You all want more energy and efficiency from your everyday lives and Quantum Pause Breathing can help achieve this. Here I outline 7 benefits of Quantum Pause Breathing and if you read all the way to the end of the article there is a bonus benefit and a YouTube video you can watch to learn more.
Quantum Pause is a simple, four-stage process beginning with an in-breath of anywhere between three and six counts (depending on your lung capacity), posture, and degree of privacy. After you have gathered in your breath, breathing through your nose, you hold it (pause) for an equal count, and then exhale through your mouth, again, for the same count, and then hold (pause) for the same count. 
Quantum Pause breathing does not specify a length of time for each part of the breath but emphasis is put on uniformity of each stage. Box Breathing takes Quantum Pause Breathing to another level and specifies a full 100% inhale and exhale. This cycle is repeated three times in one minutes for up to 5 minutes or a total of 15 cycles.
Quantum pause breathing is a great technique to integrate the when, which, how practice and the six heart virtues . It can be practised at any time in meditation, in your daily work practice and even during your commute to work.
There are many benefits of breathing well including an awareness of the importance of breath in metabolism.
1 Increased lung capacity
The quantum pause breathing technique practiced daily, encourages a full 100% inhale and exhale which exercises the lungs and increases lung capacity. Most people in daily activitieslike sitting at the desk use less than their full lung capacity. This means that their lungs are never fully expanded or contracted, missing out on vital oxygen. In the afternoon or evening this can equate to yawing which is an autonomic nervous response to a lack of oxygen.
2 Better oxygen transfer
Exercising the lungs increases the efficiency of respiration. Simply put, more oxygen comes into your body and more carbon dioxide leaves. The oxygen we breathe is used with water in the respiratory process for the metabolism of carbon based foods and the result is carbon dioxide that we breathe out.
3 Mental clarity and focus
Breathing well results in greater oxygenation of the brain resulting in greater mental clarity. This can also be applied before going into sport, study or work for more focus.
4 Heart-brain coherence
Your heart, like your brain, has millions of neurons and your lungs supply the oxygen for both to function well. The rhythmic nature of Quantum Pause Breathing helps to synchronize both the heart and the mind.
Quantum Pause Breathing can be applied when sitting in a meeting, a class or just before reading a book. The extra oxygen in the brain increases alertness and induces calmness.
6 Stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxify the body.
Deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system which picks up toxins and helps to excrete them.
7 Makes you happier and reduces stress
Quantum Pause Breathing stimulates the feel good hormones, the pleasure inducing neurochemicals in the brain. It can be applied before or during a stressful situation to induce a feeling of calm.
Regular practice of Quantum Pause Breathing aids recovery from cigarette smoking and other respiratory illnesses.
This could be a post about nationalistic pride. It’s not. Pride leaves one open to scorn.
This is a post about the uniqueness of Australia and the good and fair people. This is a post about the great things that are often not shown or glossed over in the main stream media. This is a post about Australian ingenuity, persistence against hardship, mate-ship and triumph. This is a post about valour and determination to succeed against all odds.
Let’s start with the big stuff. The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour. Who would have ever believed that a giant fiber glass banana could do so much for Aussie tourism? Many people must have laughed when a local banana farmer decided to build the Big Banana but now it is an Aussie icon.
How about the natural beauty of this wide brown land Australia? Its not all brown but shades of ochre and amazing greens in the vast variety of vegetation types, coastal heath lands, rainforests, mallee, mulga, so many different kinds of “The Bush”. Let’s not forget Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, the wet tropics and the desert in all its shapes and forms.
However it’s the people that make this place “deadly”. I admire the humble confidence and determination of the indigenous, first nation’s people and that they are still sovereign people, even after 227 years of colonization They still haven’t given up hope of freedom from the rule of Great Britain. Bogans? Love ’em! Down to earth, hard working, like to have a good time on the weekend and support the Australian ute industry. Yeah I admit that we all have the odd “dickhead” mate but the thing about Aussie people is that they forgive their mates and no-one is purposely always a “dickhead.” We’re a pretty laid back and friendly mob.
I could go on forever about the awesome people that I’ve met around the traps but I’ve got to get ready for the bloody long Free Blue Walk from Brisbane to Adelaide. I am raising funds for James’ Blue House Free Schools traveling free school in a double decker bus. I leave next Wednesday the 17th of June 2015 and it’s 40km for 50 days and 50 one hour classes at the end of each day on “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability”
So click on the link below to donate to this campaign.
