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Chapter 3. Breathing > What You Will Learn in this Chapter

What You Will Learn in this Chapter

  • To discriminate between active and passive relaxation.

  • To practice diaphragmatic breathing as a method for calming the fight-or-flight reaction and coping with stress.

  • To practice other breathing techniques for lowering arousal.

  • To explain the relationship between ultradian rhythms and relaxation.

As we mentioned before, the path toward stress mastery is lifelong. As the concepts and techniques become part of the daily fabric of your life, your capacity to thrive from stress continues to refine and become more elegant. Clearly, to deal with stress effectively, you must pay attention to both your body and your mind. A dramatic example of this is a study that showed that meditators tended to age more slowly than nonmeditators. During meditation one focuses on quieting both the body and the mind through the act of fixing on a single thought, image, or visualization.


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