Mind - Body Wellness Coaching,Orange County,Ca.
MIND - BODY WELLNESS
At Your Best Life Mind-Body Wellness I value and honor the powerful connection between the mind and body. I have worked to create a one-stop shop for wellness! I strongly believe that the two are interconnected and if the body is in pain we will suffer emotionally. On the flip side, when we have emotional struggles we will feel these struggles and pains physically as well.
Everyone has within themselves powerful self-healing capacities to create the change they want in their life. My role in the healing process is to help you actualize these untapped abilities.
I am honored to share the journey of health, happiness and wellness with you.
Here at "At Your Best Life " Mind-Body Wellness Coaching, Orange County, Ca. We help our clients identify their health goals, deal with barriers, and implement effective processes for developing new, healthier practices and habits. Mind-body skills are used in the process to enhance outcomes and provide the client with practices they can use in their everyday life.
Time Flies When Your Having Fun...A Watched Pot Never Boils....
Think about that, what if we truly learned how to live in the moment? Would time slow down?
Would we feel like we have more time to do the things on a daily that we say we never have enough time for?
In a paper the authors Turgeon et al, highlight that a hallmark of normal aging is the increased noise and temporal uncertainty as a result of impairments in attention and memory. The authors present the potential reduction in accuracy of the central timing by underlying mechanisms of dopamine-glutamate interactions in cortico-striatal circuits. In relation to these observations, the authors propose potential interventions that may reduce the prospect of age-related declines in timing consciousness.
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to increase your positivity. The practice of meditation expands awareness within the individual and allows for a clear connection between mind, body and soul. Through meditation, you can learn to release negative emotions that are holding you back and connect with your higher self.
Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit, lie down .Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable, do not eat a large heavy meal before meditating as this will make you tiered and you may fall asleep during meditation. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax. While breathing deeply, feel yourself letting go of all the emotions you are holding onto. With each breathe, let go a little more. As you let go, realize everything around you is made of love and allow yourself to live within this love.
If you are new at meditating try starting with a guided meditation . http://antidoteforall.com/
What are your tight hips trying to tell you?
Your hips are the body’s junk drawer - they hold emotional stressors when you’re not sure where else to put them, yet you’re not entirely ready to release them. Have you ever felt the need to burst into tears in the middle of or directly after a yoga class? If so, it’s likely that the class included a host of hip openers, causing an emotional release marked by a flood of tears.
Our tight hips aren’t just a result of sitting at a desk, in a car, or on the sofa while watching television, they’re also a sign of emotional stress building in the body’s largest joint. The hips are the body’s stabilizers, but they also serve as storage units that house sad memories, financial fears, relationship woes, and family issues. By taking the time each and every day to focus ample attention on the hips, you’ll release anxiety, fear, depression, and sadness.
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Prana, or the body’s life force, needs to flow freely in the hips in order to release blockages that eventually result in physical ailments. Do you notice deeply ingrained mental habits of worry? By opening your hips you can unlock mentally stuck thought patterns as well.
Hips are tight because of dense musculature around the hip joint, inside the pelvis, near the groin, and around the upper thigh. First, becoming aware of physical tightness in the hips leads you to understand your mental blockages as well. And knowing is half the battle. By loosening your hip joints you can send messages to nerve endings at the spine and all the way to the brain telling it to stop releasing stress hormones.
1. Focus on your breath.
Your breath ignites prana in the body, which lights your internal fire, called agni in Sanskrit. Agni warms up the tissues of the body, especially those of the hip joints, so they can soften and open up.
2. Keep your awareness on the hips.
Even when you’re not doing a hip-opening yoga posture, keep your awareness on the hips.
3. Consider some gradual hip-opening poses.
If you dive in with deep hip-opening poses at first, you won’t be able to go as far. Hold each pose for five long breaths. Start in triangle pose to gently add some mobility to the hip joint. Release into a low lunge to open up the front of the hip. Further deepen the posture in lizard pose , ankle-to-knee pose , and finally, butterfly pose.
4. Be gentle.
Don’t force an opening. These things take time and even if your hips are completely immobile, keeping your awareness on the breath while working to open up this crucial joint in the body is a step in the right direction. Direct the power of your awareness toward change and you’ll begin to notice progress both mentally and physically.
As the body's "fight or flight" muscle, your psoas is deeply connected to our natural survival instinct. It instantly tightens in moments of danger to either protect you (in a fetal position) or help you run, fueled by the release of adrenaline. However, if your psoas is constantly tight, it signals to the body you are in constant danger, leading to overworking of the adrenal glands. When this happens, your immune system suffers and your body automatically switches into fat storing mode in anticipation of danger. Can’t shift that weight? Blame your hips also known as your "survival muscle".
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Wabi - Sabi What Is It?
I can tell you what it is not...a new Sushi dish.
According to Wikipedia Wabi-Sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
"In short, wabi is a way of life or spiritual path. It precedes the application of aesthetic principles applied to objects and arts, the latter being sabi. The Zen principles informing wabi enjoyed a rich confluence of Confucian, Taoist, Buddhism, and Shinto traditions, but focused on the hermit’s insight and the reasons why the hermit came to pursue eremiticism. These philosophical insights are familiar: the recognition of duality as illusion, the clinging to ego and the material world as leading to suffering, the fear of death precluding a fulfilling life, the appreciation of life’s evanescence as a prompt to living in harmony with nature."
