Morning everybody, and some of their furniture and some of their names and Tom who I believe is probably a witness protection right at this moment. Welcome to Sunday service. I like to start off usually with things that I’ve learned during the week or things that have come clear during the week or news of the week. So just a few things. We are starting to really see progress with our program with long haulers in terms of people starting to be able to move forward and push a little bit further, which is very exciting. But I will also say that I am as a group starting to see progress with long haulers all over the place whether or not they’re working with us or not, but I think there’s a general trend towards inflammation, quieting and towards people getting better, which is very, very exciting.
I have a tiny bit of news, which is that we, as of last night, signed a deal to open the first freestanding long hauler rehab and recovery clinic in Manhattan where we will be able to see people in person and test out our theories. So if you are in New York or willing to travel to New York and hopefully don’t have to take a plane or a train to get to us, we will be happy to see you. Which is very exciting because, you know, we have a lot of ideas so far our ideas have been going pretty much according to plan. But it’s very different when you have a patient in front of you and you can see them and listen to them and feel them and measure things and do our own testing. So we hope by believe it or not somewhere around the first week of October, we hope to be ready to start seeing our first patients in Manhattan.
So if you are in the neighborhood, feel free to let us know. My guest today, Brian Trask goes is one of the greatest addition to my life over the last 15 years. And really is just a great addition to life. Brian’s passion for rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi was first conceived in 2005. After an accident left him with bilateral shoulder separations. I don’t mind telling you that the plan was to draw and quarter Brian, but they only had two ropes. So they just separated the shoulders. Traditional physical therapy methods, bail to improve them, motivated, to find a better way. He committed himself to the only physical exercise he could comfortably. She gone this gently powerful practice of painless movement, visual focus, coordinated breathing, mindful muscle engagement, yielded, surprisingly rapid results in range of motion, strength and function deeply impressed by the experience he began discovering the connections between the ancient practice of gigaohm and Tai Chi and the findings of modern neuroscience, rehabilitative, Qigong, and Tai Chi has allowed us to explain the healing properties of this ancient wisdom in a language that Western world can understand. That’s the kind of written version. I’ll tell you that Brian is a very powerful individual. He knows a lot about a lot and it works well together and he knows how to help people. So without further ado, welcome to the show, Brian.
Thanks. Thanks Noah. Thanks for that really amazing introduction and I’m really excited to be here and just, I’m just going to toss it back in your Hollywood square for a second to know and say, you know, it it’s been a, you are, have equally been one of the greatest additions to my life in the past 15 years as well. So there’s a lot of mutual mutual admiration going on there, especially because
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I don’t meet that many people in the world that, that followed their purpose with as much with as much passion as you do. Right? So there’s a lot of peas in there. I tried to stick them all in there, but that’s one of the most amazing things about, you know and one of the things that draws me to, to being in your circle and in your life, and so amazing to be here with all of you too, that are
Through and healing through a commonality right. Of, of COVID. And and I’ve been so impressed with Noah’s again, purpose and passion to jump on this and really, to help make a big difference in other people’s lives. And I think that’s one of the greatest gifts we can give other people. So it’s so amazing to be with all of you supporting one another and supporting yourselves through the, through this journey and potentially here for, for your, your family or for other people that, you know, we’re dealing with post COVID system, post COVID symptoms, longterm, what a great opportunity to heal together. So thanks for having me here. No, I really appreciate it.
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The title of what we’re doing here is, and I love that. I love the title that Noah sent out, quiet the mind, and the rest will follow. Right. I think that’s, so I think that’s what a great, what a wonderful topic. And because as no I’ve been talking about a lot, you know, no matter what, and this isn’t just, this isn’t just about COVID, but if we just kind of blow this out for a second into almost any chronic disease process, you know, whether it’s a COPD IPF or something, non respiratory, multiple sclerosis ALS heart disease, cancer, diabetes, you know, any chronic process what’s really interesting is if you go to the diagnostic criteria and any chronic illness, and you look at the physiology of any chronic illness, what you’ll find in the description of every single one of them is the interplay of the autonomic nervous system somewhere.
You know, so again, the autonomic nervous system is basically the two parts of our automatic nervous system. One part is the sympathetic, which is fight or flight. And the other part is the parasympathetic nervous system, which is heal and rest digest. And it’s not all, you know, and we’ve learned so much more about the automatic autonomic nervous system, even in the last 10 years, really. I mean, we’re learning so much more about this that, you know, it’s not only about moving from a stress state into a parasympathetic state, but it’s really about balancing the autonomic nervous system, because we know that if you’re on the you’re on the polarity of either one of those like too much sympathetic, too much fight or flight, too much activity, and the sympathetic nervous system is just as damaging and detrimental as too much parasympathetic, too much depression, too much.
