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Food, Glorious Gluten-Free Food
Have you been introduced to “gluten-free” food yet? We changed our diet to wheat-free over two years ago and discovered it to be more holistic than we expected. Did we change because a doctor advised it? Actually … no. We were simply curious. So we tried it. The effect on our body, including our skin, brain, joints, and digestion surprised us. Yet, despite how important it is to choose food to contribute to your entire being, most people we meet struggle with the idea.
“Gee, it tastes good!”
Friends are many times aghast when we serve a lovely, delicious meal and tell them it is gluten-free. Our colleagues interested in focusing on the importance of taking care of their whole being (body, mind and spirit) have never tried it. Yet, when introduced in an esoteric way, a special and rare treat, they pick up on the new trend of gluten-free, and want to share it with people they meet.
Give up bagels?!
Some of our students discuss the true value and ask if these new “healthier” products are just new money making potential for expensive new age stores. The bourgeois followers of the standards and conventions in their social circles fear they may have to give up their morning bagel or toast or sandwiches to conform.
So why do it?
Advantages that can be yours when you make this simple change can include dropping weight, rashes going away, joints feeling better, and thinking more clearly. How many of us are aware of a “brain fog” that hits after a bowl of cereal or a plate of pasta? You might remember finishing a plate of pasta, and wanting to simply relax and take a nap after eating. Yet, having a clear head is so appealing that my clients do consider it, and sometimes pull out their smart phone to look up what else they might have to “give up” to join the gluten-free, clear-thinking shift. Hey, it’s a start.
The pragmatic view of eating so much wheat comes from years of living in a society that includes breads, cakes and cookies in celebrations, meals, and meetings. We’ve learned to use wheat in cooking as well as in products like sauces, lotions and even make-up. Yet, there are many foods you can enjoy.
Gluten-free and delicious
Here is a list of some gluten-free items (many more exist):
- Fruits, Vegetables
- Nuts (unprocessed), seeds, beans
- Eggs, Dairy (check label)
- Meats, fish, poultry (watch the batter-coated and marinated)
- Grains including: Corn, Flax, Buckwheat, Arrowroot, Amaranth, rice, soy, millet, Quinoa, sorghum, tapioca and Teff
There are many wonderful recipes where wheat is excluded and tastes great.
Want to try it?
Making a shift from wheat to gluten-free is best when you give yourself three weeks to a month. Consider it a healthy vacation. You might come out of the experience feeling better and more conscious of eating. This healthy advice comes with one minor caveat: You may feel so good, you might live longer and happier.
A “Gluten-free Fair” is being held in Portland today, Saturday, May 18th at the MJCC. Who knows… they may have “Gluten-free” bagels. If you’re curious, try it. You’ll like it.
9th Annual Gluten-Free Food Fair
May 18 2013
11am – 3pm
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy Portland OR
$10 per person/ $15 per family –children under 12 free!. Cash only at the door. ID required for entrance into MJCC.
Over 60 gluten-free businesses with samples and to-go items for purchase – all 100% gluten-free.
Nine talks from local experts on gluten-free topics.
10am Pre-fair beginners gluten-free 101 talk
Two talks at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
Raffle with yummy gluten-free foods and gluten-free products.
What’s the difference between meditation and spacing out?
As I sat in a cafe, I overhead two women discussing meditation. One lady with lovely brown curly hair spoke joyfully, exuberantly about an experience. She was talking about meditation. I heard her say to the person across from her, “what is the difference between meditation and spacing out?”
What an interesting conversation to drop in on! The other woman spoke quietly, so I didn’t hear her side, but since I know a little about this area, it seemed like a terrific topic! (I would have loved to be in the discussion!)
Meditation is sitting still with a mantra, chanting, focusing inward or on a candle or object like a pretty flower. The idea is to go quiet.
Spacing out is when your mind is changing gears and you become unfocussed. It could be the switch in ultradian rhythm where every 90 to 120 minutes your brain switches the main focus from left to right hemispheres of brain. Crossing the middle of the road, the corpus collosum, you feel spaced out. Quiet time.
When you think about diets, do you think about being tired, hungry and spacey? Well, maybe what you need is a nap. You might feel spacey because you are rest or water deprived. Dr. Ernest Rossi talked a lot about the Ultradian Healing Response which allows you to “optimize your health as well as your performance and creativity.”
