Only a Breath Away
It’s profound to reflect on the fact that some of the most powerful healing tools are available to everyone for free. From creating art, exercising, or conscious breathing and meditation, these natural remedies for mind-body health and wellbeing, are as close and available to us as the next moment.
In this morning’s meditation, as my focus on breathing helped me quickly shift into a deeper state, this centering thought presented itself:
“Meditation is a portal to infinity. Breath is a pathway to that portal.”
~LeAura Alderson, creator iCreateDaily.com®
Never underestimate the power of your breath to calm or energize, to relax and heal… to create your state.
From Automatic to Conscious Breathing
Breathing is a part of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system. It usually happens without us thinking about it.
So many things in life that we go through are automatic for ever so long. We think thoughts without consciously choosing or directing them. We feel emotions without consciously choosing, filtering and reframing them.
Changing Your Breath Can Change Your Mind
When it comes to our breath, we can very quickly learn how to change our breathing. Conscious focus on breath can change our mind-body health and well being. Through breathwork practices we begin to discover this powerful free healing tool that’s as close as our next breath.
When we consciously take charge of the autonomic (innate… instinctual… automatic) system, we begin to master our mind-body organism rather than to be subject to its whims and reactions.
Similarly, creation and creating happens automatically. We create our reality by the thoughts we engage. For ever so long we’re at the mercy of circumstance and happenstance… of mental programming and belief (and disbelief). Aspirations are squelched by doubt and fear and the voices of naysayers and dream slayers.
For a long time in our evolution, we don’t choose our thoughts or feelings, they happen to us.
Until we begin to realize that our thoughts are our employees to put to work. When we recognize that we need not be slave to our emotions and thoughts, and that we can choose conscious creation over victimization.
Time to claim what is rightfully ours… to take the helm and rise into our indomitable selves, and become:
“Master of my fate… captain of my soul.”
For more on the healing power readily available to each of us at any time, a good place to start is this ‘Breath’ book review on this revelatory tool as close as our nose.
“Natural remedies for mind-body health and wellbeing, are as close and available to us as our next breath.”
~LeAura Alderson, creator iCreateDaily.com®
Videos On Breathwork Worth Watching
Breath to Heal With Max Strom
Dr. Andrew Weil on Why Breathwork Matters
While breathing is now coming more into the mainstream limelight, Dr. Andrew Weil has been teaching it for years. The following video is from a talk he did nine years ago and which is as relevant today as.
In fact, breathwork is an ancient practice and wisdom that is making its way back into human consciousness as conscious breathing.
You can tune into this video with Andrew Weil and/or find specific breathing exercises you can engage on his website.
Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Stress
Dr. Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy, explains a simple “box breathing technique proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
3 Breathing Techniques – Including the Powerful Yet Simple Alternating Nostril Breathing
In this video, Meghan Livingstone, CNP Holistic Nutritionist, demonstrates three simple breathing exercises for stress and anxiety. Meghan first explains her use of breathing exercises and the benefits of conscious breathing exercises to the parasympathetic nervous system.
3 Different Breathwork Techniques to Calm Stress – begins at 3:10 minutes:
The Buteyko Breathing Technique
In just 3 minutes, Sterling Structural Therapy founder, Dana Sterling, walks you through the Buteyko breathing technique. Developed in 1952 by Dr. Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, (Bhew-tae-ko) toward improving functional breathing patterns.
This breathing technique is often used to help with:
- Hay fever
- Neurological issues:
- panic attacks
- Sleep related breathing disorders:
- central sleep apnea
- obstructive sleep apnea
Dana recommends trying this simple technique for yourself, first thing in the morning, and right before bed time… let us know what you notice after trying this for just one week
Breathwork for Beginners, by the Renowned “Ice Man”, Wim Hoff
Wim Hoff is a like the Buddhist monks capable of raising their body temperature in freezing cold, or Himalayan yogis achieving similar feats and more. He’s even been injected with viruses and yet remained unaffected.
Wim’s abilities have been scientifically proven and verified beyond a shadow of a doubt, not unlike the monks studied who were able to withstand freezing temperatures wearing little to nothing and shrouded in wet sheets. Not only did their body temperatures not lower, but they actually elevated their body temperatures without exertion or even radical breathing.
These are miraculous abilities have been scientifically studied and documented. And yet you’d think it would be SUCH groundbreaking new that more people would know about it and seek it out.
Why Aren’t We Taught This?
Isn’t the ability to heal ourselves to the extent possible, an extraordinarily powerful and essential skill? Shouldn’t such a power be a prominent part of every education system, including passed down the generations from parents to children?
Chances are there are two main reasons this is not yet more widely known and practiced:
- There’s no commercial benefit in teaching and empowering people to heal themselves
- Majority of people who already know what to do for better health, such as exercise and diet, but won’t do it; won’t put forth the effort, or give up the problematic vice, even if it means to save their life.
But that’s not you, is it? If you’re here reading this, then chances are that you have the mindset, discipline and determination to help heal and strengthen your own mind-body system. The first step is seeking solutions. The next step is implementing them.
A Return to Wisdom
Breathwork is a powerful and essential tool.
If you experience any kind of stress, anxiety and panic attacks, learning and practicing breathwork will make a world of difference.
I’m not speaking as a medical expert, but rather from personal success in employing breathwork and other natural remedies for anxiety, and the successful remediation of stress, fear, anxiety and panic attacks, and I’m not alone. I’m just one of many practitioners and experts who regularly benefits from conscious breathing and breathwork.
The amazing thing is that breathwork is a free healing tool available to everyone… that anyone can learn, including children, and it’s as close as your next breath.
Conscious breathing is ancient wisdom that belongs to us all.
Hello! I’m LeAura, owner and co-creator of iCreateDaily.com®. As an autodidactic philosopher, generalist, personal development advocate, entrepreneur, writer, editor, author, ideator, media publisher, and podcaster, I’m passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life! Our small family of entrepreneurs, writers, investors, educators and creators own and run websites around topics we enjoy, such as gardening, health and fitness, creativity and pets, with more to come.
While my greatest teacher is Life… my formal training includes certifications in mediation, fitness, and strategic intervention coaching, including marriage and family. Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: family, learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.
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