The Iceman Method

I have done a few courses with MindValley over the last year or so, Bending Reality Becoming Limitless.  I haven’t visited the site for a while and I came across the Iceman – Wim Hof’s new course.  I haven’t bought it yet as I’m trying my best to be less impulsive when it comes to spending at the moment but I am going to try out his methods this week and see what results I get.

Below is the technique that he shares with us on what he does daily and this is what I’m going to follow.  Now I am the worst person ever for hating the cold, even though I live in Scotland I am the coldest tattie in the world.. I love warmth and heat so this is going to be a wee challenge for me.

Step by step explanation breathing exercise.

1) Get comfortable
Sit in a meditation posture, whatever is most comfortable for you. Make sure you can expand your lungs freely without feeling any constriction. It is recommended to do this practice right after waking up since your stomach is still empty or before a meal.

2) 30 Power Breaths
Imagine you’re blowing up a balloon. Inhale through the nose or mouth and exhale through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. Keep a steady pace and use your midriff fully. Close your eyes and do this around 30 times. Symptoms could be light-headedness, tingling sensations in the body.

3) The Hold, retention after exhalation
After the 30 rapid successions of breath cycles, draw the breath in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without using any force. Then let the air out and hold for as long as you can without force. Hold the breath until you experience the gasp reflex.

4) Recovery Breath
Inhale to full capacity. Feel your chest expanding. When you are at full capacity, hold the breath for around 10 seconds and this will be round one. The breathing exercise can be repeated 3 rounds after each other.

5) After having completed the breathing exercise take your time to enjoy the feeling afterward. This feeling will be more and more like a meditation.

When you start doing these exercises we recommend to take your time recovering from the breathing exercise. After doing the breathing exercise and you feel good, you can start with taking the cold shower.

Summary
– +-30 times balloon blowing
– Breathe in fully
– Breath out without force and hold until gasp reflex
– Inhale fully and hold for 10 seconds.
– Repeat until finished and recover from the breathing exercise

 

Bonus Power-ups
Add push-ups or yoga poses during the time you are holding your breath until you wait for the gasp reflex. Notice that you are stronger without air than you would normally be if you could breathe!

Cold Exposure
After the  body scan of the previous exercise, you are ready to let your body embrace the cold. It is very important to try to relax as much as you can, really be with the cold, only then can your body process the signals and start thermogenesis. As Wim says, “the cold is your warm friend!”

Cold Showers
If you are new to cold exposure, just end your warm shower with 15 – 30 seconds with cold water only. Begin with your feet and then follow with your legs, your stomach, shoulders, neck, and back. An initial shock, shivering and hyperventilation is normal. Try to remain calm and breathe easily. Close your eyes and really try to embrace the cold. Don’t pour the cold water over the head if you are not known with cold exposure. If you feel any strong physical uncomfortableness, like heavy shivering, numbness or pain, get your body warm again as soon as possible. Cold exposure works like weight lifting, you get stronger over time. There are little muscles around your veins that contract when they get into contact with the cold. After some time (only 1-2 weeks according to Wim) these become stronger, making your veins healthier and reducing the force that your heart has to use to pump blood around your body. You can increase exposure over time. At one point the cold will feel just as comfortable as wearing your favourite pajamas and you can skip the warm shower completely. Notice how you feel amazing after a cold shower and sluggish after a warm one.


These exercises are extremely powerful when done consistently and with intent. T

Kyle Cease – brings comedy to consciousness

Omg where the helk has this guy been hiding or have I simply not been in alignment with him or am I only ready now to hear his words.

So I’ve been meditating for few years now and slowly uncovering all the darkness within me and bringing it into the light. It’s not easy confronting fears, even the ones I made up in my head which is practically all of them.

Eckharte tolle the power of now opened up my eyes to my journey into developing my consciousness and mindfulness practice along with Jon kabat zinn work on MBSR.

But Kyle Cease seems to combine all these teachings with great humour. There is so many AHA moments followed by laughter and then some more self realisation.

I am just so grateful that I am finding these truly amazing people and their words are like gold.

Please, if you are into developing your inner self and wanting to know more about the mind and well life in general then listen to this guy.. I can’t even explain how fantastic he really is.

Abraham Hicks – What Causes my Fear

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If you haven’t heard about Abraham Hicks, she is an author and speaker called Esther Hicks and she basically has someone who speaks through her.

