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Mindfulness Meditation Increases Quality of Life
Psychologists at the University of Oregon tested 132 students. Half of them were given a short instruction on how to do mindful meditation (observing one's focus and if it drifts, focus on a physical sensation such as breathing). They all listened to Pucini's opera "La Boheme" (a piece familiar to all participants), and used a real-time reporting device that measured their subjective enjoyment or "flow" with the music. Overall, the group with the meditation instruction enjoyed the music more than the control group, despite having heard the musical piece before. "It (meditation) tends to take habituated responses and renews them. It’s almost like a reset button," said researcher Frank Diaz. "Attention can be modified," he said. “It doesn’t have to be done chemically or by changing the environment. Human beings have the capacity to learn to self-regulate their attention, and when you do that it increases the quality of typical, everyday experiences."
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Meditation Elixirs to improve mindful focus, to more easily reside in the present moment, and to improve memory functions.
Yoga Study Compares Against Simple Stretching in Cancer Patients
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen at the University of Texas conducted a first of its kind study comparing a complete yoga practice to simple stretching. The study was done in partnership with the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in Bangalore, India. The test subjects were women undergoing cancer treatments. One-third of the test group practiced yoga asanas (poses), breathing and meditation, while another third practiced simple stretching, with the other third being the control group. Although the simple stretching group did show improvements over the control group, the yoga group showed much greater increase in quality of life and significantly lowered stress levels. "The combination of mind and body practices that are part of yoga clearly have tremendous potential to help patients manage the psychosocial and physical distress associated with treatment and life after cancer, beyond the benefits of simple stretching."
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use Clean Sweep on yourself. It will literally spray away unconscious negative emotions distracting you from making those positive decisions.
Why Are the Danes so Happy?
In an extensive statistical study of 15 European countries over 40 years, it was found that Denmark had the highest level of well-being. Several facets of everyday life were examined: food, climate, genes, alcohol consumption, as well as others. The most significant statistical difference between Danes and other Europeans was under the heading of "Expectations." It was found that in answer to questions about future expectations, Danes rated the lowest. This was compared to the Fins and Swedes who had the highest expectations, but rated lowest in overall well-being.
COMMENT: It is well known in wellness coaching that acceptance of one's circumstances helps to shift the habit of expectations to one of conscious creation. In other words, rather than embracing sky-high goals far into the future, which ultimately lead to discouragement, simply create how you'd like your life to be in the NOW.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use the Meditation Elixirs. They greatly assist with staying in the present moment, focussing your attention and improving a sense of well-being.
Your Body Language Changes Your Body
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" - standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident - can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Amy Cuddy's research on body language reveals that we can change other people's perceptions - and even our own body chemistry - simply by changing body positions. Watch now
COMMENT: These phenomena have been known in such practices as yoga, Taoism, and the martial arts, but most people do not give it the credit it deserves. Beyond "power posing", find a body posture that expresses, say, Love, or Forgiveness, or Abundance. This is a powerful tool for manifestation, because moving your body into different positions affects the endocrine system, parasympathetic nervous system and a myriad of brain chemicals that have a profound effect on health.
VIBRANT LIVING TIP: Use the Success & Achievement Intelligent Elixir. It will increase your focus, confidence and charisma. Coupled with body posturing, you'll get some serious re-programming going!
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Autoship Your Enzymes
As with any change we make in our routines, or habits, there is a "breaking in period" or adjustment period when the body adjusts to these changes. Dr. DiQie Fuller, founder of Transformation Enzymes, says, "After the decision has been made to create changes in lifestyle, our body responds within a 21-day period. For example, when you stop unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, or consuming too much sugar. Or when you begin healthy new habits such as exercising, introducing a health care product, or healthy diet changes that pave the way for the healing process to begin. During the second 21-day period, the body begins to balance, adjust to, or accept the changes. In the third 21-day period, the body undergoes transformation. This gives our mind an adequate length of time to adjust to the change and continue healing in a positive and beneficial manner.
"These 21-day increments of response to change or therapy are an established regimen among health care practitioners. Although we may feel better or even worse immediately upon beginning a new program, there is always a period of adjustment while our entire body seeks its comfort zone. Response is heightened in the second segment. In the third segment of 21 days, the condition or problem which prompted us to take action has definitely improved for the better."
