MIND.MADE.YOU

MIND.MADE.YOU

MIND.MADE.YOU

We know it is possible to hack the nervous system and rewire the mind with the practice of meditation, so if the mind can be reshaped, upgraded and rewired this means our perceptions. physicality, psychology and chemistry change too.

It is favourited by most psychologists as a tool in emotional self-regulation, cognitive training, stress management, anxiety, PTSD and other mental illnesses. Scholars, schools and researches in human behavioural psychology, health and wellbeing are trialling new curriculums that incorporate the ethics and practice of eastern mindfulness in an attempt to curb the rising stats in childhood and adolescents mental illness.

Existing the world for over 15,000 years, the practice of meditation was once seen as some sort of mystical science out of reach and unrealistic, impractical and a little left of field for the everyday man. But with the upsurge of its popularity in the western culture and it’s rebranding as mindfulness in western psychology, meditation is fast becoming a household word.

‘The goal of meditation is simple – it is to increase your self-awareness so you can make better decisions in life, it helps you to navigate the mind rather than being a slave to it and helps you to explore different levels of your psyche. It opens the door to deeper self-awareness, self-acceptance and helps to replace negative thoughts and behaviours with new ones that are positive and well-meaning’. (See Meditation Vs Mindfulness )→

The health benefits that accompany this introspective practice are endless and that is why it is and should be, and is so widely used. There are thousands of scientific investigations and publications on the benefits of meditation and they include; lowered blood pressure, increased immunity, higher brain function, brain cell repair, enhanced creativity, concentration, empathy and longevity.

The coolest part about meditation is that It helps to re-wire, re-calibrate and upgrade your mental software through concentration practices, self-awareness and positivity training. Science confirmed this many years back when they started hooking up monks to FMRI and looking at how their brains would light up during deep concentration.

This beguiling collaboration between the ancient east and cutting-edge science has rocked the world in – as – much as it has provided vital evidence in proving the mind is plastic (which means that it can be changed an rewired throughout our lifetime). Knowing the brain can be changed has enormously impacted the treatment of degenerative illness like Parkinsons Disease and Dementia but has also pointed us toward some much more alluring concepts about who we are, what we are and what we are capable of achieving; when we put our minds to something. (sorry couldn’t help myself).

Buddha’s Brain: Neuroplasticity and Meditation

 →   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2944261/  

 →   ‘Meditation Meet Neuroscience’ – ABC  

Over a lifetime you incorporate and process billions and billions of bits of information through your senses. Actually more accurately your brain processes 400 billion bits of information every second. All this information is processed in your subconscious mind and you are only aware of a very small portion of it, the rest is stored inside your brain, cells and tissues. 

This mental junk that resides throughout your system is meant to be processed and cleared out to make room for new goodies but if it’s not, it clogs you up emotionally, mentally and physically and left too long will begin to fester like a giant pile of garbage

Unprocessed emotions and traumatic experiences can lead to addiction – a lot of experts will say that the cause of anxiety, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and general unhappiness is due to unprocessed emotional trauma and embedded beliefs and thought patterns from past experiences. 

Most psychologists, councillors, gurus, mystics, monks, psychiatrist and even the Dalai Lama agree that the mind is the centre of our anxiety, misery and unhappiness and being unaware of its power to distort your perception of reality can destroy your life.

Marisa Peer is a British Hypnotherapist, entrepreneur, author and Keynote speaker who is dubbed Britain’s No.1 therapist says that 90% of people she treats all have one thing in common, they believe that they are either unlovable, unworthy of love and success, or undeserving of happiness,

Marisa is credited with solving the mysteries of mental anguish for many rock-stars, royals, presidents, politicians, and CEO’s of major international companies for their problems with alcoholism, drug addiction, self-sabotage, anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviours.

Marisa says most people have no idea that what they think directly impacts their behaviour and their success. And that their happiness, relationships, health and achievements in life are directly linked to their internal monologues. She says people don’t achieve their goals because of their beliefs and not because of their perceived impairments. 

” first you make your beliefs, then your beliefs make you ‘…

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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The Iceman

The Iceman

The Iceman

All over the world contemporary science and eastern introspective practices have joined forces to explore fields of the mind and body previously out of reach. Examining how the effects of meditation, deep breathing, yoga and mindfulness can enhance our cognition, change our physiology, rewire the brain and transform our perspective of reality. 

