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Deep Breathing Works
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)
1) Learn and practice the important "diaphragmatic breathing" or "abdomen breathing".
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.
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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!
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.
What If the whole world knew