If you’ve ever witnessed a shocking sight, or experienced a startling event, you may have noticed a shortening of your breath pattern. The first 24 hours after such an event is the best time to sit down and pay attention to your breath while working on re-lengthening it and making it long and smooth again. By doing this, you are weakening the mental impression of what startled you, and preventing it from having an effect on your physiology. Today Blair shares a story from his own experience to help explain this phenomenon further: