Sep 18 2017

Gratitude: The Wonder Drug for Depression

Category: Gratitude,Health & Wellness,Inspirational QuotesPatricia @ 4:03 pm

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The essence of all you appreciate is constantly flowing into your reality. As a creator, you create with your thoughts. When you are thinking about what you like or enjoy, you are in the process of creating more of it. When you become more aware of the moments of your life, you engage your senses. You are grateful in the now moment. You appreciate the good that is happening now or you recall the pleasant memory of the past. When you are in this state of awareness, your brain is producing neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

When you are feeling grateful, an area of your brain stem region produces dopamine, which increases your enjoyment of what you are experiencing. In addition, when you are feeling gratitude toward others, it increases activity in social dopamine circuits. You enjoy people more and social interactions are more fun. Another area of your brain, the anterior cingulate cortex is busy producing serotonin. This neurotransmitter affects your mood; your appetite and digestion; your ability to sleep; your memory; and your sexual desire and function. Serotonin inhibits impulses so you are better able to control your bad habits. When you are depressed, you lose control. Anti-depressants such as Wellbutrin and Prozac boost the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.

In his book, The Upward Spiral, Dr. Alex Korb addresses the research which has found that gratitude is a powerful anti-depressant. He acknowledges that scientists don’t fully understand depression, but they know it relates to neurotransmitters produced in the brain.  Depression also relates to the prefrontal cortex, which is used for critical thinking and decision making. In addition, the limbic system is involved. This system includes the emotional center of the brain, the amygdala; and the hippocampus, which plays a role in the formation of new memories. Depression affects brain functions which inhibit our ability to heal.

Korb explains how we keep ourselves in a downward spiral when we focus on negative thoughts. Anxiety about the future and worry about things we don’t want reinforces the depressed brain. Remember, you must focus on the now moment, the only moment there is. Bad memories or self-criticism about past behavior are in the past. Let go! You must focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want! Why spend your valuable thought energy on creating negative circumstances which create negative emotions?

Pay attention. Focus on gratitude for your physical body. Acknowledge that it is constantly in your service, no matter how you treat it. Focus on gratitude for your loved ones and their presence in your life. Feel the love. Focus on gratitude for the experience of life. Appreciate your talents, skills and abilities. Know that you have within you everything you need to create the life you want. You can choose to focus on gratitude and benefit from the positive effects in your brain and your physical body. You can choose the upward movement. You can rewire yourself so that it’s easier to feel the positive emotions which produce positive results.

Melody Beattie says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Apparently, gratitude is a better anti-depressant than Prozac or Wellbutrin. And gratitude has no negative side effects!

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Feb 21 2017

Hyperarousal is Not Sexy

Category: Health & Wellness,Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 2:31 pm

 

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Are you hyperaroused? That sounds kind of sexy, but it isn’t. Hyperarousal or acute stress response is your body’s response to fear. What are you afraid of? The world can be a very scary place. We all have fears. Some of them are real. Some are imaginary. But the mind doesn’t know the difference between what we perceive as reality and what we imagine. The body doesn’t know the difference either. The body perceives imaginary fear and responds with the same reaction as it would to a real threat. Although our bodies are amazing, they are primitive and fragile. In order to protect ourselves, we are genetically wired to perceive danger and impending threats to our physical well-being. We are wired to act according to our perceptions in order to maintain not only our own body, but the genetic heritage of future generations. And we are also wired to recover from the fear and return to a state of homeostasis. It is a beautiful system designed to insure the basic survival of the organism – you.

Perhaps you know hyperarousal by another name – the fight-flight syndrome. It is a physiological reaction that happens in response to a perceived attack or threat to survival. In primitive times, if you confronted a saber-tooth tiger or some other beast, you had two choices. You could run as fast as possible to get away from the danger. Or you could choose to find a weapon and put up a fight. Your body reacts to fear, perceived or real, with a discharge of the sympathetic nervous system, releasing norepinephrine and epinephrine to create a boost of energy and muscle response. Your body releases cortisol, which increases blood pressure and blood sugar. Estrogen and testosterone are released, along with the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.

While all these chemicals are flooding your body, your heart rate accelerates and your skin may flush or pale. Your stomach and upper intestinal tract slows down or stops. Digestion is put on hold. Sexual functions are not functioning. Your blood vessels constrict and your pupils dilate. You may suffer from a relaxation of your bladder or your anal sphincter. You could suffer the temporary loss of your hearing. Your peripheral vision may fail; you only have tunnel vision focusing on the object of your fear. You may experience shaking. Your awareness is intensified. This surge is responsible for the super-human strength of a mother who lifts a car off of her child or a hero who walks into danger to save another.

This ability serves us well, but it has a cost. When we are on guard against a threat, our body’s natural defenses wear down. When we suffer from frequent stress – or when we frequently perceive life as stressful – an essentially healthy response to stress can become distress. The fight-flight syndrome bypasses our rational mind and moves us into the primitive mode of survival. Everyone is a possible enemy. We overreact from a place of distorted thinking and fear is magnified. When we are stuck in survival mode, our consciousness is focused on fear, not love. We are overwhelmed with stress and lose the ability to relax as we deal with a series of emergencies. We become skilled worriers, a condition brilliantly described by Mark Twain who said, “I’ve experienced many terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened.”

All external circumstances affect how the body reacts internally to stress. In our modern world, driving in heavy traffic on the freeway can create the conditions that illicit the same response as being face-to-face with that saber-tooth tiger. Watching the evening news can create a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. It can instill fears about an imagined imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Fight has become anxiety. Flight has become depression. There is much evidence that a cumulative buildup of stress hormones can lead to disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and high blood pressure. Disorders of the immune system can create autoimmune diseases such as lupus and allergies and a susceptibility to infection and chronic fatigue.

And all external circumstances also affect how the body recovers from stress; the rest-digest response, or the relaxation response. When we make the effort to change our external environment (our perceived reality) by getting out of toxic, harmful relationships or soul-crushing jobs, we take action to make our environment spiritually safer. When we choose to change our perceptions of our reality – viewing our difficulties as events which make us stronger, wiser and better – our attitudes and reactions change.

The relaxation response is a physiologic response which you can create whenever you want. When you’re walking or doing a repetitive exercise, focus on a positive word such as “love.”

