Saturday, 30 November 2013

This I simply HAD to share.

What An Amazing Dam. Wait… What’s That? Are Those…? No Way!

This somewhat ordinary dam in a National Park in Northern Italy is hiding something. Can you see what it is?

How about now? No? Then keep scrolling down.

They are indeed goats, death-defying goats that simply don’t give a dam.

 Why hi there little buddy.
November 29, 2013
This amazing herd of alpine ibexes live near a dam in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Northern Italy and have recently started climbing the brick dam much to the amazement of locals. Park officials quickly figured out that they were in fact grazing, licking the old stones for their salts and minerals.
Guess that beats my theory, that one of them just saw a spider down below.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

The art of resting fully.

"I fully agree with this article and have practiced this for years especially the years I’ve been chronically fatigued which is a different kettle of fish!
What you will find is; if you put your alarm on for 20 minutes that in a week or so you will be able to just lie down, nap and wake up in 20 minutes without the alarm. I understand that lorry drivers are adept at setting a nap time. Apparently my granny used to say that she’d just have 10 minutes in her rocking chair and she always woke up in 10 minutes time.
Similarly, if you time yourself 20-30 minutes and then stand up from your studies with an oxygenating stretch being beneficial before going back to your work. You will find that you do not lose concentration; you do not lose the flow but that you can maintain a high level of work for as long as you want or need to.
You might wish to scroll down and check out my article Grounding in the Centre of your Space to find more about being able to go to sleep at night." M'reen

