The Art of Meditation
After years of expressing thought and emotion through ballet, I find the physical body to be a temple of many bodies interfacing with one another. These bodies consist of but are not limited to the heart, head and spirit body. I began to understand through meditation and deep breathing that these bodies can be aligned.
From an early age, I have felt a strong heart connection with Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene. With direction from these figures, I am able to share these techniques of meditation and breathing with you.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is the practice of training ones awareness. Techniques vary but are used to achieve a calm and stable state. Meditation has been shown to significantly reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.
The Benefits of Deep Breathing
For many people, the act of deep breathing feels unnatural, but it’s one of the better things we can do for our bodies. An article published by Harvard Medical School talks about relaxation techniques and how deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange which is the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. As the main activity in meditation, deep breathing has many benefits for both physical and mental health.
Deep breathing can:
- Increase energy
- Calm of the nervous system
- Elevate the digestive system - Deep breathing increases blood flow in the digestive tract, which encourages intestinal action and improves overall digestions, alleviating irritable bowel syndrome and more.
- Push viral infections out of the body - “Viruses do not have the capability of staying in oxygenated blood cells.”
- Keep the body looking youthful - Breathing deeply can slow the aging process by increasing secretion of anti-aging hormones.
The beginning stage is about connecting to the root chakra. The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is responsible for an individual’s sense of safety and security. It correlates with a powerful force that lays dormant at the base of the spine awaiting activation through awareness, practice, and meditation.
“Cerebrospinal Fluid cushions the brain and spinal cord against forceful blows, distributes important substances, and carries away waste products.” - The Hydrocephalus Association
In session we practice drawing our breath from the root chakra or diaphragm up the spine, creating a flow of cerebrospinal fluid to the brain. Jannah uses techniques to engage the core or root chakra muscles. Balancing this chakra creates a solid foundation for opening the chakras above.
The intermediate stage connects us to the heart chakra. The heart chakra acts as an individual’s center of compassion, empathy and forgiveness. We practice expansion of the breath in the heart chakra. When we are present in our heart chakra, everything flows naturally and we are able to begin our assent upward. Holding our breath, briefly in transition to the pineal gland or third-eye chakra. The third-eye and crown chakra centers act as an individual’s center of wisdom, conscience, and higher consciousness.
The Serpent and The Dove
The advanced stage is joining the individual energies of The Serpent and The Dove. In this section, attendees move more freely with their breath, experience more oxygen in their brain, and reportedly experience a euphoric feeling throughout the body. An experience commonly referred to as Kundalini. This energy is said to be the ultimate life force as it flows through all of the chakras. With creative power and divine feminine energy, it is an individual’s “inner fire.” The experience is frequently reported to be a distinct feeling of electric current running along the spine". -en.wikipedia.org