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Breathe Your Way To Success: Part 1: By Mervyn Barrett

Breathe Your Way To Success: Part 1: By Mervyn Barrett

Did you know we breathe around 20,000 times a day?

It is one of the most inexpensive and time-efficient ways to lead yourself to well-being, and when you do it as part of a mindfulness meditation exercise, you not only fully oxygenate your body, increase the flow of blood to your brain, give yourself a vitality boost and reduce stress levels, you also, through ‘minding’ your breath (that is paying attention to the breath as you inhale and exhale) boost your powers of concentration, have more awareness of the present moment, and can quieten those annoying, nagging thoughts that seem to randomly appear and stay stuck in our head on an endless loop.

It is one of the most inexpensive and time-efficient ways to lead yourself to well-being, and when you do it as part of a mindfulness meditation exercise, you not only fully oxygenate your body, increase the flow of blood to your brain, give yourself a vitality boost and reduce stress levels, you also, through ‘minding’ your breath (that is paying attention to the breath as you inhale and exhale) boost your powers of concentration, have more awareness of the present moment, and can quieten those annoying, nagging thoughts that seem to randomly appear and stay stuck in our head on an endless loop.

The Neuroscience behind mindfulness meditation makes a strong, compelling argument for its practice. Scientists have discovered there are two ways in which our brains communicate to us how we experience our world. One is through the default network; the other is through the direct experience network. The difference between the two being the former is active when we tend to be at rest and not doing much. At such times we begin to think of ourselves in the past or future; or we are thinking of ourselves and other people in the past or future; or, indeed a combination of all four! Typically, when we are focused in this way, the thoughts, which by default tend to be negative, can be quite virulent in their intensity and overwhelming in the way they dominate our senses.

Although default experience thinking is a state that usually activates when we are at rest, many of us find ourselves preoccupied with such thoughts even when we are actively engaged in activities that really do require our full and undivided attention. When you look at it from this point of view it is quite easy to see why there are so many challenges in our lives that are not easily overcome. The latter, the direct experience network, has you concentrating on what is happening now. When your brain communicates to you through the direct experience network, you have real time experience. You have much more awareness (and management) of your moment by moment experience. As you experience that sensation of being present in an experience you are actually able to take in much more information in an openly objective and receptive way. And the good news is, these two networks are on a seesaw, i.e. when the direct network is up, the default network must be down. The bad news, of course, lies in the word ‘default’. You do not need to consciously invoke the default network: it comes as standard.

The medical science and health benefits for simply monitoring your breathing are numerous and are as equally compelling in their legitimacy – decreased lethargy, an increase in the number of vital nutrients being carried in the blood, a lowering of the body’s tendency to tripwire into the ‘fight/flight’ stress response, the correct balance between oxygen and CO2, more energy, more stamina, increased resistance to illness and infections…

Want to know a quick exercise you can do to become more Present?

Wait for part two, or, as I help people with practice all the time, book a Free Strategy Session with me and I’ll help you to help your Self!

 

Call Mervyn Barrett Inevitability Coach on 0796 140 6240 book a Free Strategy Session.

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