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  1. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    The Tuesday, January 28, call-in discussion group will be discussing Chapter 28 (“Breathe In”) and 29 (“Set Goals”) in Steve Ozanich's book The Great Pain Deception starting at 9 pm Eastern Time. It lasts an hour, sometimes a little longer. Phone lines will open half an hour early so you can talk to hosts and early callers. Here's how to join the discussion (for detailed instructions, visit www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Connect )

    For more information, visit www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Call-In_Peer_Discussion_Group.

    Breathing comes naturally. We don’t even have to think about it. But we should, if we want to be our healthiest.

    Most of us breathe shallow. That doesn’t send much air to our mind or body. They need full breaths to function properly.

    Steve opens Chapter 28 on breathing says we need to breathe with conscious awareness. Our breathing goal needs to aimed at a state of alpha conscious awareness. That can be achieves through deep, relaxed breathing.

    Steve quotes Dr. Andrew Weil from his CD, “Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing,” saying it is key to living healthily. “It is the doorway to control of the autonomic nervous system.”

    To practice deep breathing, sit still and tall somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes and being breathing through your nose. Inflate your stomach like a balloon for a count of 2. Hold the breath for a count of 1. Exhale gently through the mouth, deflating the balloon while counting to the count of 4 and then say “I am at peace.”

    Some people prefer to breathe in longer, holding the breath to 4, and releasing the breath at 6 or 8. The most important thing is that the exhale is longer than the inhale, not the absolute length of the breath. Repeat the deep breaths for at least five minutes. You’ll notice a big difference in your mood as it changes from angry or anxious to having a profound calming effect.

    Steve says we should breathe in, but not forget the out part. Dr. Weil agrees, saying that they exhale, many pain sufferers stop at a certain point before fully releasing the breath. But the last amount of air that needs to be breathed out is important. It is this last small portion of the exhale that takes the autonomic nervous system over activity with it. It brings down tension as the lungs fall empty and the body accepts the breathing fully, in rhythm.

    In golf it’s called the “follow through.” We swing the club and hit the ball, but if we don’t complete the body movement that creates the swing, the ball won’t go where we aim it, or we may not even hit the ball. A complete deep breath has to end with a correct exhale.

    Dr. Robert Fulford says many health problems including pain are the result of the lack of fullness in the first breath we take when we are born.

    Steve says people whose breath is short and not complete are unwilling to relent, relax, and let go so their spirit can soar and they can heal. The Latin word for spirit is spirare, “to breathe.”

    In Chapter 29, Steve says healing from pain often requires setting new goals or redefining old ones. He points out that there are two types of goals: long-term and short-term goals.

    Long-term new-life goals require us to reflect deeply and create a new future vision where we envision our self at peace. We need to decide what we want to do with our life.

    Short-term goals are more easily set. They are movement goals, not mental or life goals. Most people Steve knows who healed from TMS pain set short-term goals for themselves. One man about 80 years old was so crippled with TMS pain he couldn’t climb steps. He began to set goals for himself that began with climbing one step, and then another, until he was able to get to the top of the stairs.

    When you achieve a goal, reward yourself. Think of the reward while you on your way to achieving the goal. During this time, visualize yourself moving pain-free and easily. This reminds the brain to associate a reward or pleasure with whatever pain you feel, whether walking, sitting, standing, etc.

    Steve cautions, however, not to make pain reduction your goal. That means you are monitoring your progress in achieving the goal. Goal-setting must be seen as rewarding activity. The pain eventually will leave as a byproduct of increased activity and confidence. “Finish the goal, whether the pain is present or not. Just do it!”

    Most men fear going to a doctor or the hospital. A friend was like that. He feared going to the hospital to get a hernia repaired. Not a life-threatening operation, and he could have been home that day or the next. He decided he simply had to have the operation so he went to the hospital and stood in the entrance for five minutes. Then he went back outside and walked around the building. Then he went back into the hospital and stood in the entrance for fifteen minutes and felt no anxiety or fear.

    The next day he returned to the hospital and walked over the entire first floor without anxiety or fear. On the third day he took an elevator to the fourth floor and signed himself in for surgery the next day, all without fear or anxiety.

    He said he set a goal of having the operation and a reward of buying a Blu-ray DVD player for his home video system. He got the operation and bought the reward he envisioned for himself, then invited me to his house to watch a new movie in fantastic clarity.

    The person in pain may be fearful of creating structural damage by walking, standing, sitting, or other activity. Then do the activity slowly in increments, like the man climbed the steps one at a time over a period of time until he climbed to the top.