The art of resting fully
by Yan

I didn’t sleep enough last night. But I have a ninja trick to quickly cor­rect this:
I prac­tice the art of rest­ing fully. Want to know what it is?
When I say that I didn’t sleep enough, I mean just that — I didn’t “have insom­nia”. I just went to bed too late, at around mid­night. Then I was cold, and my body couldn’t warm up while lying under the sheets. Feel­ing cold, I couldn’t fall asleep. After 45 min­utes of feel­ing cold I got up and took a warm shower. Then I went back to bed and fell asleep promptly — until my alarm rose me up at 6:45.
Sleep­ing six hours is not enough for me to feel fully rested (I rather need 7.5/8 hours). So I felt slightly grumpy, a lit­tle fatigued, and def­i­nitely unin­spired by what I had put on my to-​​do list.
Feel­ing the blah
That gave me a lit­tle taste of the ordeal most peo­ple who come to Sleep­Tracks expe­ri­ence — and a reminder of what I used to expe­ri­ence in a much more pro­nounced way a decade ago, when I was label­ing myself as an insomniac. Any­way, after about an hour of respond­ing to SleepTracks’s clients and a few other tasks, I started to feel the urge to procrastinate. That’s what hap­pens when we are under-​​rested and sleep-​​deprived, right? We eas­ily crum­ble under the slight­est pres­sure. We feel eas­ily over­whelmed. We can’t con­cen­trate. So we start to pro­cras­ti­nate. Or we get back to an old habit: using worry as a project instead of work­ing on what­ever is in front of us. Blah.
What is the ninja trick then?
In three words: tak­ing a nap. I actu­ally took three naps that day. Yes, three. Now please hear me: most days I don’t nap at all. Some­times I’ll nap once in the after­noon. But yes­ter­day I lis­tened to my needs and rested three times. Did I waste my whole day doing that? Hardly. First nap lasted 20 minutes. 
Sec­ond nap lasted about 15 min­utes — because I fell asleep and then woke up think­ing that the alarm had already rang. The last one, spent on the couch, lasted for about 30 minutes.
Yes, I was overindulging. And doing so with­out the slight­est bit of self-​​judgment. With­out telling myself that I “should be” doing this or that instead. In fact, when I lied on the couch I told myself “I’m going to stay there until I actu­ally want to get up and do something”. It felt great, because I actu­ally needed it. 
I know because I felt so much clearer and ener­getic and moti­vated after each one of those naps. Instead of sit­ting stu­pid and con­fused in front of my com­puter, I was able each time to be pro­duc­tive and inspired again.
Rest fully when you need to
Rest­ing fully when you need to is the best act of self-​​love you can pro­vide your­self. And nobody else but you can give your­self this pre­cious gift. Rest­ing is more impor­tant to your over­all health than nutri­tion. More impor­tant than phys­i­cal activ­ity. More impor­tant than any­thing else.
Let me repeat that and be obnox­ious about it: When you need it, phys­i­cal rest is more impor­tant to your over­all health than nutri­tion. More impor­tant than phys­i­cal activ­ity. More impor­tant than any­thing else.
Most peo­ple have for­got­ten that they even have the pos­si­bil­ity of lis­ten­ing to that need and to fill it. They take cof­fee, choco­late, load up on carbs instead, or stim­u­late them­selves with the news, with fran­tic activ­ity… or with worry. All of these are crappy sub­sti­tutes to the real deal: rest. Your need for rest won’t nec­es­sar­ily come from lack of sleep. It can man­i­fest itself after hard phys­i­cal exer­tion, demand­ing con­cen­tra­tion at work, or an exhaust­ing rela­tion­ship con­flict — any­thing that taxes your energy sys­tem more than usual. In any case, hon­or­ing this need will make a big dif­fer­ence in your day. And even help you turn your back to insom­nia (more on that later).
Sim­ple nap­ping instructions
1Don’t make it com­pli­cated. And don’t focus on falling asleep. Just have the inten­tion to “rest” for 20 min­utes or so. Peo­ple will say “I can’t sleep dur­ing the day” as a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for why they won’t lie down even though they are clearly exhausted — but the goal is NOT to fall alseep, but sim­ply to answer your body/mind’s need to rest for a moment. If that is your inten­tion, then your nap will always be a success. Call it “a lit­tle quiet time” if you don’t want to call it a nap because you’d feel lazy
2Just lie down on your bed (keep your clothes on, this is a quickie, remem­ber) or on your couch. Under your desk, or over. Any­where, really. Put a sleep mask on.
3Set some timer and let go for 20–30 min­utes. Not more. Even if it takes you 15 min­utes to doze off.
4Use Power Nap, the audio ses­sion cre­ated specif­i­cally for that in the Sleep­Tracks Sleep Opti­miza­tion Pro­gram. The back­ground sounds will make the world around you fade out, and the brain­wave entrain­ment will help you to let go and guide you to sleep. I’ve used Power Nap for a few years reli­giously — but now I’m so used to nap­ping when I need to that I just put on my sleep mask and off I go. Peo­ple around me are always sur­prised to see me get back from a nap so quickly with a spring in my legs. “Already?” they say. “Did you sleep?” “Yes, of course I did. »
And you can too. It’s just a mat­ter of practice.
When to do it (and when not)
Sim­ple, again: do it when you feel the need to rest (and when you can get away with it). But will nap­ping ruin your next night’s sleep? Some sleep experts warn you not to take naps if you strug­gle with sleep. They say it will make your insom­nia worse. I say on the contrary. Use those short naps as train­ingto get good at let­ting go quickly and fall asleep when­ever you lie down. Even if you don’t sleep you’ll get the ben­e­fit of rest­ing and rejuvenating. Just don’t do it after din­ner at night in order to avoid dis­rupt­ing your night ­time sleep. DON’T nap for an hour in front of the TV after dinner!
A good rem­edy against the fear of not sleeping
Nap­ping reg­u­larly will also lessen the fear of not sleep­ing you may be har­bor­ing right now. Know­ing you can always take a nap (or, like me, a few ones) if the need arises and wake up refreshed will lower the pres­sure you put your­self under when night­ time comes. As far as I’m con­cerned, next time I don’t sleep enough I’ll just resort to my favorite rest­ing trick, and I’ll go for a short nap. Even if you think I’m a lazy bum. (btw, I’m a lazy bum only when I decide to. Next week I’ll be locked at home on a writ­ing retreat, attempt­ing to write the full draft of a book in one six-​​day burst. It will be intense! I might nap a few times along the way.)
Pic­ture: Julia Manzerova                  

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

How to write your way out of self-doubt.

