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I just noticed this article on Mother Earth News. After that, a link to an article about Robert Muller, a famous survivor, member of the French Resistance, etc. 
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Survival Personality: Develop Your Intuition

Intuition is a powerful ally, especially in dangerous situations. Learn how to develop your intuition to “see around corners” and better navigate our changing world.

By Matthew Stein
August 26, 2010

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The following is an excerpt from When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein (Chelsea Green, 2008). This comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills — from food and water to first-aid and crisis management skills — will prepare you to live in the face of potential disasters coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown or environmental catastrophe. This excerpt is from Chapter 4, “Emergency Measures for Survival.”

The best survivors spend almost no time, especially in emergencies, getting upset about what has been lost, or feeling distressed about things going badly ... Life’s best survivors can be both positive and negative, both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time.

— Al Siebert, Ph.D., The Survivor Personality

The struggle for survival is a fascinating and inspiring subject, forming the basis for many of the most memorable books and movies. Psychologist Al Siebert’s personal fascination with survivors began when he received his military training from a group of veteran paratroopers. His teachers were legendary members of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment. They had lost nine out of 10 members in combat in the Korean War. Siebert found that these “survivors” were not the crusty, yelling drill sergeants that he had anticipated. They were tough, yet showed patience. They had a good sense of humor and were likely to laugh at mistakes. They were positive, yet also looked at the downside of things. They didn’t act mean or tough, even though they could be as mean and tough as anyone. Siebert noticed that each of these men had a type of personal radar that was always on “scan.” He realized it was not dumb luck that had brought these men through their ordeals, but a synergistic combination of qualities that tilted the odds in their favor. Al believes that we can all benefit in our daily lives by nurturing and developing these positive character traits within our own personalities.

In 1943 Robert Muller was a member of the French Resistance. Using the name Parizot, he had infiltrated an agency of the Vichy government, where he gathered information on German troop movements. Tipped off that the Nazis had just driven up to arrest him, he fled to the attic of his office building. Word came that half a dozen Gestapo men, knowing he was there, were methodically searching the premises. Having been impressed when a friend used Dr. Emile Coué’s program of autosuggestion and positive thinking to cure himself of advanced tuberculosis, Muller quickly calmed himself and took control over his thoughts. He repeated to himself that the situation could be seen as a thrilling adventure, and switched his perspective to a calm, confident, positive state of mind. Muller told himself that nothing was hopeless and that he must find the one-in-a-thousand chance of escape.

Suddenly he realized that the one thing the Nazis would not expect him to do was to walk downstairs to meet them. By taking off his glasses, slicking down his hair with water, grabbing a file folder from a vacant desk and lighting a cigarette, Parizot managed to change his appearance somewhat. Walking downstairs, he came upon his secretary as she was being interrogated. He asked her what all the excitement was about. Her heart pounding, she managed to maintain an outward appearance of calm, and replied that the “gentlemen” were looking for Mr. Parizot. “Parizot?” he exclaimed, “But I just saw him a few minutes ago on the fourth floor!” The Gestapos rushed upstairs, giving Muller the break he needed to proceed toward his next obstacle, the guards at the front door. In the main lobby, the concierge informed Muller that there was another exit, and guided Muller to the garage, where he stole a bicycle and rode to safety.

— Robert Muller, Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness

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Excellent info, Thanks Barb!  I set the recorder for 5pm.  Really liked the first post as well!


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Excellent info, Thanks Barb!  I set the recorder for 5pm.  Really liked the first post as well!

I'm recording both too...Maybe these shows will help someone...
better to be reaching forward toward survival than to be in a numb state...


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Are you prepared? Inside the mind of a $1,000-a-day 'Prepper Consultant': How to live off-the-grid in event of society's collapse... which these men believe is not too far away..

Survival expert Jonathan Hollerman believes that America as we know it could be destroyed from the loss of the nation's electric grid or other societal collapse
Hollerman says preparedness 'experts' underestimate the threat posed by starving, desperate people
Without the electric grid, there would be no lights, no heating or air conditioning in your house, no public water, and the sewer would likely back up
Without modern vehicles or interstate trucking, the supermarkets would quickly run out of food and supplies

The number of people preparing for some form of societal collapse continues to grow and it is often the most unlikeliest of people.
Best-selling author, preparedness expert and former military survival instructor, Jonathan Hollerman has been running a successful preparedness consultancy agency for the past five years.

He now advises clients over the phone for $150/hour about the best way to prepare their own home for disaster, to designing and building entire off-grid survival retreats from scratch. He also performs operational security analysis for existing survival retreats for $1,000 per day.

Jonathan enlisted in the military for six years until 2002, where he trained as a SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) instructor, one of only 17 graduates out of an 8,000 applicants.
Jonathan says that, despite a negative portrayal in the media, people in the prepping community are normal, everyday people who just want to protect their families in the event of some form of societal collapse.

'Anybody that's a prepper, the media always paint them as an extremist, conspiracy theorist wearing a tin foil hat in a bunker with a beard living off rice and beans,' he says
'I can tell you right now I've had hundreds and hundreds of clients that I've worked with over the last four or five years, and I've never met a crazy person yet. Every single person I've met has been blue collar, white collar, a normal sane individual that you could go to a restaurant, sit down and have a normal conversation with.



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Although this article is not from a TV program, it does relate to mental attitudes and spiritual traits.

3 Breathing Exercises to Calm the Brain, Reduce Stress & Cure Anxiety
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Wednesday, April 10th 2019 at 11:30 am
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When you breathe correctly, you pump cerebrospinal fluid into the brain to reduce stress and cure anxiety
You've probably heard the expression, "just breathe through it." When a situation is stressful, breathing deeply and evenly can help to cure anxiety and reduce stress. Why is that so? There's a very important link between feeling calm, nasal breathing, better sleep, and brain health.

