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

Self Hypnosis – Rewiring Your Brain

Self Hypnosis can be used on a daily basis, before going to  bed and first thing in the morning and is very  beneficial at keeping yourself in a good state of mind.  Depending on what you personally need it for there are so many amazing people that give their time and energy to create great videos that help so many people.

Some of The videos I use are from the following people.

Firstly from one of the  most famous Hypnotists in the world.  Don’t worry though, you wont suddenly start squacking like a chicken.  His videos are amazing and keep on doing them and you will see results.

Michael Sealy – Hypnosis – Guided meditation

 

Thomas Hall hypnosis channel is another great one that I like to listen to.

SMy name is Thomas Hall. I’ve been practicing as a hypnotherapist for over eleven years now, and four years ago I set up my own YouTube channel providing users with free access to self-help hypnosis videos dealing with a range of ailments.
By far the most popular are those dealing with common mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and depression. Videos that help manage health and lifestyle problems such as smoking and over-eating are also increasingly in demand.

Jason Stephenson has  a great channel and tonnes of meditations.

 

Dr Joe Dispenza is another one of my favourites – Changing the habit of being yourself.  It is all about creating a new personality, so instead of focusing on the problem you create a new better emotion and really feel it, Repeat Repeat Repeat.

 

 

 

The Voice inside your head

In case you haven’t noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that never stops. It just keeps going and going. Have you ever wondered why it talks in there? How does it decide what to say and when to say it? How much of what it says turns out to be true? How much of what it says is even important? And if right now you are hearing, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t have any voice inside my head!–that’s the voice we’re talking about.”. –Taken from “The Untethered Soul”, by Michael A. Singer

Michael Singer is among many who have developed their consciousness to a level of awareness and he has surrender to his thoughts

 

 

How would you feel if someone outside really started talking to you the way your inner voice does? How would you relate to a person who opened their mouth to say everything your mental voice says? After a very short period of time, you would tell them to leave and never come back. But when your inner friend continuously speaks up, you don’t ever tell it to leave. No matter how much trouble it causes, you listen.” ― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

So many great people are teaching consciousness, its something we need to practice on a daily basis in order for us to improve ourselves and our minds.  I, like many others are on a journey into self discovery and I want to improve my mind so my sub conscious emotions don’t take over and run my day.

A list below is 100 of the greatest spiritual teachers not by my account but I found on Watkins magazine,  I haven’t read about them all but I plan to and take notes from each to help improve my mind and life.

1 Dalai Lama 35 Thomas S. Monson 68 Ajahn Brahm
2 Pope Francis 36 Gary Snyder 69 Gary Zukav
3 Desmond Tutu 37 Alex Grey 70 Anita Moorjani
4 Eckhart Tolle 38 Pema Chödrön 71 Tony Robbins
5 Deepak Chopra 39 Francis Chan 72 Robert Bly
6 Paulo Coelho 40 Mooji 73 William Bloom
7 Alice Walker 41 Vandana Shiva 74 Michael Bernard
8 Rhonda Byrne 42 Rob Bell Beckwith
9 Alejandro Jodorowsky 43 Amma – Sri Mata 75 James Redfield
10 Oprah Winfrey Amritanandamayi Devi 76 James van Praagh
11 Matthew Fox 44 Iyanla Vanzant 77 Fritjof Capra
12 Louise L. Hay 45 Rowan Williams 78 Tara Brach
13 Jaggi Vasudev 46 Neale Donald Walsch 79 Mark Nepo
14 Graham Hancock 47 Ali al-Sistani 80 Steve Taylor
15 Arianna Huffington 48 Julia Cameron 81 Starhawk
16 Elizabeth Gilbert 49 Byron Katie 82 Huston Smith
17 Ram Dass 50 Robert Thurman 83 Caroline Myss
18 Robin Sharma 51 Bruce Lipton 84 Adyashanti
19 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 52 Dan Millman 85 Richard Saul Wurman
20 Karen Armstrong 53 Jack Canfield 86 David Frawley
21 Jon Kabat-Zinn 54 Prem Rawat 87 Seyyed Hossein Nasr
22 Marianne Williamson 55 Dadi Janki 88 Thomas Keating
23 Martin Seligman 56 Brian Weiss 89 Richard Gere
24 Rupert Sheldrake 57 Daisaku Ikeda 90 Gangaji
25 Sam Harris 58 Richard Bandler 91 Elaine Pagels
26 Richard Bach 59 Richard Rohr 92 Lee Carroll
27 Thomas Moore 60 Clarissa Pinkola Estés 93 Lynne McTaggart
28 Don Miguel Ruiz 61 Gregg Braden 94 Mantak Chia
29 Esther Hicks 62 David Steindl-Rast 95 Sogyal Rinpoche
30 Justin Welby 63 Stanislav Grof 96 Malala Yousafzai
31 Andrew Weil 64 Doreen Virtue 97 Shakti Gawain
32 James Lovelock 65 Thich Nhat Hanh 98 Michael A. Singer
33 Ken Wilber 66 Jack Kornfield 99 Sharon Salzberg
34 Daniel Goleman 67 David Deida 100 Claudio Naranjo

