5 11, 2015

Are You Old?: How Your Thinking Impacts Your Age

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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 [...]

Are You Old?: How Your Thinking Impacts Your Age 2017-02-06T19:03:36+00:00
30 05, 2015

The Anatomy of Anxiety

2017-02-06T19:03:37+00:00

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

2017-02-06T19:03:37+00:00

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

2017-02-06T19:03:37+00:00

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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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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7 10, 2014

You are the Placebo: Psychosomatic Blindness

2017-02-06T19:03:38+00:00

  Memories are a kind of record. They provide us with all kinds of information about a past experience. A positive experience can produce feelings of happiness or contentment while a negative one can cause anger or despair. This information feeds your future response. Think of something that made you happy. Perhaps you have a vivid memory of a family vacation. The sights, sounds and smells are long gone but just thinking about them produced a new reality in your mind and body. Maybe you smiled or laughed as you thought about that trip. As a result, you’ll likely want [...]

You are the Placebo: Psychosomatic Blindness 2017-02-06T19:03:38+00:00