The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls our internal environment. It controls everything that happens inside our bodies. It keeps us alive. It keeps us healthy. When we are ill or injured it controls our healing.
What is it?
the Power, the Energy
How is it measured?
The ANS gets that energy in various ways. It gets some through water and food. Its most immediate and its main source of this energy comes from the oxygen we breathe into our lungs and into the red blood cells that carry the oxygen throughout our body.
Our consciousness is mainly concerned with the ‘outside world’ and how we relate to it. The more our consciousness concerns itself with the outside world, the more some of that Autonomic Power is drained away from looking after our health and well-being.
Going Onto Autonomic Pilot
We know that the ANS can monitor what is happening in our immediate environment even when we are not paying conscious attention. Most people have had the experience of getting from one place to another without the conscious awareness of how they got there – sometimes on foot, and sometimes even driving! Many people have slept through loud noises, but have been awakened by fainter noises that are important, such as a baby’s cry. These are examples of being on AUTONOMIC PILOT. ‘Getting lost’ in a good book or movie are also examples of being on AUTONOMIC PILOT.
By going onto AUTONOMIC PILOT, for even a short while, we help our ANS recharge. This frees our minds of clutter, and helps us to feel and function better.
This is fairly easy to accomplish; and it gets even easier with repetition.
The way to do this is to focus on proper breathing
Many authorities have shown that focussing on and learning better breathing techniques can have a profound influence on our health and well-bring. Breathing properly is an integral part of yoga. We will teach you some specific Yoga-type breathing patterns for you to follow. Proper breathing practices are also an integral part of many current relaxation therapies such as the medical hypnosis.
Focusing on your internal world as you breathe properly will help your body go into a predominantly Autonomic state of functioning. We call that going onto AUTONOMIC PILOT. In that state, your Autonomic Nervous System can best look after your body’s health and well-being, and can use all of its energy most efficiently. Your mind can be freed of the mind-clutter that can sap that energy. After just a short period of being on AUTONOMIC PILOT you should feel refreshed and relaxed.
Start by reading the section on proper breathing. Practice diaphragmatic breathing until you can feel your lower ribs pushing outwards as you breathe in; and feel your breath going out without effort as you allow your chest and abdominal muscles to relax. When you are comfortable with the breathing, decide which breathing pattern you will follow. Click on the appropriate button. Then set the breathing rate. Set the desired number of breaths per minute. Focus your attention on the colored ball, and let the screen fill your mind. Watch the ball expand and contract. As it expands breathe in; when it stops, you should stop. When it contracts let your breath flow out, visualizing all the tightness and tension in your body flowing out. When it stops, you should stop. Then start the cycle again as the ball expands and you breathe in again.
It may take 4 or 5 minutes for you to recognize that something is different. You will become aware of how much better you feel.
If you have started with a relaxing pattern and want to continue to relax, you may keep the same breathing pattern even after you turn off the machine.
If you have started with the relaxing pattern and have physical or mental work to do you may want to spend another 4 or 5 minutes using the energizing pattern.
With practice, you will learn what works best for you at any given time.
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