Breathwork helps you to relax and de-stress, it can iron out the nervous tension and worry of the daily grind and busy modern lives. It can help yo...
Breathwork is the generic term for specific breathing exercises where the breathing is done in conscious and systematic ways, with specific pur...
Brainstorm, The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain By Daniel J Siegel, MD, Scribe, London, 2014, www.scribepublications.co.uk, ISBN 9781922247452, 321 pages, illustrated, £6.17
Being the parent of a teenage is a condition that needs no further explanations. Every parent knows that their darling little children will eventually reach a phase in their lives where they will undergo a dramatic change for the worst. They seem to move in to a world of their own where parents have no place or permit to enter.
In earlier generations this phase was not as clearly expressed as it tends to be today. This is mainly due to the fact that teenagers often had to make a very short and clear transition from childhood to adult (working) life. Usually it was accentuated by rituals such as Christian Confirmation at between 10 to 15 years of age.
In the modern western world many teenagers still have years of basic education left to complete. Following this, they may struggle to find work and a place to live away from their parents. So the teenage period has definitely become an issue for parents to have to deal with.
Many advice books for parents tend to deal with the outer aspects of teenage life: how to set family rules, what to do about addiction issues, pocket money, etc. This can, of course, be very valuable, but it doesn't explain what actually happens to the teenager and why they change.
The mind affects the body and breath affects the mind. The way we breathe can change our life.
Breath is conscious and voluntary when and if you remember to breathe. It is automatic and involuntary when and if you forget to breathe or have no awareness that breathing is happening. When the breathing is automatic and involuntary, an individual affected by past conditioning and is more likely to be reactive. When breathing is conscious, an individual is in the present, free-to-be-in-action and at points of choice. Look at the following table showing the differences between conscious and automatic breathing.
There are four types of conscious and automatic breathing patterns as follows:
When the breath is flowing smoothly and rhythmically, at an easy, relaxed, pace, then the mind is calm and peaceful. When the mind becomes disturbed by a trigger or stimulus, the breath changes pace and pressure, triggered by a thought or the emotion associated with a thought or memory. When the easy/subtle breath is maintained consciously, the disturbance of the mind is calmed by the peaceful breathing pattern. Anxious and neurotic states of mind cannot exist when the breath is even, gentle and smooth.
There are yoga practises and other disciplines where the technique is to consciously retain the breath on either the internal or external
Any individual can use the Breathwork Mastery process of conscious breathing to live intentionally no matter what their circumstances.
When an individual sets an intention deliberately rather than through their normal human wishing, wanting, desiring, longing and hoping, everything in the way of that intention is likely to start to manifest in that individual’s life. Most people don’t know this. In the new age we tend to say “it’s not meant to happen”. This is a fatalistic approach because the power to make things happen is being given to some other source or force. One huge secret which most people don’t know also is conscious breathing itself can be used to clear the unresolved material, events, circumstances and energetic sensations in the body that get activated when an individual sets an intention deliberately or intentionally.
Most people do not realise that when they make a vow to themselves or another, or start up a new project in life, they are inviting everything in the way of that vow or project to come forward. It’s the subconscious material that is going to bring up the blocks or sabotage of the vow or project. Limiting subconscious beliefs like “I can’t have what I want” or “life is hard” that became subconscious when we were tiny and it was true, may still be locked into the body-mind and below the surface of awareness.
Many people who have never done breathwork wonder what all the fuss is about. They ask what is the point of it; they want to know what the value or the benefits of it are.
For those of us who are immersed in the practice—our direct experience makes it all obvious and self-evident. But still, it is important to remind ourselves and to inform others of the astonishing power and potential of Breathwork: so that’s what I’ll do here this month.
We use breathwork for self-improvement and personal growth; we use it to increase our physical, emotional and cognitive wellbeing; we us it to enhance our creative abilities and to boost our self-healing capacities. We apply it for achieving peak performance, for attaining optimum health, and for realizing our ultimate potential.
Breathwork gives us more energy on a day-to-day basis, and it helps us to sleep better. Breathworkers are not as tense, stressed, anxious or afraid—as often or as much—as others. Breathwork helps us to maintain a peaceful loving heart, a relaxed energized body, and a clear quiet mind—even in the most difficult moments of life.