Lesson 7 – Relax

This is an important component for success.  To relax means to breathe first.  When you have done this move to whatever is tensing your life up right now.  Relaxing will help you to think more clearly.  Maybe you say you do not have time to relax.  This is unfortunate.  It is very important to add this into your daily diet.

I am not saying sit down like a floppy noodle in front of the television.  More likely I would say to sit down with a straight back and work on breathing.  There is something about clearing your head for future challenges that occur within one’s life.

What else does relaxing benefit?  There are various benefits that have been proven through research.  Relaxing health benefits include helping the heart.  By relaxing in the right way you can lower blood pressure, heart attacks and other such issues.  This may seem simple but if a person is too stressed they even tend to catch more colds.  Also a reduction in stress can help people overcome and prevent having a stroke.  Other studies have shown more than just physical contributions.   On the other end of relaxing benefits a person by helping them to think more clearly which has been documented.   While stress can impair a person’s memory and learning, being relaxed can help a person remember more.

These are just a few of many benefits of learning to relax.  Each of these can help you to be successful in many manners.  If you have a longer life you can achieve more.  If you can think more clearly you can focus better on what you want to do.  Part of relaxing also means doing things that do not just need to be done but also you want to do them.  For instance, to relax sometime my family and I will go to the zoo to look at the animals and gather exercise at the same time walking around a lot.

Overall, with all of these benefits who does not want to relax more in life.  A clear head is nice.  The biological benefits are outstanding.  Health benefits outweigh more that the rest.  Be successful but learn to do it by habit so that you do not even have to think about being successful anymore.  What does this mean?

In martial arts we discuss sending out a feeling or a thought before taking action.  This allows us to accomplish sometimes extraordinary tasks without putting forth the physical effort that a lot of people spend time doing.  This goes hand in hand with the law of attraction as well.  There are many ways to accomplish success in life depending upon what you are looking for.  First send forth the thought that you want to and will succeed.  Now your mind and body will follow.  Our brains have huge capacity if we so allow them too.  Somewhere within each of us are all of our memories and all of the thoughts we have processed throughout life.  If we can take the next step from within our being we could tap into the information we already know.  Use that information and our mind and body will find a way to follow.

Exercise on this lesson is simple and yet difficult.  I would like to you sit comfortably but alert.  In Aikido we sit in Seiza but this takes some getting used to.  Sit criss cross apple sauce or as some people used to call it in my generation Indian style even though I do not want to offend people and that is never my intent.  Close  your eyes and just listen to your breathing for about 10 minutes.  This does not seem difficult at first but you may learn differently.  There should not be noise, just silence although some forms of meditation also say you can listen to soft music or nature sounds.  Whatever makes you happy you should do.  Now listen to your breathing only.  Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.  Once you have accomplished 10 minutes of this move forward with learning more meditation exercises.  If you wish to know more you can always contact me through the comments would be best but also through email if you wish to keep it more private.

Thanks again and best regards to a relaxing successful life.


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