According to Esther “Abraham” consists of a group of entities which are “interpreted” by Esther Hicks. Abraham have described themselves as “a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension”. They have also said, “We are that which you are. You are the leading edge of that which we are. We are that which is at the heart of all religions.” Abraham has said through Esther that, whenever one feels moments of great love, exhilaration, or pure joy, that is the energy of source and that is who Abraham is.

Esther herself calls Abraham “infinite intelligence”. Her teachings (known as “Abraham–Hicks teachings”) are based on this experience. The basic tenets of the teachings includes one that says that people create their own reality through their attention and focus. Emotions are a person’s guidance system that indicate how close or distant that person is to how their Source feels about a particular topic of focus. Life is meant to be fun and easy.

What causes my fear?

Abraham: Fear is the feeling sensation that is present within you when you have both a desire and a belief that contradicts it. Fear is a response to the state of your vibration. You are a vibrational being, and every moment offering a signal. Your vibration could be called thought, it could be called memory, it could be called fantasy, it could be called imagination, it could be called Energy. In other words, your vibration could be called, “As I stand in my now, and I think about the present, or I think about the future, or I think about the past — all of that is thought. Whatever it is I’m perceiving is causing me to offer a vibration, and that vibration is being answered or matched by All-That-Is.

So when I feel fear, what it always means is, I am offering a thought that you might call desire and a thought that you might call belief that are contradictory. The presence of fear always means the presence of resistance. The presence of resistance always means not allowing the Energy of desire to flow through me–always, without exception. Same with confusion; same with vulnerability; same with anger; same with unworthiness; same with guilt. All negative emotions mean the same thing. You just call them different things because they play out differently in your experience — but they all mean the same thing.

The vibration of fear is usually a very strong vibration, which usually means there is the presence of a very strong desire within you. Often, when you feel fear, it is because you have a belief that contradicts basic elements that are natural to you. Your natural instinct, from your broadest Nonphysical perspective, is to know your power. Fear is a vibration when you feel powerless. Your natural instinctual Nonphysical vibration is to know your worthiness, know your rightness, know your value. And the feeling of fear is always when you are contradicting that thought.

We would want you to say, “Quite a bit of the time I feel fearful or vulnerable or limited, and what that feeling means is: I’m in that moment holding a desire that contradicts my past thought, or my beliefs…” Remember that a belief is just a thought you keep thinking, it’s just a habit of thought. It’s just sort of the way you’ve always thought it, and so it is the way you are now thinking it.

And so, as you are feeling fear, all it means is, “I’ve got a desire that my belief is not agreeing with. Now, what thought feels better about this? I’ve got hold of this stick, where my desire is here, my belief is here. What thought feels better?” And as you just softly talk to yourself about that subject, reaching for the thought that feels better, what happens is you shift the Energy.

It’s like the teeter-totter on the fulcrum, and it’s clearly down here, and you would like it to be up here. And so, you reach for the thought that feels better, and you reach for the thought that feels better, and you reach for the thought that feels better…and it doesn’t look like anything’s happening. And then, all of a sudden, one more time, you reach for the thought that feels better, and there it goes! The fear is gone without even knowing it, just by reaching for the thought that feels better. There is so much reward in just feeling better in your “now”. Because, so often, you’re wanting to reach for the thought that feels better because, “Whoop-de-doo, this is big time good fun!” In other words, “I want to get there! I would like every effort to take me there. I would like every thought that I think, and every time I go to a workshop, and every time I make a little bit of effort, I would like it to take me there!” And it’s irritating that it doesn’t take you there, to that manifestation.

We want you to not get so hung up on the manifestation, and start taking pleasure in the incremental relief. Pleasure in the fact that this feels a little better. Pleasure in the fact that you can actually, with your own will power and your own determination, choose a thought that feels better.

I love to listen to Esther and I hope you do to.

Less Time On Social Media Means More Real Happiness

If you were born before 1985 you are the one’s who remember a time before the internet and a time with. Being in this situation puts us in a privileged position.”If we’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”

That means being able to notice things like the reduction of interactions to numbers, and how that translates into quantifications of human worth. “I think it has to do with this notion of online accountability. That is, noticing that you actually count seems to be related to a sense of how many likes you get “So it’s like if a tweet gets retweeted a couple of hundred times, that must mean that my thoughts are worthy. If my Facebook photo is ‘liked,’ that must mean I am good looking. One of the things that concerns me about a media diet that is overly online, is that we lose the ability to decide for ourselves what we think about who we are.”

