Clearing Out the Mucous
Many note an increase in mucous during times of intense energy and there are mentions of mucous facilitating the process of pineal expansion. While this process is part of the evolution of the body, it can be rather uncomfortable, so I support this process through the use of Mullien tincture when needed, which breaks up mucous significantly. [Editor’s note – There are many herbal treatments indigenous to any place on the planet which facilitate respiratory health and healing. The invitation here is to research these and find what Mother Earth offers the body for healing.]
I also regularly drink water with a dash of fresh lemon juice which facilitates the thinning of the mucous, making it easier to expel, as well as providing Vitamin C.
I also regularly use saline nasal lavage to clean out my nose and bring moisture to the sinuses, so they are functioning properly. There is much written on the subject of neti pot use or nasal lavage, and I find the process extremely supportive, not only for head pressure, but for related dizziness and feelings of distorted reality. Pressure in the head, in my estimation, contributes to a whole host of issues that are alleviated when we support the nose, throat and sinuses, so they can do their jobs properly.
There are probably as many breathing techniques as there are flowers in the field, and many are extremely helpful in releasing stress within the body. I invite all to explore the various techniques and see what resonates, but the following processes have been helpful to me, used as needed. I do not follow any specific work or practice in this area, as the rigidity of a set practice tends to cause me additional stress.
Whenever the body goes through a stressful situation, or one is focused on a difficult task or situation, there is a tendency to hold the breath or to breathe in an extremely shallow way that is focused at the top of the chest. When the chest and rib cage experiences muscle tension, it does not fully expand and the diaphragm does not drop, which inhibits a full exchange of air within the lungs.
The body then has to rely on the tidal air within the system, or the air that is currently in the lungs. The more shallow the breath over a period of time, the less oxygen is available for critical body functions and the more carbon dioxide remains within the system, that should be expelled for proper function.
Excessive yawning can indicate shallow breathing, as it is a way for the body to forcibly expel carbon dioxide from the system and replace it with oxygen. Whenever I find myself breath-holding or yawning, I give myself a good stretch with arms to the ceiling and an arched back, fully opening and releasing tension within the chest. I inhale deeply, hold for a count and then exhale with a long articulated sigh.
This process brings focus back to the breath and releases the stressful ribcage tension that leads to shallow breathing.
Many experience thymus gland flutters, irregular heartbeats, or palpitation and tachychardia, or rapid heartbeat when interacting with intense energies. The process may be exacerbated with the release of adrenaline that can feel like shooting pins and needles down the nerve trunks of the arms and legs.
Again, I will note that if significant fear comes up when experiencing a body issue and your intuition tells you to get it checked out, honor your body with love and care and your intuition with deep gratitude, and get it checked out.
For the record, the heart beats relatively regularly with relatively regular irregularities all the time in the background without our perception through the biological miracle of the autonomic and circulatory system. Occasionally, we become aware of its function when under stress or experiencing intense energy and it gives a bit of a skip or a double beat.
For those who resonate during the times these heart or thymus deviations are felt, simply take a deep belly breath, dropping the diaphragm down, spreading the rib cage from the bottom ribs like a fan and allowing the belly to rise. Consciously contract the urethral and anal sphincter, hold the breath and bear down for a count of three and release. This process simply activates the vagus nerve and tends to regulate the gait of the heart.
For those who cannot bear down for various reasons, taking a deep breath and forcefully coughing for a few rounds can also create the same effect.
Here is another technique that calms the central nervous system, which in turn allows the musculature to relax involves a series of counted breaths, holds and exhalations. I find this process especially beneficial when sleep is alluding me due to body tension.
During the entire process, place the tip of the tongue on the backs of the front teeth.
Inhale slowly through the nose to the count of 4, filling the lungs fully, dropping the diaphragm and allowing the belly to softly rise.
Hold the inhalation for 7 counts.
Exhale slowly as if blowing through a pursed mouth, with the tongue on the back of the front teeth to the count of 8.
Repeat the cycle for 5 breaths.
Focusing on the counts and the breath tends to release the mind from chatter, while all the cells of the body become fully oxygenated and the nervous system relaxes.
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