I’m not going too much rest, but too much depression, too much lowering of systems is it’s just as detrimental to be on either side. So really a lot of the work is to, is to balance the autonomic nervous system, bringing things back to the center, back to the middle, because we know that’s where our physiology operates best. And in the Western world, we call that homeostasis, you know, which is interesting. Cause in the Eastern world, they call that Tai Chi. That’s actually what Tai Chi is. Tai Chi is more than just a exercise and movement. Form pie is actually a philosophy of how, not only how the universe operates, that the universe is always in balance, but how our physiology is meant to operate. Our physiology is meant to be in balance just the right amount of sympathetic, just the right amount of parasympathetic so that all of our organ systems are working in correlation and and a combination and cooperation with one another so that our heart and our lungs and our brain and our liver and our intestines are all speaking the same language, playing the same tune at the same time.
That’s kind of the way we like to think about it when we come from this Eastern Eastern philosophy of cheek gong and Tai Chi. And one of the interesting thing is that the practices of cheek gong and Tai Chi. So what most people think about when they see someone practicing Tai Chi, these slow fluid movements and the coordinated breathing and the mindfulness, all of those practices were created thousands and thousands and thousands years ago specifically to balance the autonomic nervous system. And so that’s what they do very, very well. And even if you look at that tie G symbol, it’s all about balance. So when we take on this process, part of it is about, well, quieting the mind, which is what we’re doing. You know, we’re talking about here today and, you know, so let’s just talk about that for a moment.
The, from a Western perspective, from a Western perspective, when we think about the mind, we often think about thinking don’t we, I mean, I think that’s like a, just a default. We go to that. Oh, so what’s the mind doing? We talk with the mind and the body. It would tell you that we don’t actually believe or think that there’s one thing, right? We think that there’s two things. We think we have thoughts and we have a body, but they’re not the same thing. And from the Eastern perspective, they are the same thing. Actually. There’s not a differentiation between mind and body that split never happened in Asia the way it did in the Western world. So, well, the way the Eastern philosophies look at mind, we talk about quieting. The mind is actually three minds that we experience as humans. We have a body mind.
So the body mind is the, the sensations that we experience in our physiology and our actual physical body that bring information into our consciousness. So it’s kind of like what we’re aware of. So what physiology that we have, what sensations are we experiencing that bring information to our consciousness so that we can make a decision about it? So mind is really about information. So the body carries certain information and brings certain, certain information into our consciousness. Is that making sense so far? Just kind of by like a show of hands, how are we doing so far? Everybody making sense. Okay, cool. I want to make sure I’m not, you know, we’re all on the same page. You know, and, and no, let me know how, you know, if people have questions, I’m happy, just, you know, unmute and ask a question. I, I like to have these be really interactive and back and forth, so I’ll let him know and Beth kind of moderate but I’m open to having conversation to discussion or are jumping in and having questions and discussion around this. Okay. So we have the body mind. Now we also have the mental, emotional mind. So in the Eastern perspective, mental, emotional are the state. They’re the same mind. It’s not like we have emotions and thoughts, emotions, our thoughts, actually thoughts, our emotions, emotions are actually, if you think about it are a combination of our body information. Plus our thinking gives us emotions.
That make sense because our emotions, we feel them in the body are emotions, have body sensations associated with them. And then when we label those body sensations with thoughts, then we end up with emotions. But from an Eastern perspective, we talk with the mental, emotional mind, the mental, emotional mind, whereas the bow step back for a sec, where’s the body mind energetically is represented in the body, around the abdomen, around the gut. And just as a side note, you know, now we know that there are millions and millions and millions of receptor sites in the gut that carry neuropeptide information or what we call the molecules of information up into our consciousness. So the gut is filled with neural receptors and filled with neurochemicals. It’s actually, the gut is the largest collection of nerves outside of the central nervous system. So the, so the body mind is really kind of oriented kind of in the gut.
