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THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

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THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

It is like the space between the breath. The micro-moment between the inhale and the exhale.  

Unless entirely aware of the exploration of stillness and it cannot be absorbed or processed―instead, what if you could find yourself returning again and again to this untapped space?

What if we can use the breath as medicine whenever your soul calls you to examine, transform, and renew yourself? 

Last year (and some of this one too) was life-changing for most people.

Life offered plenty of opportunities.

To fall apart. To fail. To get back up. To be humbled again. To start over. To be a beginner in the ways of love.

What if…

We can use the breath as medicine whenever your soul calls you to examine, transform, and renew yourself?

We only always have only THIS MOMENT to fully embrace our life… to live it up!! Soak up what is right in front of you and what gifts life has got to give.

Light Gray Feather
#grateful

Even for failure.

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Coach Kathleen Oh

MUSH RUSH

MUSH RUSH

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MUSH RUSH

Health Canada issued permission for a segment of doctors and therapists to implement magic mushrooms in their practices!

A mass destigmatizing of psychedelics is kicking off because companies like Delic (DELC) advocate for access to education on the benefits of managed psychedelic use. It’s exciting for me to see this company develop . . . and their stock prices along with them.

Global drug policy is changing. Psilocybin mushrooms and psychedelic therapies appear to be next in line for decriminalization, research, and sale. Delic’s goal is to educate and prepare investors for the psychedelic revolution that’s kicking off worldwide. This company is assembling a compelling drug development pipeline containing innovative treatments based on psychedelic substances. That development currently centers on psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, DMT, and an Ibogaine derivative.

We need more companies willing to follow their lead.

Consider investing in Delic, even if you don’t regularly invest or invest in small amounts — it doesn’t need to be thousands of dollars. I can’t think of a cooler business to leap into this vertical with. They have a commitment to safety and educating the public about psychedelic treatments that’s impressive.

Delic has a Canadian ticker (CSE: DELC) and a U.S. ticker for OTC exchange (OTCQB: DELCF).

Disclaimer: This post exists for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances deemed psilocybin a Schedule I substance, and it is illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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A psychedelic revolution is coming. Let’s go, let’s go.

WHEN YOU ARE HEALING…

WHEN YOU ARE HEALING…

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WHEN YOU ARE HEALING…

We heal to do our part in making the world a better place. We choose wholeness, even with its potential to shatter. Because the healing process often leads to a falling-apart, it’s easy to forget some things

I have reminders for you, in case you need them (I suspect you might):

 

You are a gift of worth and truth.

You are a force of love.

You can stand and look at yourself in a mirror, see goodness right there, and know the value of what you bring.

 

Your brokenness is not a punishment for not trying hard enough.

Your wrongdoing is not the sum of who you are.

Your shame isn’t serving you.

Light Gray Feather

One day, you’ll see that you’re free to be whole and broken in the same space. Those two states nestle side by side, contrasting and informing one another . . . and you. If you don’t already, you’ll come to know that this is the way of things.
Here’s where I remind you that healing isn’t an exclusive club. Healing is for everyone. Forever.

 

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Coach Kathleen Oh

WHAT IS BREATHWORK?

WHAT IS BREATHWORK?

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“Deep Breathing Strengthens Your Brain and Boosts Attention Span”, says new study.

It turns out the yoga masters were right — breathing properly can improve your attention span and help you focus better. A new study has found a direct neurophysiological link between the breath and the brain.

Breathwork is a practice that uses breathing exercises in conjunction with different elements to induce access to non-ordinary states of consciousness.

This scientific practice developed by Stanislav Grof gained this wisdom from ancient shamanic breathing techniques (or rituals) to create a non-ordinary state as a brain effect through the breath alone. Like pranayama, an ancient breathing ritual from India, Yogis hacked their physiology to a level where they could stay healthy and happy and secure for an extended period and live much longer. This practice shows an incredible display strength. This group of people was the first to create the primary schools of yoga and yantra and pranayama. 

