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The Parts of the Breath: Purpose

 

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In my universe, the breath has four distinct parts, each with a purpose. Working fluidly together, they can flow like a sheet of music.

 

The inhale brings oxygen (life force) into our lungs. This movement takes energy to expand our lung cavity. Inhaling deep down into the diaphragm absorbs 20% more oxygen. Focus as your lungs expand.

 

The first pause takes power to hold back our inflated lungs. The purpose is to allow the oxygen to be absorbed, the most immediate physical need we have. Suicide rates are higher at higher altitudes, connected to oxygen levels. Our mind uses 25% of our oxygen, it never sleeps.


The exhale releases carbon dioxide, the waste product from our oxygen consumption. The pressure is released slowly, effortlessly, calming our nervous system. The exhaust is warmer than the inhale, slower without effort.


The last pause takes little energy. The lungs are empty and at rest, the purpose is to let the toxic air, the carbon dioxide, to dissipate. We do not want to inhale air-filled with carbon dioxide. We pause to take in oxygen rich air.


Meditation is the specific focus, on each part of the breath. It is training the mind to expand awareness, to unplug the cognitive engine for a break.
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Understand where the power resides!!!

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Prisoner escape: can you believe they cut through this without being detected.
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The power of our being is our true self, spirit, not the created “Ego”.
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The “Ego” can not exist on its own. Our true self is the power host.
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Thoughts stored in the Amygdala (Implicit Memory) can trigger our fight or flight mechanism.
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This intiates our defense mechanism to prepare for lethal threat. Cortisol and adrenaline are secreted, blood pressure, heart rate and respiration elevate.
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Tunnel vision, loss of fine motor skills, confusion and hearing loss invade our calm, violently.
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Think of our scary thoughts having access to this switch.
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This switch activates the adrenal stress mechanism, our fight or fight mechanism.
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That is the extent of its power. When the mechanism fires, thought adds nothing to it.
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If we went to a doctor and could simulate the adrenal stress mechanism firing, you would see, the mechanisms strength is exactly the same.
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Again: Our thought with emotion adds nothing to the mechanism.
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Also know that we can summon the adrenal stress response without trauma (implicit memory) thoughts.
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I can through visualization and aerobic exercise fire my adrenal stress mechanism, then use that energy to propel my workout.
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Fear relinquishes its fear when we befriend him/her.
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There is no fear inside the fear mechanism, itself.
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Our storyline always carries the emotional fear for us.
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Let that go and it will fade quickly.
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Journey without that baggage and just be here with me and live life fully.
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The Undefeated Mind by Alex Lickerman, physical and emotional pain,,, our judgment is all important or lack of it, if we are mindful!

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“Though the experience of physical pain and emotional pain are clearly different, functional imaging studies show that, with few exceptions, the regions of the brain that these types of pain activate are identical.
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These include not only the regions responsible for giving pain its unpleasant character, but also those responsible for regulating its size, location, and intensity (perhaps partially explaining the startling finding that Tylenol, a centrally acting pain reliever, alleviates not only the pain of a smashed finger but also the pain of hurt feelings.)
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No wonder, then, that physical and emotional pain produce the same reaction: a strong desire to avoid the things that cause them.
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“Suffer what there is to suffer.
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Enjoy what there is to enjoy.
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Regard both suffering and joy as facts of life,”
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wrote Nichiren Daishonin.
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Yet most of us clearly don’t.
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Unfortunately, the strategies we use to avoid emotional pain often cause more harm than does the experience of emotional pain itself:
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more harm results, for example, from excessive drinking or drug use than from the anxiety they’re often used to anesthetize; more harm results from relationship sabotage than from the fear of intimacy that often drives it.
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Not only that, but attempting to suppress emotional pain may paradoxically increase it.
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In contrast, being accepting of emotional pain, being willing to experience it without attempting to control it, has actually been found to decrease it.”
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Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is.



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“Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life.
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Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever.
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Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is.
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It teaches the heart to be more accommodating,
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not by beating it into submission,
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but by making it clear that
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accommodation is a gratifying choice.
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– Sylvia Boorstein –
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A wordsmith I belive!

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We’d never know

how high we are

till we are

called to rise;

and then,

if we are

true to plan,

our statures

touch the sky.
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Author: Emily Dickinson
Source: Treasury of Women’s Quotations compiled and edited by Carolyn Warner
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Wow, my words seem one dimensional compared to hers.
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Part one: the incredible Zen (Mindfulness) of Bruce Lee!

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“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
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“Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
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“As you think, so shall you become.”
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“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.”
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“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”
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