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My Brain and I

The chief commander of our central nervous system is the Brain. It contains billions of neurons each connected to other neurons by synapses. They communicate via axons that carry the messages to our body cells. Our brain has unique capabilities to acquire, perceive, process and store information.

Brain researchers are quite familiar and knowledgeable about the operations of individual brain cells, however, they still do not understand the way brain cells cooperate in groups of millions of cells. Some would consider the brain to be as a biological computer, however this assumption and modeling is far from reality and can not simulate the complexity of the brain.

The basic brain functions such as breathing, regulating heart beats, controlling movement and other basic skills were known to scientific researchers from fossil records first appeared in worms many million years ago. Since then our brain went through evolution processes of acquiring more and more sophisticated functions and unique abilities. These abilities include among others emotional, sexual and fighting behaviors located in newly evolved brain regions.

The brain needs continuous supply of oxygen and glucose for its function. These needs are supplied by the blood system. Our brain needs its nourishments like the rest of our body. That is why we feel at our best mental function after a healthy meal or slow and tired when we do not eat adequately on time or eat unhealthy food.

Our brain's primary energy source is carbo fuel. Our body has the ability to convert carbohydrates from food such as oatmeal or brown rice into glucose. Accordingly, we have to generate a daily supply of about 60% of our calories from carbohydrates.

To build neurotransmitters or chemicals that allow brain cells to communicate, our brain needs protein, such as: egg white, seafood or beans. Our body breaks down the protein into amino-acids which affect our cognition and mood, such as dopamine, which help us to be alert. In addition to protein, our brain needs fatty acids, which are generated from Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, olive oil and whole grain. Our brain also needs a range of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B, E, magnesium, calcium and iron. To get those vitamins we have to eat fresh food in various colors.

Brain capacity is unknown. We know that our brain has a lot of storage capacity and processing power, but we do not know how to estimate its actual capacity. A popular assumption is that our brain's capacity is 10 times greater than anyone's estimate.

Our brain consists of trillions of neurons, with a huge number of complex interconnections. What differ from brain-to-brain are the types of neurons and the specific neurochemical interaction among the neurons. It is interesting to note that the structure of clusters of neurons and their specific interconnections may have an effect on one's ability to learn and an influence on speed of understanding and reaction time to intellectual stimulations.

At birth, our brain is very plastic, that is, its capability to process and store sensory information is very high. Neuronal connections are generated, broken and regenerated, which suggests that early educational and environmental stimuli are essential for the child's evolution. This is the critical period of the development of the child's linguistic, cognitive and social abilities. A classical question is whether the infant brain is empty, a tabula rasa, at birth. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (fourth century BCE) was probably the first to introduce the tabula rasa (blank slate) idea. According to the tabula rasa theory, an infant's brain is empty of mental content, which will be acquainted later with experience and perception.

Although the 'tools' or the brain cells are already formed at birth, only after gaining experience we will see the generation of neurons' inter-connections. As Aristotle and subsequent supporters of his theory were not privy to recent genetic discoveries, the tabula rasa theory may not be applicable or accepted as a deterministic valid concept. Today it is believed that a child's cerebral cortex is pre-programmed to enable the processing of sensory input, emotions and environmental stimulations.

The author does not support the tabula-rasa theory and he believes that there are genetically transferred data or imprints. Those genetic imprints may have a clear impact and influence on the child's behavior and even on its brain's ability to process and store information.

In future we could experience direct brain-to-brain transmission similar to telepathy. Telepathy derives from the Greek ('distant experience') and it is a kind of mental transfer from one brain to another. As it is not a clearly reproducible phenomenon, the scientific community has not reached consensus. Telepathy is well accepted, however, albeit widely used in science fiction. As many science fiction scenarios became reality in time, however, the author believes that some brain-to-brain communication will be possible in future. Neuro-imaging is one of the scientific areas where this type of communication is being researched and interesting results are anticipated.

The conclusion is that educational methods must correspond and comply with our brain function and its ability to store information and not on a dogmatic rigorous unified system as exemplified in most schools.

We use the word time directly and indirectly very often in our daily conversation and through our lifetime: time is money, time of life, time after time, between times, gain / lose time, good / bad time, slow / fast time, right / wrong time, before / after time, present time, past time, real time, on time, in no time, kill time, any time, every time, plenty of time, timeless, time limit, time cycle, time cures and time flies … Time is dictated by artists in various ways, among them the famous 'melting clocks' by Dali. We can distinguish between pure time, relative time and absolute time.

Time measurement is the unit of time to which all time measuring devices ultimate refer.

Time is a point at or a period in which things happen, a repeated instance of anything or a reference to repetition, the state of things at any period.

Space is that part of the boundless four-dimensional continuum in which matter is physically rather than temporally extended.

Relativity recognizes the impossibility of determining absolute motion and leads to the concept of a four-dimensional space-time continuum.

The special theory of relativity, which is limited to the description of events as they appear to observers in a state of uniform motion relative to one another, is developed from two axioms:

1. The law of natural phenomena is the same for all observers.

2. The velocity of light is the same for all observers irrespective of their own velocity.

Space and time in the modern view are welded together in a four-dimensional space-time continuum. There is no clear distinction between a three-dimensional space and an independent time.

Time means different things to different 'observers'. This may not agree with the axioms (on which the special relativity theory is based) described earlier, at least not from a psycho-philosophical point of view. These 'observers' may include: people (humans), animals, plants, clocks and other beasts outside our time universe. Time seems to be different for different people: age, education, origin, mental stage and religion may all have an effect.

Time shows 'slow' when we are young and 'fast' as we grow older. Time seems to be passing faster when we are enjoying ourselves or when we are busy, as opposed to when we are bored or idle. The description of time-related events in the history of humanfold differs in different cultures. Time is different for animals and plants as we can see from their lifetimes, behavior and responses which are not what we might expect.

Clocks and other similar instruments measure time and tend to be almost identical in terms of information about it. This is to be expected as we designed them all for the purpose of measuring time defined to be consistent within our universe.

Time seems to be continuous, but is it?

We divided our earth year into subsets in different units: months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Scientists continued the division into one thousandths of a second or millisecond, a nanosecond, which is one thousand millionths of a second, and a Pico second, which is one million millionth of a second (one and 12 zeros).

Time is continuous with respect to our universe and within it, and it is relative to our observations. When we observe a moving object between two points we're seeing 'it traveling all the distance between the two points, so we assume that this continuity of observation means that time is continuous. This may not be the case, however, if we perform our observation in another galaxy or in another dimension, where these rules are not necessarily valid. In the digital domain, as opposed to the analogue domain, we may observe the same continuity of moving objects. The time is digitized, however, and between two consecutive time points there is a gap of a certain fraction of a time unit, equivalent to the sampling resolution, where 'anything might happen'.

For other creatures these time gaps may represent their entitlement lifecycle, or we may be living within our time with another life form, which time resolution fits with our 'dead times', which are our time gaps. Television is viewed as continuous moving pictures, whereas actually it compresses discrete individual pictures, projected at thirty frames (or more) or pictures per second.

Time can be measured, viewed and evaluated. The observer's tools for the evaluation of time are his / her senses. Unfortunately, senses can be fooled. Strobe light directed onto a rotating disk will generate the illusion of a still disk. Are our other reservations wrong or at least inaccurate, then, particularly if we are a small subpart or subspace of a much larger and more complex galaxy?

