We think losing weight is really hard. Everyone knows how to do it -- you either eat less or exercise more -- so it's not a lack of technique.

There is something that keeps us at our weight. We have to understand that reason before we can hope to change it.

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By Dr. John Kroeker, Neurophysiologist and iamHeart Teacher

 

"Breath is the first lesson, and it is also the last."

 

The Physiology of Breath and Consciousness

So here’s the thing. Your mind is not your brain. In fact, your brain is not your brain, or at least it's only part of it. Tucked under the cortex we think we think with, are all the old brains, the hind-brains, the core structures of living and emoting and paying attention -- and breathing. And these brains in our skulls are continuous with the intelligence of the spinal cord, again encased in its own protective skeleton. But there are major nerve trunks and nuclei outside the spine, notably the vagus (or wandering) nerve that goes to the heart and organs.

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As the ancient teachers see it, the heart is the fruit or the flower of the plant of which the soul is the seed. The heart is the whole object of creation. The beauty of the flower or the fruit is the proof of the beauty that was only a potential in the seed. The production of the fruit is the purpose to which the whole life of the plant culminates. If a plant lives but produces no fruit or flower, it has failed. But if it makes a fruit, the plant will continue to live through the seed of that fruit. Beneath the rose is the rose hip, its seed.

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