In hypnotherapy sessions, clients get that relaxing break, except it is relaxation and direction to what you want to focus on when you wake up. So, what is hypnosis? This is focused relaxation. By focusing on words spoken by a Guide, listening to background sounds and imagining a goal, you direct your body and mind to relax, and then direct your unconscious mind to follow your new instructions. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. No one can make you do something you would not normally due based on your value system.
The next time you overhear a conversation about meditation and spacing out, smile, relax, and know. It’s all good … you know you deserve a break in your day. You are a valuable human, and so much more than you know. Be your highest and best possible you.
MORE: If you are really curious, there is an interesting article entitled: Bringing Unconscious Choices to Awareness: ‘Default Mode’, Body Rhythms, and Hypnosis. Authors are David Hartman and Diane Zimberoff. Check it out here.
It’s True! They’re out to get you!!!
By Rich Aanrich
We work with people who are confused by the messages about food. “Cereal has vitamins. How can it be bad for you?” Well, there’s a lot behind the cute animal on the front of the box. Our goal is to help people become more conscious of their unconscious consensus trance. There was a time when we trusted companies that processed wheat products and dairy products to treat us fairly and with respect. Sadly, most food … particularly processed … is no longer even close to what it started out as on the vine. Time to wake up!
Recently, Cat read an article and was outraged by the idea that food manufacturers knew about “child obesity” in 1999 and opted to “not do the right thing.” Rather, they chose the road of high profits and ignored the public good. If you haven’t read it, let us enlighten you on a few things. The article we are referring to is: “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” “Pleasing Mouth Feel + A Food Designed to Addict” by Michael Moss (NY Times February 24, 2013.)
Remember When Yogurt was Healthy?
Stephen Sanger, head of General Mills, suggested that “the consuming public is fickle, it’s our job to make a profit, don’t talk to me about nutrition.” You might remember when yogurt was a healthy option? Well, General Mills are the ones who took Yoplait Yogurt and added so much sugar that they turned it into a desert masquerading as a healthy snack!
The article is very enlightening and so worth your reading as they cover how companies including Frito Lay, Dr Pepper, Tobacco companies (who now own food companies) and in fact most food products are designed to has enough salt, sugar and attractors that you can’t get filled and want more. (It’s called Vanishing Caloric Density”) Or how about the thinking of Coca-Cola, “whose goal has been to outsell every other thing people drink, including water and milk.”
Throw a few Billion Dollars worth of advertisements in all manner of media and hire people to go into poor areas like New Orleans, Brazil, etc. and convince them they need coke more than water? Wow!
When you see rows and rows of special deals on junk food, ask yourself, “What will happen inside of me when I eat this?” Cat has a funny way of applying it. She says “Hmmm. which thigh will I have room for these on?” If you find yourself craving salt, it’s a sign. STOP. Hypnosis is useful for changing behavior and reframing. This is where we can help you. All it takes is an appointment and the time to attend to more valuable parts of life. You!
I am sad to say that we have to think carefully before putting a pretty package of food in our precious bodies. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover… the same goes for a package of “potatoes.” It is a lecherous society of some greedy food companies when almost anyone who dares to speak up or point out how unhealthy the current eating choices are that are being promoted … aren’t treated nicely. After all … in their minds (and pockets) it is about the Profit Margin, Stockholders Shares, and Bonuses…not you! It’s time for a change.
Check out this article and I hope you find it as illumination. Our hope is that you will stop and think and then eat a bit healthier too … because, it is about you! You count.
When you do your “Spring Cleaning,” be sure to empty out the cupboards of any “junk.” Call Cat or Rich for Spring Cleaning with Your Life, and use the special gift certificate below good for $20.00. Check out our Workshops for Better Living. Give us a call at 503-525-0595 and we’ll help!
Happy Valentines Day and Despicable Me!
Open your eyes, blink, open. Surprise! Happy Valentines Day to You! I Like You. I Like Me. All the staff at Apositiva also want to wish you a day to enjoy yourself and others with a loving thought!
Hey! We are who we are and we all deserve to be loved, even with flaws. As we begin with appreciating ourselves as human beings we can feel better by trying to “love our self” and others. It’s odd how when stuff happens, we impose lots of rules on others … and yet somehow the person in love doesn’t see all the flaws. What about those rules that we impose on others, you say?