In the laboratory, we have successfully accelerated and slowed down certain processes, such as chemical or other natural processes. These experiments offered the possibility to control processes which were functions of time. Certain processes were successfully reversed to what they were before, indicating 'pseudo going back in time', which is not really going back in time, but it looks like it.

The introduction of computers generated a revolution in time-related processes and enabled not only the observation of past and present time-related phenomena, but also predictive processes, which are future time-dependent scenarios.

Time affects our entire lifecycle, our birth, our life and death. Our heart beats almost once every second and our inner biological clock operates through our life. If we overturn this clock by flying to another time zone, our body sufferers a phenomenon known as jet lag and it takes some time to adapt to its new condition. Time affects most of the processes and phenomena on earth, some faster and some slower. If there are time-independent phenomena or a phenomenon that until today has appeared to be unaffected by time, then these scenarios must be classified as 'past, present and probable future'.

According to Einstein, time is more like a river, flowing around stars and galaxies, speeding up and slowing down as it passes massive bodies. One 'second' on the earth is not one second on Mars. All materials, including all known life forms and other mass owned celestial bodies are time-dependent.

The above mentioned time related scientific explanations are somewhat opposed when we analyze the time related relationship between Brain and I, or more specifically the Brain-Time.

External and internal time measurement in relative to our brain is not the same time. The brain's external time is equivalent to the standard time as mentioned above and it is the same to all. However, the internal time measurement is much more complex, especially because it's individual.

When we sleep and dream, our individual internal perception of time is not correlated to the external time. We all experienced dreams that may be perceived as hours and more while in reality or externally it took minutes or less.

Sleep is essential for our brain. We spend about thirty percent of our life in sleep. Our survival and quality of life depends on adequate and qualitative sleep. Our daily responses and concentration during our diverse activities are dependent on our sleep. When we analyze patients with sleep disorders in sleep-labs, we observe the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) which correspond to brain activities during deep sleep and related to dreams. In general REM sleep starts after about an hour and half after falling asleep. Most of our dreams occur during this phase of sleep. We all dream and it actually takes about two hours per night. For us individually the time may take much more than that. The most vivid and real dreams we experience during the REM sleep.

During our lifetime the brain may be exposed to many diseases. It has been known for years that Alzheimer's starts in a brain region known as the lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC). This region of the brain is considered to be a major factor responsible of our long-term memory. Alzheimer may spread from the LEC to other areas of the cerebral cortex, a brain region involved in spatial orientation and navigation.

We humans have not only consciousness, we also have self-awareness. The major difference is that consciousness is awareness of our body and our environment, while self-awareness is the recognition of that consciousness. In other words, not only we understand that we exist, but we comprehend that we are aware of our existence. To be conscious is to think; to be self-aware is to realize that we are thinking. Self-awareness is awareness of me-the “I”, my thoughts and feelings.

Now imagine that the brain is not an organ. Imagine that we are two beings one is our original brain and the other is “us” with our self-awareness ability and we are communicating with each other.

I'll switch the previous scientific language into our human common and easy to understand language using metaphors to clarify the issues discussed.

Dialogue recording between the two entities “Brain and I”:

Brain: I have needs, feed me with sugar

Brain: Remember that for every action there will be a reaction (remuneration)

I: OK, I will eat chocolate

Brain: Thanks, here is your dopamine (remuneration)

I: Wow! that feels great, I'll eat more.

Brain: Do not exaggerate, I do not need so much.

At this stage and during similar communications between the brain and I, if I will ignore or will not understand the brain's messages, the result may be sickness, such as diabetes.

Brain: If you do not use it you lose it

I: What do you mean?

Brain: Area “A” in your left hemisphere is rarely used. You must start using it otherwise the probability to get Alzheimer is increasing in that area that did not receive its necessary supply of nourishments.

I: What should I do?

Brain: Start solving crosswords, puzzles and brain teasers

The brain wants I to be cooperative in satisfying its needs, therefore, it releases dopamine during sex as a reward. Sex can act like an antidepressant and even as pain reliever. Time during sex may seem to be different than the real time.

Recent studies using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) brain scans of patients during pain stimuli shown different brain responses between men and women. Several areas of male and female brains responded differently to the same pain stimuli. Female's brain shown more activity in emotion related centers where males responded in the cognitive or analytical regions. Those differences may refer to our evolution process and the different social tasks of males and females.

I (male): She is very sexy

Brain (male): Yes she is, so what are you going to do about it?

I (male): I want to make love to her, all the time, it makes me feel good

Brain (male): OK, but be careful not to get addictive to sex.

I (female): He is nice

Brain (female): He might be a good husband and father.

I (female): Yes, it will make me feel happy.

Brain and I dialogue during certain medication.

Brain: You are sick but I'll take care of you.

I: It's OK, I'll take my medication.

Brain: No need I'll send the troops to cure you.

I: I will take the pill anyway.

Brain: OK, I am instructing the troops to withdraw; it's your responsibility now.

In many occasions we can cure ourselves without the need of medication intervention. In certain cases medication may interfere with our normal immune system or self-healing.

I: I am tired and I want to sleep

Brain: Only after I solve the problem you gave me

I: No, it can wait for tomorrow

Brain: OK

Certain brains will continue “working” and they will disturb us, namely, “I” during sleep, which we both need. Our brain relentlessly will continue to search for problem solving and it may awaken us during the night.

A common phenomenon is that when one half of a couple that has been together for a long time dies, the other also dies shortly afterwards. The usual, romantic, explanation is that they loved each other so much that they could not live without each other. He or she died from a 'broken heart', 'could not live alone', 'was dependent on their spouse'.

Is there a correlation between the death of one spouse and the consequent death of the other shortly after?

The hypothesis is that the desire to live may have a certain effect on the immune system. The brain that is in control of our body may have a shut-down mechanism, which is activated in certain cases. Those cases are similar to fatal accidents or certain illnesses, where the brain knows that it will not be able to cope. This mechanism may control 'suicide cells'. In recent years, suicide cells or what scientists define as programmed cell death (PCD) has formed the basis for ongoing biogenetic research. PCD is the death of a cell which is mediated by an intracellular program.

There are three major types of PCDs. Type I cell death is called apoptosis. Type II is autophagic and Type III is necrotic cell-death. Cells can be killed by illegal agents or be instructed to commit suicide. If there is a threat to the integrity of an organism by certain cells, PCD is needed to destroy those cells. Typical examples of such cases are: cells that are infected by viruses, DNA damage, cells of the immune system and cancer cells. In certain types of cancer cells apoptosis is triggered by radiation or chemicals used for therapy.

What makes a cell decide to commit suicide?

The author believes that it is the imbalance between positive and negative signals sent by the brain. If there is a lack of the positive signals (no desire to live) needed for survival and / or negative signals are sent meaning 'no desire to continue to live', the shut-down mechanism may be activated.

There have been numerous reports of cases where patients recovered miraculously after clearly being diagnosed with cancer. This phenomenon may be explained by the activation of the PCD mechanism by 'desire to live' positive signals. In some cases, viruses that are associated with cancers may use tricks, like producing a protein that inactivates the apoptosis signal. In such cases the cancer cells will not only continue to live and proliferate, but they will become more resistant to apoptosis. Further understanding of those tricks and decoy molecules generated to protect cancer cells would enable researchers to reactivate and overcome those protective tricks in order to destroy dangerous cancer cells.

The author also believes that future research on destroying and removing cancer cells may be implemented in two phases. The first phase would be to distinguish, mark and identify cancerous cells. In phase two the target would be to activate suicide cells in the selected area or group of cells and bypass the existing protection of the cancer cells. Strong psychological and family support is essential for such a recovery. In addition, the patient must believe in and hope for a healthy and bright future.

