The Mind Is Always Listening
May 01, 2020
The breathing you hear, is the breathing you fear. The mind listens to it all: sound, speed, mouth, nose. It’s all noticed deeply in the brainstem. Pay attention to your thinking throughout the day and then take note on how you’re breathing during these moments of thought/emotion.
Mouth breathing exhausts the tank, tends to make us more reactive. Fast breathing overstimulates us especially if it’s going on all day which makes it harder to solve problems (Few examples). Begin to pay attention at your next meeting. Can you hear yourself breathing or others while talking?Taking big sighs in between talking points? Upper chest movements? Dry mouth? (Observe yours or their behaviors during this) learn something from it.
Study the next sporting event. You see problem solving and motor skills through the breath. Are the shoulders rising on a mouth breath or nasal breath? Do they look timid in their eyes? Are their decisions reactive down the stretch on a movement they’ve practiced millions of times? They’ve trained to go the duration of a game so is the athlete out of shape or just a dysfunctional breather?
You can start practicing on your own. Unless you’re really pushing it in a performance, spend your day being aware of breathing very calmly and quietly through the nose. Notice the effect this has on the way you think and feel. (Homeostasis keeps the breathing rate at the energetic demands of the body. Breathe less y’all!)
One Love, Harv