If you want to think about it like that. Now the mental, emotional mind, according to Eastern philosophies is to heart and what we call the cardiac plexus. And there are also millions of receptor sites around the heart of, with neurochemicals. We also know from the Institute of heart math and other research that the, that the brain, the brain actually follows the electrical rhythm of the heart, not the other way around. So the heart actually tells the brain how to operate the heart leads the dance between the heart and the brain, not the other way around. And we know that from electro magnetic profiling and if MRIs and all those kinds of things, but the heart is what we call the mental emotional, and, and in the Chinese perspective or, or, or philosophy, the, the word for heart is gin X I N. I’ve also seen a spelled H S I N.
But what that means is heart-mind, there’s no word in the Chinese language for just heart. So if you’re in, if you’re in China and you get a heart transplant, you’re actually not getting a heart transplant, you’re getting a heart-mind transplant. And some of the research I’ve done interviews and research of people who have had heart transplants done. And it’s really fascinating that people who have heart transplants more often than not will, their personalities will actually change either a little bit or drastically after having their heart transplant. And when they interview then the donors, families, or friends, it turns out that the people receiving the heart from the donor actually start to take on the personality characteristics of the donor of the heart. So again, from a Chinese perspective, the heart, isn’t just about a beating pump. It’s actually associated with our mind, our persona, who we are as people, how we represent in the world sort of thing. So if I ever need a heart transplant, I’m going to, I’m going to see if no, I can get Noah’s and then you know, I’ll have that passion purpose and drive that, that, that character does
Wait until I’m in an accident first and don’t need it anymore.
Don’t just, don’t just come in the middle of the night. No one steal. I please. Okay. All right. Well, we’ll just, we’ll just combine our super heart powers then for now. And you know, so I, so this idea of the mental emotional mind, so we don’t, when we have emotions this also, and thoughts by the way, right. Both emotions and thoughts inform our consciousness, right? So now we’re starting to think gang that we, we are actually more than we are more than our body sensations just by having this conversation. We’re more than our body sensations. We’re more than our emotions. We’re more than our thoughts, but we gain information from all of that.
You know, I’m so glad to hear you talking about this because you know, one of the things that we’ve spoken about a number of times before is that with a lot of the COVID long haulers in particular we we’ve spoken about the physical and the emotional and the intellectual and how they all take and give. So they all think from our energy and one can take from the other and you know, they can all give when they’re working well. But I love to hear this interconnection and fascinating.
Yeah, I think that’s a great, great point. No, right. It’s everything again, in balance, right. We have to, we have to understand the shifting balance between the importance of our, of our body, mind and our mental, emotional mind. And then the third bind, which is called the universal mind, as far as the Chinese are concerned, which is called shin. That’s the word for it? And what Shen is kind of like the big mind, it’s kind of like the mind that exists outside of our local experience and permeates all things and has all information available to it. So how many of you have ever been, you know, taking a shower, a hot shower, or you’ve been maybe an out in nature or you’ve been in a really relaxed state and you get an idea that you’ve never had before, like a completely new idea. Has anybody ever had that happen now?
Where the heck did that come from? Right. It’s not in our past experience. We didn’t just like read it in the newspaper or something. So where did it come from? That came with the Chinese would say is that that comes from the universal mind or from the Dow, from the great, the great spaciousness, the great everything, the one, the wound that contains all of the information that was ever available and never will be available in, in our, in the universe and the existence of time or whatever it is, right. That there’s a universal mind that we all have the capacity to align ourselves and tap into. And this mind, again, according to the Chinese and she’d gung, and the philosophy has, is, has boundless energy, boundless healing, resources, boundless capacity for wellness, boundless capacity for groundedness and connection and boundless. Anything that you can imagine is a part of the universal mind.
And so what we, when we, when we understand that, that we have a physical local experience in our body mind, we have a local, but non-tangible experience with our mental, emotional mind. And we have a non-local non tangible experience with the universal mind, you know, that we’re living on three planes of existence simultaneously as people, and all of these sources of mind feed our consciousness in, in, in order to make choices and make decisions about how we want to use our life or, or heal our life or heal our physical body or, or heal whatever it is that we have going on. But this is what it means to be human, to be able to live on all three levels. And the opportunity to find balance in that is really important. So we talk about quieting the mind. This is so pertinent to balancing the autonomic nervous system.
And, you know, as, as just like a side note really quick, you know we think about things that are, let’s say traumatizing, let’s just use that word for a moment. Let’s just use the word trauma. And, you know, certainly not being able to breathe is trauma. Certainly being placed at a ventilator is traumatic, right? These are things of trauma. Having a life threatening illnesses is traumatic, right? So all these things are traumatic in nature, as well as all of the other host of things that we could put in this bag in terms of being traumatic. And, you know, a lot of the old theory around helping people heal trauma was dealing with the, dealing with the specific traumatic memories. And what we now know from science and from research is that that is actually secondary to, to balancing the autonomic dysregulation that goes along with having trauma.
