Online Courses & Webinars

Online Courses & Webinars

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This page contains a list of carefully selected online courses, webinars, events, and programs. The selection also includes a number of free webinars and courses. I hope you will check some of them out and let me know which ones you liked most in the comments at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through my links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. The full disclosure can be accessed here. Thank you for your support!

Natural Healing & Maintaining Health 

The Shift Network
THE SHIFT NETWORK

The Shift Network is a transformative educational company with the mission to help everyone achieve their full potential.

Featuring the world’s top spiritual teachers and holistic health experts, The Shift Network offers hundreds of courses on diverse subjects, including energy healing, yoga, Qigong, plant medicine, shamanism, and more.

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ONLINE COURSES BY THE SHIFT NETWORK

Supercharge your Chakras by The Shift Network
Energy Codes course
Qi medicine by The Shift Network
Electric Body course by the Shift Network
Shamanic Journey course by The Shift Network
Celtic Shamanism course by The Shift Network
Universal Shaman course by The Shift Network
Reverence Ritual Renewal coyrse by teh Shift Network
Dreaming course by The Shift Network
Near Death Experience Tranformation course by The Shift Network
Mediumship course by The Shift Network
Empath Intuitive Healing course by The Shift Network
Belly Dance course by The Shift Network
Qi ging course by The Shift Network
Kundalini course by The Shift Network
Awaken your rhythm course by The Shift Network
Aromatherapy course by The Shift Network
Medicinal plants course by The Shift Network
Vibrational frequencies course by The Shift Network
Body innate guidance course by The Shift Network
The Christ Path course by The Shift Network
Goddesses in you course by the Shift Network
Devotional Chanting by The Shift Network
Feldenkrais method course by The Shift Network course by The Shift Network
Psychology of the future course by The Shift Network course by The Shift Network
Human by Design course by the Shift Network
Aging into Awakening course by the Shift Network
Life Visioning course by the Shift Network

Visit The Shift Network for even more courses and webinars.

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Sounds True publishing
SOUNDS TRUE

Sounds True is a multimedia publishing company with the mission to help everyone live a balanced, joyful, and meaningful life through their transformational programs. Amongst their authors are Eckhart Tolle, Donna Eden, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss, or Marianne Williamson.

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ONLINE COURSES AND SUMMITS BY SOUNDS TRUE

The Wim Hof method audio download
The Brain Change summit by Sounds True
Breathing - The Master Key to Self Healing
Neurosculpting for Anxiety by Sounds True
Healthy Sleep by Sounds TRie
Freedom from Depression
Powerful Beyond Measure by Marianne Williamson
Opening to Our Lives by Sounds True
Guide to Optimal Health
Spontaneous Happiness
The Healing Trauma Summit
The Power of Awareness
The Power of Shamanism
Spirituality and Psychotherapy Summit
The Science of Medical Intuition
the energy healing summit by sounds true publishing
the energy healing summit by sounds true publishing
THE ENERGY HEALING SUMMIT

During the Energy Healing Summit, you will be able to explore energy healing in its many forms by learning from 30 of today’s leading experts in this field, including the world’s leading energy healers.

You will learn about their teachings, transmissions, and the newest science. The speakers include Donna Eden, Caroline Myss, Dr. Judith Orloff, Cyndi Dale, Dr. Daniel Benor, Dr. Gary Schwartz and many more. Hosted by Sounds True.

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Mindfulness & Meditation

The Ziva Technique
ZIVA MEDITATION

Online Course with Free Trial

Have you ever heard that meditation can offer rest that’s five times deeper than sleep? When you make time to meditate every day,  you’ll become more productive than if you took a nap or had a cup of coffee.

A leading expert in meditation for high performance, Emily Fletcher, created Ziva Online meditation course for people with busy lives.

In her 15-day training, Emily teaches a powerful combination of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Manifesting to improve your personal and professional performance, clarity, health, and sleep. You’ll learn how to cultivate Mindfulness through brief but powerful exercises that will help you stop wasting time stressing. Plus, you’ll get Manifesting tools to help you get crystal clear on your personal and professional goals for the future.

 “We meditate to get good at life, not to get good at meditation.”—Emily Fletcher

Testimonials:

Ziva blows all other meditation trainings away.

“I have tried other meditations. They served me well. I’ve also done Headspace and have taken a meditation course from a monk. But I felt the need to write and tell you: Ziva blows them ALL away.”

Chip Franks, CEO, JoeVolunteer

I slept through the night for the first time in 20 years after taking the Ziva course.

Hee Sun-woo, CEO, Hire Records

It’s like a shot of espresso without the anxious jitters and the crash.

“Before Ziva, my blood pressure was 120/80, now it is consistently 90/60. I notice a huge energy boost about 45 minutes after I finish meditating. It’s like a shot of espresso without the anxious jitters and the crash. I now have the ability to complete complex problems and projects calmly and with more imagination, creativity and a greater ability to focus on and prioritize projects and problems. I now have “more time” even though the work hours are the same because I have less anxiety.”

Eric Stanton, Financial Tech

If I could prescribe ONE thing to every single patient who walks in my door it would be: Learn meditation.

“It will change your life. It literally re-wires the brain, calms the nervous system, and creates new neural pathways. Meditation has been shown on MRIs (see Harvard study) to shrink the amygdala, the part of the brain that “lights up” during the stress response. Meditation lowers stress hormones like adrenaline & cortisol, lowers blood pressure, decreases inflammation, increases focus. You can do it anywhere and it’s a very small chunk of time invested with MASSIVE results. There are zero side effects. You don’t need a prescription. Ziva gives you a great technique that is also dubbed as “lazy man’s meditation” for those who swear they can’t sit still or can’t get their mind still (like myself) These people need it MOST by the way. It’s the best money I’ve spent EVER.”

Elizabeth Burkholder, Nurse Practitioner

People ask me about the price of Ziva and I can honestly say it is the single best investment I have made. It is one of the most cost-effective things I’ve ever done.

Russell Brown, Acupuncturist

Read some more testimonials and find out more about the course here.

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You can read about my personal experience with ZIVA mediation in my article ‘The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation.’

Personal Development & Success

Tony Robbins Programs and Coaching
TONY ROBBINS PROGRAMS & COACHING

Personal and Professional Development Programs and Live Events

The entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Robbins is often referred to as ‘personal and professional development guru’. He has empowered millions of people through his training programs and live events. He created many personal and professional development programs, and more than 4 million people have attended his live seminars.

You can visit his website and check his personal and professional development programs here: https://naturegrooves.com/tony-robbins-programs.

I Am Enough Marisa Peer
I AM ENOUGH – MARISA PEER

Free Masterclass

The renowned British psychotherapist Marisa Peer has developed a unique method which is partially based on hypnotherapy, and which can ‘rewire’ your mind so you can be free you from old patterns of negative thinking and self-sabotage. I really like Marisa Peer, and not just because she’s worked with rockstars..!

Marisa’s work revolves around the following three points:

1) The main cause of all our emotional issues is that we don’t feel good enough – e.g. smart enough, wealthy enough, pretty, or talented enough…in short: We don’t feel we are enough.

2) The main driving force of depression are the harsh and hurtful words we tend to say to ourselves.

3) Your own praise is more important and effective than praise from any other person.

The primary aim of Marisa Peer’s work is to help us fully implement the belief that we are enough. Under her guidance, a large number of people have experienced deep and lasting healing from the grip of their subconscious mind, negative psychological patterns, and limiting beliefs.

If you’d like to learn more about her method, you can watch her free masterclass.

