Some people think they are either asleep or awake, but sleep is a much more delicate affair than that. There are several different cycles that a healthy person goes through during the night. We all know that even a minimum amount of sleep loss takes its toll on everything you do from your mood to how you handle stress. Sleep is not a luxury and you cannot afford to skip hours just because you are too busy with work or social life. Sleep must be the one thing in our lives that gives us an abundance of benefits, yet all we need to do is sleep! Sounds simple, but to some it isn’t!
Sleep isn’t simply a case of your brain shutting off, your brain in fact stays busy organising a number of biological tasks that keep you healthy. Without enough hours to do so, your health will not only suffer, but your ability to concentrate and be creative. When you are getting the amount of sleep you need, you will know because you’ll be feeling great and full of energy – all day! Most people need about 7 hours of sleep a night, and I know that many of you don’t get that. There seems to be a huge difference between the amount of sleep people survive on, and what is needed to be really well. You will know if you are sleep deprived without falling asleep on your desk at work, you will be feeling groggy, unsociable and have very limited patience.
Let’s look at the two main types of sleep before we look at the sleep cycle. Non-REM sleep consists of four stages and deepens as it goes. REM sleep is your dream […]
The breath is the interface between your mind and heart, and you can’t get away from the fact that whatever is going on in your mind affects your breath and whatever the mind and breath are doing affects your heart.
Lets try an exercise a moment. You will need a little timer, which you are going to set for 6 minutes with an interval bell at 3 minutes.
When you are ready with your timer, you are going to close your eyes and for the first 3 minutes you are going to take your attention into your head, no specific location, just into your head and mind. Keep your attention there for the first three minutes and observe the breath. Make a mental note on the depth of the breath, is it shallow or deep, do you feel relaxed or slighted agitated. Where is the breath, is it in your upper chest or deep in the belly…just watch until the bell goes.
For the next three minutes you are going to move your attention deep into your heart, don’t do anything else, don’t try to change the breath, just observe and watch what happens to the breath. Where do you feel the breath? Which part of your body expands as you inhale? How are you feeling now?
You will probably have noticed that when your attention was in your head, your breath was shallow and only your upper chest expanded. You may have felt agitated or on edge and did not know why. You may have felt like your breath seemed short and fast?
When you took your attention down into your heart, what happened?
One of the first things that may have happened is that you instinctively took a deep […]
Prana as I have said before, is our life force energy and does not only come from the air you breathe. I already spoke about the environment and how you can loose your energy when around lots of people, especially people who are in a negative state of mind. Now I want to combine being around positive inspiring people with healthy food and introduce my breakfast club!
Over the last 25 years of personal development, I have met some extremely inspiring women and some of those women have become very close peers. Health has always been a hot topic of ours and when Hazel, my dear artist friend (www.hazelmorgan.com) started inviting everyone for her broccoli breakfast, it became the highlight of the week. It was bring a ‘broc’ to Hazel’s house! It always starts with a green juice comprising of spinach, carrot, celery, cucumber, avocado, apple, a dash of Udos Oil (omega 3, 6, 9) and a teaspoons of greens powder. We do a cheers with that while the broccoli is steaming, hummous is being pulled out of the fridge and the rye bread is toasted. […]