Want to quickly collect your thoughts, feel calmer, and be more fully present? Try using “heart breathing.” It’s a very easy method of releasing stress, helping you feel more grounded and centered. There are several references to heart breathing, but the HeartMath Institute’s description is easiest to understand and the most “heartfelt.”
- Get comfortable and let your eyes gently close.
- When first starting out, it’s helpful to actually put one or both hands over your heart to more easily bring your attention to that area.
- Let your breathing be natural, but just a little deeper than normal. No need to force it.
- Imagine you are breathing directly into your heart center, and then exhaling from your heart center.
- Now begin to count as you inhale and exhale: Breath into your heart center comfortably to a count of six. Then breath out from your heart center to a count of six. Adjust your counting pace to match your deep breaths.
- Continue inhaling and exhaling to a count of six as you focus on your heart center.
- Notice a sense of calm and peace settling in.
- Repeat as often as desired.
It’s as easy as that. I like to take at least 5 or 6 breaths like this, but spend as much time as you like practicing.
When can you use heart breathing? Anytime! It’s great first thing in the morning and again as you close your eyes to sleep at night. Try it when you’re in traffic, before and during a meeting or a test, if you get a stressful phone call, or anytime you just want to feel calm, centered, and relaxed.
Once you easily feel like you’re breathing into and out of your heart center, you don’t need to rest your hand there unless you want to. There are no negative side effects, and you can practice heart breathing as often as you like.
If you’d like to combine heart breathing with EFT tapping, it can be helpful to use it at the start of your tapping session with yourself or with your coach. It’s a great way to take the edge off any emotional or physical issue that you are working on so that the magic of EFT tapping can more easily show you what you need to know. Enjoy!
If you’d like to talk about Heart Breathing or EFT tapping, I’m happy to help.
Keep Calm and Tap On!
Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.