Can Your Breath Affect Your Thoughts?
How many of us realize and are 'aware' of the fact that there is a two-way relationship between breath and thought? What exactly does this mean? Here’s an explanation: First, let’s see what happens when we are excited. The excitement could be due to anything - fear, suspense, sorrow, joy, burst of passion, etc. Yes, our breath is faster and, often, also irregular or uneven because we are excited. Almost all of us have experienced this some time or the other, haven't we? This part of the two-way relationship (thought affecting breath) is accepted without any debate by almost everyone, especially when one’s attention is drawn to it.
Now, for the other part of the two-way relationship... Can our breath affect our thoughts? Well... what do you think? Think about it calmly. Heck, the cat’s out of the bag. Think calmly, you were just told, weren't you? What happens to your breathing when you are calm? It slows down and becomes smooth and regular, doesn't it? And what happens to your thinking? It too flows smoothly and logically. Suppose you were only told tersely, "Think" (with a tone of urgency and without using the word 'calmly')... as if to make you feel you are in a 20-second quiz-show. Urged on by that one-word push, your thinking might be fast and furious, making you jump from thought to thought at a frantic pace. Of course, either way, you would possibly have thought deep and hard and it is also highly likely that you would have figured it out, sooner or later that, "Yes indeed, breath affects thinking." But you get the picture, don't you? Regardless of what kind of a thinker you are, you can now appreciate that breathing calmly steadies your thoughts; in like manner, erratic breathing invokes jumpiness and release of nervous energy, leading to confusion.
This is something that The LYLT Program will, in a most emphatic manner, make you experience, as you start your meditation sessions.
In other words, thought affects breath and in turn, breath affect affects thought. That’s that. QED.