Mind/Body Breathing

What we call ’I’ is just a swinging door, which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. ~ Shunryu Suzuki

I have mentioned that I am reviewing the book “breathwork”, by Valerie Moselle. I am just starting to get into it, as I finish reading an English tranlation of a Japanese locked room style mystery. (Which, by the way, is an excellent read!) This book combines breathwork with yoga, with each day building on the previous work that has been done. (This is a three week program.)

I have just finished the Introduction and Part One. Here Moselle is explaining the physical mechanics of breath, and how breath awareness helps us to bring a better quality to our overall life. Not just being able to do more things, but having better clarity, better focus, sleeping better, and being better able to control any pain that we might have. (From personal experience, I can also say that conscious breathing helped me to lower my blood pressure.)

Moselle also has a chapter that she calls “foundation”, where she discusses setting a time for breathing practice (morning and evening), and keeping a journal covering how your body feels, and what emotions come up during the practice of breathing.

In another week I will be ready to start the daily breathing practice. I will be doing it seated in a chair, rather than seated on a folded towel (as the book suggests) because of a bad hip. I will do what I can do, and am certainly looking forward to it!

Moving Forward

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward. Just take the next step.”  Anonymous

We have to be willing to move forward to continue growing. It isn’t always easy, but as we step out, as we move forward, we open up our perception of what can be, and we open up our life. I did that in October of 2015 when I made the move from Washington State back to Nevada. It was an interesting (and scary!) trip, driving alone, with three cats and a packed to the brim car! But we made it (even after my alpha male managed to chew through his carrier while I was zooming down the freeway, and jumped onto my steering wheel!) The house that I had rented, unseen except for photo’s on the Internet, was perfect for us – in a safe, quiet neighborhood, near everything that I needed.

I had lens implant surgery done right after I moved to Nevada – long story short, I had cataract surgery done when I was in my early thirties on both eyes. The ten-year study had not been finished when I had my first surgery, so they were unable to implant a new lens. The interesting thing is that when the lens was implanted, it did not improve my ability to read, but it did give me better peripheral vision.

I am continuing my journey with reviewing books: I am currently reading a book from an author that I met on LinkedIn. I have reviewed his previous books, and am thoroughly enjoying this one also. I just received quite an interesting book from a delightful publicist that I have been working with for many years, and will be reading and reviewing it next.

I am incredibly excited about my decision to become involved in a new business! I am signing up for it on May 1st, and will take you on this journey with me! Opportunities that I would never have imagined as a young woman are opening up for me now.

Stay tuned!

Authenticity

“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” 
― 
Roy T. Bennett

I have referred in previous posts to the book “The Good Millionaire – How To Make A Lot Of Money by Helping A Lot Of People” (by T. Harv Eker). One of my goals is not to necessarily be a millionaire, but to help people in the process of doing so. By that I mean having the money to donate to what I consider to be worthy causes, but also to do the kind of work that helps other people get to where they want to be. T. Harv Eker has a system based on eight action points, which I am going to share with you here.

  1. Choose supportive beliefs.
  2. Understand you get paid for solving a problem.
  3. Decide what problem you will solve.
  4. Articulate the problem clearly.
  5. Solve the problem differently than anybody else.
  6. Systemize the process so it can be done without you.
  7. Duplicate the system.
  8. Take action in spite of fear.

Action Steps To A More Evolved Life

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”  ~ Eckhart Tolle, “The Power of Now”

I am constantly amazed at the resoures that come my way. Logically, I know that I draw to me what I am thinking about, what I am focused on. But to have resources come to me, in so many differnt ways – to me, it is just short of a miracle.

One of the things that I am concerned about with a vegetarian diet is where I am going to get enough protein. My sister, Becky Lundin, shared a link with me that really opened things up. I want to share that link with you:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/protein-for-vegans-vegetarians#section16 . Some of these sources I knew about, some I did not. I have some new ideas to play with now when planning meals! (Go tofu!)

I am also borderline high with my glucose level – which I never have been! Cutting down on sugar from obvious sources is one way to help control my glucose, but I also found another very interesting way – eating kiwi fruit! Here are a couple of links that may help:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311220.php ,
https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/best-fruits-for-diabetes/#zesty-green-kiwi-for-potassium-fiber-and-vitamin-c .

We also need to watch our financial health. I have followed Internet guru T. Harv Eker (author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”) for many years now. Several years ago my sister and I attended one of his weekend seminars, facilitated by the incredible Adam Markel. I loved T. Harv’s work ethic, and his mindset. He recently came out with a free book entitled “The Good Millionaire”, where he talks about making money (a lot of money!) while helping people. You can get your copy of the book here:
https://www.harvekeronline.com/tgm-book/free/ .