James Nestor is bringing forward the new science of a lost art.
In his 2020 book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, Nestor examines the ins and outs of human breathing. How we’ve lost the ability to harness this power within us, and the steep price we pay as a result.
During his appearance on Happiness 2.02, Nestor shares his journey from growing up in Southern California to his early career as a copywriter and the forces that drove him to do more.
“At the beginning of my career, I was writing for ads, catalogues,” says Nestor. “I love the craft of writing, but there was a need to do something that had resonance. I wanted to contribute.”
While working as a copywriter, one particular job review pushed Nestor to finally make change.
“After four years, I was talking to my boss,” says Nestor. “He was giving the same speech he gave the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that, and I just at that moment said “You know what, I gotta split. I have to do something else.”
With little experience writing for magazines, Nestor remained determined to earn a living as a writer. It was while he was on assignment for Outside Magazine to write an article about free divers that Nestor became interested in the art of breathing.
“These normal people, people like me, you, tall people, large people, short people. I mean you name it,” says Nestor. “Every walk of life. 14 different countries. They had managed by just choice of will, power of will, to drastically alter their bodies, and allow themselves to do something that was supposed to be scientifically possible, and I thought, ‘If these people were able to do this in the water, what else are we missing out on? What else can breathing do for us, for the rest of us on dry land?’”
During this 30 minute podcast, Nestor shares insight, ideas and even practical tips on
- How our connection to water can help us disconnect from the stress of life.
- Stepping away from our analytical brain to gain clarity and achieve epiphanies that can be used in life and work.
- How he deals with stress and anxiety when he can’t get out to the water through breathing.
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