There is a life changing concept that I want to share with you. A process that has come naturally to us since the moment we were born. And something that we take for granted. Breathing.
Every 3.3 seconds we breathe, inhale, exhale, unconsciously, relatively effortlessly, and very likely - INCORRECTLY.
The message that I want to share with you is that the way we are breathing can either kill us or heal us. But we need to learn how to do it properly, and WHY.
For modern humans, the failure to breathe correctly is either causing or aggravating a laundry list of chronic diseases. Asthma, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psoriasis, and more. These maladies can either be reduced or reversed simply by changing the way we inhale and exhale. IN THROUGH THE NOSE AND NOT THE MOUTH.
Balanced breathing can preserve both our physical and mental health, enable us to reach higher planes of consciousness, influence our weight and overall health and improve the size and function of our lungs. By learning the “lost art” of correct breathing we can hack our nervous system, control our immune response, and restore our health. And in turn, live longer. A practice that will serve us greatly in the current situations we face in this 21st century.
No matter what we eat, how much we exercise, how resilient our genes are, how skinny or young or wise we are - none of it matters unless we are breathing correctly. The missing pillar in health is BREATH.
Billions and billions of molecules you bring in with each breath have built your bones, sheaths of muscle, blood, brains, and organs, and these microscopic bits will influence your health and happiness tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and decades from now.
But why do I need to learn how to breathe? I've been doing it my whole life.
We assume, at our peril, that breathing is a passive action, just something that we do; breathe, live; stop breathing, die. But breathing is not binary and suffering from respiratory problems (amongst a plethora of other ailments) is not necessary.
By learning about the many different forms of breath work you can reduce your blood pressure, boost athletic performance, balance your nervous system, straighten scoliotic spines, blunt autoimmune diseases, raise your temperature, protect your teeth, address snoring and sleep apnea, improve heart rate variability, improve mental clarity, balance blood sugar levels, positively affect weight and metabolism, and more!
The air that enters your lungs affects every moment of your life. By developing your knowledge of the power in the breath, you can and will change your life for good.
In transporting the breath, the inhalation must be full. When it is full, it has big capacity.
When it has big capacity, it can be extended. When it is extended, it can penetrate downward. When it penetrates downward, it will be calmly settled. When it is calmly settled, it will be strong and firm. When it is strong and firm, it will germinate. When it germinates, it will grow. When it grows, it will retreat upward. When it retreats upwards, it will reach the top of the head. The secret power of Providence moves above. The secret power of the earth moves below.
He who follows this will live. He who acts against this will die.
- 500 BCE ZHOU DYNASTY STONE INSCRIPTION
To further your education and knowledge in the area of BREATH I highly recommend the following read.
Breathe well, live long, and peace profound,