Linking the Conscious and Unconscious
Breathing is a unique physiological function as it can be performed both involuntarily as well as voluntarily. As long as we don’t pay attention, it is indeed an unconscious function performed by our body for survival. However, as soon as we bring our attention to it, it comes under our conscious control. Owing to this unique property, breathing forms a connecting link between the conscious and unconscious territories of the body and mind.
Everything that is within the range of our awareness is a part of the conscious mind. This is what allows us to think, process and act rationally. It processes one thought at a time. The thoughts, sentiments, memories, perceptions, sensations, etc that we are accessing at the current moment fall under the jurisdiction of the conscious mind. Basically, if we are aware of it, it is in our conscious mind.
However, in the words of Freud, the conscious mind is only the tip of the iceberg. The vast portion of the iceberg lies beneath the water. What you see coming out on the surface is minuscule in comparison to what lies below. All that matter below the surface resembles the unconscious mind. Although beyond our awareness, it still exerts the greatest influence on our conscious actions. It is so subtle, we may not even be able to discern where the impressions came from. Dreams are often a way to analyze the content we have stored in our unconscious mind.
Mind Under Control
Since breathing is usually a natural function we do unconsciously, when we begin to do it consciously, it lays a significant influence on our unconscious mind. It forms a link between the two, allowing data to easily flow through. We start to become more aware of the thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions, fears, urges and desires that were buried deep inside. When they start surfacing themselves, it becomes easier for us to control them. Conscious breathing is thus an art of regulating our life and bringing a healthy balance, and that is exactly what happens in Nitaai Breathing. Nitaai Breathing incorporates deep, slow and conscious breathing along with the reverberation of the healing Nitaai sound.
Breath is gross, vital energy is subtle. Breath is actually one of the major external manifestations of our vital energy. By regulating the breath we can control the subtle vital energy inside our bodies. And by controlling the vital energy we can control the mind, as the mind performs all its functions with the help of vital energy only.
In fact, when we do Nitaai Breathing, we give an entry to the intelligent Nitaai sound into all the energy pathways of our body, thereby releasing the energy trapped in blockages for use in more creative and purposeful activities.
Moreover, when we breathe involuntarily our breath is generally shallow and incorrect unlike voluntary breathing where there is a possibility of doing it right. After volitionally training our respiratory muscles through Nitaai Breathing, over time, our involuntary breath also becomes more rhythmic and deep.
Deep and conscious breathing in Nitaai Breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, and our body responds through instant relaxation. We also become more aware of our unnecessary cravings and urges. Breathing consciously gives us a sense of satisfaction which helps us to rethink and finally forego those desires.
Nitaai Breathing is, therefore, the practice of willfully regulating the act of breathing to access and alter even those physiological and psychological functions which are otherwise beyond our conscious control.