Breathing is the single most important act that we do every day. We cannot go even 3 minutes without breathing. However, we do not pay much attention to breathing since it happens automatically. There is a lot more to breath than we know. In particular, it is a powerful way to control the mind.
We intuitively know this : it is why we commonly use expressions like “take a deep breath” when people are anxious or angry is common. Scientific research is showing that breathing may just be the secret to better health and a more peaceful and productive mind.
Here’s how breathing helps you control your mind :
- Neither in school, at work or at home have we been taught how to deal with strong emotions like anger, anxiety or fear.
- We can try to “talk ourselves” out of these states but think about how successful you are at talking yourself out of a state of rage or nervousness. It’s hard!
- Research shows that the breath, however, can help! Since it is so difficult “talk” our way out of our feelings, we can learn to “breathe” our way through them.
- One study showed that different emotions are linked to different patterns of breath and that, conversely, changing the breath can change our emotions! In other words, breath is a secret to regulating and gaining control over our emotions! We can change how we feel using our breath.
Of course, breathing is not the answer to every medical problem. But, the breath isn’t something Western medicine should blow off. It’s a powerful tool for influencing individual health and well-being. And the best part is all the ingredients are free and literally right under your nose.