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Deep Breathing Works

Intro

Stressed, anxious, angry, negative, sad? Can't shut off your thoughts in the day or night? Science has proven that proper deep breathing exercises will shut off negative "world taught" thoughts. It lowers blood pressure, and help you to feel a whole lot better. You will feel happier and able to perform better during the day.

I had never heard about the amazing benefits of deep breathing, until just a few years ago. When I talk to people, most people (maybe in the US) don't know about it. Some people in other countries do.

Others may know that it may help, but may not know much about various techniques that improve its effectiveness. For example, Apple as an app that reminds you every so many minutes to take a deep breath and hold it, but I don't know if it goes into more detail.

Deep breathing shuts off your mind created thoughts and brings you back to the present moment, to peace. If you practice it, you will feel it.

Note: Effective Deep Breathing techniques are very simple. It is really "take a deep breath and hold it", but with just a few important actions to take while you deep breathe.

Effective deep breathing may be called "belly breathing", "abdomen breathing", or "diaphragmatic breathing".

For some of the science behind it, and simple examples, see:

Deep Breathing and Relaxation (utoledo.edu/)

Yoga breathing, meditation, and longevity (pubmed.gov)

Proper Breathing Brings Better Health (scientificamerican.com)

The Basics

1) Learn and practice the important "diaphragmatic breathing" or "abdomen breathing".

  • This video is used to help GI Patients in Digestive and Liver Health (uofmhealth.org) . Think about how you can apply this practice to many situations!
  • When you take a deep breath fill the belly first. Let it expand first. Even initially, put your hand on your belly as you breathe in. Start by taking a deep breath. Taking a deep breath is also healthy for your body as it adds more oxygen, something that is needed for improved health.
  • The ratio of breathing in to exhale is important. See video. Inhale for a count of 2, exhale for a count of 4-8.

2) There are additional actions that you can add to increase the effectiveness of your deep breathing practice. Some of these have been practiced in other countries for many years.

Smile while you are doing it.

One addition is that when your breath is gone you can also pause for a count of say 2 to 4. It may feel uncomfortable at first because you.re out of breath, but if you put that thought aside, I think you can feel a sense of peace and utter awareness of the present moment. I find it is a great addition to the deep breathing practice.

When you are taking a deep breath, you can also be thinking about how the air feels going through your nose and follow it into your belly.

Consciously focus your mind on your deep breathing exercise or activity. You can think about your breath, going in and out of your belly, the air going through your nose, the belly expanding and contracting. Continue to focus you thoughts on the physical feelings as you breath. This shuts of negative thoughts including stress thoughts. This also shows that one can truly choose their thoughts. You don't have to believe every thought you think!

If you mediate, (optional, but suggested), before you begin meditation it's important to first calm you mind through deep breathing.

I tested the power of conscious deep breathing on myself and proved it works. Throughout my entire life, I was terribly afraid of heights, obviously because of my thoughts. After practicing deep breathing, I went on top of a tall huge rock that was straight down at it the end of the rock. The rock is called table rock in New Hampshire and could stand there and sit there in peace. It was hard to believe but I did it, and I even wondered if I would have nightmares afterwards, but I didn.t. It worked because I continuously and consciously focused on conscious deep breathing which kept me in the present moment, and absent of fear.

Is there a next step (optional)?

When you can shut off the running negative "worldly" thoughts, you can become present or aware, and it is much easier to focus. All these can help one to be more compassionate, kind and loving to themselves and others.

You can feel a sense of peace and utter awareness when you are able to be in the present moment.

How do you keep that calm feeling?

Eckhart Tolle calls the present moment the NOW, and he does a great job of teaching you one way or "view" of how to live a life this way. It is very effective towards increasing happiness!

See also:

From fight or flight to rest and digest: How to reset your nervous system with breath (cbc.ca)

Here Il point you to some of the YouTubes I.ve watched, some of these have much more than deep breathing in them. I like the additions, but everyone is different. 

Categories Link Comments
    From Eckhart Tolle - Opra is a huge fan of Eckhart
Awareness Inner body awareness practice Add inner-body awareness to deep breathing, I had not heard of that, and it's a WOW!
Millions of people live with anxiety or excessive negative thinking. News is one source. How do you turn it off?
Conscious breath takes five seconds and it can shut down negative thought and bring you to presence. 2 to 3 conscious breaths many times a day can make an enormous difference in your life.
Presence is the source of creativity.

I learned the hold at the end of of a deep breathing from this video. Eckhart has a creative view on the process of deep breathing, especially when you pause after you have finished breathing out.

    From Lavendaire
Sleeping Guided Sleep Meditation & Deep Relaxation This is deep breathing with variations over a 20 minute process. I especially like how she relaxes both the mind as well as the body.
    From Eric Ho
Morning Routine My Morning Routine for the Law of Attraction! Morning routines are crucial for the law of attraction to work for you. Calm, Intention, Breathing, Trust, Flow. Left/Right breath. There is a time for everything!
Meditation Ed Powerful Morning Routine for The Law of Attraction | That Will Change Your Life Before you meditate, you must first quiet your thoughts. He uses Breath, then left/right breath, then stare. "Breathing is everything!" Breath has the power to relax, the power to connect within, and more.
Mind vs. Intuition #1 MOST POWERFUL SIGN What You Want is On It's Way | Law of Attraction Knowing is much more powerful than believing. Believing is fluffy. God feeling. Breathing is everything. Find out why.
Meditation Guided Meditation for Deep Sleep & Overthinking Get rid of noise before you go to sleep.
Meditation The Most Powerful Guided Meditation to Manifest What You Want in Life A different meditation, theta breath 4 times per second. Focus on Breath.

 

What If the whole world knew
and practiced Deep Breathing?

Teach only Love, for that is what you are.

Thank YOU for reading this!

By David M

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