exercises are valuable for effective mind control. Your mind is
usually troubled by anger or fear signals from the amygdala, a more primitive animal intelligence within you. Those signals trigger troubling biological changes within you.
life threatening struggles set the original context for the responses
of those intelligences. Today, an elephant is unlikely to be rampaging your back yard. The
perils which disturb you are milder, like a rude clerk, or a delayed
those animal knee jerk responses still react to these trivial problems.
They initiate anger or fear signals from the amygdala, an organ, which existed when animals first walked on earth. Stress triggers the production of the adrenal hormone cortisol, which supports bodily functions designed to cope with the fight or flight response, including increased heart rate.
exercises still those signals and place your prefrontal regions (PFR), your highest level of
consciousness, in calm control. They support the effective mind
How do You Become Calm Before Starting?
Freedom from troubling drives requires a calm and creative attitude towards the day to day problems of life. Such issues set off subconscious searches within
you, which ceaselessly seek tolerable solutions. How can you meet that impossible deadline? What are the consequences of being late with your report? Visceral reactions set in. You can quiet the inner turmoil by having a plan,
which clearly accepts such problems. This website offers you a self
improvement plan to
unite the different levels of your consciousness to agree to an
acceptable approach to life. Quieting your search drives with such a
plan is an essential early step for the effectiveness of your
Breathing Exercises -
How do You Relax
or fear signals are triggered within the blink of an eye. Act to
reduce the possibility of their being triggered. During the course of
a day, stressful events as wells as poor postures will tighten many
of the 60,000 muscles in your body. Tensed muscles often remain
tightened and do not automatically relax. Vicious cycles of tensed
muscles, irritability and resulting tensions prevent stillness. You
can learn exercises, which can instantly
muscles. A relaxed body reduces the prospects of anger, or despair
and assists your breathing exercises to bring you closer to
Breathing Exercises -
How do You Still
Your Visceral Reactions?
to be late for an important appointment, or a lack of understanding
from a friend may trigger transient visceral responses within you.
Stress triggers bodily functions designed to cope with the fight or flight
response, including increased heart rate. Simple
disperse the adrenaline and dissipate petty concerns. When you have
overcome such unhealthy responses, your breathing exercises will be
What was the Nosebrain?
earliest reptilian part of your brain made decisions based on smells.
That “nosebrain” took a deep breath to investigate whether food
was edible, or inedible. Those investigations required instant
inhibition of disruptive emotions. So, now, millions of years later,
when you stop and take a deep breath, your emotions become less noisy
and your common sense steps in. Inevitably, breathing is believed
from ancient times to have mystic and calming properties.
What are the Benefits?
people use only their chests to take shallow breaths and fill only a
small fraction of their lungs. Regular practice of breathing using both your chest and your stomach can increase lung capacity and deliver more oxygen to the
blood. Good breathing creates a more alert mind, helps the digestive
processes and relaxes the body. Conscious breathing has another
important benefit. Conscious effort swiftly shifts control from
animal intelligences to the PFR. The longer you follow any process
consciously, the greater the possibility of stilling your mind. That
is why counting sheep, or just counting alone, can quiet your mind
and make sleep easier.
What is a Good Routine?
objective of this exercise is to teach your body to breathe better.
You are blessed with a system, which acquires knowledge through
practice. Continue the following exercises and make them habitual:
or stand in a relaxed position.
inhale through your nose. To keep your mind from playing truant,
count upto five, or, just feel the air flowing in.
you breathe in, your shoulders will rise. Increase your lung
capacity by expanding your abdomen. When you breathe in, practice
the expansion of your abdomen as a habit. It is actually the key to
you exhale, push the stale air out by squeezing your stomach down in
the pelvic area. This muscular action (stomach pumping) has the
beneficial effect of activating the organs in your stomach,
improving their functioning. Repeated stomach pumping also disperses
any excess adrenaline, which may have been triggered by stresses.
stomach pumping, whenever you feel under any stress.
Is there a Quick Stress Buster?
is inevitable that, now and then, you suspect you made a terrible mistake. You can't face the consequences. Cycling drives of panic hit
you. These are occasions, when stomach pumping is only a temporary
solution, because of the persistence of the perceived threat. At such
times, conscious breathing alone can still your mind. Sit in a
relaxed position and breathe consciously. Count, or feel the breath.
Slowly, your PFR will take charge and the cycles of panic will be
stilled. Then you can come to terms with the threat with the Self
This page was last updated on 31-Dec-2013.
JUST THINK... What happens when you begin to talk? Your nervous system has picked an emotion. It has articulated an idea around it, chosen apt words from a vocabulary of thousands of words, arranged them in lexical and grammatical order and adjusted the pitch of your voice. Before you speak you've no consciousness of the words you will use. Who's actually in charge? This question leads to the question "What is consciousness itself?" Is consciousness a spirit living in a human body? Is it a mystical life form that emerges from the nervous system? This is the hard problem of consciousness.