In the movie “Despicable Me,” the mad scientist (or the good guy bad guy) adopts a trio of little girls. Upon arriving at his weird home with a monsterous dog (dog?) and lots and lots of minions, he brings the new members of his family into the kitchen, the children are given ground rules in the movie Despicable Me.
Rule Number 1, “You will not touch anything.”
Rule Number 2, “You will not bother me while I’m working.”
Rule Number 3: You will not cry, or whine, or laugh, or giggle, or sneeze or barf or fart! So, No No No annoying sounds.”
Agnes replies, “Does this count as annoying?” and and makes popping and funny sounds with her hands on the side of her face.
Agnes is adorable in the best scenes in Despicable Me, even when she plays childhood tricks and prays for a mommy and daddy who have a pet unicorn and a house made out of gummy bears. Unrealistic? Sure, but it makes you smile, doesn’t it? When the girls mischieviously pull pranks he falls in love with them. (Despite the rules, they giggle a lot.) It’s a joyous personal growth to watch them all learn how to live together and love together.
SPECIAL GIFT FOR YOU OR LOVED ONES. It’s time to pause for your time. Why not give yourself a little love and joyous personal growth? Attached to this blog is a special gift certificate for $20 off any session or workshop. It’s good for ten (10) days. Our little Valentines Gift for you! Call us to schedule your time or sign up for fun workshops at 503-525-0595.
Sweet thoughts to you and yours on this day! From Cat, Rich, Cindy & Gang
It’s a Perfect Time to Make Plans … to be Happy
Looking through the medicine cabinet, we have bandages, salve, alcohol, calamine lotion, and some natural remedies. Sounds like I’m planning for hurt or discomfort. Do you have lots of canned goods, dry milk, dried fruits, tea, and even bottles of liquids a big bag of food for your pets? Does that make you feel secure? Alright. Good work! Let’s see … what did we forget to plan for?
How’s your happy plan?
Do you have a “Emergency Happy Plan” for the day when you are out of it and need a plan ready to set in motion? Well then, let’s get going! Some of the simple actions you can take now in planning for your happiness can give you a boost when you most need them. It’s a perfect time to make plans to be happy!
In a box, small or large, gather some “Emergency Happy Care Box” items. These can be items that are pleasing to the touch, sound joyful, visually appear interesting and some that smell nice (but not living flowers). Include a poem that inspires you on some level that it makes you take a breath and sigh (i.e. Desiderata), which is lovely for your mind. If you have a puppet you can talk to (or it can talk to you from your hand/food), and maybe some bubbles. Now, as you can tell, I’m making up a list of sensory items that may be pleasing to you… personally.
My third grade teacher gave me a card that said, “put a poem in your pocket and a song in your head and you’ll never be lonely at night when you’re in bed.” As you can tell, it hung around… probably because it made me happy. I used to actually have a bunch of items in my cedar chest (also referred to as a Hope Chest) that when I pulled them out, I could imagine myself all grown up and happy. It was my escape to happy when I was a teenager.
Grumble, Grumble, Grumble
Recently, when I was in the middle of a “mood” I tried one of Rich’s “inner emergency happy tricks.” He grumbles. No, not his stomach, he says it literally over and over. Makes me feel good and I suggest you put this idea in your head for emergencies when you can’t get to your “Happy Box” in time. The first time I saw it in action:
Rich walked out of the kitchen, making fists and squeezing his eyes mumbling. “Grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble.” (Try saying that over and over.)
I laughed and said, “Oh, yeah?”
He laughed and explained, “When you run dry on happy you may as well “grumble n a funny, silly happy way. Shakes it loose. Let me know how it goes when you have a chance.”
Right now, it is a perfect time to make plans to be happy, and if you don’t have an emergency box, get going. You can also make plans with another person to get together for a cup of hot tea. How about planning a walk on Sunday? Pick up special items that will make someone else happy, wrap it, hide it in their drawer, or mail it if they are at a distance. Just knowing that you sent something to someone will give you happy anticipation.
Grab anything that is querky, fun, a child’s story book, a funny photo, a sea shell, a $10 bill! Put it with your sealed bag of dried cherries in a box and put a sign on it that labels it “Happy Emergency Kit” or something along that line. Sort of like we suggested a while back with a Dream Jar. (Talk to me if you missed that one.)
