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Meditation and the brain
The brain is the gateway to our reality where information from the outside world is lead into the mental processor that is the brain.
Eyes are the main conduit
The eyes feed information into the brain, the brain assimilates that information into its own constructed truth which has been created in the subconscious, then projects what it has processed as fact into the consciousness. This reality may be different for everyone simply because each individuals brain constructs of real world realities are all slightly different.
Reality and the brain
The way the brain reconstructs the information taken in by the eyes uses up an incredible amount of brain power and biological energy (hormones and electrical energy), and so by closing the eyes or lowering the eye lids (during meditation) releases a lot of brain power to the brain encouraging controlled relaxation within its structures should the mental focus be trained to access the metaphysical state of meditation.
Note: for sighted people defocusing the eyes, closing the eyes or lowering the eyelids can release holistic energy through the central nervous system which, with training (in this case meditation) can be used to combat stress, foster peace to calm for the body and mind, encouraging balanced hormonal production via the endocrine system and brain influencing hormones.
Studies show that constant, daily meditation for 10 to 20 minutes a day actually changes brainwave activity, hormonal secretions and the way the brain uses its resources for accessing positive thinking or letting go of negative thoughts
Meditation and Breath (what is meditation)
Meditation is a state of consciousness that is natural and stress free, a learned, trained process which helps to access an emotional, peaceful freedom, similar to a well adjusted child.
The mind and body to some extent will always be a child (the mind/body remembers when it was once a child, and now when it is fully grown, this becomes your inner child), the part of psyche that remembers childhood and will always be the free-child of the mind, body and spirit.
The innocence, the inner child is a state of consciousness that mentally belongs to us all good or bad, everyone has experienced that innocence at one time in their lives.
However that part of our complete grownup consciousness, you know the up-to-date voice that talks to us all and watches over all our experiences no matter how big or trivial, the presence that wakes you up when a loud noise is heard at night, or that (gut-feeling) sense that sometimes advises "no" or "yes", that unexplainable consciousness that is involved with what we do every living moment is not a child and for most people that innocent, childlike qualities are completely suppressed by the adult consciousness as a way for the brain to holistically cope or function within our modern life's.
When it comes to meditation our breathing patterns need to access that child-like breath, using the diaphragm (the large muscle under your lungs that dissects the body and can act like a pump for air and blood) to connect with the breath.
Diaphragm breathing is childlike, because that is how a child first breathes, deeply and comfortable (without forcing the breath), accessing innocence, the breath is free from any constraints (free from future/past stress, free to just live in the moment).
Deep, peaceful abdominal breathing sounds so easy to do, but for some people it is not, and takes a load of time, effort and practice to re-learn just the simplest of breathing techniques, but believe me it is really worth it and will encourage noticeable good health if you can keep any good, healthy breathing practices and techniques going.
The good news is that you can access or practice therapeutic health giving breathing techniques just about anytime, anywhere the only thing you are required to do is consciously breathe until that way is natural (like a child).
Breathing works with and influences the bodies bio-electrical systems
You have to do(ing) to be(ing)
Lao Tzu (wiki) tells us to"do nothing and everything is done", this statement is a contradiction in itself? By the very act of doing nothing (yin) we are metaphysically doing something (yang).
Therefore we can understand from the sage Lao Tzu (wiki) that we need to study, train and learn (qigong TCM) a controlled way on how to be(ing - yin) by simply do(ing - yang) constantly promoting bringing a healthy balance back to the body-yang and mind-yin, whilst encouraging the relaxed, focused spirit (shen) state of being to peacefully happen automatically.
Doing the "Beta" Busy Mind (Yang)
When in a doing, busy mind-state the attention is mostly focused outwardly to belong to a world of what's going on or what's happening (left brain activity), and doing focused people tend to live (mind and body) constantly within the a past and future context of; what I did or what I am going to do which is not living in the moment, the doing mind lives in an active "Beta" (brain wave) state of existence to focus on what is going to; or will happen next, whilst constantly accessing past memories (maps, words, actions and learnt memories) if it needs, ceaselessly making decisions and judgments of all circumstances all the time allowing planning ahead and preparing actions in good time (unless overwhelmed) for up and coming events, making living life like this metaphysically active in body and mind (no rest for the wicked) all of the time.
