Want to quickly collect your thoughts, feel calm, and be more fully present? Try using “heart breathing.” I first came across a reference to heart breathing while reading the book Transform Your Beliefs, Transform Your Life by Karl Dawson and Kate Marillat. It is a very easy method of releasing stress and bringing us back to our center. I love learning about different breathing techniques, so I looked further and found several references, including the HeartMath Institute’s description of heart breathing.
How do we do this heart breathing? Glad you asked!
- 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 needed.
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 we 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 get a stressful email or phone call, when you’re in traffic, before and during a meeting or a test, and anytime you just want to feel calm, centered, and relaxed. Once you easily feel like you are 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 do it as often as you like.
It is very helpful to use heart breathing 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!
Keep Calm and Tap On!