Attitude. It is not easy at times

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“Success is 99 percent failure.”

 

-Soichiro Honda
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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

 

 

Thomas Edison
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My two cents: We can gain strength from the tenacity and wisdom of other humans.
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“Perfect Breathing”: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!!!

 

 

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In addition to being downright pleasurable and relaxing, Perfect Breathing has other effects that are not so obvious.

 

 

With each conscious breath your body begins to stand down from the nearly constant attack posture that characterizes the fight-or-flight response brought on by so-called “modern living” and chronic stress.

 

 

The arteries, veins, and capillaries of your pulmonary system begin to dilate, increasing the blood flow throughout your body.

 

 

They also become more elastic, reversing the damaging effects of arteriosclerosis.

 

For reasons that are still not fully understood, the acid level in your blood drops when you breathe correctly, making your body able to more effectively process salt which, along with the dilation of your arteries, veins, and capillaries, causes your blood pressure to drop and your heart rate to slow.

 

 

That full deep breath also causes your diaphragm to move nearly three times farther than usual, which stimulates your internal organs and helps circulate the lymph that removes the waste generated by every cell in your body.

 

 

The additional oxygen you take in more effectively removes the waste that your blood brings to your lungs in exchange for fresh oxygen.

 

 

All of this happens with each deep inspiration.

 

 

Were this a late-night infomercial, this is where the announcer would say, “Now how much would you pay for that kind of priceless health?”

 

 

But wait, there’s more!

 


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Habits

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As often as possible during the day bring awareness to the breath, is it shallow and fast or deep and slow.

 

 

As often as possible during the day bring awareness to our thoughts or lack of thought.

 

 

As often as possible during the day bring awareness to our emotions.

 

 

Let thoughts and emotions fade with slow, deep breaths.

 

 

Our goal is simple, breathe deeply and slowly without thought in this present moment.
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1,000 mile journey

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“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

 

Lao Tzu
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My two cents: You eat an elephant one bite at a time, one meal at a time.

 

 

The complexity of meditation, the connotations of a mindfulness practice keeps many from starting a five minute program.

 

 

Buddha, the Dalai Lama started with focus on one breath.

 

 

Thoughts cascaded in at a furious pace, the same as our initial effort.

 

 

Adversity is part of the journey.
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Breathing one way or another!

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There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted.

 

Then there’s another way;

 

a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.

 

Rumi
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My two cents: Infinity seems beyond our reach, improving or living in the moment attainable.

 

 

It is the journey, not the trophy.

 

It is our attitude, our approach to life that matters.
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Perfect Breathing”: Exercise: Foundation Breath

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The purpose of this exercise is to reacquaint your body with full, natural breathing.

 

This simple technique, practiced regularly, will slowly become the norm, changing only in response to stress, tension, and emotions.

 

When your breathing does change you will be immediately aware, and you’ll be able to consciously and objectively deal with the situation, completely aware and present.

 

Sit comfortably with your back straight, eyes closed, and hands in your lap.

 

Begin with an exhale, then inhale deeply, hold it for a second or two, and exhale first with a short burst (like you were blowing out a candle), and then with a long slow finish as you completely relax your mind and body and empty your lungs.

 

Repeat 3 times or as needed to calm your mind and relax your body.

 

 

Inhale deeply, all the way to the bottom of your spine progressively filling your lungs, bottom, middle, and top.

 

Hold for a moment.

 

Exhale slowly, gently emptying your lungs from the bottom to the top, gently squeezing out all of the air.

 

Hold for a minute and then repeat moves 3 to 6 for five minutes.
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My two cents: The Breath is our focus object, the vehicle we ride on our spiritual journey.

 

More knowledge about the breath seems beneficial for our mindfulness practice.
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Body and Soul!

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Breath is the cord that ties the soul to the body

 

Brother Ramananda

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My two cents:   Breathing can be slow, deep, relaxed and calm. 

 

 

Breathing can also happen in a gasping, excited, frightened or terrified way.

 

 

One is shallow, tense and quick, the other calm, deep and present.

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