The Beta-doing mind is an outwardly thinking, busy mind set that is associated with the left side of the brain, which if emotively stressed upon (all the time) can be mentally and physically exhausting leading to burn-out (nervous breakdown) if the mind-engine is not turned off and serviced from time to time.
Being and Doing
Being the "Alpha or Theta" Meditation Mind (Yin)
When in a being state the metaphysical attention is mostly focused inwardly on the senses to live in the here and now, open and receptive, vulnerable and trusting its a state accessed through deep, "inner watching awareness", relaxation and controlled breathing.
Living in being moments of peace are feelings usually accessed in moments of calmly walking in a forest, whilst listening to the trees rustle from a warm gentle breeze, stepping barefoot on a beach and sensitively feeling the soft, warm sand gently move between toes, having that quiet, reflective drink on the sofa, whilst living in the moment; or in the movement, to access the experienced of these focused,"being" moments Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong forms of living stillness or movement in the present meditative moment can be a learned gateway to peacefulness during any hectic lifestyle.
That Being Moment - AKA Mindful
That being moment is accessed by everyone who sleeps or wakes up simply because the dreamlike moment's, experienced just before falling to sleep or on awakening is a being place between full, brain conscious awareness and complete, brain subconscious receptiveness, the moment in between (sleep and wakefulness) is when the mind/body are in a "being" moment, and the same "being" moment happens when the mind/body first awakens.
The Alpha or Theta mind (a being mind) is open, receptive, relaxed, creative and unhurried, and is associated with the right brain to help recharge the mind, body and spirit (three treasures). Acupuncture, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy and hypnotherapy are just a few ways to help access that being in the moment release that encourages and promotes a metaphysical, natural balancing self-healing process.
Dangers of Meditation/Mindfulness
Dangers of excessive meditation (and mindfulness)
The dangers of extreme meditation (and for some personalities just daily gentle mindful meditation) are not usually discussed by meditation instructors, whilst meditation in general tends to be seen as an overall exercise that is safe to practice with no immediate or ongoing side-effects.
Ignorance is no excuse (but it does pay the rent)
Meditation retreats, meditation/mindful books and a vast majority of meditation (including buddhist monks) teachers choose to either ignore the pitfalls of various mental disorders that can develop through meditation, or are simply ignorant, and possibly could not care less of any potentially serious mental damage they may be doing to their students minds by saying "it's just part of the meditation process", although the good ones know the possible negative effects, and some secretly recognize meditation psychosis and named this aberration the dark night of the soul, but the majority prefer to keep silent about this potentially serious mental illness development through either a lack of knowledge or not understanding through ignorance of the brain's vulnerable and delicate balanced mechanisms, and they should know because they have moral and lawful (in some countries) duty of care towards any and all of their students physical and mental well-being.
How can meditation be dangerous
Meditation (or mindfulness) is mostly a right brain activity, the brain's thinking/thought process that the mind (and body) goes through to achieve the state of meditation is mainly, considered a mental training process that is aimed at healing not hurting, and like all training the correct teaching methods passed on by an expert in the subject is usually the safest and the quickest way to learn the technique, however meditation is a schooling procedure to open up the mind, a learning to let go process, but the mind naturally has conscious/subconscious safeguards to protect it's well-being if it becomes aware of any danger that may harm it (the body has fight, flight or freeze).
The minds safeguards
The mentality of the brain, the mind will always naturally try to protect itself, and one of its protection modes or defense mechanisms is known as repression?
A repression is a process of forcing negative, harmful thoughts into the subconscious thus preventing such thoughts from harming the mind (consciousness), although the thoughts and memories become hidden (causing a memory lapse), the emotions attached to the trauma can linger, develop and may be expressed in many, unwanted behaviors, such behaviors ranging from a serious psychosis to a simple phobia, much of the extent of damage will largely depend on the mind in question, the personality owning that particular mind and the repression(s) that has surfaced which is causing the metaphysical conflict in the present moment.
Meditational opens the mind
If the minds defense mechanisms is unlocked via meditation then all the traumatic events that has been repressed over the years will come flooding out, and for some people they will drown in a deluge of emotions such as anger, rage, fear, jealousy, obsessional thoughts, auditory hallucinations, mania or sadness etc, these experiences have been well documented by the psychiatric profession through studies with many papers written about the problems that can occur through dysfunctional meditation practices, with some patients taking up to 3 years+ to recover.
