The Healing Breath


By Hilde Larsen, Wake Up World

Did you know that we take about 17,000 breaths a day, for our body to be saturated with oxygen? Breathing also triggers many physiological mechanisms.

In itself, breathing seems simple, we do not even have to think about doing it. This is keeping us alive, yet it can be hindering us from optimal health. The simple technique is that we draw the air through our nose and mouth, then the process of breathing is mostly a lung job. Together with the diaphragm and the ribs and the intercostal muscle, the whole process is automated and a no-brainer.

“As long as your path is that of your heart, it will always be the right one. The journey is yours alone, and only you are the one doing the walking.”- Hilde

Being the connection to life, the breath is also the connection between all of our bodies. Our mental, emotional and physical bodies, all connected through our breathing. The thoughts that you think, and the emotions that you feel will automatically influence and alter your breath. Think about when you are fearful or anxious, the breathing becomes more rapid and even shallow. The calmer the mind, and the more secure our feelings are, the slower and deeper out breath is. This shows us that we can use our breath in the healing of our whole being. We can learn how to consciously use our breath to restore and to balance.

Like I said, I myself used to be a very shallow breather, which is a quite typical scenario when you are living a stress-filled life. What shallow breath means is that one is only using the narrow top portion of the lung surface for oxygen exchange. Our breath literally stops at the diaphragm. Therefor we call it shallow.

A good breath for health will go all the way down, expanding your abdomen. It will take some work, but by being conscious about our breath, we can reprogram our automatic breathing to benefit our whole being. We can re-connect ourselves through the breath of life. When we mainly use shallow upper-chest breathing, we reduce the efficiency of our lungs and the respiratory system. It will result in less blood flow and less productive distribution of the vital lymph fluids than if deep-breathing. This is also an interesting fact about the shallow-breathing; it actually reduces the amount of digestive juices available for the digestive process!

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