How to write your way out of self-doubt
The bad news is there is no complete cure for self-doubt. “That’s not peppy,” you’re probably thinking. Well, here’s the good news: you are not alone—it is experienced by even the best writers out there—and it is a feeling that can be both mastered and overcome. I’m sure if you are in the throes of a hearty dose of it, you’re still thinking that’s of little comfort (and possibly something four-lettered), but the suggestions below will help you find your way out of the fog.
1. Be selfish, write for yourself
On many occasions, perhaps not just in our writing, we become too concerned with what other people think. That concern can turn to fear: “What if I make a fool of myself?” And that fear stops us in our tracks. So, in answer to this, I say don’t write worrying about how someone else will react to your work. Write for yourself. You think this story is important and you think it’s interesting. Set it down for yourself because it’s a story you want to follow. Remember that early on in the writing process, it is exploratory—you are on an adventure of discovery for yourself and it doesn’t matter what someone else may or may not think. Hearing someone else’s opinion comes later, when sending it to an editor. By then, hopefully, you will have found your writing rhythm, got it all down and it will simply be a case of tweaking and tightening.
2. Don’t compare yourself to others
One of my favourite authors is Dodi Smith. Her turn of phrase, her ability to show, not tell and the humour she unassumingly slips into her prose is just how I want to write. Yet when I read back over some of my own drafts I am bitterly disappointed. Yes, appreciate someone else’s work and learn from them, but do not expect to be them. And why should you? You view the world through different eyes, have formed your opinions through different experiences and that will come out in your storytelling. Become your own favourite author by learning the craft and honing it to your own preferences. Also, look at it from this angle: think about the books, films and programs you admire and love, even about the friends you enjoy spending time with. You have good taste, right? So if you are enjoying spending time with the characters in your story as much as you enjoy spending time with, say, Mal from Firefly, the chances are someone else is going to enjoy spending time with your character as well.
3. Exercise that muscle and give yourself time to grow stronger
I truly believe writing is like a muscle—you have it within you, but to really use it effectively you need to exercise that muscle, tone it and teach it technique. You might be glancing down at the first paragraph you have written with a feeling of “what is this drivel?” I’m sorry to say that, if this is your first outing as a writer, you will not be writing prose worthy of critics’ praise, but the important thing to note is that this is perfectly okay. Keep working at it, attacking the story from a different angle, writing a page or two in iambic pentameter—experiment and enjoy experimenting. All of it will help build strength in that muscle and help you find the style that you like, that expresses your voice best.
4. Literally work through it
Perhaps the self-doubt has got a firm grip on you and it’s been days since you wrote. Well—and this will take some discipline—just pick up that pen, turn on that computer, and start writing again. Given your frame of mind, it may well not be of the highest standard, but keep going! Try to tune out those negative thoughts by turning up the volume of the story. In my experience, through the ruckus of self-doubt can come some of your best work. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I submitted two pieces to the university short story magazine. One I had spent many hours on, caught up in the magic of an amazing true story, trying my utmost to evoke the feeling through lyrical prose; the other I had written with as much sarcasm I could muster when overcome with writer’s block. Which do you think was accepted for publishing? The latter. I remember snorting, in a most unladylike fashion, when I received the letter of acceptance. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t holding myself back and trying to be “clever” with the words I used? I had turned on the computer and filled the page. So try it. And apply sarcasm liberally—it works wonders.
5. Find a collaborator
I suggest this with a little hesitation. My grandmother, the best storyteller I have known (okay, so I might be a little biased), advised me never to tell anyone a story until I had finished writing it. If you tell someone, she said, it’s no longer exciting, you yourself become bored, you lose interest and you stop writing. However, you may well be too judgmental and too self-deprecating to properly assess your work. So, find someone you trust, someone you know will give you an honest opinion, and ask them to read an excerpt of your story. Be prepared for the feedback. Sometimes the criticisms sound louder than the compliments and they may be uncomfortable to hear, but write them all down and then put on your explorer’s hat again (mine’s a solar topee)—all right, so this route led to a pit of wooden stakes, but this way was tarred… Be proud of what’s worked and approach what hasn’t worked with the mind-set of “how can I fix this”.
6. Use it to your advantage
I know it’s certainly easier said than done, but seize that self-doubt by the scruff of the neck and say “I’m going to make you work for me.” Don’t allow the feeling to defeat you. Channel it into something constructive by becoming your own shrink and analysing the problem: what is it exactly that you are doubting—the story or your ability to write it? When you have the answer to that, scroll back to the top of this article and look at my suggestions again. The very fact that you are reading this, Googling ways to overcome the self-doubt and continue writing, says there is a story in you trying to get out. You already are a storyteller. Hit the mute button on those nagging doubts and set it down.    