Practicing yoga can quiet the mind. Focus on the breathing can trigger relaxation almost immediately. Singing, chanting or prayer is beneficial. Being mindful of your life experience can be a form of active meditation which elicits the relaxation response. Walking on the beach listening to the waves or watching the flickering flames of a fire can be as peaceful as focused meditation. The important thing is to practice going within whenever you have the opportunity. With practice, everything becomes easier and more automatic. Practice now so you’ll be ready when you need it. You don’t throw yourself off a boat in the middle of a stormy sea to learn how to swim. You learn to take care of yourself in quiet and calm waters, like a lake with no ripples. A quiet mind opens up your perceptions. It makes you more aware of what is happening around you. A quiet mind helps you to make positive choices. It helps you to stand in your own truth. It frees you. You are strong and prepared; ready to handle whatever comes your way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 31 2016

Stop Scaring Yourself!

Category: ControlPatricia @ 12:49 pm

 

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Do you ever feel anxious? If so, apparently you are not alone. Do you realize that over the past eight years, Google searches for terms related to anxiety have doubled? The searches have included all sorts of anxiety: driving, flying and travel in general; separation anxiety; performance anxiety; anxiety at work, at school and at home. It’s not just the different kinds of anxiety, it’s also time specific searches. “Anxiety in the morning” is popular. “Anxiety at night” is even more popular. The number one search is “anxiety attack symptoms.” Attack!!! Who is attacking you? Just thinking about all the anxiety in the world can make you feel anxious and afraid!!!

So, what is anxiety? The dictionary defines it as “painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill.” It’s also defined as “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.”

What if there were a solution? There is a solution! And it’s all in your head! Anxiety is created when you are thinking about what you don’t want. So, stop it! And start thinking about what you do want! If you are creating an “uneasiness of mind” over something that is not happening, realize that you are making it up. The anxiety is a result of your anticipation. You are in control of what you think about. When you experience the symptoms of a panic attack, your body is reacting to your thoughts. The symptoms are very real. You can feel as if you’re going to faint, break out in a cold sweat and bring on heart palpitations. You can literally think yourself into full-fledged fight/flight survival mode. You’re making yourself sick over an imaginary threat. Again, I tell you, stop it!!!

Anxiety is fed by doubt. It could be doubt about what may happen or doubt about your ability to deal with what may happen. Since you’re making up what may happen, perhaps you could consider making up something good about your ability to deal with what may happen. The opposite of doubt is confidence. Simple. It’s a choice you can make. What you tell yourself is very important. What you tell yourself determines what you are and are not able to do. So tell yourself that even if it’s difficult, you will be able to do it. Because when you tell yourself that you can and you will, you will find that you can and you will accomplish whatever it is you truly want to accomplish.  Your anxiety can not attack you when you take control of your doubt. There is no reason to scare yourself!

 

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Jul 26 2016

The Dreaded Deadline

Category: BeliefPatricia @ 10:32 am

 

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We all have experienced deadlines over which we have no control. We have to pay our taxes by April 15. We need to renew our driver’s license or car registration. We have to take an exam or submit an application. We need to prepare a report or presentation. We need to pay our bills. Deadlines.  The word itself sounds kind of ominous. And rightly so. Are you aware that the term “deadline” originated in prison camps during the American Civil War? It referred to a physical line or boundary. Any prisoner who crossed the line would risk death. Guards were ordered to shoot to kill.  Later the term deadline came to be used by newspapers as a “time limit” in order to get the latest news printed and distributed on time. Fortunately for all of us, a deadline is no longer a life or death situation. Sometimes it may feel that way, but it’s not! You can take control of the deadlines in your life.

Often we create our own deadlines. Perhaps you’re planning to get married soon and planning the event. Or maybe you’ve bought a new house and need to move. You’ve just created a deadline. And somewhere along your life, you have been programmed to respond to deadlines in a particular way. Even if it’s not a good way, it’s a way that you know. We’re more comfortable with familiar. It’s less painful than doing something differently. Doing things differently requires conscious and mindful thought. We often run on autopilot. Our subconscious mind repeatedly performing tasks in the same way over and over again. Some of us created a habit of staying up all night cramming before an exam. Or we wait until the last minute to get things done. We create a time limit which restricts our abilities to perform at the highest level. We make unnecessary stress for ourselves and often make life stressful for those around us. We create a situation where we are unable to do our best.

Everyone can be more successful in dealing with deadlines by taking control. Do you wait until April 15 to file your taxes? There are many opportunities to do it sooner. Why not do it? Make yourself a deadline of March 15. If you have less time to complete the task, you most likely will increase your focus and your effort to get it done. Are you aware of Parkinson’s Law? Parkinson’s Law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

Consider this. How tidy can you make your house when a friend calls and says they’ll stop by in 20 minutes? Or how quickly can you leave for the airport when you’ve overslept? How much can you accomplish and how fast can you do it?  You will notice that your effort significantly increases when your time is limited.

When you give yourself deadlines, you help yourself to achieve your goals. You become the boss of your life. As you think about your life and your daily schedule, it can help to use Parkinson’s Law to your advantage. A simple way to do this is to break your task into smaller goals. If you have a project that you estimate will take three hours, use 55 minute time blocks. Work steadily for 55 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. You will feel at ease because you have allowed yourself time to take a break and refocus your attention. The mini mental breaks energize you and make you more productive.  And do it again and again. Within your three hours, you have pushed yourself to success. Knowing your time is limited will help you to be more effective. You may find that with concentration and focus, your project is completed in less time than you had anticipated.

When you create a new way of doing things…when you realize your effort has influenced your success…you are more likely to repeat the process. By repeating the process, you are programming yourself to react to life the way you want. And you feel more in control. There is nothing to fear. You can relax knowing that no one is going to shoot you. You can use the deadline of a time limit as inspiration. When you cross the line, you have been successful in completing your goal.

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May 17 2016

FoMO? What’s missing?

