219: Breathing for Relaxation - The Science of Meditation
" Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor" - Thich Nhat Hanh
There are many directives for stress relief that seem cliche. If you are feeling anxious or stressed you often hear people say to take a deep breath. In your head you're thinking,
"Yeah, like a deep breath is going to do anything to stop me from freaking out."
The truth is, it will. It is backed my science and medical study. Breathing creates a relaxation response in the body.
This week I am going to give you a deeper look at the elements of meditation from a scientific standpoint, not strictly a metaphysical one.
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Topics Discussed in this Episode
- The role of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as they relate to stress.
- The fight or flight response
- The function of the Adrenal glands
- The difference between diaphragmatic breathing and chest breathing
- Exercises in the instruction of diaphragmatic breathing
- 6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less
- Take a Deep Breath
- A Simple Breathing Exercise to Calm Your Mind & Body
- The Science of Breathing
Question of the Day
Is there a time of day each day when you could practice relaxation breathing?
Action of the Day
Practice one of the methods of focused breathing listed in the resources above
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