Mindfulness & Breathing

Leave the first response November 20, 2009 / Posted in Breathe, Meditation, Mindful Running, Mindfulness

In an explanation of the breathing techniques of Russian scientist, Dr Konstatin Buteyko, an interesting observation was made. A dog breathing at 40 breathes/minute lives 20 years; a man breathing at 17 breathes/minute lives 70 years and a turtle breathing at 1 to 3 breathes a minute lives several hundred years. Maybe this is another version of the tortoise and the hare. This is where slowing down is more important in winning at losing our life to death than in losing our life to win at getting to death faster.

Here is a short 7 minute conversation between Dr. Michael Aronoff and Dr. Jeffrey Wood on the importance of breathing touching on the practice of Mindfulness and breathing that has been around for several thousand years.

Some CDs that might be of help to you in your practice are: Meditation for Optimum Health: How to Use Mindfulness and Breathing to Heal by Jon Kabit-Zinn and Andrew Weil; Jack Kornfield’s The Inner Art of Meditation
; or Joseph Goldstein’s Abiding in Mindfulness: The Body. Another would be Sona’s Mindfulness of Breathing.

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