Category: AddictionsPatricia @ 4:13 pm

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Have you heard of FoMO? It means “Fear of Missing Out”. Perhaps you or someone you know suffers from this. I notice it all the time. Although it’s been around since time began, it’s become quite rampant in our society. We are actively programming our children to participate in the behavior. Remember, children learn what they live.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the term RSVP. You’ve most likely seen it on a formal invitation to a party or event. It is French for “Respondez Sil Vous Plait”, which translates to “please respond”. Its purpose is to allow the host to plan for the appropriate number of guests. It simply insures there is enough food and drink for everyone to enjoy; and a big enough space to accommodate the party. The proper thing to do is to respond with your intentions and to do it in a timely manner. It is the considerate and courteous thing to do. Lately, FoMO has taken its’ toll on RSVP! People hesitate to respond or make a commitment just in case something better comes along. We don’t want to miss out! We can’t commit until all options have been considered.

Dr. Dan Herman, who coined the term FoMO says “FoMO is experienced as a clearly fearful attitude towards the possibility of failing to exhaust available opportunities and missing the expected joy associated with succeeding in doing so. Simply put, it is concentration of attention on the empty half of the glass.”

With everyone equipped with a mobile device and access to social media such as Facebook and Instagram, we are immediately aware of all the options that are available to us. Communication is on a 24/7 basis. We worry that we don’t have the time or money to take advantages of the opportunities. FoMO has evolved in the past century because of several recent ideologies such as feminism and capitalism. We have the ability to choose based on our sense of self-worth. We are busy pursuing careers, family life and social activities. We actively pursue hobbies. We move around, relocating to new places, exploring new possibilities. We are quick to respond to opportunities and easily adopt to new technology, upgrading on a regular basis. Our lives are spent constantly on the lookout for new experiences and instant gratification.

Dr. Herman’s research shows that approximately 70% of all adults experience FoMO to various degrees. Coping well with FoMO can lead to positive behaviors which impact financial and social success. Almost 30% of FoMO sufferers cope well with it. They are able to use it in a positive manner. About 25% of those are somewhat unhappy with their lives but manage to function well. Sadly, a little over 15% of those are miserable; unable to cope effectively with the fear.

I’m a little afraid of FoMO. I think it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Remember, you always get what you are thinking about. You manifest what you focus upon. When you are busy trying to exhaust all options, you can miss out on everything! Life is happening in the now moment. FoMO creates paralysis about the future. It creates indecision and doubt. When you are driven by FoMO, you are unable to commit to anything or anyone. Every commitment means you are giving up something else…and maybe its better. Perseverance is non-existent. Life is completely out of control.

I recently had the experience of visiting with a friend. Although I know she was very happy to be present, she was anxious about what else was happening. She didn’t want to miss out! She needed to check her Facebook feed whenever she was prompted. She needed to read posts. She needed to post what she was doing. She needed to respond to text messages. She needed to keep track of the scores for her favorite team. She needed to read her email. What she needed to do was to relax and put the phone down!!!!!!  There is a lot of pressure to keep up. And there is no need to do so. I invite you to step away from the addiction to know about everything that is going on in the world. If you focus on what matters to you, you won’t be missing out on anything. If you focus on what is happening in your inner world… rather than the world outside of yourself… you will not miss out on anything.

There is an ad running now on TV where a family loses their internet service for a minute. Everyone exhibits stress. The young girl glumly states, “Something has just happened in the world and we have no idea what it was.” Most of the time when something is happening somewhere in the world, it doesn’t matter. All the time when something is happening in your world, it does matter. Pay attention. You are creating what you fear. You are missing out. You’re focusing on the empty half of the glass.

 

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Jul 20 2015

Building Bad Brain Cells

Category: ControlPatricia @ 9:05 am

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You may be aware that you can damage your brain cells over time. Consuming alcohol is one way of doing that. And stress has been shown to damage all the cells of the body. But do you know that you can damage yourself in another way? And you don’t even know when you’re doing it? Do you realize that your brain physically changes based on the focus of your attention? New brain cells grow for the particular activity and purpose you require. Your brain strives to support you in all that you do. In fact, MRI studies have shown that in flute players, the areas of the brain that control the fingers, tongue, and lips are larger than normal. And an accountant’s brain is larger in the part of the brain that controls math ability. Focus increases ability. It’s not just about practice; the brain actually grows in order to do better. We can assume that this is the case with all activity where an individual focuses their time and attention. It’s as if we’ve gone to the brain gym for a workout on specific muscles to make them stronger and better.

This ability to build brain cells is known as brain plasticity or neuroplasticity. It is the biological way the brain responds to its environment by learning the skills and behavior necessary to survive. Over time this pattern of memory, learned behavior and skills becomes an individual’s experience and wisdom. This plasticity diminishes with age, however, it is promoted when we think new thoughts and engage in new activities. We are always learning. This learning forms connections between neurons. Connections that are used repeatedly, especially those formed in childhood, become permanent. Connections that are not used are eliminated. “Use it or Lose it”.

Even if you are not a flute player or an accountant, this information should matter to you. If you focus your attention on an activity, it literally changes your brain and your life experience. If this focus is on a good activity, such as flute playing, it produces positive effects. This focus actually helps you to improve your abilities in experiencing this activity. But, if you’re focused on a negative activity, such as when you vent or complain or criticize, you also grow new brain cells for that purpose. And as time goes by, you get better at it! Who wants to be better at complaining!!!!!

When you have a thought, it may elicit an emotion. Your body will respond with the appropriate hormone. A stressful thought will give you a shot of cortisol. A flash of fear will give you a boost of adrenaline. You will lay down the path between a stimulus and your response. If you focus on the thought, the path will widen. It will become very defined. In the future, when you have a similar thought, it will elicit a similar emotion and a similar physical response. You have successfully trained your brain, developing your angry, fearful muscles. I don’t think you want to be trained to be angry or fearful. That is like going to the gym with a goal to be weak and powerless.

Some people spend their lives focusing on what they don’t like and what they don’t want. They complain of their misery. They think of all the things that are wrong in their lives. They criticize and blame others. And while they are doing that, their brains are beginning to work against them. Connections are being made. Neural pathways are forming. The superhighway of unhappiness is being widened to accommodate more traffic. Bad brain cells are being built one thought at a time. You are the architect of your life. As long as you’re building brain cells, build a bigger, happier brain. Focus your attention on what you want.

