A Great Addition to Meditation Conscious Breathing

October 17, 2019

In fact, a very old new medical breakthrough is called controlling breathing. The approach is simple. Take a deep breath and feel the lungs fully expand, then slowly exhale to five. Repeating this exercise four to five times will send a signal to the brain to produce a variety of beneficial reactions.

As the recent article in The New York Times said: “Controlling breathing, as you have just done, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and enhance your immune system.” Medically, “Study It has been found, for example, that breathing can help alleviate symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.”

What is conscious (controlled) breathing?
A better term for controlling breathing is conscious breathing, which was advocated in the yoga movement thousands of years ago. The entire book is devoted to the practice of Pranayama, which makes breathing a conscious activity. In the Indian Vedic, the focus is on breathing to gain vitality or Prana. In modern medicine, vitality is not a recognized thing, and the focus is on the central nervous system.

You may remember someone who once heard someone say, “Slow down, take a deep breath, then calm down.” We say this to an over-excited child. In a TV series, this is a standard witness for witness witnesses who are so excited that he or she can’t be coherent. Tell your own words. This involves the difference between the mind and body system when it is relaxed and under stress. If you breathe in a quick, shallow way or hold your breath without notice, you are showing signs of stress. By consciously taking deep breathing interventions, you can cut off your nervous breathing and return to normal breathing. This allows the autonomic nervous system to rebalance the body, allowing you to feel spiritually centered, relaxed, and better controlled.

Conscious breathing helps with meditation because it raises your consciousness and puts the body and mind system in a more relaxed framework. Conscious breathing before going to bed at night can also help you fall asleep. If you happen to be doing yoga, you will be taught a variety of different breathing methods, and their specific purpose applies to a deeper state of consciousness.

Conscious breathing and sympathy speeding
The reason that conscious breathing is good for medicine is related to the common condition in modern life called “sympathy speeding”. My co-author Rudy Tanzi and I devoted this chapter to our book, “Healing Self.” In essence, people will not notice that they are already in a state of chronic speeding, resulting in low levels of chronic inflammation and stress. For serious lifestyle diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity, and common depression and anxiety, these two situations have become at the forefront of medical interpretation.

As we have explained, most of us, in fact, the vast majority of people, have been living in constant imbalances without seeing the damage people have caused themselves. The nervous system is a prime example of how your body works under dual control. Any process you don’t need to consider is handled by the autonomic nervous system, which was once (somewhat inaccurate) called the involuntary nervous system. Essentially, the autonomic nervous system controls the function of organs. The term “involuntary” used to mean completely reasonable, because the nerves that control the heart, stomach and digestive tract monitor functions that do not require your voluntary or conscious cooperation. You can’t tell your heart to stop beating, or tell the small intestine to stop digesting the food it eats.

However, the idea that you have no control over the autonomous system is misleading because this aspect of the central nervous system is more adaptable to your wishes, feelings, thoughts and other spiritual activities than ever before. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts, called the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. (Again, these terms are a bit misleading because the word “sympathy” is used in a different way than someone’s same emotion.) The basic function of the sympathetic nervous system is to pass a battle or escape response. Even if the lower brain is the base for “battle or escape,” it also requires the entire neural network (extending from the spinal cord) to activate everything involved in the reaction.

The battle or escape response involves many elements:

Pupil dilation
Increased sweating
Speed ​​up the heart
High blood pressure
Digest temporarily suspended
Metabolism is another way
Muscles begin anaerobic exercise, ie no oxygen is needed
These are only temporary and are only urgent measures. Evolution does not allow you to react constantly to stress, but modern life has imposed it on you. Yogis and Wawa have significant abilities that can greatly slow down their rhythm and breathe for a few hours at a time, which proves that you have complete control over so-called involuntary functions.

Conscious breathing and vagus nerve
Sometimes the simple controlled breathing you read in the media is called vagal breathing, because the vagus nerve plays a key role, and the vagus nerve is one of the 10 cranial nerves that radiate from the brain to the rest of the body. The vagus nerve is a wanderer whose movement is like the backbone of an old-fashioned telephone system, from the brain to the neck, to the chest, through the heart, and then to the abdomen. It is the longest cranial nerve whose fibers both send and receive sensory information. When you consciously breathe, most of the sensations you feel are transmitted through the vagus nerve.

Because of the wandering nerves, it has an overall effect on the psychosomatic system, and in response to conscious breathing, this effect not only benefits the long-distance process of heart rate, blood pressure and digestion, but also makes people feel relaxed and relaxed. presence. But modern medicine still has a way to go before it realizes the most important things: not physical effects can produce the benefits of controlling breathing or breathing.

Conscious breathing and meditation
The real benefit comes from the fact that consciousness interacts with itself in different ways. On both sides of the central nervous system are two ideographic body representations, symbols of the body form. These two modes are attempts to understand the construction of their own ideas. In reality, a consciousness controls two aspects of life, voluntary and involuntary. Nothing can escape consciousness, because body consciousness is emerging from the source of pure consciousness to participate in the physical world. With this understanding, you can incorporate conscious breathing into your meditation practice as part of a larger goal to reach full awareness and awaken your infinite potential.