The mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom. Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), modern science has tended to divorce the body from the mind, embracing the paradigm that we are — above all — cognitive creatures who must use mental discipline to control our feelings. Certainly, this is possible when faced with a mildly upsetting situation. If you return to your car and find a $30 parking ticket, you can soothe yourself with thoughts of how grateful you are that your car was not towed.