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Nov 18 2014

Freedom to Celebrate Gratitude

Category: Self-Meditation & MindfulnessPatricia @ 4:24 pm

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As a society, we set aside a day each year to gather, feast and be thankful. We are free to join the celebration in any way we see fit. On Thanksgiving Day, we each celebrate our own unique version of gratitude. Even though most homes will be feasting on turkey and all the trimmings, some will share lasagna or enchiladas or vegan fare. As we gather with our families and friends, we are also free to be kind and loving or to be angry and resentful. Holiday get-togethers in close quarters have been known to be experiences which range anywhere from wonderful to disastrous. To help you with the upcoming holiday season, I’d like to share some thoughts about freedom which may make you think about your actions and reactions.

May you have the freedom to be present in the moment and be able to see and hear what is going on right now. May you be free to let go of the judgment of what should be or what used to be or what may be. Often when we gather as adult children, we revert to childish behavior because of buttons which are pushed by our parents or siblings. Ex-spouses and blended families add layers of emotional triggers. The past is over. Think about who you are now and act accordingly.

May you have the freedom to speak your truth and say what you think. May you be free to let go of concerns about what anyone else thinks about your truth. Remember that it’s okay to let others know what you think. Your thoughts are important. If you don’t value them, why would anyone else?

May you have the freedom to feel your true emotions without fear. May you be free to let go of beliefs about what anyone else feels about your feelings. Your feelings are important. The more you express your feelings, the more confident you become. Your feelings are unique to you and no one has the right to judge them.

May you have the freedom to ask for what you want. May you let go of the need to ask permission. When we learn to ask for what we want, we very often get it! Give yourself permission.

May you have the freedom to take a risk or a leap of faith so that you may be better, stronger, wiser.

May you let go of the need to think small in order to be secure. We limit ourselves with limited thinking. Start to dream big and expect that you will grow wings.

And since no one else can do it for you, may you grant yourself the freedom to be you…the very best you can imagine. You will feel gratitude in every atom of your being. You will realize that Thanksgiving Day is a state of mind rather than a place in time. Join the celebration every moment of every day.

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Jan 14 2014

Crossing Monkey Bars

Category: Pain ManagementPatricia @ 4:08 pm

“Letting go of a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. “ ~ C.S. Lewis

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Do you deserve to be angry? Are there circumstances in your life that are unjust? Have you had an experience where you were treated badly? Maybe you deserve to be sad too! Or frustrated. Or disappointed. I’d like you to consider that even though circumstances may create a right to be angry, you also have a right to be happy instead. You deserve it.  Letting go of negative thoughts and the emotions they create is always in your best interest.

Do you realize that whoever you are angry with or whatever you are angry about is not experiencing the results of your wrath? But you are!!! When you’re angry with your boss, or spouse, or kid, or government…they don’t suffer what you suffer. When you think angry thoughts, your body suffers. You may grind your teeth or clench your fists. You may experience flushing, paling or sweating. However you feel your anger, it’s much like the fight/flight response of survival. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol flood through your body. Your amygdala, the part of the brain that deals with emotion, is going crazy. It wants to act! And it wants to act right now! Meanwhile, the frontal lobe which controls reasoning, is desperately pulsing to balance it out. This is why it’s a good idea to count to ten before acting!

If you constantly think you deserve to be angry, this state of response can start to cause damage. Your nervous system is overworked and can eventually become overexerted. You can potentially damage your heart, your liver and your kidney. Anger may also be accompanied by depression or anxiety. Chronic anger can create disease and early death.

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” ~Ajahn Chah

I’d like to remind you that you deserve happiness and joy. You have a right to experience a life filled with the good stuff. Make a decision now to let go of the thoughts that create anger or any negative emotions. You are only hurting yourself. And that’s just not right. You deserve better.

 

 

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Nov 12 2013

Wake Up From Spiritual Amnesia

Category: Spiritual ExplorationPatricia @ 10:57 am

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Steve Jobs said, “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I’ve discovered a common thread in the fabric of my hypnotherapy practice. I enjoy helping people find out who they really are – to self-actualize – to awaken from Spiritual Amnesia.

What is Spiritual Amnesia? And how do you know if you or someone you love is suffering from it?

Perhaps you believe life is happening to you. Or you feel powerless over the way things are. Are you reacting rather than creating?

Maybe you feel out of control. You want things to change but you don’t know how to make that happen. You feel trapped. You feel disconnected from yourself and what makes you happy.

I’d like to share three common symptoms of Spiritual Amnesia and how it can show up in your life. And more importantly, I’d like to offer practical and simple solutions to help you awaken.

Symptom #1

You experience persistent health problems. You lack stamina or energy. You are carrying extra weight. You are not aging well. Your mind-body connection is broken.

Example

A young wife and mother presents with chronic migraine headaches. We discover the conflict of childhood programming of pleasing others at the expense of pleasing herself. She gives herself permission to dance. Her headaches disappear.

Solution

Eliminate negative self-talk! Appreciate your talents and gifts. Treat yourself with the same loving respect you give to others. Love and accept yourself as you are right now. Appreciate your body and how it serves you.

Daydream and imagine yourself in a state of physical wellbeing and health. If you can see it, you can be it.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross tells us “take the pain and learn to accept it, not as a curse or a punishment but as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.”

Symptom #2

You are short-tempered and anxious. You yell at your kids. You ignore your spouse and your sex life suffers. You feel the pressures of the unknown future. You’re depressed about the past. Everything is out of control.

Example

A woman presents with anxiety, depression and anger issues. We confront her childhood traumas and sexual abuse. We give voice to her anger and frustration. She is empowered by her newfound ability to speak up for herself and face the future without fear. She takes control of her feelings about the past and discovers a sense of peace and understanding.

Solution

You do not need to control the behavior of others in order to thrive. Give yourself permission to let go of the past. Your attention to things that hurt you continues to hurt you. It is, in fact, what keeps you from thriving.

Whenever you feel stress, take a moment to take a breath. Learn to evoke the relaxation response. Harvard Medical School studies show that deep breathing and mindful meditation for 10 minutes daily reduces the effects of stress and anxiety.

Napoleon Hill says “If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”

Symptom #3

You suffer financial stress. You feel lack and frustration about cash flow. No matter how hard you work, you can’t seem to get ahead. You fail. There is never enough money.

Example

A man presents in need of motivation and focus. He wants success and he’s willing to work hard for it. He realizes his self-imposed limitations and fears. We discover the words of his father etched into his psyche. “You’re worthless. You’ll never amount to anything.” When he learns to believe in himself and the value of his ideas, he achieves his goals.

