Maximise The Power Of Your BREATH!
If you’ve attended my Meditation classes, you’ll know I keep talking about the Breath and why it’s so vital for your health, healing and wellbeing. We so often don’t even notice our own breath even though it is the reason we sustain life.
Below is a quote from Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program used in medical centres and clinics around the world. He has a wonderful way of explaining your breath and why it’s so important:
“Take the breath, for instance. We take it so much for granted. Unless, that is, you have a bad cold or can’t breathe. Then all of a sudden, the breath may become the only thing in the world you are interested in. Yet the breath is coming in and going out of your body all the time. Our breathing can serve as a convenient first object of attention to bring us back into the present moment, because we are only breathing now – the last breath is gone, the next one hasn’t come yet – it is always a matter of this one. So it is an ideal anchor for our wayward attention. It keeps us in the present moment. This is one of the many reasons why paying attention to the sensations of breathing in the body serves as the first object of attention for beginning students in many different meditative traditions.”
Breathing fully, deeply and correctly increases our oxygen intake by allowing the lungs to fully expand and absorb maximum breath. This in turn feeds the cells and organs with vital nutrients via the bloodstream to optimise functioning and promote good health. The more oxygen we take in the more carbon dioxide we can release as we exhale.
How Can You Maximise Your Breath?
Deep, full breaths promote the relaxation response by immediately encouraging the mind and body to slow down and release tension. When breathing is long, deep and natural it slows our heart rate, increases effective oxygen supply, promotes relaxation and a feeling of general wellbeing.
To practice, sit comfortably with your spine upright or laying straight back, and start to focus your attention on your breath. Notice the sensations of the air moving in through your nose and throat, filling your lungs and expanding your stomach, and then escaping slowly and evenly through your mouth. Gradually increase the length of both inhalation and exhalation until both are long, slow and approximately of the same count.
Inhaling = lungs expanding, belly swelling, abdomen stretching, fresh oxygen.
Exhaling = air expelling, belly contracting, chest falling, diaphragm rising, inner calm.
Wishing you peace, calm and positivity for your week..