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Do you want to know viscerally what real self-control feels like? If so, open a stopwatch app on your phone, lie down, and try to do this breathing exercise: breathe in for a minute and breathe out for a minute (nose or mouth does not matter).
I have been trying this exercise for over an hour now and I still could not make it through. One minute in and forty seconds out is the best I can do.
It is really hard and it teaches me a lot. For example, it teaches me about relaxation because all my body tries to do is enter a state of panic; particularly the controlled switch from inhaling to exhaling is brutal. It also teaches me about the importance of smooth- and slowness. And it teaches me about how hard it is not to bend the rules of a tough challenge; for I constantly catch myself wanting to hold my breath, just for a fraction of a second, but that would be cheating.
Anyways, this post should not be about me describing my experience. It should be about you trying it out and learning for yourself! This 2-minute breath is a paramount exercise if you want to experience directly the workings of your own Will. So try it out and tell me in the comments whether you were successful and what you learned doing it.
A little tip: I focus my mind on slowly letting the incoming air move down into my lower belly, which delays the feeling of choking to death. Maybe you even have a tip yourself that could help me get through the last twenty seconds?