Solution

The mind doesn’t know the difference between what you imagine and what you perceive as reality. When you see yourself as wealthy and successful, your mind becomes comfortable with it. Your confidence is boosted and you are able to achieve your goals. Visualize! Use your inner eye to create your outer world. Your imagination uses your mind to think and your heart to feel. Anything you want to do or have or be is possible.

Woodrow Wilson tells us “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

You impoverish yourself when you forget who you are. You impoverish all of us when you forget the errand. Give yourself permission to listen to your inner voice and wake up to a life of joy. Wake up from Spiritual Amnesia and remember your power to create.

 

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Aug 20 2013

Story Medicine

Category: CreativityPatricia @ 11:24 am

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We are always making up stories about ourselves. We tell stories about our lives and share stories from our past. Sometimes they are not the best stories. We may focus on our failures and disappointments. We think about what we did wrong and the mistakes we made. We repeat stories that hurt us. We think we are reporting the “truth”. We believe we are a victim or a perpetrator instead of a hero.

What if you were to tell yourself a story about a perfectly successful day? What if….? And what if you continued to tell yourself such stories day after day? You’re making everything up anyway! Why not make up a happy story where you are the hero? Reality is just a reflection of your beliefs which are a result of your thoughts.  By creating a practice of thinking positive thoughts you begin to change your beliefs and as a result, your life changes and gets better. Each one of us creates our own reality by the story we tell.

If your story isn’t working for you anymore because it makes you feel anxious or angry or sad, you can choose to write a new story. Perhaps you’ve realized that you’ve been living a story that others have written. Creating a new story gives you the power to feel the way you want to feel about your life. Who else can give you that power? Who is in charge of your life?

I invite you to write a success story about any goal you have in mind. Think about ten aspects of success as you imagine this story. Fill in all the details that create passion to complete the goal. Get in touch with the feelings as you imagine the results. Remember in the magical world of creation, there are no restrictions of time or space. Create a vision of your life…the past as well as the future.

You are the author of your life. You are the one who is in control of your story. You can choose to break free from limitations and negativity by changing your perceptions about what is possible. As a creative spirit, you can give voice to the best story you can imagine…your soul’s journey. You’ll be surprised and delighted by the results.

If you need help with your “Story Medicine”, I am happy to be your guide.

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May 03 2013

Leaving the Past Behind

Category: Fears & PhobiasPatricia @ 5:40 pm

Fire Drill yesterday was a little different than the ones I remember from elementary school. Do you remember the unexpected fire alarm which compelled us to follow the teacher’s orders? We were quiet, compliant and also a little excited. We knew there was no fire! There was no danger. This was a great opportunity to move out of the classroom and onto the playground. Fire Drill was fun!

wildfire 

Not yesterday. Fire alarms were real. Danger was here and now. As the mountain blazed and the wind whipped the flames, I watched and waited. I packed the car with the essentials. What are essentials? I made choices. 

 

 

The contents of my car waiting to evacuate: My dog, Sophie with her leash upon her; external hard drive; husband’s prescriptions; ancestor’s photos; passports; bills & checkbook & credit cards; phone charger; a ship in a bottle that my dad made; the will & trust; my jewelry box; a piece of my son’s artwork – a kindergarten Mother’s Day portrait. I thought if I needed to I would grab all the photo albums and as many clothes as I could. As an artist, I knew I would have to leave all the original work behind, but I could always create more.

After the danger had passed, I considered that I had actually done quite well in gathering the essentials. I’m going to make a list to remind me of what I need if it should ever happen again. A little preparedness makes it easier to leave the past behind.

 

 

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Apr 08 2013

Why Do I Need a Sanctuary?

Category: Recommended Reading & ListeningPatricia @ 3:08 pm

You may be very busy and believe that you already have too much to do. But, sometimes, we need to take time to get quiet and explore our inner world. We need a sanctuary from the demands of others and the stress of everyday life. We need an escape.

When you visit your sanctuary, it is a time to be a human being rather than a human doing. It is a place where you allow yourself to dream and flow and create. It is an opportunity to grow and  focus on the good in your life.

Taking time to focus on your well-being makes you more productive and better able to concentrate and solve problems. Allowing time for yourself allows you to be more kind and loving to others. Visiting your sanctuary helps you to create a sacred space in a very hectic world.

Sanctuary

I’ve created a CD to help you get started. Building a sanctuary is a worthwhile investment of your time. Give yourself the gift of your self. You deserve it.

 

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Mar 06 2013

Is Your Mind Being Hi-Jacked?

Category: ControlPatricia @ 6:18 pm

time travels on

Do you engage in mental time travel? Wandering around in CouldaShouldaWoulda World, revisiting old hurts and past disappointments? Maybe you’re exploring the unknown territory of TomorrowLand, investing your time imagining things that make you feel fearful or anxious? 

If you’re thinking about the past, you are experiencing it NOW. If you’re thinking about the future, you are experiencing it NOW. The consequence is – you are missing the present! You’re missing your life!

Your life is now. There will never be a time when it is not now. It is not possible for anything to happen or to be outside of now. The present moment is all you ever have. The past and the future are an illusion.

Become aware! Don’t allow your mind to be hi-jacked!

The recent issue of Scientific American Mind has a great article ‘Being in the Now’ by Amishi P. Jha. The article states, “Mindfulness is a mental mode of being engaged in the present moment without evaluating or emotionally reacting to it.” Mindfulness-based therapies for mood and other disorders are now offered in more than 250 medical centers worldwide. Research shows being mindful can improve your attention and your brain’s ability to pay attention. It can regulate your mood and increase your level of happiness. It can improve your mental clarity and increase your working memory capacity, the giant white-board in your head. Not only that, but mindfulness improves immune functions which increases your longevity. On the fun side, it enhances tactile and visual stimulation and improves sports performance by improving space orientation.

The mind is very powerful. The Mind Matters! When we become mindful, we are fully in control of our attention.  We are able to really savor the moment. We can literally make time stand still when we are focused. When I work with a bride for wedding jitters, one of the most joyful suggestions I am able to deliver is to focus on the details of the moment. When we are focused, we gain a full sensory experience which allows us to be present. We create a multi-media, interactive mind movie where we are able to enjoy the moment again and again in vivid detail.