Online Business Tools

10 free lessons with wealthy affiliate
10 free lessons with wealthy affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate course outcomes and learning benefits
ONLINE ENTREPRENEUR CERTIFICATION – GETTING STARTED LEVEL 1
by WEALTHY AFFILIATE – Platform for Online Marketers
10 Free Lessons on How to Start an Online Business
Free starter membership with Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate is a cool learning platform I am a proud member of, and which I would recommend to anyone who would like to learn about earning extra income online. I have included their free course ‘Online Entrepreneur Certification’ here because it has helped me build my website, start and maintain my online business, and become a part of a trustworthy community of fellow internet marketers, who are always happy to offer advice and guidance.

That’s why I’d love to introduce this friendly and honest marketing platform to everyone who is thinking about working from home, including stay-at-home parents and people who have retired and who would like to earn some money by writing about their interests.

Give the ‘Getting Started’ Module a Try

I highly recommend trying the first 10 lessons for free. The training will give you the necessary knowledge needed to start your own online business, and learn about affiliate marketing. You don’t even have to use your credit card details to get access to this module – signing up is completely non-obligatory.

You can also check my article Working from Home Opportunities, where I explain what affiliate marketing is in more detail, and compare it to the rather infamous MLM schemes. (In the article I’m also describing my rather unpleasant experience with MLM scheme.)

Good luck with everything and please let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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Health & Wellbeing Products

Health & Wellbeing Products

On this page, you will find a selection of recommended products for better health, pain relief, and relaxation. I hope you find this page inspiring and that you possibly find something that may help you, as well as your friends and family. (Most of these items make lovely presents!)

Also, feel free to check out the related posts to each of the items, as it may be useful to see these products in a broader context, as well as get some extra tips. Happy browsing!

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PiMag Waterfall water filter system
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PIMAG WATERFALL® FILTRATION SYSTEM

The PiMag water filtration system is a hi-tech, multiple-stage filtration system based on natural materials, magnetic technology and ceramic elements It has been designed to produce water with added minerals in a pH range of 8.5-9.5, making it alkaline, and decreasing the ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential).

The package comes with mineral stones and a filter cartridge.

The filtration system is environmentally friendly, made with recyclable and biodegradable materials.

Capacity: Fill tank: 5 litres

Supply tank: 5.5 liters (with mineral stones)

Weight: 3 kg

Height: 42.3cm
Width: 22.5cm
Depth: 32.5cm

Available from Nikken.com

More about the PiMag Waterfall in this video:

Or check out this fun experiment with different pH levels of water, featuring common tap water, bottled water, Nikken Pimag Waterfall water, and even Sprite! 

You can order your PiMag Waterfall by visiting the Nikken store.

Wellness Home water pack by Nikken

WELLNES HOME WATER PACK BY NIKKEN

All Wellness Home Packs are priced at 10% discount to items at regular price.

Package content:

  • PiMag Waterfall 
  • PiMag Waterfall Filter Pack (Filter & Prefilter)
  • PiMag Water Bottle
  • PiMag Water Bottle Filters & Spouts (2 pack)
  • PiMag MicroJet Shower
  • PiMag MicroJet Shower Filter Replacement

Available from Nikken.com

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points - interactive acupuncture software
points - interactive acupuncture software

POINTS – Interactive Acupuncture Software (New Version 3.0)

  • The ultimate reference for everything you need to know about every acupuncture point.
  • Complete information about all 361 numbered points and related treatment protocols
  • Practice confidently with locations, functions, attributes, cautions, and needling instructions
  • Locate points precisely with complete anatomic descriptions and high-res illustrations
  • Find information fast with the keyword search feature
  • Available on iOS (iPhone/iPad) and desktop (compatible with Mac & Windows)

Find out more:

POINTS – Interactive Acupuncture Software

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THE ORIGINAL BACKNOBBER

A perfect tool for shoulder and back massage, ideal for clearing toxins by stimulating neurolymphatic reflex points.  Great for a self-administered ‘Spinal Flush technique!

Portable – easily split into two parts. 

Find on Amazon:

The Original Backnobber (US)

The Original Backnobber (UK)

Related posts:

How to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

hangsun percussion massager

HANGSUN HANDHELD PERCUSSION MASSAGER

A powerful hand-held massager with variable speed and ergonomic design. Great for shoulder, leg, foot, and neck massage. 

You can read a review of the Hangsun percussion massager here.

Find on Amazon:

Hangsun Handheld Percussion Massager

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Back Up by Nada Chair
Back Up by Nada Chair

BACK-UP by Nada Chair

This simple but powerful device offers great support for lower back pain, helps maintain correct posture and eases general strain on the back.

It is a must-have for anyone suffering from a lower-back pain. Great for pregnant women, and anyone who spends a lot of time sitting. 

Even NASA astronauts have used the Back-Up, due to the device’s ability to relieve backpain caused by microgravity.

Nada Chair holds the World Chiropractic Alliance’s endorsement.

You can also read more about Back-Up in my article about Pain Relief techniques, or a more detailed review of the Nada Chair. 

Find on Amazon:

BACK-UP by Nada Chair

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PORTABLE MASSAGE TABLE

High quality foldable massage table / bed with adjustable height, perfect for energy medicine treatments, massages and relaxation

Product size: 73“*24“*58“/33“

Find on Amazon:

Portable Massage Table (US store)

Portable Massage Table (UK store)

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homedics massage chair
homedics massage chair

HOMEDICS MASSAGE CHAIR

If you fancy a complex, deep massage with several functions such as kneading shiatsu massage, tapping percussion, vibration, and heat, the HoMedics Shiatsu massage chair is the right choice for you.

The chair is capable of a deep neck, shoulder, and back massage. You can either have a complete back massage or select specific massage zones, with optional heat and vibration. 

Find on Amazon:

HoMedics Massage Chair

You can also browse through a whole range of other HoMedics massagers and other devices in their store on Amazon.

Related posts:

How to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

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small magnets for pain relief
small magnet for pain relief

SMALL MAGNETS FOR PAIN RELIEF 

A pack of medically approved 30 Magnetic Acupressure Patches for pain relief therapy

  • Strength: 600 Gauss 
  • Diameter of disc plaster: 2.7cm
  • Diameter of magnet: 0.8cm

Package contents:

  • 30 plasters with magnets
  • 30 replacement plasters without magnets
  • 1 small plastic container for keeping magnets
  • 20 alcohol pads
  • Instruction manual

Find on Amazon:

Magnetic Acupressure Patches 

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How to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

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MAGNESIUM OIL SPRAY

BetterYou Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray

100 ml

Ideal for relaxing and calming muscles and nerves, and aiding deeper sleep.

Magnesium is the central and most basic nutrient mineral responsible for immune response, cerebral function and energy levels. A magnesium-rich body will develop a stronger immune system, fighting infections more easily .

Sprayed directly on the skin, this essential mineral absorbs up to 5 times faster than if taken orally.

Find on Amazon:

BetterYou Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray

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20 Tips for Better Sleep

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organic lavender oil

ORGANIC LAVENDER OIL

French Lavender Essential Oil, COSMOS Certified Organic, 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade for Aromatherapy, Massage, Diffusers & Bath – 10ml

Lavender essential oil is known for its relaxing properties and the ability to treat insomnia. It is also a great skin and hair remedy – great to use in conditioning treatments.

Find on Amazon:

Organic Lavender Oil

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KALMS Night

Kalms is a herbal medicinal product for better sleep. The tablets contain the herb valerian, traditionally used for its sedative effects. It is known for relieving sleeplessness without feeling drowsy the next day. 

