Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Heavy Breather

Scientists say that people do not breathe right, that they do not even know how to breathe. When we breathe properly, we get light headed because we have trained our bodies to live on less oxygen, often causing unneeded anxiety. Try it. Take a minute and turn off all of the noise and breathe, not from your chest but from your belly. If your chest rises more than your stomach, you are doing it wrong, your stomach should rise. Breath in deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth slowly. Repeat. Do this for 10 minutes and see how you feel. It is a shame that our lives get so busy and everything is so fast paced that we have forgotten how to breathe properly. The most essential body function we have, the most needed thing other than God is oxygen and we deprive ourselves of it because we can't take a minute to focus on nothing but breathing. I learned this in speech therapy when I was in grade school. I used to have this horrendous stuttering problem growing up. I would speak to fast, and get nervous and could not find a way to get the words out clearly. I had to go to speech therapy and she taught me how to breath and roll my neck and relax. Ultimately, she taught me how to talk again, free of anxiety about what I am going to say next. I speak for a living now, which is a testament to the Glory and Power of God that a stuttering kid who could not talk, now does so in front of a lot of people. May God bless you and be your guide this week, and remember to breathe.

3 comments:

  1. Adam, I am spinning right now! I'm trying this out and whoa! I am liking it... my head is definitely floating... kinda like a natural non-harmful drug... I like it!

    I hope all is well with you man!

    -g-

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  2. Adam, I've learned a lot about breathing exercises since I started having bouts of anxiety. It's a good thing to know man. Hope you are going well.

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  3. this so so true...I get dizzy all the time when I relax bc I actually stop breathing several times a day...well I hold my breathe often...from stress. But I've been doing it as long as I can remember, even my doctors told me as a child I breathe too shallow. Thus the miracle of meditation, teaching you how to concentrate on nothing but your breathe.

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