While all of these options are possible, they are not necessarily the best way to bring that craving of inner peace, restoration and clarity.
So the question that stands is, well what is?
Imagine if you could send yourself into a full state of optimal consciousness, or the optional state of mind for focus, retention and cognition.
This is called the Flow State. Popularized by positive psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura, flow state is a feeling where you become fully immersed in whatever you are doing. Your brain and body aim to maintain focus and stability of the mind, which is challenging in highly simulated situations.
Unless we can find a way to tap into the flow state, our brain struggle to be present and non distracted, minimizing efficiency.
You are probably wondering…
How do I achieve this sense of focus and utilize it in my day to day?
Well… We will have to go into the flow: the psychology of optimal experience and how it correlates to the peak performance of our brainwaves and heart rate metrics in real world. The higher levels of breath-work frequency, the more high-quality, well being mental state you will achieve in daily life.
What is Breath-work?
The basic idea of breath-work is to release toxins and stress from your body as you breathe out and nourish your mind and body when you breathe in. It is an active meditation technique that focuses on breath in order to purge the body and nervous system of emotional debris.
Forbes describes breath-work as “an experiential therapy that uses accelerated breathing to evocative music to access altered states of consciousness.” Breath-work allows you to tap into a flow state because it oxygenates the brain, stimulating different regions that access the subconscious mind. Our subconscious is the powerhouse and record holder of all the information from our life, including memories, beliefs, and values.
When you have control of your breathing, removing yourself from your external state and focusing on mindfulness of your body, you allow yourself to tap into your inner knowing and infinite intelligence.
This small sense of clarity is the first step to a renewed, peaceful life. The more you build your intuition and courage, the more you equip your mind to achieve anything with full focus.
For those who are new to the power of holistic healing methods, here are a few research-based benefits provided by Webm
● Alkalizing your blood PH
● Anti-inflammatory effect
● Elevating your mood
● Impact on the central nervous system, dopamine and cortex, according to neuroscience researches.
Physical health benefits of breath-work may include:
● Balanced blood pressure
● More time in deep sleep
● Reduction of PTSD and feelings of trauma
● Stronger respiratory function
● Better immune system
● Release of stress hormones from your body
Emotional benefits are:
● Fewer feelings of depression and anxiety
● Better mental focus
● Sense of self
● Decrease in addictive behaviours
● Allowing emotional scars to heal
● Better outlook on life
● Contentment and joy
Breath-work presents your body with the chance to reset and recover from the negative side effects of stress, which in turn positively supports your physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual functions.
A breath practice will allow you to reach full concentration, helping you to enter the flow state and become the most efficient, productive and harmonious version of yourself.
Learning from a Master…
Jason Campbell, the Founder of Zen Wellness, an organization committed to health, healing, and longevity using the skillful means of time-tested Medical Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga, uses his skills to teach the art of breath-work. He is a 7th-degree black belt and Zen Wellness Master Teacher who has been teaching the eastern healing and spiritual arts for over 25 years.
Campbell has found a way to intertwine his talent for music composition with the art of breath-work in order to optimize the experience.
“The Ancient Masters of the East observed recurring patterns in nature, medicine, music, human affairs, and all aspects of life. They categorized these observations into the Five Phases, or Elements,” Campbell explains. “Music is a tool for transformation. Each piece is a unique expression of one of the Five Chinese Elements, of which we are all created, and serves as a foundation for personal meditation practice.”
Interested in more from Jason Campbell?
Campbell has transitioned into the virtual world, creating the first ever breath-work immersive course in VR. Enjoy a unique customization course where he leads his students through a meditation and mindfulness breath-work exercise that will help them achieve the Flow State. So grab your VR headset and let’s enjoy the state of flow VR experience together in real-time!
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