Your mind can work for you, but it can also work against you. When we are distracted by what is going on around us or outside of us, we can become anxious or stressed-out. Remember, emotion is your body’s reaction to your mind – your thoughts.

Eckhart Tolle in the Power of Now says, “Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within, secondary reality without.”

Research tells us that mindfulness reduces panic disorders, phobias, and depression because it helps us to realize that everything is constantly changing, temporary. We can reduce job-related burnout when we become mindful of what we enjoy in our work and appreciate the moments of satisfaction. We can let go of weight gain when we become mindful of not just what we eat, but how, when, where and why we are eating.  Chronic pain is lessened when we are mindful. We can actually reduce the perceived significance of suffering!

Since I want to alleviate your suffering…I have three tips to share with you –

1.     Focus your attention on the now and tell me what problem you have at this moment. Not tomorrow, or next week, but right now. What is wrong in this moment? You will find that if you are not bleeding or on fire, that the moment of now is usually okay. You can always cope with the now. But you can never cope with the future or change the past.

 2.     Give up waiting as a state of mind. It’s a habitual mind strategy for denying the present moment. When you find yourself impatient and wanting the future, realize that you are rejecting the present – the only thing there is. Just be in joy with yourself – enjoy the moment.

 3.     Make brief visits to the past and future to deal with the practical aspects of the now. Always say “yes” to the present moment.

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how to be in the present moment. I encourage you to make it a habit. “Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look don’t interpret. See the light, shapes, colors, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now.” Eckhart Tolle

In my practice, I teach people to become more mindful and help them to travel to the magical and powerful land of the hypnotic state. The hypnotic state is the timeless state of consciousness. If you’re going to engage in mental time travel, this is a five star luxury destination – a dreamtrip, so to speak! In this place, you are able to get in touch with your inner self and connect with Source Energy. It’s a place where every cell of your body is so present it feels vibrant and alive.  Imagine that! You are complete and whole and alive in a state of being – a human being, not a human doing. You have arrived at your happy place!

Do you want to enjoy inner peace and physical well-being? Do you recognize the value of the service I offer? Are you ready to book a trip? Perhaps the time is Now.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 17 2013

Aftershock – the 1994 Northridge earthquake

Category: Fears & PhobiasPatricia @ 4:02 pm

         January 17, 1994

          4:31 am

          Monday

 

Shock. Electric and explosive. Adrenaline pumps. Breath quickens, as survival mode begins. Senses are heightened to a surreal terror. The world is being ripped apart and the primal brain comes alive to cope with the panic.

Sound that cannot be. Thunderous crashing. Wailing. Groaning. A deep rumbling noise beyond anything imagined. So big. So powerful. A beast unleashed. The ground is breaking open. And I can hear the scream. And the scream is coming from me. From the center of the earth. From the center of my being.

I am so afraid.

Light shines through the window. Creating silhouettes of chaos. Trees swaying beyond moving walls. Surely the house will split in two. Fragile pile of wood and mortar held together with insignificant bits of metal. Little box which holds our stuff, our family, our love. The earth is shaking, quaking, trembling and jumping up and down in a tantrum of raw, unleashed power. I feel as if the bed is atop a seat in a carnival dunk tank; rigged and ready to drop into the bowels of the earth when the right hit comes. Holding tight to the sheets, I thrash about as the unstable waterbed beneath me sloshes and rolls. Awakened to unknown danger by the violent surge of energy moving beneath me, my body is aware of instability and turbulence. I tense.

Beside me, Michael flies from the bed. One second he is with me, snuggled in the warmth of our together. The next moment, he is passing my side of the bed, heading out of the room. How did he do that? How did he move like that? I no longer trust my senses. Time and space are playing tricks on me. It’s as if he must have floated above the ground on angel feet, propelled by the urgency of a father in search of his son.

“Why are you screaming?” he asks.  So nonchalant. So in control. Silence is my answer as a blanket of fear wraps itself around me. A stifling, smothering blanket. How do I process what my mind isn’t able to grasp? When did it start? How do I count how long it is? How long is a second?

And the earth continues to crash and groan. Will it stop? Will this one ever stop? Is this “The Big One”? Is this how it ends? Stop. Please Stop. Please. Now. Stop. Please.

And then it is quiet. And the quiet is deafening. It’s okay. I tell myself to breathe now. Little noises of beings and things adjusting themselves. A universal sigh. Alive.

Out of bed. Turn on the light. Shaky knees. That wobbly feeling when you step off an amusement park ride that has disturbed your senses. Run to them. Husband. Child. Hugs. We’re okay. Except for a bump on the knee.

Digital clock flashes 4:39 a.m. Bang! Like thunder before lightening strikes. Power out. Again. On no. It’s bad. Very bad.  As if the entire house is being lifted up off the foundation. Violent. Banging. Over and Over.

 “How big is it?” I ask myself. As if I could give a Richter scale reading or evaluate it in any way other than TOO BIG!!!!  Maybe the first one is a pre-shock to an even bigger one? No! Can’t handle that thought. And the violent shaking goes on.

My mind no longer understands before or after. It only understands now. And right now, the terror within is wide awake. And blind. No longer screaming on the outside, I may be speechless. Unable to process my thoughts or express myself, I am rendered mute.

Quiet again. Now is the time to check. Assess the damages. Things thrown about and scattered. Broken pieces heaved around. Disorder but not Disaster. Get a flashlight. No candles before we check for gas. Put on the clothes hanging on the chair discarded before sleep. Shoes. Damages viewed through the focused point of a flashlight beam. Only able to see bits and pieces isolated from the whole. Only able to take in a little at a time. Mindlessly pick things up. Make note of broken glass for future clean-up. No major cracks. No gas leaks. No fires.

Leave the house.  Step around bricks thrown from chimney tops into the street. Greeted by neighbors and more flashlight beams. The scent of a cinnamon candle left over from the holidays. Familiar faces now eerily painted with Halloween strokes of illumination.

Stars are magnificent when the lights have gone out and you are plunged into darkness… complete primal darkness. Points of light poking through the ink black fabric of the heavens. A countless number of bright and shiny diamonds stretched across a vast, velvet universe.

“Are you okay? Is everyone okay?” Michael bumped his knee. We’re all okay. Alive.

