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Monday, March 15, 2010

March 15 - The Omnipotent Power of Breath, Part 3‏

Dear Friends,

Be Well.


The Omnipotent Power of Breath, Part 3

By Patricia A. Muehsam, M.D. Created: Mar 13, 2010Last Updated: Mar 14, 2010

In Parts 1 and 2, I discussed correct or natural breathing, the difference between abdominal and chest breathing, and the science of breathing.

In Part 3, I will revisit the link between breath and emotions and describe the powerful and immediate effects of breathing: how chest breathing can cause and aggravate illness, and how abdominal breathing can improve health.

Breath and emotions. I often refer to the body-mind, describing the intimate connection between thoughts, feelings, and body. (See my prior article series “Emotions and Health” for more details, The psyche and soma are completely linked. There is no distinction between the two.

Stressful emotional states, often causing us to chest breathe at the expense of abdominal breathing, will toggle on the sympathetic nervous system, thus causing or aggravating any health issues we may have. Chest breathing will increase emotional states of fear, anxiety, and anger. And these emotional states, in turn, can cause us to chest breathe, with the consequent ill effects on health. Abdominal breathing can alleviate these health issues.

A little more about chest breathing. To breathe fully, chest breathing is always involved. One’s chest will rise and expand as one’s lungs fill more fully. This is especially useful if we are doing strenuous physical activity and happens naturally and spontaneously. It is important to be aware that one initiates the breath via one’s abdomen, not the chest.

How chest breathing can cause or aggravate illness. Chest breathing alone can cause and aggravate illness. Because chest breathing engages the sympathetic nervous system, it can inhibit digestive function, cause or aggravate cardiovascular problems, and make sleep, rest, relaxation, and even sex problematic.

In fact, all health issues are exacerbated by chest breathing: for example, circulatory diseases such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, respiratory disorders such as asthma, gastrointestinal issues such as gastritis and ulcers, and life-challenging diagnoses such as cancer and other chronic conditions that Western medicine deems incurable.

Digestion is also impaired by chest breathing. Peristalsis is directly inhibited by chest breathing. Since food is our first medicine, we can appreciate the profound and systemic effects of it on our body-mind health.

Learning to breathe naturally can alleviate health problems. By learning or actually relearning how to breathe naturally, through intentional abdominal breathing we can learn to consciously control which nervous system is activated.

Abdominal breathing will toggle on the parasympathetic system. We can improve our sleep, digestion, and concentration; enhance relaxation; relieve uncomfortable emotional states; improve cardiovascular function—any health issues that we may have. This parasympathetic state enables the optimal and necessary conditions for healing disease because a state of complete rest and relaxation is necessary for recovery from any illness.

In Part 4, I will explain how to breathe from the abdomen and offer suggestions for practicing.


The Omnipotent Power of Breath, Part 1:

The Omnipotent Power of Breath, Part 2:

The Science of Breath by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., and Alan Hymes, M.D.

Dr. Muehsam is a physician, musician, and writer based in New York City. Her e-mail is:

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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