The Miraculous Power of the Breath
by Debi Miller – c/o – www.soulfulliving.com
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Have you ever watched a dolphin swim? Close your eyes for a moment and picture or remember: that sense of freedom, energized, free from thought or worry, flowing in the moment, clarity, playfulness, connectedness with everything around, total peace, breathing fully and freely. Ahh..the breath…I believe we have something to learn from these beautiful angels of the sea.
Prana: Breath, the vital life force of body, mind, spirit and the universe.
The breath is our vital life force that operates the sensory, motor and physiological mechanisms of the body. It sustains life, bodily function and physical action. It is the vital energy which activates the body, mind and spirit.
Medical research shows that over 90 percent of the body’s energy is produced by oxygen and that the more oxygen we have in our system, the more energy we produce. Our ability to think clearly, feel and act comes from the energy created by oxygen.
There are scores of medical practitioners who recognize the value of deep breathing and the list is growing. World-renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish says in his book Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease that deep breathing is the best stress reducer known to man. It has been medically proven that stress has a direct impact on the immune system. When your stress level is up, your immune system is down: when your stress level is down, your immune system is up. We can reduce our stress through deep breathing, which then boosts the immune system. The immune system is our number-one line of defense against the viruses, bacteria and other invaders that make us ill, causing everything from minor colds and flu to major illnesses. Deep breathing increases the oxygen levels in the blood, which strengthens our immune systems.
Dr. Alec Borsenko states, “Oxygen gets rid of toxicity. Bacteria, viruses and parasites are destroyed in the presence of oxygen.” Breathing controls the flow of the lymphatic system. We have four times more lymphatic fluid then blood. Lymphatic cells release toxins from the body.
More than anything else, good health and well-being is dependent on the maximum production, maintenance and flow of energy, which is produced by oxygen. Oxygen contributes to proper metabolic function, better circulation, assimilation, digestion and elimination. It helps purify the blood, keeping it free from cellular build-up. Sufficient oxygen gives the body a chance to rebuild itself and strengthen its immune system. It is our natural defense against disease.
Research shows that most people breathe shallowly, barely using one-fifth of the lungs’ capacity to increase oxygen flow to their bodies. Shallow breathing starves the body of vital oxygen and also causes premature aging. And the good news is…this can be changed!!
I believe that yesterdays metaphysics is today’s science. Quantum physics now proves that everything is fluid and everything is vibrating, including our physical bodies, our minds, our thoughts, our cells and our spirit. So how does one raise their vibration? Oxygenation through breathing.
Twenty-two years ago, I had the opportunity of experiencing a Breathwork/Rebirthing session for the first time. I will never forget that day because it was a pivotal moment for me. After a consultation with my Breathwork Coach, I laid down on mat in her office and began breathing in a circular manner as she had instructed me. My mind was active to say the least, probably better described as racing most of the time and I was highly skeptical. I found it hard to believe that a simple breathing technique could actually help me feel better, but I was willing to give it a try. To my surprise, by the end of the session I felt completely different. During the session I had some emotional releases, and by the end my mind was completely quiet, my body was tingling and vibrating with energy and best of all I felt a sense of peace and connectedness beyond anything I had ever experienced before. I knew then that I was on to something and that my life would never be the same. And from that moment on things did began to change.
By learning Breathwork and practicing different breathing techniques, you can literally change your life! Feeling more energized, relaxed and alive is the natural result of applying the knowledge and practice of Breathwork. I have been practicing and teaching Breathwork and Rebirthing for 20 years now, and I am still amazed at the beauty, the simplicity, and the power of conscious breathing. My energy levels have increased immensely, my health has improved, and my thought processes, communications and relationships are healthy and clear. But best of all I am at peace in my spirit.
One of the greatest benefits and gifts of Breathwork and Rebirthing is heightened spiritual awareness. The breath is a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind. Through the conscious connected breathing, one is able to gently release old stored emotions and limiting thoughts. Once these obstacles are removed the results are feelings of calmness, connectedness and bliss, which I believe to be our natural state of being. By turning to the breath, you turn toward your spiritual self, that non-physical yet essential aspect of your being.
Whether it is spiritual connection, better health, clarity of thought or release of everyday stresses that you may be seeking, this miraculous modality covers it all. It is simple, profound and life altering!!!