30 05, 2015

The Anatomy of Anxiety

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In many ways, anxiety is a healthy response to an external stimulus. We should be in a heightened or aroused state when we give a speech, fly in a plane during times of intense turbulence, or encounter a potential threat from a neighbor’s Rottweiler who has broken lose from their yard. Typically, when the stressful event is over, we expect to return back to physiological balance…and most of us do. Anxiety becomes a problem when it spills over into our everyday lives. For a person with an anxiety disorder normal tasks like going to the grocery store or even leaving [...]

The Anatomy of Anxiety 2017-02-06T19:03:37+00:00
14 05, 2015

Observing the Supernatural: My Reflections on Carefree

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Wow! That’s really the best way I can think of to describe my experience at the Advanced Workshop in Carefree, Arizona. I’ve been a part of many workshops over the years but this one was arguably the best. 500 people came with the desire to further their development, hone the skills needed to cultivate lasting change and literally become supernatural. I get excited before every event but the Advanced Workshop is different. The week before I generally don’t get much sleep because I’m ready to get started and to see people put the work to use. My attention and my [...]

Observing the Supernatural: My Reflections on Carefree 2017-02-06T19:03:37+00:00
5 03, 2015

The Gratitude Challenge

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Imagine you’re at work, it’s lunch time and you’re hungry but there’s a problem. In your rush to get out the door you forgot to grab your wallet. You have no food and no way of paying for anything. Luckily, you’re friends with a few of the people you work with and you decide to ask them if they could spring for lunch. So far this is a pretty straightforward scenario. Chances are you’ve been in a situation like this or something fairly similar. What would you do next? Let’s say your coworker agrees and gives you money to buy [...]

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18 02, 2015

Do You Get What You Expect?

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What comes to mind when you think of the dentist’s office? Do you picture a neutral colored waiting room with months old magazines sitting on a table? Can you hear the drill making contact with a tooth? Do you see the needle?   Whatever you imagine you’re probably not looking forward to your next visit. Why? There may be a multitude of reasons but one of the biggest drivers is most likely pain – either real or imagined. A study into the relationship between pain and the placebo effect used the dentist’s office as a testing ground. The findings provide further [...]

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20 01, 2015

Understanding Will

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In my last blog post I talked about New Year’s resolutions. Now I want to focus on a particular idea that wasn’t expressly stated in that post. We know that change can be difficult; partly because the body as the mind wants things to remain the same or familiar. In order to break free from this routine you’re going to need will. Before you can master your will, you need to know what it is and how it works. The kind of will I’m referring to doesn’t require “grit your teeth” determination. This is great for athletes, but can be [...]

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21 11, 2014

The Nocebo Response

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A few years ago a woman we’ll call Mrs. S went to the hospital for some routine tests. Mrs. S. had a heart valve condition called tricuspid stenosis. She also suffered from a milder form of congestive heart failure. Neither condition was considered life threatening. The treating physician, Dr. Bernard Lown, examined Mrs. S. and found nothing out of the ordinary. Later, another doctor accompanied by a host of residents doing routine medical rounds with final year students and interns, examined Mrs. S. At the end of the visit this same doctor announced in front of everyone – including Mrs. [...]

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29 10, 2014

Creating Lasting Change

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How can the preacher in the Deep South, in a moment of religious ecstasy, drink strychnine and have no biological effects? How can certain Indonesian children chew on glass and not bleed? Why do firewalkers not burn their feet on the hot coals when temperatures soar above 1000 degrees? How is it possible for an ordinary, middle aged mother to lift a 2000 pound car that has crashed and pull out her children who are pinned underneath? In all of the above cases, these people made a decision with clear purpose and firm intention. Their decision carried with it an [...]

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