Still here and still following Dr. Amen's methodology, which includes living in the moment, exercise, diet, gratitude and positive thought. I am my own experiment - a coach now practicing what I preach - a true test as to whether this stuff works and embellishes one's life. As I prepare for my visit to the surgeon, I am going strong. I have found that a part of this journey, when I am in the moment, reveals so many miracles and even greater lessons. Because I am a private person, the well wishes, and support are at once welcome and overwhelming.
On practicing what you preach - a lesson in the promotion of brain health through becoming an example and trusting in the process. I recently got diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Please note I did not capitalize the malady because I do not want to give it any more recognition than it deserves. Besides giving me the news three months after they found it, my bearer of bad news also told me that if I was to have cancer it would be the best kind I could have. It usually is easily taken care of. Well, I cannot say that made me happy, but I did find something positive to say about "the bearer".
"To see one's predicament clearly is a first step toward going beyond it." Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth. Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. I believe I referenced my love of Erckhart Tolle's A New Earth. If I haven't, I am certainly recommending it now. That particular quote was from the last full paragraph on page 131.
The chapter was speaking about ego and how, over time (many thousands of years), humans have been grooming and growing the ego.
Building Better Brain Health (Lack Continued)
"Oh, would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us." - Robert Burns "To a Louse", 1759-1796
Boy, oh, boy, was this quote on target this month! Just when you think you have conquered a negative aspect, BAM!!!!, someone casually points out a trend of thought that will give you the pause of an "ah, ha" moment. I was talking to a colleague about "lack" plaguing me in the past, but not now...and low and behold, lack's roots were lodged deeper in my brain than I thought.
How Belief in Lack can Impact Brain Health.
Negative qualities can and do impact brain health. In this
blog, I give a small synopsis of the damage that just one negative quality
(lack) can do, and how you might want to challenge it. I remember growing up
hearing the phrase, “poor mouth”. It described those who were always
complaining about being poor, not having enough, lack of everything from a good
home to a good meal to decent clothing. I, too, thought we were poor, and my
parents did not discourage me from thinking so.
Brain Health, Mindfulness and The Teacher
The Teacher and The Coach
May 27, 2014
One of the most ground-breaking methods in psychology has
been the advent of positive psychology and Dr. Daniel Amen's groundbreaking work that teams psychology and SPECT Scans. Take it from an individual who was
beaten and battered by the purveyors of the Freudian era of therapy, positive
psychology jettisoned psychotherapy out of the dark shadows of Freud’s mind and into the reality of what we
as human beings are really made of.
I remember being shocked when Dr. Amen mentioned that most
of us have 70,000 thoughts A DAY!!! I can see how this would be possible, as there
are over 100 billion brain cells. That is more than the stars in the sky (that
we can see). Where do all these thoughts come from? How did I not know this?
My best guess is that as some race through the brain, they
are classified as inconsequential, trivial or nonsensical. Some may race
through so fast, we do not “catch” them. Some we may ignore.
you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Author
My mother always emphasized kindness in everything one does.
Seems like a small and rather insignificant thing, but now, in my senior years,
I realize the great value and treasures contained in this small and
“lightweight” word, kindness. The action and the performance of kindness rivals
Solomon’s famed wealth. I’ll tell you why – it serves as the foundation for a
myriad of other positive qualities, and affords a sense of openness and communication
from which flows the opportunity for qualities like honesty, forgiveness,
warmth, gratitude, patience, loyalty and other qualities that can emerge more
freely within the foundation of kindness.
It's obvious.When it comes to the brain we have to take great care. The brain is about the consistency of soft tofu (some say a raw egg ) and it is housed in a hard scull with ridges on the inside. The brain is who we are and how we see the world. It holds our belief systems, and it can be our greatest asset or our worst enemy. Some say that the brain is the hardware of the soul. Such a great wonder, such an elevated organ of thought, ideas, faith and dreams. Why do we treat it like crap?
I guess it is like how most of us generally view our bodies.
Loving your brain.
I remember what it felt like the first time I “fell in love”. Not only was this
“love” all-consuming, I wanted everyone to experience that kind of rapture. As
I look at what I now know about the brain, I am once again consumed with a
passion that I want to share.
The brain is our everything! Oscar Wilde once said. “…it is
in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is sweet, that the skylark
sings.” This amazing organ that is your brain creates your world; positive or
negative, light or darkness. “Your brain is involved in everything you do; how
you think, feel, act and interact, and who you are as a parent, child, student,
teacher, friend, family member, neighbor, employee, or employer.” (Amen, Daniel
G. MD, 1998, Change your brain change your life, Three Rivers Press, NYC, NY)
So, it stands to reason that everything you perceive and
experience could be enhanced if it were influenced by a better brain. There is
no doubt that our brain effects whether or not: we will have empathy for
others; insight into problems; cooperate with our colleagues; admit when we are
wrong; or listen to our conscience (among a myriad of other actions).
A better brain means a better life. There is hope for us
folks that have been ignoring it, and frankly, tempting fate through: the type
of food we consume (the brain uses 20-30% of the calories we consume every
day); risky physical activities (wear a helmet when you ride your bike, do not
hit the soccer ball with your head); ingest toxic substances including alcohol,
drugs, and cleaning and finishing products. I could go on and show you photos
of brains that are normal and those that reflect the aforementioned problems.
There is hope; the brain can change/transform with commitment by you to “change
your brain, change your life”.
We need to take care of this precious organ. If we do we can
have a more pleasurable, productive, and longer life; that’s a gift to others
as well as yourself.