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Eating nuts 'may prolong life'

People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested the greatest benefit was in those munching on a daily portion.
The US team said nut eaters were likely to also have healthy lifestyles, but the nuts themselves were also contributing to their longer lifespan.
The British Heart Foundation said more research was needed to prove the link
The study followed nearly 120,000 people for 30 years. The more regularly people consumed nuts, the less likely they were to die during the study.
People eating nuts once a week were 11% less likely to have died during the study than those who never ate nuts.
Up to four portions was linked to a 13% reduction in deaths and a daily handful of nuts cut the death rate during the study by 20%.
Lead researcher Dr Charles Fuchs, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, said: "The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29% in deaths from heart disease, but we also saw a significant reduction - 11% - in the risk of dying from cancer."
Eating nuts was linked to a healthier lifestyle - including being less likely to smoke or be overweight and more likely to exercise.
This was accounted for during the study, for example to eliminate the impact of smoking on cancer rates.
The researchers acknowledge that this process could not completely account for all of the differences between those regularly eating nuts and those not.
However, they said it was "unlikely" to change the results.
They suggest nuts are lowering cholesterol, inflammation and insulin resistance.
Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, said: "This study shows an association between regularly eating a small handful of nuts and a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease.
"While this is an interesting link, we need further research to confirm if it's the nuts that protect heart health, or other aspects of people's lifestyle.
"Nuts contain unsaturated fats, protein and a range of vitamins and minerals and make a good swap for snacks like chocolate bars, cakes and biscuits.
"Choosing plain, unsalted options rather than honeyed, salted, dry-roasted or chocolate-covered will keep your salt and sugar intake down."
The study was funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Grounding by centering in your space.

                                          Photo by M'reen. A beautiful celandine

Grounding by centring yourself in the space you are in.
M'reen Hunt

I took the photograph of this beautiful celandine, though I do have a gardening friend who regards them as the enemy – spoil sport.

I learned this when I lived in Spain many years ago and used it today when I realised that my last
few months of repetitive sneezing was a link with my father.

I’ve used this in my home; car; cathedral; garden; during a conference or whenever I’ve needed
to alter the energy around and within me.

I shall expand on its uses in future blogs as this two minute technique is limited only by your imagination.