Happy Bottom Line
The bottom line is, don’t just prepare for bandages, plan happy time for puppets and bubbles, too! If you need more suggestions, call me or join our Pediatric Workshop this week-end on Saturday/Sunday, February 9-10th. We will be giving lots more ideas and demonstrations for happiness there! One of our instructors will be demonstrating a fun process with a little girl there. How fun! Gotta go! Call me at 503-525-0595.
Remember, it’s always a perfect time to make plans to be happy!
How I Became (a Hypnotherapist)
My brother asked me to write a book about How I Became a Hypnotherapist. He wanted to know what motivated me to do “it.” May I tell you that it’s interesting to hear this from people. So, I wanted to take this time to talk about it (you can buy the book later).
If you were to go to the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, you would probably find at least 100 people with stories of what led them to do this healing work. Contact someone from the National Guild of Hypnotists and you would find nurses, lawyers, engineers, massage therapists, graphic designers, business managers, contractors, cab drivers, dentists, and writers who practice hypnosis and have a great story on how they chose to do this work.
Many of them would tell you how they experienced a session in quitting smoking, loosing weight, overcoming a phobia, or some major feat that was really important to them. Many different stories! When you ask me, I might say, “I was in the right time at the right place when the OPPORTUNITY came along.”
You see, I didn’t come out of Kindergarten and say, “Mommy, when I grow up I want to be a Hypnotherapist.” My dear, loving Catholic mother would have probably reminded me that I could be a secretary (as was popular at the time) or a nurse, a teacher, or a mother (most popular). What I wanted was to be an Artist (and something else, but you’ll have to ask me personally what that is).
Been There, Done That
Originally, I learned hypnosis from my father and aunt who studied with a Psychiatrist in the 1970′s. I worked many years doing lots of other things after I first learned of hypnosis, doing other things. “What is that?” you ask.
My career involved working in a hospital with dietary needs for patients, performing paralegal work for a law firm including a Congressman. Oversees I helped people overcome “culture shock” as military families came to a country very different than their own. Years of working for a telecommunication company followed where I supported telecommunication engineers, developing standards of quality control, managing facilitation for workers (and office needs). I started a design firm, where I worked with a team to design logos, newsletters, product displays, and corporate identities. I was an Account Manager in computer training, sold advertising for a New York firm, and communicated with Pacific Rim countries who needed to repair lasers. As a customer support engineer, I installed telephone systems and later developed training programs for large electronics firms. All this while raising children as a single parent, and pursuing education at university full time. “Wow!” (Mom upside down.)
Why Did I Do “It?
There must have been one specific reason to explain how I became a Hypnotherapist. Let’s see … I loved helping people:
- quit smoking (which I did personally)
- losing weight easily (ditto)
- studying and remembering better
- learning how to communicate
- transitioning women to go beyond shame
- bringing men back to normal after dealing with pain
- giving children more focus and confidence in school.
Then again, I LOVE art! Writing is a major pleasure. Training flows through my blood. My highest value is family and people, and I deeply care about making a difference in the lives of people and helping my community.
Hmmm… I can’t tell you at this time. Well, I guess you can always call Rich and me at 503-525-0595 or e-mail me at email@example.com and we can talk. Come and have tea with Rich and me at Apositiva’s center and you can ask, “How do I become a Hypnotherapist?”
Everybody Hurts Sometimes – Bell’s Palsy
Stuff happens. Friends tell you, “Life is an adventure.” Yet when you hurt you don’t want to hear that from well-meaning friends. I know a person who recently experienced a difficult physical event. What a shock! This is really happening? Maybe I could change it by not acknowledging it. Nope. Doesn’t work. Why me? Argghhhh. What was it? Bell’s Palsy.
Do you know what Bell’s Palsy is? Bell’s Palsy is a syndrome that affects the facial nerve, and causes the facial muscles to become weak or paralyzed. One side of the face is paralyzed from the eye, to the nose, mouth and cheek. Yes, it heals… it just takes several weeks and depending on the person and severity 3-6 months of healing, and even up to over a year. Here is an excellent site for more information on Bell’s Palsy. The Mayo Clinic also offers a good explanation, and you can click here for the medical information. If your child has it, you may appreciate the site for Kid’s Health here.
