Day #2 - Ovarian Breathing
Thank you for taking this journey with me, and thank you for engaging in these deeply soothing and nourishing practices. In a world of go go go and do do do - it takes a fearless heart to say that you’re going to commit 5 days to consciously slowing things down.
Today’s practice is both nourishing for your entire nervous system but it will also show you how you have the capacity to draw upon your own self created and self rejuvenating energy sources when you’re feeling worn out, burned out or run down.
Burn out is real, and women who are “on the path” of self development are at risk of overdoing it on the growth mindset. There’s so much out there to do, see, read, know and experience. It can be easy to fall into the trap of continuous healing and mending oneself losing sight of our own innate capacity to be whole, healed and healthy. Too often, we rely on the wisdom and advice of others when what we really need is to learn how to tune into our bodies and trust that we already have everything we need.
In Taoist Tradition the ovaries are considered a source of springtime, sparkly, life giving energy. They are the core of vitality and aliveness inside your body. Tapping into this energy can be deeply nourishing and rejuvenating for your entire body.
Utilize this practice to tap into the creative energies that exist inside your ovaries at all stages of your life, including menopause.
This practice can also help to soothe menstrual cramps or lighten your periods if they feel heavy or stagnant and may also be helpful for women who are experiencing polycystic ovaries or fibroids.
Ovarian breathing is best done sitting or standing up. To find your ovaries, connect your thumbs at your belly button, and make a downward facing triangle with your hands (pointer fingers touching). Your pinkies will lightly fall where your ovaries or where the energy of your ovaries resides in your body.
Gently massage your ovaries with your pinky fingers then feel for a cosmic energy that would activate or enliven your ovaries (moonlight, starlight, sunlight etc). Allow that energy to stream into your ovaries as you massage them.
Inhale into your ovaries and as you exhale draw the energy from your ovaries into the centre of your womb, or the energy of your womb.
Once you feel your womb full of energy inhale the energy up to your heart centre and spiral it through your heart feeling it transform into heart energy. Then from your heart inhale the energy up to your brain and spiral through your brain/third eye. Light up your whole brain with this energy as it transforms into pure consciousness and presence. Inhale into your brain and then exhale, let the energy flow down the back of your body. Inhale again and bring the energy up the front of you body letting it cycle through your body with your breath.
You may repeat the process as many times as you’d like before resting deeply.
If you’d like an audio recording of this practice, click the link below.
I’d love to know what you thought of this practice, send me a quick note to check in and let me know how you’re feeling on Day 2 of our Sensual Journey of Soothing + Nourishing your Nervous System.
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