 

Anxiety Trick – The bullsh*t we programme into our mind

How the mind tricks you into feeling Anxiety

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I read this article and I love how it explains anxiety, having had/have anxiety forever I just love to pick apart the brain and really see what we do to ourselves on a daily basis to keep anxiety alive.

The anxiety trick is behind most of the trouble people have with chronic anxiety. Have you struggled to overcome an anxiety disorder, only to get disappointing results, or even feel worse over time? You’re being fooled by the Anxiety Trick.  (David Carbonell, Ph.D. Anxiety Coach)

This is a terribly common occurrence, and people mistakenly blame themselves for it.

Here’s a more accurate, and helpful, way to understand this common and frustrating problem.

What is an anxiety disorder? It’s you getting tricked into feeling powerful fear in the absence of any danger.
It’s because there’s no danger that people seek help for these fears. People recognize that they’re getting afraid when they’re not in danger. If they were actually in danger, they would just protect themselves as best they could, and be better off for it.
With an anxiety disorder, people get afraid when they’re not in danger. Their struggle to protect themselves from fear leads them down a path of increasing trouble. That’s the anxiety trick.

How does this happen, that you feel fear in the absence of danger? This is the Anxiety Trick at work.

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How You Get Tricked
* If you have Panic Disorder or Agoraphobia, you keep getting tricked into believing that you’re about to die, go crazy, or lose control of yourself.
* If you have Social Phobia,you keep getting tricked into into believing that you’re about to look so unreasonably nervous in front of people that you will be completely humiliated and be cast aside by your community.
* If you have a Specific Phobia, you keep getting tricked into believing that you’re likely to be overcome by some external object (like an elevator) or animal, or by your fear of it.
* If you have OCD, you keep getting tricked into believing that you’ve set in motion a terrible calamity. You might fear that your neighborhood will burn because you left the stove on, or that your family will get poisoned because you mishandled the insecticide.
* If you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, you keep getting tricked into believing that you’re about to be driven mad by constant worrying.
In each case, the episode of fear passes without the expected catastrophe. You’re none the worse for wear, except that you’re more worried about the next episode. The details seem different, but it’s the same anxiety trick.
What is the Anxiety Trick?

The Anxiety Trick is this: You experience Discomfort, and get fooled into treating it like Danger.

What do we do when we’re in danger? We only have three things: Fight, Flight, and Freeze. If it looks weaker than me, I’ll fight it. If it looks stronger than me, but slower, I’ll run away. And if it looks stronger and faster than me, I’ll freeze and hope it doesn’t see so good. That’s all we have for danger.
When people experience the fear of a panic attack, or a phobic encounter, or an obsessive thought, they instinctively treat it as a danger. They try to protect themselves, with some variation of Fight, Flight, or Freeze.

How People Get Tricked
People’s natural instincts to protect themselves are what lead them to get tricked. See if you recognize your responses in these examples below.
A person with Panic Disorder gets tricked into holding her breath and fleeing the store (highway, theater, or other locale), rather than shifting to Belly Breathing. and staying there until the feelings pass.

A person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder gets tricked into trying to stop the unwanted “what if?” thoughts, rather than accepting them and taking care of present business as thoughts come and go.
A person with Social Phobia gets tricked into avoiding the party, or hiding in the corner if he attends, rather than say hello to a stranger and see what happens.
A person with OCD gets tricked into repeatedly washing his hands, or returning home to check the stove, rather than accepting the intrusive thoughts of contamination and fire and returning his energies to the present activities at hand.
A person with a dog phobia gets tricked into avoiding the feelings by avoiding all dogs, rather than spending time with a dog until the feelings pass.