Who gets it? Female or male persons who are older or younger, pregnant or diabetic, or experiencing a viral attack. It’s debilitating and embarrassing to face physical situations. Bell’s Palsy can strike slowly or immediately. It is hard to explain that you can’t taste your food or smile, it is hard to blink your eye, and you may feel a little confused or depressed. No matter what the reason it’s not pleasant. Little things can make a difference, however, and one in particular is to think positively. Acknowledge how you feel and put it into words in a different form, like music.
Sing. That’s right! Even though you’re in pain, you feel a little sad, take a moment and make up a poem, a song, and sing it. The emotion can ride the waves of the pain and you can rise above it like riding the surf. On a You Tube video, you’ll find the song “Everybody Hurts” sung by R.E.M. Click here and sing along.
Find Words to Support You
It would help if you had the words – right? Okay. Below you will find the words to the song. By the way, finding your words and talking over how this syndrome or any difficulty affects you gets it out. Releases the burden of holding it all inside and gives you release. There is a magic about sharing it with someone who cares and listens.
I wondered how someone who is in front of the camera deals with Bells Palsy. Apparently, there is quite a list of stars from George Clooney, Pierce Brosman, Allen Ginsberg, and Maggie Davis. John Sudworth talking about Bell’s Palsy from the BBC News described it as “one half of my face has decided to go on strike.” Maggie Davis includes many stories from easy to tough on the BP trek. Words can be inspirational, and hearing another’s story can give you hope.
What Else Helps when “part of you is paralyzed”?
It’s a great resource to have a Practitioner of EFT help, as tapping is a good resource with a guide. Guided Visualization for ‘progressive relaxation’ can ease the face and body, and aid in healing the mind and body. At Apositiva we have people willing to work with you, and we teach both EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique and Guided Visualization or Self-Hypnosis.
Practitioners in Yoga, Chiropractic, Massage, and Acupuncture can make a difference in speeding the healing. Anita Tadavarthy of the Metis Acupuncture Clinic offers gentle and nurturing treatments. Remember to enjoy good sound healthy eating of a nutritious diet rich in Vitamin B12 and Folate makes a difference. Prayer, meditation, Reiki, and Guided Visualization support your energy and mind. It’s most important to take care of yourself, rest and heal.
Can I Do a Session on the Phone?
Yes! Guided Visualization and Emotional Freedom Technique can be easy and comfortable in your own home when you can’t get outside. You can call us for an appointment over the phone and have a session in the comfort of your own home. When you have the time to talk, call us at 503-525-0595 or e-mail Cat Wilson (she’s a good listener) and set up an appointment. In the meantime, check out the You Tube video mentioned by R.E.M. and sing along. I suggest waving your arms above your head (which will make you feel more active and make you smile).
When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
when you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on.
Don’t let yourself go, everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes.
Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along.
When your day is night alone, (hold on, hold on)
if you feel like letting go, (hold on)
when you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on.
Everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends.
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand.
Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand.
Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone
If you’re on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
when you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on.
Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes.
And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on.
Hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on. (repeat & fade)
(Everybody hurts. You are not alone.)
OLPs to Perks to Feel Better
Do you wake up with “OLPs” Obnoxious Little Pains? This is when parts of you feel achy, slow, just not all 100% happy. You do if you find yourself saying things like “Groan… I feel pain in my back, joints, head, etc. I’m so sad.” Want to change how you feel? Let’s talk about state management.
Your brain hears “pain” and repeats the expression of it in clusters of ideas about what you relate to with the word “pain.” Words like: discomfort, hurt, emotional sadness, grief, loss, desperation, depression, loneliness, betrayal. Not meaning to, but because you only said it, the “P” word filters your day with a kind of fog. What you want is to feel good again, right? So, let’s change states! Go to the opposite… “Everything Feeling Wonderfully” or “EFW” (pronounced like it rhymes with “Achoo”).
Managing the Gang with Gratitude
Let’s start with “gratitude.” When you wake up and notice OLPs, do a “check in” to help “the gang” feel better (the gang includes all the parts of your mind and body). Set yourself up for a successful outcome. Begin with the intention to listen to all your inner parts so you can help the gang feel better. When your body responds with, “It hurts inside and it’s boring outside.” Say, “Thank you. What do you need?” Address the needs with “Perk Me Ups.”
State Management with Perks
“Perk Me Ups” or PMUs can include: 1) Movement, 2) Healthy Ideas, 3) Nutrition, and 4) Appreciation.
1) Movement – Get up and start moving around. Stretch. Dance. Walk.
