Stress is a response to the perception of threat
Many organs and tissues of the body become more vulnerable to inflammation and therefore inflame either during or after times which have been perceived as threatening. These threatening times can instantaneously induce the dilation of blood vessels, cause swelling, bleeding, tissue damage and create a lower pain threshold. These changes can be initiated rapidly just by any stressful event. Any part of the body can be effected through neural connection of the nervous system.
Being able to use your breathing is an extremely important component of emotional expression. The more stress, the more upset to the system, the more anxiety, means that people have a tendency to increasingly breathe in a shallow fashion, which cuts off oxygen to the brain causing a sense of wooziness or vertigo. When people get upset or become angry, their breathing starts to become shallow. In order to be able to use the full capacity of your lungs, you need to be able to breathe using your diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing is the healthy thing to do to manage life stress.
Place your hand on your lower tummy area and it is your gut that needs to be able to go up and down as you breathe. To be able to breathe from the diaphragm improves oxygen supply to the brain, it also allows better emotional control. Focussing on your breathing allows you to control your emotions and also allows you to be able to get where you need to be in your weightless journey.
Breathing has a life sustaining power. It is our spiritual life force, controlling every mental and physical process that takes place within us. When our breathing is calm and peaceful our mind and body is also calm and peaceful. When our breathing is agitated, our mind and body is also agitated. Our physical, metal and spiritual health therefore, depends on the health of our breath. When we hold our breath to block feelings we create blocks throughout our system. These blocks become deep rooted habits.
So, the first practice in regards to self-healing and self-mastering, as a controlled way of being is that of meditation. Meditation is a quieting of the mind in order to feel more calm, rested, and re-energized. The key is to be able to tune into your body to be able to distract yourself away from whatever your current anxiety might be. To concentrate on your breath creates a distance from whatever it is that you might be longing for, distracted by, or being triggered by or craving for. It allows you to create a distance between it and you. When you are feeling these feelings of longing, or to triggers for what is lacking, then you are feeling discomfort. The idea is to be able to be in discomfort without needing to do anything. Pay attention to your breathing and to be able to engage in meditation will allow you to create the distance that you need from freeing that discomfort to being okay with that discomfort without needing to react or do anything.
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