By connecting to nature, I find I immediately begin to get inspired. I remembered that the word ‘inspire’ meant ‘in spirit’ and the Latin origins of both words was ‘breath’. In all spiritual traditions, the breath has been seen as the connection between ourselves and what we could call the non -physical, or spiritual world.
So, I started my morning practice of sitting by the creek, with my back propped up against a large border listening to the signs of the small stream and looking at the greenery in the trees around me.
This is a practice I can recommend to anyone to reduce anxiety, prevent anxiety attacks, or just find peace of mind and contentment. Breathing exercises are tools I’ve used for decades with patients as a stress reliever and natural method of anxiety reduction. They are free, easy to do, and quickly effective!
Perhaps because we take this gift of spirit for granted – after all we didn’t ask for it, invoke or train in this technique – we underestimate the power of the Breath.. However, in the end of the day, this is what differentiates the living from the dead. Perhaps not surprising then that this ‘inspire’ is used as a springboard from the worlds of physical to nonphysical.
I’ve always been fascinated by spiritual healing, and this, as well as the world of intuition, in the feeling realm, are I believe closely connected.
As a specialist in teaching the skills of intuition, and my online course the art and science of intuition, I teach people how to use and connect to their metaphysical, or non-verbal, abilities. https://susanjamieson.com/intuition-course/
This means calming and slowing the mind, to achieve an awareness of the feelings. This is the gateway to accessing intuition and higher parts of consciousness. It’s only through accessing these higher parts of ourselves that we are able to find creative solutions to problems by digging deep inside our own resources. No one comes to rescue us and sort out our problems so to relieve stress and find natural ways to reduce anxiety we have to dig deep inside ourselves, as well as connecting to any non-physical realms, perhaps called our spiritual side.
The simple daily exercise:
Firstly, find a quiet space and be alone. Perhaps you live in the middle of a city and it’s always noisy so then I recommend you wear earplugs. If you can listen to the sounds of nature, perhaps through an app, even better!
Secondly, by actually being in a park or connecting to nature will add a new element to anxiety reduction and finding peace of mind.
To truly get the benefits of stress relief and energy healing you some breathing exercises to connect yourself to the nature around you and also to the spiritual metaphysical world.
Thirdly, the exercise – all nose breathing.
Breathe in for a count of 4, hold for 4, and out for 4. Continue to do this in the same rhythm, and make sure you do it for a full 10-15 minutes. This will switch on your parasympathetic nervous system, trigger the vagus nerve, and slow your brain waves down to the slower Alpha state which will enable you to feel calm