In other words, like balancing the autonomic nervous system has to happen first before anything else can be dealt with effectively. And that’s the power of what we’re doing here today is, is coming up with some ideas of how to actually do that from Matt, from an Eastern, from an Eastern perspective. So we talk about quieting the mind. So if we’re going to quiet the mind, that means we need to quiet, like all three minds, right? I mean, cause this is what we’re dealing with. How do we quiet the body mind? How do we quiet the mental emotional mind so that we can access the quietest mind evolve, which is the universal mind, because that’s
Where the boundless energy of healing occurs is in that spaciousness of the, what we might call the natural universal or the quiet mind, which is just a blank canvas of a deep experience and a wellspring of healing. And I’d love to be able to walk you through a practice today where we, where we actually have a practice of experiencing that was that sounds like that would be interesting for folks. All right. Any questions before we, before we kind of carry on and we got anything, Noah, Beth and me. All right.
Not questions. There are a couple of comments. Your chigong sessions helped my sleep patterns the most. Thank you. Oh, great. That said you saw my eyebrows, which I didn’t. And Don said truth. Absolutely. On point. Love this so much.
Oh, great. Oh, perfect. Thank you so much. Alright, good. So it sounds like we’re heading in the right direction, everybody. All right. So let’s think about, let’s think about something we might be able to do to start quieting the body, the body mind. And remember that the, the body mind is full of sense sensors, full of receptors that are bringing information up into our brain. And these sensors can be tripped off, right. They can be triggered. And one of the primary ways that they’re triggered and causes is something we call anxiety, right? So a lot of people know and understand or have experienced things. Actually, I can probably almost guarantee that everyone on this call has experienced anxiety and in some way, shape or form before. And this is why, because, you know, we’re only born with three fears, right? We have, there’s only three fears that we’re born with naturally.
And if you have, if you’re afraid of anything other than these three things, actually, you were taught that fear, but it’s not a natural fear. You learned it, but you weren’t. But it’s not natural is here are the three natural fears, the fear of falling, the fear of loud noises and the third. And I think the most important is the fear of suffocation. So we actually have it. There’s a way we all are born with a primal fear of losing our breath, a fear of a primal fear of suffocating. And so when we’re talking about respiratory illnesses by nature, respiratory illnesses are, are, we’re hard wired to have a fear response when we can’t breathe. We’re hard wired to have an anxiety response. Now, even if you don’t, even if someone doesn’t have respiratory illness, by the way, so say someone has no respiratory illness, but they experience anxiety about something else.
What we know is that their diaphragm goes into spasm, right? So a spasming of the die of the diaphragm is always a hundred percent of the time correlated with anxiety. So causing a diaphragm spasm alone will actually cause anxiety or create anxiety. So these are paired together. So certainly when we’re having difficulty breathing and our diaphragm and our respiratory capacity and our cardiovascular capacity is not serving us for what the demands are in our life or in the world. Anxiety will always be a part of that. So in some ways we’re kind of fighting a bit of a, I’m not going to say an uphill battle, but there’s a present a constant present source of anxiety that people will experience simply when they have respiratory illness. And it goes on with the, it goes along with that lack of capacity of the diaphragm, is that making sense?
So let’s tap into the body and see if we can’t begin to Sue some of those, some of those processes. Okay. So let’s just try a couple of things here. Again, we’re going to walk through a little practice and we’re gonna walk our way right up from the bar, right through the body, mind to the mental, emotional mind, and then find a way to tap into the universal mind processes as well. Okay. So go ahead and see if you can’t find your find your feet flat on the ground. Okay. So Hunter find your feet flat on the ground, wherever you are, wherever you are sitting right now, and really feel your feet there. You might, even if you can just gently rock and push, push down through your knees so that you feel a little bit of weight go down into your feet. So you really want to kind of feel your feet on the ground. You might even do a little bit of toe gripping, you know, like just not, not gripping and holding, but kinda, and relax. Kind of like you’re kind of scrunching up a carpet or something or a towel underneath your feet. Just kind of do a little crunch and a little relaxed. Okay.
