Deep Breathing: Good for Body and Mind

You can survive for days, even weeks, without food. You can survive days without water. Yet, without air, you only have minutes to live. Even if you start breathing again and survive, you might have permanent brain damage. Is it safe to say that breathing is of utmost importance? Indeed it is. Yet most of us breathe so shallowly that we barely get enough oxygen to survive. If we really want to thrive, think clearly and have energy, we need to be more deliberate than that. Every part of the body uses oxygen and the deeper our breaths, the better all our organs can function. Here are two quotes explaining the importance of deep breathing, as well as good posture, not only for physical health, but also mental and emotional.

Deep Breathing Purifies the Blood

In order to have good blood, we must breathe well. Full, deep inspirations of pure air which fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood. They impart to it a bright color, and send it, a life-giving current, to every part of the body. A good respiration soothes the nerves; it stimulates the appetite and renders digestion more perfect; and it induces sound, refreshing sleep.

— E.G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 272

Oxygen and Good Posture Fight Depression and Stress

It is important to maintain proper posture, especially for people who are depressed or are not handling stress well. I encourage my patients to utilize deep breathing techniques during their physical exercise session. Throughout the rest of the day, when conscious of their breathing, they are to attempt to breathe deeply six breaths pet minute. At first it will require the use of a watch and taking a breath every ten seconds, but after some practice they will be able to do this without looking at a watch. I also encourage deep breathing while performing the next lifestyle measure, “classical music therapy.”

— Neil Nedley, Depression: The Way Out

Additional Tips

It is helpful to focus on the abdomen’s expansion and to breathe through the nose rather than the mouth. There’s also sun and water breathing, when even fewer, longer breaths can be made. I’ve read it also helps to exhale longer than inhale, but both should be full breaths (all the way in and out). This is one of the many reasons why country living is important — it’s the best place to get pure air into our lungs.

What benefits have you experienced from the practice of deep breathing? Share with us by commenting below!

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Also known by his pen name, Malchiel E. Malachi, Ricky first began sharing the Gospel in 2008. His ministry has gone through a number of changes, even being renamed, but there is one thing that hasn’t changed. He is a dedicated student of the Scriptures and Ellen White’s writings and loves to share what he learns online.

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