Something is in the air we breathe. Both the NY Times and the Globe and Mail have covered the benefits of controlled breathing recently. I learned of this technique years ago but continue to ignore it in my own life. Borrowed from the practice of pranayama in yoga (which the Globe article forgot to acknowledge), it can be a powerful tool to get control of the running thoughts in your head and energize.
There's been a renewed buzz around meditative practice. It could be the fact that people are dealing with increased stress heading into the holiday season, the post election fever, or an attempt to tune out from the constant distractions around. Check it out if you haven't.