Find on Amazon:

Kalms Night

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20 Tips for Better Sleep

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bach rescue night spray

BACH RESCUE REMEDY

Bach Rescue Remedy is a homeopatic calming potion containing specifically selected flower essences. The original Rescue tincture comes as a dropper, and is used for feelings of general stress or anxiety. It contains five traditional calming flower remedies, preserved in grape alcohol solution:

  • Rock Rose against terror and panic
  • Star of Bethlehem to treat shock
  • Impatiens to bring down irritation and impatience
  • Cherry Plum against irrational thoughts
  • Clematis for restoring focus.

BACH RESCUE NIGHT SPRAY

Bach Rescue Night Spray has been specifically created to enhance your sleep. It is alcohol-free and comes in a convenient spray format. It contains the same flower essences as the original Bach Rescue Remedy, but has an extra essence of the White Chestnut, which is traditionally used to diminish unwanted, repetitive thoughts, which will help you fall asleep more easily.

Find on Amazon:

Bach Rescue Remedy Drops

Bach Rescue Night Spray

Related posts:

20 Tips for Better Sleep

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ergonomic sleep mask

PrettyCare 3D Sleep Mask with 3D Molded Cups, a Contour Pillow for Your Eyes (Starry Night)

When buying a sleepmask, it is advised to consider the following: The sleepmask should be shaped so that it creates a hollow space between the material and your eyes, so that your eyeballs are free to move. This is especially important during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase.

The PrettyCare sleepmask has been ergonomically designed to fit this criteria. No-pressure eye cups allow your eyes to open and shut freely. The mask fits the nose-contour better than the standard sleep masks, creating a fully light-blocking feature and helping you get a deep, restorative sleep.

Find on Amazon:

PrettyCare 3D Sleep Mask 

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20 Tips for Better Sleep

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GLOW POI BALLS – create beautiful light effects and improve your health!

‘POI’ = a Maori word for ‘ball on a cord’ .

Originating in New Zealand, Poi balls were used by the indigenous Maori people to increase their flexibility and strength in their hands and arms, as well as improving coordination – useful both for weaving as well as the battle!

A popular tool in Energy Medicine, as making figures of eight and various crossover patterns strengthens our energetic field, improves concentration and alertness, relieves stress, enhances creativity, and helps with energetic space clearing.

Children with dyslexia and autism can benefit from playing with poi balls, particularly when making crossover patterns.

Creative fun for both children and adults – great for music festivals, clubs, parties, Diwali festival of light, dance performances, birthday gifts etc.

Package contains 1 Pair of LED Glow POI BALLS with adjustable strings

Each poi has several adjustable color settings and can be programmed to display one color only, or a gradient of several colours.

Batteries included! 🙂

Dimensions: 60 x 7 x 7 cm (23.6 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches)

Find on Amazon:

Glow POI balls (US)

Glow POI balls (UK)

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Your Health in Balance: Donna Eden and Energy Medicine

Your Health in Balance: Donna Eden and Energy Medicine

Donna Eden Method

The increasingly popular discipline in the field of healthcare, Energy Medicine, is based on the fact that our bodies are composed of a large grid of energies. Although it is a platform that exists beyond the world of tangibility, its manifestations are clearer than daylight. When we switch on a lamp, we trigger the flow of electricity in order to create light; when we feel physical pain, we usually view the unpleasant sensation as a combination of inner forces, either bio-chemical or electromagnetic reactions, but most of us are not aware that we own a similar ‘switch’ that can influence those inner forces.

This symbolical switch represents a number of aspects or physical tools: For instance, our own hands that can influence the flow of our energies through their own electromagnetic fields. Similarly, our thoughts and intentions can alter the chemistry in our brain, and often trigger the healing process. The placebo effect is a good example of this.

Donna Eden

While already aware and fascinated by the science of Energy Medicine, when I got to know the internationally acclaimed Energy Medicine practitioner Donna Eden, it felt as if a treasure-box of knowledge had opened for me. I have learned about countless techniques that one can use to mobilise health-enhancing inner energies, strengthen one’s immunity, and empower your mind by being able to control it better.

Donna Eden, David Feinstein and Vishen Lakhiani

Donna and David with the founder of Mindvalley Vishen Lakhiani

Donna Eden has been teaching people to understand the amazing energy system of the body for many years. She does this with incredible passion, because through using these techniques, she managed to heal herself from Multiple Sclerosis. She was told by several doctors that she would not live long (this was in her twenties) and she was advised to ‘put her affairs in order’.

Interestingly enough, when her doctor presented her with this death sentence, she didn’t give in to despair (especially because she had two young daughters!) but instead came to the following conclusion – ‘Well, if the doctors can’t heal me, I’ll have to do it..!’

And she did.

Using her own energies, which she can see (she was born with this ability), it took her about a year to recover from Multiple Sclerosis and a number of other health challenges, including asthma and some serious allergies.

Donna Eden demonstrating an energy testing technique

Empowering Others

After this incredible self-healing experience, Donna embarked on a life-mission to help others to take their health into their own hands.

Although she can see energies, (including systems mapped in ancient times such as meridians and chakras) she insist that everyone can learn energy healing, and empowers others with simple but powerful techniques that don’t require any clairvoyant ability at all.

Donna has been teaching Energy Medicine for over forty years, and many of Donna’s students are physicians, nurses, and other mainstream health professionals. She has been a consultant or guest speaker in numerous universities, hospitals, and corporations.

As a practitioner, she has worked in both traditional and alternative health-care settings. She has been travelling to countless countries to share her message and features in many online courses, including courses on the legendary platform Mindvalley. 

I feel immensely grateful to have met Donna personally. She is one of the most radiant beings I’ve ever met.

Donna and Lucie in spring 2019, Dorking, UK 

Donna has also written several books, one of which, co-written with the clinical psychologist David Feinstein, is the all-time classic in the vibrational medicine field, Energy Medicine – Balancing Your Body’s Energy for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality.

In her book, Donna Eden explores the theory that our organisms and their functions are based on the flow of invisible, yet measurable energies, which affect the way we feel and think. If we recognise this, we are on a good path towards maintaining and even improving our energy levels, our health, and overall wellbeing.

Your Body’s Self-healing Power in Your Hands

It is exciting and empowering to discover that the chief practitioner of Energy Medicine is the one who inhabits the body cared for – i.e. you. If you use principles of this blend of ancient Chinese medicine, kinesiology, and acupressure, you will be able to influence your own body’s inherent capabilities to heal itself, prevent illness, and gain a new zest for life.

While Energy Medicine doesn’t diagnose or cure illness in the traditional Western medicine way, it works with subtle energies of the body, which can strengthen our immunity, prevent illness and on many occasions, cause a natural healing process.

Managing Seemingly Uncontrollable Forces

With applied Energy Medicine, you can master the art of acquiring new stamina, vitality and clarity of thinking. You’ll be able to minimise the harmful effects of stress and anxiety, and, on top of that, control your moods. Managing our states of mind is one of the most important tools in life that one can ever hold, and you be amazed how quickly it is possible to get on top of the seemingly uncontrollable force that often dictates our states and can bring us well down, sometimes to a point of self-destructive thoughts or acts.

What’s more, you can soon use what you have learned to improve the wellbeing of other people, which rewards you with a sense of purpose and meaning. To personally grow and contribute is one of the main human needs in the spiritual field, and what can be more meaningful that contributing by helping someone feel better or even regain health?

Learning the Language of our Energies

When we learn about Energy Medicine, we are in fact learning something that our unfathomably intelligent body already understands. It is comparable to learning a new language – in this case, the language of energy. Our lifestyle, due to our drastically changing industrialised environment, has become considerably alienated from the natural rhythm of nature, so in order to stay healthy and balanced, it is twice as much important to live in conscious harmony with one’s own energy systems.

Our bodies have been evolving over millions of years, so from this perspective it is only a fraction of time we have lived in the high technology-driven world we know today. It is quite a task for our bodies, designed to live in the wilderness, to adjust to such a rapid change.