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What Maintains the Anxiety Trick?
You might wonder, why don’t people come to see this pattern, of repeated episodes of fear which don’t lead to the feared outcome, and gradually lose their fear?
The answer is this. They took these protective steps, and there was no catastrophe. They tend to believe that these steps “saved” them from a catastrophe. This thought makes them worry more about “the next time”. It convinces them that they are terribly vulnerable and must constantly protect themselves.

The actual reason they didn’t experience a catastrophe is that such catastrophes are typically not part of a fear or phobia. These are anxiety disorders, not catastrophe disorders. People get through the experience because the experience isn’t actually dangerous. But it’s understandably hard for people to recognize that at the time. They’re more likely to think they just had a “narrow escape”. This leads them to redouble their protective steps.
It’s the protective steps which actually maintain and strengthen the Anxiety Trick. If you think you just narrowly escaped a catastrophe because you had your cellular phone, or a water bottle; or because you went back and checked the stove seven times; or because you plugged in your iPod and distracted yourself with some music, then you’re going to continue to feel vulnerable. And you’re going to get more stuck in the habit of “protecting” yourself by these means.

This is how the problem gets embedded in your life. You think you’re helping yourself, but you’ve actually been tricked into making it worse. That’s how sneaky this Trick is.
This is why my patients so often say, “the harder I try, the worse it gets”. If the harder you try, the worse it gets, then you should take another look at the methods you’ve been using. You’ve probably been tricked into trying to protect yourself against something that isn’t dangerous, and this makes your fear worse over time.

How Can You Overcome
The Anxiety Trick?

The thing that makes fears and phobias so persistent is that virtually anything you do to oppose, escape, or distract from the anxious feelings and thoughts will be turned against you, and make the anxiety a more persistent part of your life.
This is why people notice “the harder I try, the worse it gets”. They’re putting out fires with gasoline.

If you come to see that you’ve been putting out fires with gasoline, you may not have any idea what to do next. But the first step is always the same: put down the buckets. Stop throwing gasoline on that fire.

This is where the cognitive behavioral methods of desensitization and exposure come in. They’re intended as methods by which you can practice with (not against) the symptoms, and become less sensitive to them. As you lose your fear of the symptoms, through this practice, that’s when the symptoms will fade.
All too often, people get the idea that exposure means going to a place or situation where you’re likely to get anxious, perhaps a highway or an elevator, and take a ride without getting anxious. That’s not the point! The point is to actually go there and feel the anxiety, being sure to stay there and letting the anxiety leave first.
The way to disarm the Anxiety Trick is to increasingly spend time with anxiety, to expose yourself to the thoughts and sensations, and allow them to subside over time.
What can you do to make the experience of exposure more tolerable? You can use the AWARE steps as a general guide for how to conduct yourself while doing exposure. If you want a more specific, step by step guide for overcoming panic attacks and phobias, my Panic Attacks Workbook is full of tools and techniques that will help you keep moving forward. If your problem is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or involves a lot of worrying without regular panic attacks, The Worry Trick is a book that will help you reduce the role worry plays in your life.

Always keep in mind that exposure is practice with fear, and do nothing to oppose, avoid, or distract from the fear during exposure.

This may sound scary and yes it bloody well is, but there is other ways I have found to be effective before this stage. Reprogramming your mind with hypnosis, YouTube have some amazing hypnosis, really feel the emotions.  Look at a person you would like to become that is perhaps what you think is fearless and practice feeling the way they would feel.  Sitting in your house, visualise you as that person and really feel in your heart the strength and laser focus that they have, the posture they hold, the belief they have in themselves.

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Visualisation, Incantations, heart focused breathing REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT.  Get mental strength then go on out and practice feeling strong and unstoppable and when you get knocked down, don’t let those shitty thoughts come back into your head, you know the ones I mean.  Just get back on it and don’t let anything stop you, have faith in you.  You are enough, you are love, you are infinite being and don’t let your emotions control you.

Walking Meditation

Happy Head and Heart

Exercise is known to boost the good hormones in the body making us feel shamazing!! But sometimes its good to just skip the gym and get outside and go for a walk in the brisk open air.  Even better is to go into nature and surround yourself with the beauty of mother earth.  There is something so uplifting about being around trees and feeling the fresh air on your skin.

That is exactly what I did today, after my morning meditation and yoga routine I decided I would brave the Scottish Winter and go for a long walk in the country.  My beautiful husky accompanied me on this walk and I left my headphones at home so I could immerse myself in the moment.

I listened to each crunch my feet made in the snow, I paid attention to each step (more so I wouldn’t slip)  and when my mind…

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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.

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Agoraphobia and Anxiety

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