She then emphasizes the point that this initial adjustment period puts you on the right track, but without continuing these changes as a lifestyle, the old patterns may show up again, or new negative patterns can get established. With enzyme supplementation, we see it as an ongoing need. Pollution and stress alone can deplete your body of the enzymes it needs to do its job.
We offer a 30- or 60-Day Autoship program. We recommend you take the 7-question Body Type Survey to find out the best enzyme combination for your body type. Most people find that the standard 30-day supply indicated on the enzyme formula bottles is adequate to "get the job done," but others--especially if this becomes family project--prefer to autoship more. The other way to go is with the new DigestZyme Family Size, with twice as many caps per bottle at 30% less per cap, so you can adjust your autoship to 60-Days using that size at the bigger discount. By ordering the autoship option, you receive a 30% discount on all qualifying enzymes, so it's an efficient and affordable way to get your enzymes!
Gem Elixir of the Month
Traditionally considered the "Stone of Spirituality and Contentment"
Spiritually: One of the most spiritual of stones, encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. It opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts: excellent for meditation.
Emotionally: Balances out highs and lows, promoting emotional centering. Dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety; alleviates sadness and grief.
Mentally: Facilitates the decision making process, bringing in common sense and spiritual insights, and putting decisions and insights into practice.
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Personally, from the
Last month I had an appointment with an area shaman, Michelle Leuschen out of Encinitas, who specializes in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT - aka "tapping"). My neighbor had raved about the sessions she received from Michelle, so it picqued my curiosity enough to call her and make an appointment.
On my way to the meeting, I assessed my current "existential angst" and attempted to put a few words or phrases together to describe it when the time came during the session. What ended up coming out of my mouth, surprised me a little, but it rang truer to myself than I thought it would.
We exchanged pleasantries and sat for a moment in silence. "So, how can I help you?" She asked, smiling. "Well, I have an existential conundrum," I began professorially. "If just being is 'enough' in the eyes of God, then why do anything?" I gestured with palms up. "I mean, it seems that whenever I get an idea or an inspiration, I come across this conundrum that seems to block it straight away." I had remembered what the great economic philosopher, Charles Eisenstein, said in his preface to his book Sacred Economics: "These ideas are nothing new. What can I add that's going to move anything forward?" He then proceeded to blow my mind with his tremendously creative almagamation and synthesis of ideas.
Michelle, sat for a moment "reading" me, and suddenly the question, Have you had a loss of a loved one lately? popped into my head. "It (the Conundrum) might be partially related to Shay's passing," I offered. Shay was my life partner for 12 years who succumbed to cancer last year. Michelle proceeded to process me through the final remnants of that loss, and I was very aware that Shay was in the room, as was Michelle.
I then spontaneously got The Answer to the conundrum, and I blurted out, "That is why there is TIME! It is time that draws out beingness into doingness. But it is inspiration that drives the divine expression of ourselves." I felt oddly relieved for making that connection, and as I sat with the ramifications of that it occurred to me that in the cosmic order of all things there is no "wrong" action anyone can take. Sure, we are completely free to be as destructive as we want--heck, even Nature does that. And it could be said that destruction is a form of creation, but when creation comes from loving inspiration, that is where we can really shine.
Michelle pointed out that I was a particular "soul type." This type of soul is an "idea factory", highly creative and always able to come up with ideas about anything. However, this soul type also must have fun. If it stops being fun, then this type either drops it, or suffers under the delusion of a commitment. And there was the key for me. Yes, I have lots of ideas, but only a few of these ideas seem really fun. What makes them fun? Inspiration! It's the act of creating an idea out of inspiration that gets my mojo workin'. This is opposed to just coming up with random ideas without any inspiration or impetus to action.
So if it's inspirational and fun, I'm going to do it. And it's perfectly OK to stop if I'm no longer having any fun. Thank you, Michelle! We did some tapping to ground this renewed perspective, and I left Michelle's office on a cloud.
I continued processing along this line of thought and feeling, observing what inspires me in the outside world, and what of my ideas are inspirational. What was interesting is that my life is pretty much set up to follow my inspirations! And all that was stopping me was my own judgment about how "valuable" my ideas might be in the world. I know now that it is not how "valuable" my ideas are--it's that they are MY ideas being expressed through ME that is the point of this game called life.
Expressing your ideas from a space of loving inspiration is what I have come to believe transforms this world into the paradise we all believe life can truly be.
In vibrant health,
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