Lifestyle management equals longevity.
Journaling (or keeping writings or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals. Presidents have maintained them for posterity; other famous figures for their own purposes. Oscar Wilde, 19th century playwright, said: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”
Contrary to popular belief, our forefathers (and mothers) did know a thing or two. There is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes. Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Begin journaling and begin experiencing these benefits:
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
- Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
- Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
- Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
In addition to all of these wonderful benefits, keeping a journal allows you to track patterns, trends and improvement and growth over time. When current circumstances appear insurmountable, you will be able to look back on previous dilemmas that you have since resolved.
Buy a Journal and get writing. It is far cheaper than a therapist;-)
Your future shrinks or expands in relation to the strength of your connections. Depth of connection determines breadth of influence. 3 dangers of disconnection Disconnected leaders: Feel blindsided and violated by negative feedback. Disconnection gives birth to feelings of persecution. Come off as uncaring. Disconnected leaders can’t see the negative impact of their behavior […]
Unresolved, unacknowledged feelings can lead us into anxiety, arguments and worse. Some educators believe it’s time to give our kids emotional instruction along with their ABCs. Who taught you how to identify and manage your emotions, how to recognize them when they arose and navigate your way through them? For many adults, the answer is:…
Self-Regulation Also called Self-Control is easier said than done.
- Ability of self to alter its own responses, states
- Areas of study:
–Controlling thoughts (Thinking) Words (Self Talk and Hearing Words) – The Imagery and meaning those words Provoke! That cause Feelings.
–Controlling emotions (Feelings) Not just the emotions but the physiology shifts that take us hand in hand to a new State Of Being. (positive & light vs negative & dark)
–Impulse control (controlling behavior) Its the energy from or emotions and state that are harnessed or they run unbridled.
- Useful for group life: individual changes self to adapt to the group
- Useful for following rules, norms
- Enables social conscience to triumph over selfish impulses
- By overriding first impulse, it enables more flexible & diverse behaviors
- The “master virtue”
–Most virtues involve good self-control
–Most vices involve self-control failure
- Strength of character or willpower
- Increases success in life
–Social life, popularity, relationships
Our Duality is based on how well we self regulate (We all have Jekyll & Hyde potential)
If we Acknowledge, embrace, and accept our shadows we bring them into the light!
We are human both wonderful and imperfect but learning to be more aware of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Controlling them is how our weeknesses become our strengths.
Sleep is a behavior
◦Yes it is also a change in consciousness but there is still a change in behavior
Measuring sleep patterns can be done in multiple ways.
◦Electroencephalogram (EEG) Brain waves
◦Electromyogram (EMG) Muscle activity
◦Electro-oculogram (EOG) Eye movements
◦Other devices Autonomic measures (heart rate, respiration, skin response)
◦Awake – state of relaxation (Alpha)
◦Alert and attentive (Beta)
Desynchrony (multiple neural circuits actively processing information)
◦Entering stage 1 (Theta) Firing of neurons more synchronized
transition between sleep and wakefulness
◦Stage 3 sleep (Delta) High amplitude
◦Synchronized EEG activity during deep stages of sleep
Dreaming, rapid eye movement
Importance of Sleep
◦Permits the brain and body to rest
Slow-wave and REM promote DIFFERENT TYPES of learning
◦Promotes brain development
Sleep does more than allow the brain to rest
It Aids in the consolidation of long-term memories! (take advantage of this when prepping for a quiz!)
Slow-wave and REM sleep play different roles in two major categories of long-term memories
◦1. Declarative memory (explicit)
◦2. Nondeclarative memory (implicit)
First think about the consciousness of an individual during REM vs. slow-wave sleep.
Which stages of sleep do you think aid in the consolidation of declarative/nondeclarative memories?
Originally posted on Mark My World: There was a time in my life when I felt that everything happening were against me and the odds are not in my favor. I was asking myself what have I been doing wrong or if I have done?something bad to other people and maybe this is just the…
At The Retreat At Zion (RAZ) we believe optimum health is found through “BALANCE”.
We all need to balance the needs of both Body & Spirit, and Heart & Mind to fully have integrity and congruency in our life. When we embrace our authentic self, healing occurs.
RAZ is a multidisciplinary Health Recovery Center that offers Programs for Balanced Wellness, Health & Addiction Recovery, and Optimum Performance. Our focus is to provide the very best (progressive yet practical) medical care anywhere, combined with unrivaled therapeutic support. This goal is accomplished by also integrating leading nutrition and fitness services, advanced methods for healing, an enlightened behavioral modification model, and incomparable lifestyle management education as vital parts of a complete health recovery program.
