“The Infant draws its first Breath – and lives! The Old Man ceases to Breathe – and life ends for him.”
Chapter Seven: Deep Breathing & Exercises / Natural Remedies by Ingrid Sherman 1970
Whenever you find time, go outdoors and look into the SKY for ten to fifteen minutes. On a warm summer’s day lie down on the grass – sun is back of you, so it will not shine into your eyes. Gaze into the sky or sit by a window looking into the sky. Take a few deeps breaths while looking out, make your mind blank. You will find it very relaxing.
For inner peace and harmony say the following: (You can do this sitting or laying down)
I Draw new life into my system
I breathe in positive vibrations
I direct this new life to my brain for purer thoughts
I direct these pure thoughts into my subconscious mind
I direct them into each part of my body
I store them up in my solar plexus
I breathe in God’s health, God’s strength, God’s courage, and God’s peace
When drawing peace the word God is used to reference higher beings or sources of energy. From Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed to great creation – draw energy and peace. Kolby
Deep Breathing Exercise:
Inhale with a steady breath through the nose with the mouth closed, then pull in two or three little “sniffs” of air. This will fill the lungs completely.
Breathe slowly out through the mouth, exhale more and more until your lungs are completely emptied.
On the last breath out, hold as long as you can before a deep breath in.
Repeat 3-5 times
Do in the morning when you arise and in the evening prior to sleep.
Breathing has changed many things for me. From stress management to cognitive functions -it helps.
Whichever activities a man does from his birth to death, from morning to night, from Monday to Sunday, from the beginning of the month to the end of the month are called the running or routine activities or continuous actions.
Such Actions certainly give us the due result or one has to bear the consequences.
The only are the pacified.
You are compelled to dine when you get hungry.
You have to drink water when you are thirsty.
You have to take a bath when you want to be fresh.
You have to bear the pain of the slapping if you have abused someone.
Thus the action of Karma results into good or bad consequences and one has to submit to them without any grumble.
One can’t escape from the consequences of his or her own Karma.
Throughout my life I have been on the giving and receiving of both of good and bad Karma as a result of my actions. As I have matured and aged, my goal has always been to keep my karmic balance at a positive for good. In Rule 4 – every action has a reaction. Every consequence is a direct response to ones action or Karma.
This is a great season to remember the values of giving. The trick is to carry that past the holiday into a set of actions that become habit.
“Remember that there is no happiness in having or getting, but only in giving.”
“Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or getting, but only in giving.”
“Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”
As we head into the season, it is a great opportunity to remember the gift that is in giving. Have a great week.
“Show me a man who cannot be bothered to do the little things and I will show you a man that cannot be trusted to do the big things.” Lawerence Dale
There have been many new and exciting things going on behind the scenes here at The Healthy Primate. It has caused me to pull the breaks back a bit to assure I can deliver on the core mission of why I started sharing this journey. A quick insight into some things that we are working on.
Book Release – Stress Management
Video Series to support the book
Partnership with one of the leading fitness groups in the United States
Possible brick and mortar location for a training facility
Family, holidays, and daily life
I have 2 podcasts that are in edit from the past, these will be posted shortly. As the quote above states – are you willing and able to do the small things in your business that will lead to the biggest impact?
“The unlimited Creative Principle within you is the source of all art and wisdom” – A “Para-Gram” by Paramahansa Yogananda
A “Para-Gram” by Paramahansa Yogananda
Efficiency that leads to success is developed through concentration and meditation. The unlimited Creative Principle within you is the source of all art and wisdom. When you want to create something important, sit quietly and meditate deeply upon it You will be guided by the creative Spirit, but you should also exercise determination in accomplishing your objective.
Awaken initiative, which is the creative faculty within you – a spark from the divine Creator. You must do something which will show that God’s creative principle is active within you. With uncreative principle is active within you. With unflinching steadiness go forward on your path, knowing that the Infinite Power sustains you.
As you head into the holiday season and give thanks for that which you have, keep in mind the accomplishments you have made. Are you where you want to be in your business, relationships and personal growth? If not what are the actions you are taking to change trajectory?