And just a little crunch and a little relax, let your legs and your feet feel really heavy. Okay. Now just go ahead and take your hands and just shake your knees a little bit back and forth so that your knees and your legs are relaxed. Kinda just shake your knees and legs that they relax. Okay. And then kind of wiggle your bottom a little bit, wiggle your bottom on your chair
So that you feel your, feel your bottom on the chair. And we’ll just quickly go back to the bottom of the feet. So feel your feet again, nice and heavy. Jiggle your knees again. Will your bottom a little bit. So you feel like you’re really settled down in your chair. Okay. Now bring your, bring your attention up to the crown of your head and just imagine that you’re being, being lengthened up, being lengthened, uppers the sky. So it’s not a forcefulness, but it’s like the, like your head is being suspended. The top crown of your head is being suspended by a string from way up in the sky. And you might imagine that your spine is what we say, a string of pearls suspended, or I like to think about it like a slinky, if you’ve ever seen a slinky and you imagine a slinky being opened up, you might imagine that opening of the slinky feel let’s think about what we’re doing right here for a second and how it correlates to the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system remember is about two nervous systems that do two opposite things.
And so one of the magical things about Tai Chi is that when with our body, we do two opposite things and we’re aware of it when we’re aware of doing two opposite things simultaneously, this is one way that would be in balancing the autonomic nervous system responses. So our bottom and our legs and our feet are sinking down into the ground. Nice and heavy. And the crown of the head is lifting up towards the sky, nice and light. So the head is light and rising and the legs and butt and feet are sinking down into the ground.
Just allow ourselves to come into that posture. Okay. Now just let your, let your breathing do whatever it’s going to do. Okay. We don’t have don’t. We don’t have to force your breath to do anything at the moment. Just notice that your breath is doing whatever it’s doing. Notice your breathing, whether it’s deep or shallow or high or low or loud or quiet, it doesn’t matter. Just notice whatever it’s doing. Okay. And then let’s take your hands and rub your hands together. Just a little bit, do a little bit of hand rubbing. Imagine just warming up your warming up your pumps.
And if we can now take your fingers and just kind of tap your fingertips together, you’re stimulating your fingertips and just notice how that feels. So feel into your fingertips as you’re doing a little tippy tippy here. Okay, good. Let’s take those tips. Just bring it up to the top of your head. Just tap right on the crown of your head. Just nice little gentle tapping. Good. And then hands come down, just tap over top of the eyebrows. Let your breath do whatever it’s going to do and then tap on the temples. Okay. Tap under the eyes.
Good. Tap over the top lip. Tap on the chin. Good. Now come down to my favorite points right here. So tapping right. Underneath the collarbones kind of close to the sternum. These are what we call the kidney 27 points. The name of these points is called elegant mansion. I just love these love, these spots. The spot is really fantastic for for releasing anxiety. So kinda remember that one. Okay. Let’s go down a little further. So tapping right in the center of the chest. Okay. I’ll kinda just stand up a little bit so you can see where we are. So you stay sitting with stop tapping a little bit, right in the center of the chest. Call that the conception vessel points. Okay. Now come around and tap on the, on the ribs right here on the sides. I call these the monkey points. Imagine that you’re a kind of a monkey.
They’re good. Cool. And then risk points. Come to the wrists to tap your wrists. Good. And then you tap what we call a karate chop points. Okay. Now just let your hands rest on your legs for a moment. And once again, feel your feet on the floor. Relax your knees. Let your butt sink down into the chair, crown of the head towards the sky. And just again, just notice your breathing and notice the sensations in your body now to just notice whatever sensations are experienced or that you’re experiencing in your body. Okay. Let’s do the scan and go ahead and rub together again. We do that same little circuit. Okay. So rub hands together.
Okay. Do a little, a little tapping on your fingertips, warm up this fingertips. Good. And then we’re going to the top of the head and remember at the top of the head, do this and tapping if you, if you can try to do an audible sigh, make it audible. If he can. Okay. Now to the T over the eyebrows, another audible side, good to the temples under the eyes. Good top lip chin good down to the elegant mansion points here. Good. Right over the right over the sternum. Good to the ribs. Good risk points. Ah, and karate jet points. Ah, okay. Just let your hands rest on your knees and just notice what information that you are receiving from your body, mind
From your body. I’d be curious what sensations people are experiencing. You take a moment and just kind of pop something in the chat. Let us know what sensations you’re experiencing in your, in your body. Also feel free to unmute if you’d like to share. Yeah. Tingley feet and hands from Joel. Great. Joel. Hazel is also tingling. Ooh. Okay, good. Good. So we’ve got some tingling going on. Great. Okay. So now let’s do a little warming of our hands again. Okay. So warm up your hands. Maybe a little, even a little can get a little more vigorous if you wanted to awakeness and tingling for Robin. Wonderful.