You might want to work on a different aspect of your energy and so would change my intention
of ‘I’m safe’ to ‘I relax into sleep’ or ‘I release this headache’ or ‘I release the energy linking me
with my father in this way’ etc.
Looking at these three intentions:
‘I’m safe’, of course you are, I don’t see a sabre tooth tiger in the vicinity
and for most people this is a neutral situation.
‘I relax into sleep’. This doesn’t challenge any beliefs.
If you said, ‘I am going to sleep’, then that is entirely different for two reasons as you know you jolly well can’t get to sleep and your subconscious mind always takes the easy way out and decides that to go to sleep next week will do fine. So no ‘ings’!
‘I release this headache’. Firstly you must be absolutely sure that this is not the first signs
of something that needs a doctor’s attention;  secondly, if you have a headache or migraine
every weekend rather than simply releasing it why not deal with the stress that is causing it?
‘I release this particular energy linking me with my father’. Is this an appropriate intention for me;
and are any of the other intentions you might use appropriate? Well find the blog: How Do I Know If I Have A Problem And How Big It Is?  
As that will tell you how to do this.
Even though I demonstrate this to clients, people create their own way of doing this and it works. 
They then ask me to teach them the original version and I ask why as it is working perfectly for them? 
One lady insisted that she couldn’t do it so she just sort of thought and it worked.
Another lady told me that she practised so much on the bus that she felt that she could feel
the texture of the surfaces she ‘touched’.

Try, experience and share your experience.
If appropriate close your eyes and imagine a little boomerang or bird or whatever pleases you moving 
from your heart or area of discomfort to the points I shall describe and back into your being. 
On the return to your centre say, or think, with a DEEP voice, “I feel safe.”
Use a deep voice as this helps you to relax.
With my mind’s eye I travel to the wall in front of me, and having touched the wall in front of me
I return DEEP within myself and I feel safe.
With my mind’s eye I travel to the wall behind me, and having touched the wall behind me
I return DEEP within myself and I feel safe.
With my mind’s eye I travel to the wall to my right, and having touched the wall to my right,
I return DEEP within myself and I feel safe.
With my mind’s eye I travel to the wall to my left, and having touched the wall to my left,
I return DEEP within myself and I feel safe.
With my mind’s eye I travel to the ceiling high above my head, and having touched the ceiling
high above my head, I return DEEP within myself and I feel safe.
With my mind’s eye I travel to the floor beneath my feet, and having touched the floor
beneath my feet, I return DEEP within myself and I feel safe.

It took me ages to be able to do this in bed and I know someone who had to get out of bed,
sit on the side of his bed; do his centring before getting back into bed and sleeping.
Also, the distance to the same wall sometimes changes and the flight of my paper plane changes.
If you are outside, just choose a tree to find your ‘wall’ and imagine how far up the nearest cloud is. 
When in the garden you might want to bring in the chakra colours; that is the colours of the rainbow 
and those I remember by chanting King Richard Of York Gained Battle In Vain.
When in a meeting you might want to release your tiredness. The fact that there are other people in the room makes no difference as we each have our own space. But as you are calmer they noticeably become calmer. Just wait for a future post to find this ‘magic’ aspect of centering!

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

The case for getting past collusion.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH

Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center

Health at an Impasse: 

