Oxygen: The Optimal Fuel for our Body and Brain

We focus on eating healthily. Moving regularly. Sleeping well. Training our minds. But, do we also provide our body with the optimum fuel to keep us alert, vitalised, thinking clearly and relaxed? Fuel that helps us recover from stress, boosts our immune system and enriches every cell in our body?

What is that fuel? Oxygen.

How do we ensure that we get it in large quantities? Through breathing effectively.

We all know how to breathe. We can do it with no conscious thought at all. Yet how much of our unconscious breathing is taking in the oxygen we need to provide us with all the benefits we can obtain from breathing well? Read More

What can we Learn from Eastern Philosophies about our Health?

Taoist philosophies go back some 5000 years, predating Jesus, Buddha and other spiritual leaders by over 2000 years. Taoist Masters were always seeking ways to attain a balanced life of health, longevity, love and spiritual fulfilment. They believed that the inner workings of our bodies were supported by the flow of Chi, or energy, around the body. This Chi, and ultimately our bodies, are connected to, and a reflection of, different aspects of the outer world – the five elements, the seasons, the planets and the cycles of the Moon and the Earth.

An interesting aspect of Taoist philosophies is their belief that our emotions are stored in our internal organs, not in our minds, and that the mind merely determines how they are used. They found that certain specific negative emotions are associated with each organ and these negative energies build up over time affecting the flow of Chi through the organs. This, coupled with the toxins and pollution we absorb, can also disrupt our circulation and eventually the nerve impulses within each organ. Read More

A night in the hospital, yet …

Everything happens for you, not to you.

This is a quote from Byron Katie. I really admire her work helping people to move beyond their suffering by changing their thoughts and she promotes a philosophy of “loving what is” i.e. being totally accepting of and loving all that comes into your life, both good and bad. I write about this in my book Spiritual Intelligence in Business and I call it our ability to really accept the “is-ness” of every situation we find ourselves in. This is something though that can be challenging for us when we find ourselves in situations that are not to our liking, and this is what happened to me! Read More

Preparing To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro: The Value of the Body’s Inner Wisdom

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was something I had wanted to do since doing three riding safaris in Africa in the period 1996 – 1998. I have been lucky enough to ride in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Mara Plains in Kenya and across the Namib Desert in Namibia. On those safaris I fell in love with the huge open spaces and incredible energy that these places had, an energy totally different to anything you might find in the Western world. Read More

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