7 Resilience Skills

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F*ck the King’s Horses and Men I believe, in spite of obvious challenges along the way, that I’ve been managing quite a lot of stress rather well. I know the eye-swelling-shut incident would tend to argue the other way, but I’ve decided to cut myself some slack. In fact, that’s a great starting point, and … Read more

Take My Advice, I’m Not Using It!

If the problems I am dealing with were someone else’s problems, I would have great advice to give. Intellectually, I know good actions to take. Why don’t I take my own effing advice!? Apparently, I’m not alone in this struggle. Dan Ariely is a  behavioral economist, best-selling author and advice columnist for The Wall Street … Read more

Heart Activation Breathing (HAB) Exercise

HAB Exercise for brain heart alignment

Stress is the silent killer. Breathing exercises are fabulous stressbusters. The following heart activation breathing (HAB) exercise helps to align and synchronize your head and your heart. Breathing relaxation exercises are  a crucial part of emotional self-regulation and stress release. Breathing exercises and meditation help you feel more balanced and emotionally available for the people … Read more

Training for Meditation and Better Health

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Compassion Meditation Training Schedule This is an outline of an 8-week compassion meditation training protocol. Each week focuses on developing particular skills. Week 1 Training components: Developing attention and stability of mind Introduction of basic meditation techniques for focusing attention for increasingly longer periods of time. These techniques are included in the practice of all … Read more

Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners

Meditation and Mindfulness for beginners

There’s some buzz around mindfulness lately as people look for healthy ways to cope with stress and manage destructive emotions. Meditation and mindfulness are scientifically proven to enhance the brain, but there’s some misunderstanding about what mindfulness is, and how meditation can be done, so I’ll be digging into those ideas in this post. Mindfulness … Read more

Biohack Your Brain: 4 Ways Into an Upward Spiral

biohack your brain 4 ways

Momentum is a magical thing, but sometimes it works against me. Maybe you know what I mean? One thing goes wrong, my mood tanks, and then another thing goes sideways. Before you know it I’m careening with increasing speed and decreasing control right into a pile of garbage. Sometimes I find myself in a nasty … Read more

4 Types of Brain Waves

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There are 4 main types of brain waves separate from gamma waves. Each brain wave state has particular characteristics and benefits. Brainwaves are measured in cycles per second, or Hertz (Hz). Delta (0-4 Hz) is the slowest pattern, and is associated with dreamless sleep. A handful of advanced spiritual seekers, however, learn to remain alert … Read more