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Back in the 1980’s, while living in New York City, I saw a therapist, named Dr. Isabella Bick for a couple of years who really made a difference for me. It was not her great therapeutic skills, necessarily, although I am sure she was skilled enough, but for me it was this warm, consistent, non-judgmental, supportive, presence that listened to me with care. I don’t remember most of our sessions over the couple of years that I saw her, except for one that made all the difference for me. I have since thought of that session many times because it was the one session that sticks out in my mind as having had an impact on how I proceeded with my life.
The session that I am referring to, was one in which we were exploring my struggles around making my way in the world independent of my family. I was living alone in NYC with my dog, Picasso and working in the art business. I had started my own art consulting company, and was having a lot of difficulty managing my time, being on foc...
I had been experiencing chronic pain for many years. So in order to "walk the healer's walk," I decided to try a new method of pain relief: Acupuncture. In a word, "wow!" It was practically painless, incredibly relaxing and, best of all, I feel so good. Now don't misunderstand me, I still will continue to do meditation and Reiki on myself. But I am so impressed with Acupuncture. The really neat part is that I opened my mind to trying it (and the idea that it would work once I did try it). What about you, are you in physical or emotional pain? Have you ever considered trying something different to alleviate the pain (other than Alleve that is)? Trying something different can be an alternative therapy like EFT, Reiki, Hypnosis, Yoga, Acupuncture, Thai Chi or meditation. A different approach could just a different approach by you to the way that you are doing things right now. Or it could be a combination of both ideas. Once we open our minds up to new possibilities, really anything is po...
One of the first things I learned as a hypnotist was that all hypnosis is really self hypnosis. The same can be said about all healing. Although they may seem magical, when you work with a healer (hypnotist, eft specialist or reiki master), they are merely a guide for you to heal yourself. Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we all have the power within ourselves to heal. Before this happens, we may get caught in the 'fog.' The fog could be represented by those things in our life that cloud up our vision like work, relationships, living situations and (the pursuit of) money. It may take some help to lift the fog. However, the fog gets lifted when we find the ability in ourselves to see things, not shrouded in 'fog', but clearly and as they truly are.
Sometimes our childhood places do not invoke pleasant memories.As an adult, we recognize that memories from our childhood can play out in our adult world in challenging ways.
With a trained therapist, you will be able to break down psychological resistance. This resistance often disguises itself as defense mechanisms. By doing this, you can better understand how your behavior today stems from your childhood memories and experiences.
So how do you do all of this?
Embrace the bad memory. Accept who you are and how your life is today.Muster up the strength so that you can mentally say “This is the feeling that I have dreaded. I have felt it and faced it completely. Now, I can let the feeling go.”Cultivate a positive self-image connecting you to the present rather than the past. Practice mindful breathing. Cleansing your mind and body helps lift your spirits and can eliminate unpleasant associations to memories.Reconnect with the current happenings and people in your life. R...
Individuals who maintain a healthy dietare more likely to have overall great physical health. Likewise, there is relationship between diet and mood, proposing that foods containing a higher nutritional value can safeguard individuals from stress, depression, ADHD, and anxiety. Try choosing unprocessed foods, organic foods, fresh fruit, and leafy vegetables. A healthy diet also includes adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, vitamins and water.Routine weekly exercise increases activity in both the brain's frontal lobe and in the hippocampus. Exercise naturally boosts levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are linked to elevating mood.
Mindful meditation helps with so many physical and psychological problems associated with high blood pressure, chronic pain, psoriasis, sleep, anxiety, and depression.
Hobbies are an effective way in reducing stress. Hobbies provide an escape from stressors of our daily life. Furthermore, by reducing...
Many factors shape early brain development. Food and nutrition, genetics, daily experiences, parenting, physical activity and love all are important components.
Studies show that test scores increase 20 percent when your child’s brain is nurtured. It is a growing organ that changes every minute. A brain is capable of remarkable changes up to the age of 25, when it is said that a person is capable of making concrete decisions.
By maximizing the brain’s functioning, intelligence is highly predisposed in everyday activities.
So how do you help this along?
Some ways you can help nurture your child’s brain include:
A healthy diet. Three meals a day, complete with proteins and complex carbohydrates for mental energy, are essential. Don’t forget the foods with antioxidants to help improve memory! Try to avoid processed foods and foods with high sugar content.
Start the day off with a good breakfast. Eggs and nuts are great for memory and brain development.Sneak i...
I have had a series of physical mishaps recently. Nothing super serious, but annoying none the less. Like most people I might occasionally stop and ask, "why me?" It is okay to do this as long as it is not dwelled upon. What I am dwelling on is feeling better. Remember, everything happens for a reason. So what reason would I have for a strained lower back, strained calf, broken finger and foot pain? The answer is I truly do not know. (Being 52 years old might help provide some answers). However, I also know that God (Cosmic joker, the Universe, the Divine) only gives me what I can handle. Is this to say I'm taking this all in stride? I don't know; ask my wife that question! But am I focused on and fully expect a better tomorrow (with the help of eft, reiki and hypnosis of course)? You bet I do!!
Like highly sophisticated spacecraft traveling at light speed through a very hectic universe, our minds operate on autopilot most of the time. Meditation is a tool that we can use to take ourselves off of auto-pilot, reboot our hard drives, clear out the caches, regain the most propitious long-term bearings, gain some insight into the bugs that cause our operating systems to crash, and make tweaks that bode well for our overall ease and happiness.
However, we cannot directly tell the mind to shut itself off or to transcend itself so we actually have to trick it into releasing the autopilot mechanism.
I use the familiar Rabbit/Duck image to describe how I teach one basic type of meditation. F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." You may think that you can see the rabbit and duck at the same time but I believe that it is impossible. Maybe the rabb...
The new school year is upon us. This brings out different kinds of emotions for everyone. Most children dread it. Many parents savor it. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. I have mixed emotions. While I welcome the change of weather and the quieter house, I know I will miss seeing my kids during the day. However, the school days, just like the summer, are only temporary. Before we know it Christmas will be here. Then comes February vacation and Spring break. It all goes so quickly that it reminds me of the expression, this too shall pass. Whether it is something you savor or dread, time always marches on.
It has been a while. Sorry to all for the break in my blog writing. Two things happened to me to cause this. The first was that I was on vacation. The second thing was that... I thought I had a stroke! Turns out I did not have a stroke but a combination of Sciatica and an inner ear infection-too long a story to put on this blog. Talk about a misdiagnosis! Anyway, I am back safe and sound and feeling good. Two important things came out of this "episode." One I was reminded of how much love and support I have in my life (okay, I helped my own cause by e-mailing, texting and calling the entire universe when the episode occurred and beyond). My friends, neighbors and family were incredible! Also I realized how fortunate I am to have my health. It's just like the expression says, "without your health, you don't have anything. " How very true!!
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