People are Much Worse at Happiness than Previously Thought
Stumbling on Happiness is a book about a very simple but powerful idea. What distinguishes us as human beings from other animals is our ability to predict the future--or rather, our interest in predicting the future. We spend a great deal of our waking life imagining what it would be like to be this way or that way, or to do this or that, or taste or buy or experience some state or feeling or thing. We do that for good reasons: it is what allows us to shape our life. And it is by trying to exert some control over our futures that we attempt to be happy. But by any objective measure, we are really bad at that predictive function. We're terrible at knowing how we will feel a day or a month or year from now, and even worse at knowing what will and will not bring us that cherished happiness. Gilbert sets out to figure what that's so: why we are so terrible at something that would seem to be so extraordinarily important? In making his case, Gilbert walks us through a series of fascinating--and in some ways troubling--facts about the way our minds work. In particular, Gilbert is interested in delineating the shortcomings of imagination. We're far too accepting of the conclusions of our imaginations. Our imaginations aren't particularly imaginative. Our imaginations are really bad at telling us how we will think when the future finally comes. And our personal experiences aren't nearly as good at correcting these errors as we might think.
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Meditation on Track to Be the Most Popular Medical Adjunctive Treatment
According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health, deep breathing and meditation were the second and third most commonly used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities in 2007, far behind natural products but apparently growing fast. If this trend continues, within a few years more than 50 million Americans will be using mind-body modalities to address a variety of medical problems—possibly based on a prescription from their doctor or healthcare professional. Many factors are driving the popularity of CAM, including an expanding body of clinical evidence. For example, mindfulness-based stress reduction, a structured, eight-week group program, has been a subject of nearly 500 research articles, with many studies showing positive effects on psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression, and on medical illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis and HIV. Given the effectiveness of mind-body therapies, the prospect of primary care doctors writing prescriptions for them looms on the horizon. In the meantime, the growing popularity of CAM enables informed and knowledgeable patients to teach their doctors about their experiences. Many practitioners new to CAM techniques will welcome the opportunity to learn from their patients.
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5 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water
Here at Pure Energy Rx as part of our morning wakeup routine is a large glass of water with the juice of one lemon. Lemon stimulates the liver and bile ducts to expel toxins built up over a night of sleeping, has that "wake up taste," and...
VIBRANT LIVING TIP:
- It's a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids
- It balances pH levels being one of the most alkaline foods there is
- It aids weight loss--related to alkalinity. Studies show that alkaline people are happier and tend to lose weight faster, and the pectin fiber in lemons helps establish normal hunger cycles.
- It improves digestion by stimulating bile secretions that detox the body. Lemons soothe the entire digestive tract.
- It helps you kick the coffee habit--if you're looking to. Lemon juice, especially if combined with chamomile is a potent liver tonic, and can act as a replacement for coffee without the caffeine buzz. Try it!
Use E-1 Formula
in the lemon water. E-1 normalizes the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and helps to improve acid/alkaline balance, especially good in the morning!
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Personally, from the
The Feeling Imagination
A good friend of mine--we'll call her Frieda--recently found out that her car was on the verge of breaking down, needing a transmission, new suspension and brakes. But these repairs would more than total the car's worth. Because she is nearly 80, her friends and family, along with me, pleaded with her not to drive the dang thing as it just wasn't safe. Frieda gave in, and in the next few days came to me very excited about being able to get a monthly city bus pass discounted for seniors.
"I just love the bus!" she'd say, and then head out all over town with this new found freedom. Her enthusiasm for having that freedom impressed me.
A few weeks later, Frieda excitedly strolled up to me, "I've got some great news! A friend of mine has three cars and is letting me use one of them--she's paying the insurance for me!" She had also talked to another friend who owned a garage and had said he would give her $500 for her old car. "But, I decided it felt better to give it to Father Joe's Ministries--they'll tow it, you know!"
At first, I wondered why she didn't want the $500, since she's on a very restrictive fixed income, but then Frieda's story was dawning on me. She was doing what felt abundant and right. And, the bus pass to car transition was equally interesting. She was so into the feeling of freedom with the bus pass, she ended up magnetizing even more freedom in the form of a new car.
Frieda's story is a perfect example of how feelings and the imagination team up together to create a personal reality. And it truly is a team effort. Imagination without feeling--light daydreaming, or escapist fantasizing, does little to move the physical events in any particular direction, except maybe to create more opportunities for escape.
But, imagination WITH FEELING, is a whole other animal, and I know this from personal experience, but now and then it's a good idea to remind myself of it, because it's a two-edged sword to say the least.
The Universe is a neutral medium. As Manuel Ruiz, Jr., the Toltec shaman says, "Life is a canvas. You hold the paints and the paintbrushes. Make your life your masterpiece!"
The Universe is constantly responding to your decisions, your desires, your fears, but most directly to your feeling imagination. Quantum physics became famous for the discovery that the Observer (in an experiment) changes the outcome of an experiment by simply observing it. The implications of this discovery are vast. This ultimately means that you, simply by the act of perception change the way atomic and sub-atomic particles behave.
Research done by the HeartMath Institute has further shown that imagination directly changes DNA, and is able to turn gene expressions on and off. Add to this the discoveries of Dr. Masaru Emoto that water responds directly to human feelings, and that the human body is 93% water, AND, that negative human emotions disrupt the geometries of water, and positive emotions enhance the geometries of water... Well, you've got a deep connection there between how you feel and what manifests in your life.
The way we change our inner emotional state is by purposely using our imagination. Think about that. Now consider Frieda's inner life. She lost her means of transportation, which equated to a loss of freedom to her. Rather than feeling restricted, she chose to feel freedom, and got herself a bus pass that made her feel even more free. As she rode around in the bus, she continued marveling at the freedom she had, and, bippity-boppity-boo, she manifested a car.
The power of the human mind is in the imagination. The imagination is the direct sub-atomic driver of physical reality, and feelings are the amplifiers of imagination.
Note that nowhere here are we talking about doing anything to "make stuff happen." We're just imagining with feeling and then responding. If that ends up being action taken, then it is action in alignment with how the universe is responding to the feeling imagination. To only take action in order to "make something happen," is an uphill battle, because there isn't any power of imagination or feeling (other than maybe frustration, which just slows things down more).
So sit quietly in your heartspace, imagine what your life could look like. Feel what it would be like. And before you know it, you'll be dancing in that world, and it didn't feel like you had to do anything!
In vibrant health,
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