James Nestor Quotes

Who is James Nestor?

James Nestor is an author and journalist. His nonfiction book, 'Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art', was an international bestseller.

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“A last word on slow breathing. It goes by another name: prayer. When Buddhist monks chant their most popular mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, each spoken phrase lasts six seconds, with six seconds to inhale before the chant starts again. The traditional chant of Om, the 'sacred sound of the universe' used in Jainism and other traditions, takes six seconds to sing, with a pause of about six seconds to inhale.”

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“Each breath we draw in should take about three seconds, and each breath out should take four. We’ll then continue the same short inhales while lengthening the exhales to a five, six, and seven count as the run progresses.”

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“Expression is the opposite of depression! Go for it!”

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“It turns out that when breathing at a normal rate, our lungs will absorb only about a quarter of the available oxygen in the air. The majority of that oxygen is exhaled back out. By taking longer breaths, we allow our lungs to soak up more in fewer breaths.”

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“Prayer heals, especially when it’s practiced at 5.5 breaths a minute.”

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“16th Century doctors used the flesh of a freshly hanged man beaten into a powder as a cure-all for sickness.”

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“67% of people who ate a bit of certain British cheeses before bed reported totally staggering lucid dreams. You can too.”

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“Ancient Egyptians and Chinese cured illnesses with different colored light. Modern ultrasound works on the same premises.”

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“Ancient Greeks and Newton were fans of phosphene highs – the psychedelic patterns produced when pressure is applied to the retinal glands.”

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“Ancient Greeks used dill to make love potions (i.e., roofies) that would lull (i.e., drug) dates into caring arms.”

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“Moon Breath: To de-clutter your mind, cover your right nostril with your right thumb and breathe in 30x with your left nostril.”

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“Relax your tongue. No, really. Literally relax your tongue. You will feel your mind quickly calm and pulse soften within mere moments.”

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“Sixty percent of doctor visits are related to stress. Relax. Breathe in and out thru your left nostil, mouth closed, 30x once a day. Do it.”

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“The same ingredient that gets cats bonkers off catnip is in red ants, and was the reason Native Americans ate ants to get high.”

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“Thomas Edison and Einstein used the lucid wakeful/sleeping state of 'hypnagogia' to solve problems. You can too.”

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“To energize, cover your left nostril and breathe in 30x quickly through your right nostril for 'sun breath'.”

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“In a fascinating study, psychologist David McClelland found a direct link between Greek accomplishments and the prominence of “achievement themes” in the literature of the day. The greater the amount of such inspirational literature, the greater their “real-world” achievements. Conversely, when the frequency of inspirational literature diminished, so did their accomplishments.”

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“When stressed breathe in to count of 4, hold 4, exhale 6, hold 2 and repeat 10x. Millions of people do this everyday. It works, man!”

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“William Bates, M.D. argued you could improve eyesight by covering your eyes and shaking your head back and forth.”

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