I’m reading the book Heart Breath Mind: Train Your Heart to Conquer Stress and Achieve Success by Leah Lagos and I came across an interesting paragraph. It said, “Research out of the Medical University of South Carolina revealed that just a single 20-minute session of a specific type of deep breathing was enough to increase saliva production. That might not sound exciting in and of itself, but saliva contains all sorts of microscopic goodies, from proteins that bind to and disable viruses and bacteria to tumour-suppressing genes that help prevent normal cells from turning cancerous. Study participants who performed the deep breathing exercises also had significantly lower levels of inflammatory markers in their saliva, as well as increased amounts of nerve growth factor (NGF) in their saliva. Salivary NGF has potent healing capabilities — the reason that wounds in the mouth heal faster than on the body is thought to be because they’re coated in NGF. It also gets shuttled to the brain, where it may have powerful antiaging and possibly Alzheimer’s-protective effects.”
First, I had no idea saliva was such a treasure. Second, I never thought deep breathing might help produce more of it. Something simple and free to try may have countless positive outcomes.
Human bodies are truly miraculous. Carrying the souls of the human race for thousands of years and evolving and growing to promote the best possible outcomes. Sometimes we’re our bodies worst enemies as we don’t listen to the aches and pains, we don’t fill our cup, fuel our soul, or prioritize self-care. We only have one body to carry us around the sun on this journey. And we should listen to it.
As Annie Besant, British writer and women’s rights activist, said, “The human body is constantly undergoing a process of decay and of reconstruction. First builded into the astral form in the womb of the mother, it is built up continually by the insetting of fresh materials. With every moment tiny molecules are passing away from it; with every moment tiny molecules are streaming into it.”
What can we do to support our body during these uncertain times? Deep breaths, early sleep, less stress, more water, authentic connections, healthy meals, morning stretches, interesting reads. If we say no to the things that steal joy and yes to the things that build it, how might that increase our strength and our hope and our peace? What might it do to our heart, breath, and mind? We’ll never know unless we try.
Dr. Martine Rothblatt started a company called United Therapeutics to save the life of one of her daughters who had a rare disease. Before that she founded and led Sirius XM radio which has over 34 million subscribers and she is also a leader in transgender rights. When I listened to her recently on The Tim Ferriss Show, my eyes were opened in so many ways. Continue reading
Resilience. Grit. Perseverance. These are the X-Factors and the superpowers that I come across in so many famous failure stories. The elements that level the playing field. The characteristics that trump talent time and time again. Continue reading
During these extraordinary times, I have found an abundance of comfort in reading books and quotes that fuel my soul and fill my cup.
Some quotes that I’ve encountered lately include… Continue reading
I’m currently reading Adam Grant’s book Think Again and it’s such an eye-opener. He talks about mental fitness and the value in being able to pivot our thinking. He says that often we have a belief and when we speak of it, we become a preacher, a prosecutor, or a politician. He writes, “We go into preacher mode when our sacred beliefs are in jeopardy: we deliver sermons to protect and promote our ideals. We enter prosecutor mode when we recognize flaws in other people’s reasoning: we marshal arguments to prove them wrong and win our case. We shift into politician mode when we’re seeking to win over an audience: we campaign and lobby for the approval of our constituents. The risk is that we become so wrapped up in preaching that we’re right, prosecuting others who are wrong, and politicking for support that we don’t bother to rethink our views.” Continue reading
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, has a weekly newsletter called Recomendo. This week he wrote, “Most overnight successes take at least 5 years. As Dave Perell notes in his newsletter Monday Musings, ‘[Marques Brownlee] is one of the most popular technology-focused YouTubers in the world. As I write this, he has 13.6 million subscribers and his videos have been watched 2.4 billion times. But when he recorded his 100th video, he only had 74 subscribers.’ In other words, he made and posted his first hundred videos with the tiniest possible audience. To make something great, keep showing up! As Perell noted in another of his issues: ‘If you create something weekly for 2 years, you will earn an audience.’ That is, make 100 creations before you have a big audience. Every ‘overnight’ success I’ve ever seen was preceded by years of relentless, and sometimes unappreciated, hard work.” Continue reading
Who knows what will happen tomorrow? I mean, just a year ago we were doing wild things when greeting others including shaking hands and hugging. How things have changed.
I was listening to Dan Harris, author and past news anchor, on The Tim Ferriss Show. He spoke about having a panic attack on-air on Good Morning America in 2004 and how that changed his path and helped him find meditation and life balance. He grew up living with a mantra that his father taught him which was, “The price of security is insecurity.” So, he believed that you had to be stressed to climb to the top of the mountain. That was the price. Continue reading
I was listening to Mary Karr, author of The Art of Memoir, on The Tim Ferriss Show and she mentioned the quote by Cesar A. Cruz (originally attributed to Finley Peter Dunne), “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Continue reading
I read a powerful opinion editorial in the Globe and Mail this weekend. Penned by Toronto-born Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Dan Hill. He wrote the book I Am My Father’s Son: A Memoir of Love and Forgiveness. He has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. His brother Lawrence Hill wrote the award-winning novel The Book of Negroes. Continue reading