Having said that, our energy system is extremely intelligent and adaptable. Every second, every heartbeat, it manages millions of biochemical processes in our body, most of which we don’t have a clue. We take for granted that we are breathing, digesting and metabolising, that our heart beats, that our eyes blink. Our mind is – fortunately! – not required to understand, let alone manage this incredible, mysteriously interwoven process of the functions of our body that keeps us alive.

On High Alert 24/7

However, it is obvious our bodies are trying hard to adapt to the environment we did not evolve for. While our immune system protects us from a large number of invisible invaders, it often struggles with tacking unnatural particles, such as artificial chemicals in processed foods, exhaust fumes pollution, or men-made electromagnetic radiation. Our immune system is thus on continuous high alert, with hardly getting a break. This, of course, drains our energy and makes us prone to illnesses such as cancer, mental disorders or depression much more than in our distant past.

Our modern lifestyle also means that due to stress we are often on a verge of ‘fight-or-flight’ response, an age-old instinct, which we don’t utilise enough (e.g. due to lack of predators we have to flee from), and therefore we’re almost constantly in a kind of heightened state which we don’t know how to release properly.

Fleeing the Beasts of the Modern Times

This natural, life-saving response of the body is, of course, brilliant, however, it was not designed for modern-day stress management, therefore our body’s energy intelligence is dealing with a tough task indeed; when our computer crashes or when we have a family row, our body still uses the same mighty techniques for fleeing a prehistorical beast.

That means that we symbolically flee those beasts daily, and this puts our body, which thinks we need to save our lives instead of just reboot a laptop, under a massive, unnecessary strain. This then inevitably results in a weakened immune system and being prone to illnesses.

‘Software Update’

It is clear that to a large extent we are out of resonance with our current environment. If we want to keep healthy and feeling great, we have to become more aware of our own body’s energy systems, and actively take part in the evolution of our energy patterns. This is a perfect opportunity to involve our intellect – yes, we can help our already breathtakingly intelligent bodies become healthier and more harmonious. In a way, it is like updating our body energy software, which will function better in the modern world. 

The Daily Energy Routine

Updating our body energy software may sound a bit far-fetched, yet there are very simple techniques that each of us can do and contribute to this process. Several of these techniques have been compiled by Donna Eden in her Daily Energy Routine, which is a set of exercises that she carefully selected after many years’ observation of their high effectiveness. 

It is one of the best gifts you could give to your body, and if you incorporate it into your daily routine, it will reward you with increased energy levels, more vitality, mental clarity, and stronger immune system. I have been practising this routine daily and I haven’t had a cold for more than two years.

More Immunity-boosting Tips

In the following video, Donna and David offer advice about keeping your immunity strong especially during major viral outbreaks. Donna demonstrates a number of immunity-boosting tips you can do ‘on the go’.

Share Your Thoughts

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you will benefit from all the health tips by Donna Eden. Feel free to share them with others, and leave a comment below if you have any questions, or would like to share your experience with energy medicine or any other form of holistic healing. To your great health!

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Inspirational Books and Audio

Inspirational Books and Audio

This page contains a selection of inspirational books and audio downloads that I have read or listened to and which I would recommend. It also includes links to my favorite online stores that sell books and other media with the topic of health, personal development, spiritual wellbeing, and living a balanced life.

I hope that you will find this list useful and that you may discover something that resonates with you. These books and downloads also make nice presents. 

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THE POWER OF NOW

Eckhart Tolle

An essential guide to spiritual realization and a state of constant, deep inner peace,  independent of your circumstances. This book can transform your thinking, teaching you to live in the present moment and liberate you from the negative patterns of your involuntary thoughts controlling your state of mind. 

“I keep Eckhart’s book at my bedside. I think it’s essential spiritual teaching. It’s one of the most valuable books I’ve ever read.”  Oprah Winfrey.

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The Power of Now (US) 

The Power of Now (UK) 

 

Also by the author:

Enlightened Relationships - Eckhart Tolle
Great Western classics - Eckhart Tolle
The joy of being - Eckhart Tolle
Becoming a teacher of presence - Eckhart Tolle
Transmuting suffering into peace - Eckhart Tolle
Bringing stillness into everyday life - Eckhart Tolle

For more titles by Eckhart Tolle, including audiobooks and DVDs with his talks and meditations, visit his page on Sounds True, his publisher’s site.

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SOUNDS TRUE Publishing

Sounds True is a multimedia publishing company with the mission of disseminating spiritual wisdom. It offers transformational programs to help you live a balanced, joyful, and meaningful life. Amongst their authors are Donna Eden, Eckhart Tolle, Caroline Myss, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Wayne Dyer, or Marianne Williamson.

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The Wim Hof method audio download
THE WIM HOF METHOD

Wim has become known as “The Iceman” for his astounding physical feats, such as spending hours in freezing water and running barefoot marathons over deserts and ice fields. Yet his most remarkable achievement is not any record-breaking performance—it is the creation of a method that thousands of people have used to transform their lives.

In his gripping and passionate style, Wim shares his method and his story, including:
 
Breath—Wim’s unique practices to change your body chemistry, infuse yourself with energy, and focus your mind
Cold—Safe, controlled, shock-free practices for using cold exposure to enhance your cardiovascular system and awaken your body’s untapped strength
Mindset—Build your willpower, inner clarity, sensory awareness, and innate joyfulness in the miracle of living
Science—How users of this method have redefined what is medically possible in study after study
Health—True stories and testimonials from people using the method to overcome disease and chronic illness
Performance—Increase your endurance, improve recovery time, up your mental game, and more
Wim’s Story—Follow Wim’s inspiring personal journey of discovery, tragedy, and triumph
Spiritual Awakening—How breath, cold, and mindset can reveal the beauty of your soul
 

Available in a book, eBook, and CD or an audio download format

Related posts: Breathing with Wim Hof

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BETTER LISTEN! Publishing

BetterListen! offer a large number of inspirational audio downloads divided into categories with the topics of health, wellness, relationships, psychology, philosophy, personal growth, spirituality, or science.

Featured authors include Thich Nhat Hanh, Ram Dass, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marianne Williamson, Bernie Siegel, Jack Canfield, Mark Hyman, Bob Proctor, etc.

Visit BetterListen! store

STRESS LESS ACCOMPLISH MORE: Meditation for extraordinary performance

Emily Fletcher

Did you know that a brief meditation can offer rest that’s five times deeper than sleep? When you make time to practice the technique this book teaches, you’ll actually be more productive than if you took an hour-and-a-half nap or had a cup of coffee.

A leading expert in meditation for high performance, Emily Fletcher, author of Ziva Online meditation course, specifically developed the Z Technique for working people with busy lives. 

This is not just another meditation book –  In Stress Less, Accomplish More, Emily teaches a powerful combination of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Manifesting to improve your personal and professional performance, clarity, health, and sleep. You’ll learn how to cultivate Mindfulness through brief but powerful exercises that will help you stop wasting time stressing. Plus, you’ll get Manifesting tools to help you get crystal clear on your personal and professional goals for the future.

 “We meditate to get good at life, not to get good at meditation.”—Emily Fletcher

 

Order online:

Stress Less Accomplish More (US)

Stress Less Accomplish More (UK)

Read some fascinating facts about the life-changing meditation technique here.

Testimonials:

Ziva blows all other meditation trainings away.

“I have tried other meditations. They served me well. I’ve also done Headspace and have taken a meditation course from a monk. But I felt the need to write and tell you: Ziva blows them ALL away.”

Chip Franks, CEO, JoeVolunteer

 

It’s like a shot of espresso without the anxious jitters and the crash.

