The self-help world is abuzz with The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer promoting the importance of focus to get what you want. It is true that if you focus on what you want for an extended period of time, and do the necessary work, it usually shows up. But why does it work better for some people and not for others? It works better for those who understand that the “power of intention” is actually The Power of Clarity.
Do you have a clear direction of where you want to go in your life? Are you on the road that will lead you there, or do you feel like you’re driving without a map?
As a yoga teacher, I dedicate a few moments before beginning a practice to guiding my students to set an intention. An intention is defined as “a determination to act a certain way.”
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain contusion, and concussions have become a huge socioeconomic burden worldwide. It is the leading cause of disability in people under 40 years of age, and at least 10 million severe TBIs result in death or hospitalization annually worldwide.
As a psychology student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, I was full of angst. My homeland was racially divided, with haves and have-nots hating each other across manicured green belts that separated the suburbs from the shantytowns. Language, cultural, and economic disparities made connecting difficult. I raged about it. I pontificated. I did a whole lot of blaming.
Can our emotions and behavior affect our risk of getting or recovering from cancer?
Richard Sagebiel, MD, head of the Melanoma Clinic at the University of California San Francisco, noticed “a strange pattern of stress and coping” in most of his patients. He wondered if there was a connection between cancer and behavior and, in 1979, he asked Dr. Lydia Temoshok to investigate.
Today, one in five Americans suffers from a mental health issue. This is a staggering statistic. There are a myriad of pharmaceutical products prescribed for these maladies, which carry with them a myriad of unpleasant side effects. Cannabis is a safe, effective, and inexpensive alternative that could provide the relief. There are currently 40 states (31 medical and 9 recreational), in which patients have been liberated to experiment with this new form of medicine. Many people have found phenomenal results.
So why not create the thoughts to experience the life you want! From the time you wake up till the time you go to sleep, everything you experience starts out as a thought. Your entire life unfolds through the thoughts you have. You have thoughts before you take action and you will always have thoughts after that action. As you become conscious, you begin thinking about the experiences you plan to have that day, maybe starting with the bathroom, the shower, breakfast, and getting dressed.
“Your brain is the command and control center of your body. If you want a better body, the first place to ALWAYS start is by having a better brain.” ~Daniel Amen, MD 1
Specific nutrients have profound effects on our overall emotional well-being, including our ability to focus, motivate to do things, sleep well or wake up energized. I am fascinated by what brings health and wellness to people.
Chinese medicine is a system of healing that often takes the patient on a journey of self-discovery. The physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of each individual are examined together in this natural approach to medicine. After 25 years of practicing acupuncture, I have witnessed many instances where illness or physical pain resolve when a patient’s emotional issues are simultaneously addressed with the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
We tend to describe love in terms of human relationships; maternal love, brotherly love, being in love – when it is so much more than that. The energy of love has also been described as that which heals all. I believe a better way to define love is as: “the energy that sustains life”, all of life – both animate and inanimate. When matter is observed as its smallest components, (with the help of an electron microscope) we find atoms composed of protons, neutrons and electrons, etc. But when we try to find the “substance” of physical matter, science tells us that it is made up of mostly empty space. In fact, it is 99.9% empty space, made up of vibrating particles that are hard to pin down. We call it energy!
Imagery: the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively.
Imagine a pipe cleaner in the center of your torso, where your spine is. Inhale. Visualize your entire torso evenly expanding away from the pipe cleaner. Exhale, and squeeze the pipe cleaner like an internal bear hug. Notice how sharply connected your mind and body have become. Feel your abdominal muscles intensely contracted.
Do you believe your thoughts have something to do with your life? At first glance you may say, “Of course,” but when you react in anger, fear, frustration, and blame to the circumstances in your life, your behavior might be saying something else.
Neurofeedback, also known as electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback is like training for your brain that utilizes concepts of operant conditioning to support neuro-emotional regulation. Translated this means your brain learns to progressively regulate its over activated and under activated regions and brain wave states.
Every once in a while a revolutionary idea comes along that changes everything. It changes how we think, it changes what we do, and it can change forever how we behave as human beings. Quantum theory, and the knowledge now available about the human brain, is one of these kinds of ideas.