Gardeners Are Wise People?

Gardeners Are Wise People?

Many gardeners I know are very wise people.

Working in the yard brings them back to nature, to mother earth, and gives them a sense of accomplishment, connection, and peace.

Not me.

To me it is work. I “pull the weeds” and they come back the next week.

food-healthy-vegetables-villageSometimes I mistake the weeds for plants, so I leave them. Then they eventually overtake what was a beautiful bed of flowers.

Weeds are like our own subconscious scripts or learned patterns of behavior. They are almost automatic and can be helpful or destructive. Sometimes they can turn on the stress response even years after we think we have “pulled the weeds from the garden.”

The other day I found myself thinking about something horrible that happened almost 20 years ago. I don’t know why something must have triggered the memory. The emotions and feelings of this event felt very raw as if it had just occurred moments earlier. 

At first, I kept trying to fix it by “ignoring it, forgetting about it and trying to think of something else.” But just like the weeds, the thoughts and subsequent emotions kept coming back looping around in my head causing me greater and greater anxiety.

My stress response was in full throttle in my present moment for something that happened two decades ago! 

I knew I was sliding down a destructive path, so I decided to access a higher power for help. But even as I asked for help, my thoughts kept distracting me. I couldn’t feel anything. I wasn’t connecting.

Then it came to me.

I needed to turn off the stress, so I could connect, so I could listen. Then I could heal. 

I did a relaxation exercise.

Twenty minutes later things were much better.

The relaxation exercise turned my stress response OFF. My emotions subsided. Now I could listen and connect.

With the stress response off, I could choose my response. I had the power to place a better thought in The Gap to choose a new level of responding, to be grateful for what I had learned and to it let go. I also threw in some effective self-talk just for good measure.

The result was amazing!  I was in control and I felt great.

Turning off the stress response didn’t just “pull the weeds” out of the garden, it helped me eliminate the seeds that created those weeds, those negative subconscious scripts,  in the first place. 

Relaxation exercises like meditation, guided imagery, autogenics, and the Power Nap, turn off the stress so you can connect, listen, and use your power of thought to be who you really want to be.

And that changes everything!

Retrain Your Brain

Retrain Your Brain

Article Highlights

  • Meditation improves your mind, memory and mental focus
  • When the brain is resting in deeper brain rhythms during meditation, repair and restoration of brain cells occurs
  • Improved mood, happy thoughts and focus are side effects of regular practice of meditation

Want to improve your ability to focus, learn, and remember things?

Practice regular meditation.

That’s right, not only does meditation reduce stress, but it can also improve your mind, memory, and mental focus – permanently.  

Here’s how  . . .

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While you meditate your brain goes from the beta waves, which are the awake and alert brain waves, to the slower levels of brainwave activity called theta and delta waves. This is usually where the brain goes during deep sleep, dreaming, or deep hypnosis. This is also the time when the body undergoes its most restorative rest.1

While the brain is resting in these deeper rhythms, the body is at work. The immune system gets boosted and the body also repairs the damage done to it during the day, including healing cuts, bruises and internal problems we may not even know about. This restorative state is also when the mind shuffles through the thoughts and experiences of the day, organizing data into short term and long term storage.1

Meditation rewires the brain by producing high-frequency brain waves that increase the ability to focus, pay attention, learn and remember what was learned.  Meditation can also increase happy thoughts, improve your mood, and slow the aging process in the brain by slowing the thinning of the brain’s frontal cortex and helping to produce more brain cells. Those who meditate can experience these benefits permanently with regular practice. 2

If that’s not enough, meditation has also been found to improve long-term and short-term recall as well as academic performance in high school and college students. 3

There are several different types of meditation, but the one thing they all have in common is they are all easy to do and they all have powerful results.

I spent over ten years and over $2000 in trainings learning different techniques and methods of meditation. I teach everything I know and provide multiple guided meditation exercises in my online course – RELEASE

References

1. Stress Management for Life– Third edition, by M. Olpin and M. Hesson, (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) p. 321.

2. Benefits of Meditation: Train Your Brain, by M. Oz MD and M. Roizen MD, (Realage.com).

3. Stress Management for Life– Third edition, by M. Olpin and M. Hesson, (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) p. 325

Chronic Sleep Deprivation – Are you one of the five?

Chronic Sleep Deprivation – Are you one of the five?

Article Highlights

  • One in five Americans don’t get enough sleep
  • Sleep deprevation reduces memory, impairs brain cell activity and increases risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Sleep may possibly help those suffering from PTSD

Do you ever get frustrated because you can’t find your keys?

Have you ever walked into a room and don’t remember why?

Are you ever afraid that you may be on your way to Alzheimer’s?

Here is what chronic sleep deprivation can do to you . . . .

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One in five Americans chronically does not get enough sleep. The short term and long term effects can be devastating. Here are some of the latest findings on what sleep deprivation can do to you:

Alzheimer’s Disease – Sleepiness disrupts your brain’s coordinated activity of important networks. The impaired function of these networks is implicated in Alzheimer’s.

Memory – Not getting enough sleep plays havoc with communication to the part of your brain called the hippocampus, (which is vital for memory). These changes may weaken event recollection.

Impaired Brain Cells – Loss of half a night’s sleep can impair and alter the normal behavior of brain cells.

Risks to Learning and Mental Health – Brain imaging and behavioral studies are showing that sleep deprivation blocks or contorts brain pathways and poses risks to learning, memory, and mental health.

The Good News

Help for Fearful Memories – Fearful memories can be intentionally weakened during sleep. This is hopeful for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

These are just some of the findings presented at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. 1

“As these research findings show, we cannot underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep,” said press conference moderator Clifford Saper, PhD, MD, from the Harvard Medical School, an expert on sleep and its deprivation. 1

How to Help
For those of us that can’t get in the hours, try a Power Nap or meditation during the day. This kind of short, but powerful rest can help replace that sleep lost the night before. 

Gain access to over 30 relaxation exercises, including the Power Nap in our course – RELEASE.

Learn how to meditate – we recommend “The World is Not a Stressful Place” found on Amazon.

For other information on sleep consider reading, Sleep FAQs and  Do I have Insomnia, Why Bright Lights and Dark Nights are Essential for Sleep

References:
1. http://www.sfn.org/Press-Room/News-Release-Archives/2012/Findings-Reveal-Brain-Mechanisms-At-Work-During-Sleep?returnId={0C16364F-DB22-424A-849A-B7CF6FDCFE35}

Mindfulness Tips

Mindfulness Tips

Article Highlights

  • Studies show the great benefits of mindfulness, but how does it work?
  • 10 ways to be more mindful each day
  • Using mindfulness to fall asleep quicker

“Wherever you go, there you are.”
-Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness has been used successfully to help people reduce pain, lose weight, enhance memory and cognitive function, develop healthier relationships, and perform better in athletic events.

In a study of menopausal women, those who took a mindfulness class reported being less bothered by hot flashes. They had better sleep, lower stress and anxiety levels, and a higher quality of life.

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Wow, for being such an easy thing to do, mindfulness packs a powerful punch.  But what is it anyway?

Basically, mindfulness is experiencing the present moment – not worrying about the future, or fretting about the past. Mindfulness is being fully present in the now. (more…)