Having found myself in love with my wide eyed kittens earlier this week, the love seems to be spreading out and my awe and wonder at being lucky enough to be born into this amazing Species is constantly confronting me and so I'm compelled to share . . .
This is not a systematic list just observations and some of the wonderful information about how we work that I have come across in my reading.
"Conscious breathing, the technique employed by both the yogi and the woman in labor, is extremely powerful. There is a wealth of data showing that changes in the rate depth of of breathing produce changes in the quantity and kind of peptides that ere released from the brain stem. And vise versa! By bringing this process into consciousness and doing something to alter it - either holding your breath or breathing extra fast - you cause the peptides to diffuse rapidly throughout the cerebrospinal fluid, in an attempt to restore homeostasis, the body's feedback mechanism for restoring and maintaining balance. And since many of these peptides are endorphins, the body's natural opiates, as well as other kinds of pain-relieving substances, you soon achieve a diminution of your pain. So it's no wonder that so many modalities, both ancient and modern, have discovered the power of controlled breathing. The peptide-respiratory link is well documented: Virtually any peptide found anywhere else can be found in the respiratory center. This peptide substrate may provide the scientific rationale for the powerful healing effects of consciously controlled breath patterns." from Molecules of Emotion by Candice Pert.
( Dr. Candace Pert is an internationally recognized psychopharmacologist who, until recently, held a research professorship in the department of physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She has published more than 250 scientific articles and has lectured worldwide on pharmacology, neuroanatomy, and her own leading-edge research on emotions and the bodymind connection. ) Enough science for today lots more that I'm looking forward to sharing.
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