Cleaning the Gene Pool – An Imagery

Relax yourself as though your body were a rag doll – floppy and limp. Allow your breathing to assist you to relax every muscle. Let every thought simply pass through you like a moving stream. (pause) In time, you find yourself wanting to follow the stream… (pause) …gently down the hill… down… down… down… until… at last… you come to… the lowest point… at the bottom… of the stream…

Imagine you are sitting comfortably beside a large pool of water. As the image of it comes to you, please describe it… (Notice the description for use in the rest of this imagery)

Now notice a person walking up to you. As you look up, you realize that this person is the future adult growing within you now. This person has a smile on their face and thanks in their heart for the work you have done in their behalf. There is an immediate feeling of love and affection between you that feels like it has gone on forever.

Now the two of you are sitting together looking over the pool. You suddenly realize that the pool you are looking over is your own gene pool and it needs some serious cleaning! You notice, too, that your companion is superbly fit and strong, clean, and easily able and willing to assist you in cleaning the pool.
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Rapid Eye Yoga for Performance Boost

All twelve shooters were stressed to the max. If they failed the test, they lost their jobs. For them it had come down to this one moment.

All twelve shooters were stressed to the max. If they failed the test, they lost their jobs. For them it had come down to this one moment.

It was 1991. Twelve shooters remained at the firing line, their scores too low to pass the Army National Guard weapons qualifications requirement. All twelve shooters were stressed to the max. If they failed the test, they lost their jobs. For them it had come down to this one moment – pass or fail.

The stress was palpable as the shooters stepped up to the firing line with their M-16 for their “last chance”. Fortunately for them, I was in charge of that firing line that day. I told the shooters to add just one simple action to their shooting process. I instructed them to simply cast their eyes several times from side to side and then up and down as far and as fast as they could move their eyes, then shut them very hard and open again three times and then make a big sigh – then shoot.

Each shooter had 60 seconds to fire 20 rounds from each of 5 positions – 100 shots in roughly 5 minutes. Each had to hit a tiny silhouette marked on a target 100 meters away. To pass, each had to hit the target at least 60 times (60%). Every shooter had previously missed that minimum requirement and this was their “last chance” to qualify.

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Light and Sound Mind Machine for Better Sleep?

Could you benefit from using a light and sound mind machine when you arise in the morning.

Could you benefit from using a light and sound mind machine when you arise in the morning.

A study reported in the online journal, Sleep, suggests that light therapy in the morning could help patients with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) recover more quickly by improving their sleep.

“Improving sleep following mild traumatic brain injury could prove critical to maximizing recovery from the injury. Furthermore, bright light therapy is easy and minimally invasive, requiring no medication, and has no known serious side effects.”(Weber)

I like therapies that are non-invasive and offer “no known serious side effects.”

I’ve been involved with light and sound mind machines for years – for entertainment purposes. Now I wonder if they might be useful to improve sleep – when used first thing in the morning. Mind machines like the Voyager Mind’s Eye and Photosonix NovaPro 100 are entertaining and offer significant stimulation to the optic nerve.

Other studies suggest that a diet of light first thing in the morning can help you feel less drowsy during the day. I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself with a light and sound mind machine.

Suppose you don’t have a case of mild TBI. Might a light and sound mind machine offer some benefit simply because it stimulates the optic nerves? The experience of a light and sound mind machine is quite unlike anything else. Non-invasive (flashing lights and earphone sound), these machines offer a full-spectrum light extravaganza you must experience to understand.

Still, my question is not whether or not you’d benefit from using a light and sound mind machine. Rather, it is whether using one when you arise in the morning would benefit you more than using one before you fall sleep at night or at some other time of the day.

Sources:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2013, June 3). “Improving Sleep And Promoting Recovery In Patients With Mild TBI Using Bright Light Therapy.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/261297.php.

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How to Beat Mental Health Stigma at Work

There is a bias against those who seek to improve themselves with therapy.

A worker who seeks and gets help for psychological problems is more productive, better equipped, and a far more valuable company asset. So why the bias against therapy?

HealthDay/BusinessWeek reported a survey from the American Psychiatric Association that found: “More than 40 percent of the 1,129 respondents said their employer was supportive or extremely supportive of their workers seeking care for health concerns. However, the online survey also found that barriers persist for workers who said their workplace is unsupportive of employees seeking treatment, especially for mental health concerns.” Among those surveyed, 76 percent felt their work status would be damaged if they sought treatment for drug addiction, compared to “73 percent (who felt that way) for alcoholism, and 62 percent for depression, compared with 55 percent who thought seeking care for diabetes would affect their work status and 54 percent for heart disease” (Preidt, 1/31).

The problem, as I see it is a general public bias against those who seek help for mental health issues. I don’t see a quick fix for that.

One “work-around” –
For those providing therapy, I recommend telling clients/patients who come for sessions that they tell their friends and especially co-workers that they are doing “job enhancement” or “personal development” or “performance enhancement” work with a specialist or coach.

This is called a “reframe”. And it’s the truth!

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How to Set Goals?

How to set goals? First of all, don’t confuse wishes or desires with goals. Often, people want things, situations or accomplishments, and call these goals. Then they’re disappointed when they don’t get them. Just naming your desires isn’t effective goal setting. Good goals have some or all of the following:

1. Good goals are specific. A goal like, “I want to be healthy” is too general. “I want to lose weight and walk three times a week,” is better.

2. They’re realistic. Unfortunately, even if it is possible that you could become an astronaut, if you’re already 55, you better try to become a pilot for now. Unrealistic goals set you up for failure.

3. They’re written down. Writing down your goals is a way to make them more real, and this influences your subconscious mind, especially if you review the goals regularly.

4. They’re measurable. Exactly how many pounds do you want to lose? How much money do you want to make? How will you know if your relationship is better?

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