Breathwork helps you to relax and de-stress, it can iron out the nervous tension and worry of the daily grind and busy modern lives. It can help yo...
Breathwork is the generic term for specific breathing exercises where the breathing is done in conscious and systematic ways, with specific purposes in min...
Brainstorm, The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain By Daniel J Siegel, MD, Scribe, London, 2014, www.scribepublications.co.uk, ISBN 9781922247452, 321 pages, illustrated, £6.17
Being the parent of a teenage is a condition that needs no further explanations. Every parent knows that their darling little children will eventually reach a phase in their lives where they will undergo a dramatic change for the worst. They seem to move in to a world of their own where parents have no place or permit to enter.
In earlier generations this phase was not as clearly expressed as it tends to be today. This is mainly due to the fact that teenagers often had to make a very short and clear transition from childhood to adult (working) life. Usually it was accentuated by rituals such as Christian Confirmation at between 10 to 15 years of age.
In the modern western world many teenagers still have years of basic education left to complete. Following this, they may struggle to find work and a place to live away from their parents. So the teenage period has definitely become an issue for parents to have to deal with.
Many advice books for parents tend to deal with the outer aspects of teenage life: how to set family rules, what to do about addiction issues, pocket money, etc. This can, of course, be very valuable, but it doesn't explain what actually happens to the teenager and why they change.
Cellular memory and the body mind connection is essential to cracking the code, clearing the unresolved events in the way of personal intentions.
The mind changes and jumps about like a chattering monkey. What we think today, we do not think tomorrow. Thoughts are intangible and can be both illusive and intrusive. Thoughts can slip our mind or seem to be impossible to remove. Some thoughts will hang around for a long time. The mind hardly every stops thinking. Much of the mind chatter is repetitive.
Decisions are made consciously in our lives as adults. However, many of them are being affected by subconscious material, and the many decisions that have already been made and applied to events that enter our lives. Whether they are past based, or original, they are based on a group of thoughts and feelings that we have, at a certain time, about a particular experience, or a series of experiences.
What we do decide consciously or believe, changes. The mind mulls over everything all the time. Opinions affect beliefs. Opinions change. We interpret everything to do with the mind in a hundred different ways, then return to the first conclusion we made and start the whole process all over again. We decide on one course of action and then have a series of decisions to make again.
Decisions are often described as ‘making up one’s mind.’ This is true sometimes. The decisions we make go into, or make up the contents of our mind. They enhance our belief patterns and help to form the structure of the ideals and concepts we choose to adhere to in daily life. Or belief patterns have been etched into the mind from what has been laid down as impressions when we were tiny, and then repeated, repeated, repeated, repeated. One thing is certain ..... thinking, thoughts, beliefs, values, ideas, concepts, decisions, idle mind chatter changes a lot .... over days, weeks, months and years.
The mind affects the body and breath affects the mind. The way we breathe can change our life.
Breath is conscious and voluntary when and if you remember to breathe. It is automatic and involuntary when and if you forget to breathe or have no awareness that breathing is happening. When the breathing is automatic and involuntary, an individual affected by past conditioning and is more likely to be reactive. When breathing is conscious, an individual is in the present, free-to-be-in-action and at points of choice. Look at the following table showing the differences between conscious and automatic breathing.
There are four types of conscious and automatic breathing patterns as follows:
When the breath is flowing smoothly and rhythmically, at an easy, relaxed, pace, then the mind is calm and peaceful. When the mind becomes disturbed by a trigger or stimulus, the breath changes pace and pressure, triggered by a thought or the emotion associated with a thought or memory. When the easy/subtle breath is maintained consciously, the disturbance of the mind is calmed by the peaceful breathing pattern. Anxious and neurotic states of mind cannot exist when the breath is even, gentle and smooth.
There are yoga practises and other disciplines where the technique is to consciously retain the breath on either the internal or external
Any individual can use the Breathwork Mastery process of conscious breathing to live intentionally no matter what their circumstances.
When an individual sets an intention deliberately rather than through their normal human wishing, wanting, desiring, longing and hoping, everything in the way of that intention is likely to start to manifest in that individual’s life. Most people don’t know this. In the new age we tend to say “it’s not meant to happen”. This is a fatalistic approach because the power to make things happen is being given to some other source or force. One huge secret which most people don’t know also is conscious breathing itself can be used to clear the unresolved material, events, circumstances and energetic sensations in the body that get activated when an individual sets an intention deliberately or intentionally.
Most people do not realise that when they make a vow to themselves or another, or start up a new project in life, they are inviting everything in the way of that vow or project to come forward. It’s the subconscious material that is going to bring up the blocks or sabotage of the vow or project. Limiting subconscious beliefs like “I can’t have what I want” or “life is hard” that became subconscious when we were tiny and it was true, may still be locked into the body-mind and below the surface of awareness.