The Healing Breathwork album is available now on CDBaby as an album or as an app for iOS and Android.
The fifth release from Guided Meditation Treks introduces you to the "Healing Breathwork" practice, an active pranayama meditation that is used to transmute stuck emotions and behaviors by activating the respiratory system and heart chakra through the practice. This is a powerful meditation that can come with strong physical and emotional effects. These awakening effects could even be life changing. This practice can unlock deep feelings, so use it under your own discretion, for your greatest good, of course.
Like Vipassana, part of the purpose is to teach you the technique of the breathing practice. If you only do the breath itself, without anything else, you will feel effects, and so the app has a "timer" feature where you can hear a breathing track in the background and time your breath to follow it. The most important part of the technique is for you to move as much air as possible in and out of the lungs. The goal is to create an oxygen-rich state in your system, which will create specific psychological effects that will bring your consciousness out of your head and into your heart.
I've been an avid consumer of acupuncture for over a decade. As a software developer and pianist, I spend a lot of time at a keyboard using my wrists and arms. This causes tension that runs up my arms, and also around my shoulders and into my neck and back. I believe that regular acupuncture has helped keep me from developing severe tendonitis, or worse, carpal tunnel syndrome. I try to go twice a month, and I've advised friends to use it for their own muscular pain and tension. However, some people are against acupuncture because they are either afraid of needles or have a bad history with them. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try the moxaLight, which applies the concepts of acupuncture via a system of LED lights attached to the body. It seemed promising, not only for those who fear needles, but for myself. Sometimes, I just can't get enough acupuncture. In the past, I'd stolen needles from my acupuncturists to administer it at home, but I learned that this can be dangerous if I hit the wrong points. The moxaLight seemed like a much safer alternative for home-administered acupuncture, so I was excited to try it. With that, I present my review of this product...
I recently wrote a travel book on how to use Technology and Mindfulness to go deeper on your travels while you simultaneously make it cheaper. It not only outlines how to make a smartphone into your personal travel agent, it covers how you can use a mindfulness practice to get the most out of your travel experience. The book starts by outlining the concepts of manifestation: dream and opportunity. It discusses how to formulate your travel dreams, then find the opportunity from the universe to seize your dream.
The middle part of the book covers all of the technology around travel. From the airline websites for travel hacking, such as skyscanner.com and kayak.com to the social networks such as couchsurfing.org and Facebook.com that will help you to stay for free with locals while they show you their culture as you live with them.
The final part of the book wraps up with more details about mindful travel. This covers everything from having an attitude of gratitude to attract more things about which to be grateful, to learning lessons and seeing the positive in things when the itinerary doesn't come through as planned. There's an entire section on solo female travel to help women to understand that they too can travel the world solo. The final section of the book talks about journaling, and how you can use journaling as part of your mindfulness practice as you travel.
Recently, I also posted an article on selfgrowth.com that outlines the concepts one level deeper than this blog post. So, check them out, and check out my book too so you can also travel around the world!
Watch the Breath
Articles on mindfulness meditation.