In Taoist philosophy it's taught that "The wise man/woman breathes from his/her heels." Physically speaking, this phrase is a reference to the fact breathing deeply into the body is incredibly good for health. Today research is revealing how breathing affects the brain.

The human brain is bathed with crystal clear liquid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF carries oxygen and nutrients to brain cells while removing waste products. Recent studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show a link between CSF flow and breathing.

In this article, we'll explore the process of breathing and how it affects the brain.

Ce Fluid (CSFrebrospinal) - The Brain's Life Blood

Perhaps the most important fluid of your body is the 250ml of cerebrospinal fluid that flows around a system of pipes in the brain called the ventricles. CSF is produced by the choroid plexus in the third ventricle, and from here it circulates through the brain via the ventricles and then to the spinal cord.

Each day the entire volume of CSF is replaced four times. During sleep, the blood brain barrier relaxes to let CSF into the neurons and flush out the build-up from the day. This is a big reason why sleep is so important.
How Breathing Affects the Brain and CSF

A good night's sleep is easier said than done for some, but there are ways to get better sleep by breathing consciously. Breathing influences CSF flow dynamics by changing pressure in the chest. Recent studies have shown how breath can affect the flow of CSF directed through the ventricles of the brain. This is important, because you need to make sure your brain gets the most CSF it can.

If you sleep badly, wake up feeling tired or anxious, then it might indicate a sleep disorder. Conditions such as snoring, sleep apnea, and other issues are known to affect CSF flow to the brain.

Studies show that pressure in the chest influences the pressure in vessels like arteries and veins. It was previously thought that changes in CSF flow responded to arterial pressure during deep inhaling, however, it was recently discovered that the direct change of pressure in the chest during breathing is likely responsible.
Diaphragm breathing affects the pressure of the veins around the thoracic vertebrae (located in the mid back), and the veins in the chest respond to these changes in pressure by pumping CSF into the spinal cord.

Breathing Shifts CSF via Pressure in Chest Veins

The veins around the chest vertebrae column transmit pressure upwards to the brain. They make up a sprawling network of tinier veins that extend up into the epidural venous system of the spinal canal. It's called a venous plexus.

During an inhale and exhale the chest rises and falls. The change in pressure flows upward to the CSF dynamics around the brain. Here's how it works:

Breath in (inspiration) - Lowers chest pressure and empties the venous plexus. CSF flows down the spine.
Breath out (expiration) - Increases chest pressure and fills the venous plexus, pushing CSF up the spine into the head.
As you can see, breathing conducts a rhythm of flow of CSF up and down the spinal cord.

Deep Breathing and the Brain

Most veins in the body have valves to stop blood flowing backwards. However, the thoracic plexus is valve-less, any pressure will cause a flow in either direction. More pressure from deep breathing causes more CSF to flow into the brain.

A 2013 study showed that the depth of breathing can even change the rate of CSF movement through the brain, with deeper breaths pushing CSF further up into the brain. Researchers also tested breath holding and found it also produces increased CSF flow.

Pressure changes of CSF likely then push CSF into the lymphatic system, so with each breath, CSF is flowing into your brain. The body then exits it into the lymphatic system to be met by the immune system.

Easy Breathing Tips for Better Sleep and Reduce Stress

Now we know how breathing bathes the brain in CSF, it's important to know that how you breathe during your waking hours will be reflected in your breathing pattern while you slumber. Priming your body for good breathing during sleep may help nourish the brain in CSF.

For better sleep and a healthier brain, reduce stress and anxiety, practice the following breathing exercises.
Step 1: Deep Breath to Reduce Stress
   •   Lay on the floor with two hands over your stomach.
   •   Seal the tongue firmly to the roof of the mouth, seal the lips and breathe deeply through nose.
   •   Breathe deeply into the diaphragm. Your hands should rise as the stomach expands. Breathe in for 4 seconds.
   •   Take a slow exhale for 8 seconds.
   •   Continue for 30 breaths and repeat 3 times.

Step 2:  Extend Your Breathing Capacity
   •   Repeat the steps above, and when you reach your capacity, make a conscious effort to extend your breathing.
   •   Lengthen the exhale to 10-12 seconds.
   •   Feel the rush of CSF to your brain as you expand you feel comfortable in slow, deep breathing.
Step 3: Improve your Spinal Posture
Remember, CSF moves up the spine into the brain as you breathe. Your spinal posture will influence that pathway. Here's an exercise to increase core mobility with standing Chi Gung. Hold the following posture for two minutes:
   •   Draw the body's weight to the middle of the feet, slightly away from the heels.
   •   Extend your arms in front of the body.
   •   With every breath as the chest expands, shift your body weight forward, taking additional weight off the heals.
   •   To balance the forward motion, extend the spine and stretches through the heels.
   •   Ensure the downward stretch and forward motion are exactly balanced so that there is no visible movement of the heels.
   •   To an observer the heels appear to be in contact with the ground, but internally they are engaged in a downwards stretch with each breath.
   •   Feel the stability of the spine and visualise CSF flowing up the spine.
Your brain depends on deep breathing patterns to help bath it in cerebrospinal fluid. Using your diaphragm to maximize pressure shifts in the chest cavity, this will help to boost the flow of CSF to the brain.
Wednesday, April 10th 2019 at 11:30 am

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 Good article!  Also, more CSF can circulate and clear out the brain if we sleep on our stomach at night, and do without a pillow.


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MadMax, R.R. and ilinda, great posts.
Thank you for sharing these.


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Excellent info, Thanks Barb!  I set the recorder for 5pm.  Really liked the first post as well!

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