“Before Ziva my blood pressure was 120/80, now it is consistently 90/60. I notice a huge energy boost about 45 minutes after I finish meditating. It’s like a shot of espresso without the anxious jitters and the crash. I now have the ability to complete complex problems and projects calmly and with more imagination, creativity and a greater ability to focus on and prioritize projects and problems. I now have “more time” even though the work hours are the same because I have less anxiety.”

Eric Stanton, Financial Tech

 

If I could prescribe ONE thing to every single patient who walks in my door it would be: Learn meditation.

“It will change your life. It literally re-wires the brain, calms the nervous system, and creates new neural pathways. Meditation has been shown on MRIs (see Harvard study) to shrink the amygdala, the part of the brain that “lights up” during the stress response. Meditation lowers stress hormones like adrenaline & cortisol, lowers blood pressure, decreases inflammation, increases focus.You can do it anywhere and it’s a very small chunk of time invested with MASSIVE results. There are zero side effects. You don’t need a prescription. Ziva gives you a great technique that is also dubbed as “lazy man’s meditation” for those who swear they can’t sit still or can’t get their mind still (like myself) These people need it MOST by the way. It’s the best money I’ve spent EVER.”

Elizabeth Burkholder, Nurse Practitioner

 

You can read about my personal experience with ZIVA meditation in my article The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation.

Bliss Brain
BLISS BRAIN: The Neuroscience of Remodelling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy

Dawson Church, Ph.D.

Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change itself, is the main theme of this book, where the renown EFT therapist Dawson Church presents intriguing evidence of this phenomenon. A regular meditation practice can lead to measurable changes in our brains, leading to more resilience, deep inner peace, and more joy in our lives. 

Dawnson Church’s research shows that during deep meditation, a number of highly pleasurable neurochemicals are released in our brains. One of them is anandamide, a neurotransmitter dubbed “the bliss molecule” because it produces very similar effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis). As we keep cultivating these pleasurable states, they eventually become traits. We won’t just feel happier temporarily; the changes will hard-wire into our brains, becoming stable and long-lasting.

 

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Bliss Brain

Once you’ve placed your order, you can access special bonuses here.

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MIND TO MATTER: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality

Dawson Church

In this fascinating book, Dawson Church, one of the leading figures in clinical EFT, discusses how the thoughts and energy fields we cultivate in our minds can affect our reality. The science in the book is illustrated by many authentic case histories of people who harnessed the power of the mind to create. The author presents intriguing studies of neuroscientists who have measured a specific brain wave formula that is linked to manifestation. This ‘flow state’ can be learned and applied by anyone, and this book is a perfect guide to achieve what one would previously consider unimaginable.

“I love this book…It is wonderful to see science catching up wih what the shamans and sages have always known!” Donna Eden

“This groundbreaking book presents the exciting new scientific evidence demonstrating that our thoughts have a direct impact on the world around us, and it shows us how to harness this knowledge for joyful and effective lives.” David Feinstein

 

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Mind to Matter (US)

Mind to Matter (UK)

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the code of extraordinary mind by vishen lakhiani
THE CODE OF EXTRAORDINARY MIND

Vishen Lakhiani, Founder of Mindvalley

In his bestselling book, the visionary founder of the powerful learning platform Mindvalley, Vishen Lakhiani, shows us how to create new, non-conformist rules for our lives so we can achieve success on your own terms.

The book has inspired many, including US Open Tennis Champion Bianca Andreescu, who used the creative visualization method described in the book and won the US Open and the Canadian Open Championship against Serena Williams. (You can listen to the podcast with Vishen and Bianca here! 🙂

The legendary CEO Vishen is convinced that everything we know about the world is shaped by mind-conditioning and habit. A large number of people still live their lives based on limiting, outdated beliefs, and this mindset affects multiple aspects of their lives, including their financial situation, career, or relationships.

The Code of Extraordinary Mind teaches us how to remove these outdated ideas and start anew, helping us redefine our success, finding our life’s purpose, and experiencing personal fulfillment and happiness.

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The Code of Extraordinary Mind

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LIMITLESS

Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik is the world’s top brain coach and memory expert, who has taught memory techniques and learning strategies to thousands of people. His students include Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, or Richard Branson.

As a child, Jim suffered a head injury which left him with learning difficulties, especially in the area of memory and reading. He was called by one of his teachers ‘The boy with the broken brain’. However, he decided to perceive his misfortune as a challenge, and developed a learning method – a method not for what to learn, but how to learn. 

Jim is presenting his learning methods and strategies in this bestselling book. Limitless has been called ‘the owner’s manual for mental expansion and brain fitness’. The book presents the reader with the ability to accomplish more in multiple areas of their lives: Productivity, personal success, improved financial situation, and much more.

To achieve this, Jim teaches us the importance of the “3 Ms” – Harnessing your Mindset, igniting your Motivation, and mastering the Methods. The book is full of practical tips and techniques related to these principles, and if you apply them into your daily life you’ll soon experience remarkable results.

Jim Kwik has been teaching his highly effective memory-improving techniques for nearly 40 years. If you have ever seen Jim live, you know that he can memorise over one hundred names or numbers and repeat them backward. Jim always says that he doesn’t do this to show off but to demonstrate that if a ‘boy with a broken brain’ could, then everyone else can dramatically improve their cognitive abilities. These techniques are now finally compiled in Jim’s book Limitless.

You can read the first few chapters for free in Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ section. It includes the moving story of his childhood.

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Limitless

ENERGY MEDICINE

Donna Eden with David Feinstein, Ph.D.

A classic in the field of Energy Medicine, inspired by the wisdom of ancient healing systems, as well as the most contemporary techniques for optimising your health.
This book contains everything you want to know about your body’s energy systems, and offers powerful ways of restoring, maintaining and improving your physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

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Energy Medicine (UK) 

Energy Medicine (US)

ENERGY MEDICINE FOR WOMEN

Donna Eden with David Feinstein, Ph.D.

Another Energy Medicine classic – not an overstatement to refer to it as women’s Health Bible!

This book truly uncovers the mystery of women’s energies, offering invaluable health guidance for every woman. It is full of empowering tools for self-healing, addressing common and often problematic issues such as pre-menstrual tension and hormonal imbalance. It provides deep guidance on how to fully align with one’s sexuality, pregnancy and birth, and opens the gates to unleashing the goddess inside. 

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Energy Medicine for women (UK) 

Energy Medicine for women (US)

THE ENERGIES OF LOVE

Donna Eden with David Feinstein, Ph.D.

A powerful guide to using energy medicine to heal and strengthen romantic relationships. Donna and David, who have been married for more than 40 years, explain how an understanding of your and you partner’s energy system can create an extremely harmonious and loving bond.

 

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The Energies of Love (UK)

The Energies of Love (US)

THE ENERGY MEDICINE KIT

Donna Eden

The Energy Medicine Kit contains: 

  • A 28-page booklet describing the fundamentals of energy medicine
  • 43 photo-illustrated Energy Medicine Cards
  • A DVD with demonstrations of methods of energy medicine, including 15 restorative exercises
  • An audio CD that guides you through 21 more techniques for specific conditions
  • A one-inch cut glass crystal for chakra balancing

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The Energy Medicine Kit (UK) 

The Energy Medicine Kit (US)

THE HEALING POWER OF ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY: Tap into your body’s energy to change your life for the better

David Feinstein, Donna Eden & Gary Craig

This groundbreaking book introduces us to the power of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) through the use of tapping on specific meridian points. This causes shifts in body’s subtle energies and changes in the brain’s neural pathways, which often have a profound, positive impact on our physical health, emotional patterns and previously uncontrollable states of mind, leading to more joy and sense of wellbeing in many areas, and reducing – or sometimes even completely healing – anxiety, various forms of traumas and phobias.