Okay. So now take your hands after you’ve kind of warmed your hands up. Pretty good. Take your hands and just rest them on your lungs and on your heart. And then notice if there’s a temperature difference between your hands and your body are your hands warmer than your body is your body warmer than your hands. Just notice and recognize that if there is a temperature difference in your hands are on your body, that there’s either heat being transferred from your hands to your heart and lungs or there’s heat being transferred from your heart and your lungs to your hands. And this is an automatic, automatic balancing process or, or creating a balance transfer here of thermal energy.
So let’s go ahead and warm up your hands again. And once again, place your hands on your, on your heart and your lungs. And as your hands are on your heart and your lungs, imagine if you could energetically connect between your hands and your heart and your lungs. And imagine if you could energetically send a message into your heart and your lungs. And the message would be something like, you know what, boy we’ve been through it together. Haven’t we? And I know you’re doing the best you can. What do I need to do to help you do what you need to do heart and lungs?
You know, maybe I haven’t been as appreciative of you as I’d like to be, but I know that you’re doing all you can, and I’m thankful for that or whatever language that it would work for you in terms of appreciating, at least these parts of us, our heart and our lungs, not just for what they’re doing mechanically, what they’re doing for us in terms of emotional capacities. Okay. Now let’s just warm those hands up again. Let’s take this one step further. So as you’re warming up your hands, feel your feet on the ground. Feel your bottom in the chair, feel your head rise up to the sky and just slowly separate your hands. Just a little bit, just slowly separate your hands. Just a little bit about an inch. And then imagine if between your hands, you have a small ball, a small spongy ball, and imagine just kind of squishing that ball and opening.
It’s a squishy elastic ball, so you can compress it and then it expands and bring all of your awareness into that space between your hands. And you can even imagine kind of rolling that ball a little bit, rolling it one way and rolling it the other way. Okay. Now, imagine taking that ball, pull it towards your chest, pull it towards your heart and your chest and hold your hands. Just a few inches away from your chest. So I’m from the side. You can see, I’m just holding my hands, a few inches away from my chest and my heart. And imagine now kind of, you have almost like two, two balls here, or two cushions or something. And as you gently push in towards the chest and then let the hand spring feel into that space between your heart and your lungs and your hands and bring all of your awareness into that space, into that void. That apparent void between your hands in your heart and your lungs, and fill that space with an intention of healing and gratitude and peace.
Okay. Now bring your hands now, just let your hands glide up, glide up past your throat. Still maintain that connection into the space between your hands and your throat and up the face and feel that connection between the space between your hands and your face. Maybe you even feel the temperature of your hands on your face. As you go up over the head. Imagine just kind of washing your face with gratitude and peace over the top. Like you’re kind of looking your hair back. You, you done this so much. I’ve lost all my here. And then let your hand circle down off your shoulders. And then hands can just go lie back down and find their way to your lap.
Okay? Find your feet on the ground. Knees relaxed, feel settled. Crown of the head lifted. It’s okay to have back support. If you’d like it. Now we’re going to enter or address the universal mind with a meditation. So this meditation, we’re going to use a phrase for this meditation, a phrase coined by Gandhi, at least the beginning of the phrase, which has become the change you wish to see become the change you wish to see. You could do this with any phrase. We’ll use this one. What I’d like you to do is imagine pulling up on the movie screen of your mind, visualize the word, become, see the word, become flash in front of your eyes.
See it slowly blink on and off of the word become, become, become now shift your attention just slightly to the right and see the word. Be, become the and focus on the word, the, see it flash on the screen of your mind. Come the, the, the now move your gaze back to the space between those two words. The space between become in the and sink into that space. The gap, think into the gap between become and allow your breath to deepen. As you sink into that space. Now shift your attention back to the word, the again, see the word, the flash on the screen of your mind.
See it blinking on and off, and now shift your attention to the next word change. See the word change blinking on and off and the screen of your mind. And now shift your attention back just slightly to the space between the words, the and change and sink into that space. Focus as much as you can, just on that gap between those two words, just stare into that space. Allow your breath to deepen and allow your body to relax into that space between the words. Now, bring your awareness to the word, change again. See the word change flashing on the screen of your mind.