Today, there is a growing body of scientific research suggesting that attentional distraction, mind-wandering, and chronic stress are all variables greatly influenced by how we breathe. Thus, Breathwork has become increasingly popular among those seeking to explore a unique self-healing process to attain a state of wholeness. This unconventional New Age practice was developed by psychiatrists Stanislav and Christina Grof in the 1970s to achieve altered states of consciousness (without using drugs) as a potential therapeutic tool (Holmes, 1996).

 

The Mental Benefits of Breathwork

Studies show, a regular Breathwork practice can:

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Reap the benefits of reaching non-ordinary states

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Experience Therapeutic Changes in Levels of Distress

Studies show a tremendous amount of benefits for reaching non-ordinary states of consciousness through a regular breathwork practice. They also show a correlation between therapeutic changes in levels of distress associated with self-identified problems, anxiety, self-esteem, and a sense of affiliation with others, and a weekly breathwork practice.

There is a positive side to human nature that we do not look at often, and that is the benefits of altered states in general, one of the reasons for this is because one of the leading most common ways for us to get into non-ordinary states of consciousness is through the use of psychedelic drugs. However, Breathwork provides a natural alternative to reap the benefits from altered-states of consciousness without the drugs. These states have since been proven incredibly beneficial for our brains (Holmes, 1996).

The instrument of our mind that we use to interrogate the nature of our minds is relatively constant across people. The notion that we can train our minds to, in some sense, polish the lens to create a more accurate ability to observe, is still something entirely foreign to most elite athletes, except, however, the Navy Seals. The US army deems Breathwork an essential part of their training programs

 

The Physical Benefits of Breathwork

Using Breathwork to keep the immune system healthy and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in optimal shape can result in:

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Increased productivity

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Increased Creativity

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Increased Endurance

Breathing practices come from ancient Yogis who used it to alter their state of consciousness, into deep meditative states. Navy SEALs use it under high-stress situations. CEOs of companies use it to increase their productivity and creativity. Breathwork is a practice that is quite common in the yogi circle. These ancient practices are still compelling today. During this time, it is essential to keep the immune system healthy, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system in optimal shape (Brody, 2019).

The breath will guide participants in specific techniques that will increase the amount of Co2 in the body. Breathwork will induce a state similar to what occurs in the body during high elevation training. For decades, exercise scientists have known that even if sitting or sleeping, the body responds to high altitudes by creating more red blood cells to boost oxygen levels. The increased oxygen can, in turn, enhance an athlete’s endurance during training and competition. The consensus is that high altitude stimulates the production of the red blood cells in the body. More red blood cells, it stimulates the body to make more red blood cells (Peterson, 2010)

Breathwork is not just a practice it is a community!

Arguably the most crucial part! Through Breathwork, you can build a support network of new friends who understand what you’re going through and can help you. We also share personal connections from our challenges as we are facing, and how relationship and love rise to overcome them. Through the awareness of this interconnection, we can access energy and information that can provide crucial insights, innovation, and solutions.

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After almost two decades of Breathwork, I am still starting fresh with each breath. There is always something more to discover with Breathwork.

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Coach Kathleen Oh

YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

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YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

Music is scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain.

Recent research shows that music can help with many aspects of the mind, including pain reduction, stress relief, memory, and brain injuries.

In the book The Power of Music, Elena Mannes says, “Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.” (Naponen, 2018).

The benefits of music get taken a step further with music-induced states of altered consciousness. Historically, human beings have tweaked their conscious states to promote physical and mental healing. We use altered states to treat substance dependence and for spiritual or palliative care. For example, people in rehab immerse themselves in sounds known as ‘binaural beats’ because some frequencies can give the brain the same sensation a drug would. The brain doesn’t undergo harm as a result; the opposite happens, and we see positive outcomes because of this stimulation (Napoten, 2018).

When introduced to two different frequencies at once, our brains process this by creating another tone entirely. Listening to specific forms of music helps us achieve desired states. With the use of music alone, you can reach a meditative state, facilitate a better night’s sleep, and enable more effective concentration. The capacity for healing emerges, too. Your nervous system will calm your body down without the use of a drug or medication (Albridge, 2016) .

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.

–ELENA MANNES

 

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mind = blown

Music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.

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Coach Kathleen Oh

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