Teenagers think they have lots of friends and they are super popular due to how many likes they get when it actual fact they don’t get invited out any place and no one really wants to know them as they are all too busy creating an online personality that over shadows their true self and causes anxiety and depression when they realise they cant, don’t and wont ever look like their filtered photos on snapchat which then spirals out of control and before you know it we have an epidemic of Mental Health Issues..oh no wait…that has already happened. M
Take a Break every now and then and UNPLUG..I’m not saying its a bad thing to go on the internet, just use it as its intended as a tool and not part of your life as this can only lead to negative mental health.

 

My Top Tips to Reduce Anxiety

Sometimes we don’t even realise we are anxious then something hits us and all of a sudden we are in the midst of panic.  It could be in the middle of the night, we could be sound asleep then all of a sudden we are awake sweating, heart pumping fast, feeling so sick with fear and for no apparent reason.  Cortisol Levels are through the roof and leaves us feeling emotional drained and our energy levels at an all time low.

I have been there more times than I care to remember and it is the reason I am so interested in the how the brain works.  After reading many books and watching some amazing TedTalks, I put into practice ways to rewire my brain.

 

Firstly STOP thinking about Anxiety, start creating the New You.  What you focus on You get more of, so Stop thinking about how scared you feel and start practicing how you would like to feel.  I picked a few people to research, Will Smith was my first personality, he has some amazing interviews of YouTube.  So going to parties or events, I would train myself to adopt a more positive posture whilst going over how Will Smith would act, (sounds silly but really does work)

Secondly, Breathe…Yes simple but its the one thing we feel we are short of when we are feeling anxious.  Start Counting in for 4 hold and out for 4, I also try and visualise a time when I felt confident and happy and breathe in and out from my heart, breathing long and deep sends the signal straight back to help the brain relax.

 

Do core or control based movements (such as yoga, pilates, dancing, tai chi etc). Challenge yourself to fully engage your brain and focus on the activity. Make sure it involves deep core contractions, and has an element of difficulty for your balance.  recommend at least 5-10 minutes of different movements; you could add triangle or tree pose. Focus on your deep core contractions and the control of the movement. Then just switch your mind off and allow your cortex to take over.

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 Go through a series of isolated muscle relaxation exercises. Focus on different groups such as your shoulders, forearms, legs etc and actively let them go. Feel the tension releasing and floating away. Again, because stress makes us tense our muscles, by actively relaxing we are sending a subconscious signal back to the brain that everything is ok.

Perform for at least 5 minutes in a comfortable environment.

It can be quite liberating to know that simply moving your body in certain ways can modulate your internal responses to emotional stress, keeping you healthy and more relaxed!th5US9INIU

Mindset Of Bruce Lee

After my session of Tai Chi, I have decided I shall become Bruce Lee.  Well we all have to aim for something and as the saying goes – “Shoot for the moon and if you miss at least you will hit the stars” I think its something along those lines.  So I am, this week, loving Tai Chi and I have been practicing with my 6 year old this week, who also thinks he is Po from Kung fu Panda (we all have our thing)

So aside from practicing and feeling the chi, I have been researching a little on the mind-set of Bruce Lee and here are a few of his quotes.

On the Mind:

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities!”
“The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”

“If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.”
“As you think, so shall you become.”

“Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strange confidence.”

“Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”

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“The unconditioned mind intuits truth – Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.”

Hello 4.30am World

I wake up early everyday, it is something I have always done. I just love the morning, the peace and quiet and the feeling I am the only one in the world awake, it is so magical. However I decided that I would awaken even earlier for the next few weeks and see what I can accomplish.

So today 430 I quietly rolled out of bed and headed to the living room encased in a large cosy blanket (heating is set for 6am – bloody freezing so will change timer 2moro). I got my yoga blocks ready and did an hour and half of yin yoga, then preceded to do half hour of reiki self healing.

I am sipping on lemon water whilst listening to my guinea pigs snore, my dog looking so comfortable on my new couch..sneaky girl…and the sky changing many times throughout this peaceful morning.

I am wondering already if I will need a nap this afternoon, as I didn’t quite make it to sleep till about 11.

I have enjoyed this time so far as it’s hard to get so much peace in a house full of children.

Now I shall get my chilled out ass up and rally the troops for breakfast. Goodbye peaceful world and we shall meet again same time 2moro. Yawn xx