How To Think Like a Zen Monk By Breathing Like One

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Is a good diet your path to longevity? Obviously it’s important but how long can we survive without food? 2 weeks? 3 weeks?

We all know how important hydration is and how a lack of H2O throughout the day affects your physical and cognitive performance. So how long can we survive without H2O? 5 days? 10 days?

But at the core of the human physiology the one nutrient people are not talking about; Oxygen, O2. How long can we survive without O2? 1 minute — 2 minutes. You get the gist.

70% of our metabolic waste is eliminated through breathing. The other 30% is eliminated through perspiration, urination and deification. So if like me you think getting enough exercise and sweating regularly is important for your health, just think how important your breathing is, because 70% of the toxins are released from our bodies through our breathing.

Extensive research is showing that the life expectancy of an individual can be predicted by their breathing capacity; lung capacity is the single best indicator of how long you’ll live. Scary, right? Not if you have the tools to improve your breathwork. The benefits of breathing aka intentional breathwork are; focus, calm and non-reactiveness.


It’s roots can be traced back as far as the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India and the origins of yoga; Pranāyāmā (Hindu Science of Breath). The Sanskrit word Pranāyāmā comes from Prana (life energy) and Ayama (to extend, draw out). You’ll also find it in other forms of martial arts across the globe; Qigong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Russian Systema and Brazilian Jujitsu

Today in 2019, Breathwork is being used in the fields of self-improvement and personal development, and as a self-healing method in alternative medicine. Regarded as one of the most holistic and complementary approaches to healthcare, and it is an essential part to any genuine spiritual development journey The Wim Hoff Method.

Ifyou need to focus on something, start by focussing on your breath. If you need to control yourself, your mind, body, emotions, behaviour, then start by getting control of your breathing. — Dan Brulé

Breathwork focuses on the use of breath awareness and conscious breathing, for healing and growth, personal awakening, and transformation of spirit, mind and body. (Dan Brulé)

Virtually all psychologist and human development researchers agree up until the age of four or five years old, we receive programs that limit who we are; we receive conditioning about who we are, how we look at ourselves, how we think about each other, how we relate to the world.

And this conditioning is unconscious, directly downloaded into our subconscious. It affects how we perceive and what we think is possible. Our basic ideas of what is right and wrong are determined by this early conditioning, which by the way isn’t chosen, it’s directly instilled in us by parents, by culture, by society, by religion.

Memories and impressions are stored in our subconscious, and not just stored in our brain, but they are stored in the cells of our body. This is where breathing comes in; breathing activates and releases these impressions from the cells of our body. (Dan Brûlé)

So all of these unconscious beliefs, all of these memories that are stored in the cells of our body, they create blockages. This can often result in physical illnesses and diseases, and psychological and emotional problems. So how can we release these tensions in our body?

You guessed it, our breathing!

Breath therapy is a holistic approach to access and enhance the function and the operation of both the mind and the body. It works by regulating the rhythm of the breath, by the location of the breath, the speed of the breath.

To get an understanding of the benefits and implications of the breath here’s a partial list of situations and settings where breathwork is now being taught and applied, courtesy of Dr. Peter Litchfield, President of the Graduate School of Behavioural health Science;

Alternative healthcare, anger management, attention training, drug abuse prevention, drug rehabilitation, attention training, childbirth, chiropractic, dentistry, counselling, education, flight training, midwifery, martial arts, meditation, occupational therapy, pain management, peak performance training, meditation, physical therapy, public speaking, psychology, speech therapy, stress management and PTSD, yoga, and zen.

More and more people are waking up to the true value and benefits of breathwork and applying it in their everyday lives, at work and at home. Professionals are using it to create breakthroughs for themselves and people they serve. For spiritual seekers, its a direct path to spiritual awakening, self realisation and enlightenment. Thats’s why breathwork is a major skill set that high performing and successful individuals have mastered.(Dan Brulé).