Note: if you have developed a psychosis or any form of mental illness through self-medication meditation! thinking the more you meditate the sooner you will recover, please stop meditating immediately! and take up some left brain activities to re-balance the brain - left brain activities include solving mathematical problems or counting, analytical writing, learn a new language, reading (especially facts) and practicing the guychitaichi method!
Guychi Meditation (in motion)
The way guychitaichi method is constructed in such a way to help solve the problem of meditation psychosis, and allows for personal controlled meditation, mindfulness (being) and doing, so that the mind is trained enough overtime to be eased into safe, controlled states of meditation and personal development, whilst dropping the ego, but still retaining enough cognitive control to accesses the past and future thus keeping in contact with reality.
Help is at hand
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Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong can be both being and doing
Breathing is probably the most important activity that everyone will ever do to sustain their life. The basic breathing meditation technique should be practiced a least once a day to get full benefits.
Live without breathing
We can live without food for sometimes months, we can even live without water for days but the longest we can live without breathing is minutes.
The importance of understanding breath and breathing correctly should for all be a high priority prerequisite.
To the guychi practitioner there are three main reasons to understand the science of breathing correctly.
There are 3 main types of simple breathing:
Clavicle breathing is associated with being angry or in a state of high anxiety because this type of breathing is shallow, rapid and irregular. If you breathe like this all the time you can safely say you are in a state of high anxiety most of the time without even realizing it.
Abdominal breathing can counteract clavicle breathing because breathing abdominally is associated with states of relaxation and calmness. Watch a relaxed child or a sleeping adult and notice that the more relaxed they are the more they breathe into and out of the abdomen.
Intercostal or chest breathing is the most common form of breath used.
Learning to Breathe:
The breathing meditation is fully explained further down, please read all paragraphs and fully understand the way the techniques are applied, and in the correct order before attempting to connecting all three into one long 3 section breathing technique.
Once the first 2 (clavicle & Intercostal) breathing techniques are fully practiced and understood all breathing techniques are combined into, and with abdominal breathing. So please study and understand the clavicle breath, followed by learning clavicle and chest breathing, and really learning the first 2 techniques before combining them with simple abdominal breathing to become fully competent at the breathing meditation you are learning.
Dangerous Emotional Breathing Patterns:
Breathing can be observed, and incorrect five element breathing will damage Qi:
|Breathing||Erratic Huffing & Puffing||Deep Abdominal
|Panting, Short, Fast & Shallow||Holding, Gulping, Swallowing|
Counteract emotional breathing (if you are emotionally aware) with full basic abdominal diaphragm breath for a few minutes, until the breath is completely calmed, and the emotional danger to chi energy has passed.
What dangerous breathing patterns do: Indicate damaging metaphysical emotions are present and restrict oxygen supplies through erratic oxygen intake and poor carbon monoxide exhalation.
Note: different levels of breathing techniques are taught to possibly accesses and exercise different memory patterns with the objective of purposely enhancing a conscious/subconscious relationship of breath, the brain and the body, and are taught as part of the guychitaichi technique.
About Emotions (Yang)
Emotions tend to happen uncontrollably, here are 3 examples:
1. A friend brought a new car, a car that you wanted, why do they deserve that car, the very car that "I" told them about only last week - Jealousy and Resentment.
2. Standing in a queue at the supermarket another shopper queue jumps for no apparent reason and evokes an immediate response of internal Anger.
3. A payment demand for the electricity arrives in the post, but the funds are not available to pay the bill - Anxiety.
Funny Thing About Emotions
The funny thing about emotions is they tend to sometimes develop completely out of proportion into a constant destructive feeling, take the example of the friend that bought a new car that you liked, they might have secretly liked it also and wanted to innocently surprise you with their purchase, and then next, excitedly let you have a test drive of the shiny new vehicle, respectfully finding out more about the car from your experienced mechanical insights, not to put you down but to just get good, healthy advice from a real, trusted friend (whilst you are torturing yourself by secretly nurturing judgmental, unfounded, destructive jealousy and resentment, which are adrenal releasing emotions).
Circle of Trust
The circle of trust is a painful place to be if it is out of control, you feel slighted, which builds to resentment and grows into anger, then you feel guilty for having to experience such negative emotions and feelings, which annoys you even more, then next emotionally putting the blame on to others because they (may have accidentally) slighted you in the first place, which builds into... you get the picture.
