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Do NOT Open Till Saturday!!

Hopefully, you didn’t open this until after your workday on Friday. If you did read it on Friday, you probably didn’t get any work done from because you were lying on the floor under your work desk doing breathwork. And you were stoked for Hamid and Rachel to rock it at the sound meditation class dropping Friday, February 22. I highly recommend that you check them out whether you’re a mahathera monk, hippie sista, or a dude like your Cornerman.

More class details below.

You don’t have to sit like this to meditate.
What is meditation? 

One goal of meditation is to bring you to the present moment. So much of our headspace is used to worry about the past or future. Stuff that we have little control over. When your mind is focused on the past or future, you lose the full opportunity of the present moment.

We’ve all experienced a meditative state before. Remember the time that your significant other was driving and you were dozing off in the car? The moment you were still awake but about to sleep is what is referred to by scientist as theta state brainwaves (think of brainwaves as rhythmic nerve activity in your brain). This is the meditative state and you pass through it every night before going to sleep.

How many times in the last month have you been in the meditative (theta state) aside from when you were going to sleep?

Types of Brainwaves
Meditation is not only for the people wearing Thia fisherman pants and Birkenstocks with socks, and smell like 5-year fermented Indonesian patchouli leaves.
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Primo fisherman pants and gangsta flexibility.
There are a couple of different metrics that can be used that are closely associated with the meditative state. If you need objective evidence supporting the benefits of meditative activities, look into HRV and pulse oximeter. After using several different technologies to measure heart rate variability (think: the greater variance in heart rate the healthier) and blood oxygen saturation, it’s obvious that this stuff has a powerful effect on your brain and physiology. If you want to improve your health, meditation is essential.

The more stress you have the more you need it.

The harder it is for you to fall asleep or stay asleep the more you need it.

The harder you work the more you need it.

Check out the quick video of me doing a brief 2-minute breathwork meditation session. You’ll see that my oxygen saturation was fluctuating between 88-96%. One of my favorite times to do breathwork is following a workout. I don’t mind the stress of the workout, but want my body to down-shift once I’ve finished it.
In 40 seconds I was dropping loads of oxygen into my cells. You can do this with simple breathwork. Focus on slow and long exhalation. The fluctuations in oxygen saturation are the jam!
Get your pulse oximeter for biofeedback
Hold on! Before you get pissed about the mess that looks like a train wreck in the picture let’s simplify things for you.

Just look at the huge arrows and ignore the rest of the mumbo jumbo. When I was in school learning this crap I was focused on all the mumbo jumbo too. I didn’t understand what in the hell the picture was trying to show.

Think of it like this:

Food + oxygen (and RNIr light) = energy

If you don’t have oxygen (and RNIr) in your cells you’ll lack energy. And you don’t get oxygen into your cells by breathing more. You get more oxygen into your cells by slow and full exhalation.

No oxygen in the cells = game over
The fluctuation in oxygen saturation is HUGE for your health. When oxygen saturation drops into the high 80s and low 90s your red blood cells start dumping massive amounts of oxygen into the cell. In the cell, not the blood, is where you need it to the energy from the food that you eat.

This view of oxygen physiology is different than what you hear from most doctors. Most doctors look for your oxygen saturation to be 96-99% in the blood. When your oxygen saturation levels are consistently in the upper 90s, your cells aren’t getting as much oxygen. Metabolism tanks and chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune dis, autoimmune dat set in. (Dope book on metabolism and chronic illnesses like cancer and dis and dat: Tripping over the truth.)

Why does this type of breathwork make you more unstoppable than Tom Brady in a Super Bowl?

Non-nerdy friends: when CO2 levels in the blood increase (from long, slow exhalation), oxygen is dumped into your cells from your blood.

Nerdy friends: Bohr effect. “It’s a decrease in the amount of oxygen associated with hemoglobin and other respiratory compounds in response to a lowered blood pH resulting from an increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood.”

More detailed stuff. ONLY for NERDIEST of NERDS: Bohr effect

“Cornerman, I used to kinda like your emails, but all this science crap is killin’ my vibe, bruh!”
!!WARNING!! Learning to control your breath is super powerful. Talk to your doctor to see if controlling your breath is right for you. 
Types of meditation
  • Prayer
  • Breathwork
  • Sound (nature or instruments)
  • Take a dip in your non-heat swimming pool
  • Get toasty in a far infrared sauna
  • Acupuncture, especially with current
  • Journaling
  • Transcendental or mantra
  • Visualization or imagery
  • Movement, like yoga or even a single leg deadlift that requires you to use your conscious mind to help you balance.
The common theme here?

These activities bring your conscious mind to the present time, leaving behind worry and fear of the past and future.

Jump in your non-heated swimming pool this weekend and you’ll see how your conscious mind forgets the past and you won’t be worrying about what you’re wearing to your bachelor(ette) party in 7 weeks.

One of my current favorite types of meditation since attending a class several weeks ago is sound meditation hosted by Hamid and Rachel.

Sound is one of our senses so it will have an effect on the electrical activity in your brain. We have to find ways we can leverage sound to manipulate the brain to improve health and well-being.

Why sound meditation?

Sound meditation is an awesome vehicle you can use to bring awareness of your thoughts, feelings, or physical sensations to your conscious mind.

Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave states by using entrainment (like when you think about someone yawning, and you then yawn). Entrainment synchronizes our brainwaves by providing a frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift your brainwaves.

“Any process that changes your perception changes your brainwaves.”

You can substitute “process” with:
sound
smell
sight
touch
taste
thought
“Here are some screenshots from various EEG studies that I did with subjects receiving the sound meditation in which I use harmonic overtones-producing instruments to a clearly audible level. Basically, it shows to what extent the brain activities (the peaks in different colors) in both hemispheres diminish or even flatten when certain harmonic overtones-emitting instruments are played, and the level of synchrony and coherence that resulted in both hemispheres. Notice the numbers on the bottom in both hemispheres. These are the brainwave cycles measured in Hertz (Hz. cycles per second).”

Baseline.
Your brain on a gong.
Rainstick. Doesn’t looking at this make you want to sleep?
Small Japanese bell. How about this for stroke therapy?!!!
Want to experience a sound meditation class?
You can check out Hamid and Rachel’s Sound Healing Journey class this coming Friday, February 22 at 6:30 pm. It’ll be an awesome class to prep your brain space for a good night’s sleep and you’ll be lit all weekend!
More info on Sound Healing Journey class
THE Hamid. Here’s Hamid rockin it out on a flute. How dope is this pic? I can hear the flute just looking at the pic!
About the class

Experience the power of sound healing with the sounds of crystal bowls, gongs, drums, flutes, and more. Sound Healing Journeys help to restore the nervous system and calm the mind. This class is led by the Hamid Jabbar. Hamid has traveled the world studying and experiencing sound and brings extensive knowledge and experience to these journeys.

What do you wear?

Comfortable clothes.

What do you bring?

Yoga mat and pillow if you like.

“Cornerman, just hook it up with my ticket!”
Have an awesome weekend!

Love you guys!

Your Cornerman,

Dr. Thoma

WARNING: the information presented here is strictly educational. Talk with your doctor to see if meditation and breathwork are appropriate for you.

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