Updated: Observing more of the breath, a deeper look and practice!!!!!!!!


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Think of the breath, the cycle of inhale, pause, exhale, pause, as a balanced piece of music, a flowing shift of energy with timed pauses.
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Our goal is to slow the breath with a rhythmical balance, a nice slow focus of a continuum.
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Leave counting, a high cognitive functional task, alone, and focus on having inhales equal exhales, pauses being similar.
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Feel the coolness of the inhale, the warmth of the exhale, the still, the quiet of the balancing pauses.
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Trained focus on the breath using this model will balance the breath, the mind- body connection and prepare to go beneath the cognitive, the ego.
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This slowing and balancing of the breath, first ignites the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the nervous system, applying the brakes, preparing to enter a no thought stage.
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Reaching a stage of focus where thoughts have faded but awareness is keen, alert and relaxed, begins to heal and energize our whole mind and body.
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Practice can be as little as five or ten minute periods during the day.
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This skill changes the mind because of the plasticity of the brain throughout life.
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Neuroscience says we can continue to grow, expand, experience unlimited potential as long as we have breath.
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There is eternal optimism for those who sit quietly and focus on the breath.
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Start today, slowly and become aware of your mind, how it wakes in the morning, where it goes to think about the upcoming day.
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If you see gloom, doom, avoidance or fear to begin your day, try practicing mindfulness.
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