I am a philanthropic teacherpreneur and son of teachers. For that last 10 years, I have been teaching English as a Second Language to migrants, humanitarian entrants, refugees and asylum seekers. I have taught over 100 different nationalities plus many more ethnic groups, language groups and people from many spiritual traditions.
My passion is promoting lifestyles of health and sustainability through collectivism. Not only physical health, but mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, community health and environmental health.
In 1988, I began to study a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental studies with majors in Environmental Policy and Economics, and Environmental Pollution and Health. My first year of university was government funded but in 1989, HECS was introduced and I graduated from uni with a debt which took many years to repay when I finally earned enough to be able to repay it. During my study I had an epiphany that a major paradigm shift in society could be facilitated by individual free will to change when people had free access to knowledge.
I have had over 50 different jobs in my life, starting at the age of 15 during high school washing dishes. I have held many service positions as diverse as, toilet cleaner, bar attendant, service station attendant, chauffeur, warehousing (one time union rep), martial arts and swimming coach, community activist for Greenpeace Australia, koala for the Wilderness Society and waste water treatment.
I also participated in a family business growing forestry seedlings and doing forestry establishment where we produced approximately 1 million trees in 4 years.
In 2003, I took my family to China and taught there for 6 months. When I returned to Australia, I returned to study and completed a Graduate Certificate of Teaching Second Languages and Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and once again was burdened with a government HECS debt. This debt is now settled but as a single parent the repayment of this debt made life difficult for my family.
So once again back in debt for an education, I started wondering why some countries offered universal free education and why some didn’t? I saw that making education difficult to attend and costly deters many people from university and from taking charge of their destiny. I believed that in 20 years Australia might be seen as the ignorant, servile country that had no compassion for their themselves, fellow human beings, the planet and the ancestors.
On the surface it seems that this has become true. There are record rates of obesity and degenerative disease caused from addiction to chemical laden manufactured food and drinks, the attitude of the government to those seeking refuge is abhorent, destruction of the environment through excess consumption, pollution and resource extraction and our indigenous population has one of the lowest standards of living in the world and an incarceration rate in some places 6 times greater than apartheid, South Africa.
However these problems can be and have been addressed where people are literate and have access to online social networks that share uplifting information. There are wonderful initiatives that are happening in some places around the world because information flows more freely, such as microfinancing, microsolar, the Thrive movement for free energy and recognition of indigenous law in some communities.
Social media is the evidence that sharing of information and making information more accessible fosters positive social change and development.
I believe that free education empowers people to take control of and design their lives through self mastery.
For this reason, I have started James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation,” facilitates community free education between people who have something to teach and people who want to learn.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation” is a non-profit foundation dedicated the free sharing of knowledge so each one can facilitate their own self-mastery and each person can discover their inner genius.
“James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation” values the knowledge of all beings regardless of age, gender or economic status.
The philosophy of “James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation.” is that anyone can teach; each one can teach one and each one must teach one. We are all students at the same time as being teachers.
James’ Blue House Free School, honours models of collective community education of all indigenous ancestors by empowering communities to establish and maintain ongoing collective and collaborative learning education models through face to face and online social learning networks.
James Blue House Free Schools educational programs aims to provide technological literacy tools to educationally disadvantaged and remote communities to assist them to achieve collective education in the tradition of the indigenous ancestors in a modern connected world.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation.” provides self-empowering programs focused around lifestyles of health and sustainability through, language and communication arts, music, environmental sustainability and organic permaculture health models.
“James’ Blue House Free School Charitable Foundation. aims for communities to foster sharing and the free flow of knowledge to raise the consciousness of the human beings.
James’ Blue House Free Schools Charitable Foundation is a benevolent institution working for the collective good.
I’m asking you to donate money to help me buy a double decker school bus, fit it out as a school and fund this project so that I can travel through Australia offering free education and empowering communities to adopt a collaborative and collective model of education where the knowledge of all is valued and shared.
There are pockets of people all around Australia that suffer due to the lack of access to knowledge either because of their low literacy and numeracy or because they live in remote areas with little access to the information via technology, the internet and social media. When people have access to tools of self mastery they are empowered to make choices that improve their lives.
Topics will include art, music, language arts , literacy and numeracy, preventative biodynamic health and exercise, environmental pollution and health, organic living and creative co-evolution. The eventual goal is to empower communities to take responsibility for their own education and set up their own Blue House Free School Collectives where the collective knowledge of society is shared and everyone is respected as having knowledge to share.
I have put a $2000 down payment on a double decker bus which is currently in Adelaide and I require $16,000 to bring it back to Brisbane. Plus approximately $29,000 to equip with mobile IT learning technology and for annual operating costs.
