Yoga https://www.julianalucky.com/post/mommy-and-me-yoga-benefitsis the dance of every cell with the music of the breath, which creates inner peace and harmony.” – Yoga is the way to the top, to harmony and self-knowledge, expressed in a complex effect on the body, breathing, hearing and attention. Debashish Mirdha, Neurosurgeon and Philosopher
Not in the mood?
Don’t know what to do?
What are the ways to lift the mood?
Of course, there are many of them, but whichever one you choose to cheer up, know:
The mood is not “good” or “bad”.
The mood is neutral.
Only you give color to your state and tell your mind how to react to this or that situation. The tip of the iceberg of our inner world: thoughts, feelings, beliefs, fears is the mood. Sometimes a “bad” mood is like a broken record.
Only the record is our mind, and it tends to go in cycles when we are worried, annoyed, disappointed, annoyed, amazed, annoyed … you get what I mean :))
So what to do? In this case, the mind needs a reboot.
The best thing to do is breathe.
Use your breath to find your bearings in the world of the mind and emotions.
For millennia, sages and yogis have known that the breath is the portal through which stress and anxiety are transformed. It is closely related to emotions. It is necessary to focus on breathing in order to achieve a state of inner peace and earthly balance. By influencing one, you affect the other. Thus, a loop of breath and emotions is obtained:
EMOTIONS, THOUGHTS AND MOOD AFFECT BREATHING.
When you are in a “good” mood, pay attention to the nature of your breathing. Most likely, it will be short, shallow, unstable or fast.
Then pay attention to your breath when you feel calm, deeply focused, or relaxed. Your breath will likely be slower, longer, more regular and/or deeper.
MOOD AFFECTS THE BODY.
When we breathe quickly, taking short and shallow breaths, we feel cheerful, anxious, alert. Ready to move mountains and run many hours of marathon.
But if you breathe slowly and deeply, then most likely you will feel relaxed, anxiety will go away, your heart will slow down.
If you pay attention to breathing, it will tell a lot about the mood of a person. Often we do not realize what mood we are in until something or someone from the outside reflects it to us, and only then does the assessment take place.
Awareness of presence in this world is born in the control of inhalations and exhalations.
And this is also yoga.
In this case, no asanas are practiced and no yoga mat is needed.
Only breathing is needed, and this is also a yogic practice (sadhana).
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a 500 year old yogic text states that:
“When the breath wanders, the mind is restless. But when the breath calms down, the mind also calms down, and the yogi achieves a long life.
The habit of daily mindful breathing effectively subdues the mind, a practice that even the Buddha himself taught monks to practice.
In particular, the Buddhist Anapanasati sutana, also known as the practice of mindful contemplation of the breathing process, details the Buddha’s instructions on how to use the breath to develop calm concentration and mindfulness (Anapana breathing):
“Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.
Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body.
As I breathe out, I am aware of my entire body.
Breathing in, I calm my whole body.
Breathing out, I calm my whole body”
Paying attention to the breath means noticing and observing it without judging it or having to change it in any way.
Just watch your inhales and exhales.
Among the main conditions of practice, the naturalness of the breathing process is emphasized. The meditator is warned against holding the breath, and also against giving it a certain rhythm. The main task of anapanasati is not to impede breathing and to observe it without trying to influence its course.
Thus, a person becomes awakened, conscious, and able to feel the inner waves that our breath creates. Full awareness of the sensation of air entering the nostrils and exhaling from the nostrils.
If thoughts come to your breath during meditation (and it will happen often, especially if you are in a “bad” mood!), simply return your attention to your breath.
When the mind wanders and wanders, bring it back to the present moment—when you are just breathing. Here and now. Always be in the present moment.
By making mindful breathing habitual, we can change how we feel now and ultimately change how we perceive our reality and experiences in this lifetime.
These changes inevitably favorably affect mood and temperament.
Use the main tool that is always at hand – breathing. Conscious breathing overcomes emotional obstacles, imbalances, irritability and anger. Thus, life becomes more efficient and productive.
Want to try? Remember:
“When the breath is not even, the mind is uncertain. But when the breath calms down, the mind also calms down.”
Calming your breath is easy. Just pay attention to it. Of course, without practice, all these tips are not worth a damn. So right now, start watching your breath. Relax, wake up and become aware.
I hope through this article you will find peace and refuge in your breath.