26 11, 2016

The Power of Gratitude

In October of 1621, what is commonly referred to as the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated as a way for the pilgrims to give thanks for their first harvest in the New World. Little did the 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans present know that in the very act of gratitude, by giving thanks for the bounty they had harvested and the friendships they created, they were boosting their immune system. How do we know this? Last winter at our Advanced Workshop in Tacoma Washington, we performed a study on gratitude whereby we took 120 people and measured their cortisol and [...]

20 08, 2016

Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives

A lot of people who come to our workshops are very sick. While we’ve witnessed countless miraculous healings, not everyone makes it to the other side of recovery. I say this because recently we’ve lost some beloved members of our community. Many of you attended workshops with these people and formed deep bonds and friendships. Others of you have seen them as true inspirations who caused you to believe in yourself even more. When we lose people we care about we often find ourselves asking, why did someone who possessed such a will to live have to die? Speaking from [...]

22 07, 2016

Discovery Finds Link Between the Brain and the Immune System

In a stunning discovery made by the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, researchers have overturned decades of textbook teaching by determining that there is a direct correlation between the brain and the immune system. For years scientists have been trying to correlate the relationship between the two, yet they lacked the evidence to show how our thoughts and feelings (or neurochemistry) could affect our overall health. This groundbreaking finding could have significant implications on our understanding of how the brain and immune system interact, as well as enable scientists to target the immune system for the benefit of the brain. What this correlation hopes to uncover is the understanding of how [...]

8 01, 2016

A New Year and a New You: An Inspiring and Expiring View of Our Environments

(To read Part II, Aligning Your Environments To Tomorrow’s You, click here.) A friend of mine recently said to me she wanted to start a gym called Resolutions—for the first two weeks of the year it’s a gym; the rest of the year it’s a bar. Yes, it’s that time of year again; the holiday trimmings are coming down, we’re make resolutions, creating goals, and promising ourselves that this time it will be different…this time we’re really going to make change stick. But like Resolutions, the workout-bar, within two weeks we’ve fallen back into old, familiar habits—habits that are as [...]

20 11, 2015

My Thoughts on the Global Meditation

Our workshops have historically been about people overcoming themselves, about an individual getting something they want or need by using the meditations we provide. This focus on self is healthy given the right context. After all, only when we take care of ourselves are we truly able to care for others. Put another way, people who are hyper focused on themselves are less likely to think about the issues others face. We came up with the idea for the live global streaming meditation from listening to the comments made by students in our Advanced Workshops. We saw how 550 participants [...]

5 11, 2015

Are You Old?: How Your Thinking Impacts Your Age

We’ve all heard the adage “age is nothing but a number.” Life is a little more complicated than this quote allows but there is truth in the saying. As we know, how we think impacts how we feel and vice versa. The same principle applies to our view of aging. What comes to mind when you hear the word “old?” Do you picture a wrinkly, forgetful person who suffers from some kind of chronic ailment? Don’t feel bad if this is the vision that came to you because that is the one presented to us. Portrayals of older people in [...]

26 10, 2015

Cross Your Fingers, Knock on Wood: Do Superstitions Work?

When flying Jennifer Aniston always boards an airplane with her right foot first. Michael Jordan wore his college shorts underneath his NBA uniform for his entire career. Jordan ended up winning six championships and the 46-year-old Aniston has flown countless times without incident. Of course you don’t have to be famous to believe in superstitions. Many of us have uttered the phrase “knock on wood” or avoided stepping under ladders in the hopes of warding off bad luck. Superstitions are largely innocuous and allow for at least the illusion of control in situations where we feel like we have none. [...]

12 10, 2015

The Frequency of Life

You wake up; rub the sleep from your eyes, maybe yawn and then what? If you own a smart phone the next step probably includes checking your email, Facebook, texts, or a favorite news site. The world is quite literally in our hands. We have 24/7 access to a wealth of information that has radically transformed how we live. Take a moment to think about your typical day. How much time is spent in front of a screen? And yes, I realize you’re staring at one now while you read this post. There are valid reasons to stay connected whether [...]

25 09, 2015

Global Meditation & The Crisis in Europe: How You Can Help

In recent weeks a number of people have contacted my office with concerns about the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. Millions have fled their homes in places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. These people are leaving behind countries torn apart by war and economic hardship in hopes of finding a better life elsewhere. The question many ask is: what can I do? More than seven billion people live on Earth. This is an intimidating number, one that makes any attempt by an individual to solve a problem seem fruitless. After all, what happens if you do something to help? [...]

11 09, 2015

Your Mind as Medicine: Healing with Placebo

The Placebo Effect is a fascinating field of science because it challenges established notions of how we heal.  In the traditional model you would go to a doctor and he or she would present you with a diagnosis and some treatment options.  Placebos work differently in that they heal from within, not without and this presents a choice: you can either heal from a drug or from a placebo. In placebo studies, patients are given a medicine and told it will either cure them or make the symptoms more manageable.  Of course, they're usually given a sugar pill or a [...]