The bus needs to be equipped with a classroom downstairs which will also have mobile e-learning technology to allow access to the World Wide Web of Information using mobile devices operating in an open source software environment.
What else for the future?
As well as James Blue House Free School Bus.
My plan for the first year with the bus is to take free environmental health and wellness classes around Australia. During this time I intend to raise the profile of James Blue House Free Schools through multimedia online while raising funds for the ongoing operative costs of James’ Blue House Free Schools. I also intend to support communities in setting up their own free learning circles. In two years I hope to see collective community Blue House Free Schools operating in hundreds of Australian suburbs and towns
The five year plan would see a fleet of buses working with sponsorship in not just Australia but on other countries too. These buses would continue to spread the latest life changing information.
The future is unlimited and in 2022 I have plans for large multi-dwelling collective learning communities with lifestyles of health and sustainability.
This is a collective and I would love your input and assistance.
How can you help?
Help me get the word out on social media by liking, sharing, commenting, following.
“Hair, flow it, show it, long as God can grow my hair” These are the lyrics to the theme song in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical written in the 60’s. My parents saw the musical Hair when it came to Australia in the year I was born, 1970. I was conceived in 1969, the Summer of Love and I am a product of the counter-culture hippie generation. I love playing the record as in my teenage years and the whole idea of the ‘dawning of the age of Aquarius resonated deeply within my soul. I am an Aquarian, a water carrier.
As a young child I had the typical long hair of a 1970’s child with a straight cut fringe and golden blond hair. I was called “Jamie” at the time and combined with my “pretty face and long hair resulted in some people saying’ “what a pretty little girl” These people just weren’t ready to see long haired boy.
As a thirteen year old I thought it would be cool to copy my idol at the time, Tim Finn from the band Split Enz. Off I went to the hairdresser got the sides cut short and the top permed. WTF was I thinking. The result was not acceptance as I had hoped but ostracism. It started when a famous athlete, also my idol had just returned from competing in America and he brought back to Australia a new word, “Fagot”. The nickname fagot stuck around for 5 years until I left the small minded people to expand my mind at University. To this day I am grateful for this experience as it was character building. It gave me empathy for oppressed and bullied people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Studying a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental studies at Griffith Uni I was surrounded by like minded hippies and grew my hair long, golden and brown. I felt at ease with long hair and this was a part of my life where I grew not only my hair, but my love of reggae music and my love of the planet Gaia.
Nearing the end of my studies I cut my hair off in the most confronting way. I shaved it bald for a number of reasons. First, so I didn’t have to use chemical shampoos or conditioners. Second, because I didn’t want to be stereotyped as a “long haired hippie” I just wanted people to get to know me and to know what is inside my head not on my head. It didn’t work. Again people tend to generalize and if they didn’t think I was a Buddhist monk they were scared or frightened because I could have been a Nazi Skinhead.
For twenty two years I continued to run the clippers over my head every 28 days on the new moon. That was the whole extent of my hair maintenance. No shampoo, no conditioner, no chemical colours, no perms, no brushing, no worries.
It was my love of reggae music from my long hair days that lead to me growing my hair today. Rastafarians don’t cut their hair and let it mat up into dreadlocks. In 2013 I competed with team “Adventjah Cirkus” in the Sunshine Coast Tough Mudder. During training, I resolved that I would grow my hair if I completed it.
Using chemical shampoos and conditioners is out. The perfume make me gag and the chemical soapy taste in my mouth disgusts me. Now, once a week its a bicarbonate soda wash and an apple cider vinegar condition. A hair brush hasn’t touched my head in months, I’ve lost it and my hair has finally started knotting in one or two small dreads. There is a long way to go but nothing happens overnight.
For me being a rastafarian is not about being part of any religion, it’s a way of life where I live my spiritual truth. Rastafari locks are symbolic of the Lion of Judah and my family crest carries the words “”Leo de Juda est robur nostrum”, the lion of Judah is our strength.
In the ancient Vedic texts “The long-haired one endures fire, the long-haired one endures poison, the long-haired one endures both worlds. The long-haired one is said to gaze full on heaven, the long-haired one is said to be that light “  The god Shiva is sometimes depicted with dreadlocks Dreads are also found in Tibetan Buddhism as a way to transcend material vanity and excessive attachments.  Yes dreadlocks are common in many spiritual traditions.