The Case for Getting Past Collusion

 Collusion might reasonably be defined as meeting the enemy and discovering it is both them, and us. In the case of health- personal well-being and public health alike- exactly this sort of thing is going on. It is way past time to take the way past these toxic impasses.
Let’s start with public health, and then get more personal. The leading public health problems of our time are obesity and related chronic diseases. This is well studied and thoroughly established. As bad as the current situation is, with chronic diseases imposing an enormous burden in both human and economic terms, things are projected to get far worse. Chronic diseases are proliferating around the globe, affecting ever more people here in the U.S., and taking hold at ever younger ages. We are losing an enormous number of years from our lives, and an all but incalculable amount of life from our years.
What makes this truly tragic is that it is almost entirely preventable. We have known exactly what it takes to reduce the aggregate burden of chronic disease by fully 80% for literal decades. The relevant research is noteworthy for its power, clarity, consistency, and lack of controversy. Instead of staring down the barrel of a figurative gun at a future in which one in three of us is diabetic, we could readily be looking at a future in which 90% of all diabetes is eliminated outright. There are few forks in the road of life as flagrant as that.
But since we have known for decades that better use of our feet (physical activity), forks (dietary pattern), and fingers (not holding cigarettes) could transform public health, and have done relatively little with the information- at least with regard to diet and physical activity- we are squandering an incredible opportunity. We squander it by eating a diet in which nearly 50% of calories come from certifiable “junk,” and in which we talk about the benefits of exercise and then go on displacing every former use of our muscles with schedules that preclude them, and new technologies that do them for us.
We could blame it all on the food companies that make the junk food, and the technology companies that keep inventing more ways for us to be sedentary. But as noted, the enemy is both them, and us.
What’s the collusion? We let their inventions become the mothers of our previously unrecognized necessities. Nobody needed soft drinks before they were invented; thirsty people did just fine with water. But we sure seem to need them now, downing sugar measured in tonnage, an astronomical number of calories, and spending fortunes for the privilege of propagating our collective risk for obesity and diabetes. Rakes once seemed to suffice, but now a wayward leaf clearly demands the revving engine of a power blower. To say nothing of the need to play soccer on a screen using only our thumbs, while an actual soccer ball sits unused in the yard. You get the idea.
Nobody is making us stay on the couch or eat junk food- they are just selling stuff we keep buying.
Yes, it is true that junk food is willfully engineered to be addictive, but so are illicit drugs-and most of us choose not to use them in the first place. We have no fundamental obligation to call toaster pastries “breakfast,” French fries a snack, or to keep runnin’ on Dunkin. We do have choices.
When we complain that food companies should make better food- and they should- they counter that they make and sell what we buy and eat. It’s a bit of judo and a bit of theater on their part, but it is also one part true. If we only bought better food, they would stop making junk pretty quick. If we want to transform our food supply into one that makes loving food that loves us back the norm, we can’t just keep wagging a finger at Big, bad Food even as we stock up on their concoctions. We need to share a taste for change- by showing we actually prefer to buy products that are good for us. A process of taste bud “rehab” is readily available to us all to set just a cascade in motion.
As for personal health, the story is much the same. An 80% reduction in the collective burden of chronic disease means that you, and I, have the means available to slash our personal risk of ALL major chronic disease- heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia- by that same 80%. It means that if knowledge were power; if we used what we have long known- there are fully 8 chances in 10 that our loved ones who have been diagnosed with any of the above, would not be. This is not about some remote, anonymous public. This is up close, and very personal. It’s all about us, and the people we love.
But here, too, we tend to squander the opportunity. While knowing just what it takes to lose weight and find health, to add years to life and life to years, we turn again and again to lose-weight-fast diets, and variations on the theme of false promises and magical thinking.
Here, we could blame the fad diet authors, hucksters, and other malefactors of the Military-Industrial establishment. But again, the enemy is both them and us.
What’s the collusion? We could, any time we like, concede that quick fix diets cannot be a solution to the lifelong challenge of weight control. We could acknowledge that going on diets that leave our children behind in an age of epidemic childhood obesity is not only fraught with the likelihood of failure, but is fundamentally irresponsible. Apparently, we are saying to our children: grow up and get fat, then you, too, can try to sort it out for yourselves. As long as we keep buying lotions, potions, and fad diets- the individuals and industries involved will all too happily keep selling them.
What, then, is the way past the impasse? Pretty straightforward, actually:
1) Apply common sense more commonly
Reasonable, responsible people apply common sense to everything that matters- money and mortgages; education and careers; pet care and vacation planning. And yet, we turn it off and go into some kind of “trance of gullibility” when promises about weight loss and health promotion come along. We could stop, and apply common sense more commonly to health- which certainly belongs on the short list of priorities we all respect and take seriously.
2) Get real
We know that get-rich-quick schemes tend to be the stuff of sit-coms, not serious people. Serious people know that worthwhile things generally take time and some actual effort. We need to approach losing weight and finding health in the real world, not fantasyland.
3) Get empowered to be responsible
The Spiderman movies famously served up the adage, “with great power, comes great responsibility.” That implies a corollary we all too often ignore: before we can take responsibility, we must be empowered. There is an empowering set of skills for getting to health in spite of it all that successful experts apply to themselves. Such skills can be acquired, and applied, by anyone willing to make the effort. Only those of who were empowered with the skill of literacy can take responsibility for all the reading and writing we need to do throughout our lives; there can be no such responsibility in the absence of ability. There is health literacy, too. There is a skill set for getting to health. We can go and get it.
4) See the forest through the trees
We do not have epidemic obesity and chronic disease because of any one food, nutrient, ingredient, chemical, or device. We live in a perfect storm of obesigenic factors. Similarly, no active ingredient or silver bullet will fix everything. We are unlikely to get out of the woods until we see the relevant forest through the trees.
5) Take one step
The journey of a thousand miles famously begins with one step. The journey to health in most cases is substantially shorter than that, but also begins with one step. Learn and apply a skill to sleep better, or manage stress, and you may find you have the energy to be more active. Be more active by applying skills to fit fitness in, and you may find you sleep better, or feel less stressed. Improve your stress, sleep, and activity level- and you may suddenly find yourself prepared to start improving your diet. Do that, and you may find you feel better and want to get a bit more exercise. Rather than giving up foods you love, you could learn how to TRADE up foods you love to better choices in the same category- better chips, for instance- so that you keep loving the food, but the food starts loving you back. In the process, you could rehabilitate your taste buds so one choice at a time, you actually come to prefer foods that are better for you. We readily get caught up in a pattern where each thing that conspires against our health- lack of sleep, excess stress, weight gain, poor eating, lack of exercise- compounds the next, until the degenerating spiral takes our quality of life right down the drain. This process can be reverse-engineered one step a time, so we are climbing a spiral staircase up to the health and vitality we want, and deserve.
That’s it.
We could, I suppose, just go with the status quo. We could all undergo more operations and take more drugs, like the statins we heard this week millions more of us need. We could let our kids get fatter and sicker at younger ages than we, and let them undergo ever more surgery and take more drugs, too. We could do that, at huge cost in both dollar and human terms.
But why would we? Lifestyle is more powerful medicine than anything ever developed by a pharmaceutical company, accessible to us all, stunningly free of side effects, safe enough for children and octogenarians alike, under our control, suitable for everyone every day, and requires no prescription. It is also the means to a truly luminous prize: a better life. That’s what health is for- it makes living better. We could add years to life, and life to years- not only for ourselves, but for those we love as well. We could give this gift to our children and grandchildren.
It may seem as if what stops our progress to health is unfixable. Just the opposite is true. If we initiate the right process- take one step on the way past the impasses- then what would fix health could very well be- unstoppable.
Shall we get started?
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Analyse versus feeling.

