Breathing is such a natural activity that we may think we
do it naturally, but many of us don't. How are you breathing
right now, i.e., is your abdomen going in or out when you
inhale? If it's going in, isn't moving at all, or your breathing
is shallow you're breathing incorrectly.
In deep, correct breathing the abdomen and diaphragm expand
to allow themselves to be filled with air; they contract
in order to push air out. Try this for a moment. You may
feel a little light-headed at first because you're getting
Babies breathe this way naturally, but as we grow older,
we find that shallow breathing reduces feeling. We learn
to use this method when we don't want to feel pain, and
as wanting not to feel pain becomes a habit so does shallow,
incorrect breathing. Not feeling pain, though, doesn't mean
that it goes away. What we end up with is emotional congestion
in the solar plexus which can produce a variety of physical
ailments (asthma, a breathing disorder, is one). We also
end up being less able to feel the happy feelings of life.
Just practicing and being conscious of correct breathing
is helpful; practicing correct breathing with Rhodochrosite
is even more useful.
Rhodochrosite, a stone whose colour ranges from orange to
pink, relates in chakra balancing to the solar plexus area.
When it's placed there it helps to release the emotional
stresses which inhibit breathing.
Since the solar plexus rests midway between the upper and
lower chakras, this stone when placed there helps to balance
the energy flow between the upper and lower parts of the
In meditating, place Rhodochrosite on your solar plexus,
and be aware of it rising and falling as you breathe. This
is both an excellent way to monitor your breath and to keep
you from the distracting thoughts which are always waiting
to enter our minds when we meditate. Have a mental image
of its rich colour, and imagine its warm, relaxing energy