Below are some links to exercises to experiment with, people to explore around the field of breathwork. Please enjoy and really take on board the information these folks have to share it’s truly transformative for your mental wellbeing, I can vouch for this.

Breathwork has allowed me to explore and experience all the aspects and levels of this amazing process; physiological, emotional, energetic and spiritual. Breathwork can re-wire the nervous system and change the way that your brain thinks.

“If Knowledge is Power, Learning is Your Superpower.” – Jim Kwik

“First you make your habits, then your habits make you.” – Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik is a pioneer of the brain and neuroscience, speed reading, memory improvement, brain performance and accelerated learning. He’s the founder of Kwik Learning, and his clients have included organisations like SpaceX, Virgin, Nike and Harvard, to name a few.  But you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to implement Kwik’s ideas. His podcast covers all areas of personal growth and wellness, interviews feature the who’s, who, in the medical and holistic therapy world; offering true insights and how-to guides, for properly cultivating and caring for our brains.

London Real Episode of Jim’s Journey and Methods

This is just a quick post, but I thought Monday is a better day than any, to ask yourself some basic questions and start implementing new strategies into your day, to inspire a call for action and ultimately help you shine, grow and evolve.

Kwik Brain Podcast Links

You Only Have One Life; Prioritise What’s Important – DANDAPANI, New York’s Hindu Monk

Dandapani shares with his audience some basic skills of life. Growing up we were always told to focus on this, concentrate on that, but we were never taught how to focus.

Some game changing, simple tools that have been around for millennia. Hindu monks have been using them for thousands of years. With these tools and the process laid out by the monk, enabling you to better define your goals with clarity, you can then start to apply them in life to help solve your own problems and struggles, in order to begin to make progress and initiate personal growth.

Dandapani has gained his enlightenment and wisdom after spending ten years living on a Hindu monastery in Hawaii. His guru was one of Hinduism’s foremost spiritual leaders; an American initiated as a Hindu monk in the late 1940’s in the jungles of southern Sri Lanka, and sent back to the United States to bring Hinduism to the west. So Dandapani is worth his salt.

In this London Real podcast they go deep into How we are able to bring some of that eastern wisdom into our daily lives;

• Conservation of energy

• Never pursue happiness. That’s a sure way to be miserable and unfulfilled. Instead, pursue a lifestyle where the byproduct of that lifestyle is happiness. Family, friends, loved ones, connections. Those who fill your heart with joy and worthiness. Those who make you a better version of yourself.

• How to understand the power of your mind. How to understand the mechanics of it and how it works so you can create what you want in life. That’s his bread and butter of his teachings. Simplifying your life as much as possible, focussing on openly one thing at a time, practicing being present. Practice is key on all these teachings, like any sport, or skill, if you just know the info but don’t practice, how can you expect to get good.

• Getting clear on your purpose in life is only developed through looking inwards and prioritising time for ourselves. Getting to know yourself. Takes courage to face the whole of you, the good and the bad. It will be difficult, painful but necessary. That’s how we grow: to get to that next best version of you. You need to break those patterns in your brain and adjust them to enable growth.

• The Power of Affirmations in your morning routine. And their ability to influence the subconscious mind, aka the subconscious is running the show; the part of the iceberg under the waves.

Simplicity is key. people create complicated messy lives, by choice. But they don’t need to. Be concise and positive when saying them. There’s 3 simple ingredients:

1] positive language

2] clear visualisation

3] and a concise feeling to match the visualisation.

Feeing is emotion, and emotion is energy. You must bring this to the recipe. Words alone are not enough. Where awareness goes, energy flows.

In layman’s; Everything is made up of energy that is vibrating at a particular frequency.

This statement by the famous, forgotten, AC Current scientist of the 20th century encapsulates the Hindu philosophy to a tea;

“To find the secrets of the universe; think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nicola Tesla

Rode to Woke urge readers to watch/listen to this epic podcast. To help straighten out the wagon. And steer you in the right direction. Thanks for stopping by.

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