I: There is no sense to continue struggling in this life.

Brain: You must change this negative attitude.

I: I can not do it; actually I do not want to continue living

Brain: Should I activate your self-destruction or PCD procedure?

I: Shut it down …

Our brain is constantly sending signals to our body organs and cells, sometimes the signals are needed for our daily functionality, cell repairs and warnings. If we fail to understand those warning signals or we ignore them, it may lead to certain diseases, addictions and even death.

This schizophrenic / symbiotic individual dialogue between “my brain and I” is essential for our brain's healthy survival. The more “I” understands the brain's requests / messages the higher probability that the brain will operate properly and simultaniously will satisfy the needs of “I” as well.

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Why Aren’t We Talking About Emotional Intelligence?

About 3 years ago I moved back home to Syracuse after graduating from SUNY Buffalo, and working in the city of Buffalo for 6 years. There were several reasons I decided to move out of Buffalo, but I will honestly admit the “straw that broke the camel's back” for me was the winter we got 9 feet of snow in just a few days. The city was under a state of emergency, and travel was extremely limited (I did not go home for a total of two weeks.

Moving back to Syracuse was something I never imagined. Growing up on the city's South Side was rough and I recognized at an early age, job prospects would continue to go down because everyone I knew was saying “I / we can not wait to leave Syracuse.” As far as I knew everyone, and their mother wanted out. Needless to say I was not overly excited to go back to a place I felt was going downhill very fast at the time. Funny how we as human animals always think we have the answers, right?

A couple things happened almost immediately when I moved back to Syracuse that made me feel as though I was in the wrong for not wanting to come back to the place that I was born and raised. One, I was able to reestablish genuine connections with my immediate family members. So many times when I would come home to visit while living in Buffalo, everyone would say “we are all doing well” when in fact they were not. Being face-to-face frequently forced us to have what I like to call “benefit the surface” conversations. After being around someone for longer periods of time you get down to the root of their problems / wants / needs / desires, if you really pay attention. The second thing that happened was I met a young woman whom I felt had all of the qualities I wanted to start a committed relationship with. The final, most important thing was getting hired by Elmcrest Children's Center.

Working at Elmcrest has been both challenging, and fulfilling at the same time. Not only did I get to have an impact on the lives on adolescent young men on a daily basis, working at Elmcrest introduced me to a topic that is near and dear to my heart, Emotional Intelligence (EI). For those of you who are not familiar with the term Emotional Intelligence there are many definitions for the term but in its simplest form, it is your ability to recognize feelings that arise within you, managing those feeling and the impact they have on others. An example of someone with a high level of EI is someone who is able to sit down and have a conversation with another person what they dislike in an effort to come to an agreement / compromise. Now some of you may be thinking there's no way I could sit down and have a conversation with someone I do not like. ” sits down with President Trump is a fan of his? Did you think that former President Barack Obama liked all of the members of the GOP? What they did realize, through using EI is in order to get things done you have to sit down with people you are not fond of.

In politics they call it diplomacy, in marriage it is called picking and choosing your battles, when you are teaching it is called not dominating the conversation. I am sure you guys can come up with multiple names or logos but what it all boils down to is Emotional Intelligence (EI). Recognizing that you may not like a person or a situation, and still being able to maintain, progress, and / or move forward.

After a few months of working with at-risk adolescent young men at Elmcrest Children's Center I experienced my very first “ah ha” moment when it comes to EI, while working with a young man from Madison County who was struggling with the structure of our Cottage (he would throw furniture, break windows, break gaming consoles, you name it). A major component to EI is active listening, after conversing for some time with this young man, he finally said to me “dude do you know how annoying it is to wake up every day around all of these black people.” Shock does not begin to describe how I felt in that moment, but thanks to all of my training on EI the only words that came out of my mouth were “I can understand that this is a new environment for you and it might take some time to get adjusted, but we are all here to help ensure that you go home much better off than the way you arrived. ”

After that encounter with the young man I dedicated all of my free time to studying EI, so much so that it became second nature to me. Through dedicating my time reading, writing, and presenting on EI I noticed that many people are not familiar with Emotional Intelligence, and the things it can do for the relationships you have. I invite you, the reader to become familiar with EI for yourself and others. What would a world look like if we had people who could correctly identify how they felt, manage those feelings without losing control, and be able to have genuine empathy for our fellow human beings?

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A Healthy Diet and Regular Exercise Is King

A conversation I recently had with a friend, prompted me to research Alzheimer's Disease and if anything could have done to prevent or cure it. As I am no longer a 'Spring Chicken' myself, the fear of contracting something that will take away my love of and ability with words is a devastating one. While all the information available online, I came after the following report. Our health is of vital importance to all of us and so I thought to pass on some of what I learned.

“A UCLA study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that the Mediterranean diet is one of the main lifestyle factors that seems to keep the brain from developing the toxic plaques and tangles associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Plaque is characterized by deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain. Think of tangles of knotted threads of the tau protein found within brain cells. Both are considered key indicators of Alzheimer's. ”

It seems we hear of more and more people succumbing to this awful disease. I will certainly do everything I can to prevent falling victim to it. Something else in the report, reminded us that our quest for good health these days was a concern for Hippocrates who knew the importance of food in treating the body even back in 400 BC when he advised people to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost by eating nutrient-packed foods. That is 2,400 years ago and it looks modern science is only now beginning to catch up.

One of the solutions offered was that the food staples in the diet ate in the Mediterranean, such as leafy greens like spinach and kale, non starchy veggies like cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, plus olive oil and many other items that many of us know about already, especially if we have looked at this food regimen at some stage, can have a very positive result. Most of us like things like hummus, salads, eggs and cheese, even red meat. It even mentioned that a glass of red wine could be beneficial.

Another part of the prevention / delayed spot option is exercise, which is considered a potent Alzheimer's preventer. As that report also noted, people who were physically active on a regular basis have a much lower risk of developing the disease. Even people who are physically challenged in some way or other can, with a little help and good advice, become more active.

It does not take too much, when you look at all the information available, to realize that you have the ability to prevent such a dreadful disease affecting those around you.

I wonder how many of us has ever been advised by their medical advisers that this healthy diet and regular exercise period can actually help prevent, or at the very least delay, the onset of such a disease as Alzheimer's, that will cause so much misery, not only for the family dealing with the effects, but to any one of us who contracts the disease.

Just the research I have undertaken myself has cemented my decision to change my own eating routine and make sure I exercise every day, even if it's only a walk.

There are so many health issues surrounding us today, I believe it is up to us to make sure we do everything we can to keep ourselves fit and healthy.

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Ways To Fight A Cold – Improve Immune System – By Ancient Mindfulness Meditation

Does it drive you bananas how each time we ring in a New Year it brings all these new “health and fitness crazes” to the internet? We always hear something like, “Improve your immune system, ways to fight a cold or prevent the flu is the NEW answer to all your health problems!”

In all honesty, please!

When I quit watching soap operas, I stopped following fads LONG ago.

Chasing fads will leave you confused … and broke.

I recently came across some shocking … and intriguing research. And it truly is revolutionary.

Here it is:

The ancient art of how to practice the power of reflection through mindfulness meditation … is like a UNIVERSAL POWER MULTIPLIER when it comes to battling your health problems and improve immune system.

Even from ways to fight a cold and to what helps morning sickness, and as well is a great problem solving method.

