The ribcase houses our heart and is both expandable and able to contract. Its movement is vital for breath, reaching, rolling, folding and bending. The physical connection to expansion and contraction correlates to these experiences on the mental and emotional levels as well. When we breathe in, it symbolizes our taking in of life/life force, while our exhales offer a letting go/release experience. The ribcase is literally like a door to our heart space, offering opportunity for both opening and closing. Especially important right now as Venus is about to go retrograde and we begin to re-evaluate our relationships and our relation to others in a more exact way.
Begin by walking and rolling your shoulders, noticing the connection to chest and ribcase. Roll your shoulders forward and collapse the chest while you exhale. Inhale, roll the shoulders back, open the chest. Repeat several more times until you make some new connections. How do you feel as you open? How do you feel as you close and collapse? Notice the differences and continue to check in with your breath. Try this simple awareness activity for at least 5-10 minutes. Then rest on your back with eyes closed to integrate.
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