This week’s goal: Expanding our Breath Work Technique and Staying Hydrated!
In my Series 1 Blog post, I gave an overview of simple holistic steps towards recovering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. In subsequent CFS and FM blog series, I have been highlighting a particular task or wellness technique that you can incorporate into your lifestyle. We’ll take things one small manageable piece at a time. If you follow along with this series and incorporate the holistic techniques into your daily life, you will begin to feel better and better. Moving towards health and wellness takes time and commitment, but every small step you take will move you closer to your goal. If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reply to my blog posts and ask them.
I know that it is well within anyone’s potential to recover from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia using holistic methods, since I’ve done it myself! Read more of my story here.
In my Series 2 Blog, I talked about creating a private, healing space in some corner of your home, a place where you can go to nurture yourself and relax. And last week in Series 3, I introduced healing breath work.
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On to this week’s goal: Expanding our Breath Work Technique and Staying Hydrated!
Now that you’ve had a week to start working abdominal breathing into your daily life, we’re going to add some more healing power into the recipe. If you missed learning about abdominal breathing, you can review the technique and its benefits in my previous abdominal breathing blog. This week we are going to use the healing color of green with our breath work. Green is the universal color for healing and growth. It is neutral, not hot or cold, and imparts the vibration of energy and health into wherever it is sent in the body.
When you are in your private healing space, you are already practicing your abdominal breathing. We are going to add to this healing technique. As you inhale, allow yourself to visualize the air entering your lungs as a deep vibrant green. When you pause for a moment at the end of your inhalation, imagine that this healing green energy is being absorbed from the air in your lungs into your bloodstream where it can then flow to every cell in your body. Every breath you take, imagine that you are receiving more and more healing green energy that flows to every cell easily, where it heals, stimulates, and revitalizes.
Then, on every exhalation, imagine that any illness, fatigue, or negative energy flows out of your body and is absorbed immediately by the earth and transformed into yin earth energy.
You are breathing in life and vitality and exhaling away all illness with every breath!
It’s time to start chipping away at what we put into our body for sustenance. What we drink and eat can help us heal, or keep us ill.
I told you we will take things one tiny step at a time, and so, for this week, I want you to think about the amount of water you drink. As we need air to breathe to stay alive, we also need water to stay alive. Our bodies are mostly water and it is used in every important chemical reaction in our bodies. Staying properly hydrated allows our immune system to function properly, along with every organ and system we have in body. For more information, check out my past blog on water and proper hydration.
Drinking enough water will help your body heal and you will feel more energized.
Be aware of how much water you drink every day, and make the effort to get enough. For the average adult, the eight glasses a day rule is fairly accurate. Add more to that total if you are more physically active or the weather conditions are hot or dry. Know that you can count any raw, fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily water quota. You can add about 90% of the weight of fruits and vegetables as water weight. You can’t do that with cooked foods, and if you drink coffee, soda, or eat meat then subtract a cup from your daily hydration quota.
Wellness Assignment #4: Breath with the Healing Color of Green and Stay Hydrated!
- When you wake up in the morning, start your day with five abdominal breaths, but now add in breathing in the healing color of green and sending it to every cell in your body. On every exhalation, you release any dark negative energy or illness that you are ready to let go of.
- When you go to sleep at night, place a full glass of water next to your bed. After you wake up and do your five abdominal breaths, reach for that glass of life and drink it all down. There is no better way to start the day by giving your body what it needs to survive!
- This week increase the time you spend in your private healing space to ten minutes a day. And, as in the morning, practice your abdominal breathing using the healing color of green on the inhalation and releasing illness on the exhalation. Work on allowing time to stand still in your private space and set it up so that you are not disturbed by friends or family while you are in your healing space. Play music, light a candle, and practice your abdominal breathing. This is a powerful healing method that we will continue to build upon in subsequent blog posts.
- Tie a string around your wrist or set up some kind of visual reminder that you will look at often. When you see it, it is your signal to take five abdominal breaths and send green healing energy into your body while exhaling negative energy and illness.
- Before you eat lunch, drink a glass of water. And, do this again before dinner. Drink water before you eat and you will get full faster. Don’t drink water after you eat, this dilutes the digestive acid in your stomach.
- Keep a log of how much water you drink, include what you get from raw, fresh fruits and vegetables.
- When you perform your nightly ritual to get ready for bed, this is also an excellent time to practice your abdominal breathing. Again, pull in the green healing energy into every cell and release negative energy on every exhale.
- And lastly, when you finally do get into bed, take another five abdominal breaths before you do anything else, such as, picking up a book or chatting with your partner.
This might seem like we added a lot, but, the more you practice, the easier it will become. Eventually, you will no longer have to remind yourself to do it. It will be as natural as, well, breathing.
Ok, that is your holistic healing assignment for this week. Next week, we will talk about healing food. Take it one small, manageable step at a time and you will be able to heal yourself!
Stay tuned, and walk the path of wellness!
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I hope you have found this information helpful.
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