"Sabi is literally solitude or even loneliness."
"The term wabi-sabi suggests such qualities as impermanence, humility, asymmetry, and imperfection. These underlying principles are diametrically opposed to those of their Western counterparts, whose values are rooted in the Hellenic worldview that values permanence, grandeur, symmetry, and perfectabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things."
" Without realizing it, you are experiencing this connection during any of the following common experiences: Getting butterflies in your stomach when you feel nervous, overeating when you feel anxious, feeling dull and sluggish after taking an antibiotic, contracting stomach cramps before a competitive challenge, experiencing nausea or stomach upset from taking antidepressants. These are all evidence of the intimate connection between brain and gut that we ordinarily do not notice."
Want to feel better and improve your health? Start by focusing on the things that bring you happiness. Scientific evidence suggests that positive emotions can help make life longer and healthier.
But fleeting positive emotions aren't enough. Lowering your stress levels over a period of years with a positive outlook and relaxation techniques could reduce your risk of health problems.
In an early phase of positive psychology research, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson of the University of Michigan chose three pathways to examine:
- Feeling good. Seeking pleasurable emotions and sensations, from the hedonistic model of happiness put forth by Epicurus, which focused on reaching happiness by maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain.
- Engaging fully. Pursuing activities that engage you fully, from the influential research by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. For decades, Csikszentmihalyi explored people's satisfaction in their everyday activities, finding that people report the greatest satisfaction when they are totally immersed in and concentrating on what they are doing — he dubbed this state of intense absorption "flow."
- Doing good. Searching for meaning outside yourself, tracing back to Aristotle's notion of eudemonia, which emphasized knowing your true self and acting in accordance with your virtues.
Through focus groups and testing hundreds of volunteers, they found that each of these pathways individually contributes to life satisfaction.
The brain is the most fascinating and important organ in the universe, estimated to have an astounding 100 billion neurons and more connections than there are stars in the universe. Did you know that it is your brain that decides to get you out of bed in the morning or to hit your snooze button? In fact, your brain manages the stress in your life and relaxes you so that you look vibrant, or, when left unchecked sends stress signals to the rest of your body and wrinkles your skin! It’s important to understand how brain health principles can impact your health.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
~ Buddha ~
90 percent of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive tract.
Which organ contains 2/3 of your immune tissue?
Which organ houses an army to protect your body from harmful invaders?
About 70% of people have problems with which organ?
But there is more.....How The Guts Second Brain influences Mood and Well-being
The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat.
The second brain doesn't help with the great thought processes…religion, philosophy and poetry is left to the brain in the head,
Given the two brains' commonalities, other depression treatments that target the mind can unintentionally impact the gut. The enteric nervous system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and in fact 95 percent of the body's serotonin is found in the bowels. Because antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels, it's little wonder that meds meant to cause chemical changes in the mind often provoke GI issues as a side effect. Irritable bowel syndrome—which afflicts more than two million Americans—also arises in part from too much serotonin in our entrails, and could perhaps be regarded as a "mental illness" of the second brain.
Scientists are learning that the serotonin made by the enteric nervous system might also play a role in more surprising diseases: In a new Nature Medicine study published online February 7, a drug that inhibited the release of serotonin from the gut counteracted the bone-deteriorating disease osteoporosis in postmenopausal rodents. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) "It was totally unexpected that the gut would regulate bone mass to the extent that one could use this regulation to cure—at least in rodents—osteoporosis," says Gerard Karsenty, lead author of the study and chair of the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center.
Serotonin seeping from the second brain might even play some part in autism, the developmental disorder often first noticed in early childhood. Gershon has discovered that the same genes involved in synapse formation between neurons in the brain are involved in the alimentary synapse formation. "If these genes are affected in autism," he says, "it could explain why so many kids with autism have GI motor abnormalities" in addition to elevated levels of gut-produced serotonin in their blood.
Down the road, the blossoming field of neurogastroenterology will likely offer some new insight into the workings of the second brain—and its impact on the body and mind. "We have never systematically looked at [the enteric nervous system] in relating lesions in it to diseases like they have for the" central nervous system, Gershon says. One day, perhaps there will be well-known connections between diseases and lesions in the gut's nervous system as some in the brain and spinal cord today indicate multiple sclerosis
Cutting-edge research is currently investigating how the second brain mediates the body's immune response; after all, at least 70 percent of our immune system is aimed at the gut to expel and kill foreign invaders.
U.C.L.A.'s Mayer is doing work on how the trillions of bacteria in the gut "communicate" with enteric nervous system cells (which they greatly outnumber. His work with the gut's nervous system has led him to think that in coming years psychiatry will need to expand to treat the second brain in addition to the one atop the shoulders.
So for those physically skilled and mentally strong enough to compete in the Olympic Games—as well as those watching at home—it may well behoove us all to pay more heed to our so-called "gut feelings" in the future.