When I started this journey now almost two years ago, a glaring health risk presented itself. It was one thing to loose weight and get myself physically in a better place, it was quite the other trying to understand why I was still so anxious. After meeting with a few friends who are experts in the space of stress management, it was clear to me what the next stage of my life was to become.
Immersing myself into understanding the science behind stress consumed me. Now let me be clear about a few things.
I am by no means a Yogi now
I still get stressed and freak out
My wife thinks I am insane
But what I am – is educated on understanding why my body and mind does what it does and how I can control aspects of it without medication or having a damn heart attack.
If you have followed The Healthy Primate and the journey of the site, you will see three distinct commonalities. I focus on Mind, Body & Soul. This has been done on purpose as you see that was the order I focused on and cataloged in my personal journey to becoming a better person.
Mind: Understand the ways to reduce stress, increase cognitive thought and being fully aware of your potential.
Body: If you are overweight and missing physical activity, your mind and systems will respond accordingly. From food, exercise to thoughts and process to make your physical self the best it can be. This will allow the Mind to reach heights un measured before.
Soul: The center of it all is finding that balance, happiness and reaching your full potential. When the mind is right, you can focus on the body. When the mind & body are right – your inner balance comes into play.
Bonus: When we are in balance we will have thoughts to reach the things we truly want to do in life. Start that business you been pondering, quit the shit job you have been shlepping to for years, build a healthier relationship with those in your life from friends to family.
The mind is such a complicated technology that we often take for granted. At the core of it all has been my studies on Cortisol as a stressor. The following video is a great explanation of what is happening in your mind when fall under stress for small and long periods of time.
The presentation mentions exercise & meditation as the route to reduce and control cortisol.
Check out the review we did on the app Headspace for meditation and how 10 minutes a day changes things.
As I journaled 16 months of blood work centered on Cortisol management I recommend a few additional tools that will help tremendously. I cover this in detail in my up coming book that will be released in January 2016.
Why Your Life is Killing You – My Journey to Reducing Stress and Living to Tell About It.
Here are the top three natural supplements that you can take that will reduce your cortisol dramatically. You can get these at your local natural healthy food shop IE Sprouts or online.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that seek and destroy the free radicals that have been implicated in aging and numerous disease states. Even more remarkable, emerging evidence suggests that ashwagandha has anti-cancer benefits as well. (Source)
Rhodiola-rosea: Rhodiola significantly reduces the effects of prolonged and minor physical exhaustion that results in fatigue. This is more related to stress and the ‘burnout’ effect, or prolonged but low intensity physical exercise. (Source)
Kava Kava: Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Although kava is not addictive, its effect may decrease with use. Traditionally prepared as a tea, kava root is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and tincture (extract in alcohol) forms. ( Source )
*As always consult with your Dr. when taking supplements.
In combination of education, understanding and taking action you really can change the outputs and way your mind and body deal and process stress. Thank you as always for reading!
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Francis Chan
Are you spending time on the things that truly matter? By asking that each of us quantifies that “matter” a bit different. What matters to you may not come close to what matters to your social circle or work associates. When you look at the long term aspects of what you are doing in life, will they matter? Have a great week.
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
I personally understand the depths of reaching out of a slump. People say, just go be happy – as if it is that easy. Find 3 things that bring you joy today. Do at least one of them a day until Monday starts. You will find yourself in a new mindset as the new week launches.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” –Jim Rohn
I am sitting in the Starbucks in between meetings in Salt Lake City, and have this weird feeling. That feeling that I am missing something, urgency, anxiety…..etc. That same feeling that I get knowing that my ideas, projects and open business opportunities that need to be completed, or someone else will beat me to the punch. That is one of that is common across the line though, no one built this life for me. These are choices I make to build a life that I can be happy of and proud to share with the ones I love.
As you read this, remember – build a plan, as no one is waiting to do it for you.
Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind….
What we sow is what we reap.
And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.
As you go into the week, what are the things you are focused on? As you build out your action plans and put motion into effect, take time to think and take action for others. This is one thing that I can say without hesitation, will generate immediate results of happiness.