WHY IS BREATHING IMPORTANT FOR YOUR WELLNESS?
The human body is remarkably adaptive and resilient. Human beings can survive for many
weeks without food, and for several days without water, but without air, life ceases in only a
matter of minutes. The fact is that every cell in the organism requires a continuous charge of
oxygen in order to carry out its assigned function.
The job of breathing is to supply this energy to the bloodstream, but since it has been
happening automatically for every moment of your life, you’ve probably given very little
attention to it. Yet without it, everything stops.
When the air is clear, your lungs strong, your body relaxed, and your mind at peace, you
experience total wellbeing. Unfortunately, this ideal is seldom realized. In the language of
the Wellness Energy System, the input source, the air, may be polluted in some way. Or
perhaps there just isn’t enough of it available. High altitude climbers must carry their own
oxygen, or risk light-headedness and even death around 24,000 feet. Being in an
overcrowded room without proper ventilation will have a similar effect.
The channel (which is you) may have breakages (poorly functioning organs, illness,
accident), or be blocked by foreign objects, by the restriction of muscles created from
emotions such as fear, anger, and grief, by tight clothing, or by chronically poor posture.
The poisons of nicotine and tar accumulated in lung tissues may also contaminate it.
The Breathe-Well Program looks at how these factors affect your output–or general
metabolism. Your ability to work, play, and communicate with others depends upon how
effectively your energy is used.
Breathing is an integral part of your wellness, because your breath is the link between your
body and your mind. Once the body is relaxed (RelaxWell), we need to relax the mind – this is done through various breathing techniques.