In other words … how to learn mindfulness mediation through reflection principles … literally MULTIPLIES the effectiveness of every single action you're taking … to improve immune system.

Sounds too good to be true?

It kind of makes sense.

It's no secret the connection between mind and body for how to improve immune system is extremely powerful.

If you're like me … the thought of mastering serious mindfulness meditation practices to improve immune system and other health issues is just plain overwhelming!

You do not have to worry about this method taking years of study and practice to master these power of reflection principles.

This breakthrough in thought is changing everything.

What if to MASSIVELY improve immune system and other health issues was as simple as putting on a headset, yes, I mean, a pair of headphones … and only for a few minutes each day while you sink into meditation?

In a prior session I discussed more on how you may come to improve your life in an instant by your power of choice.

I got ta tell you … at first, I was intrigued when I considered my choices for enhanced health.

I mean, especially when it comes to improve immune system and preventing or battling anxiety, depression, stress, and common everyday human pain.

I know of a young woman who uses this practice as a method for what helps morning sickness in her early stages of pregnancy.

Now I'm in love with this for ways to fight a cold, too!

I'm getting results even in my writing projects I never thought possible … in just a few minutes a day.

I've always believed in mind over body thinking, and is why I so often quote principles and lessons from the Course in Miracles , to help you think a bit deeper.

I'm always open-minded when it comes to hearing about new strategies and practices for enhancing, or 'awakening,' we may say, the inner self.

The Course in Miracles gives us a lesson saying that, “Your inner Divine Self teachers you the difference between pain and joy, which is the same as saying the difference between imprimementment and freedom.”

It's no surprise to me why I am so enthused.

If you've ever felt chained to problems needing to be solved or just getting out of a rut, or feeling trapped in life, this could possibly help you, too.

If you've struggled with a specific area of ​​your health … improve immune system, and were DESPERATE to solve it … you owe it to yourself to MULTIPLY the impact of your efforts through Universal Intellect.

Deep down within you in an endless arena of your inner Reality rests your mind power secrets for success that you must awaken.

Best thing?

It will not take years or months to improve immune system and manifest the health you've been dreaming of.

And it all starts by learning to go within, and if you've spent any money at all trying to improve your health … doctor visits, prescriptions, supplements, pills, strange foods … even a fad or two …

You owe it to yourself to learn more about the benefits of going within yourself to solve problems.

While every BODY is different, your BODY is HUGELY affected by your mind.

(There's a lot of helpful material available on Getting out of a Rut Free and how to move on in life, and you just need to take some time to do some checking.)

To your overall health and well-being!

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Benefits Of Mindfulness Training For Fitness Peak Performance

Do you ever hear of muscle and fitness gurus? They for the most part today are coming to believe in mindfulness and mental health leading the way. It's the benefits of mindfulness meditation.

You may be like many who say, I just do not have time in my life to master mindfulness training. My gosh, “meditation” techniques!

You may think it literally takes HOURS, and Weeks and months and YEARS to master this skill!

Not any longer!

Now, I got to be honest with you … that both surprised me … but also ticked me off.

In some long interviews, I discovered through some muscle and fitness gurus found ONE practice that just about every single one of these top athletes shared.

It makes it stupid easy.

Because the ego- based mind is insanely difficult to intentionally re-program!

Doubting Thomas aspect in us all that the Course in Miracles helps us to undo the ego– that fearful side to us.

The Course in Miracles teaches that, “The ego may see some good, but never only good.”

One guy I spoke to at my local gym has one of the most popular fitness-oriented ideas and mindsets around.

What's this one foundational practice that even fuels the world's TOP performing muscle and fitness athletes?

It makes sense, does not it?

Much of muscle and fitness peak performance is “mental,”?

One pro recently wrote a few things he learned after interviewing many other muscle and fitness performers … athletes who DOMINATE their sport.

A brand new technology in mindfulness and mental health muscle and fitness is REVOLUTIONIZING the connection between fitness and mindfulness.

In a previous discussion involving details on being a better leader with a richer life through yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques, it was discovered how many people rich peak performance.

It's called it a meta-skill that's a “force multiplier” for every other skill you might master.

It's revolutionized my own workouts!

Others as well are manifesting success like I never thought possible.

You've GOT to look deeper into mindfulness training and / or other mind, body, spirit techniques, if you do nothing else for muscle and fitness in this coming year, at least do THIS.

Seriously, it'll help take your performance to the next level.

Remember, if you've spent ANY money at all on your fitness: gym memberships, trainers, fitness programs, supplements, equipment, competitions, etc., meditation multiplies the effectiveness of every single one of them.

I've NEVER experienced gains like this … because in my routine, a simple pair of headphones, and a few minutes, and it's taken my performance to a whole new level.

I'm finding it gives us more self-confidence in reaching within for our full potential.

(As always be sure to investigate and research the web on how many may come to improve life in an instant by your power of choice.)

To peak performance!

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Find the Right Key

You know, I'm beginning to feel a little more of this tug-of-war, if you will, going on between my body and spirit these days. It's always been there to some degree, though maybe because I've become a bit more measured, for lack of a better term … it looks more pronounced … who knows?

I recall as a child my spirit soaring like an eagle as my body did everything in its power just to keep up. I was fearless, my energy level was off the charts, and my limits, as far as I was concerned, were nonexistent.

Yes, life was a song, I was the composer, and the hook had no end in sight. No rules, no holding back … and believe me, there was no doubt in my mind that I was gonna sing it forever!

That my friend is the way it is when the spirit's in charge … footloose and fancy frickin 'free.

But as time progressed, I began to sense the gravity of life slowly amassing within, trying its best to weigh me down. Yes, the vessel … ie my body, which houses this free flowing spirit of mine, was slowly awakening to the fact that unlike its occupant, it had a whole different set of circumstances to deal with. In a word … REALITY!

You know, this reality thing has a tendency of putting the reins on footloose and fancy frickin 'free. That is, if you allow it.

As I sit here at my computer with my mind wandering, trying to make sense of this polarity between body and spirit, I can almost hear God's self-talk as He's breathing life into the spirit of mankind for the first time.

“Let's see … I want to keep this simple, but not easy. I want you free yet grounded. 're going to find the time to gain such wisdom constantly running amuck on earth completely as a free spirit.

So here's the deal. I'm going to house you in a body to slow you down just a bit, in order to give you time to figure things out. But I'll leave you a key … a key which will disconnect you for instant rejuvenation, motivation, and dream chasing … and believe me you're going to need it.

You need plenty of time to run wild and be free, so make sure you disconnect often. Warning! If for any reason you choose to hunker down inside too long between outings, you will run the risk of losing or worse yet, breaking yourself. If that happens, well … just do not let it happen. So whatever you do, do not lose this key. ”

So what's the key? … Music!

Reality grounds the body … music lifts the spirit.

Sure … there's a litany of things which lifts the spirit … but music is in a class of its own. It has the power, in any given moment, to not only lift the spirit but to completely disengage and release it.

Just one melody from a forgotten song can instantly whisk you away, back to your childhood, or maybe to a precise moment when you met someone special or experienced something wonderful for the first time, complete with all the trimmings in vivid detail.

A cry from a cello can disconnect you from reality faster than quick. Yes, it can have your spirit peacefully floating away on a cloud of contentment before your body even has a clue you've checked out.

And if a driving drum beat, perfectly in sync with an unpredictable yet somehow anticipated rhythm, exploding within a whirlwind of electrical harmonies can not awaken that dormant “footloose and fancy frickin 'free” of yours … nothing can.

