I did something the other night that I’ve never done before. I went outside to get some fresh air. Now, I have been outside before. And I have also breathed air while I was outside. And while I have no direct scientific evidence to prove it, I’m sure a case could be made that the outside air was indeed fresher than the inside air. But this evening I actually went outside for the sole purpose of breathing.
Everyone has probably been told by some adult figure to go outside and get some fresh air. Especially my generation, since the personal computer became mainstream as I was growing up and nerdism became an epidemic.
But that was always advice I never took. Unless it became an order to get out of the house, in which case I sat outside pining for my Apple IIC, not getting any appreciation out of the air.
So what prompted this sudden desire to go outside and breathe? I just finished reading The Science of Being Well, by Wallace Wattles (who also wrote the Science of Getting Rich and The Science of Being Great). The more books I read, the more convinced I become that everything was already discovered thousands of years ago. For example, millions of people were so impressed by that book The Secret, since it was recommended by Oprah Winfrey (full disclosure: I’ve never read it) even though from what I understand it’s essentially the same ideas presented by Napolean Hill in his breakthrough book Think and Grow Rich (read it). Which in turn was mostly information covered by The Science of Getting Rich by Wattles in 1901.
Just like The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach was really a new version of The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason from 1926. For those of you that read my book, in the Foreword I cover the fact that I don’t have any new ideas.
But getting back on point, Wattle talks about the idea of exercise and how we shouldn’t exercise for the sake of exercise. One of the things that we should learn to appreciate and enjoy on a daily basis is breathing. Straighten your spine, put your shoulders back, lift your head and inhale. Learn to appreciate breathing for the sake of breathing. Let it become a habit throughout the course of your day to straighten up, breathe deeply, and let the oxygen replenish your body. This will benefit your posture, your circulation, your core muscles, your energy level and your general appreciation of all things air.
And this was from 1901, before aerobics and cardio classes. Of course yogis have been teaching the importance of breathing for thousands of years before this, so like I said, no new ideas…
Appreciate breathing. If you can’t appreciate breath, have a friend hold you underwater for a while. You’ll appreciate breath.
What other simple things can we learn to appreciate more that will benefit our health?