“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.”
“The more people you reach, the more useful you are.
The opposite is hiding, which is of no use to anyone.”
“If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are going.”
“The very best investment you can make … is in yourself!”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.