Archive for July, 2010

This post is for all of my super stressed out managers, biz owners and mom’s/dad’s who juggle a family and a job – the fastest way to calm down and find serenity is by controlling your breathing. I know, I know, I can hear the outcry already: “What? Just by controlling how I breathe I can get a handle on my stress-levels?! This cannot be true – I certainly also must change my diet, work out more, improve my love life and pop a pill or two to make this happen, right?!”

Well, an improved diet, a work out routine, and passionate sex with your partner, would of course help you a great deal with your stress levels. Though for now, let’s just and solely focus on your breathing.

There are five chambers in our lungs, but we typically only utilize the top three when we breathe the normal adult way. Sometime while growing up we completely forgot how to breathe so that all of the five chambers get filled with oxygen: belly breathing.

I guarantee you when you focus on your breath and train yourself to primarily breathe with your belly, you will master your days in a much, much more relaxed way. The beautiful part is that you do not need to practice the art of breathing for months on end, it works right away.

Here is how it goes: put your hands on your belly button so that you can easily observe the movement of your belly. Breathe in air through your nose and expand your belly until your lungs are completely filled (no need to strain yourself too much though!). You know that your lungs are nicely filled up as your belly will have the shape of a soccer ball. Then slowly breathe out again and pull your belly button toward your spinal cord. This way you start emptying out your lungs with the bottom chambers and work your way up to the top chambers.

An ideal time to practice this type of breathing is right before you want to go to sleep: you are already in bed, you want to wind down, there are no external distractions keeping you from practicing the belly breathing technique.

This simple tool is so powerful that I can guarantee you it can help you overcome the most stressful, testosterone filled boardroom meetings (or I give you your money back – hehe). Try it out and consciously focus your attention on your breathing and make yourself breath in and out of your belly at least three to five times. This only will take you around two minutes and no one will ever know. If you cannot exercise this technique for whatever reason where you are then excuse yourself and go to the bathrooms – you have no idea how often I have left meetings giving myself an opportunity to calm down and refocus by utilizing my breath.

Here is a little video I shot showing you how to utilize the power of your own breath: Channel Q

I want to hear from you! – so, don’t be shy and share with me your experiences and let me know how things are going for you.

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Did you know that on average we have some 60,000 thoughts per day?! That means some 400,000 thoughts per week, about 2,000,000 thoughts per month and 25,000,000 per year! This is an incredible amount of brain activity – we are talking roughly one thought per second of every waken hour of our life! This is such a mind-blowing number that quite naturally most of our thoughts (99.99%) must happen in a subconscious way as otherwise we would simply go nuts.

Since we can measure a thought – each thought equals a frequency – each thought then also must have some sort of a weight; minuscule as it might be, each thought must have a weight. For purposes of this blog, let’s say that each thought equals a grain of sand. This would then mean that we produce some 60,000 grains of sand – a small handful of matter – each and every day! About 2,000,000 every month and some 25,000,000 every year! This is a hack of a lot of sand that we produce every year!! You could almost say that we are either creating our own beautiful sand beach every year or quicksand in which we could drown – paradise or coffin only through our own thoughts! Wow! Now this is quite something!!

Let’s take this a step further here: since every thought equals a grain of sand then that in turn must mean that each and every thought that we have also must have a mass. And where there is a body mass there is gravity. Well, and where there is gravity there is a two-way pulling connecting a receptor with a prong, metaphorically speaking…regarding my Receptor and Prong philosophy check out my previous blog entry.
Basically, the bigger the mass the more gravitational power it has. Once it has reached a certain size it starts pulling toward it more mass (i.e. more of the same thoughts and experiences) without us having to proactively do anything anymore. For example let’s say that you are a sales person who would need to meet a certain sales quota per week/month/year. Once you have “calibrated” your thoughts to think and also truly believe that you deserve to earn a certain amount of money and that you hence will close all the deals that you need to close to meet your quotas you will end up closing not only the required amount of deals but most likely even more. Why?! Simply because you have created the environment for it, you have created a heap of sand that has become so big that it is attracting more such thoughts (=clients) without you having to proactively think about finding clients anymore. It might sound complicated but it really isn’t, it is a pretty simple concept: once the energies flow, the energies flow and you will ride on a high wave which create happy thoughts and those happy thoughts will help you attract more happy thoughts: clients, health, relationship, etc.

It is up to us to proactively create grains and put them on the pile that we want to experience in the future: relationship, career, the environment we would like to live in, etc. The more grains in one pile, the more gravitational pull it develops, and thus the more grains it attracts – from within ourselves as well as from the outside world…

There is no magic pill or injection that brings salvation or hell into our lives – merely thoughts/grains, one at a time…

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