 

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The Healing Power of Energy Psychology (UK)

The Healing Power of Energy Psychology (US)

 

Related articles:

10 Things to Do When Feeling Down

How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

How to Stop and Prevent Panic Attacks

the hidden messages in water by masaru emoto
THE HIDDEN MESSAGES IN WATER

Dr. Masaru Emoto

This fascinating book reveals how molecules of water can react to energy, including our thoughts, feelings, intentions, and words. Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto has observed crystals formed in frozen water and showing changes when specific thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear natural sources and water that has been exposed to loving thoughts or words forms beautiful and complex snowflake patterns.

On the other hand, polluted water, as well as water exposed to negative thoughts, tends to form incomplete, disrupted patterns of dull colors. Dr. Emoto’s research’s primary aim is to call for a more respectful and loving approach to the earth and our own body, which consists of about 60% water.

 

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The Hidden Messages in Water

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FOLDING LAMINATED CHART OF ACUPRESSURE POINTS AND MERIDIANS

A beautifully illustrated, incredibly detailed study / reference guide for every Energy Medicine practitioner and acupressure/acupuncture therapist, or student of these disciplines.

This foldable laminated pamphlet is full of clearly labelled diagrams which show every single acupressure point on our body. These points connect into 14 meridian pathways which are also labelled. An invaluable study guide for learning to correctly trace meridians or access specific acupressure points with great precision.

The tri-fold, 6-page chart is hole-punched, fitting perfectly in a 3-ring binder, which makes it convenient for carrying around.

Illustrations by award-winning medical illustrator Vince Perez.

Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 x 0.2 cm / 8.5 x 11 x 0.1 inches

 

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BY LUCIE DUN

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Breathing with Wim Hof

Breathing with Wim Hof

The fact that breathing practices can lead to self-healing and improved quality of life is no longer a secret. However, not many of us take advantage of our self-healing abilities, mostly because we simply don’t know what techniques to practice to experience tangible benefits.

If you would like to experience the power of breathing practices, I highly recommend practising breathing with Wim Hoff, the world-renowned legend known as ‘The Iceman’.

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The Incredible Wim Hof

Having become an icon for his astounding achievements and withstanding extreme temperatures, Wim has broken over 20 world records, including running a marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, and standing in a box filled with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.

Wim Hof in ice

The Wim Hof Method

Yet his most remarkable achievement is the creation of the Wim Hof method – a science-backed method that focuses on three aspects: Cold, breathing and mindset. The method has helped thousands of people to transform their lives by accessing the deepest parts of their brains and master mind over matter.

People who have followed his method have reported multiple benefits, such as more energy, improved health due to stronger immune system, better emotional resilience and increased happiness, less stress and anxiety, better sleep, improved focus, and feeling more in control of their lives.

The Iceman’s Mission

Wim Hof’s mission is to show us that his achievements are not superhuman, but that all of us have the ability to achieve the seemingly impossible through strengthening our immune systems and diminishing our stress levels through his powerful method that anyone can use to improve health and performance – and often see real results within just a few days.

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The Benefits Of Breathwork

In this post, we will focus on the aspect of breathing, and breathe along with Wim Hof’s instructional video. Breath is a very powerful connection between the body and the mind. Apart from eye blinking, it is the only function in our body that we can do either completely voluntarily, consciously (e.g. slow it down, deep in, hold it etc.), and completely involuntarily, unconsciously.

We can use our body to produce rhythms of breathing that induce similar rhythms in the involuntary nervous system.

Breathing can be seen as the only bridge through which we can access our involuntary nervous system and influence its function.

Breathwork Can Prevent or Heal Symptoms of Chronic Stress

An enormous number of illnesses are rooted in over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system governs the fight or flight response, and if we stay stressed for long periods, our body stays in a long-term fight or flight response, which causes damage to the body.

Long-term, chronic stress can result in mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or personality disorders. It can also lead to obesity, cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, or stroke. Another one of the bad effects of long-term stress is that the body becomes too acidic, which is the ideal environment for cancer cells.

The good news is that breathwork is a natural, cost-free way of preventing these symptoms, or sometimes even – if you are ill already – getting to the root of the disease processes and changing them.

Slowing and Deepening Our Breathing

One of the most important goals of breathtwork is to make your breathing deeper, slower, quieter and more regular.

We should become aware of our breathing, and try to move it in a direction of becoming deeper and slower.

Because by doing that, we’ll be inducing the rhythms of our involuntary nervous system, which will positively affect your heart, blood vessels, digestive system, skin, and much more.

There is also a close correlation between how you breathe and your emotional state. If you observe people who are angry, upset, afraid, or nervous, you’ll notice that their breathing is irregular, shallow, noisy, rapid et al. You cannot be in a calm emotional state while breathing in a rapid, interrupted noisy way.

Conversely, it’s hard to be angry, upset, or anxious while breathing in a deep, slow, quiet way. So, breathing is a powerful tool that you can use to regulate your emotions. This can work for severe kinds of anxiety.

When you discover that through regulation of breath you can regulate moods, prevent anxiety attacks, you will feel empowered and reassured that ultimately, you are in control of your emotional states, and you can regulate your health to a great extent.

Breathing Can Change your Chemistry

To back his breathing technique, Wim explains that oxidative stress comes through shallow breathing and through all the external pressure in our lives. This deregulates our chemistry.

But breathing techniques can regulate your chemistry in a positive way. Your breathing will make contact with your immune system and with your nervous system on a very deep level, and strengthen both.

It will also make your body more alkaline – the opposite of acidic, which is the best prevention against cancer.

Adrenaline in Small Amounts Can be Beneficial

Furthermore, this type of conscious breathing will release adrenaline (also known as epinephrine. People with anaphylactic shock – a strong allergic reaction are treated with a tool called EpiPen, which is named after epinephrine.)

Adrenaline is often associated with stress, and, as already mentioned, chronic stress is harmful to your body. However, when released in small doses, and only temporarily, adrenaline can actually benefit your health by boosting your immune system. Just as adrenaline prepares your body for a fight or flight response, it also boosts your ability to fight off infections, which is the fact that Wim Hof utilises in his breathing method.

What’s more, small doses of adrenaline increase the number of antioxidants in your system, which fight off free radicals that cause aging and tissue damage. Thus, breathwork can also contribute to healthier, younger-looking skin!

Wim Hof

Wim Hof’s Breathing Technique – an Overview

Wim says that if you do three rounds of the following exercise every morning, you will become the master of your chemistry.

However, it is extremely important to note that the following breathing exercises can have a very strong effect and should be only done when in a completely relaxed state, e.g. lying down on a sofa, a bed, or a matt. They should never be done when you’re in the car or a swimming pool, because the heavy breathing may make you feel faint or even lose consciousness for a few seconds.

There are three breathing cycles. Each cycle is divided into three parts:

Part 1: Strongly inhale and lightly exhale 30 times.

Part 2: Hold your breath (after an exhalation) for 1 minute or longer

Part 3: Inhale and hold your breath for 15 seconds

This exercise should be ideally done in the morning, and always on an empty stomach.

Wim Hof’s Breathing Practice Step by Step

Here is Wim Hof’s breathing technique in more detail:

ROUND 1

Part 1: Inhale and exhale 30 times.

When you inhale, you should first inhale into your belly and then into your chest. After that imagine the breath reaching your head.

Breathe fully in, then breathe out with ease. The in-breath should be quite intense – fully in – but the out-breath shouldn’t be forced; don’t try to push all the air out of your lungs. You should just let go with ease.

Wim Hof Method
Wim Hof method

Do this 30 times. (Sitting or lying down, because the breathing may make you feel quite light-headed.) You may also feel tingling.