I need to pick things up, to straighten my surroundings. To put the world back in order. I like things tidy. I like to be comfortable and in control of my environment. I realize I am no longer in control. But it is dark. Wilderness dark in a suburban world. How quickly electricity changes things. Michael tells me, “Wait until you can see.” He is practical. Even though I am anxious, this makes sense.

So we three settle in together upon the living room couch.

It is cave dark, And Mother Earth continues to quiver and groan. Will she rest? Is she ready to settle down? Or is she only resting to build her strength?

Exhausted, we have no option but to sleep.

The sky awakens with the gray light of dawn, and my mind tries to understand where I am and why. Dream state collides with reality. The only thing we can do is begin again.

And so we three start the day that will change our lives Forever.

Dazed, we walk around in shock. Disturbed. Uneasy. Anxious. Ignorance is not bliss. I need to know what is happening. How big was it? What’s the damage? Listening to the battery powered radio as I go from room to room picking up the pieces of our world. A TV has moved from the table to the window sill behind it…just a little further and it would have gone through. Contents of medicine cabinets spilled into sinks. Toilet tank cover in broken pieces strewn about in the bathtub and on the floor. Every thing on every surface…disturbed.

News of major devastation and chaos and death. Communication from outside of “the area”. To tell us what we know. It was a Very Big Earthquake.

Electricity comes back. I turn the television on. Reports of unbelievable damage and incredible images. More shock. We try to get on with our lives. To make a plan. We’ll go to the boat.  Make sure Necessity is okay. (She’s not a luxury, she’s a Necessity.) We’ll get more batteries. We don’t know how long the power will be on.  Shower and dress and its 1:00 p.m. and another major aftershock hits.

And the earth trembles and the house crashes. I watch as a lamp tumbles over and window blinds sway and rattle, as the room jumps and jitters. I cringe in the doorway, seeking refuge, stability, some protection from this upheaval. When it stops shaking and I can’t. I gather myself and my shoes. A swipe of lipstick. I run downstairs to Michael and Adam and we huddle.

Adam is anxious. It’s not surprising.  Ready to spring into action. To duck under a table. To quickly move away from windows. To be aware and alert. His world is coming apart. His normally calm and peaceful mother is falling apart, and his father is in pain and starting to limp from a bump on the knee.

Drive to the boat. Usually a calming and relaxing journey through the mountains, today it is unnerving. Everything is unnerving. We take the freeway. We’re afraid to drive through the canyon when the earth is so alive. Road could be blocked. Landslides and rockslides. Edge could be unstable. Unknown danger.

At the harbor, safe on K dock, we check on friends. Cradled in their boats, they barely sensed the tremor. More aware from the news rather than from the experience. Everything is as it was here on the dock.

Laurelwas there. She tells me of the flu. Details of the sickness. So cold, but sweating. So much sweating. She was so weak, so cold, so hot, so sick. But now she was better. Very bad flu going around.

We gather our things, our selves and what is left of our wits. We head home on the freeway, like a frightened horse returning to a burning barn. Radio on and the broadcaster in LA is saying, “Here comes another aftershock.” Seconds later, as the vibration reaches us and ripples outward, we feel the car jig a little. Arriving on our street, we find the neighbors have congregated again. Summoned to look up at the chimneys and check on each other.

Open the door and see disorder all over again. A bad dream repeated. The world has come apart and things have tumbled, and crashed and broken. And once again I pick things up, as if somehow I can make it stop if I put things in order. I am so thankful we were not in the house during the aftershock. And I say a prayer.  “Thank you for keeping us away”. I don’t think I could handle any more Fear.

And so this day eventually ends. We are exhausted. We are weary. Michael has a small red circular mark directly on his left kneecap. He complains a little, but it’s just a bump on the knee.

It’s difficult to settle in to bed, to return to the scene where I awoke to the terror this morning. (Was that this morning?) All the comfort found in this room, this bed, this haven, next to this man for these many years, taken away in seconds. Replaced with trepidation and anxiety.

So, tonight, we three surround each other. And we sleep.

 

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Oct 25 2012

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Sex

Category: SexualityPatricia @ 10:00 am

 

Are your thoughts affecting your pleasure? Do you feel anxious and frustrated? Are you getting in the way of your sexual satisfaction? A recent study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine shows that mindfulness meditation can not only improve sexual satisfaction and arousal but it can “increase self-compassion, decrease anxiety and improve attention” according to Gina Silverstein of Brown University.

Often self-judgmental thoughts run through a women’s mind when they are having sex. They criticize their body and their abilities as a lover. Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said anecdotal evidence is abundant. “The best part of this study is that it validates that the biggest part of sexuality in women is emotional and mental,” Kavaler said.

The Brown University study included 44 college students, 30 of whom were women, and about half of whom took a 12-week meditation course. All were shown a series of photos to gauge their reaction time in feeling “calm,” “excited” or “aroused.” The participants also completed questionnaires that reported aspects such as self-acceptance and psychological well-being.

It was noted that women who took the mindful meditation course became significantly faster at identifying their body’s responses to sexual stimuli. This increase in interoceptive awareness was also linked to improvements in self-reported measures of attention, self-judgment, anxiety and depression . The study found that women who took longer to register feelings of sexual arousal were also those who were harshest in their self-judgment.

As for mental chatter during sex, Silverstein said “a huge range” exists, from women who think of other things while having sex without effecting arousal, to others who are unable to function sexually if any stray thought comes to mind.

Mindfulness meditation which teaches how to bring one’s thoughts into the present moment, can quiet negative and distracting mental chatter. It can help one to focus on the experience with all senses fully engaged. Letting go of self-judgment is the first step. Choosing to think of your connection to your partner and the sensuality of touch brings you into the moment and allows you to experience the pleasure.

Rediscover the body as friend and companion and learn to experience healthy pleasure. Recognize that pleasure is the way the physical body expresses wellbeing and know that the body’s impulse for pleasure is never wrong. Our desire is a physical form of yearning for the divine connection of body, mind and spirit. It’s available to us if we allow it.

Sometimes we need a little help to get into balance and to get a clear focus on how we want to experience our life. Hypnotherapy is a form of directed mindful meditation which allows you to be present and focus on what you want. It would be my pleasure to help you to achieve comfort and contentment through the power of your own thoughts. It is our natural state to feel at home living in the incredible temple of the physical body. Be mindful of it!