“Our mission is to provide the best education, resources, and support for the prevention, intervention, and recovery from chronic health. RAZ is committed to the research and development of better methods to overcome limiting health and fitness conditions. We aim to lead the fight for better preventative and longevity medicine through integrating traditional and complimentary treatment methods that are proven to greatly improve the health and lives of our patients.”
New scientific research and technologies are providing great breakthroughs in health recovery.
By combining advanced treatments to change the chemistry and synapses patterns of the brain and body, with the best energy medicine; cellular balance and optimum health of body, mind, heart and spirit are restored. As physical health is restored, mental processes shift, emotions are released, and self-reclamation occurs. With a new awareness patients can take the right actions & anchor empowering new behavior patterns. Better life strategies get better results, which motivates the permanent adoption of a healthier lifestyle. This supports a balanced life and continued long-term improvement of health, productivity, and meaning.
One great method of “balancing” is through Yoga practice. It becomes a metaphor for life. In Yoga the Sun and Moon are representative symbolically of the Masculine and Feminine Energies.
The Yoga we are most familiar with – the practicing of physical poses or asanas – is often called Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, Ha = sun, Tha = moon. Together, Iyengar defines hatha as “force or determined effort”. Combined with the meaning of yoga (to ‘bind, join, attach’, and also ‘union’ or ‘communion’) we reach the understanding that the practice of hatha yoga is a joining or balancing (of the sun and moon energies in the body) by determined effort in order to achieve union or communion. (To what is up to you!)
In theory when we practice Yoga we are trying to join the masculine and feminine energies of our body, thus becoming ‘whole’ and achieving “a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly.” I participated in a Yoga workshop a few years ago, in which the Teacher discussed this balancing principle. He discussed masculine energy as muscular energy. It is that energy which is powerful, energetic, and giving. When you push up from plank pose (kumbhakasana) to downward-facing dog (adho muka svasana), that would be masculine energy. But once you arrive in the pose, you invoke your feminine energy to soften the upper back and the shoulders and sink gracefully into a deeper stretch. The feminine energy is what allows us to be creative, countering the strong but rigid masculine energy with a gentle breath, flexibility, and an open heart.
What amazes me is that after years of practicing Yoga, I was only just discovering this concept. How did I miss it? It’s fascinating (to me!) that in Western Yoga, which is so female-dominated, the feminine principal of Yoga seems to play second fiddle. Is this because the main styles of Yoga we practice today were male-initiated? Or is it because I myself get so logical and task driven in my “Male” thinking, or that Western society is full of those rigid, energetic masculine principles? Because we are so focused on the individual, or on attaining instead of letting go? One example is our typical Yoga mat – straight and narrow. Why did it take me 10 years of Yoga practice to hear a Teacher say: “go ahead and go outside your mat” be more creative!
Simple, yet it can change the whole way you practice Yoga &/or life. It feels like coming home.
From this we learn a valuable lesson. Yoga is neither masculine nor feminine but both. It is strong yet soft, rigid yet fluid, it is fixed in a moment but flexible and changing always. Somewhere in there is a balance – a moment when time stops, when the ego dissolves, when our own internal Yogini or Yogi just is. Not in the doing but in the being. And that is Yoga.
And so goes life!
Love & Light and most of all find “Balance & Meaning”.
We need to Accept w Wisdom, Change w Courage, and FLOW around lives challenges!
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the former head of
psychology at the University of Chicago.
Noted for his work in happiness and creativity –
Csikszentmihalyi is best known as the architect
of the notion of flow.
What is flow?
According to experts, “Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus,
full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”
Athletes call it “The Zone.”
According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It’s a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing
emotions in the service of performing and learning.
In flow the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.
The hallmark of flow is a…
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The view of our ranch www.theretreatatzion.com from the plane although beautiful was also looking like a long way down. My beautiful daughter Emily had chosen Sky Diving as a present for her 19th birthday and dad was along for the flight, fall , and float experience.
I quickly and instinctively chose deep breathing as a simple yet powerful relaxation technique to use pre-jump. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices such as Yoga, Meditation, and other self regulation tools we teach and use at The Retreat At Zion (RAZ).
Breathing away the stress!!!!!!!!
Thank You skydivezion