LPP #3 Connecting With The Present Moment with Seth Oberst



  • CONNECTION to people and CONNECTION the between nervous system and the body
  • Seth see’s people in PATTERNS – and behavior mirrors patterns
  • How people get stuck in patterns
  • When we are stressed we go back to the habits that got us there
  • How stress affects breathing
  • Tissues muscles and joints can get stuck in a pattern that the brain perceives as a threat/ dangerous
    • Type A, results/goal oriented personality types and risk of higher tension
    • closed/narrow focused = further perpetuating (mentally rigid/tighter = physically tighter)
    • Not open to learning something new
  • REAL vs. PERCEIVED “threats”
  • OPENNESS & willingness to change and adapt to new patterns
  • Stacked Breathing: or inhale on top of inhale. In a chronically stressed state the brain prioritizes your heart to maximize oxygen intake because we need oxygen to fight or flight (basically we need oxygen in order to move and be alert)
  • Learning to exhale fully lends itself to decreased muscular tension 
    “That’s really what mindfulness is, it’s redirection attention and  bringing awareness into the present moment”


“I teach people how to regulate themselves — to become more self-aware. By integrating body and mind you can regain mastery of your own life. Learn how to discover new ways of moving, doing, and being.” – Seth Oberst


  • How we learn to breathe a certain way under stress that gets us stuck
  • How stress limits our response options and often becomes our default response system
  • The connection between breathing and movement
  • Some of his personal (and practical) methods he uses to improve breathing as a method to change his  behavior
  • How emotions affect our breath & movement


Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Just Breath: Seth’s Online Webinar

Mike Reinold: http://www.mikereinold.com/


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”


More of Seth’s Thoughts & Insights:


Seth’s Essential Book List

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(Seth’s portrait) photo cred: sethoberst.com


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