7 Ways To Utilize Your Breath For Your Benefit
By Fiona Reilly
For many years I have given much consideration to the food and drink that I consume, yet paid little attention to my breath. We can survive for days without food and even water, though only minutes without oxygen. Our breath is vital to our physical existence, the oxygen we inhale helps to build our very cells. It is a process that continually happens often without our conscious awareness.
Due to the wonderous nature of breathing, it's no surprise that many healing and esoteric practises emphasize focussing on the breath as part of a path to wellbeing. While most of us never give breathing a second thought, the way we draw breath can affect our physical and mental wellbeing. It has an impact on our energy levels and functioning.
It could be in the office, waiting for a bus, in a busy restaurant or wherever you happen to be. Simply pause and become aware of the inhale and exhale, the rise and fall of the chest as you breath. Allow the breaths rhythm to centre, ground and calm you.
Thich Nhat Hanh on Breathing
Here are two quotes on breath from Thich Nhat Hanh, the famous Buddhist monk and peace activist, he clearly appreciated the positive benefits of conscious breathing:
“Breath is the bridge which connects life
which unites your body to your thoughts.
Whenever your mind becomes scattered,
use your breath as the means to take hold
of your mind again.”
"Feelings come and go like clouds in a
windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
7 Ways to utilize the breath for your benefitThe following are some practices through which you can use the breath for your wellbeing and benefit.
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