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Our Awareness is meant to be in the Present Moment. Our thoughts may wander back to the Past or toward the Future but with our Awareness anchored in the Present Moment, we will not be disturbed by our mind/thoughts. Breathing is one of the powerful ways to bring back our Awareness to our ‘True Home’ – the Present Moment. We all do breathe – but not in the way we should. The quality of our breath can tell us everything about our Psychological health.

I did a simple experiment last week to demonstrate how could one help himself to cope up with anxieties or worries simply by breathing. Our skin is a good conductor of electricity and we all know our skin temperature changes due to our emotions (Anxiety – cold, Anger – hot). In a similar way, the skin conductance changes as well due to internal or external stimuli.

I connected myself with one such sensor and practiced 4-7-8 breathing (4 seconds of in-breath, 7 seconds of hold, 8 seconds of out-breath). As we could see in the image below, after a 1 minute of baseline period, the skin conductance begins to decrease – that indicates a more relaxed cognitive state.

Plot: Reduced Skin Conductance during the 4-7-8 Breathing Task

If you have any questions or curiosities, feel free to comment. We can discuss 🙂


2 responses to “Awareness”

  1. Dear author,
    I would like to thank you for your valuable suggestion and efforts.
    It will be helpful if you suggest some techniques to be in present.
    Thank you

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    • Pranayama (a set of breathing techniques like 4-7-8)
      Mindfulness Meditation
      Our day-to-day activities such as Cooking, Eating – all of these can be done in such a way that we can keep our Awareness in the Present.

      Good day! 🙂

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