The Story of the Seed: How to Become the Person You Want to Be

The Breath Learning Center has three primary resources: Breathing Practices, short Wisdom Meditations, and longer-form content containing modern science and timeless wisdom. This structure works in harmony to help you become the person you want to become.

Let me show you how with an analogy.

Healthy Soil

Let’s say you want to plant a seed. The first and most critical step is having healthy soil and the right environment. Without these, no seed will grow.

That’s what a morning breathing practice is for. It prepares the soil, enhancing and optimizing your physiology to allow seeds of wisdom to grow.

The Power of the Breath

In the Learning Center, we focus on the breath because it’s the only autonomic activity we can consciously control, giving us unique access to our body and mind.

Specifically, slow breathing sends signals of calm to our brains that get transmitted to the rest of the body. This leads to a state scientists call “deep rest,” which is the ideal state for restoration and the optimal state for improving our lives through timeless wisdom.

(Note that almost any form of meditation, mindfulness, or yoga can prepare your soil, as they all directly or indirectly slow down your breathing rate.)

So, step one is critical: Consistently perform your chosen breathing or meditation practice first thing in the morning to prepare your soil. This is the prerequisite for all other changes.

Plant the Seed

“A seed does not contribute much materially to the plant it grows into; the material comes from the soil, sunlight, water, and air. What the seed contributes is information. It has the same DNA as every other living entity, but when its genes begin to be expressed, it pulls from the environment what is needed to make a plant of just a particular kind.”

– Eknath Easwaran

Immediately following your morning practice, you read the daily Wisdom Meditation, titled The Breathing 1%. This is a brief, 30-second email with timeless wisdom for a better life.

Each message plants a seed of wisdom, joy, love, or humor, priming us to naturally pull from our environment what is needed for these qualities to grow in our lives.

This approach prioritizes brevity, as wisdom seeds grow best without over-explanation. Similarly, we focus on diversity, recognizing that different messages resonate on different days, mirroring the natural growth of seeds in various environments.

Watering the Seeds to Cultivate Growth

Now, you’ve planted the wisdom seed, but it still needs the occasional watering.

This happens through the cultivation of mindfulness. As you bring awareness to your breath, thoughts, and actions throughout your day, it reminds you of the person you’re trying to become.

Hidden Growth

Moreover, some seeds sprout and take root underground before they breach the surface. Likewise, you’ll find that many of the wisdom gems you absorb will remain dormant until life challenges you. When this happens, they will sprout into action.

We Occasionally Need a Transplant

Sometimes, we need to plant a seed, let it establish its roots, get some initial growth, and then transplant it to its final home. The Workshops, Book 411s, and Science 411s inside the Learning Center serve this purpose.

Workshops collect expert knowledge on specific topics, allowing them to mature before transplanting them into your life for meaningful change.

Book 411 publications explore one book in depth, allowing you to transplant much of an author’s perspective into your own.

Science 411 publications summarize important studies from contemplative science, providing practical takeaways from each paper.

It’s a well-rounded blend of modern science and timeless wisdom.

Summary of How the Learning Center Works

Step One: First thing in the morning, you perform your chosen practice (preferably one involving slow breathing). You can also use one of the guided practices provided in the Learning Center.

Step Two: Right after your practice, you read the daily Wisdom Meditation attentively to plant a seed of insight that will grow throughout the day.

Step Three: You occasionally explore books, scientific papers, or workshops relevant to your situation using the Learning Center’s vast array of Book 411s, Science 411s, and Workshops.

It’s Your Learning Center

That’s how I use the Learning Center and suggest using it. However, you can use all the wisdom, science, and practices in whatever way makes sense to you.

Who is the Learning Center For?

There is no ideal avatar for the Learning Center. If you want to become your best self, you’ll love it.

However, some personal characteristics that make it easier to use are:

+ Optimistic
You generally think we’re lucky to be alive.

+ Self-learner
You like to learn at your own pace without formal guidance.

+ Growth-minded
You never believe you have it all figured out.

+ Like to Laugh
You can laugh at yourself and find humor in past mistakes.

+ Iconoclastic
You challenge traditional beliefs and norms.

+ Be the Change
You agree with this quote, “If everyone would sweep their own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.”

+ Compassionate & Kind
You believe being a good person starts with these qualities.

Lastly, for what it’s worth, most members are breath coaches, yoga instructors, or teachers who take the wisdom and apply it in their own unique way.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! If you enjoyed this perspective, I hope to see you in the Learning Center soon.

In good breath,

Nick Heath, Creator of the Breath Learning Center

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