Here's the thing … we all are made up of both body and spirit. The degree to which we keep them both fully engaged and properly balanced determines the quality of our reality.

It's when the spirit is the highest that our emotions are the deepest and dreams seem most vivid.

As I mentioned earlier … as a child, my spirit soared because my body was not yet aware of the reality it was supposedly to embrace. So reaching dreams did not only seem possible, they were absolutely expected.

Note to self for when life is weighing you down:

Do not ever, no matter how old you get, think you're too sophisticated to let go and be a little childlike, for there is where your spirit lives and drives. You see, those dreams and desires do not change … you do.

It's never too late. Everything that motivates, inspires, turns you on and gets you fired up is forever smoldering in your spirit just waiting to be rekindled. All it takes is a single spark of emotion to once again ignite it. Turn the key, and turn it up! And do it your way!

Bill Peak

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Flotation Therapy for Pain Relief

What is flotation therapy?

Flotation therapy – or floating – is a method of relaxation that is free from distractions and stimuli like lights, television, radio, computer, phone, work, kids, spouse, pets, and noise. It has been used for several decades throughout the world to promote relaxation and meditation; aid in the treatment of conditions like cancer, arthritis, and PTSD; improve pre-competition visualization for athletes; and is valued for its pain-relieving effects.

How much does floating cost?

Fees for floating are similar to what a massage therapist may charge, with an average cost of $ 60 per hour. Most float centers offer memberships, packages, and other promotions to encourage visitors to use their centers on a regular basis. Many centers or spas partner with, or offer, several different services such as massage, reflexology, acupuncture, or dry salt saunas.

How does floating work?

Nearly 1,000 lbs. of Epsom salt are added to shallow water inside a pod, tank, or chamber. The air and water temperatures are set the same as the surface temperature of our skin, about 92-94F degrees. The water is more dense than the Dead Sea, making it impossible to sink or drown. This can be counterintuitive to everything you've been taught about floating, so you may need to periodically check the muscles you'd instinctively use to stay afloat (back, neck, ribcage, etc.) to be sure they stay relaxed. The room is nearly soundproof, but there is an option of listening to relaxation music and having a light on if you need it. The idea, however, is to go without light and sound to achieve the best results.

You will have a private room with a float pod, shower and, possibly, a sink and toilet. Towels, washcloths, a robe, shampoo, shower gel, and moldable ear plugs are always provided for your convenience, while other amenities may also be offered, depending on the spa owner. You'll shower before your float to remove chemicals that could contaminate the tank. Your float begins after your shower is turned off, and is timed by software at the front desk. At the end of your float, music will play and a recording will welcome you back to reality, giving you time to wake up and to exit the pod. You'll want to shower after your float to remove excess salt that could cause itching or dryness. If you're still in the room 10 or 15 minutes after your float ends, you will notice that a powerful filtration system will cycle the float water several times to clean it. If, for some reason, you're still in the pod, a recording will tell you that a cleaning cycle will begin shortly. You do not want to be in the pod when the jets and filters start!

How does floating make you feel?

Many people describe floating as imagining they are in outer space or back in the womb. They feel high, peaceful, or one with the earth. They often report reduced pain, as well as improved sleep, digestion, performance, creativity, or visualization. The effects can last for hours, days, or even weeks. The results are very individual.

For beginners, the ability to lose track of time, relax, meditate, attain spiritual awareness, or let go of their thoughts usually takes practice. Most can not attain this in the beginning and should not expect to. Just relax as much as you can. Try listening to each breath as it moves through your lungs. Concentrate on releasing the tension from each muscle, beginning with your head and ending at your toes.

My results:

Floating provided me with very good, short term pain relief and I slept like a baby the night of the float. These are two very important benefits to me. I did feel a bit high for the reminder of the evening, and I stayed relaxed for several days. As expected, floating was only a little helpful in relieving my anxiety. I found it nearly impossible to stop thinking about the things I needed to do or what every fault noise might be. With practice, I'm sure mental release would ever happen; it just did not happen for me in the first two visits. If any of the float centers were closer than a 60 to 90-minute drive, I would buy a membership and float on a weekly basis. I believe it would be most beneficial when done on a regular basis.

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Before You Dis My Thoughts and Prayers

I've been watching with interest the recent trend on social media of devaluing thoughts and prayers. I recognize the frustration and even cynicism behind it, but we need to take a look at thoughts and prayers from a grown-up perspective before offhandly throwing them under the bus.

I'm a spiritualist, metaphysician and student of consciousness. Lots of us are these days, and we know powerful change agents that thoughts and prayers are. Literally. And this is not about religion. It's about consciousness, and the power of it.

Everything that is unfolding in our culture and in our world started as thought. Thought is causal. Thought is how things – beliefs, ways of showing up in the world, situations, and circumstances – begin. Thoughts – beliefs, agreements (conscious and unconscious), fears, wounds, desires, hopes, and dreams – are the blueprints that become the patterns within which we live our lives, both individually and collectively. They are powerful, and a literal creative force.

Prayer – new prayer, affirmative prayer – is thought intentionally applied. It's not beseeching some outside entity for favors. Prayer is a conscious choice and decision, impelled by our hearts and souls, to engage and co-operate with the creative, powerful, causal realm of embodied Divinity, via both thought and prayer, inviting a new blueprint to eclipse the old.

Metaphysics 101 tells us that where we place our attention expands into our experience of life. It's massively subjective. We see what we are looking from – based on the mental, emotional and spiritual blueprint in our minds and hearts. Because of that we find what we are looking for, regardless of what we are looking for. If our focus is on lack, we will see and feel and experience lack, and because the focus of our attention – our thought – is causal, literally creative, and becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

If on the other hand we wish to co-create something new, something vital and fabulous and peaceful and loving and good, that becomes our focus. We find what we are looking for, regardless of what we are looking for. If our focus is on good, we will see and feel and experience good, and because the focus of our attention – our thought – is causal, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

What is not working in our culture and in our world has become self-evident. Inequity, lack of stewardship, isms and schisms in their many iterations have brought to our attention fractures that have existed in plain sight or just below the surface for a long time. What is not working is in our faces, and while that is valuable information, its greatest value is one of creating a contrast for a new blueprint based on wellness, equity, and stewardship, a collective emerging thought impelled by a thousand, a hundred -thousand, maybe millions of individual prayers that collectively have the power to create it.

We are in the middle of sometimes the greatest season of change in our history as a species – call it a shift of consciousness, call it an awakening, call it what you will. Whatever you call it, and whatever is becoming, it will become as a result first of thought, impelled by prayer, which in this case I'll define as a creative and powerful heart and soul desire for something better. That's the only way it's going to happen.

It's going to take a lot of that, a lot of us, a lot of new thoughts, and powerful, creative, causal prayers to collectively craft this emerging new blueprint for the coming season of humanity. We just might want to shift our attention, at some point, from what is not working to what we do want to create.

In the meantime, please do not dis my thoughts and prayers. Whatever what you may or may not think about me and my methods, I am hard at work – drafting the new blueprint that is welling up from within our individual hearts and souls and coming together in and as our collective consciousness.

And I could use a little help.

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The Shat Chakras in the Human Body and Their Significance

The meaning of the word chakra is spinning wheel. When considered from a yogic point of view, the chakras are a convergence of the human energy, feelings thoughts and physical body. These chakras are the defining factor of how we react to different situations, how we deal with reality, our emotional reactions, our aversions or desires, the amount of confidence we carry and the things we fear.

