Overwhelmed and Stressed Out? Do Pika Pika!
Did you ever experience such days that drive you crazy? I bet you did!
People, things and situations seem to have conspired against you? And you accelerate your actions to get the mess clean up again, and … the mess gets even worse?
And maybe you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious not being in control. You are indeed not in control.
And maybe you don’t know how to deal with the anxiety and the negative thoughts which are bugging you.
And maybe you feel the anxiety as a knot in the pit of your stomach. And maybe you ask yourself already: “Why am I always sick in my stomach?”
And maybe you don’t know how to let go negative thoughts and emotions out of your system.
I also was used to accelerate in such situations trying to do the right thing for everybody involved, except myself. It took me a while to understand that the clean up the mess took place in my own mind, and not out there. I needed to make room for these questions:
What do I really need to do right now? What can I do right now?
Let me ask you a question.
How do you let go negative thoughts and emotions when your inner and outer world is driving you crazy?
What is your answer?
My answer is: You need calming down your inner world. Why? Because there you are in control! And only there!
If you are in troubles with controlling your inner world, don’t worry! I have good news for you! There is a simple and easy to use method coming from Hawaii that helps you to re-gain the control over your feelings, the Pika Pika Breathing.
Hawaiian Huna Philosophy of Life
Pika Pika Breathing is one specific method, I used in such situations to settle down my inner circus. Pika Pika Breathing is derived from Hawaiian Huna. In the Hawaiian the word Huna means the secret. Max Freedom Long adopted this word in the 1930s to describe elements of his theory of metaphysics.
Later on around the 1990s, Serge Kahili King defined Seven Principles of Huna, which are very much under criticism of the native speakers and scholars, who consider his interpretation very peculiar. However, King’s analysis seems very useful to show here in short what Hawaiian Huna is about, and why it is important and helpful doing the Pika Pika Breathing:
Seven Principles of Hawaiian Huna
IKE (ee-kay) – The world is what you think it is.
KALA – There are no limits.
MAKIA (mah-kee-ah) – Energy flows where attention goes.
MANAWA (man-ah-wah) – Now is the moment of power.
ALOHA – To love is to be happy with someone or something.
MANA – All power comes from within.
PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth
Taken together the Seven Principles of Hawaiian Huna express the Oneness of Everything existing: We are one with our environment, our love ones, our neighbors, our world and society. We are one with God and the Universe. Everything we desire is already there, because we desire it! The only thing we need to do, is, to find out the way to receiving it.
What does it mean?
It means that every single moment, every single experience we have, is also made up by us. We are creating every one of them. I will go deeper into this topic at one another place. For now, I would like to bring your attention back to the overwhelming and stressful moments which we also create for ourselves.
The Magic of Breathing
Pika Pika Breathing is a powerful breathing method that allows us to manipulate and cleanse our thoughts and emotions using our breathing in a certain way. To breathe is the most important physiological process in the body.
Maybe you wonder right now for how long you would survive without food?
This depends on the condition of your body. But generally, it appears that a human can survive without any food for 30, even 40 days, as long the body is properly hydrated. Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of a complete starvation.
How long you would survive without water?
Water is essential for the body to survive. In average, the body of an adult person contains about 65 percent water. The body of an infant contains up to 80 percent water. However, depending on the individual condition of the body we would make it up to several days without it.
How long would you survive without breathing?
Not long at all. The brain cells begin to die already after one minute. After only three minutes the brain damage is very likely. After 15min a recovery is virtually impossible. Experienced free divers can extend the breathlessness up to twenty-two minutes. A German diver, Tom Sietas was able to hold his breath for 22 min and 22 sec.
I hope this short excursion shows you the incredible importance of breathing!
Usually, the breathing is the only physiological process in the body that we can consciously influence. Only trained Yogis with lots of meditation experience are able also to influence the metabolism, digestion, heartbeat and more.
The Breath is the connection, the link between the so-called outer world and us. It is the link between life and us. God and us. The Creation and us.
The Pika Pika Breathing means from peak to peak. It is a breathing method, and it is also a meditation.
How Does Pika Pika Breathing Work?
I wonder if you would appreciate some background information how does the Pika Pika Breathing work. Let me outline it roughly: Applying Pika Pika Breathing you are focusing at two opposite peaks in your body: the top of your skull and the bottom of your feet. This activity inhibits the activities in the sensorimotor cortex by alternately concentrating on two body parts as far apart as possible.
Sensorimotor cortex is the area of the brain that comprises the precentral and postcentral gyri. The gyrus is defined as a ridge or fold between two clefts on the cerebral surface in the brain and thus covers the primary sensory and motor areas of the brain.
Sensorimotor skills involve the entire process of receiving sensory messages – so-called sensory input, and producing a response, or so called motor output. We receive sensory information from our bodies and the environment through our sensory systems: vision, hearing, smelling, taste, touch, vestibular, and proprioception systems.
The vestibular system provides information through the inner ear that tells us about our head position and how or if we are moving. The proprioceptive system provides information to the brain about the body’s position in relation to the environment.
The shifting of the focus from one extreme peak in the body to another is often experienced as very calming and relieving state of trance that is very similar to the hypnotic trance.
Pika Pika Breathing is not only useful for stress and anxiety management. It also helps you to fall asleep easier and improves the quality of sleep, and it supports muscle relaxation, and inhibits acute or chronic pain.
How to Do Pika Pika Breathing?
Find a good place to do the Pika Pika Breathing, please. The place should calm and clean, and not too bright.
Sit, or lie down comfortably and close your eyes. Feel your body touching the surface of the furniture you sit or lie on it. Concentrate on your breathing. Notice as the air is circulating in and out of your nostrils. In and out. In and out.
Imagine and feel the highest point of your skull. Breathe in through this point as if there were a hole in it. Let the fresh air circulate in your entire body. See in your mind how your entire body is sucking in the fresh, rich air. Every single cell is filling up with the fresh air and energy.
Then exhale through the soles of your feet, focusing in your mind on the points in the middle of the sole of each foot. Consider them as exit holes. So, inhale and exhale through these points.
Repeat this process five times or until you achieve the desired state of inner calmness and tranquility.
Please breathe slow and deep. Take your time. Relax.
How do you feel now? Ready to deal with whatever the world is asking you to?
Best results can be achieved with two or three sessions of about 5 minutes a day!
I hope you enjoyed the process and gained many benefits from it.
I would love to read your comment about how the process worked out for you, and experience you made. So, please take a couple of minutes and give me a feedback! If you have any questions, please, send them also! I would love to support you on your way!
Please, join me in my next blog.
Until then all the best for you!