I breathe therefore I am
October 26, 2008 9 Comments
Breathing is the center of our being and wellness… Quietly simply put: If you stop breathing you wont live very long.
Breathing is a important part of our metabolizing ,our Nervous system and our bodies “Fight or flight” anxiety response.
Thus the process of breathing directly impacts the process of thinking, as well as most other bodily process.
I think therefore I am? well I breathe therefore I am
A simple exercise:
remembering not to worry about how fast one counts:
remembering not to worry if misses a count.
exhale 4-3-2-1-0, Inhale 1-2-3, continue to repeat.
after a couple minutes slow down the counting.
end whenever one wishes, but give it about 5 minutes.
This simple breathing exercise can be helpful in an anxious moment; for momentary stress management, or focusing ones thoughts when they feel momentarily “scatter brain”
I learned this simple wellness tool in a doctors office Years ago. I was feeling the symptoms of BiPolar Disorder I: in this case anxiousness and the intrusive inability to focus my thinking. I was not able to even speak clearly, that day. A mental Health nurse taught me the simple breathing exercise above .
We did it together and I was able to focus my mind for a period of time.
I would hug that nurse if I could finder today. She helped me find one of the most important stress management tools that I still use to this day.
*Click here for a short list of Breathing exercises I use today.
Breathing exercise are not only a helpful form of stress management, They are a free and complete portable tool… one can even do them in a crowded room with no one noticing.
Today my experiences with Breathing Exercise has greatly helped me what understand meditation is. (and what it is not)
In my case today I use Zazen (zen meditation) and Mindful meditation primarily.
breathing exercise and meditation are not just for consciousness, they a great help for over all mindful and physical well being.