And now shift to the word you gum, the change you see the word you flashing on the screen of your mind. And now shift back to that space between those words change and you sink into that space sink into that nothingness into that gap between the thought. Now shift your attention to the word you again, to the word you flashing on the screen of your mind, steady, blinking, and now shift your attention to the word. Wish you wish. See the word wish blinking on and off, and then shift your attention back just slightly to the gap between the word. Do you and wish and sink into that gap. Allow your consciousness to settle in that space. Wow, your body is settle in that space. Now bring your attention back to the word. Wish again. See the word wish flash on the screen of your mind
And now to the word too. Okay. See the word to flashing and then bring your awareness back just a slightly cause that’s space between the words wish and to, and once again, sink into that space, but your breath deepen into that space. Let your body be absorbed into that space. Now bring your awareness back to the word, to again, see the word to flashing and the screen of your mind become the change you wish to see. Now, either words see flashing on the screen of your mind and then shift back slightly into that gap between the words too, and see. And once again, sink into that spaciousness that nothingness come out again. The word, see again, flashing on the screen of your mind.
See the words, see flashing, and now shift to the next word in, see the word in lashing, and then shift back to that space between the words C and N and sink again, into that void the space between the words, the space between the thoughts. Now, shift to the word in, see the word in again, flashing and then the word the again, see the word of the flashing in the, and shift again to the space between the words and sink into that space. Now see the word of the flashing again, come to the word of the come, the change you wish to see in the world. See the word world flashing, see the word world flashing, and then shift your attention back to the space between the words of the ad world Sy exhale sink into the space between the thoughts between the words between the emotion between the sensations. Now, one more time, bring the hands in front to do a little rubbing with the hands, bring hands to the heart and then allow, you know, it’s once more to just drift up over the face, thinking inhale as the hands drift up over the top and then thinking exhale as the hands come back down and then just take a moment to move in whatever way feels good for you, right? So that might be a wiggle a little bit, or your shift a little bit stand up,
Move about whatever feels good. And so there was a little practice to address each of the three parts of our mind experience, body, mind, mental, emotional mind, and a practice to get into the gap of that spaciousness of the universal mind. What do we think? Thoughts, questions, ideas.
I had a really hard time with the meditation piece. I found that I couldn’t see that, like the words I tried they weren’t flashing and then my mind just started to like completely drift and I kept trying to bring it back then, you know, at least focusing on the words, but yeah, it was, it was really tough, but the other stuff I thought was great and very my body feels very relaxed. We can even feel sometimes like a little bit of tingling as you know, I was moving my hands around my body. That that part was great.
Oh, that’s great, Julie, I’m really, I’m really glad for that. And you know, there’s so many different meditation practices and there’s no right or wrong, good or bad meditation practices at all. This is just one opportunity when I first started practicing that particular meditation practice, Julie, I had a little bit of trouble too. And so what I did is actually wrote it out on a piece of paper and hung it in front of me at eye level and actually looked at the words, I’ve actually looked at the word become, and then the word the become become, become the, the, the, and then I looked right at the space between the words actually like actually right in front of me. Yeah, so that’s what, that’s what I used to do. So if you’re, if you’re so inclined to try that, you certainly can just, as it’s just a suggestion that might be helpful to you.
Thank you. I will certainly try though actually seeing it.
Yeah. Yeah. I think it’s a wonderful way to actually practice get it again. It was called getting into the gap. That’s the meditation. And so it’s so often when we meditate, we try to quiet. Like we try to let go of the thoughts or try to quiet the mind, but the problem is that the mind isn’t is incessant. It just w why we hired it to think, it’s just going to keep thinking. So we can’t turn off something that’s always on. The best we can do is actually focus on that, which we want to experience. So if we want to experience spaciousness than to focus on the spaciousness itself can be a really valuable tool. So it’s just a thought. I also think that very often people have this idea and this happens sometimes with bootcamp as well, that you’re supposed to be good at something the first time you knew, and that is not
True at all. And especially if this is totally foreign to you you know, it’s, it would be more incredible if you actually got it the first time.
Yeah, I agree. A hundred percent Noah it’s all of these things are a RA RA practice and that’s exactly what they are and they’re all skills, which means they can all be learned and they can all be cultivated. None of this stuff is I’m not, I’m not sure, you know, past for most of us past the past, the age of three or four, that we’re actually naturally born focusers anymore, or have our own experience, you know, because by then everything we’ve been inundated with is just completely churning all the time. But these are skills we can learn.
