Create a Happy Life That's Sustainable

…but for real doe

TLDR VERSION – breathing is scientifically and metaphysically good for us, keeping our bodies healthy and functioning at an optimal level. We should focus on breathing more in our daily lives. Want to learn more? So glad you asked! Please see below…

We need to breathe oxygen to live (technically). Air also happens to be one of the last, if not the last “free” resource out there. If we’re not sold on breathing with these two pieces of insight, here are a few more.

“The Iceman” Wim Hof links breathing as the key to a sustained healthy existence. If you haven’t heard of Wim before, check out the VICE episode on him or the Tim Ferriss podcast in which he’s a featured guest. One of his many points is that a focus on breathing can make our bodies more alkaline, a key to health which has been proven by myriad studies. Wim holds various world records for monumental human feats including the longest a man has been encased in ice, and credits much of his success to his breathing techniques. Could improved breathing be a benefit to our physical and mental capabilities?

What’s also cool is that cancer can’t survive in an oxygen-rich environment. I’d include a link, but most have learned this and feel free to Google (per previous articles re the power of Google). Focusing on “the breath” or breathing, also assists athletes of all kinds and is a huge help in the weight room (insert your anecdotal evidence here).

Breathing also connects the conscious mind with the subconscious. This means that we can control our breathing, and will continue breathing past that control (like during sleep or bored in traffic). Our breath is literally a connector between the conscious world and the subconscious. Getting into the metaphysical realm, Gary Renard’s book “Love Has Forgotten No One” lists a focus on breathing as one of the keys to a healthy existence. Seems no matter the source material (scientific, woo-woo, or otherwise), we should be focusing on our breathing habits more closely.

Speaking of habits, we all sigh. When I notice that I’ve taken that big inhale that’s required of a sigh, I’ll consciously take another large breath. I’ll continue this until something takes my attention away or the subconscious aspect of breathing takes over. With all the benefits and air being free, take as much as you’d like 🙂

Blessings on Blessings,


About The Author

Mental Gymnastics is supported by a collection of like-minded individuals who have daily happiness practices. They will lend their expertise in various facets of life over time, sharing how and what they've implemented in their lives to achieve a sustainably happy life. Mental Gymnastics was started by Sean Yoon McDevitt, who holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia (while competing as a Division 1 Swimmer), an MBA from the University of Oregon, and an International Association of Meditation Instructors Membership.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for reminding me to breath. Plus, the added benefit of breathing being free makes it extremely compelling 😉

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