Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises are valuable for effective mind control. Your mind is usually troubled by anger or fear signals from the amygdala, a more primitive animal intelligences within you.  Those signals  trigger troubling biological changes within you.

Primeval 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 flight.

Sadly 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. 

Breathing exercises still those signals and place your prefrontal regions (PFR), your highest level of consciousness, in calm control. They support the effective mind control routines.

Breathing Exercises - Begin Calm
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.

Breathing Exercises - Relax Your Muscles
Anger, 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 relax your muscles. A relaxed body reduces the prospects of anger, or despair and assists your breathing exercises to bring you closer to tranquility.

Breathing Exercises - Still Your Visceral Reactions
Getting 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 exercises can disperse the adrenaline and dissipate petty concerns. When you have overcome such unhealthy responses, your breathing exercises will be more effective.

Breathing Exercises - Your Nosebrain
The 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.

Breathing Exercises -The Benefits
Normally, 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.

Breathing Exercises -  An Exercise
The 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:

  • Sit, or stand in a relaxed position.
  • Slowly inhale through your nose. To keep your mind from playing truant, count upto five, or, just feel the air flowing in.
  • As 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 good breathing.
  • When 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.
  • Use stomach pumping, whenever you feel under any stress.

Breathing Exercises -A Stress Buster
It 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 Improvement Plan.

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. 


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