Human breath can heal. For one thing, breath is the gift of life. When you wake up in the morning, if you find you are still breathing, then you should be thankful. Without breath, you are going to die within minutes. Breath is critically important not only to life and living, but also to healing. However, it is equally important that you are mindful of your breath, because your awareness means you are aware of many other things in life, such as your heath, your diet, and, in particular, your thinking, which is mindfulness. This awareness will let you make changes in your lifestyle, such as giving up smoking and drinking.
Unfortunately, like many people, you may have become totally unaware of your breath because breathing is so spontaneous that it is second nature to you that you no longer pay any attention to it..
Every day you may also be bombarded with hypes by the multi-media and modern technology; they become toxic thoughts in your mind, controlling how you think. Your thoughts may have become toxic, affecting your everyday decisions that may lead to your capability to heal over the long haul.
How your breath can heal you.
First of all, correct breathing is critical to your health. Babies breathe naturally. But as they grow up, their breath may have becomes compromised and incomplete.
Correct breathing affects your posture, which affects your physique, including your physical health. Correct breathing means you breathe in sufficient oxygen and breathe out as much as possible all the toxic fumes and carbon dioxide from your body. Breathing is a natural rejuvenation and detoxification process. Unfortunately, you may have incomplete or compromised breathing, leading to shortness of breath and accumulation of toxins inside your body. To have correct breathing (which means the breathing out should be longer than the breathing in) and complete breath (which means you use your diaphragm—the muscle between the lungs and the tummy—to push air and fill up the upper lungs), you have to be mindful of your breath—the breath to heal.
According to Chinese medicine, the two most important health regulators of the body are breath and blood flow. Optimum breathing brings oxygen to every cell in your organs and tissues; while smooth blood flow carries nutrients to nourish them. Without the efficient functioning of breath and blood flow, the overall health of an individual is compromised, resulting in imbalance and disharmony, which are the obstacles to healing.
The Chinese breath is healing breath: it helps you effectively and efficiently use oxygen 24 hours a day. The Chinese breath, as demonstrated by Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercises, lowers your blood pressure, calms your nerves, and alleviates your body pain. In addition, the Chinese breath improves the overall emotional health through clarity of the mind.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau