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Mindfully Connected

“To encourage as many people as possible to make a significant difference to their healthful well-being … through mindfulness, moving energy and mindful connectivity”

Julian Jaffe – Mindfully Connected

 “Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful.

Reject what is useless. Add what is specifically your own.” 

 Bruce Lee

“The more people you reach, the more useful you are.

The opposite is hiding, which is of no use to anyone.” 

Derek Sivers 

“If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are going.”

Chinese proverb

“The very best investment you can make … is in yourself!”

Warren Buffet

Having practiced both internal and external martial arts I have discovered the source of prowess in these arts lies in the generation of internal power.

Threnergy gives the reader comprehensive instruction on how internal energy is increased whether this be for martial arts progress or indeed for simple good health.

There is no feeling quite like mind,body and spirit being in alignment and Julian gives the reader the means to achieve alert relaxation which is the most amazing feeling in the world.

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Geoff S.   
Geoff S.   

Having practiced both internal and external martial arts I have discovered the source of prowess in these arts lies in the generation of internal power.

Threnergy gives the reader comprehensive instruction on how internal energy is increased whether this be for martial arts progress or indeed for simple good health.

There is no feeling quite like mind,body and spirit being in alignment and Julian gives the reader the means to achieve alert relaxation which is the most amazing feeling in the world.

Instead of bodies wracked by stress and illness the reader can cultivate the oneness with body which repels both stress and illness.

I highly recommend reading this book but please heed my warning, do the exercises because reading it is knowing it,doing it is true wisdom.

Well done Julian I am so glad you have shared this knowledge with the world.

I started reading this book with no knowledge of Threnergy, but an interest to learn. In this book, Julian has masterfully explained the concepts and techniques of Threnergy breaking them down into easy to follow exercises that can be applied to every day life. Reading this book and following the methods has helped me gain a better control of the anxieties and strains that life brings and a control that helps me to succeed in life. The book allows you to get straight into the techniques so you feel the benefit from day one.

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Steve Thornton   
Steve Thornton   

I started reading this book with no knowledge of Threnergy, but an interest to learn. In this book, Julian has masterfully explained the concepts and techniques of Threnergy breaking them down into easy to follow exercises that can be applied to every day life. Reading this book and following the methods has helped me gain a better control of the anxieties and strains that life brings and a control that helps me to succeed in life. The book allows you to get straight into the techniques so you feel the benefit from day one. I highly recommend immersing yourself in this book if you’re looking to improve your health and well-being.

Steve Thornton – Dorset Adult Aspergers Support Ambassador.

A few days ago I was invited by one of our fellow students, Julian who we all know and (insert appropriate feeling) invited Chris and I to attend a workshop he was running last Saturday on Mindfulness.
Firstly, just to set the scene I should describe his house where we did the training. To give you a feel for it, just imagine if Mr Miyagi (from the karate kid) had won the lottery and decided to move to the idyllic Surry Hills - this is probably where he would choose to live.

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Paul Kandalaft   
Paul Kandalaft   

A few days ago I was invited by one of our fellow students, Julian who we all know and (insert appropriate feeling) invited Chris and I to attend a workshop he was running last Saturday on Mindfulness.
Firstly, just to set the scene I should describe his house where we did the training. To give you a feel for it, just imagine if Mr Miyagi (from the karate kid) had won the lottery and decided to move to the idyllic Surry Hills - this is probably where he would choose to live. It is a beautiful building, has a very peaceful feel, but slightly quirky in a way I can’t describe. It even has a Dojo at the bottom of the garden – a proper one. Not a garage with a kick bag hanging from the celling but much more like the one in the first fight scene in the Matrix
So, what was the seminar about? Julian calls it Threnergy which has the objective of creating a state of Mindful Connectivity. He’s studied many martial arts for most of his life and I’m sure it will be obvious to you that’s has been lot of time – several decades.
Over the years he’s noticed all martial arts share several areas of commonality – a few examples would be:
• The mental state you need to achieve
• The mechanics associated with how the human body works – and how it doesn’t
• How energy flows through us and can be used to create a feeling of harmony or devastating injury to an opponent.
I won’t try to describe the exercises we did in the class, but what I will say is that I enjoyed them very much and felt a greatly heightened sense of well-being afterwards.
The day finished with an excellent barbeque. Yes, there was the usual beers and banter but given the morning session our discussions seemed to have much more of a philosophical but still light hearted theme.
I’m very much looking forward to the next class and would thoroughly recommend you consider giving it a go.
Paul Kandalaft

Many thanks for a great Mindfulness seminar on Sun 23 Apr at the Epsom Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy. Your material coupled with the support from Neil made for a very practical delivery of body energy into the Martial Arts.

I hope to attend more workshops in the near future.

All the best, Martin

Martin Weeks   

"This book is quite simply amazing! It shows you how to connect your body and the energies within it for wellbeing, strength, flexibility and power without all the b*****it. It's fascinating, a must read for all, not just martial artists."

Neil Webster   

As a martial arts master and as a person who always looking to improve my mindfulness and well being I can highly recommend this book. Very easy to follow with extremely insightful explanations on the workings of body and mind. This book can help you in so many ways, from strength and flexibility to learning about yourself and how to relax. If you're a martial artist you will find this book a real eye opener.

Neil W - Tai Chi Master   

Just finished a truly brilliant seminar with Julian Jaffe. The first half was moving energy and creating a very powerful kinetic chain across parts of the body as well as the entire body. The second half was whole body power, which applied the first half and then put everything into efficient reality. I was really impressed with the results and feel incredibly in sync with both mind and body.
Thank you very much Julian as well as everyone else who attended and made this a great interactive seminar that really brought the level of discussion and learning very high.

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Jeff A   
Jeff A   

Just finished a truly brilliant seminar with Julian Jaffe. The first half was moving energy and creating a very powerful kinetic chain across parts of the body as well as the entire body. The second half was whole body power, which applied the first half and then put everything into efficient reality. I was really impressed with the results and feel incredibly in sync with both mind and body.
Thank you very much Julian as well as everyone else who attended and made this a great interactive seminar that really brought the level of discussion and learning very high.

Julian's book, 'The Power of Threnergy' pulls together decades of his experience in martial arts and health systems. He presents his insights and experience in a logical, easy to grasp and lucid format. It is packed with exercises that can be practised anytime, anywhere to enhance health and wellbeing. A lot of work has clearly gone into compiling and organising this book and it is well worth the read.

Matt H   

If you have any interest in the mind, body connection then this is the book for you.

It explores how movement and internal processes are intrinsically entwined together.

So if you have a martial arts background, or simply have an inquisitive nature, then I highly recommend this book.

Chris A   

I enjoyed reading this book. I found the exercises useful and it helped connect a lot of previously unrelated dots. Well worth the time to read.

Glen R - Systema Instructor   

Julian,

Fab, I'm really pleased that you have published this book. In my opinion, it has been time well spent.

Martin M   

Thank you Julian for the Threnergy Awareness and Mindfulness workshop. The principles applied have really served to deepen my understanding of the physical feelings that are initiated through energy work.
Threnergy is profoundly powerful creating superhighways of vitality through the nervous system - I would thoroughly recommend trying it; especially if you are committed to future proofing your health and wellbeing. 🙏🏼

Michelle G - Reiki and Reflexology Specialist   

Having bought Julian Jaffe's excellent book "The Power of Threnergy Mindful Connectivity" I was later privileged to attend an online seminar where Julian demonstrated the practical techniques of Threnergy. I found I was very quickly and instinctively able to follow the techniques, relax my body and mind, connect with my body, clear fuzziness from my head and re-set myself into a calm and meditative state where my brain wasn't full of chatter and worry. Powerful, positive stuff! I recommend Julian's approach for anyone who would like to take a physical,

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Bryan Edery   
Bryan Edery   

Having bought Julian Jaffe's excellent book "The Power of Threnergy Mindful Connectivity" I was later privileged to attend an online seminar where Julian demonstrated the practical techniques of Threnergy. I found I was very quickly and instinctively able to follow the techniques, relax my body and mind, connect with my body, clear fuzziness from my head and re-set myself into a calm and meditative state where my brain wasn't full of chatter and worry. Powerful, positive stuff! I recommend Julian's approach for anyone who would like to take a physical, tangible and practical way of connecting body and mind and for those struggling to embrace traditional meditation tapes, CDs or Apps!

“The techniques have worked for me very well to complement the physio sessions I have … combining this with the mindfulness of your techniques really enhances the effectiveness here… “

Steve T   

Having spent the last few days digesting the information passed to me by Julian Jaffe, I found that it was delivered in a well thought out and enjoyable way. We were taken on a journey and shown that like walking we know very little about our bodies and how to use them.

For me the 3hrs was too short as I fell in love with the material presented and it gave me the answers to a lot of questions I had about my own system,

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Michael C   
Michael C   

Having spent the last few days digesting the information passed to me by Julian Jaffe, I found that it was delivered in a well thought out and enjoyable way. We were taken on a journey and shown that like walking we know very little about our bodies and how to use them.

For me the 3hrs was too short as I fell in love with the material presented and it gave me the answers to a lot of questions I had about my own system, I believe that if you want to improve your understanding of martial arts and how they work, then should you go and see Julian and learn from one of the best teachers around.

The amazing thing is that Julian's book has all this information in and it helps you delve deep into the amazing deep world of martial arts.

All in all, I came away from the session on Saturday having learned a lot and discovered more than I thought about very simple actions.

Hi Julian, many thanks for the session on Saturday. It seems rare to find someone so willing to discuss, inform and help; so many thanks for that. Also for a challenging, thought provoking morning. I felt great after the session, so now am working to consolidate. Regards, Martin

Martin W   

As someone with no experience of the martial arts I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Julian makes the link between the flow of energy in the body, martial arts and mindfulness wonderfully clear. An app would be great to make it even easier to follow the exercises.

Heike ST   

The concept of ‘internal energy’ is a strange, and almost mystical, one for most of us brought up in the West. However, given that the idea is nearly universal in martial arts from across the world as well as other areas of mind-body work, such as yoga and chi-kung, it seems highly likely to represent a real phenomenon, simply one that few people manage to experience. Several martial arts, especially Tai Chi, Bagua, Hsing I and Aikido, and other physical practices such as Chi Kung,

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NS   
NS   

The concept of ‘internal energy’ is a strange, and almost mystical, one for most of us brought up in the West. However, given that the idea is nearly universal in martial arts from across the world as well as other areas of mind-body work, such as yoga and chi-kung, it seems highly likely to represent a real phenomenon, simply one that few people manage to experience. Several martial arts, especially Tai Chi, Bagua, Hsing I and Aikido, and other physical practices such as Chi Kung, emphasise the apparent development of this ‘internal power’, but often in the absence of either clear guidance as to exactly what one should be feeling or how to start the process of developing it. Julian J has, with the Threnergy principles, managed to distill many of these apparently ‘esoteric’ concepts into practical explanations and exercises which aim to cultivate the recognition of how the body feels and with it the mind-body connection. As such, this book will be of great interest to those practising any physical pursuit in which mind-body connection is of value, including those practising any form of martial art, (for whom there will be almost certain recognition of several concepts throughout the book that had never been explained this way before).

Fascinating and practical throughout, ‘The Power of Threnergy’ is essential reading for anyone seeking to optimise their physical and mental wellbeing.
The visual and revision sessions are very helpful and I really liked the background about Julian’s experiences and how Threnergy came about.
With ever growing demands on our time and energy reserves, this is the right book at the right time and although primarily aimed as a self help manual, the well explained exercises, some taking just two or three minutes a day,

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Peter T   
Peter T   

Fascinating and practical throughout, ‘The Power of Threnergy’ is essential reading for anyone seeking to optimise their physical and mental wellbeing.
The visual and revision sessions are very helpful and I really liked the background about Julian’s experiences and how Threnergy came about.
With ever growing demands on our time and energy reserves, this is the right book at the right time and although primarily aimed as a self help manual, the well explained exercises, some taking just two or three minutes a day, will surely also be of interest to many healthcare and sports professionals.
The energy ball is now an integral part of my daily posture and back stretching ‘regime’ and I particularly like the flexibility of being able to carry out Threnergy exercises any place any time, even better with no requirement for designer gear or expensive equipment !

Peter T

I have had tremendous fun writing this book. The discipline required to write a book is a fascinating addition to teaching: it requires detailed analysis and a structured way of explaining things. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Julian J   

What is This Website About? … Energy!

Down, Weak, Lacking Motivation?

This website is all about energy. If you don’t have energy you feel down. If you don’t have energy you feel weak. If your don’t have energy you will lack motivation.

Vibrant, Strong and Motivated

If you have energy you will feel vibrant, strong and motivated.

So, how do you get there?

Aware, Open-minded, Willing and Calm

You’ll need to be aware that you need to do something, you’ll need to be open-minded, you’ll need to be willing to think outside the box, and you’ll need to take a calm measured approach to re-generating your energy.

What you breathe is as important as how you breathe. How you drink is as important as what you drink. How you eat is as important as what you eat and how you exercise is as important as the type of exercise you do.

Here I focus mostly on the ‘hows’ of breathing, drinking, eating and exercising – as well as a fundamentally different way of looking at exercising.