My father arrived at dinner with a haircut saying I love short hair. We started discussing hair when my mother said “I’ve told you 4 times to cut your hair” I replied ’Look what happened to Samson when he cut his hair for Delilah, he lost his strength”
She replied in frustration, “Jesus Christ.” Somehow I recall seeing Him depicted with long hair and a beard too. Have you noticed how many beards are around these days? That’s a whole other essay.
I want to know who decided hairless legs, arm pits and genitals make a woman more beautiful or clean? Some of the most beautiful women I know have hairy pits legs and possibly genitals, and they are beautiful because they have the strength of conviction to grow their hair against the tide of material vanity and excessive attachment.
“Hair, flow it, show it, long as God can grow my hair”
What is the metaphor of the Blue House Free School?
In January 2005, I got separated from my first wife, began teaching English as a Second Language and moved into the first home that came to be called James Blue House. My ‘new’ home was a very old dirty small workers cottage in South Brisbane. The deserting junkies had trashed the place so I offered to clean and paint the interior and the owner gave me cheap rent in return.
I was alone and broke so I filled my home with international students and travelers who eased my loneliness and helped me pay the rent. My landlord told me how he had come to this home when he arrived from Greece in 1969 and how it had been a halfway house for many migrants. I resolved that I would continue to show the same hospitality to all people that came to my door.
At the end of the first year my landlord’s adjoining property came for rent and he offered it to me to manage for him. This second house, also blue, was to become my second James Blue House. There were dinners and parties at the James Blue Houses, big loud parties with fires blazing, reggae music booming, BBQ s burning and happy people all meeting to chat and share their experience as migrants or travelers.
After 2 years, I married again and didn’t want the hassle of sub letting rooms all the time so we passed on the lease to some friends so that they could also benefit.
Living in the second James Blue House, I started teaching migrants and refugees at TAFE so I separated my work and social life, no more organizing student parties. I would go to work and come home but the dream of opening my own school was building. How could I possibly have the time or energy to make a school with two boys and a third on the way? The couch in my home was much too comfortable.
Suddenly in 2011, I was again a single dad but now with 3 sons shared 50:50. I was working hard but my pay wasn’t increasing. I still wanted to have my own free school and often wondered how I would do it and what I would teach. I told my partner I wanted to make a free school and she laughed it off as a ridiculous notion. Our relationship ended soon after and I had time for myself to do what I wanted. I started planning free classes.
I held my first free classes on the beach at Stradbroke Island during a holiday with my sons. I taught the five Tibetan Rites of rejuvenation and Quantum Pause Breathing because they have both changed my life and I know many people can benefit from them.
On the 8th of November I held another class in a basement in South Brisbane 3 for local residents. One afternoon I arrived home from work and met an Iranian couple, a taxi driver and teacher, who were speaking with my neighbour. I invited them in for tea. They came here for freedom from an oppressive regime in Iran, so their children could grow up free. I discovered they are in community detention, get no income support, aren’t allowed to work and only get a few hours of English classes. They are in Australia but not free. These are the kind of people that need free school.
Then on the 27th of November 2014, the roof blew off the second James Blue House in a freak supercell storm. My two oldest sons were home at the time but fortunately were not injured. What were we to do with 10 years of accumulated stuff and nowhere to put it? I need a new Blue House, I have to make a free school. A travelling free school? A double decker bus became my focus, I could live in it and teach from it. I could take free education where it is most needed. How could I get it now I was homeless?
In my parents’ house, we found refuge. My parents offered me a place to put my family. On New Years Day 2015, I awoke sober as I didn’t drink the night before but I still had a huge headache. I started cleaning my parents’ house, vacuuming, mopping, wiping window sills and cleaning the grime from the oven. I nurtured the garden, planted lawn seed, weeded, pruned and planted flower seeds. I set myself to doing these tasks as if I were Da Vinci painting a masterpiece. It was the least I could do to thank my parents for giving me life and at 44 years old, refuge, when I most needed it. While I was cleaning, I was thinking through what would be my next step to get my free school happening.
Today, while cleaning in my parents’ house I got a phone call. Confirmation to purchase a double decker bus. Now I have to find the money. You can help by donating to James Blue House Free School Bus at Gofundme
What is the metaphor? Inside my parents house is a Blue House. My parents, both teachers created me in their house.Their house is the universe and in my parents house is a Free Blue House we call Earth or Gaia. The Universe supports Gaia, who provides everything we need for free. Gaia doesn’t charge a fee or interest rate and Gaia loves it when you nurture her. Like our planet Earth, Gaia, James Blue House Free School doesn’t charge any fees and operates on good will and your donations.