Project #29403 - Psych Assignment


Practice Diaphragmatic breathing either  lying down, sitting or standing at least  ten minutes , twice a day, for  a period of  at least three weeks

2 Keep a log to indicate the place, time and length of each practice session. Include a journal  of your observations and /or impressions. Save the log and journal.

 In an essay format write a minimum one page summary of the experience , submit this essay, with the log and journal on one file.

The Conscious Regulation of Breath

Instruction as to the Role of the Diaphragm


Air is drawn into the lungs by the action of the diaphragm,

a huge, flat, strong, sheet-like muscle that stretches

horizontally across the bottom of the rib cage, separating the

chest box from the abdomen.


When the diaphragm expands the inhalation begins and

the size of the chest and lungs increases as air rushes into the

vacuum that has been created. When the diaphragm relaxes

the chest and lungs contract as air is expelled from the lungs.


Imagine how a fire place bellows works. As you pull the

bellows open, air rushes into the bellows. When you push the

bellow closed air is forced out of the bellows, and the fire is stoked

in the process.


Your diaphragm operates like that of a bellows. As it is

stretched and opens up on the inhalation, air is drawn into

the lungs. When it relaxes and folds up on the exhalation, air

is forced out of the nostrils or mouth.


To emphasize diaphragmatic breathing lie down and

place your right hand on your stomach and your left on your chest.

When breathing diaphragmatically your right hand will rise with the

inhalation and fall with the exhalation, while the left hand

will remain basically motionless.


Gently adopt a pattern of equal length for the inhalation

and exhalation and experience the breathing cycle as a slow

continuous stream of movement. The gentle, rhythmic

quality of diaphragmatic breathing is a natural phenomenon.

Your goal is to let the breath move freely and naturally of

its own accord. Conscious diaphragmatic breathing is slow,

deep, even and steady.


When you recognize the pattern of movement involved in

the action of diaphragmatic breathing, you can begin to relax

your thinking processes. Once this diaphragmatic motion

and rhythm has been learned you should strive to suspend

thinking (in words and sentences) and focus exclusively

on the feelings (sensations) associated with diaphragmatic


Your goal is to remain in the present with your sensations alone,

returning to these sensations when thoughts present themselves to

consciousness. In mindfully (but thoughtlessly) attending to the

present you shall find yourself renewed.


The good sensations (and calm perceptions) that are

stimulated by the regular practice of diaphragmatic

breathing are usually sufficient to motivate a continued

interest in these matters of the breath.


NOTE: I am not looking for someone to actually do the diaphragmatic breathing for that length of time. Just someone who can create a journal or log to make it appear like they did.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 05/04/2014 12:00 am
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