So, so here’s some comments I feel more calm and heart rate has returned to normal. So, you know, think about that. Like you just brought your heart rate to normal. So like when your heart is racing, which is very common with, you know, people who are postcode, but remind yourself that you have a tool I’m more relaxed. Feel my energy going down from head where I had tension to lowering my body back pain has gone. Neck pain has gone warmer in my body energy, going out from inside my body to the outside. So Martha had like a religious experience, almost create my head, kept wanting to drop as I did that practice. And I don’t know about you, Brian, but I say, when, when you feel something like that, go with it. Sure. ADI do what it wants. Thank you so much. That was amazing.
Love this more, please would love to end every resume with meditation and we can do that. Totally relaxed. I lost tension. I didn’t know I was carrying, I cried when I put my hands over my heart and lungs. That was very powerful to talk to those vulnerable areas of my body that I’m concerned about. I got chills as I just read that out to tell you, during the meditation, I stomped into the gaps so much that I was sinking forward. I became so relaxed. I felt like I was barely breathing. I would love to do more of this. I felt tremendous pressure in my head and heart had a burning in my throat, metallic taste for some of it, it felt like I had forgot how to breathe and had to prompt breath. Where can we find more of this? This is so necessary. At least for me, my autonomic nervous system is so out of balance. And I’ve been doing Headspace 10 minutes a day, and that has helped me see my drifting thoughts drift away and come back to the meditation. Yep. I just missed the dinosaur.
Well, wonderful, wonderful comments. I’m, I’m, I’m, you know, I’m actually emotionally moved as well. And, and got chills too, with those comments. W w I think what we want to remember is that we have the capacity are number one. The first thing we want to remember is that our bodies have the capacities to heal no matter what’s happened to us. W w you know, your, your body actually loses a million cells a second, every second, a million cells die in your body and are reborn again, that’s a statistic from a, from a, what we call cellular apoptosis. And so we are never the same body. We never have the same body from second to second. We’re literally a million cells, terminal turnover every second in our bodies. So at the end of the day, 10 to the 11th power, I don’t know how many, what is that?
What Google Plex? I’m not sure I know how many, I don’t know what that word is, but that’s how many cells in your body turnover. Every single day, our bodies are always healing. Our bodies are programmed to heal themselves. And so the idea is, is that when we can get out of our own way and sup, and basically just take the brakes off and allow our bodies to heal, and we can do it with these simple practices of reducing tension and guide our own healing. We have the power to do that. We have the power to alter our own physiology through our intention, into our practice. And I think we always have to remember that, that the disease doesn’t control us, our bodies don’t control us. We have the capacity to consciously shift our physiology with these practices.
Fantastic. I agree. I think, you know, so much of what we do is we try to just help people get out of their own way. And when I say help people, I mean help myself too. Cause I get my, my day. But it’s like that that’s the key, cause I I’m a believer too, that the body wants to heal. The body is always on our side and we have to provide it with the tools and try to eliminate some of the deterrents. Well, that’s great. Nikki says a fi, she used to do some yoga before COVID, but finds that you’re going to Tai Chi or very very healing conditioning, knock myself off balance. Thank you. You’re welcome. And this is a conversation that Noah and I have had back and forth and why we feel like Tai Chi are such valuable tools for the post COVID reality that people experience is because they are so gentle and so powerful. And so we just did a practice of that moving from our chairs and not expending so much energy that we deplete our reserves, but we’re actually fostering and activating our healing systems without taking anything away.
Brian, thank you so much for being here. That was fantastic. I will say to everybody think about your budget for the rest of the day and think about where this falls into it and act accordingly. And tonight at seven we have another meeting Laurie may Del and I, dr. Nate bell will be leading and you’re all welcome to go and it’s end. And for those of you that came in late just to let you know, we just signed a deal overnight to open the first freestanding post COVID long haul or center in New York city. And we should be we should be opening our doors in the next week or so, got to paint it of course, and put up the art to make it right. Right. And I just want to say, Brian, thank you so much. Brian’s a powerful being, you know, he’s, I believe he’s probably somewhere between wizard and sorcerer. And I’m so grateful and appreciative that you take the time with us and have an awesome Sunday, everybody. Thanks for, yeah, thanks for having me know. And it’s wonderful to be here. I’m so appreciative. And congratulations on the center, man. I know we’re going to do some amazing things to change the world and make it a better place for a lot of people. So thanks for having me here. Everybody have a great Sunday. Everybody have some fun enjoy.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We’ll talk.