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Here is a quick and effective way to manage stress, worry, and anxiety. It is a practice simple and convenient enough to use several times during the day.
This exercise originated with the Oneida Tribe of native North Americans. The word Onyota’aka means People of the Standing Stone in the Oneida language.
It is unclear whether the Oneida tribe gave a name to the breathing technique presented below, but the title Four Breaths is suitable. It calls upon the earth to soak up our distressed energy for recycling, and then to refresh us with vital earth energy. Four Breaths serves three purposes:
Four of these breaths (four inhales plus four exhales) completes one round. To enjoy maximum benefit, do several rounds scattered throughout the day.
Hint: If you have difficulty visualizing toxic energy leaving your body, or revitalizing energy rising through your body, try assigning them each a color. For instance, the stressful energy could be thought of as gray or brown. The refreshing energy could be white, soft gold, or green—or whatever color you prefer.
Source: Dale, Cindi. The Subtle Body Practice Manual, Sounds True Press, 2013.
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