SUBDUING THE CHATTERING MIND
The chattering-mind is the voice of the ego-personality. It is our conceptualizing mind which expresses its opinion about everything and everyone involved in our life, and it describes in a non-stop running commentary everything we should be doing, saying, and thinking; and it never stops.
The reason for the persistent presence of the chattering-mind is people sustain this chattering because they identify with their physical body and they like the “company” of the chattering rather than the silence. They think of themselves as a body rather than as a soul and spirit in the stillness of God, so the chattering continues.
As a living body in nature, we are subject to the intrusion of elemental energies of nature entering the involuntary nervous system when we pause between breaths. This nature energy plays along the involuntary nervous system stimulating the senses, creating sensation, and inducing mind-chatter. The use of focused connected-breathing seals the body off from this intrusion and stops the chattering when done correctly.
Follow the breathing for a moment. After a few breaths, eliminate this pause so the breathing is connected, in other words, there are no pauses; let the out-breath seamlessly emerge from the in-breath and the in-breath seamlessly enter the out-breath. Relax the body.
Connected breathing prevents stimulation to the body and senses allowing for improved concentration. After the breathing is relaxed, focus on keeping the mind quiet; calm and focused breathing makes a calm and focused mind. The key to success is learning how to hold your attention steady on a singular subject.
The spiritual goal of this exercise is referred to as Holy Breath, Holy Spirit. When breathing is relaxed and comfortable and the chattering has been subdued, receive the Holy Spirit into your breath and into your body. Just Be in the presence of the Spirit while breathing and do not let the mind interfere or comment on this divine and serene experience.
The advanced step in breathing is called Union with the Christ Spirit. When the above breathing process is proficient, relaxed and comfortable, the next step is to begin each new in-breath from the center of the body. This is the area between the navel and the spine about 3-4” below the navel. This energy center behind the navel is where embryonic breathing takes place when a baby is in the womb. The embryo pulls nourishment from the mother through its umbilical cord which feeds the body through the navel.
After birth, infants continue to breathe from the navel area because it feels natural. The focused breathing exercise, when done correctly, will reconnect a person with this natural breathing cycle bringing a deep sense of peace and relaxation. Locate the embryonic area by finding the spot that feels most comfortable, warm, tingly, or just feels right.
Rather than breathing into the lungs, feel the breath entering the embryonic center and move upward through the center of the body until it reaches the top of the head; keep the stomach muscles tight on the in-breath and relaxed on the out-breath. One will feel a showering of energy in the brain as the breath begins its return descent down the front of the torso in the vagus nerve to the lower abdomen; then begin another in-breath.
When this circular breathing is natural and automatic, let it continue and gently shift your attention to the heart center in the middle of the chest. When relaxed and still, receive the presence of the Christ Spirit into your heart center and just BE in this divine presence. It is an exhilarating experience to do this breathing process with a group or congregation of people. Print and share.
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