Out of control emotive feelings can take on a (adrenal) life of their own, but you don't have to own bad emotions of this type because you can let them go or weaken them by detaching yourself through correct, safe meditation training and professionally applied TCM techniques.
The more you fight emotions, the more the emotion(s) want (demand) to be inappropriately, persistently heard, growing and acquiring attention long after the emotional event had happened (sometimes years), this is known as a (subconscious or conscious) mental conflict of interest which can be controlled, diminished or let go by of using accurate, knowledgeable meditation techniques which can help correct (along with qigong, acupuncture, hypnotherapy etc) or teach some control of meta-emotional dysfunctions.
Emotional destructive short term relief
Destructive ways to gain some emotional relief (gambling, sex, drinking, drugs, eating or not eating etc) may work for small periods of time by being emotionally numbing, but coping techniques like these can built into a crisis leading to sometimes dire, hard to live with consequences and metaphysically damaging side effects that will need some sort of safe intervention eventually for any possible, long-term emotional change.
Accepting hurtful emotions by looking at them without judgments allows you to become detached from them, knowing, understanding and safely nurturing any destructive emotions gently under the microscope of your mind will allow a free flowing analytical process to develop, where the emotionally driven engine is given a refurbishment, with you as the mental mechanic (unless outside intervention is needed to start the process) that cleans, replaces and renews stuck or broken parts of the emotions that are no longer valid, or are out of date for the present moment, and using, being taught these techniques along with possible therapeutic interventions such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy and qigong meditations can be a powerful way to help deal with any metaphysical destructive processes.
Emotions (Yang) and Feelings (Yin)
Emotion and feeling are the yin and yang emotional/feeling qi energetic's of the metaphysical jing/luo, zang fu systems with the emotions being energetically yang because of their immediate, quick responsiveness; and the feelings being yin because of the long lingering emotion that has gradually grown into a constant feeling:
Example - Attraction
Emotions show us what we do and do not like (instant emotional attraction to an object or person)
Feelings tell us how to act upon an emotion (through encouraging planning strategies and acquired skills) to fulfil the emotional need(s) that is required to secure the object or person.
An emotionally led negative feeling or feelings can progress and build to other harmful emotional states, which can in time, descend into and involve fight, flight or freeze; to have, learn or establish any self evolving relationship that allows personal, emotive control with a non-judgmental understanding belief system, needs to be practiced regularly and developed though safe daily left and right brain meditation exercises, for meditation practice in-itself can be for some people a self proclaiming, personal effort to change metaphysically which could help develop and grow positive emotional fulfillment instead of constant negative emotional distress.
Meridians of Emotions and Feelings
Each meridian has an emotion attached to it, and because the Chinese recognized that short and long term emotional disturbances affected the whole of a person, and the way people move, behave, think and live their lives they studied and found healing methods to help the mind through applying acupuncture, qigong, taiji (qigong walking), aromatherapy, diet, still and moving meditations to try and bring some long term emotional, holistic relief.
Note: patients in Chinese hospitals are taught (sometimes by clinicians), or already know how to use mindful qigong meditations, and practice their personal meditation techniques before surgery and after surgery. I have personally witnessed pre and post operative patient meditation in large groups in a Chinese hospital. Refer to dangers of meditation also!
TCM Treatment of Emotions
Through TCM constant development, TCM practitioners found ways and treatments for using and working with the energy systems to naturally help redress most emotional dysfunctions (in minds that were previously balanced), by fostering an energetic re-balancing whilst encouraging the bodies metaphysical qi energy back to healthy, holistic stability using therapeutic interventions such as acupuncture, qigong, taiji (qigong walking), aromatherapy, diet etc.
The Brain and Meditation
Studies show that constant, daily meditation for 10 to 20 minutes a day actually changes brainwave activity, hormonal secretions and the way the brain uses its resources for accessing positive thinking or letting go of negative thoughts.
Fear, Meditation and the Brain
Parts of the non rational brain connected with fear (fight, flight or freeze) tend to be more quickly activated in people that are non mediators (Beta-doing mind), whilst with daily mediators the brainwave activity is associated with a more connected understanding of any situations without becoming stressed, and with the ability to let go of damaging long term emotional ruminations on what has happened before - Alpha or Theta mind (a being mind).
