Here's how I "Move the Winds"
It's normal for us to have weird interactions or tough feelings of possible regret or resentments. When I'm finding I can't shake a feeling, I use some simple methods I shared with Well & Good. Read below and
1. Practicing smoke medicine
Smoke medicine is the practice of burning herbs to cleanse yourself spiritually. “You're cleansing yourself and your body to move from your head back into your heart,” she says. When practicing smoke medicine indoors, you should at least crack open a window so that the energy can actually move outside of the space you’re in—instead of it moving to another room in the same building, for example.
However, Moreno caveats that this practice isn’t for everyone. For instance, you might need to cleanse the space in an indoor working environment—where you might not be able to open windows or want to disturb anyone (or set off a smoke alarm) as you’re burning herbs. Additionally, depending on your cultural background, certain forms of smoke cleansing are appropriative and harmful for you to practice period. For instance, if you are not of a member of an Indigenous community, you should be mindful not to burn sage, Palo Santo, or other sacred herbs.
“Maybe the moving of the winds is like redirection, organization, cleaning your desk or altar, or wiping the window,” she says. The idea here is that you’re still physically moving things around, which would be helpful in clearing the energy you don’t want to carry with you.
Even the act of cleaning a surface could be helpful, because you’re moving in a different direction than you were when you were letting yourself stew in the bad vibes, Moreno adds.
3. Using breath work
Because “the winds” are essentially negative emotions and experiences, using breath work is a great way of releasing those emotions and moving those winds. As an added bonus, breath work is science-backed, too: For a small 2020 published in Frontiers in Psychology, 131 university students were either placed in a non-intervention control group or received well-being training in breath work, emotional intelligence, or mindfulness. It found that students in the breath work course experienced the greatest well-being benefits.
When you’re using your breath to move the undesired winds, Moreno says it’s key that your exhales last longer than your inhales, because you're releasing more negativity from your body than you're taking in. Her method? Inhaling for four seconds, holding that breath for one second, and forcefully exhaling for eight seconds. “Push out that energy or angst you might have,” she says.
4. Going outside and standing in fresh air
The benefits of being outside abound, and Moreno says that this can also help you move the winds because you’re moving out of the physical space where you are experiencing them.
And bear in mind that you can enjoy fresh-air benefits in a parking lot just as you can in a lush forest. “The literal wind, the Earth, and standing in the sun is infusing,” says Moreno. She adds that to practice this method, you want to ask the wind to clear your negative emotions as it’s hitting your body.