The Third Surprising Reason Why Meditaion Works

There are three basic components to meditation that makes it so magically reviving. First – body relaxation – obviously tensed muscles create stress so the opposite is good, complete short term drop of tension. 

Second – the mind is taken off its usual worry circuit and into an empty plain, which again gives the body a chance to relax and recoup instead of constantly reacting to our thought process.  This state of calm means that the body could begin to self-heal.

The third one might come as a surprise to some people. During the proper meditation the breathing activity slows down. There are longer intervals between each exhale and inhale (the pause before the next inhalation). And the breathing becomes shallower like in a deep sleep. 

This third effect I would like to look at more closely today. As it’s also the cause of profound healing that is happening to the body during and as the result of meditation.  Yogis for the longest time were practicing pranayama – the art or technique of controlling and slowing one’s breathing ascribing wonderful properties to such practices. The extreme example was of some ascetically accomplished persons to stay underwater for about 30 days without breathing. 

Yet we all know that oxygen is absolute must for our body cells to support life. So we are always advised to inhale deeper and keep it longer inside before exhaling. It took a scientist totally unfamiliar with yoga to prove the deep breathing wrong.  Konstantin Buteyko, Soviet professor of medicine, claimed that deep breathing only increases the amount of unusable oxygen in the blood stream which doesn’t guarantee but hinders its reception by the body cells.  He is said to help Prince Charles to overcome his allergy, who referred to controlled breathing as a real help to allergy and asthma sufferers in his passionate essay for The Guardian in 2004. 

The controlled breathing method is based on the fact that proper absorption of the oxygen is dependent on the level of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the blood. At maximum it must be equal to 6.7 % in the blood stream. Routinely people have up to 3,7 %. By slowing down the breathing process and making it shallower the body’s ability to retain CO2 increases which then supports the ability of the cells to receive oxygen from the blood stream. 

By practicing slower and shallower breathing for couple of weeks you can increase the level of CO2 (which body produces naturally as the result of its function) by one to two points. At such a mark things like asthma and other respiratory illnesses including allergy immune disorders are claimed to improve to the point on nonexistence. 

The Buteyko method of controlled breathing recommends practicing relaxation with slower and shallower breathing 15 minutes three times a day. This brings us back to meditation. Its profound healing effect does have a scientific basis although not widely recognised. 

 © Dana Johnson

Relationship Skills for Women

I believe relationships are at the core of our being. From early days of mother-baby then father-child, siblings connection and eventually life partners – these are the corner stones that give shape and meaning to all what we do. I lived my adult life in running away mode until my thirties and then spent a decade reconnecting with my family and started to have ‘towards’ goals. I discovered my heart finally at the begining of my fourth decade. I’m so grateful for this awakening to happen and feel that I can give so much to others to  find or heal their hearts, too. There are two ways we learn in life from personal experience which often means suffering or through wisdom that exists in the body of knowledge others could show us. So I went through both. I spent the last few years studying Vedic psychology and learning from the masters in the field of life coaching.  I begun working with women on all kinds of relationship issues.

My new web page ‘Relationship Skills for Women’ contains my current individual and group coaching courses for women who would like to be or already are in a relationship as well as information about coaching on all family concerns. Check it out below what is there for you:

Relationship Magnet – You are single and looking for a great committed long-term relationship.

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Learn what you can influence and control in your life in order to find, attract and keep the right person and build a stable relationship. Explore what is in your current reality and mindset that precludes you from selecting, connecting and staying with the one for you. “Relationship Magnet” is an individual or group course for up to 8 weeks.  Book a group of 6 – 10 girlfriends and up to two will have it for free. Call 07917376004 for a free 15 minute consultation. Email to arrange Skype or other web supported connection.

Relationship Bliss – You are on top of the world and happy as happy can be, so why would you need a relationship coach? Learn the secret of how to stay blissfully together even after the initial infatuation is over and everyday reality sinks in.

There are four components to every relationship – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. In the beginning it’s usually one or two that attract people to each other and if the other two or three are not aligned and present our happiness is often as fragile as a bubble in the air. Learn to master all four of them as well as skills of loving communication and confrontation, and enjoy life to the fullest. This course is available as individual or group coaching; give it as a gift to your hen party, flower girls, or girlfriends and get a discount. It’s a three-week course for a woman who wants to know exactly how to keep happiness and grow in it together with her partner. Inquire to schedule your own sessions or join a group. Call 07917376004 for a free 15 minute consultation. Email to arrange Skype or other web supported connection.

Relationship Check-up or ‘MOT’ – You’ve been and weathered together a little or a lot and are now at a stage of an open plain, m.b. even a plateau, or is that a fork on the road ahead; or your family situation is changing with new children on board, children growing or emptying the nest. Whatever the reason, something is changing or standing still without a breeze for some time.

Before boredom and casualness sets in there is a spark that could be reignited, brought back or a new flame found, fresh air let in. As a woman you hold the reins of the relationship.  It’s up to you to wish it to a completely new level. This four-week individual or group course will examine your possibilities of growing and expanding your relationship and establishing even deeper and satisfying connection. Book your group and one comes free. Call 07917376004 for a free 15 minute consultation. Email to arrange Skype or other web supported connection.

Relationship ‘SOS’ – Wait, it’s not the time to panic. It is time to take control and see clearly what works and what doesn’t and why.

Image result for unhappy couple imagesThen it’s time to learn what could be done to change what is not working. It’s time to take action and know precisely what steps to take to turn things around. It is almost never too late. It’s a question of one’s dedication, effort and belief. Come to the individual or group sessions for 6 weeks initially and reverse the situation no matter how hopeless it seems at present. Call 07917376004 for a free 15 minute consultation. Email to arrange Skype or other web supported connection.

Relationship In the Family – Are your close relations causing you pain, are you struggling to find love and understanding  with your parents, siblings or children?

Take action to bring peace and comfort in every relationship that is misunderstood or hurting and taking away from your current happiness and confidence. These vital life connections affect all other spheres of our lives, they are the blood that fills the vessels of our success and social standing and building stones of happy intimate relationship. When these primary ties are at fault, quite often our life power is drained and purpose is missing. Bring back the love or establish the connection anew with your mum, dad, brother, sister or child and your wings will soar again. This is a an 8  to 12 week individual or group course. Call 07917376004 for a free 15 minute consultation. Email to arrange Skype or other web supported connection.

© Dana Johnson 2015