Note: refer to dangers of meditation also!
Unnecessary emotional leakage wastes a lot of energy and burns the Brain out
Most importantly practice regularly to get the full benefits of deep relaxation and focus of mind.
Martial arts, meditation and breath:
If you are learning meditation for martial arts purposes, practice the breathing meditation techniques for a few weeks as taught and consciously remember how the meditation feels by focusing on the meditation as you sit on a bus, during a coffee break or walking down the street, accessing the feelings of deep relaxation regularly in everyday life, then in a combat situation try to remember, access and feel that deep relaxation, now combine that deep calm state ofmind and body with the power of the martial arts technique you are using (especially in combat) during a training session, and note the difference of timing and skill you are able to access each time you apply any technique whilst mixing power and meditation up in any full-on combative situation (the difference can take time and practice to notice).
The application of the meditation during combat helps the fighter to live in the moment (being) by letting go of the past and future, the past being possible past mistakes made during combat and the tension that future, immediate expectations of winning can cause.
Combat meditation allows the fighter to become focused but relaxed, concentrated but not tense in the moment. Combat/fighting becomes a union of subconscious memory (muscle memory and strategy training memory that lives within the very essence of the mind and body from regular training) and a conscious focus should the fighter achieve a meditative state during battle.
Relaxed combat meditation
Practicing relaxed combat meditation will help to place the martial artist in a position were muscle and tendon energy works unimpeded whilst taking advantage of positive adrenal secretions of noradrenaline, helping to optimize internal skills (adrenal, relaxed spontaneous tendon movement and better blood flow through the relaxed muscles, improved muscle twitch expectations with a degree of conscious control over positive breathing patterns through qigong and taiji training) and physical external movement.
Note: if you suffer from emotional disturbances help is at hand by following the mindful techniques of examining, excepting in a non judgmental way to diminish, dismiss or help let go of any emotional disturbances that can impede positive focus.
Refer to dangers of meditation also!
Meditation Breathing Technique:
Note: Do-not fall asleep during meditation (unless that is your aim) as this will put you into a restorative sleep phase, instead if you stay awake then your mind, body and spirit (three treasures) relaxes and moves into a focus towards enlightenment phase.
Staying awake - to stay awake, get up and walk around for a few minutes then go back to the meditation.
Clavicle Breathing Technique:
Sit (or stand) with the spine upright, breathe in through the nose only allowing the breath to go as far as just below the neck (clavicle region).
Hold the breath for as long as comfortable then breathe out through the mouth or the nose.
Relax the muscles as you complete the breath 9 times. Once you can comfortably complete one round of 9 extend your practice to 3 rounds of 9.
This type of breathing is short and quick, almost like a pant, but slightly longer because the breath is held, and is the learn breath understanding phase before learning chest breathing.
Note: never force the breath instead control it with your mind. This exercise can be practiced in a laying down position to develop access to a sleep pattern.
Intercostal Breathing Technique:
Sit (or stand) with the spine upright, breathe in through the nose only allowing the breath to go as far as just below the ribs (intercostal region) and chest, feeling the ribs open-up and making sure you incorporate breathing into the clavicle region after filling the chest.
Hold the breath for as long as comfortable then breathe out through the mouth or the nose.
Help relax the muscles by using your mind on the out breathe, as you complete the breath exercise 9 times. Once you can comfortably complete one round of 9 breaths extend your practice to 3 rounds of 9 breaths.
Note: never force the breath instead control it with your mind. When breathing out gently empty the clavicle region first then the chest, when breathing in slowly fill the chest, then the clavicle region (like slowly filling a glass of water).
Note: This exercise can be practiced in a laying down position to develop access to a sleep pattern.
Abdominal Breathing Technique:
Sit (or stand) with the spine upright, hand on thighs and breathe in through the nose allowing the breath to go as deep as the lower abdomen, you will know that the breath is going into the abdomen because the tummy will slowly, gently start to become larger, extend outward, allow this to happen but do-not force it, the feeling should be comfortable.
Next (once the tummy is comfortably big) fill below the ribs (intercostal region) and chest, feeling the ribs open-up, making sure you breathe into, and fill up the clavicle region too.
Two ways of applying basic breathing
1. In breath - breathe out from the abdomen calmly and smoothly until almost empty (ribs-clavicle), then repeat the in-breath.
