I started meditation around twenty years ago to help overcome some anxiety issues that I had developed during that time of my life. My friends would resort to alcohol to bury their reality. I realized that at a young age you never can escape from conflict we must learn and process everything we go through or else we continue to repeat the issues again and again until resolution occurs. I knew that alcohol is just a way to escape and numb the situation. So, I never resorted to drugs or alcohol to run from my conflicts.
When growing up I would have anxiety attacks. My breathing would become fast and shallow. I would get dizzy and lightheaded. The lack of oxygen to my brain would cause me to get hyper and hysterical. Sometimes I would suffer an anxiety attack when I would take tests in school. The thought of failing the test would send complete anxiety through my body. I never received help from my anxiety. Doctors wanted to give me drugs but I refused. Then I went to one of my professors and he taught me how to breath correctly. I figured breathing was a common thing and that I was breathing correctly-- I was wrong. He analyzed my breathing patterns and noticed that I was a thoracic breather. I didn't get a complete exchange of oxygen deep into the diaphragm. When I would start to develop anxiety the blood vessels vascoconstricted reducing oxygen uptake. This forced a shallow breathing pattern. When I started breathing deeply I noticed that I was much more focused and more oxygen was able to get to my brain to recall the information.
Breathing techniques is what meditation is all about. There is nothing new age about it. Meditation is having the ability of controlling your own physiological processes. As I continued to learn more about meditation I started making A's in all my classes through college. And all I did was learned how to control my breathing.
Now I use meditation throughout the day as a way to energize my body and brain. If you ever see me working out you will notice that I have my eyes closed most of the time. I do this as a way of meditating. I can see the muscles better when I have my eyes closed and can concentrate deeper into the pain without distractions. It takes a little practice to master but once you get the hang of it you can achieve deeper relaxation, manage anxiety and depression, train harder, and enter the higher levels of consciousness with the use of meditation. So, sit back make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and practice taking deep breaths. Put your hands on your umbilicus (belly button) breath deep forcing the air down deep into the lungs to cause the lowest part of your diaphragm to fill up with air. Your hands will raise on your body if you breath deep enough. Now exhale through pursed lips getting all the air out. Take about 15-20 breaths and you will slowly drift into a relaxed state. Give it a try you will be amazed at how relaxed you can get.