Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"I am in a Healing Pattern."

The other day, I went to the Doctor of Oriental Medicine for my annual check-up. I learned a lot of cool stuff and got some pretty deep chiropractic adjustments too. Since my visit, I've been tired, I took two naps on Saturday and the yoga I've been doing has been mellow. I realized at some point that I'm in a healing pattern. My visit to the doctor turned on my parasympathetic nervous system, and with that, other curative systems are in place.

You don't have to go to the Doctor of Oriental Medicine to get into a healing pattern. When you notice your thoughts and decide not to believe them, or when you notice your breath and decide to slow it down, when you take a bath, or when you lay down on your yoga mat to feel how your body feels, you can start a healing pattern. And when you acknowledge you're in a healing pattern, that bolsters the pattern. My mantra for the past few days has been: "I'm in a healing pattern. I'm in a healing pattern."

Today, when Smokey was off leash and got closer than I've ever seen him get to the road, I left the healing pattern. My sympathetic nervous system got turned on and my heart rate went up. But he came when we called and eventually, I came back to my healing pattern too. I came back by doing Rhythmic Breathing; Rhythmic Breathing is easy, and it cleanses and balances the nervous system.

You can do it too: start by taking a deep breath in and a full breath out and then inhale for the count of 4, hold your breath in for the count of 4, exhale for the count of 4 and then hold your breath out for the count of 4 before breathing in again to the count of 4 and so on... As you keep practicing, you can increase the counts as much as you would like, up to 15. Just make sure your count is the same for your inhale, exhale and each retention.

See! You're in a healing pattern too.

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