Practice regularly and methodically (as stated below) until this way of breathing becomes natural and you can go a full day comfortably abdominal breathing.
2. On the in-breath slowly breathe in for 5 seconds, hold the breath in the abdomen for 5 seconds then breathe out through the the nose for 7 seconds, gently flattening the tummy, chest and clavicle region.
Note: if the air is cold outside breathe in and out via the nose with the tongue touching the roof of the mouth, but if the ambient air is warm/hot then breathe in through the nose (cleans the air) and out through the mouth to help cool the body.
Relax the muscles (especially on the out-breath) as you complete the breathing exercise 9 times. Once you can comfortably complete one round of 9 breaths extend practice to 3 rounds of 9 breaths etc.
Note: never force the breath instead control it with your mind (wood element). When breathing out gently empty the clavicle and chest regions first then the abdomen, when breathing in fill the tummy first then slowly fill the chest, then the clavicle region.
This exercise can be practiced in a laying down position to develop access to a sleep pattern.
The Heart of Breathing
Sound of the heart (simple breathing meditation)
The heart beats to the tune of sound (and the colours of vision, shape of movements etc), sound can make the heart beat (yang) faster (an unexpected loud bang will shock and stress the holistic mind and body, making the heart beat erratically changing the patterns and movement of the breath) or slower depending on the content and how it is used, and the type of (qi) energy it projects.
Breathing, the heart and the mind
The breath and mind are metaphysically connected, breath feeds the heart to supply the body with (qi) oxygenated energy, the strength and speed of the breath can indicate that the heart is beating slow or fast, jogging, hard exercise disrupted and calming (yin) thoughts can all make the heart beats gentle (yin) or violent (yang), resting can slow (yin) the heart down, but uncontrolled thoughts can do what it wants to the heart beat (even cause a heart attack "yang").
Breath to calm the heart
Because the breath has a close connection with the heart (heart and breath walk hand in hand), slowing (yin) the breathing and establishing slow, calm breath patterns using the mind (the mind can control the breath consciously of subconsciously) to an inner stream of calmness (yin) will bio-affect the heart into becoming slow (yin) and peaceful (yin).
Mind and heart
The heart is where the emotions are housed (shen), to control the emotions, the mind-focus needs to learn through constant training how to establish calming breath to ease disrupted heart-emotions (shen), establishing metaphysical balance by living in the moment (being).
One Foot Face, One Inch Square Centre
The ancients say that the face is one foot by one foot square and the light energy (yang) from the heavens enters the upper dantian (brain) through the square inch between the eyes (left eye, sun-left hemisphere, right eye, moon-right hemisphere).
The inner ear (that is developed through practice) listens to the breath (entering the body) until the breath is so thin it can barely be heard, when this is done the (trained) inner eye looks into the square inch of the upper dantian between the eyes to encourage (yang) light to enter, and when enough light enters the light builds, moves, and makes its way into the lower dantian via the sanjiao (triple heaters), the slower moving air-breath (qi) energy stimulates the ren 17 acupoint middle dantian, in the centre of the chest to establish an energy connection between the three (qi) dantian's (energy centre's), of the base dantian (id - body), the middle dantian (ego - mind) and the upper dantian (super ego - spirit) promoting deep healing, mental-physical, holistic balance.
Note: the mind will bring up thoughts whilst meditating, this is natural, the root of the thoughts must be examined (by looking at them) and like a weed that is examined and pulled will wither and die (or at least weakened to eventually nothing), and as time moves on and meditation techniques are established less and less disruptions of the mind will happen.
Eight Extraordinary Channels and the Mind
The eight extraordinary channels and aromatherapy oils (TCM diagnosis is required) and qigong can help stimulate and balance the mind, and psyche, along with trained, established meditation techniques.
The heart has wings, the lungs
When the heart beats fast the wings fly
When the wings are gentle so is the heart
When the heart is hard the wings stiffen
And when the heart is in love the lungs find peace
More about Meditation Breathing:
It is important to practice and fully understand basic breathing technique before moving on to the more advanced breathing practices for hunger control (Sithali and Sitkari), muscle toning (Kalpalabhati breathing) and deep meditation breathing for stress release and relaxation (Anuloma viloma).
Note: refer to dangers of meditation also!
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