Imagine that the infinite spaciousness of the universe invited the air, water, fire and earth for a dance.
The gases spread through the space and sang, the earth gently swayed with grace offering a steady rhythm. Drops of water twirled in the most magical patterns, and the fire created the most spectacular fireworks and the drumbeat. And the space watched them all with peace.
When was the last time you felt anger or frustration?
Have you noticed how powerful your emotions are? Can you recall a time in your life when you were very worried about the success of your project, or feared that someone you care about will leave? Do you have any experience in going to work only to put a mask on yourself to cover up the heart-ache from feeling unappreciated by someone in your life? And someone may have asked you, “how are you doing?” and you replied, ”great!” only to feel like you are carrying a rock inside your belly or chest.
Addictions, imbalances, and constant distractions are a norm today.
Whether it be our impulse to numb ourselves with food, alcohol, shopping, excessive work, spending hours on Facebook, or blocking the world out through sleeping, we humans will find coping mechanisms.
Consider for a moment what the natural world around you is made of.
Imagine or look at the sun, the sky, trees, a brook, or a rock. See them or hear them as vividly as you can.
The Earth, the Sun, and little bit of cosmic dust created a beautiful offspring we call life. And through millions of years of evolution, we humans have emerged from our natural environment. It would make all the sense in the world to me, that our physical existence would in some form represent what we are part of; the nature around us.
One of the greatest breakthroughs in modern science is neuroplasticity – our brain’s ability to change its structure and function in response to an external or internal stimulus.
Neuroplasticity revolutionized the concept of healing, aging, and well-being in general.
This brings me to a fundamental question. What is the human brain? Is it merely the physical structure located inside our cranium? Or is it perhaps much more than that?
The word wholeness has preoccupied my mind for a while.
It seems fairly simple when it refers to something like a fruit. But what does wholeness mean when it is directed to our life and ourselves?
Can we shed anxiety, stress, endless thinking, worrying, and physical tension in our body when we set out to achieve wholeness in our life? Can we become healthier, more confident in our skin, and perhaps even more successful? These were the questions that I wanted to answer.
Did you know that walking can significantly change your brain?
In Dr. Norman Doidge’s book The Brain That Changes Itself he says:
“The brain is a far more open system than we ever imagined, and nature has gone very far to help us perceive and take in the world around us. It has given us a brain that survives in a changing world by changing itself.”
We all know that our facial expressions reflect our internal emotions.
When we feel happy we can’t help but smile, when we feel angry we frown or scowl, etc. But have you ever considered that it works both ways? That our internal emotions can also be a reflection of our facial expressions? Decades of research bears the same truth: by faking a smile, even for a few seconds, you can improve your mood and reduce stress.
How aware are you of your body’s constant communication cues?
For example – when you feel an uncomfortable sensation like anger or frustration do you tend to listen to it or ignore it? How about your awareness of the consistency between your words and body language? Do you ever say one thing but your body language is expressing something else (e.g. saying “I’m fine” through a clenched jaw)? (more…)
We all want healthy relationships. Yet, navigating through relationships isn’t always smooth sailing.
When conflict or inner tension arises so does our fear – including our fear of rejection, abandonment, physical harm, or engulfment.
And what happens when we’re afraid? We go into a fight, flight, or freeze survival response and our nervous system fires up as if we’re in serious danger. We feel a strong instinct to protect ourselves as the logical part of our brain quiets down and the survival part kicks in. (more…)