The breath is one of the most underrated and under-utilized methods of healing. However, something as simple as breathing can help those who suffer from severe mental conditions, garden variety anxiety and stress, to severe traumas. There are many forms of breathwork, so we call this one, "resonant breathing". This specific style of breathwork came from years of studying the ancient breathing practices of indigenous people all over the world including those from African, Hawaiian, and Native American traditions.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine in 2017 led by researchers from Boston University asked 30 people with major depression to practice the breathing technique regularly as well as Iyengar yoga. After 3 months, results from a standard depression inventory test showed how the depressive symptoms had significantly declined.
Even though the study size was very small, it is comforting to know that something as simple as breath alone could help to alleviate symptoms of severe depression. No pills needed. This technique is especially powerful because it can be practiced anytime, anywhere. The process involved taking regular breaths in and out of the nose, at a pace of 5 breaths per minute, each breath in and out taking around 6 seconds. The breath should be calm and gentle because the goal is to balance the sympathetic--fight or flight with the parasympathetic--rest and digest areas of the nervous system.
Gerbarg and Brown believe that the reason this technique works is thanks to the vagal nerves, those connecting the brain to the body and what tell the organs when to beat, digest, breathe and all other functions, have been found in recent years to send even more messages in the opposite direction from the body to the brain. "These ascending messages strongly influence stress response, emotion and neurohormonal regulatory networks," stated in a book written by the couple, Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice.
According to Gerbarg, "Respiration is the only autonomic function we can voluntarily control," it’s easy to see how changing the breathing pattern can shift the messages received by the brain.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Use our E-1 Formula along with this breathwork. E-1 normalizes the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems, acting as a tonic for sluggish nerves, and a calmitive for the hyperactive.
You Are Hallucinating Your Reality
The theory of our experiences being hallucinations was put forth at a couple of science symposiums over the last two months. The theory attempts to de-construct how human perception is understood.
One of the keys is "predictive processing" that challenges our intuitive feeling that our brains passively receive information (via our senses) and create perceptions of what is actually out there--the so-called bottom-up approach. Instead, predictive processing argues that perception, action and cognition are the outcome of computations in the brain involving both bottom-up and top-down processing, in which prior knowledge about the world and our own cognitive and emotional state influence perception.
As researchers Metzinger and Wiese point out, the idea of top-down processing is not new, but "dominant theories of perception have for a long time marginalized" its role. The novel contribution of predictive processing, they report, is that it emphasises the importance of top-down processing and prior knowledge as a feature of perception, one which is present all the time--not only when sensory input is noisy or ambiguous.
In a nutshell, the brain builds models of the environment and the body, which it uses to make hypotheses about the source of sensations. The hypothesis that is deemed most likely becomes a perception of external reality. Of course, the prediction could be accurate or awry, and it is the brain's job to correct for any errors--after making a mistake, it can modify its models to account better for similar situations in the future.
But some models cannot be changed willy-nilly, for example, those of our internal organs. Our body needs to remain in a narrow temperature range around 98°F, so predictive processing achieves such control by predicting that, say, the sensations on our skin should be in line with normal body temperature. When the sensations deviate, the brain doesn’t change its internal model, but rather forces us to move towards warmth or cold, so that the predictions fall in line with the required physiological state.
If you do get through enough of the papers to understand the computational principles behind predictive processing then, as Metzinger and Wiese put it, you get closer to understanding why "it is only a small step towards describing processing in the brain as a controlled online hallucination". Everything we perceive, including ourselves, are simulacrums of reality. The takeaway here is this wild thought: we are always hallucinating.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: The take away from this new theory is that ultimately, we are creating what we perceive and experience--not a new concept. However, when it comes to brain research, this is pretty groundbreaking. It paints the brain as a sort of "go-between" or "buffer" between our pure consciousness and the infinite information of universal creation. Use our Meditation Elixir, Higher Guidance, to help process the artificial limitations our brains impose upon our perceptions.
Meditation as a Form of Social Protest
The culture surrounding protest brings to light various aspects of the human spectrum of expressions of discontent. Rallies, marches, sit-ins and other public displays of political and social unrest open a public forum for people to throw bricks through windows or participate in flash mob dances for peace. Often times it takes both the peaceful protestors and the violent window breakers, to bring to life the full story of those affected by an issue in which they are protesting. For instance the dichotomy between the civil rights activists like the Black Panthers vs. those who followed the peaceful protests of Martin Luther J. King. It was between the two that the message was heard and changes were made.
Whether in peace or in violence the word "protest" indicates a negative response to an issue. Through the act of protesting, a negative response is created, while trying to perpetuate a positive outcome. In the past few years science has begun to reveal, through the lens of quantum physics, the relationship between our thoughts and the reality that we live.
A handful of experiments have used the act of meditation to explore the ability collective thoughts have to change the local environment. Studies conducted in Wales and Lebanon in the 1980s saw crime rates drop after large group meditations were conducted, as well as the well-known demonstrations by the Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa, that declared statistically convincing proof that meditation affected crime rates. These studies open new venues for positive activism, shifting the belief that protest is the only way to create positive change.
David Nicol, the author of Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation, has been activating the role of mindful techniques to instigate social, environmental, and political change. In an interview with Uplift Nicol describes this kind of activism as the "use of spiritual or consciousness based practices for collective transformation." Meditation, often times, is thought of as a practice for personal, inner growth. Nicol believes that through subtle activism large groups of meditators sitting together with a specific intention can go beyond their inner journey to impact the world outside of themselves.
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Gratitude is almost as basic as mindfulness, and can be included alongside a mindfulness practice. For example, when a negative thought or feeling comes up, feel gratitude that progress is being made, and that those negative thoughts and feelings will never again affect the body and your experience of life. Many scientific studies have been made on gratitude, demonstrating remarkable changes in body chemistry, endorphin release, speed of healing, increase in immune function, and many other beneficial effects. Gratitude as a practice by itself creates a very healing field of consciousness, and is a pre-requisite to gaining mastery over the mind and body.
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