Waiting to Inhale: Breathing for A Busy Life

Date October 22, 2012

When Tyler Durdin (played by Brad Pitt) meets Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club for the first time, they talk about plane crashes and discuss why oxygen masks fall from the roof during a catastrophe. Tyler fight club quotes 12 Waiting to Inhale: Breathing for A Busy Life says:

Oxygen gets you high. In a catastrophic emergency, we’re taking giant, panicked breaths…suddenly you become euphoric, docile, you accept your fate.

Airlines tell you to inhale deeply if the masks drop because a calm passenger has a much greater chance of survival.

Oxygen naturally calms us down.

When I feel my thoughts whizzing by at high speeds, I have difficulty finding my focus.  I pause once I observe the behavior.

I take four deep breaths. In and out. In with the fresh healing air, and out with all the stifling negative energy.

When I take a deep breath though the nose, I can feel cooler blood flowing in to my brain.  I also feel that more oxygen is coming in to my bloodstream, and a rejuvenating feeling washes over my entire being.

I become present. The world slows down, I am grateful for my shoes. I appreciate the smell of the wind. I am present.

Whatever thought was passing through my mind is NOW one with this moment.

When we focus on the breath, the energy and power of the mind dissolve into body awareness.  Leo Babuta of Zen habits describes this feeling beautifully in his blog post Breathe.


Breathing can transform your life.

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.
If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.

Lee’s Breathing Exercise:

Here is an exercise I use multiple times a day to refocus.

  1. Take a deep breath in through the nose, taking four seconds to inhale.  Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
  2. Hold the breath for two seconds, allowing the lung tissue to fully absorb all the oxygen from the air.
  3. Exhale for two seconds through the mouth, feel the warm stress-soaked air leave your body.
  4. Feel rejuvenated while connecting with your body’s most core life-giving process.

Heal yourself by repeating at least four times.


How Relaxing Can Help To Get More Done

Date September 1, 2009

There is always such a focus on getting more done and being as productive as you possibly can.   I find myself looking for ways to be more productive more effective.   I read a wonderful post on Zen habits about enjoying yourself,  and I think this is the key to getting more done.   In February of this year Christine and I traveled to southern Florida on business,  and while there we decided to take an additional week to relax in the Everglades.   When he returned from our trip to Florida we realized one of the projects we’re working on a need to go and it didn’t fit into our life.   The development cycle from this project had run us down,  and when we dropped the project we had time to focus on what is really important.   We would’ve never realized this having not taken some time out to relax.   Here are some tips on relaxing,  and when relaxing you open up the gateway to intuition.

But for those of you who have forgotten how to relax, you’re going to have a tougher time. Here’s a hint: don’t stress out about it. If you don’t know how to relax, it’s OK. Breathe. Take it slowly. One step at a time.

Some steps:

  • Take 5 minutes to go outside for a walk. Breathe the fresh air.
  • Give yourself more time to do things. More time means less rush.
  • After work, get outside, take in nature, run around if you can.
  • Play. Play like a child. Play with a child. Play when you work.
  • Give yourself a day off. Sleep. Watch TV. Eat bon bons.
  • At work, give yourself an hour off. Don’t try to be productive. Just have fun.
  • Work with someone who is exciting. Get excited about a project.
  • Take evenings off. Seriously, no working in the evenings.
  • Get a massage.
  • Breathe.

If you don’t feel productive,  then don’t be productive just relax.

Leverage The Power Of The Internet

Date May 28, 2009

The Best of the Bay Share Strategies To Increase Credibility, Exposure and Business Success.

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Are you still struggling to figure out how to harness social networking tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress?  Are your online efforts attracting opportunity, or do you feel like you’re wasting your time? Or perhaps you’re simply wondering what all the Web 2.0 fuss is about.

Social networking is more than a fad – it is a technological shift that is changing how we socialize and how we achieve business results.


