October 18, 2005
Do you notice your breathing? from Andrew Weil Practical Tips to bring into your day
"Today, make it a point to pay attention to your breathing. This simple observation can tell you a lot about the state of your nervous system, and by learning to control your breathing, you can influence the regulation of your heart rate, blood pressure, circulation, and digestion. Since you have more control over exhalations, focusing on this part of your breathing is a good way of learning how to breathe deeper. Use the muscles between your ribs to squeeze air out of your lungs - when you move more air out, you will automatically take more air in. As you breathe in and out, think of the cycle as having no beginning or end. Practice this exercise as often as you like, but I recommend doing it at least once each day."
October 09, 2005
Practicing Breath Work-A Tip from Andrew Weil
In Buddhist and yogic traditions, people claim to have reached an enlightened state by doing nothing more than paying attention to the rising and falling of their breath. What easier way could there be to reach such a state? Especially since breathing - following the ebb and flow of your breath - is an intrinsic part of meditation. By paying attention to your breath, you will rapidly change your state of consciousness, begin to relax, and slowly detach from ordinary awareness. Try to focus on the point between your in-breath and out-breath that is dimensionless, and glimpse the elements of enlightenment in that space.
Want to know more? Read Breathing Basic How-To's on DrWeil.com