Let’s start at the beginning … breathing.
Part 1 of 3, the theory:
The benefits of deep breathing are many:
Calms the nerves. When we are anxious we are more likely to breath shallowly, depriving ourselves our of the oxygen that helps our brains work most effectively. I know I can think much more clearly when I am not holding my breath 😉 Problem solving and staying calm in stressful situations are easier when your brain is able to work at peak efficiency.
Increased oxygen in the system also helps the body to work better, giving yourself a bit more stamina during heavy work, and helping your body to repair itself.
In parts 2 & 3 I will outline a couple of different breathing techniques you can use as a starting point. Eventually I will have mp3s you will be able to download so you can follow along with someone else until you are comfortable on your own.
The really cool thing is that you can use your deep breathing practice to imagine pain and anxiety melting from your body. I find it is fantastic for helping me to release muscle tension.
Most people breath shallowly. To see how deeply you breath, rest your hand on your belly and breath normally, does your breathing make your hand move? … No? OK, in part 2 let’s change that and get you started on your first breathing meditation.
To your health,