Tuesday, June 16, 10 AM – 5 PM, lunch included

Holiday Inn Hegenberger, Oakland, CA

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In this full-day workshop you will learn from four of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top business technology experts. We guarantee that you will go home with practical strategies that you can put into action the very next day.

  • Learn how to build your opt-in list using Twitter.
  • Take your first steps to leverage the power of Facebook.
  • Make your WordPress web site a search engine supermagnet.
  • Discover 5 easy ways to attract targeted website visitors for free.

Registration cost…………….$59.00


This is a multi-session event — no need to pick, learn from them all!

Breakout Session One: Twitter – Creating An Opt-In List Faster Than Before

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Ann Evanston, M.A.

Ann Evanston, MA is a social psychologist who has taken her networking strategies and tactics and applied them in person and online with great success. Over the last year she has received a book deal (released Feb 2009), 6 speaking engagements, and over $30,000 in closed business through social networking. She is ranked #5 of top influencers in the SF bay area on Twitter and has over one million Google-able hits. Ann is faculty for the American Management Association, and certified by Development Dimensions International. She has traveled the globe teaching her strategies. As a true “twitter-ologist” she will teach you how to get more people opted-in to your lists than ever before using twitter! Visit www.Warrior-Preneur.com.

Breakout Session Two: Facebook – There IS a Business Plan that Works!

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Rick Rochon

Rick Rochon is dedicated to educating and training small business owners to market smarter.  Rick was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and intimately understands the challenges small business owners face.  Planning, placing and perfecting marketing plans and strategies are essential to all small businesses and Rick’s hands-on approach empowers small businesses to make immediate and measurable changes to their marketing plans.  While Rick is submerged in new media, he also brings to the table an in-depth knowledge of traditional marketing and understands how to leverage both avenues to grow your business, save money and improve the bottom line. Visit www.adsymetrix.com.

Learn to leverage the power of Facebook for your small business — 175 million people can’t be wrong! Take your first steps to growing your business with social marketing and engagement:

  1. Create your social marketing plan or add to your existing plan
  2. Get an intro to Facebook that will get you connecting with fans and doing more business

Breakout Session Three: Make Your WordPress Site A Search Engine Supermagnet

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Lee Rodrigues. M.A.

Lee Rodrigues, MA has been working with computers since DOS was cool.  He ran his own IT consulting business for three years, and joined the Web 2.0 revolution when he began “co-working” at Citizen Space in San Francisco. Lee recently combined his technical skills, love of martial arts, and training in communications to found the Technology Dojo, where as a Technology Coach he helps successful entrepreneurs use computers and the Internet to increase productivity and profits. Lee has a BA in Communications and a MA in Education, and is a graduate of the San Francisco Comedy College. Visit technologydojo.net.

Your perfect customers are looking for you on the Internet – can they find you? Join us to learn how a WordPress web site and blog – together with essential formatting and commenting habits — will make your web site fly to the top of a Google search page. Discover how to:

  • pack your pages with your customers’ favorite words
  • make your titles and subheads work for you
  • practice “link love” to improve your search engine ranking

Luncheon Session:  3 Easy Ways to Attract Targeted Website Visitors for Free

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Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is the author of “Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed” and “Make Yourself Useful, Marketing in the 21st Century.” His podcasts have been downloaded over 50,000 times and his articles have been published on thousands of websites and blogs. With a diverse background in marketing and finance, Patrick has a gift for explaining complicated subjects in simple language, making his presentations insightful and empowering. Patrick is the founder of Tactical Execution, where he leverages cutting-edge internet marketing strategies to build credibility and exposure for his clients. He is also the organizer of the Entrepreneur & Small Business Academy, one of the nation’s 50 largest entrepreneur clubs. Visit www.tacticalexecution.com.

Over 98% of websites get fewer than 5 visitors each day. Attracting high-quality website visitors doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little direction, you can accumulate strategic one-way inbound links and watch the targeted traffic pour in! In this session, you’ll learn 3 simple strategies you can use immediately … and they won’t cost you a penny.