With the growth of new sciences like neuroplasticity & epigenetics, we are looking further into the mind, consciousness and perception than ever before. Discovering that what we think, how we feel and what we do can impact our genetics, health and our reality.

Meditation, energy therapies, chanting and other introspective ideologies spout that by thought and intention you can directly impact your body and your reality. What was once quasi-psycho spiritualist mumbo jumbo or new-age science is now put under the microscope, and those fanciful ideas are fast becoming a reality.

Just like when we thought the world was flat and we were the centre of the universe, we now are learning that the power of intention can be more mighty than homogenised medical practices in pain management, mental wellbeing and cell renewal. The next great leap for humanity will be bigger than the moon, as we learn how to impact the world inside and outside of us through our thoughts and our actions. 

Now There Is Proof

The Wim Hof Method https://www.wimhofmethod.com/practice-the-method

The most intriguing and possibly the most studied athlete on the planet to date is Wim Hof – AKA The Iceman. This Danish daredevil born on April 20th 1959, has single-handedly changed our perceived knowledge and scientific understanding of how breath and meditation can significantly alter body chemistry. 

Wim has crushed over 20 world records including; the most extended submersion in freezing water; then he has climbed Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in a pair of shorts multiple times, run a marathon in the Namibian Dessert without drinking any water or eating any food, and of course, there is the E.coli experiment. As if this wasn’t enough, Wim has also completed a full marathon (42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi), above the arctic circle in Finland, in temperatures close to −20 °C (−4 °F) in a pair of shorts. He had gone on to baffle science and rewrite history when he and 12 students had E.coli injected into them at the Radboud University Hospital, Netherlands. 

He and a team of 12 students trained by Wim in his breathing practice were able to actively suppress parts of their autonomic nervous system and control their reaction to an incredible toxic bacterium. This active and deliberate intervention using the breath and the mind to consciously modify their chemistry was meant to be impossible – until Wim proved otherwise.

Wim can consciously modify his autonomic systems and can actively control the release of chemicals and hormones in his body by using his mind and his breath. His technique which is now accessible worldwide includes the exposure to extreme temperatures, controlled hyperventilation coupled with concentrated breathing patterns and breath holding and some good old fashion will and determination.

Exploring the depth of his unknown abilities began as a spontaneous urge to jump into freezing water in his homeland in the Netherlands when he was just 19. Wim says “nature is your teacher’” and believes that “hard nature” is the key to unlocking the hidden potential we all have to change our physiology, biochemistry and our endurance

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing. It is not intended to replace medical advice. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention. Horatio’s jar does not uphold the beliefs, ideas, and commentaries represented in the attached media or any resources  sourced outside of our production studio.

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Diaphragm Breathing

Diaphragm Breathing

Breathe Deeply

The breath regulates all the chemical and biological functions of the body and is essential to the health and wellbeing of every cell in your body and every living thing on this planet.

Learning to breathe more effectively will help you to live longer, get smarter and feel a whole lot healthier. Better breathing means your brain and your body will function better and you will reduce your risk of organ disease, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic inflammatory ailments like arthritis.

There is a myriad of research that proves concentrated breathing practices can have life-changing effects on your health and happiness and also the way you live your life. A simple and effective breathing exercise that is proven to increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, lower your blood pressure and boost your metabolism is the simple exercise of diaphragmatic breathing.

Find out more from these links on how your breath can heal your body, boost your metabolism and help you to live longer.
https://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131734718/just-breathe-body-has-a-built-in-stress-reliever
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5455070/

Diaphragm Breathing Exercise

 If you move your hands from the sides of your ribs down a little bit and then in (where the ribs finish), there is a cavity. This is your diaphragm, a large dome-shaped muscle that sits underneath your lungs. This domed shaped muscle, which has a left and right dome, separates your upper respiratory system from the digestive system. When you breathe from here you allow for proper amounts of oxygen to be absorbed into the body.

 1. Close your mouth and shut your eyes and begin to breathe in and out through your nose

2. Relax your shoulders and sit or stand straight

3. Using your hands as feedback place them over the diaphragm and take a slow breath in from here and let the ribs expand sideways and allow the stomach to relax and move out.

4. Then exhale and feel the diaphragm drop and the ribs come in. (There should not be an up and down motion to your breath). Allow the stomach to gently come back in.

