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From Microbes to Mental Health: Connecting Your Gut to Your Head

From Microbes to Mental Health: Connecting Your Gut to Your Head

Did you ever wonder why so much of how we feel registers in our stomach? Terms like butterflies in our stomach, or a gut feeling, or gut wrenching experiences are all tell tale signs of how our gut has feelings too. So what? The trillions of bacterial cells in our gut support our immune function as well as our mental states by communicating directly with our brain and nervous system. Recent scientific breakthroughs demonstrate that these cells, called our gut microbiome, can affect how well we deal with stress and anxiety. Knowing the connection between our gut and our feelings

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Improve Your Focus

Improve Your Focus

In order to be successful at almost anything, you need to be able to focus on it. As I mentioned in our podcast, Train Your Focus, that it has been said, one needs 10,000 hours to be an expert. We also mentioned that this is not always the case because we all HAVE different abilities to sustain our attention. Focus allows us to direct all of our mental and physical faculties towardone objective and it allows us to avoid distraction or confusion. Many of us struggle with focus because we are digitally hijacked. With the best intentions we find ourselves

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5 Interesting Facts About Meditation

5 Interesting Facts About Meditation

1. It makes your brain plastic. Plastic meaning that our brain can change.  That means our brain’s potential is not set at birth — we can actually strengthen and improve our brains in ways once science said is impossible. When we train our mind to focus  we are happy. Keeping your attention focused on the present, accepting the moment without judgment, has been studied extensively for its infusion of positive psychological benefits. Many scientists are now saying, focusing our awareness is where we find our true happiness. Understanding that the mind and body are one entity and that the energetic

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Leadership in Focus

Leadership in Focus

4 Simple Changes to Reap the Benefits of Focused Awareness at Work Keeping your team aware of the present and focused on the intention will help them be more productive, happier, and less stressed. You probably are tired of hearing about  mindfulness and all the magical claims that are presented and rightly so. But the practice of training the mind is not just about mindfulness but needs the essential component of focus.  When we put mindfulness into focus we can actually apply it to all aspects of life, including the workplace. Focused Awareness is the practice of mindfulness with the

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Mindfulness in Focus

Mindfulness in Focus

Is Mindfulness Enough?   Over the past decade our media channels have been flooded with  the marvels of mindfulness. It’s been embraced by celebrities, business leaders, politicians and athletes; and recommended by doctors, clergy, psychotherapists and prison wardens. Apps and bestselling books touting the benefits of mindfulness as well as meditation proliferate. Google “mindfulness” and you’ll get over 24 million hits.  ”Are we in the midst of a “mindfulness revolution”?  This movement presents mindfulness as the panacea for all ills ranging from individual unhappiness to lack of work productivity. And if so, can its claims be justified? We know that mindfulness can improve

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Meditation and It’s Practice

Meditation and It's Practice

According to Sri Swami Rama, it was stated that “meditation is a process of purifying the mind and making it one-pointed, inward, and tranquil.  Through the method of meditation, the mind will help you to fathom the deeper levels of your being and lead you to the highest state of realization.” From The Essence of Spiritual Life By Swami Rama Meditation is a practice.   It is not something that happens right from the beginning unless you are very lucky. It is also not mindfulness, relaxation, listening with a headset different tones and pitches or for that matter, anything that

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Why Learn to Meditate

Why Learn to Meditate

Happiness is your creation and with a meditation practice you will learn, experience and master the art of being happy. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and joyful. If our mind is joyful, we will find the freedom and fulfillment in all our experiences.  We will learn to see all life circumstances as author, Stuart Wilde says to be an Amazing Experience.   Being free from worries and mental discomfort, gives us the opportunity to experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, healthy and soulful,

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Digital Detox

Digital Detox

Is your technology habit hijacking your brain? Fall, each year, signals the arrival of new Smartphones. And now we have either chosen to hold on to last year’s technology or move onto faster, better and more techno time. A serious problem exists, and is not going away until we rewire our own life. It’s no surprise that we are in the energy flow of mobile device attachment. Yes, attachment to our mobile devices. Do you know that at least 46 percent of participants in a Pew Survey from 2015 said that they “couldn’t live without” their devices. Snapchat, Instagram, and

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Be The Force of Positive Change

Be The Force of Positive Change

A woman’s life is an absolute tightrope walk.  The demands that society has placed upon her take a toll on not only herself, but on her family and society as a whole. Her ability to endure while raising a family and working endlessly is a telltale sign of her strength and stamina. But over time there is a decline in her energy pool due to continual changes and challenges occurring throughout  life. Nature has provided women with the innate wisdom to override such phenomena, we must learn to use it.  This process starts with “training your mind”.  Why? Because the

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9 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

9 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is one of those things that we can do without.  Our feelings of worry, apprehension or fear over something that may or may not happen in the future is all part of what we call anxiety.  And your are not alone.   The Brain And Behavior Research Foundation reports that 40 million American adults live with some anxiety each year. We all have experienced anxiety one time or another when we are not sure about our security or safety.  When we experience anxiety in our body we experience sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach

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Root Up the Issue

Root Up the Issue

4 Steps to Root Up Our Issues We are all driven by our likes and dislikes, beliefs and non-beliefs, rights and wrongs. Our search for finding out how to be happy and healthy does not need to go any further than exploring our lifestyle habits. When we examine our habits not only of our body but of our thinking process we come to find that our reality is totally a product of all these habits intertwined. How many are in the habit of thinking positively or negatively? What drives our habits is our deep rooted fears. Anyone who is a

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5 Steps to Create A New Habit

5 Steps to Create A New Habit

5 Steps to Create A New Habit We all live with our habits.  They stem from how we sleep to how we get up in the morning.  Habits are both physical and mental – how we move, walk and talk; what we choose to see and hear; what and how we think. They’re rooted very deeply in our mind and create grooves so they go on operating without our awareness. I always suggest that when students want to make positive changes in their life that they create new habits.  The reason for this is because it is much easier to

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