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19 Nov 2013

Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 2

With that in mind, let’s talk a little about breathing. I got the following from a book called Mind Sight by Daniel Siegel. I don’t want to go into too much detail about our brains, so I’m only going to focus on one part: our middle prefrontal cortex. If you make a fist with your hand, place your thumb in your palm and wrap your fingers over your thumb, the tips of your middle and ring fingers represent your middle prefrontal cortex. This part of your brain is a regulator for nine functions in your body. I’ll write a brief explanation of each function. In addition, how sometimes these functions can wreak havoc on our daily lives.
  1. attuned communication: having that feeling that you are felt when talking to someone else
  2. emotional balance: feeling enough so that you have a vitality for life, but are not overwhelmed by it
  3. response flexibility: have you ever had a fight with your kids, or parents, where no matter what they say, no matter what they do, “I’m right and you are wrong;” ever had one of those?
  4. insight: ability to perceive our own minds
  5. empathy: the capacity to see things from someone else’s point of view
  6. fear modulation: have you ever sat at home and heard something outside and without knowing what it is, you are completely wrapped in fear? Maybe you’re watching a scary movie; maybe you aren’t. I met someone a while ago. Her parents went away for the weekend and left her home alone. She heard a noise outside and locked herself in the guest bedroom. It was just the wind blowing that made the noise. Funny thing is, the lock broke and she was stuck inside the room. More important than the previous sentence, she ruined the rest of her evening because she was completely wrapped in fear, over nothing. She was in her thirties at the time.
  7. moral awareness: thinking about and enacting behaviors that are socially good
  8. intuition: wisdom from your body
  9. bodily regulation: regulating heart rate, digestion and breathing. For the purposes of this article, this is the big one. I originally wrote this as a speech and the best example that I could think of for when our bodily regulation fails us is giving a speech. For those who have done presentations before, you’ll be aware of the accompanying feelings and sensations and how sometimes they can be overwhelming: a pounding heart, butterflies in your stomach and no matter how hard you breathe, there just doesn’t seem to be enough oxygen in the room for you to fill your lungs.
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 1
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 3
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 4
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 5

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