    If your feet hurt and you can’t stand without pain, sit down and rest. Then after a while, stand up again and, if unsteady on your feet, hold on to something. Try standing for half a minute, then a minute, then two minutes, until you can stand as long as you want, and without pain. Then reward yourself for achieving your goal.

    The goal can be food, buying a new dress, a DVD of a new movie, a hot bath by candlelight. Set a goal and be good to yourself with a reward. For small steps toward your goal, a reward of a candy bar or piece of pie might be good enough. Completing the goal could call for a more substantial or satisfying reward. Be good to yourself. You deserve it!

    If you set a goal to do an activity without pain, and work steadily to achieve it, you will achieve that goal.

    We hope you will join the call-in and share your thoughts and experiences on the subjects of breathing and setting goals to becoming pain-free in walking, standing, sitting, exercising or other activities. We’d love to hear your success story! If you set a goal to be free of pain, what did you reward yourself?
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  2. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    This is a very good summary Walt, thanks pal. I want to say something that has changed my life this year. Breathing -- I never knew how important deep breathing was until I started this year. I learned the Style I do from some yoga style that dates back thousands of years. I also heard another person talk about it a lot and it convinced me to give it a try. I breath in deep for a count of 4 and then hold for a count 16 and then blow out for a count of 8. After I do this I feel awesome -- the energy I felt after a week was phenomenal and I'm still getting better and better at it. I have doubled the count above now with like 3 weeks into my protocol. I want to say a little what science has said this type of deep breathing does for a person.

    First we have this fluid called lymph in our bodies and it is what goes through our bodies ridding all the toxins and other things that get into our system from the food we eat to the air we breath and it does a ton more than just mentioned but this is off the top of my head.

    Here is the kicker. 1 in every 2 people are going to get cancer sometime in their life according to statistics, now this numder might have dropped some since but I think its still accurate but here's the best part. 1 in 7 athletes get some form of cancer in their lives. That's a huge difference in the statistics right and what have scientist found out -- that this lymph that is circulated by the running and other activities these sports players do is powerful at killing any cancer, lymph gets near cancer and it takes it out of the body -- wow

    So I know you guys are saying come on Eric, were not sports stars , no you don't have to be. See we have 2 to 3 times as much lymph as we do blood in our bodies right and the blood has a pump called the heart that sends this it throughout our system but the lymph doesn't have a pump to get it circulated. So how do we get this healing lymph to circulate in our systems. You got it , Breathing -- Yes deep breathing, not just ordinary breathing either. The type of breathing that I mentioned above that I have been practicing for the last several weeks now and guys I'm telling you. I have never felt more vitality than I do now right now in my life and I know its from the Deep breathing exercises and on top of that My skin has gotten its glow back.

    Now this is just some of what ive learned about Deep breathing and lymph and its by far not all but if anyone wants to really get a step up on the journey to a new life then deep breathing is an awesome tool to add to your arsenal.
    Bless You
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
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  3. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Yes, deep breathing is fantastic. Every web site about meditation says one of the most important things is deep breathing.
  4. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    As usual, Walt, great summary! THANK YOU! And Herbie, what an encouraging addition. I've had some pretty hectic days and I forgot to pause and do some deep breathing. It really is amazing how I can feel the tension leaving my body. Even tension I wasn't aware I was holding.
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  5. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Deep breathing really is a great calmer-downer.

    And laughing. I don't stay angry long, if I laugh. I laugh at myself a lot.

    Starting a new year is often stressful. Old problems are back again or still with us.

    And there also is the after-holiday letdown. We get so busy and see so many people over
    two or three weeks. An overdose of communicating. I love the quiet afterward.
  6. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    So true North Star. I have been amazed at the difference in my life that deep breathing has done for sure. Thanks for the shout out.:)
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  7. Becca

    Becca Well known member

    It's almost the end of the week, guys...one breath at a time! As my cousin used to say when she was little - very seriously, I should add - "Breathe in, breathe in." (silly, but thinking of it always makes me smile!)

    Anyhow - for those of you who missed it, here's the recording of the discussion on breathing and goal-setting, as explored in The Great Pain Deception. As always you can listen to it using the audio player below, or you can download the recording by right-clicking this link (or the link below the audio player here) and choosing to save it to your computer as an mp3.

    Click here to download the mp3 audio
    Next up: Chapter 30 (Visualize!) and Chapter 31 (Communicate) in The Great Pain Deception. Check out Walt's thread (here) for a summary of both chapters and his thoughts on the two topics.
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