Release date: September 2nd, 2014 / Last revised: September 2nd, 2014
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From ‘The Detox Miracle Sourcebook’
The air we breathe is the life force for our physical body. Without it we would die. God created a natural cycle whereby we breathe in oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen from plants, and we exhale carbon dioxide, which is the essential breath or physical life force for plant life.
Oxygen, of course, is vital to your life. It is a great energizer, alkalizer and oxidizer. The air we breathe (which is created by plants and trees) is alkaline, while the carbon dioxide by-products we exhale are acidic. Being a predominately alkaline species, it is vital that we learn to breathe properly and spend some time deep breathing. This charges the system with negative ions creating a cationic condition in the body, whereas shallow breathing creates over-acidity and an anionic situation in the body. Oxygen and simple sugars are the main fuels for our cells, as carbon dioxide is one of the main fuels for plants.
Most humans were never taught to breathe properly, so we have become what are called “shallow breathers.” If our breath becomes shallow, so does our life. Human beings and nature are not separate, but work together as one. It is when the human’s ego separates him or her from nature that disease sets in.
Deep breathing energizes the system, increasing circulation and lymph flow. Deep breathing also clears the mind and settles the emotions, allowing us to feel more at peace with ourselves and with nature.
The breath, in spiritual traditions, has been called the prana, chi, ki, life force, spirit, mana, the ECK, and many other names. There are a few individuals who consume mainly air as their food. I read about a Catholic nun who supposedly lived only on snow, high in the Himalayan mountains.
I was personally moving in the direction of trying to live solely on air back in the early seventies. I lived as a hermit in the national forests and state parks around Florida. I lived on oranges only, for six months, hoping to eventually eliminate those. However, my energy was so high that I kept having out-of-body experiences and I became unbalanced with respect to this world. It was hard for me to communicate with others. (Human awareness, on earth and in this physical realm, is very low when it comes to understanding true reality and the ability to interact with all life.) Eventually, I balanced out my eating habits with raw fruits and vegetables.
Deep Breathing Technique
Try the following deep-breathing exercise to increase the oxygen content within your body. The more you work with it the more you will develop a better breathing pattern. Lie on your back on a couch, floor or bed. RELAX, RELAX, and RELAX! Place your right hand on your abdomen just above your navel. Breathe in through your nose without moving your shoulders.
Watch as your hand moves up and down with your breathing. This requires breathing into the lower lobes of your lungs. Each time you breathe in, make your abdomen expand, or move up (raising your hand with it), then exhale from your mouth. Your abdomen will naturally contract as the air is released. Your hand will move as your abdomen lowers.
After you have done this for several breaths, try increasing your intake of oxygen by breathing first from the abdomen—that means, as if filling the abdomen. It expands. Then fill the top lobes of your lungs by inhaling more air in the upper thoracic cavities. This will raise your shoulders. Then, exhale gently.
Now let’s look at this again. First fill the lower lobes of your lungs by breathing to expand your abdomen. Keep inhaling and fill your upper lobes, elevating your chest and shoulder areas to allow for complete filling. Once full, exhale gently.
You can practice deep breathing in any position. Work with this until it becomes second nature to take deeper and more filling breaths. Deep breathing will help alkalize and increase cellular respiration as well as increase elimination of acid gases. This is a great exercise to do before you meditate or just as a calming technique. Open yourself to nature in every way and vitality, youthfulness, and a sense of connection will be yours.