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21 Nov 2013

Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 4

What this proves is that in the dog’s brains, and our brains, there is a neuron for ‘bell ring’ and there is a neuron for ‘I’m hungry.’ Through conditioning, they can be linked, so bell ringing and hunger are linked. Ivan called this ‘conditioned reflex.’ Others call this ‘neurons that fire together, wire together.’

What does this have to do with our middle prefrontal cortex? Well, if when our middle prefrontal cortex goes offline, we lose our ability to breathe, then to get it back online, the first step is to take a few conscious, deep breathes.

Unfortunately, our society is not well setup for this. How often are you sitting at work with a phone wrapped to your ear…? It’s an urgent call, of course, like most today. Then your cell phone rings. This too, is urgent. At the same time, you are replying to mails that are streaming through your computers. Then you look down at the time and realize that the shops are closing soon and you need to get some bread and milk for tomorrow. You dash out the office and of course on the day that you are a little late, there is so much traffic and it’s irritating the hell out of you! The people at the shop are driving you insane too. They are all getting in your way. Now you’ve realized that the kids need to be picked up, and if you don’t get there soon, that paedophile that was in the paper is going to take them away. Off to school and there is more traffic. Thank goodness, the kids are okay, so it’s off home. At home, the dog is barking and driving you nuts. Then your partner comes to greet you. He or she is looking rather jovial. They haven’t had the day that you have had and they say something like, “Hello honey. You are looking a little flustered today.” That’s it! This SOB is going to die, today! How dare they say that to me after the day I’ve had, you think to yourself. Who has days like that...?

Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 1
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 2
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 3
Breathing And The Effect On The Mind - Part 5

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