What have you been doing all day? Looking where you are going I presume.
What have you been doing all day and all night? Breathing I hope.
Looking and breathing are fundamental to our lives yet it is very easy to take them for granted. Think about it, if we aren’t “looking in the right place” and not breathing efficiently then we are spending a large part of our lives running our physical and mental systems inefficiently. This can lead to physical and mental issues, less control over our daily experiences and less pleasure and fulfillment in our daily lives.
For instance, using our peripheral vision helps us engage our vagus nerve and the parasympathetic relaxation part of our autonomic nervous system. However, looking down and holding our awareness to a narrow field of vision will send us into the “fight and flight” mode of our nervous system. These two modes of awareness are quite different and each generate massively different body chemicals, neurological connections and feelings. We could read as many scientific articles and studies as we like but the only real way to actually improve our experience of the feelings we would rather have, and experience fewer of the feelings we don’t want is by choosing to connect with the appropriate body and neurological connections at their optimal levels.
When we were borne and into our early childhood our bodies would breath with a perfectly natural balanced physical harmony. But life came along giving us a “knock” here and a “kick” there so to protect ourselves we had to tense up, go into fight and flight, breathe into our upper chest and brace our shoulders to save us from predators and danger. Soon we would unconsciously be locked into this primal pattern to help “keep us safe”.
However by relearning our original breathing patterns we can get our whole body and brain to respond and help regain the original efficient and healthy ways to direct the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide into our bodies. And without having to know how it all works.
So are we going to continue to “feel a bit down” or wouldn’t we prefer to feel that
“things are looking up”.
It’s hard wired into our language so why not rewire it back into the body and brain just like
“a breath of fresh air”
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