Each and every moment can be a celebration, if we choose to see it that way. At the same time, life is hard, and there is much suffering in our world. If we are not feeling the suffering in one moment we are often reminded of it. Lucky for us there is a remedy- It’s free too. It’s called meditation.
Meditation for Peace with Kumbhaka Pranayama
This practice is one which encourages us to hold space and compassion for whatever we are feeling, and can be practiced anywhere at any time. We will also add in the element of Kumbhaka Pranayama, the practice of holding the breath at the inhale or exhale.
If you ever feel held back from the beauty of the world take a breath so big that your heart expands in your body. Hold your heart open as you hold your breath in, and feel whatever is preventing you from feeling beauty in your surroundings. It could be an emotion like pain, sadness or anger. Feel it in your heart and see if you can pull in a little more air and expand yourself just a little more as long as it’s comfortable. Then as you exhale feel the heavy feelings expel as the breath releases, then hold the breath out like you’re blowing a balloon. Press the feelings out and feel your body contracting. Envision the energy of those feelings being absorbed by the universe to be transformed into something new. Shift your focus to the world around you and sense all the wonderful things happening and as you breathe in take the essence of those wonderful events and embed them into your every fiber. Do this as many times as you need to, as often as you need to. This can work in the opposite regard as well. If you are feeling buoyantly happy and want to share this beautiful feeling inhale and expand your heart to feel the bliss of life encapsulating your cells and then take in a little bit more as you revel for one more moment in this sense of elation. Then exhale and see the energy of these feelings being woven in to the thread of the Universe.
When we exchange energy in this way we are digesting it and allowing it to cycle through us. This process also supports those around us energetically: we can all feel fresh and new.
Each time you practice this breath see if you can do it with more ease. Try to relax your throat and shoulders as you watch your breath move and be still. Take rest in these pauses to explore what goes on in your mind and see what effect this visualization and breathwork have on your mind and body.
May all beings everywhere find peace and freedom from suffering.