The Importance of Breathing

The Importance of Breathing

— Breathing & Inspiration —

‘In spire’ -Latin meaning to breathe in spirit. Inspiration, to take in a breath as well as to feel an elevated sense of creativity and purpose. The only prerequisite to inhabiting the body is to be able to take a breath. Practices such as meditation, yoga, chi gung, Tai chi, mindful exercise all begin with the breath. This is the fi rst way in which to take in life force energy. Life is not an all or nothing thing, the amount of air you take in relates to the amount of life you are willing to live.

Breath Awareness

Some consider breathing to be the most important of all the bodily functions because all other functions depend upon it. Life is dependent upon breathing. Breath is life. Yet, most people are unconscious of their breathing and take it for granted.

In modern cultures, the number of people who actually breathe fully and consciously constitute a small percentage of the whole population. Proper breathing brings about healing and revitalization on all levels of being. Breath therapy is one of the most effective health maintenance and restorative techniques available today. Full conscious breathing is one of the best neutralizers of stress that anyone can use. With depression, one collapses over the diaphragm and breathes only enough to keep the body functioning. Lack of air leads to a build up of toxic byproducts which leads to pain and inflammation and a downward spiral.

Breathing brings both oxygen and the life force to every cell in the body. Extended periods of oxygen deprivation can be harmful or fatal. Cells require oxygen to transform nutrients into fresh energy. Oxygen is essential in the general digestive processes. The body also uses oxygen to burn off or oxidize metabolic waste products and other toxins in the body in a combustion process leading to their elimination through the lungs in the form of various gases. 70% of all elimination from the body occurs through the lungs in the form of gasesand particles.

Deep breathing stimulates and massages all the internal organs of the body, leading to better functioning. Deep breathing encourages the circulation of blood throughout the body, dilating the blood vessels and strengthening the expansion and contraction of the capillaries. Deep breathing cleanses the blood, promotes the functions of red and white corpuscles, and acts as a pump for the movement of lymph. Deep breathing stimulates the entire nervous system, both peripheral and central, and facilitates the actions of the nervous system. With the conscious practice of deep breathing disciplines, control of nerve and organ functions is possible.

Fresh air is charged with the life force energy and breathing is one of the easiest and most natural ways of attaining the energy. Conscious, full breathing raises the metabolic and vibratory rates of our bodies. Oriental health systems universally recognize that the life force is essential to health, and breathing disciplines are emphasized in all of them. Chi / Prana / Life-force energy: this concept is found in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and refers to the quality and quantity of vitality or life force which circulates through and supports all of life. Part of this is the vitality we are born with, part is what we have in reserve or savings, and part is what we can build through breathing practices as well as healthful eating, sleeping, exercise, meditation, and a loving and affirmative lifestyle. Mindfulness meditation (Vipassana), a meditation practice which is based upon following the breath is being taught for pain control.

Conscious Breathing

When Empty: “I focus on what is wanted, creatively imaging it with all senses.”

Inhaling/ Inspiration: “I focus on breathing it in and on where it goes. ‘It will go to where my attention is.” Focus on breathing in what you wish to create and bring in to your life.

Top of Breath -When Full: “I own/acknowledge whatever comes to my attention.”

Exhaling -To completely empty: “I am letting go.” “I am releasing.” “I am dissolving.”

Affirmations

Positive: frame your life as to what you want to move toward not what you wish to avoid).
Personal: (yes, it is about you and your intention).
Present Time: (don’t frame it in the future!)

SAY the affifirmation and creatively image it using all senses. Own/ Acknowledge any conflfl ict or static or inharmonious thoughts, feelings, or sensations that arise.

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