It is very important to keep the energy flow freely through these chakras at all times for maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul. When this energy gets blocked in a chakra it may lead to mental, physical and emotional imbalance resulting in symptoms such as anxiety, poor digestion and lethargy. The idea is to keep these energies flow freely and that can be done by practicing asana and pranayama and other yogic practices regularly.

There are six major chakras in the body mentioned as below:

1. Muladhara- The “root chakra” is located at the base of the spine almost at the tailbone. It is responsible for the instinctual urges related to food, survival, sleep and sex. It also controls our fears and things we try to avoid.
2. Svadhishthana- The “pelvic chakra” is connected with the reproductive organs, adrenals and genitourinary system.
3. Manipura- The “navel chakra” or the “jewel city” is represented by the color yellow. This chakra is associated with the digestive system as well as personal power, anxiety, fear, introversion and opinion formation.
4. Anahata-TheAnahata or the “heart chakra is associated with the colors pink and green. The main issues associated with this chakra are complex emotions, kindness, compassion, love, rejection and well-being.
5. Vishuddha- The “throat chakra” is represented by the color blue or red. This chakra is associated with speech, hearing and the endocrine glands which take care of the metabolism.
6. Ajna- The “third eye” or the “command” chakra symbolizes the convergence of two critical energetic streams in the human body. Ajna corresponds to the colors indigo, violet or deep blue but is specifically described as white. This chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, development and growth.

Sahasrara- Also called the “crown chakra” or the “thousand petaled” chakra symbolizes the state of pure consciousness. This chakra is located on the crown area and is signified by the color violet or white. Sahasrara enterprises matter of highest wisdom.

The concept of energetic anatomy and physiology of the ancient sages gives a comprehensive approach for the understanding of the holistic health and wellness of the human spectrum from its gross to subtle nature. The element, pranas and the organs of working in the location of each chakra have a significant effect on the homeostasis development.

The knowledge of chakras and the practices relevant to their activation will play a significant role for the health concepts in Kundalini Yoga. Also, they will be valuable to reach the higher dimensions of Yogic experiences. The classical text on Hatha Yoga curriculum will provide broad base in this journey.

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Sometimes That ‘Little Voice’ Can Really Yell

Magnum's Little Voice

I used to love watching Magnum PI with Tom Selleck in 1980s and I always got a kick out of every time he mentioned to 'that little voice' and what it was telling him to do or not to do. Sometimes he recorded and sometimes he did not and he regretted it if he ignored it, but he carried on anyway.

Later, I came to understand that he was talking about insight or hunches and that made perfect sense to me since he could read clues and people so well, and he was so focused on his goal of finding the truth about a crime. Magnum's character had a real knock for tracking down perpetrators and his internal guidance system was that little voice of his. I remember wanting to be able to hear more from my own little voice, but I was no private investigator, so I surprised where I could use such a skill.

Noticing My Own Little Voice

A few years later I noticed I did have assured guidance that revealed solutions for me and it prompted me in daily life, as long as I was not totally distracted by problems. At first it was very sporadic and seemed quite coincidental. Like the time I saw a nice duplex while driving down the street and got an impression along with the thought, “I would like to live there.” A few months later it was for rent and I was able to move in right away. Of course I had all of my stuff in storage and was living in a cabin on a beach 40 miles from town before it came up for rent, but I still recall the impression I got when I first saw the building. More synchronicity happened over the years, but I never paid too much attention to it at those times.

Decades later I realized I wanted those synchronous events to be the norm and not just happenstance, so I set about figuring out how to make it so. After much contemplation that involved stretching many of the synapses in my brain beyond my current puddle of knowledge the idea was presented: getting better at being the real me was key to reading the minority energies that guide me to fulfill my life's purpose. By the time this concept reached the forefront of my consciousness I had already done much in the way of soul / self-searching, so a little more inner work was not a problem.

Finding My Big Voice

Now things were getting interesting. Good thoughts and emotions were brought into sync with good feelings and my true character was shining through. At each deliberate step inward towards the real me and even farther away from what was left of my devitalized ego I found more and more serenity and a new kind of power – in my own voice. I then asked myself, “What do I do now?” and the answer came resounding simultaneously through all my senses: MAKE GOOD THINGS HAPPEN!

It came as a thought so loud it seemed I was being yelled at; it came as an explosion of energy from the depths of my solar plexus so strong I felt the charge through my entire body; it came as impression of truth so uplifting I felt I was no longer on the planet earth. It was exciting and surreal; it left me dazed and light-headed; I felt silly and giddy and more than alive. It was the highest I've ever been on life and there was no sign I was coming down from this plane.

The Power Behind The Voice

Now if someone says or does something insensitive that others me I just focus on the me inside and somehow an adjustment is made in the universe. It's as if the surrounding air is immediately filled with the healthy negative ions to neutralize the unhealthy negative energy. By maintaining my focal point on my inner serenity I am also keeping my energy safe from getting entangled in the heads, which means I do not have to deal with their ego.

The helpful information that floats across the filaments of our senses as inspirational thoughts, impressions, ideas, epiphanies and gut feelings is very much a part of the human experience. Though some would pooh-pooh these inklings as airy-fairy notions, they are one of our most accurate means of reading a situation or receiving an answer when hard-pressed for a solution to a problem. In fact, the more honest we are with the more clear and regular the messages become and the greater the richness in our life experience grows.

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Nootropic – Boost Human Memory, Improve Brain Processing Speed

The era of smart drugs and nootropics is here. Nootropic drugs defined as substances that increase memory, attention, motivation, and mood, or everything related to cognitive and thought patterns.

To consider as a nootropic drug, a substance must first satisfy two specific criteria.

  • First, you must improve your learning and memory .
  • Second, must give seldom or no side effects.

The impact of smart drugs has exhibited by fictional intellectual drugs. Such as 'NZT-48' in the film and the 'Limitless' television show starring Bradley Cooper. Although the effect of this movie has changed, today you can use smart drugs to achieve similar results.

The most common smart drugs such as Modafinil and Progill used by several people for rods that must elite performance. The fighter pilots of the United States Air Force. UOP, WSOP poker players, UFC, MMA fighters, professional players and several Silicon Valley CEOs.

Nootrogen is a pioneer developer of smart nootropic stacks do not require prescriptions. Through a randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The study identified key natural compounds that have significant effects on brain and cognitive role when consumed by humans. Dimethylaminoethanol or DMAE, the point of this study is one of the key ingredients in the notrogen formula.

Enhanced memory

The Nootrogen formula helps to stimulate cognitive health and improve the efficiency of memory-related brain regions. This achieved by increasing the ability of the brain to do a method called synaptic plasticity. In fact, synaptic plasticity is the ability of the brain to keep existing neurons. While allowing to the form of new neuronal patterns that allow you to keep and learn new information signals.

Improve focus and Concentration

There is an increasing demand for any medicine to help focus. In today's disturbing environment, people need to focus on aspects of daily life. Such as working at the office or studying expanding tests. Nootrogen has a variety of vitamins useful to concentrate on natural ingredients. Special ingredients such as Bacopa extract and green tea extract are irritating to help you stay alert and wide-awake. This alarm alert affects mental clarity, a catalyst to increase productivity.

Improve brain processing speed

Bacopa extract in Nootrogen's formula has been the theme of many related cognitive studies. Studies of participants over the age of 65 shows. The Bacopa extract manifests a significant improvement in cognitive role compared to the placebo group. Studies have shown that subjects can do memory recall tests more and show fewer signs of anxiety under test conditions.

