Intentional Breathing: Meditation Myths

You know what they say about “Using It.”

No breath, no life. Without breath we can’t solve problems, can’t love, eat; you could not even come to a death anymore. Very simple, isn’t it? Science. Breathing has a lot to do with everything and anything.

Then why don’t most of us use the power of breathing?

Lots of answers to that question, but let’s focus on Meditation Myths. Before, however, taking another step better we want to clarify the use of the word “myth”.

Myths are stories that offer many truths, however lost that truth may in the mists of time and lack of documentation. We use that kind of mythology in healing. 

The “myth” in the title of this essay refers to false assumptions about meditation and religion. These are little lies, in a way, that have arisen in the noise of our times. Confusion creates misdirection that diverts our understanding.

Our deepest admiration is addressed to those good people, patient and dedicated, who can sit still and meditate, concentrate, hour after hour. They share, in their lives and the lives of others, deep teachings, philosophies of living, peace within. On top of that they have given us a long list medical-emotional-physical benefits – less stress, better blood pressure, clarity of mind is the beginning of a long list that reach miraculous levels of abilities. That’s not myth; current science.

MEDITATION MYTHS:

Meditation requires religion

Meditation has some “different” physical requirements and seems very boring

Meditation takes too much time and a lot of study

Can you imagine how many myths exist around religion? Religion is in our blood, believers or non-believers, in our DNA. Religion plays a part in our world, either because we embrace it or because we don’t. When we are presented with something that does not seem to fit our beliefs, of course we resist it. There’s also the thought in many of us that we’re not religious enough to be engaging meditation.

And how about the meditation positions you see in photos and books? I don’t know about you, but that part of meditation made me resist it for a long time. Besides, I liked more action in my sports. This isn’t sport, I know, but if my body is going to suffer, what do I have left apart from pain? Confusing.

And that thing about sitting for hours, really, is it necessary? Plus, the fact that everywhere meditation is spoken of, there is a list of books, schools, teachers, methods to follow. For many of us all that is like a blind date scenario where our date is “an interesting person.” Some might say to this prospect, “I already have a job.”

Should we let these misdirecting so-called truths keep us from the benefits of good breathing? Our ancestors say no.

Within the heritage of our Mexican culture there is the belief that the science of breathing is our top ally in facing life on the planet Earth. We deserve to know how to use breathing for the personal and general good, and the science of breathing deserves gratitude.  

This ability, by the way, is the right of every human being, rich, poor, fat or skinny.

The long hours of sitting in difficult positions in the quiet, then following that with hours of study is for the people who have come to this life path. The rest of us have other goals, other trades, other quests. But the power of breathing is for everyone.

The science of breathing in the days of our ancestors was called I’imati, breathing with mental attention. People considered these teachings were to heal oneself and polish the spirit. It was for men, women, warriors, artists, workers and managers, to fulfill their lives as best they could.

A basic recommendation of intentional breathing is that it works best without applying religion! We do not have to meet religious criteria or change our lives upside down to enjoy the benefits of our heritage. We can however, by the same token, apply our beliefs and religion as much as we want.

The best news?

It’s so easy to learn this science that resides in you already!

Here are four ways to find a benefit from intentional breathing, and it won’t take you longer than three minutes for you to see if there’s anything to it. 

Need to Concentrate? Breath in and out through your nose, full nasal. Give it three minutes. Did anything change?

Need to Reduce Anxiety? In through your nose, out through your mouth. Push worries out three minutes, see if something changes.

Need Energy? In through your mouth, out through your nose. Three minutes might get you to an answer you need.

Need to Sleep, Feel Better? In and out through your mouth, be comfy. See if three minutes gets you closer to alpha.

You see? No religion, no lifestyle change. Give it a try for 30 days. We’d love to hear how it goes.

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Published by Mike Callas

Named curandero, healer, by the people we serve, we're close to 40 years living around our humble altar. Our experience has created a legacy we are inclined to share, as well as inspired many a story and the making of myth. In true toltec fashion, we make art.

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