The MBD Podcast 004 Transcript: Benefits of Breathing Practices & Supporting Meditation

Here is this weeks MBD Podcast Transcript.

Music included in this weeks episode:

Breathe - Performed by Delilah

Eric Satie's Premier Gymnopedie - Performed by Alexandre Tharaud

(Lyrics and iTunes links are to be found in text below)


I’m Deborah Wiggins-Hay - the MBD.

I wanted to spend a bit of time today talking to you about breathing.

Obviously it is a fundamental practice and something we need to do continuously in order to stay alive, because every cell in the body requires oxygen in order to fulfil its function.

Not only do we breathe in and out of our body, our lungs; but every cell in every tissue in every organ requires oxygen at a cellular level.

So every cell in our body is actually breathing!

So when we think of it like that, we can see how important it is for us to be breathing well and to be receiving good quality oxygen into our body!

But breathing has been a spiritual practice since the beginning of time!

Monk Meditating
Many Ancient Spiritual Traditions include Breathing Practices

Since humans having been searching for some sort of ‘inner balance’ within themselves; since humans have been striving to make a connection with an aspect or energy that is bigger’ than themselves, breathing has been an aspect of practice in many spiritual and religious practices.

The important thing is, not only does it work in terms of our spiritual connection, in terms of our physical body maintaining its optimal health, but it is fundamentally important in terms of the energy that moves through our body, and also us being able to come to a very ‘centred’ place in our minds.

So YES - breathing is important for the body cells, and their function. But breathing has a fundamental impact on the central nervous system (CNS), and the flow of information through our body - it has an affect on the electromagnetic function of our body and the communication within our body; but it has an affect (via the CNS) on our hormones and the information that is allowing hormones to be ‘overseen’ and ‘orchestrated’.

The information received through the CNS is interpreted through the brain and through that interpretation, the body adjusts its hormonal and biochemical changes. Changes that can affect our emotions, how we feel, and how our organs are functioning.

Oxygen is important on a practical level for the functioning of our organs, but also to balance the CNS and to regulate the information moving through the body (moving through the electromagnetic and Central Nervous System), in terms of our hormones and the biochemical changes of the body: all are impacted with the breath.

On top of that, those changes have a significant Impact on our brain function. Through the ability of our brain being able to ‘think clearly’ and ‘have a clear mind’, we are also able to view our problems, and our inner world, through a new perspective, from a place where our body is in a very balanced state.

When our hormones and biochemical state is balanced, there is less emotional impact upon our thinking!

It takes our mind to a place where we can be in a conscious, clear and focused state, which is unaffected by emotional or biochemical feedback from the body.

To put that into perspective, when our body is operating with high levels of stress hormones, the body is already in a pre-prepared state to receive information that it already perceives will be dangerous.

The information is ‘expected’ to be detrimental (or dangerous). Because we are already in a heightened stress state, the body is already