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A short lesson on how to breathe (140 characters or less) & the elephant

October 8, 2011

A short lesson on how to breathe in 140 characters or less: Deeper than you are right now. Elephants breathe the deepest of all on the planet and live longest. Eases and reduces the workload of the heart.

Buddha with…you guessed it.

If you want to check out where we left off in the last breathing post this week, enjoy ~ Breathing & Your October Momtra.

There are numerous benefits to breathing deeper into our bellies.

One biggee was stated above. Yet another is activating the relaxation response which in common lingo means being in control of reducing stress immediately and getting clear(er). In short, breathing at a more even pace (see last post) and deeper into the belly like elephants and small kids do to live happier and longer. (Shallow breathing that keeps us in our chests keeps us in chronic stress)

We’ll save looking at breathing and how it leads to chronic pain for another time but suffice it to say that breathing helps the nervous system tremendously. So, after whistling while you work, you might want to stop and take three breaks each day to simply breathe deeper for two – five minutes. The working of wonder is immediate. And we all have two minutes in the morning, during lunch and at night before going to sleep.

And if you dig elephants, a cool article about their hearing & such.

Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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