Calming nerves and anxiety

The L-theanine found in the Nototrogen formula known for its ability to relieve tension, promote relaxation. Help relay anxiety without feeling nervous. This makes Nootrogen a perfect complement if you are to be in a position. Where easy to increase nervousness and anxiety (such as public speaking or test cases).

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Body Language in Sports


Aristotle said that man is a “social animal” and a “linguistic animal.” This convention is so anchored in our perception that it is hard to believe when psychologists claim that 90% of our communication is not verbal at all.

The meaning of this fact is simple – we communicate and transmit many messages, without uttering a word. Chazal (the old Talmudic sages) said that life and death are in the hands of the tongue, but as soon as we realize that 90% of our communication is nonverbal, we must also be aware of the messages we convey in our nonverbal communication and how they affect those around us.

How do athletes get better?

Players learn to pass, kick, shoot, attack, stop, change direction, close running lines and many other skills. As they improve these skills, they become better and more effective in the game. They improve these skills for two reasons:

Nonverbal communication in sports

If the psychologists are not mistaken and 90% of our communication is indeed nonverbal, why not apply the method of sports improvement even in relation to nonverbal communication? After all, this is a critical skill for the team's strength, which also affects the field during the game, during timeouts or breaks, in the dressing room and in training. The use of nonverbal communication in the group takes place at each meeting of the team players and through the encounter. The responsibility of the players and coaches is also, and perhaps first and foremost, to be aware of themselves and learn to communicate in a positive way.

Negative body language and team composition

I believe (mainly in children and youth departments) that a team must let go of a player, no matter how good he is, if he constantly “poisons” the group atmosphere with a negative body language. I also believe that a coach, no matter how good he is, who body language regularly regularly expresses negative messages to his players, should not coach children and teens.

Universal body language

Studies indicate that body language is a universal language that crosses cultures, genders or physical limitations. When a blind-born athlete wins a competition, for example, he raises his hands in the air and looks up – although he has never seen anyone else express the sense of joy in winning this way. When that blind athlete fills, he pulls himself together, drops his shoulders and puts his hands on his face in a gesture of pain. Try to remember how soccer fans respond to the loss of their team – that's right, everyone responds the same way and “grabs the head” with both hands.

The myth of positive body language

There is a false myth, claiming that only players with a positive body language walk upright, open their shoulders, look straight and express their feelings with sharp, violent movements. This body language, claims the myth, expresses a winning attitude and can be seen looking at well-known winners such as Michael Jordan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. These players are a model indeed. But not for everyone.

Body Language Models

Every person is motivated by different motivations and the difference between people must be respected. Therefore, one must also accept a different body language: less external, but present. This body language expresses the peace of mind and focus on action, and is clearly represented by players such as Messi, Iniesta, Nowitzki and Tim Duncan. Does anyone suspect that Messi or Tim Duncan are not Winners? Their teammates have come to know how they express positivity or winning attitude, and so does the audience. There is a wide variety of legitimate positive nonverbal body language expressions, and each player can find what is right for him. What he can not do any more in modern sports is being unaware of his nonverbal communication, or being aware of his negative nonverbal communication – and sticking to it nonetheless.

Active communication = cohesion

Try once to do the following experiment: Watch a basketball game without sound and pay particular attention to the nonverbal communication of the players. In no time you will notice how the players communicate using physical gestures without words: often you will see a player raise his eyebrows to indicate to his friend that he is ready for a move. A point guard will turn his chest toward the player he wants to give the ball to, half a second before the actual delivery – and then send him a message to be ready. The chin and eyes also become effective communication tools when the hands hold the ball. Pay attention how the shooting players lifts his thumb in the air to mark his appreciation after a good assist, or the pats on the buttocks. All these examples demonstrate the effectiveness and power of positive nonverbal communication. This kind of communication attests to an understanding between the players and high group cohesion. This good communication can also help an inferior team beat a better team.

The body language of each individual is derived from his or her level of self-awareness, personality, and mental abilities. If you know how hard it is to change physical habits in the game, such as keeping a low body, maintaining stability during delivery, and scanning the area before getting the ball, you will understand how difficult it is to change embodied sub-conscious patterns – body language patterns that we have become accustomed to.

How do you change a negative body language?

When a coach or a player feels that their body language is negative, they must change it. This change will not only improve the atmosphere in training and games but also make the team better. Anyone who can receive support from a psychologist who specializes in communications should do so.

If you are a coach and can not assign players such an escort, you can still drive a change process based on the following points:

  1. Psychological understanding – Understanding the effect of particular skill on their play creates the motivation to work hard and improve
  2. Physical practice – they work hard and then improve
    1. Present the importance of team communication at the first training sessions
    2. Learn and diagnose, during the first trainings, the body language of each player in your team
    3. When you summarize the training sessions, also refer to the energy level. Set a score scale for the level of energy that trainings should be connected in. When the team fails to achieve that index, react decisively.
    4. Find videos of players with a negative body language and players with a positive body language. Show them to your players and analyze the feelings and messages that they receive. In the first stage, analyzes of a third person are more effective. Find varied examples and try to avoid the classic and familiar, eg Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo.
    5. Develop a mutual language with your players. After they'll express identification with a player with a positive body language, remind them, during training sessions, how the player behaves or his name
    6. film players who failed to make a change and edit the negative body language expressions to create a short clip. show them the clip in private, and discuss with them their feelings. Sometimes such a reflection would do the trick
    7. Make it clear that they are allowed to feel “fake” at first. That the gap between what they feel and what they express is legitimate. However, what they express is more important because it affects the team
    8. If the player has not been able to get rid of his negative body language, refer him for professional help and take a clear position on this subject

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To Be A Scullion

As the pan gets cleaned, it almost has a glow that belongs to your heart. Each dish that gets rinsed means that you are easing your family's way. When the counters are wiped down germs and bacteria will not go into the mouths of our children. Refinishing a bathroom helps the community become a better place to live. Giving neighbors a compliment brings a smile to all those around you, therefore raising the energy of the neighborhood.

Our families are counting on us to change this world for the better. Call family what you will whether it be a relative relative, friends or animals. Family means that you get to experience a great life. Watching everyone grow into great beings of the universe. This is why when I had a job that no longer needed my services I was not worried. I got to help first hand raise my family and be as good of an influence as I could muster.

We learn as we grow into adults to help our fellow man. It does no good to tear people down. They all belong the thing we call humanity. Each one of us are the heroes of the story. Every person has a certain task, want or need that they are currently perfecting. Which one really does not matter. What does matter is how we each will influence humanity. It becomes clear after some time that as humanity comes together we will begin to accomplish great things such as interstellar travel to living on other planets.

Look forward to humanity in growth. To build growth people need to be able to act upon their greatest ideas. They will come up with much more than I could even fathom in a millennium. We are creatures at the beginning stages of growth. When tasks become menial our minds begin to wander. Those wanderings bring humanity to their greatest works of art. Think about your most wonderful dream and imagine this world and others experiencing the idea.

Every person describes to dream. To dream we must slow our minds to the now. That now is the only moment that matters because that is where the greatest difference is made. Become a scullion to dream. Use each day, what are seeming to be menial chores, to show humanity what you want most for them. This is the service that will free us from bad days. Let us have great days, every day, to live and love. Become whole once again my fellow humans.

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Relaxing Your Mind and Soul With the Best Songs

Music is important to human beings and there is no one who does not like it. It relaxes the mind and soul, bringing with it contentment and peace. There are so many great musicians and singers and they are able to compose some of the most amazing songs ever. It has become very common to see the top lists of the best songs of every year. Some of the greatest musicians make it and they tend to be the most successful in the industry.

