Meditation is the only medication you need. Breathe and BE!

March 3, 2021
Hosted by Síle Uí Chiaráin

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Every system in nature has a push and a pull. Just as we have a system for stress, we have a system for calm, called the parasympathetic nervous system. Unfortunately that is a system that we need to learn how to engage, as opposed to the sympathetic nervous system, which is always active. The sympathetic nervous system is like your body's alarm system, you don't want to disable it, but under conditions of stress, whether real or perceived, when the sympathetic nervous system engages the fight, flight, freeze response over a protracted period of time, it is no longer adaptive and begins to downregulate the body's immune system, causing unhealthy levels of anxiety and ultimately sickness and dis-ease. The so called parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as rest and digest or feed and breed, relaxes muscles and conserves energy. 7/11 breathing is an ideal way to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. Gentle breaths inward, through your nostrils for a count of 7 and a longer, slower outbreath for a count of 11, also through the nose, quickly restores the body to a sense of calm and eventually helps with the re-establishment of homeostasis. The phrenic nerve connection, between the brain and the diaphragm, carries hugely important messages to the brain about the status of the body's levels of alertness and arousal or calmness, depending on your breathing. The diaphragm is actually just like a limb, although it is inside your body. The diaphragm moves air in and out of the lungs, at a rate that we decide. In so far as it carries messages to the brain about how active we are, respiration sets the state of your brain. The good news is that we can control how we breathe. Messages through this neural circuit from the brain to the diaphragm via the phrenic nerve and back to the brain stem again, control our sense of emotional arousal and need to be managed, sometimes more than others. Today's guest, Justin Caffrey, is a mindfulness master and is going to share his wisdom with us, on the benefits of meditation to avoid a perceived need for medication of any other, less organic kind. Justin is a firm believer in the benefits of flow state, self-care and cold water swimming, amongst a variety of other daily practices to induce and allow wellness and a healthy sense of well-being. Justin expounds the virtues of doing less, on occasions, to achieve more. Having lost his beautiful infant son, Joshua, ten years ago, Justin resigned from his board and reinvented the architecture of both his business and personal life to find the inner peace, reason and meaning that the trauma of that event hijacked and/or highlighted the absence of, in the first place. Justin has since dedicated his life to a variety of humanitarian causes, not least in his online courses on mindfulness. He posts daily, on various media platforms to inspire and mentor healing in and for others, that find themselves lost in the moment, or in life, with a core fracture of any kind.

Whole and One

Whole and One

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At the intersection of epi-genetics, neuro plasticity and psycho-neuro immunology is our ever increasing awareness of neuro-chemistry and the mind-body connect. You are what you think about. Where attention goes, energy flows. In other words, as your body keeps score, the servant can become the master. Your thoughts can knock you out of homeostasis and make you sick. Conversely when you learn how to get your emotional needs met, healthily and in balance, you cannot be mentally, emotionally and/or by extension, physically unwell. Through this empowering series of light-bearing interviews with captivating guests, Síle Ui Chiaráin from Ireland will help you to gain objective perspective on your own story. Stay tuned to learn how to manage your self-talk, quiet your inner critic, as well as build a healthy relationship with anxiety. It’s like doing a bicep curl for your brain. Tune in Wednesdays at Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica Empowerment and build resilience one show at a time.

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Síle Uí Chiaráin

Síle Uí Chiaráin

Having recently retired from her post as a primary school teacher in Ireland, in a career that spanned thirty years, Síle continues to educate, inspire and mentor in her new incarnation as a life and business coach, psychotherapist and growth strategist. Síle works with formulas to help clients achieve mind-derived health optimisation. Teaching individuals and business communities about Causing an Effect as opposed to Cause and Effect, Síle is taking blueprints for best practice, from philosophy, to initiation to mastery, one recovery programme at a time. Culture is key, when it comes to growth and expansion. Síle’s WHOLE and ONE master plan frames the 3As of adaptability, authenticity and autonomy as non-negotiable in the architecture of adaptable change-mentality, at individual and organisational levels, for optimum results.

Thoughts are the locomotive to living intentionally, as opposed to living out of habit. You choose your thoughts. Síle expounds the value of meta-cognition as a launch pad for achieving desired outcomes. When you learn how to think about what you’ve been thinking about, you are no longer the programme, you are the observer of the programme, and from here you can change practices to change outcomes. Knowledge, particularly psycho-education as well as practices such as mindfulness, gratitude and self-care are the tools of the trade if you wish to live deliberately and optimise results.

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