The Mind Architect and The Breath Guru
Two men, a “mind architect” and a “breath guru”, can help you lay the ground work for a great New Year. Let them inspire you — watch!
The “mind architect” and the “breath guru” are two people who can help ensure that your New Year will be decisively better than this last one. And the time to get locked in is now — 2021 is just days away.
Many of us desperately want to put the travails of 2020 behind us, and make 2021 the best year as possible. Now is always a good time to put on your fins and dive into the deep waters where the insights dwell.
Yes, the smack down that was 2020 came from things largely outside your control, such as the pandemic. But how you responded to it is the arbiter of how it affected your life. A new year is coming, but during much of it, the pandemic will continue, so if you want a different experience in 2020, you must unpeel the onion, and, perhaps through some tears, take an insightful look at yourself.
Peter Crone is a self-styled “Mind Architect” (and I don’t say that unkindly, as he’s an impressive human being); and James Nestor is a science journalist, who recently wrote the bestseller, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.
I was introduced to Peter by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee via an interview with him. He also reintroduced me to James Nestor, with whom I’ve had a brief email exchange after first being introduced to him by a neighbor.
What you’ll learn from Peter is:
Stay in the present (echoes of Ram Dass’ Be Here Now) and realize that many of the stories you repeat to yourself are false.
What you’ll learn from James Nestor is:
Improve your health and the quality of your life by slowing down your breath, and breathing from your nose.
Let yourself be seeded with their insights and knowledge so you may reshape yourself in order to shape the next year to your liking.
Peter Crone (the Mind Architect) On Your Place in Time
If you don’t know about Peter, it’s high time you met him, because he could make a difference about how you see yourself, and thus your life.
Let’s begin with three Instagram videos he recently posted, and then move to an in-depth interview he did with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee.
Instagram Video #1: Don’t get out of your time
In a nutshell: As mentioned, “be here now”.
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Instagram Video #2: Don’t get out of your time frame
In a nutshell: Re-contextualize your view of life and your place in it.
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Instagram Video #3: Your point of power is now
In a nutshell: Reset your relationship to time and find freedom.
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For more on Peter, watch the following video conversation between him and Dr. Chatterjee. The subject area is far ranging, but mainly deals with:
- Roadblocks to your dreams.
- Discover your perfect life.
- Change the dialogue with your subconscious mind.
- Why resistance to life is futile, and the precursor to psychological and emotional stress.
- Find liberation by deconstructing limiting beliefs.
If you watched the video, you might agree that Peter Crone’s “mind architect” appellation is well deserved. And if you watched to the end, you heard his last bit of advice was to slow down your breathing as a way of becoming more present, centered and mindful. This nicely segues to my second suggested paradigm to embrace in this New Year to make your life better, which can be distilled down to:
Breathe slowly through your nose.
To learn the wonders of nasal breathing (I’m not kidding), read on…
James Nestor (the Breath Guru) On Proper Breathing
Breathe Better. Live Better.
That’s the mantra of Dr. Chatterjee’s second better-life advisor that I want to introduce you to by dint of his interview with James Nestor in the video podcast below entitled:
Why Changing The Way You Breathe Will Transform Your Body and Mind.
We’re moving from the domain of the mind architect to the visceral response to breathe. And before we go further, I should point out that although Peter Crone, apparently, identified himself as the “mind architect”, James Nestor’s alter ego is not the “breath guru”; I assigned that to him, and hope that he would not be appalled by the appellation.
Here’s what the video below covers:
- Why how we breathe affects every body system we have, as supported by ancient wisdom and modern scientific study.
- The benefits of nasal breathing, the importance of masticating and how diet affects the skeletal development of our children’s mouths, and ours. James Nestor reveals how learning to chew more, chewing on one side and using mouth tape at night has changed the structure of his own mouth, and thereby improved his breathing.
- How a reduction in your respiration rate can holistically improve your health and athleticism.
Here’s a timestamp to find particularly interesting topics:
16:39 Nose vs Mouth Breathing. When someone breathes through the nose compared to their mouth the air is humidified, pressurized and filtered, so that by the time that air gets to our lungs it can more easily be absorbed and we can extract more oxygen from it.
43:57 James Nestor has borderline high blood pressure. He can reduce it by 10 to 15 points within two minutes of doing slow nasal breathing.
44:39 Asthmatics can reduce asthma attack frequency by slowing their breathing.
54:44 Decreasing respiration rate (RR) is important for health. James does not refer to the term, but respiration rate is the number of breathes you take during some time interval. Many people have a RR of 20 (normal is 12 to 18), and at that rate, they are are only bringing about 50% of the oxygen in each breath into the lower lobs of their lungs where most of the blood is that then carries the oxygenated blood throughout the body. If you can get your RR to 12, you can use 70% of the oxygen, and at a RR of 6 (my rate at rest), 85%. Reducing your RR will decrease blood pressure and generally become more healthy.
71:25 Slowing down your RR can reduce the anxiety and stress associated with overeating, which occurs to 45% of us. (35% eat less when stressed.)
88:25 Nasal breathing can improve athletic performance and recovery.
Interested in breathing better? Here are a collection of “how to” videos on James Nestor’s website. I also write about a breathing technique used by the military to get calm when the bullets are whizzing by in the post, Create Your Day In 5 Minutes.
My intention with this post is to help set you up for creating a great 2021 and beyond. So much of how we experience life depends on how we decide, consciously or unconsciously, to interpret and react to its vicissitudes.
Simply put, you can achieve more of what you want out of life by:
- Staying in the present.
- Stop telling yourself stories about your life that are fatiguing, stressful and possibly untrue.
- Learning how to properly breathe.