A link between breathing and meditation has been confirmed! Well, we all know this already, but it's interesting to have it explained scientifically.
Scientists Think They've Pinpointed the Group of Brain Cells That Respond to Meditation
Article by F.MacDonald
"For centuries, people have slowed their breathing to calm their minds. For some of us, this takes the form of meditation or yoga; for others, it's 10 deep breaths before a panic attack sets in.
Regardless of what you call it, scientific evidence has backed up the fact that our breath can induce a feeling of tranquillity - although no one has ever been able to figure out exactly how that happens. Now, researchers think they might have finally found the answer, pinpointing a small group of neurons in the brain stems of mice that connect the breath with feelings of calm."
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