Being conscious of something automatically changes our minds, emotions and physical state.
Becoming conscious is related to being mindful. Becoming conscious or mindful of our breath is a very basic, simple and powerful method of reducing stress and entering a meditative state.
Breathing is not something we usually pay attention to, but when you do pay attention to it, you begin to notice how it feels as you take a breath in, notice as your lungs expand And notice how it feels when you exhale – take a moment with your breathing now. Visualize, see or imagine how they your lungs look completely full of breath and how they look as you exhale, almost completely empty of breath. As you pay attention to your breathing, you realize how relaxing it is simply to notice the rising and falling of your chest and stomach, feeling the breaths as they inflate and deflate. Such a natural, wonderful happening. The more you pay attention, the more rhythmic and deep your breathing becomes. When you feel the deep and rhythmic rise and fall, say silently to yourself the words “Relax and “Calm” Notice how, with each, deep and relaxing breath, everything in your body becoming more calm and relaxed. Each breath brings the necessary oxygen and each heartbeat in out in out pumps health blood to every part of the body, strong, healthy, cleansing. With every breath, feel the deepness and rhythm of your body as it works in perfect harmony to maintain and create healthy tissue and cells.
The simple exercise above is just a sample of what can happen when we practice conscious breathing. That practice immediately turns us towards a calmer more relaxed state of being which then allows a reduction of stress and an increase in the immune’s system ability to heal.
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“Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.” From psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl.
There exists a moment of choice between action and reaction – For most of us, we’re unaware of this space “between stimulus and response” because we are stuck in habitual patterns.
Until the 1980s, conventional wisdom in neuroscience held that the brain developed during childhood until it reached a fixed form that remained the same during adulthood. However, due to pioneering research in the 1980s, most famously by Professor Michael Merzenich,2 this orthodoxy was turned on its head. Since then it has become widely accepted that the brain constantly rewires itself in response to changes in our feelings, thoughts, experiences, and the way we use our body. This phenomenon is referred to as the plasticity of the brain.
Mindfulness techniques and practice allow us to consciously rewire our brain and change previously unconscious patterns of thought, action & being.
Meditation and other “mindfulness” techniques are designed to help people pay more attention to their present emotions, thoughts and sensations without reacting strongly to them**. Meditators often acknowledge and name their negative emotions*** in order to “let them go.”
When the team compared brain scans from subjects who had more mindful dispositions to those from subjects who were less mindful, they found a stark difference—the mindful subjects experienced greater activation in the right ventrolateral prefrontral cortex and a greater calming effect in the amygdala after labeling their emotions.
“These findings may help explain the beneficial health effects of mindfulness meditation, and suggest, for the first time, an underlying reason why mindfulness meditation programs improve mood and health,” said David Creswell, a UCLA psychologist who led the second part of the study, which will be detailed in Psychosomatic Medicine.
* “Conscious” – Fully AWAKE and AWARE ;
*** Acceptance vs fear