There were the multiple processes of the body discussing among themselves which was the most valuable and some of them decided to go with Brahmin (one of the deities of the Hindu pantheon), and they asked him:
"Which is the most valuable of us all?
"The one whose absence makes the body feel worse sooner should be the most valuable.
He left the speech (the tongue) and returned after a year and said "How could you survive without me? They replied: "Like the dumb, who do not speak with their tongue, but breathe, see with their eyes, hear with their ear, know and record with their mind. This is how we have lived." Then speech was integrated again into the body.
The vision (the eyes) went away and came back after a year and asked: "How could you survive without me? They answered: "Like the blind, who do not see with their eyes, but speak with their tongue, they breathe, hear, know and record with their mind. This is how we have lived." Then the eyes were integrated.
The hearing (the ears) went away and came back after a year and, likewise, he asked: "How could you survive without me? They answered: "Like the deaf who do not hear with their ears, but breathe, see with their eyes, speak with their tongue, know and record with their mind. This is how we have lived." Then hearing also entered the body again.
The mind went away and came back after a year and said: "How could you survive without me? They replied: "Like madmen, who neither know nor record with a healthy mind, but breathe, see with their eyes, speak with their tongue, hear with their ear, reproduce with their seed. Thus we have lived. Then the mind returned to the body.
Finally, the breath, when it was slowly leaving the body, tore all those others to pieces, feeling all the life going with it. At that moment, they understood.
And, finally accepting it, they said:
"No, please don't go. We can't live without you for a couple of minutes. In short, you are very valuable."
BENEFITS OF DEEP BREATHING:
It helps us improve cell metabolism.
We learn to better manage stress and anxiety, when it occurs, through slow breathing that calms the mind.
We find the state of sleep easier and faster and with it, we allow the body to restore itself better.
The digestive process becomes less burdensome.
We greatly reduce muscular pain due to increased oxygenation of the blood, and we suffer less from headaches and migraines.
By taking care of our breathing more efficiently, we are better able to concentrate on our tasks.
To be able to perform better breathing, the body requires better posture and better breathing relaxes the muscles more, so, the posture is gradually and subtly corrected until it is much better.
The pain in the back decreases.
By developing full attention to the breath and cultivating concentration on the breathing process, we improve our ability to focus more effectively and quickly on "the here and now".
"He who is attentive is alive, but he who is not attentive is as though already dead."
So, be attentive to your breath, every moment.
Remember that to become a master at something, we must practice it with a lot of discipline and dedication.
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I am Julio Cesar Arvelo, practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation.
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