2) Healthy Ideas – What makes you happy? Sound of chimes, smell of vanilla, feel your pet, taste of toothpaste? (Okay, so the toothpaste could be improved…)
3) Nutrition – Protein like fish or eggs, warm veggies cooked in olive oil, baked apples with cinnamon sticks, green tea with a splash of honey… and you know the rest.
4) Appreciation – Lotion up your hands and say, “I’m learning how to like myself more” or “I love my arm, my leg, my mind.” Speak positively and appreciate five areas or people or ideas around you. “I appreciate liquid sunshine that creates a green paradise in Oregon.”
When you start listening in quiet stillness of who you are, you begin to open up to your possibilities. Begin now with positive state management. When the “OLPs” come along remember to “EFW” with your “PMUs” every day! (Take Sundays off if you like, so you can have your contrast.)
You are so much more than you know!
Create Your State Management experience and be the highest and best possible you! Discover your path and get on it! Here is a quick check to see if you are ready for personal coaching . You can invited to attend our workshops to jump start you! Fast-trackers, remember Cat and Rich are Life and Business Coaches and Trainers who support people and businesses in defining and enriching their lives. That is what Apositiva means. See our workshop Courage to Prosper for A Prosperous Mind on January 25 – 27th, 2013. Sign up. Come. Become. For more playful change… Call us at 503-525-0595.
Changing the Pain Through Stories
By Cat Wilson
When was the last time you felt pain? How did you listen to it? (Or was it ignored?) Did you tell anyone? (Or hold it inside?) How did they listen? (Or not listen?) How did the story go from there? (Or not go?) Noticing pain, listening to pain, and entering a new story can lead to a higher and better experience.
Pain is what drives the client to come in for help – physically, mentally, or spiritually. Physical pain is a signal in our body trying to get a person’s attention to take care of an issue or problem. It’s important for a client to see their physician for any pain to assure it’s not indicating a condition that needs medical attention. Once it’s cleared by the physician that they’ve done all they can, the hypnotherapist can begin. Counselors help greatly and sometimes it’s just time to try another approach, which is when the client seeks the hypnotherapist. Spiritually we can hurt, too.
Listening to others builds good rapport and feels good to a client. In the nature of our work in using hypnotherapy we are drawn to helping people feel or think better. We care, so we listen and provide “time” to a client for deep reflection and release. Being listened to by an open and respective heart can be healing in itself. Studies have shown that when a patient feels that their practitioner really listens to them that they feel they received better treatment. So we listen to their old story and then we give them a structure to create a new and better story. Why? You can’t plan the future when you’re still looking at the past.
Listening to a good story can change the scene. Have you ever noticed how reading a really good novel or story gives you an escape… for a while? Your mind imagines travels to distant places, times, experiences, and offers you the vehicle to visit new worlds. Remember back to a novel where a character travels to an exotic and wonderful place, an island or country where you’ve never been. Did you feel like you were the character? What was it like being them in a different life? How was it going along side of your character and feeling the movement of a train, a drifting sailboat, or a bumpy ride on bicycle? Your mind travels and your heart goes, too. Character emotions become our emotions. Good authors invite us into their dream and we accept the invitation by joining the adventure with our mind. Just as a client goes into hypnosis.
Stories offer a good experience for us to release life for a while, because that journey is a little reprieve from reality. Along the ride… have you ever noticed how time goes by quickly when you’re reading? Then, you may feel more energized to go and work on a tough project. A story “changes the pain” and can actually relieve or release it. One of the helpful things about stories is that as you listen to it you are also creating it in your body to understand it. This happens unconsciously, because as we are listening to the story, we are literally creating that change and isn’t that what you want? Listening and story telling are great tools for creating a happy body.
Take a Breath
1. When the world feels like it’s toppling down on you, and you feel bound, take a breath.
2. If the kids are insane, and you can’t find your brain, take a breath.
3. As you reach for those substitutes that you use to think give a boost, take a breath.
4. People are people, and can blast down your steeple, so… take a breath.
5. Time is pressing and with you life is majorly messing, so… that’s right! Take a breath.
Five good breaths can make the difference. Sit in a chair among plants, take a walk, or pretend you are in a sunny spot, and breathe.
Next time the event of the moment gets to you, give yourself five good breaths (10 is even better!) and let it go. The world will be brighter, you’ll be more of who you really are, and it’s really all about becoming you, the highest and best possible you!