073 Improve Habits of Thinking With Mindfulness Shortcuts; Alexander Heyne Shares How

March 28, 2016

Alexander Heyne is an expert in the field of weight loss and believes the secret to losing weight and keeping it off is found in daily habits. Alex is so adamant about helping people lose weight that heauthored a book called, Master the Day: Eat, Move and Live Better With the Power of Tiny Habits. Alex is sold on meditation and has lived in China, seeking out the guidance of sages and gurus. He also meditated and lived without food for 5 days in the Sahara Desert as part of a mindfulness vision quest.

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Most Influential Person

  • Chinese medicine mentor Jay.

Effect on Emotions

  • It is that idea of less friction. I find that the days are so much smoother and the days where I have had most regular practice, where I have been the most conscious, have been easy. There is no car horn, no traffic and no emotional fight that can really ruffle it and it's just this feeling of, life's pretty easy. I'm just being carried along, doing my work, no road blocks, it's kind of a pleasurable feeling.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • For me one of the things I do as I work because for the last three or four years I have worked 12 hour days because I have had multiple jobs. The hardest thing for me was the stress which is despite meditating in the morning daily, despite working out, despite eating right its been kind of hard to be conscious of my stress level and to me the biggest trigger was the breath. I basically used the pomodoro technique which was a break every 25 minutes and I used that 5 minutes as a quick meditative break and I basically do a quick assessment to see what place in my stomach or my chest my breath is in. That has become the trigger for the stress I have.

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Advice for Newbie

Much like any person who acquires great skill or great accolades, it all comes back to some kind of daily skill. The daily skill is the physical practice of meditation and the hard part is going to be the physical practice of meditation. Focus on whatever it takes for you to come up with a few key habits to meditate daily, whether its a time of day with some kind of ritual, maybe its not even seated meditation, maybe its walking meditation or even food meditation. Maybe food is a personal weakness of yours, try and start meditation there. Maybe it's in the gym, start meditation there feeling every fiber of your body as you lift the weight, as you run or whatever it is you're doing. I would say think carefully, what are the few vital habits you can do on a daily basis that will lead you to the more conscious, the more present life?

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