            Photo by M'reen . How many balances can you find in this photo taken at Ely UK

Analyse versus Feeling.
These thoughts and feelings were prompted by someone’s Social Media comment.
I think my photo shows aspects of balance, skill, support and wonder of growing.
M'reen Hunt

Firstly I need to define what I mean by Analyse and Feeling,
that is I need to understand the (apparent ) difference between the two from my perspective
and in doing that it may give me an insight into the perspective of others..
I think (therefore I am?) that to analyse is to use your head (as if it was not part of your whole being?)
That to analyse somehow makes you less able to ‘feel’ and that to ‘feel’ enables you to empathize 
with others at a deep level of understanding and so are warmer and less threatening.
Why do I feel the need to understand my feelings about these words?
Why do I think about my perception of these words?
The prior sentence came intuitively and the second needed thinking about, but most likely one will appeal 
to you and the other will feel alien in the same way that for some the glass is half full or half empty.
However, had my last words in the preceding sentence been Think then I’m sure that I would just 
have easily used Think as opposed to Feel.
Why do I need to analyse the energy behind the title statement;
is it because of my experiences when I was twice challenged in the past?
Firstly during Group Working tuition where we were part of an Experiential group I was challenged for Thinking as opposed to Feeling . At the time I was a student counsellor and my fellow Group Working students were practicing counsellors.  
Secondly when I was challenged because I have the ability to order my thoughts / understanding about 
a situation and that was not an expected ability amongst the other Life Coaching students. 
I felt Different and Confused that it was not expected that some others were able to do the same as I.
Yet we find it easy to accept that someone can create music, see energy or understand calculus.
Surely I need to understand my differences so that I can appreciate my energetic of felt sense responses 
and so be kinder or more empathic to myself and to others?

