Adverse Childhood Experiences

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and why should you be aware of them? Simply stated they are traumatic experiences that we have as children. Everyone has some traumatic experience growing up, the loss of a family member, the death of a pet, something. So what? Read more

breathing

Did you know that the yogin (neuter form of yogi) say that if you control the motion of your lungs, then you can control your heart? What does that mean for me, you say? Why would I want to control my heart? I don’t want to be messing with my heart! Read more

how to breathe better

“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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Again with the idea: what you don’t know can’t hurt you? This seems to be proving itself wrong time and again for those interested in personal growth. I remember my teacher explaining to us that three important things were preventing us from succeeding in our personal and spiritual growth: our karma, our ignorance, and our fear.
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You’ve explored meditation, and now you’re ready to go further with your learning.  In Level One, we focus on the importance of breathing.  The mind follows the breath, and the breath follows the mind.  Learn to be more aware of your breath, and to control your breathing, and wonderful benefits can arise from this.

Capacity, Concentration, and Observation

Putting all of the earlier challenges together, we add one final piece: putting your breath on the wheel.

Growth Through Challenge

As you challenge yourself to increase your concentration skill, you are forming stronger neural pathways in your brain.  This is one of the ways that meditation benefits us.  Your ability to concentrate when meditating will help you concentrate in other areas of life.  First, we must put in the practice.

A New Challenge

We continue to transition from simply observing the breath, to modifying the breath.  This advances our meditation practice.

You’re Getting Good at This

You’ve been watching your breath now for some time, so let’s challenge you to notice the subtleties of your breathing.  Doing so will improve your mindfulness training.

What does our breathing tell us?

Engaging the diaphraghm is a beneficial practice.  It may seem like a little thing, but it’s really important.  How we breathe has all kinds of impacts on our heart rate, the neurotransmitters in our brain, and the overall state of our body.