining your heart and lungs filling with love for yourself.
Step 4. Release this compassionate energy by gently exhaling through the straw while thinking of loving kindness towards yourself.
Step 5. Repeat this breathing cycle while thinking of a family member, an enemy and then towards a stranger.
TIP. Imagine your lungs filling with light or sunshine and try to feel the warmth of loving kindness flow through your body with every breath.
TIP. Send compassion to a specific person, community or institution by thinking of them during a breathing cycle.
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