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Arthanari Chandrasekaran

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Why do humans often forget to breath?

In-spite of being the only reason for us being alive on this planet we often forget to breath. Where in the evolution process does the breathing got pushed down to such a low priority activity.

Is it healthy to leave breathing to the subconscious, aren't we supposed to breath consciously.

What causes this and what impact will it have over the period of life time?

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    Jul 10 2012: Thanks for the reply.

    Breathing as a event is always subconscious. But i notice this as a common feelings across major population of people that when we leave the process of breathing to the subconscious it gets shallower with time. And through out the day at times we take a deep breath which increases our energy flow and this deep breath happens with conscious effort.

    Is it not the deep breath process the sub conscious is supposed to perform. But more often it only seems to perform the less shallow breath by default.

    I think in animals breath does not get shallower and their subconscious always does deep breath.

    I hope we were animals once.

    Where does the disconnect lie?
    What causes the breathing to get shallower over a period?
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    Jul 7 2012: Arthanari,
    can you please give some examples of this forgetfulness, so far I have not experienced it.

    And if breathing was supposed to be conscious, you would never again get a chance to sleep. Reconsider!
    • Jul 8 2012: very good point about sleep! wouldnt that be scray!
  • Jul 6 2012: i think the fact that breathing IS a subconscious act is what keeps us breathing and alive. It's a necessary act of survival, so why would we (or why should we) even be consciously thinking about it?

    I don't think anyone forgets to breathe. I think we can consciously stop oursleves breathing, hold our breath, or make ourselevs think that we forgot to breathe, but sooner or later, we will start breathing again.

    Try this: hold your head under water andh old your breath. After about 30 seconds, I assue you it will be the top priority in your brain.
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      Jul 10 2012: :)

      But still... Why should i try this?

      And why should it become the top priority in my brain after performing such a activity?

      Isn't breathing supposed to be the highest priority of brain by default irrespective of what i do.
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    Jul 6 2012: WOW! It is as though you looked into my life right now. One of the biggest battles that I am fighting right now is to remember to breathe properly. I have clots in my brain stem where many autonomic functions are initiated and as my voice is different in my own ears, I asked to have a study done of my voice and all that pertains to it. Breathing was the major issue. Thanks for your question Arthanari! I will monitor all of the answers for input into my own situation.
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      Jul 10 2012: Hi Debra,

      Just thought this link might be of help to you,
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/sunday-review/stand-up-for-fitness.html?_r=2&hpw

      because only after reading this my eyes got wide opened about how everyday tiny activities affect our life as a whole.

      Take Care,
      Artha
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        Jul 10 2012: Hey Artha!
        I cannot thank you enough for your kindness in this. I have not looked at this site yet but I will immediately upon entering this comment. Again, your kindness from half a world away inspires me.
        Debra

        Addition:
        Your insight is quite uncanny! My first call this morning after my TED explorations and as soon as the offices open is to the Y for a membership. One of the most important things for clearing the clots is exercise. I was an athlete early in life but allowed my own sedentary interests and my children's athleticism to pass for my own to my great ultimate harm. Now, I am more aware - at such a cost- and I am realizing again just how great exercise feels. Thanks for this aricle - it will do more good than you might realize as I will take it with me to the rehab hospital this morning and share it with the doc in charge at my appointment just before noon. Again, thank you!