While you are breathing, you can visualize your breath like a wave reaching the shore. On the in-breath, it reaches the shore with intensity, while on the out-breath it peacefully recedes.

Part 2 – Stop Breathing (After the Exhalation) for 1 Minute

This may seem impossible. It certainly seemed impossible to me at first. However, after about 3 or 4 days I managed to hold my breath for a full minute.

The Wim Hof method

Through the ‘conscious stress’ of being without air for one minute or longer, we are activating the immune system. This is due to the sudden release of adrenalin, which, in this case, is beneficial for our body.

Part 3 – Inhale and Hold Your Breath for 15 Seconds

After staying without breath for one minute, take your well-deserved in-breath, and then hold it for 15 seconds.

You have just completed one cycle (or one round) of Wim Hof’s breathing technique. Now, do two more cycles.

ROUND 2

The second round is the same as the first one, apart from part 2 – the duration of the breath pause after the exhale: Instead of one minute, you’ll stop breathing for 1,5 minutes.

You may think it’s impossible to be without your breath for that long, but you may hold your breath for longer, thanks to your body being relaxed and more oxygen entering your body. And, with more oxygen in your body, your body chemistry will become more alkaline and less acidic.

Part 1: Inhale and exhale 30 times.

Part 2: Stop breathing (after the exhalation) for 1, 5 minute

Part 3: Inhale and hold the breath for 15 seconds

ROUND 3

The third round is the same as Round 2.

Part 1: Inhale and exhale 30 times.

Part 2:  Stop breathing (after the exhalation) for 1,5 minute.

Part 3: Inhale and hold the breath for 15 seconds.

Wim Hof says that after round three you will ‘get high on your own supply’ and might want to do an extra round!

A Simple Recap of Wim Hof’s Breathing Technique:

  • Breathe in fully / Breathe out lightly (30 times)
  • One minute without breathing after the exhalation
  • Take a deep recovery breath, and hold for 15 seconds
  • Repeat this cycle twice more. After 30 breaths, try to increase the time with no breath in your lungs to 1,5 minutes.

Wim Hof’s Video of the Technique

Here is Wim Hof’s video to guide you through each stage, so you can practice the powerful breathing technique with him. If you are practicing this in the morning (which is recommended), it should power you up for the rest of your day! Enjoy!

Reminder: Do the breathwork only when you can fully relax, and on an empty stomach.

Wim Hof Live

Wim Hof has taught his breathing technique to many, including Russel Brandt, as you can see in the following video:

Learn More from Wim Hof

You can learn much more about Wim Hof’s method from his book The Wim Hof Method. available in several formats – as a book or an eBook, an audio download, or a CD. Visit the section Inspirational Books and Audio for more information.

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Share Your Thoughts

I’d love to hear about your take on Wim Hoff’s method. Have you tried it, and if so, with what results? Let me know in the comment below and I’ll look forward to getting back to you.

BY LUCIE DUN

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The Physiological Effects Of Caffeine

The Physiological Effects Of Caffeine

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In this post, we’ll be talking about the physiological effects of caffeine on your body and explore how caffeine works. If you’ve ever asked yourself the question “Should I drink coffee?”, I think that by the end of this article you’ll know a bit more about the behaviour of caffeine and you may regulate your caffeine consumption accordingly.

Life Starts After Coffee!

I once saw this written on a blackboard in front of a little cafe in London. I couldn’t agree more with that statement, especially because it was 7 in the morning, and I truly didn’t feel much alive yet. This cheeky little slogan made me buy their coffee, although I had already had one at home. Sometimes it only takes one witty slogan to steer you in a direction of an unhealthy choice.

Not long after this, I encountered another funny one on a busy road in London Islington. It said: “This is the last coffee shop for the next 2500 miles”. Impossible to resist that one!

And one more, in Shoreditch, at the beginning of December:

“I dream of flat white Christmas…”

Good or Bad?

There are many different opinions as for whethere coffee is good or bad for you. Most of us love coffee (including myself). I find the smell of freshly ground coffee irresistible. It makes me think “If it smells so divine it must surely be God’s gift to us!”

Ok then, let’s start with the good news for the coffeeholics.

coffee beans

The Benefits of Drinking Coffee

It is believed that when coffee is consumed in moderation, without sugar and well before noon, it can benefit your system by sending more oxygen to your brain, speed up your reflexes, making you more alert, boost up your productivity and improve your mood. Some studies go even that far to claim that coffee can contribute to the prevention of cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.

The Dark Side of Coffee

However, it is equally known that drinking coffee can result in a number of problems such as feeling edgy and nervous, experiencing insomnia or even panic attacks. I once had a major panic attack after drinking 3 double espressos before a flight. (I was clearly asking for trouble by doing that!)

Depressive moods, trouble with sleep, panic attacks, very frequent colds, and craving for carbohydrates were very familiar to me during my thirties. It was eye-opening to learn that part of these issues may have been caused by my over-consumption of caffeine.

The best way is to gain some understanding how caffeine works, and then you can make better choices regarding when and how often to drink coffee, or if to drink it at all.

coffee cup and heart rate

How Caffeine Works

I used to drink coffee a lot because I thought it was stimulating my body, thus giving me more energy. But when I discovered how caffeine works, it kind of put me off from drinking it too often.

Caffeine and Adenosine

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the stimulating effect of caffeine?

When caffeine enters our body, it binds to the receptors of a chemical called adenosine. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that prepares our body for sleep by calming us down by slowing down our neural activity. It also dilates the blood vessels to ensure good oxygenation while we sleep. Basically, this chemical is responsible for giving us the ‘go to bed!’ signal so we can recharge our body.

But caffeine prevents adenosine from binding to its receptors. It blocks the molecules of adenosine from entering them. As a result, we don’t feel tired when we would be naturally.

But why does caffeine bind to the adenosine receptors in the first place? Because, interestingly enough, it is very similar to adenosine shape-wise. You could compare it to a key fitting into a keyhole. The key of caffeine has almost the same shape as the key of adenosine – thus it can easily block the adenosine receptor (keyhole) and molecules of adenosine just end up piling up in front of its own receptors, without being able to enter them. (Does it also make you feel rather sorry for them..?)

Caffeine Makes Us Deaf To Our Body’s Signals

Our body is wise, and so with the help of adenosine, it makes us tired and sleepy when it needs to rest and recharge – just as the battery in your mobile, which will signal when it’s time to plug it in a charger. However, when caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors, we may be naturally tired and in need of rest, but we don’t feel it, because adenosine has been blocked and cannot do its job – i.e. to calm our nervous system and make us tired.

Consequently, we feel the stimulating effect of caffeine,  while, in reality, our body really needs to recharge by having a nap or a deep rest, but we don’t feel ‘on top of the world’ and keep going at our full speed. Imagine what would happen to your mobile if it kept telling you that your battery is at 100% while in reality, it was 2%, and you kept using it recording videos, using multiple apps, having conference calls etc. At one point, it would inevitably shut down, when you’d need it the least.

The same happens with the ‘caffeine crash’. When the receptors of adenosine are unnaturally blocked by caffeine, adenosine will build up, and in the end we’ll end up more tired than if we hadn’t drunk any coffee at all.

Built-up Adenosine Will Catch Up With You

Notice that if you are on a several days’ coffee binge, that you often wake up tired. Even if you had enough hours to sleep, you’re not rested. Why’s that? Because by allowing caffeine to block all the adenosine receptors, there’s a lot of spare adenosine floating by, and once caffeine wears off, all the excess adenosine is suddenly fere to do their job, i.e. yelling at you how desperately exhausted you are.

You probably wouldn’t mind this at half-past eleven in the evening,  but at nine in the morning, after good eight hours of sleep, it’s not good news. And this is caused by that nice buzz of those few double espressos of yesterday.

