Balancing the Emotions by Balancing the Breath
Balancing your emotions can be as easy (or as challenging) as balancing the breath. With the change of the Age around the corner, everything is speeding up, literally and figuratively. The recent earthquakes in Chile and Japan have literally increased the speed of the Earth’s rotation. Meanwhile, the speed with which we receive and process information everyday continues to increase. How do we keep up without “blowing our top”?
My personality tends toward “blowing off steam,” probably in response to witnessing my father’s pent-up frustration over the years. Why keep it in when it feels so good to be angry, right? Well, it works until it doesn’t—for yourself or for the other people in your life. Once I began to see the effect my pattern had on others, I began to try to modulate my responses to life. Instead of exploding at every little thing, I try to go with the flow, witness the Guru’s hand as the Doer, and act where I can without vainly trying to control the outcome.
Part of the change came by consciously relating to my breath. Slowing it down, breathing more deeply, and becoming aware of the quality of my breath in relation to my emotions. As my practice deepened over the years, I could simply slow down my breath in order to change or modulate my feeling state—instead of panicking, I could do breath of fire and experience power and vitality; instead of sinking more deeply into depression, I could practice 1-minute breath and expand my radiant body and hence, shake myself out of my lethargy; and instead of stewing in anger and frustration, I could become calm and unshakeable. Meditation for a Calm Heart is a demanding breath, but if you can master it, you can experience a profound and deep sense of stillness in the heart center. And all good things come from stillness—creativity, spontaneity, originality, authenticity.
So as you experience the demands of your daily life swinging you up and down the roller coaster of emotions, remember this meditation. Practice at your desk for 3 minutes a day and observe the transformation in your attitude, your approach, and your mental agility. Make decisions from the still calm lake of the heart and the clear consciousness of the third eye. Balance the breath and balance your life.
Sat Purkh Kaur is a writer, editor, poet, singer, songwriter, producer, and a pretty good cook, too. She serves as Editor and Creative Director for the Kundalini Research Institute. She has three albums of sacred music out: Queen Bee: The Goddess Within, Nectar of the Name, and Beautiful Day. She recently authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women’s Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She lives with her two cats, Fatty and Slim, and her dog, Vinnie.