|Posted on 30 July, 2014 at 7:05|
The main role of breathing is to absorb oxygen and expel carbon dioxide from our lungs. When we are under stress we contract our energy and shift our breathing patterns to smaller, more shallow breaths. In addition, we tend to breathe from the upper body which disrupts the balance of gases and pH levels in our body. This kind of shallow over-breathing, or hyperventilation, can prolong our feelings of anxiety and make our physical symptoms of stress even worse. As a result we might experience tightness in our chest, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, feelings of panic, light headedness or muscular aches and stiffness.
Slow, conscious breathing can literally short circuit the stress responses in our body in less than a minute! If you find yourself in a stressful situation, bring yourself fully in the present moment and take dominion over the stress vibrations within your body by doing a simple breathing exercise. The first thing we want to do is shift from upper chest breathing to abdominal breathing:
~ Sit or stand comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your stomach and breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise, now exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. Don’t stop exhaling until all the air has escaped your lungs. Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls as you inhale and exhale.
This simple technique has the potential to change your life and the way you respond to stressful environments. Just Breathe!
-(Sabrina Reber www.raiseyourvibration.com )
Hi ! Mark Oddie here.. I add to this nice piece on how to breathe... .-notice after you have pushed out all the breath there is a perfect still moment before you breathe in again...there lies the 'Power of Now', the serenity of Presence and Being, the possibility of connecting through a warm heart to your Higher Self and Eternal Soul, (if you embrace this reality). The more you are able just to be, to be a human being rather than a human doing, the more Joy will flow out from your Heart. It is always there, it always was. -Mark
'Trust the Stillness'