Breathing has healing power and has been scientifically proven to not just be a key to good health but to a good life.
The regular practice of breath work can:
- Balance the nervous system
- Control anxiety and regulate mental states
- Connect the conscious and unconscious mind
- Raise spiritual awareness
- Correct irregular heartbeats
- Improve general good health
- Improve circulation, digestion
- Reduce stress and help you relax
- Help with insomnia
- Help with panic attacks and other anxiety issues
Breathing is controlled by two different sets of nerves and muscles, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. We function optimally when these two systems are in balance and are a breeding ground and springboard for illness and disease when they are out of balance.
As a matter of scientific fact, imbalances of the involuntary nervous system function are the underlying root cause of most common disorders.
The sympathetic nervous system is the involuntary set of nerves and muscles. This system is our defender. It manages the fight or flight response. When activated, this nervous system directs blood flow inward. Its goal is to maintain the brain and vital organs for survival. The results of its actions are increased heart rate and blood pressure. Digestion is slowed and blood flow is pulled away from the surface of the body. This response is healthy and desired when an emergency is present but sustained action is detrimental.
The Parasympathetic Nervous System is the voluntary set of nerves and muscles. This system, works in the reverse. It directs blood flow out to the surface of the body. It slows heart rate, lowers the blood pressure and increases the movement of the digestive organs.
These two systems were designed to work together to maintain health and wellness; however, in todayâ€™s world a steady stream of situations, circumstances and conditions invade our lives and negatively impact us. As a result we remain in a state of heightened alert, our bodies acting as is they are under continual threat with a surge of cortisol and catabolic energy flowing throughout.
An over active sympathetic nervous system leads to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, digestive problems, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, and a plethora of other physiological disorders.
Breathing is the only function by which we can influence the involuntary nervous system. It is how we put the brakes on the constant assault of the fight or flight response and neutralize stress.
Breathing also promotes good mental health. It can be used to control anxiety and regulate mental states such as panic attacks.
What is really fascinating is that the safest place to place your attention is on your breath because it puts you in a neutral conscience state. Â Breathing diverts your attention away from this chaos and places your consciousness in the present. This is excellent for getting a hold of your thoughts and purifying your energy for conscious creation and improved health. Catabolic emotions can be traced to thoughts or images in your mind.
Most importantly, breathwork brings you into connection with your spirit and assists you with connecting to God. Is there anything more refreshing than being in a deep prayerful or meditative state?
In the book Breathing by Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. He teaches you 8 effective breathing techniques that are simple and easy to apply. I highly recommend this book or better yet the tape series as he conducts the breathing sessions with you. I briefly describe them below:
- Following Your Breath â€“ Places your consciousness in a neutral state. Good for pain relief, Insomnia
Observe your breath without trying to influence it. Just watch yourself breathe and try not to change the rate or pace.
- Begin with Exhalation â€“ Improves your overall lung capacity
Observe your breath without trying to influence it but this time start with breathing out (exhaling) then in.
- Squeeze More Air Out of the Lungs â€“ Increase breathing capacity
Exhale more and longer than you exhale. When you get to the end of an exhalation, try to squeeze out more air from your lungs.
- The Stimulating Breath â€“ Raise the energy of the nervous system and increase alertness
Breathe in and out rapidly through your nose keeping your mouth tightly closed
- Make Your Breathing Deep, Slow, Quiet, and Regular â€“ Balance the nervous system
Observe your breath and consciously make the breathing deep, slow, quiet and regular.
- Let Your Self Be Breathed – Connection to Spirit
Lying still and relaxed, imagine that the universe is blowing air into your lungs and withdrawing it out of your lungs.
- The Relaxing Breath – Deep Relaxation
Inhale through your mouth for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7 andh exhale through your mouth for a count of 8.
You know how the cliche goes…the best things in life are free. Breath work is a free health saving option. It is a tool that can be easily learned and practiced anywhere anytime.
God really has given us the power to take dominion over our lives, it was the breath of life that he breathed into us that brought all alive to begin with.
Peace, Love, and Soul Prosperity