The ability to make and break habits is associated with the navel center or third chakra. When our navel center is strong we have the will to make decisions and to keep them. There are many navel exercises and sets. Many of these can be found in my manual Transitions to a Heart-Centered World. Breath of fire is a great navel breath as is 4 part energizing breath. You will find the instructions for the 4-part breath on the Yoga Technology website -http://www.yogatech.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/kymeditation.html Do this 3-5 minute exercise 3 or more times a day, especially at moments when you are being pulled to a compulsive, addictive behavior. (Remember the navel center is 2-3 inches below the navel.)
Many addictions, especially smoking, drugs and alcohol are related to the fire element. Navel breathing, especially breath of fire and 4 part breath, give us the fire energy we crave. As the energy we create begins to satisfy us, we are released from the hold of the addiction.
A strong navel center is a requirement for being able to commit and keep your commitments to yourself. Daily practice to strengthen the navel center is the first commitment we need to make to ourselves.
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