Navy SEALs and oriental monks agree…?
“Most of the workings of our bodies are driven by unconscious intelligence. . .With the breath however we discover something of great importance. While breathing can well be a completely unconscious process,. . . it is also possible to consciously control the flow of breath. This unique quality of the breath—that it can be both conscious and unconscious—makes it a link between the conscious and unconscious aspects of our being.” —Breathing by Michael Sky, pages 21-22
Breathing, something we take for granted, has been the subject of much commentary in past centuries.
Monks / Nuns of various religions have discovered much about conscious breathing which remains, for the present, under-investigated by mainstream Western science.
While digging into this topic, I chanced upon a discussion of “box breathing”—a stress relief technique practiced by United States Navy SEALs.
SEALs ? That pack of cast iron hard asses relieve stress using a conscious breathing technique that could well have been developed in a Hindu / Buddhist monastery?
SEALs are too strongly results-oriented to pay attention to something that doesn’t work.
For skeptics, that might be an incentive to take the whole topic of conscious breathing seriously.
Click on the link below to read a discussion of “box breathing.”
More on breathing later.