Another Friday and I did my balanced breathing like I always do relatively first thing at work. I really try to focus my thoughts and attention on God/Jesus when I do. I’m not always successful on keeping my thoughts on Him but am getting better at it.
I use the Inner Balance app and sensor from Heartmath to track my Heart Rate Variability. The technique is to breathe with the diaphragm and try to keep your attention focused on something that isn’t too engaging. This is going to sound silly, but I shift my attention to what I perceive as the center of my head or brain. When I can keep my attention there and not think about anything else I am usually balanced and my Heart Rate Variability is high. And when I do it “feels” a certain way. It’s almost like that moment just before I yawn. Some things I say to keep my attention at that place are “I’m here Lord,” “Lord what do you want me to do?” or even say a short prayer. Along with the breathing I found this pretty effective and will generally feel at peace. I can keep the chaos of the day at bay for a little while.
I don’t know why I think the center of my brain is the best focal point (some people use their heart), but it works for me.
You don’t need an app or a sensor to do the breathing, but having the biofeedback and knowing when I am in balance based on the app then lets me check in to see how I feel when doing the technique.
“Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!”
Psalms 150:6 (HCSB)