I've done a profound amount of work to understand this in a way that allowed me to be able to communicate it and it was important. You know, I mean, so a year this you don't know when it's going to hit you like you don't know the most important points. It's going to hit you and so literally a year ago. I was playing with my nephews and we were playing tag on a jungle gym and I ran up a ladder and didn't see a bar up top at about 8 feet up and I went directly into the top of my skull with it and it compressed my spine and I pinched my spinal cord and I went lights out and fell from eight feet up and landed on the ground and I was paralyzed from the neck down. And the first thing that came to me when I woke up was you need to control your breathing. Because of your breathing gets out of control that's going to set off a bunch of reactions. That's going to let your brain your mind get away from you and start to create trauma around this situation and you may be paralyzed the rest of your life and that's going to have a huge impact on everybody in your life. That's how important breathing has been in my life. Even though I've dealt with things like, oh, hey trauma as a kid or whatever, you know, like all of that I got to deal with and Stand and use breathing in order to play the context of those stories and get through them. But the reality is it's like we all can grow from that stuff. We can change that stuff but in the moment when stuff hits you and you don't know what's going to happen and obviously I'm not paralyzed anymore and like yeah ever you. How long were you paralyzed for minutes
my arms and hands came back in about 5-10 minutes, but it took my legs about 24 no 40-something hours and then It took me about three or four weeks before I can walk almost normal. Like I would didn't look like Bambi, but I'd pinched the spinal cord pretty good. And I mean I still have numbing and stuff in my legs just from the accident. I had to have emergency surgery all that stuff like it went like it was it was serious and the concussion was the worst part though, you know, I'll be honest and that was where you know a month or two later all of a sudden depression starts to set in and I've never been depressed in my life like my voice. I've been more on the The anxious side anxiety side, right? And so those are things you actually have to come to terms with and go. Okay. So, how do you deal with a TBI? Oh aerobic work. Okay breathing that helps with robic work. I could sit on a stationary bike and just barely ride and work on my breathing and do my breath work and literally started to see results and things change, you know, and I work through those things and it's ironically a year out. I'm fitter than I've been in 10 years. Hmm after this because I Meted so hard to something and it changed my life in such a way that it created an opportunity and that was that thing.
After Nearly Becoming Paralyzed, Brian Mackenzie Used Mindful Breathing to Heal His Body