How do I experience Analysis and how do I experience Feeling?
To me Analysis is a process of thoughts that order themselves into a hierarchy of understanding in my head.
To me Feeling is an energy awareness in, on or around my physical body.
The leading statement of this article has an energetic charge for me due to the challenges described 
above and my response to feeling Different and Confused.
All words have an energy or belief (belief being the building block of emotion). There is undoubtedly 
an emotional response to a word in isolation or to a word with inflection or in context with others.
As part of an experiment In the 1980s a TV programme was aired whereby they asked you to record 
how many words appeared at the top of the screen and how many were at the bottom.
There was no ambiguity for me as the words were definitely at the top or bottom of the screen when, 
in fact, the words had been broadcast in the exact centre of the screen; it was my emotional response 
to the word that placed it in a negative or positive position. That and the fact that the subconscious 
had been instructed to respond.
Back to the two sentences:
To me Analysis is a process of thoughts that order themselves into understanding in my head.
To me Feeling is an energy awareness in, on or around my physical body.
To me Analysis is a process of thoughts that order themselves into understanding in my head.
This means that the thought processes demand to be ordered and understood to the best of 
my current ability. This process often leads to incorporating a ‘balance’ thought or to another awareness 
or to a connection previously not made.
If not released these thought s will continue to circulate in my head until the process of writing and explaining all this to myself provides that release or completes the Gestalt – the circle.
To me Feeling is an energy awareness in, on or around my physical body.
This is equally strong and demanding but in a different way as it doesn’t have words to describe it 
because words are a function of the modern brain.
These energy feelings of, “Ah, there you are” are like the sun coming out from behind a cloud 
as now they can be consciously recognised, appreciated and which if appropriate can be released; 
with generally the opposite energy being welcomed back into my system as this is powerfully completing.
Currently I’m studying a subject that is out of my comfort zone and so challenges some of my beliefs, 
it also taps into my dyslexic tendencies and also the outcome of my study is important to me.
On occasions I’ve been aware of the energy of mild panic which I’ve simply released 
or I’ve been curious as to what that particular feeling means to me before releasing .
I think that to trust your higher self / yourself / your magnificent self- however you may describe that state and to just accept that you can release that fear energy –and it will be OK is appropriate.
Sometimes I Think and Feel that it is important or interesting to understand where the ‘panic’ comes from 
to the best of my ability; as understanding comes before acceptance which comes before release. 
Some people might use the word Forgiveness (of the self or of others) but I prefer to use ‘release’ 
or the phrase “Letting go”.

P.S. I’ve noticed that if I’ve said that I don’t necessarily agree fully with someone’s statement 
on Social Media that my disagreement has been ignored.
I wonder; is Social Media an act of self congratulatory navel gazing?
Or am I being a typical Sagittarian and throwing a ball into the conversation
just to see how it bounces?

The thought presented itself as, “how’s your navel?”
I had to respond. Ha, ha, ha, spot on, someone has the job to do!
It’s an ‘inny’ by the way, and therefore I think inwardly, I also feel.
We could garner millions for a study of navels.
Innies working out from their self observation. The extreme inny being an autistic person.
Outies working from a world perspective in towards themselves. Dash I forget the term and who coined it, the extreme outy not having an inner life but accruing status and value from some other,
a job, organisation or quest in life.

There must be flatties, but I’ve not heard of them. People who are balanced at some point in the dualities 
of life, maybe only for a period but balanced nonetheless.

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