So what do you usually do when you feel tired because of all that excess adenosine and just can’t get going in the morning? You usually reach for more coffee. And that, of course, creates even more blocked receptors, and more floating sleep-inducing chemicals that will hit you even harder later on. You have just caught yourself in a vicious circle.

What’s worst, you no longer experience that nice buzz that you get when you drink coffee only once in a while (as I do, after having learned my lessons). Now you either don’t feel anything or get this kind of wired, edgy feeling, verging on panicking, because your brain is not allowed to rest. It’s being ruled by caffeine, which can now dictate your moods and play quite wildly with your energy levels.

coffee beans and glass mug

Caffeine Fools You About Having Energy

So it’s good to remember that caffeine does not give us natural energy, it only conceals our tiredness. In a way, caffeine is ‘hijacking our nervous system’ by telling us we are not tired. It will ‘lie to us’ about feeling full of energy and then hit us with sudden exhaustion.

As much as I love coffee, I don’t like this ‘sneaky behaviour’ of caffeine. The idea that some external substance is bullying the molecules in my body by blocking their own receptors makes me want to start a petition for the rights of adenosine. But, of course, as soon as I smell the divine aroma of coffee, I forget all about it..!

Dopamine and the Comedowns

We love coffee because it can almost immediately improve our mood. This is caused by the release of dopamine, the ‘get going’ chemical that can cause pleasurable states that we want to experience every day, and which is the reason why the Starbucks, Costa or Nero signs have such magnetic effect on a lot of us.

But once the rush we get from artificially released dopamine is over, we can experience fatigue and low moods, even depression.

Caffeine Speeds Up Neural Activity

Do you know that jittery or even anxious feeling after you’ve had a strong coffee or any other caffeinated drink such as Red Bull?

As you already know, adenosine’s job is to slow down our neural activity. However, when it’s blocked by caffeine, it has fewer receptors available for the adenosine to ‘hit the brakes’ of the neural activity, which, in turn, will speed up instead.

So now there’s a storm of neural activity in our brain caused by caffeine, which results in the emergency production of adrenaline.

Adrenalin – the #1 Stress Chemical

Caffeine has the power to activate a number of neural circuits in our body. This causes the pituitary gland in our brain to ‘think’ that there is some sort of emergency happening, and that we are in danger.

Consequently, it will start to secrete hormones that send a signal to adrenal glands to start producing more adrenalin. Adrenalin is the hormone produced during the ‘fight or flight’ response, helping us survive by escaping danger or attacking an enemy or a predator.

To be able to get into such a state, we need an extra boost of energy and attention level – and this is exactly what we coffee drinkers get after downing a double espresso.

However, the price to pay for this heightened state is the comedown, when we suddenly feel even more tired than before drinking that coffee.

Increased Acidity: Cancer and Faster Aging

Caffeine is the culprit behind the chemical reactions of an emergency response – ‘fight or flight’ – and part of this reaction is a release of stress chemicals including adrenaline and cortisol. During the emergency response, the levels of adrenalin and cortisol in your body will increase. Both adrenalin and cortisol are acidic in nature. If we allow our body to become acidic, we are risking creation of the perfect environment for cancer.

Also, if your body is acidic, your body will age much faster!

It’s good to remember that if you drink coffee every day, your body’s’ acidity will be increasing. So this is another big reason why I reduced my coffee intake.

Caffeine Depletes Serotonin

Caffeine is also responsible for the depletion of serotonin, which is quite a big price to pay for the temporary caffeine-dopamine high. Serotonin has an important function of regulating our sleep cycles, digestion, pain control and immunity.

Lack of serotonin makes us also crave carbohydrates, so drinking too much can indirectly lead to gaining weight.

Disturbed Sleep

Caffeine can stay in your system for many hours and affect your sleep badly.

An espresso shot reaches a top level in your bloodstream within half an hour to up to 1 hour. Caffeine takes much longer time to process that you would think. Processing caffeine and getting rid of it from your system can take about 10 or even 12 hours!

So, it is wise to calculate when to have your cup of coffee, especially if you want to go to bed early and enjoy a deep, restorative sleep. The best thing is to have a good reserve of 12 hours before you plan to sleep. To be on the safe side, I tend to have my coffee by 10 am, so I’m ‘all clear’ by midnight.

If I had a coffee at 1pm, I would still have difficulty in falling asleep at 11pm. Other people may not – it all depends on individual metabolic system.

Is Caffeine Addictive?

Yes, you can develop a caffeine addiction. Whilst, in y case, it used to be mostly psychological, (I just could not imagine my morning bus commute to work without as comforting hot cup of soya latte) other people can develop physical dependency and experience withdrawal symptoms. A day or two after your last coffee binge you may suddenly experience a huge drop in energy, feeling extremely sleepy and weak, getting headaches, or experiencing digestion issues.

Best Coffee Alternatives

Let’s be honest. There are no coffee alternatives. Coffee is coffee, however hard you tried to swap it for guarana drinks or chicory.

If you love coffee as I do, it’s a life-long love affair and that’s it. Instead, I’d suggest drinking coffee in moderation and don’t try to replace it with anything – it’s a lost battle. If you torture yourself with all the coffee imitations, you’ll end up returning to coffee and drink it

The best thing you can do is to learn a few tricks on how to access those ‘get going’, pleasant states through other methods, such as controlled breathing or meditation. This will help you reduce your cravings for coffee in the most natural way, without feeling restricted or forced. This is what’s happened to me when I discovered these techniques, and I’m happy to share them here:

Controlled Breathing

One way of getting our body more alkaline than acidic is deep breathing. You can check four easy breathing techniques that can help you with that in my article Breathing Techniques for Your Health.

Meditation

I was intrigued when I came across a Google talk by a meditation teacher Emily Fletcher, called ‘Why Meditation is the New Caffeine’. She says she hopes that one day coffee shops will be replaced by meditation stations. Why? Because meditation can give you a similar energy boost a slight ‘high’ like caffeine, without the bad side effects like jitters or energy crash. It produces dopamine and serotonin, but without making your body acidic, but alkaline. Ank alkaline environment is means slowed process of aging and prevention of cancer!

Recharging with meditation15 Minutes!

What’s even more exciting, meditation has been more and more viewed and approached as a productivity tool. If you commit to a regular practice, you can gain the kind of energy that you’d normally seek in caffeine, and have much more done. But unlike caffeine, with meditation, your sleep will get better and you might even need fewer hours of sleep that you’d need in the past. I’m happy to say that this has happened to me, and I describe my experience in my article The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Meditation, where I dive into the fascinating science behind this ancient practice.

A Ray of Hope for Coffee Lovers

If you managed to get to the end of this article, and you are a coffee lover (like me!), you may be wondering: ‘Can I ever enjoy my coffee guilt-free?’

Here’s a ray of hope for coffee lovers: If you become more conscious about drinking coffee and adopt a number of healthy habits, you may, at least to a certain extent, decrease the harmful effect of caffeine on your body. Timing and frequency play a huge role in this. Occasional morning coffee can be enjoyable and shouldn’t give you any dramatic side-effects, especially if you take good care of your body through sport, breathing practices, or meditation.

Seeing the bigger picture has helped me limit my caffeine intake. Now I treat myself to a morning cup of coffee about two times a week, but definitely not as a daily ritual, or even several times a day as in the past.

I hope that you have found this post helpful and, if you are a coffee lover, not too daunting. If you think you just cannot function without coffee, I would highly recommend trying breathing practices and meditation, and see that your need for daily caffeine boost will decrease naturally, without having to restrain yourself and feel you are missing out on one of your favourite treats.

Your thoughts on this topic are much welcome in the comments below!

BY LUCIE DUN

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