5. Practice breathing in and out through the nose letting the breath move in and out of the body in a slow, calm and rhythmic way, Try breathing like this for 4 minutes letting the body fall deeper into relaxation with the breath.

6. As you breathe notice any tension you may hold in the body and let your breath gently dissolve it.

As you breathe in, let the stomach relax and move with the breath. As you inhale the belly will naturally expand and as you exhale it will naturally come in. This slow rhythmic pump will soothe your whole body.
*Try adding a small pause at the end of the inhalation and after you exhale, take another small pause. Eventually, your exhalation should be longer than your inhalation.

*remember never to force your breath or gasp for air*

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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Breath Is The Best Medicine

Breath Is The Best Medicine

Breath Is The Best Medicine

Learning to breathe properly is essential for our health and wellbeing, breathing regulates our heart rate, influences the release of chemicals into the bloodstream, removes toxins from the body and helps us to metabolise food and waste.

The reality is nearly all of us do not breathe properly and don’t even know how to; it is just assumed that because breathing is an automatic function it does not need any real consideration.

The truth is overlooking the way you are breathing could be interfering with your health and happiness in a really big way, over time the implications of poor breathing can be pretty scary, poor or latent breathing impacts every part of your body and can even lead to longer-term health problems like organ damage and even stroke.

What Went Wrong?

Sitting down for long periods of time, poor posture, social habits and emotional stress all impact the way we breathe. Poor breathing habits inhibit our ability to relax which means; we cannot digest food properly, our cells can’t repair themselves, we feel tired, cranky and anxious, we get sick more often and eat more sugar. All of this loops back on itself to create a vicious cycle where poor respiration leads to poor health and bad habits.

Babies Breath

When we are little we know how to breathe correctly. If you have ever watched a baby breathing when they are sleeping you will notice their whole body shifts into a rhythmic pattern; you see on the inhalation the whole belly rises and on exhalation, the whole belly falls. This is the natural rhythm of breathing and it fills the whole body with oxygen.

By the time out kids reach school age, proper breathing shifts from deep and rhythmic to short and shallow. It happens for a few different reasons which include; sitting down too much, social stigmas to hold the tummy in and the mimicking of behaviour from peers and parents. It also does not help that nearly all the adults in the world seem stressed and wound up.

Better Late Than Never

The good news is, you have the ultimate tool to avoid these potential health problems, and is it right under your nose. Just by learning the art of better breathing you can significantly improve your health and wellbeing by; helping your organs to function properly, lowering your blood pressure and giving the body the help it needs to restore and repair itself naturally. When you breathe properly you will have more energy, sleep more peacefully, feel happier, get smarter and live longer.

1. Sit up straight

2. Roll your shoulders back and down

3. Close your mouth and take a long deep breath in through your nose and exhale slowly.

Did you notice a difference?
Sitting up straight helps give space to your lungs and diaphragm which helps to increase the depth of your breathing, it also stimulates the brain making you more alert; breathing through the nose increases oxygen levels in the body and stimulates the brain, slowly exhaling lowers the heart rate and stimulates a relaxation response in your body helping you to relax and reset.

The more often you put into practice  the art of deep breathing the better you become at it, paying attention to your breathing helps to focus the mind and can be used as a tool for deep relaxation and mediation.

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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The Invisible Giant

The Invisible Giant

The Invisible Giant

The breath has been used for millennia as a gateway to self-mastery and a tool for self-healing, self-awareness and self-realisation, the inspiration sits at the centre of what determines real or unreal. A conscious, fluid and unseen force that intelligently energises and animates all of our relative existence, an invisible giant breathing us into life. With its potent potential to reshape the mind and body, bend space and time, the breath can also be used to extend our life.

Life Force

In eastern philosophical and esoteric teachings like yoga and tai chi, the breath referred to as ‘life force’. Breath is worshipped as the primary vehicle to enlightenment as well as the divine source of consciousness and energy. To try and understand your life force and possibly even experience it, you can practice pranayama. Pranayama translates to PRANA – life force and YAMA – extension, and relates to different types of breathing exercises are intended to increase your life force.

Pranayama is a branch of the yoga tree and is fundamental to experiencing the unification of mind and body. (Which is is what yoga is; the unification of the mind and body using the breath).  In practising pranayama, you learn to extend the length of the breath in a range of different techniques and eventually minimise the amount of breathing you do. The longer and deeper you breathe increases the period and quality of your life.

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing.

It is not intended to replace medical advice.

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention.

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