Breathing is a mirror of your body and mind's reactions.
(Photo: Lois Greenfield)
Research into the respiratory process confirms that the quality of your breathing has dramatic physical effects on both your body and mind.
Through slow, conscious, rhythmic respiration, using the movement in your diaphragm, you can increase your relaxation response; decrease your metabolic rate and blood-sugar levels; lower your heart rate; reduce muscle tension, fatigue, and pain; and increase strength, mental and physical alertness, confidence, and emotional stability.
Pretty good for just some breathing!
Breathing balances your mind and brings concentration, mental vitality, and the ability to discern more clearly how your thoughts and emotions often distort your perception. Breathing thus reveals the essence of an emotion.
Breathing is also a mirror of your body and mind's reactions. It acts as a kind of safety valve: if you're overstressed, your breathing is irregular and short; if you're happy and calm, your breathing is steady and long.
By observing your breathing, you can be alert to what's happening within your body and mind. Once you're familiar with your breath's many variations and modulations, and how they affect you, you can balance how you feel at any time and in any situation.
Directing your attention to the process of breathing becomes a powerful tool to optimize health, increase longevity, dissolve fear, manage your emotions and develop higher states of consciousness.
It's simply the easiest and most powerful stress reduction tool you can use to support, manage, and sustain your health regardless of your age or condition.
Introducing my book, "The Breathing Breakthrough: Everything you need to know to Sharpen your Focus, Worry Less, and Live Longer" (Balboa Press, 2016)