April 9, 2019
Perfect Breathing by Al Lee & Don Campbell is an indispensable resource for individuals seeking to learn the intricacies of what the ‘perfect breath’ entails.
For me, the notion of ‘perfect breathing’ was rather intriguing at first blush for a variety of reasons. Conversely, the deeper one delves within the pages of this book, the easier it was to see the various ways individuals can end up carrying out imperfect breathing.
As the authors note:
“During times of stress – and that can be anything from lack of sleep, screaming kids, or a bad day at work to physical confrontations, overwork, or being chased by lions – we become shallow chest breathers. Chest breathing stimulates the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response, a response we’ll speak of often. It makes the body react as if it’s in a state of emergency and produces a buildup of stress-related chemicals such as adrenaline and lactic acid. Researchers have found that prolonged shallow, rapid breathing – while necessary to protect us from immediate danger – can make us feel chronically anxious, fatigued, or disoriented. Shallow breathing also contributes to stress-related and stress-affected disorders such as PMS, menstrual cramps, headaches, migraines, insomnia, high blood pressure, asthma, back pain, and allergies.”[Bold Emphasis Added]
That passage resonated with me quite profoundly because the stress of a particular disease, shallow breathing plagued me for most of my adult life, and I didn’t even notice it. Something else that bothered me often as well was holding my breath unknowingly in times of stress and/or fear, though this one issue I’ve overcome or the most part.
Fortuitously, the book also provides a kaleidoscope of breathing exercises that can help an individual breathe optimally.
Another small gem of information that’s shared by the authors regards one of the exercises suggested to tackle stress. The authors suggest inhaling for two seconds, holding your breath for one second, exhaling for 2 seconds, and holding your breath for one second, and repeating as needed (we’ll call this the 2-1-2-1 breathing technique). This technique has been used by me for years now, while alternating with the next one.
This was used in tandem with a modified 4-4-4-4 breathing technique which was based on the suggestion of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, in his book On Combat. Both breathing techniques help me greatly, except the later one helps me slow down not only my breath, but also helps slow down my mind a lot more which aids me personally in a variety of circumstances. The circumstance I am undergoing will dictate what feels right at the time for me.
In any case, as the authors note about the 2-1-2-1 breathing technique:
“This exercise, as simple and innocuous as it seems, is the most important exercise to master. Once you have developed the habit of slow, deep breathing and your body remembers that this is the natural way to breathe, it will slowly become a part of everything that you do. It will become your “secret weapon” when you need an extra burst of energy; it will become your rock when you are feeling emotional shattered; and it will become a peaceful, quiet refuge at times when you need sanctuary.”[Bold Emphasis Added].
As someone who’s used this technique and others several times daily, the benefits have been quite significant for myself as well as those friends of mine who also chose to use it.
The authors also showcase at least a few dozen references to studies conducted in respect to breathing, stress, and various other physiological issues, which only helps buttress the main point of the book: how you breath matters.
In its totality, this book is a masterpiece in the art of breathing, and it should be highly considered by everyone, particularly those experiencing stress regularly, or disease. Either way, the book has enough information for any individual to take advantage of this book. And the best part about the book is that the advice advocated – everything that revolves around breathing – is free and easy to follow.
 Al Lee & Don Campbell, Perfect Breathing, pg. 12-13.
 Ibid., pg. 53.
Suggested Reading & Viewing:
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression & How Women Can Heal Their Bodies To Reclaim Their Lives by Dr. Kelly Brogan M.D. & Kristin Loberg
Eat To Beat Disease – Food’s Medicinal Qualities by Catherine Frompovich
Toxic Psychiatry by Dr. Peter Breggin M.D.
Cancer Is Serious Business – Burzynski [Documentary]
The World According To Monsanto [Documentary]
Thimerosal – Let The Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal Of Mercury – A Known Neurotoxin – From Vaccines by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.