WASHINGTON, October 29, 2017 – If you want to change anything in your business or personal life, both the opportunity and steps to do so have never been so clearly spelled out as they are by Dr. James Doty in his book “Into the Magic Shop.” As you’ll quickly discover when reading this book, the process is not really magic, according to Doty. He tells you how you can up your business game, live a richer personal life, and be physically and mentally healthier. Now that’s a trifecta!
How many times in your life have you heard, “It’s not so much the experiences in your life that determine your life, it’s your reaction to those experiences?” Remember that we are not defined by our circumstances. No matter where you are from, whatever your socio-economic condition, you can set your mind to achieve whatever you want in life.
As related in his book, the lessons Dr. Doty learned as a child and put to use growing up into adulthood are for those who want to “put their money where their mouth is.” Such individuals truly believe in something, and support that belief with positive thoughts or action steps. This is a life choice for those with the courage to live with intention and purpose. That’s because, with the power of intention, you can do extraordinary things.
Dr. Doty’s book is written for those who want to succeed in business on a financial level and personally with great humanity.
Doty shares three stress reducing techniques he learned as a boy and uses to this day in his career as a successful neurosurgeon, businessman, and family man. The three techniques:
- Train the mind, and by doing so change everything else in your life;
- Relax your body resulting in better attention and focus; and
- Open your heart to connect with others.
In this article, I will share the author’s exercise for Relaxing the Body.
You can also watch an interview with Doty via this link.
Relaxing the Body
- Find a time and a place to do this exercise so that you will not be interrupted.
- Do not start if you are already stressed, have other matters distracting you, have consumed alcohol, used recreational drugs, or are tired.
- Before beginning sit for a few minutes and just relax. Think of what you wish to accomplish with this exercise. Define your intention.
- Now close your eyes.
- Begin by taking three deep breaths in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth. Repeat until you get used to this type of breathing so that the breathing itself is not distracting you.
- Once you feel comfortable breathing in this manner, specifically think about how you are sitting and imagine that your are looking at yourself.
- Now begin focusing on your toes and relax them. Now focus on your feet, relaxing your muscles. Imagine them almost melting away as you continue to breathe in and out. Only focus on your toes and feet. When you begin, it will be easy to be distracted or to have your thoughts wander. When this happens, simply begin again, relaxing the muscles of your toes and feet.
- Once you have been able to relax your toes and feet, extend the exercise upward, relaxing your calves and thighs.
- Then relax the muscles of your abdomen and chest.
- Next think of your spine and relax the muscles all along your spine and up to your shoulders and your neck.
- Finally relax the muscles of your face and scalp.
- As you are able to extend the relaxation of the muscles of your body, notice that there is calmness overcoming you, and that you feel good. At this point, it is not unusual to feel sleepy or even fall asleep. That’s OK. It may take several attempts to get to this point and be able to hold this feeling of being relaxed without falling asleep. Be patient. Be kind to yourself.
- Now focus on your heart and think of relaxing your heart muscle as you slowly breathe in and out. You will find that your heartbeat will slow as your body relaxes and your breath slows.
- Imagine your body, now completely relaxed, and experience the sense of simply being as you slowly breathe in and out. Feel the sense of warmth. Many will feel that they are floating and will be overcome with a sense of calmness. Continue to slowly breathe in and slowly exhale out.
- With intention remember this sense of relaxation, calmness, and warmth.
- Now slowly open your eyes. Sit for a few minutes with your eyes open and just be with no other intention or thought.
- Breath and relaxation are the first steps toward taming the mind.
In my next article, I will focus on another useful exercise developed by Doty, entitled Taming the Mind.
For more Information Contact:
Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
Certified Business, Life & Career Coach focusing on Confidence & Resilience Strategies and Transition
301-706-7226 & 703-574-0039