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Unconscious Living – Still Works

Creating the life that you want doesn't always look the way You would expect.

Much of what we create comes from a subconscious place. When we find ourselves asking a question like, 'why did that happen?' or 'where did that come from?'; it is because we don't always see what emerges from our own deep well. It comes from within, so you would think we would see it clearly! Right?

A lot of our life is created subconsciously, it does not come from what we perceive as our conscious self or persona. It is not the intentional part of our thinking that leads the show. The ocean of consciousness is vast, and we experience temporarily form in it. The tip of this iceberg might be too big

 Tapping into the deeper vessel that we are takes time and attention. If we are not attentive, and we...

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Who You Are vs. What You Do vs. What You Are?

“Who You Are?”  Is often answered by, I’m a “Professional So and So.”

There is a blurry line between what we do and who we are. In my decades of study and consultation, I have come to see this as a major issue of identity, which leads to several layers of issues or challenges, including confidence and mental clarity in day to day living.

What are the elements that come together to make you, You? Are you really a school teacher, a dentist, physio therapist, God forbid an financial advisor or political pundit (these days)… or are you the You; the Being that does that profession or career? Getting clear on this detail has helped many people move forward with big decisions and big life changes. Being comfortable in Who you are is crucial for being...

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How i Became a Life Change Consultant

There were a few moments in my life where I became aware that I was helping people in ways that I didn’t realize. One of these times was when I met a friend that I hadn’t seen in ten years. I asked how things were going. He gave me some details on his new venture and added, “you changed my life”.

I was caught off guard a little, and asked, “how did that happen exactly?” He went on to explain that listening to my life stories had taught him that he could be successful at whatever he set out to achieve. I inspired him to take the first step on a bigger journey. Just listening to my success stories and observing how I achieved my dreams inspired him to believe he could do the same. He told me that he had not had the opportunity to tell me because we had...

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How i Became a Breathing Coach

When I was eight years old, my Mother dropped sugar from our diet, became a vegetarian, adopted healthy eating and became a Yoga teacher. I remember doing Yoga poses (Asanas) with my Mother in the living room and being introduced to a worldly view of health and living; this was around 1970.

In 1980 I made my first trip to India, where I sought out and stayed at Ashrams (quiet retreat centres) and lived with Monks and Teachers. My early 20’s were dedicated to seeking answers to central questions about life and how we live it. But like the song by U2 says, I still haven’t found what i’m looking for.

What I did find, were ways of giving life more meaning and ways of centring and calming the mind. While I cannot write out the meaning of life in this article, I can say that...

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Creating Dedicated Spaces

Creating Sacred Spaces

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It is important to have a space to do the things we do in comfort; without the pressure of other people or distracting activities and noises that take us away from what we are wanting to do. It is even important to have spaces in which we do specific activities throughout the home.

Dedicating certain spaces to certain activity does a few things for us. The first is, when you walk past the space and see it, you can be inspired to enter the space and do what that dedicated space is meant for. It can be a reading room, an exercise room, a hobby room… No setting up required. Just enter and do!

There are many homes with multiple rooms that are not being used, because everything happens in one place. The living room and kitchen...

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Forest Breathing with Marcus

The benefits of deep intentional breathing is remarkable! Unknown to many, but a very powerful activity that can make you feel better, improve your health, and boost brain performance. So many deep breathing techniques have come to us from ancient traditions.

The most noteworthy are the techniques of Yoga, which have come to us from India.

There are breathing techniques with certain rhythms, motion and depth, which achieve specific goals. Some are meant to relax the mind, other techniques can boost energy, others change your mood or state of mind, while others were developed to release stored emotions. Some deep conscious breathing just makes us feel good. This article is about doing breathing exercises in a specific environment: The Forest. I call it “Forest Breathing”. ...

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Rewiring Your Brain

We have so many broad statements that suggest what we should do. Expressions like, ‘Follow your dreams’, ‘the law of attraction’, ‘You are the creator of your reality…’ and so on.

Re-wiring the brain is one of those statements. I was thinking of a metaphor that could describe this idea and a memory came to mind. My good friend Eugene Goulet, rewired the circuits of a Boeing jet, about the size of a 727. Eugene was an electronics genius and I will always remember the impact of watching him work on the circuitry issues of this flying machine. The complexity of the walls of circuits looked impossible to figure out, but to Eugene, it was a process of tracking and re-wiring.

Our brain circuitry looks a lot like the walls of intricate wiring in the...

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The Purpose of Deep Conscious Breathing

Deep Breathing does more than you would think! Clarity of mind and a healthy body are desired side effects... read on. 

In general, we are shallow breathers. We only use the top 10 to 15% of our lungs. An interesting circumstance, given that oxygen is such an important source of nutrition and a crucial healing element for the human body. Many care and nutritional products add oxygen to enhance their performance. The interesting idea here is that through inhaling more air, through deeper breathing, we increase the amount of oxygen available to our own body.

Any growth or healing process goes faster with higher levels of oxygen in the blood circulation system, and the easiest way to obtained this oxygen is through breathing in more air. We are surrounded!

Seems a simple concept, but...

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The Two Minute Reset

We are not machines. Somewhere along the day we have to take a break to rest and re-centre. It has come to be known as the coffee break, even though most people don’t drink coffee during break; specially the afternoon break. This article is about a coffee substitute, and it is well known to us as oxygen.

Our body has a natural action it does when it needs more oxygen, it is called a sigh. We naturally take a deep breath and do a long exhale. Connecting several sighs in a row is the beginning of developing a breathing technique. Two minutes of deep breathing can yield great benefits in resting the body and mind. Just two minutes!

I was talking to a friend the other day about meditation and they were telling me about their practice. They were achieving an hour or more and they...

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