Achieving Stillness: Follow the Breathing

Posted by Trevor on 24 July 2012 | 2 Comments

Excerpt from Three Simple Steps:

“When you feel relaxed, it is time to distract your left brain. The goal is to think of nothing. This is unnatural. Focus on your normal breathing – in and out. Just as you did when committing to change, follow it with your imagination as it goes in through the nose, curling into the lungs, and back out. Keep stillness. Try to do nothing but follow the breathing. Counting in and out is fine. This time, we are not going for deep breaths. Breathe normally. Do this for around 10 or twenty minutes.”

A moment of insight is worth a lifetime of experience. I often hear people state that they want to take control of their lives by starting their own business, but that they just don’t have any great ideas. That moment of insight is often all that separates the successful people from the rest.

In Three Simple Steps, the second step is all about placing you in a position to get those great ideas, and not just once, but on a daily basis. One of the techniques shows you how to quiet your mind long enough for your brain to enable the process.

People often mistakenly think of this as slowing the brain down, but it is the opposite. Our brains fire more connections than all the cell phone signals on the planet. Left undistracted, it works at the speed of light, but we spend most of our time trying to slow it down so we can focus on incredibly slow functions like typing these words, or speaking.  We mistakenly believe technology allows us to function faster, but the more devices we cram into our lives, the more we have to slow the brain down to use them.

Thoughts work at the speed of light, and while we have slowed our brain down so much to focus on menial tasks and things to worry about, we risk missing the brilliant ideas that are constantly fired at us. The technique of taking quiet time that is in step two aims to find stillness. In that state our brain is no longer bothered by the sounds and emotions of emails, radio or TV, and probably for the only time during our waking hours, is able to work at its natural speed. That is then we are actually receptive to those brilliant moments.

It’s about trying to achieve stillness – not quiet. Anyone can use this method tomorrow and see benefits immediately. I can’t imagine starting my days without doing it, any more than I could envisage going through a day without having great new ideas.


  1. Igor M. says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article Trevor. Few months ago, when I actually decided to become one of those “successful” people and take control of my life, I used breathing exercises every morning. But, I found it really hard to “empty” my mind and focus on relaxation. After 2 or 3 minutes my mind was all over the place…

    Is that what you were referring to when you said we are slowing it down to type or speak?

    • Trevor says:


      Don’t worry about the mind being full of chatter. The point of taking quiet time is to let all the neurons to connect beyond you at the speed of light. What goes on in your mind is at a slow speed and irrelevant and will not diminish the effect. Between every thought is an ocean of nothingness but we are to slow to notice.


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