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... and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:
“Anger is a natural human emotion.
Anger is fine, even healthy; it is HOW it is expressed, HOW it is received, WHAT becomes of it after it is expressed that creates such an energetic mess.
Actual anger can be a healthy expression of emotions and often lasts about two minutes. When someone is angry or critical they are often in fear, in pain, or both. It is our immediate response (and our choice) to take it personally..”
— Catherine Poole
"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful."
"My Wishes For You:
May peace break into your home and
may thieves come to steal your debts: May the pockets of your jeans
become a magnet for $100 bills: May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips: May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy: May the problems you had
forget your home address
—In simple words ....may 2010 be the best year of your life!"
HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!
And if you need a bit of
help to get through it,
please let me know and
I’ll do what I can to help.
Welcome to my December newsletter. I hope it finds you all doing well even though this can be the most stressful time of year for many, many people. I offer you in this issue information, thoughts and suggestions that can help you get through the Holidays.
But, before we start on that, I just wanted to remind you about the 10-Day Millionaire Mindset Event I am participating in. We have had a great response and the event is quickly filling up. If this is something you want to participate in, I encourage you to sign up quickly while there is still space available.
Here is a bit more about just what this amazing event is all about and how it can help each and every one of you.
Remember, it starts January 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM Pacific time until 5:15 PM.
Each session is one hour and fifteen minutes long and you can participate in the comfort of your home on the phone. If for any reason you can't make one of the classes they will be recorded and available that same night.
You will learn how to take your business or any aspect of your life from the point where you are now and by the end of this challenge you will attain to what every true winner must have to succeed in business, love and living:
BRILLIANT MENTORS TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK!
What you will come away with after completing the millionaire mind set ten day challenge is:
A successful blueprint for your business or major goal.
A success profile outlining your strengths and weakness.
Confidence to go out into the world and create the life you were meant to have.
Winning communication skills that will allow you to negotiate and make your point when it counts.
A feeling of peace and freedom.
Inspiration to create a bigger and more successful business.
Motivation to really go for your dreams in life.
The necessary tools to create and build the life of your dreams.
Knowledge of what your strengths and weakness are and how to use that to create the business that best suits your attributes.
Strong intuitive skills that will give you an advantage when making important business decisions.
A new life script that will manifest the millionaire mindset.
The Top Visionaries at Motivational Whisperers will be your mentors and guides during this exciting mind set challenge. You can read more about this event, the experts who will be teaching you and sign up through the link listed here.
***You must have a promotional code;
that code is: 1010
Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/24n8j2h
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
As I said in my opening, this time of year can be so hard for so many people. There have been many studies conducted that have demonstrated that Mindful Thinking can help lessen and even alleviate stress and depression, even holiday depression. I have written an article on Mindfulness and I am thrilled to be able to say that this article is being featured in the December issue of Your Health Connection (YHC). I am offering for you all an excerpt from that article because it is one I am particularly proud of and deal with this very subject.
Living the Mindful Life
We all like to think that it is our traditions, rituals and routines that give us comfort and peace. While that may feel true, it only feels that way because that is what we’ve told ourselves over and over again. In reality, study after study has shown that practicing mindful thinking, rather than habit and routine, has a proven positive effect on brain function ultimately lowering stress responses and increasing feelings of relaxation and well-being.
Mindfulness is defined as a mental state characterized by focused awareness of your activities, routines, beliefs, thoughts, emotions and motivations. In other words, think about what you are doing when you are doing it.
Mindfulness techniques and therapy are increasingly being used in Western medicine among clinical psychologists and psychiatrists and have been proven effective in alleviating stress, anxiety, obsessive thinking and depression. In addition, recent research has shown Mindfulness Therapy to be a useful therapeutic tool for helping those who suffer with chronic pain, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program which is offered in over 200 U.S. hospitals, and MARC Center at UCLA was created to bring to mental health research mindfulness awareness and they offer regular classes and seminars as well as conduct research related to mindfulness and its practical use as a treatment for ADHD and to enhance general well-being.
These are just two examples of the way Western Medicine has embraced mindfulness therapy.
Mindfulness, however, is nothing new to Eastern medicine and philosophy. Buddha, over 2500 years ago, provided guidance on establishing mindfulness. What is called right mindfulness or right meditation involves bringing your awareness into the present moment; and by living in the present moment, you can begin to see both the inner and outer aspects of your reality.
When you are truly living in the present, you can more clearly see how your mind runs an internal commentary about everything you focus on. By noticing that you are doing this, you give yourself the ability to not only observe and focus, but to change this internal commentary. When you practice mindful thinking, you quickly realize that thoughts are just that, thoughts, and they are formed out of our perceptions and pre-conceived ideas. They are not necessarily fact or reality and they do not have to be an obstacle.
You are free to release a thought, to “let it go” just as your free to change a perception. When you come to the realization that a thought is not an absolute truth, you are then free to observe your life and the world around you without judgment.
As you incorporate Mindfulness more fully into your life, you discover that happiness is not achieved or brought about by changing your external circumstances, but actually starts by releasing your attachment to fixed ideas, thoughts, predispositions and something we hypnotherapists like to refer to as a "script".
Mindful thinking allows you to release automatic reactions toward every situation and allow the flow of natural feelings, thoughts and reactions to emerge. In many ways, mindful thinking allows you to return to the openness you had as a child before cluttering your mind with the accumulation of a lifetime of preconceived and falsely conceived ideas, thoughts or emotions (something I refer to in my sessions as “trash”).