A world without music

It is very hard to imagine what the world would be like without music to entertain. The world would really be quiet and lonely. Music is simply extraordinary and it is what makes us who we are. Music is truly the fabric of life and it defines the society, as we know it. You can learn a lot about culture, religion, fashion, language, and so on by simply listening to music.

Music can be used to describe human experiences and this is the reason why you see people enjoy some of the best songs in all significant events such as birthdays, inaugurations, graduations, funerals, and weddings. Music is a perfect art, and it makes life complete.

You can improve the ambiance of a room by playing music. There are different styles and you will find a suitable song for all occasions. It is relaxing and soothing and it can improve a dull day largely.


All cultures create music and even in the past, this was still the case. Music affects our brains deeply and creates strong emotions and all sorts of memories. Learning about music allows us to understand what it is we want and it helps us understand other people more clearly. It is like therapy that our souls really need every single day of our lives.

The benefits of music

Creativity : Music forms an important part of creativity. It is one of the best ways that you can put the mind in a wandering mode. Since the mind is fueled, creativity is also fueled. When you have a creative mind, you can make great innovations and discoveries.

Memorable and fun learning experiences : music makes it more fun to learn new things and it can be used as a tool for memory. Kids are able to focus and then remember things already learnt. People are able to remember better when music is included in the learning experience.

Universal language : with music, communication across all linguistic and cultural boundaries is made possible. You can evoke some deep feelings, even when people have no idea what you are singing about. This is the reason why all sorts of music make it to the top lists, even though such languages ​​are not widely spoken.

Bringing people together : music is able to pull people together because there is a feeling one gets when you are listening to music surrounded by people even if they are strangers. This increases cooperation, connecting socially, and empathy.

Reduction of anxiety and stress : when the music has a low pitch and a slow tempo, it has the power to calm us down. This is especially true in painful and stressful events.

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How to Overcome the Temptation to Overeat

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution. ~ Author Unknown

When I became a full-time caregiver for my mother, I found solace in Pepsi and Chex Mix. Every time she called for help – which was dozens of times a day (and night), I would grab a handful of Chex Mix on the way to and from her room. Icy-cold Pepsi in a thermal mug was always within reach.

I did not think about the result of my actions; I just needed something to make me feel better. My weight crept up until I was over 200 lbs. Now, I'm tall – so I can carry a lot of weight without it being noticeable, but I knew it was not healthy. I just could not seem to stop.

What are your triggers?

I think you will admit that you overeat or choose unhealthy snacks because you are feeling poorly about some person or situation. Until you become conscious of your stressors and responses, you will never defeat the unconscious habits of over-eating and poor food choices.

Anger, bitterness, resentment, frustration, pressure at work, disappointment or depression can cause a craving in your psyche. Tension buildings. Then you try to fill the void or cure the pain with food or some other soon-to-be addiction. Physical comfort becomes a substitute for mental and spiritual peace.

The big problem is that poor diet leads to poor health. Plus, the stress in your mind and emotions (your soul) creates pressures and tension in your body. All of that opens the door to any number of preventable diseases. God has a different plan.

Love never fails.

Stress, anger, frustration, bitterness and other negative emotions are directly related to selfishness.

  • “What about me?”
  • “I hurt.”
  • “I'm frustrated.”
  • “They make me angry.”

Love, its opposite, is the answer to stress and tension. Love is not fretful or resentful. Love does not hold a grudge or take account of a suffering wrong. Love never fails. (I. Cor. 13) However, if you move out of love, you also move out from under God's shield of protection – and straight into the devil's territory.

The Bible is very clear that Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) . He wants to steal your peace, destroy your body / relationships / finances and remove you from this earth. Whatever bad things are going on in your life – health, finances, relationships, mental torment – you can be sure he is behind it-including weight gain.

When Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood, He noted that Satan had bound her, lo, these eighty years (Luke 13:16). Jesus did not counsel the woman to grab a chocolate bar. He said she should be 'loosed'. How do you get loosed? With the Word. When He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He surprised back by saying “It is written …” (see Matthew 4).

Love requires a conscious decision to set your own 'wants' and act in Love . The God-kind of love is an act of will, a decision of choice, not emotion.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Faith is a key element in controlling your appetites and desires. In your own strength, it's difficult to resist a bag of potato chips or a chocolate chip cookie. But the Bible says that we can be more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37) and that He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).

Instead of reaching for that comfort food, take a moment to center yourself by acknowledging that your body is the temple of God. That His love, joy and peace are your inheritance. Here is where one of the revelations I talked about [in the Preface to my book, Your Spirit-Body Connection] comes into play.

I heard Joyce Meyer, a world-renounced Bible teacher, talk about her battle with weight and health. She related her habit of having bread before dinner “because I was hungry”. You know, those warm crusty loaves that restaurants serve before your meal … Mmmm.

Joyce became convinced that, even though she really enjoyed that bread, her body did not NEED it. Instead, she needed patience to wait for her meal to arrive. In obedience to God's prompting, she began telling herself, “I eat no unnecessary food.” Her desire to please God became stronger than her desire for bread and butter. She used her joy in pleasing the Father as strength to resist the temptation.

Ask yourself: “What is more important to me – God or food?” Be willing to lay the chocolate and potato chips 'on the altar', and really treat your body as His temple. I do not belong to you! Use temperance – self-control – to say NO to what you do not need , whether you want it or not.

Let peace be your umpire.

Peace is essential to your sense of well-being. It is both preventive and restorative.

You already know that stress is a major factor in most diseases, both physical and mental. Even the word, disease [dis-ease], means lack of ease or peace. Stress is the major reason for over-eating. Food (like alcohol, cigarettes and drugs) becomes a comforting substitute for other less-satisfying circumstances in your life.

Maintaining your peace is essential for good health. Peace of mind helps eliminate depression and anxiety. Worry is the opposite of peace, thought on by fears – either real or imagined. It blocks your recognition of the blessings in your TODAY. Worry kills your peace and opens the door to a myriad of problems. Worry pays the price today for something that might or might not happen in the future.

Recognize that Jesus gave you His peace (John 14:27), the same peace He used through His earthly ministry, so you can have peace no matter what. When you are upset with someone, acknowledge that God is your source and protection. You do not need to battle or scheme to get what you want. God will take care of you. Instead, confess out loud: “You and me, Lord. You're all I need. I will receive your peace.

… be at peace among yourselves. (I Thess. 5:13) Striving to maintain peace is a worthy goal. In every situation, it should be your first check and balance – the umpire of your soul. It should determine your thoughts, words and actions.

Peace is inside you; it is one of the fruit of the spirit, like love, joy, patience, and self-control. Like everything in God's kingdom, it starts as a seed. You can strengthen and grow it with exercise. Begin today to become more aware of the situations in your life where you can share peace, love and blessing with those around you.

And this is the victory that overcomes the world …

Faith, peace, love and patience are the keys to overcoming any issue in life, not just food. To find victory over your habit of overeating or mindless eating, make yourself conscious of the situations that trigger your food cravings. Those temptations are carefully planned by the enemy to create overweight and ill health, to keep you distracted from the power Jesus cave you to be an overcomer.

God has promised you the victory, but you still have to 'walk it out'. Good choices hour-by-hour and day-by-day, confirming His promises and telling your body NO when you need to, will bring you to a place of health and peace. As you trust in Him and form new habits where food (and exercise) are concerned, the temptation to overeat will become a thing of the past.

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