Wellness Pathway #203 Listen To Your Heart

I mentioned before one of my favorite meditation techniques: using a stethoscope to align your breathing with the sound of your own heart. Quite apart from any metaphysical considerations, this technique is such a simple and effective way to relax that I want to review it in some detail in this week’s Wellness Pathway.

First, let’s take note of what happens when we become aware and take control of bodily functions that are normally out of sight and out of mind: we inevitably connect with the deeper recesses of body, mind, and spirit. Experienced practitioners can raise and lower their metabolism at will, including respiration and heart rates, blood pressure, body temperature, and stomach acid. Scientists have measured and marveled over their abilities here.

Second, let’s celebrate the power of that connection to keep us healthy and well. Dr. Andrew Weil has long advocated and trained people in the power of breathwork to relax and energize the body. He observes the four relaxing breaths, performed every morning and evening, can be enough to have a measurable impact on our blood pressure throughout the day.

Many people find that it’s difficult to stay focused during meditation, and breathwork is one way to keep the mind on track. But listening to your own heart beat, as you coordinate and control your breathing can be a helpful technique. For one thing, the sound of a beating heart is both interesting and comforting. Especially when it’s your own! The ability to receive immediate feedback on our heart rate adds to its value, as we shift into an ever more relaxed state of being.

Purchase a good quality stethoscope at any drug store, and try this for yourself. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked. And your body will thank you for years to come. 

Coaching Inquiries: Do you have a regular practice of meditation and breathwork? How could you slip that in, for at least a few minutes, at the start and end of every day?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

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