 

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Jul 27 2012

Natural High

Category: AddictionsPatricia @ 12:19 pm

The body’s impulse for pleasure is never wrong. We are wired to seek experiences of joy and happiness in a physical form. It’s the way the body expresses well-being. Our desire for comfort is a form of yearning. Sometimes, we don’t know how to find that comfort. When we don’t have the ability to choose healthy ways to achieve that pleasure and contentment, we create destructive pleasure habits. Whether it’s to relax and chill out, get a boost or just feel good, we often turn to chemical stimulants.

“In an average week, Americans drink 1 billion cups of coffee, 3.4 million cups of tea, 4.5 billion sugared or caffeinated soft drinks, 2.3 billion alcoholic drinks; smoke 8.25 billion cigarettes and consume 400,000 tons of sugar, and 20 million pounds of chocolate. On top of this we take 20 million antidepressants, puff our way through 25 million joints, and pop 1 million tabs of Ecstasy.” Counselor Magazine “New Therapeutic Approaches: Alternative Treatments for Addictions” published 5/31/2003

Cass and Holford reported those statistics in Natural Highs (2002). In this report, they write about the impact and effectiveness of alternative, holistic strategies. It is obvious there is a need for a new way of overcoming life’s challenges.

Current research in neuroscience shows that throughout our lives, we continue to change the way we think, and therefore, we change our beliefs.  We can change the way we behave. And we can make that change without feeling anxious or sad or deprived! In my practice, I use two modalities to achieve change; hypnosis and EFT. Using the powerful mind-body connection, we can expect to see a shift in perspective and actions. These connections are supported through numerous scientific disciplines including: psychoneuroimmunology, epigenetics, interpersonal neurobiology, and neuroplasticity.

Hypnotherapy allows for the resolution of the issues that created the addictive behavior in the first place. Through behavior and perception modification, people learn to cope better and develop an improved sense of self-esteem and confidence. We are able to learn new beliefs and boundaries. We can let go of destructive behaviors and the need for mood-altering substances. With behavioral epigenetics, healing takes place on a cellular level. When we change our thoughts, we change our bodies. By achieving a relaxed state, we become receptive to new ideas and suggestions that are beneficial to us. We begin to see ourselves in a new way. We dream our world into being.

Self-hypnosis can also help boost a person’s motivation to change through self-suggestion. It can help us to connect to internal strengths we may have forgotten, as well as provide self-control. Self-hypnosis has been endorsed for stress reduction by addiction counselors, therapists, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. The efficacy of hypnosis is no longer a question of belief.

Since addiction is a multi-faceted problem, Energy Psychology in the form of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or meridian tapping, can address both causes and effects of the addiction. For instance, cravings are often caused by a desire to reduce anxiety. When we understand the trigger which causes the craving, there is no longer a need to relieve it through the addictive behavior. We learn to make a different choice.

We need to re-invent ourselves and we’re not sure we want to do that. “I can’t live with it and I can’t live without it”. EFT can be used to reinforce and focus upon the positive benefits. It can also be used to eliminate the fears and any perceived sense of loss or deprivation associated with giving up the addiction.

No one likes change. When an addict has to face change, denial and resistance are the best forms of defense. Using the Choices Method of EFT, we are able to shift our focus to the solution rather than the problem.

Freedom from addiction is life-affirming pleasure. Pleasure is a good thing. It’s a natural high!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 20 2012

Is EFT Effective in Addiction Treatment?

Category: Addictions,Meridian TappingPatricia @ 2:36 pm

A pilot study was conducted byDawsonChurch, PhD of the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, and Audrey Brooks, PhD of the Department of Psychology, UniversityofArizona. This data was presented at Science and Consciousness, the Tenth Annual Energy Psychology conference,Toronto, October 24, 2008.

This study examined the effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), on 39 adults self-identified with addiction issues. Psychological distress was measured by two global scales assessing intensity and breadth of symptoms and nine symptom subscales such as anxiety and depression. The assessment was made using the SA-45, a well-validated questionnaire. The SA-45 was administered before and after the workshop. Twenty-eight participants completed a 90-day follow-up.

A statistically significant decrease was observed after the workshop, indicating a reduction in psychological distress. Improvements on intensity and breadth of psychological symptoms, and anxiety and obsessive-compulsive subscales were maintained at the 90-day follow-up. These findings suggest EFT may be an effective adjunct to addiction treatment by reducing the severity of general psychological distress.

Recently, the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine (FEM) research team found that EFT seemed to access the development of stress on both a physical and an emotional level. EFT was able to bypass the conscious, logical part of the brain and go right to the more primitive parts that control fear and stress in the midbrain. In FEM’s study, they found that individuals receiving EFT had a 24% drop in stress-hormone levels as compared to those receiving only talk therapy or no intervention at all. The EFT group also reported lower levels of anxiety and depression.

 

 

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May 29 2012

Top 10 Causes of Your Emotional Stress

Category: ControlPatricia @ 12:26 pm

Stressed?

Are you suffering from emotional stress? Perhaps you should consider it may be caused by:

10.        Your attitude
9.          Your choices
8.          Your attention
7.          Your beliefs
6.          What you think
5.          How you think
4.         Your thoughts
3.         You!
2.         You!!
1.         You!!!

If you or someone you know wants to let go of emotional stress, perhaps its time to make an attitude adjustment… I can help you to get out of your own way!!!

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Feb 21 2012

Controlling Our Issues

Category: RadioPatricia @ 2:42 pm

What are your control issues? I’d like to invite you to listen to an interview I did with Sandra Cherry, a financial advocate for seniors. We spoke about matters of control… losing it… giving it up… or taking it. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sandracherry/2011/09/30/sandra-cherry-to-interview-patricia-lynn-belkowitz

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Feb 21 2012

A Clinical Definition of Hypnosis

Category: HypnotherapyPatricia @ 1:54 pm

“Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. “

“Under hypnosis, you’re more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to modify your perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although you’re more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you don’t lose control over your behavior. “

“Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. Hypnosis isn’t considered a treatment or a type of psychotherapy. Rather, it’s a procedure typically used along with certain treatments and therapies to help a wide variety of conditions.”

“Hypnosis may help you cope better with certain medical conditions, stop unwanted habits or reduce stress related to medical procedures. The effects of hypnosis can be long lasting and can improve your overall quality of life.”

Ref… http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypnosis/MY01020

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