Mindfulness does not have to be restricted to a formal meditation, hypnotherapy or psychotherapy session. Mindful thinking is an activity that can be practiced any time and anyplace. It isn’t about where you are, but rather, it is about focusing your mind on what is happening at the moment that it happens.
We’ve all heard the phrase, live in the moment, but as I’ve spent more time studying mindfulness and incorporating it into my life, I’ve realized that too frequently we over think this simple phrase, and because of that I thought this would be the ideal time to explain what I mean by “live in the moment”. Being mindful or living in the moment is as basic as noticing the sensations in your feet while walking, listening to and hearing the sound of the wind as it rustles through the trees, feeling the warmth of the water and the soap bubbles while doing dishes, or hearing the birds around you.
Once you have learned to do this and are ready to live in the moment, you are ready for the next step in mindful thinking and that is to become aware of your internal commentary and to listen to what that commentary is; perhaps it is something like this: I’m tired and I wish I didn't have to walk any further, I just want to sit down; or I hate washing dishes, it’s so boring and it dries out my hands. Once you become aware of this internal running commentary, you have the opportunity, the power and the ability to change it, to re-write the script. Rather than thinking about how boring it is to be washing dishes, you might want to focus on how the warm water feels nice on your hands or how the sun shining through the window sparkles on the glass or maybe the way the bubbles remind you of taking a bubble bath.
Remember, when practicing mindfulness, try to use your entire being. Consciously being mindful, while tremendously positive, only uses about 10-12% of your mental capacity; you can increase this percentage by accessing your subconscious and thus increasing your chances of success. Hypnosis gives you the ability to access your subconscious and more completely implement mindfulness in your daily life, and it is fun.
Excerpted from “Living the Mindful Life"
If you’d like to read the balance of this article and many others as well as useful information, visit www.yhcmagazine.com. It really is a wonderful source for alternatives in healing.
And now some health tips that can also help with anxiety, stress and feeling down:
- Do This; Feel Happy for 12 Hours
Spend 20 easy minutes doing this and you could help guarantee a good mood for 12 hours: walk.
That's what a recent study revealed. A short, moderately paced workout produced feel-good brain chemicals that lasted up to 12 hours afterward. In the study, college students either rested quietly for 20 minutes or cycled on a stationary bike for the same amount of time. And the cyclers weren't even really pushing it. They merely exercised at a mild to moderate pace (60 percent of maximum heart rate).
Both groups reported lower levels of negative emotions -- like anger, depression, fatigue, and tension -- immediately after the experiment as well as 2 hours later. But only the cyclers continued to enjoy their happier mindset a full 12 hours after the workout session. Yep, it all boils down to those mood-enhancing brain chemicals that exercise is so good at producing
Here's the catch, though: For an ongoing effect on your temperament, you need to exercise all or most days of the week -- not just once in a while. So lace up those walking shoes. It's only 20 minutes out of your day, right? And here are some ways to help those 20 minutes fly by:
- Use the buddy system.
You know that nice mood you get from your daily walk? Here's an easy way to ratchet up those feel-good feelings a notch or two: Invite a friend.
New research suggests that exercising with a fitness-minded buddy is not only more fun but also boosts the level of happy chemicals your body produces because of the exercise. Research has shown for years that exercise helps boost people's moods because it boosts endorphin levels.
Now, a study of university crew team members showed that 45-minute workouts done in groups helped increase the rowers' pain thresholds (and thus endorphin levels) better than when they exercised alone. Exercise only works if it feels doable and you enjoy it. So find something that piques your interest, then invite a like-minded friend to join you.
- Picture yourself breezing through it.
It would be so great if we could figure out a way of making workouts feel easy-breezy for everyone. Right? So here's the trick: Give yourself a mental-image pep talk.
Apparently, imagining yourself sailing right through a workout just before you go at it can actually make the exercise feel easier, according to Tina Vindum, exercise expert and author of Outdoor Fitness.
Here's the three-step process she swears by:
- Picture it.
Before your workout or during warm-ups, close your eyes and visualize yourself doing your thing with ease. Take a few deep breaths, and imagine the air filling your lungs and delivering oxygen to every muscle of your body. Exhale deeply.
- Feel it.
Think about how it feels to hold your spine straight and your head high during your workout, and imagine it all feeling effortless. Picture your workout environment, and imagine yourself moving powerfully, effortlessly, and confidently through your run, walk, hike, or exercise class.
- Integrate it.
Take these images, feelings, and thoughts with you as you step into your workout.
- Eat your way to a happy heart.
These nontraditional but oh-so-healthy comfort foods can get you there. Next time you need a pick-me-up, reach for one of these three foods instead. Research shows they offer real mood-boosting benefits -- without inducing a food coma.
- Fortified cereal
Yep, another reason to eat your Wheaties. A bowl of fortified cereal is a great way to get a boatload of energy-boosting B vitamins, which work to curb tension, moodiness, irritability, and depression. (Or get a whole string of Bs -- B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate, biotin -- by taking a B-complex supplement or a multivitamin. But don't take too much.)
- Something made with saffron.
Small-scale studies have found that saffron -- the trademark spice in many yellow-hued Indian, Moroccan, and Asian dishes -- can ease symptoms of depression with virtually no risk of side effects. Although it's a somewhat pricey spice, a little bit goes a long way.
- Fish dishes
Research shows that people with lower blood levels of EPA and DHA -- two fatty acids found in several kinds of fish -- are more likely to show symptoms of mild to moderate depression. So snack on some tuna salad or finish off the salmon from last night's dinner.
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