Air

What you breathe will be dictated very much by your location, but the simple formula is to breathe as clean and oxygenated air as possible. If you can’t breathe clean air all the time, make sure you escape to clean air areas as often as you can, preferably near trees or water and away from traffic or smoke. Mindful Connectivity shows you how to breathe better and more mindfully.

Water

What you drink is more of a choice than what you breathe. Simply put, the water you drink should be oxygenated, clean and contain a good mix of mineral salts (not sodium salts). For many of us, that means bottled water or filtered tap water. Those are necessarily compromises, and ones that we have little choice about in today’s world. But you can and should drink mindfully.

Food

This is an enormous subject all on it’s own. Current thinking, though, is that we eat too much of the wrong things and what we eat contains too many pollutants and not enough minerals and nutrients. Because there is so much personal choice and belief in food, I will steer clear of the ‘what’. The how is very important. If you eat while doing something else it’s not good for you. Again, eating mindfully and savouring what you eat is important for you digestion, mind, and the rest of your body.

Exercise and Mindfulness

Exercise is often the last thing many people feel they have the energy to do and it’s not really surprising if you don’t breathe well, drink well or eat well.  The exercises here are all about how to exercise mindfully and in a connected way. Once you learn how to feel energy movement in your body, you can learn how to breathe better, relax better, stand (or sit) better and move better. These four pillars are the basis for you to access your mind and learn mindfulness through them.

Once you have access to Mindfully Connected mindfulness you can use it to access all of your senses – you will be able to clearly focus on breathing, drinking, eating and exercising. You will be able to feel what is good for you rather than just what someone else says is good for. It will re-ignite your energy!

 

 

Who

The old saying goes, “when the student is ready the teacher will appear”.

You will have got to the stage of asking yourself some deeper questions about yourself.

Maybe it’s that you need to feel less tired – to, “get your blood moving”?

It could be that you have heard about Mindfulness but can’t get to grips with it?

Maybe you’ve heard about Qi (Chi or Ki) and wonder whether it’s real?

Maybe you know that you need to move better?

Maybe you feel small and weak and want to feel more powerful and capable?

It could also be that you feel you are at the top of your game as you know it. You know there is something more, but you don’t know what it is or how to access it?

These questions might at first seem to be about totally different subjects, but in reality they are all connected – Mindfully Connected.

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What

What is it you are looking for?

If you have an open mind, then, to some extent, you will be following your nose, your intuition. Looking to see what others have done, to get some new input, some new ideas. At the very least, you realise you need to be more aware of what is available. A lot of information is out there but it’s not always easy to connect the dots. Mindfully Connected connects the dots for you.

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Why

Because you want to improve. You don’t just want to exist. You want to feel more alive. Feel more powerful. Feel better. Feel that one part of you relates to all the other parts of you. Feel that your mind is connected to your body. You want to feel whole.

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When

Somehow in modern society, we seem to compartmentalise everything and put it into it’s nice neat little time slot. You learn to do certain activities only at certain times of the day. Anything out of your routine disrupts that neat pattern.

What happens when that routine gets disrupted? You get stressed or even over-extended. In some cases that can be dangerous. At one extreme it could be that your body is not warmed up, you move too suddenly or too quickly and crunch – you pull your hamstring, shoulder, or back! At another extreme, someone could attack you – you feel helpless and out of control.

Do you need to have separate periods of Mindfulness and Exercise – why can’t the two be combined? They can! When you are Mindfully Connected – everything works together at any time of the day – in any situation you can be intrinsically aware.

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How

How can you fundamentally change the way you move, feel, breathe, exercise and chill?

Like anything you want to change, it’s not about more of the same old, same old. Unless you change the basics of what you do, the more advanced work you do with breathing, Mindfulness or training will stay pretty much the same as it was. If you understand how your body is structured, how it works, how it moves and how it is connected, everything else will change.

With the Mindfully Connected approach you will build up your new capabilities from a new understanding of your physiology and psychology. It’s simple, powerful and effective.

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Where

Part of what we do when we compartmentalise, is to fix a place to do things. In some cases this is very sensible and society expects it – for example sleeping, or going to the toilet. But in other instances it doesn’t make sense. You body and mind operate in basically the same way throughout your waking hours – why should exercise be fixed at some time and a specific place during the day. Indeed it makes far more sense to exercise less and more often than hard and less often. If you can build your exercises and mindfulness practise into your daily activities, you wont suffer so much from stress. You will be able to relax during period of stress and stress yourself through periods of relaxation. In other words – you will be aware and Mindfully Connected throughout your day.

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