Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Relinquish the bonds of narcissism — a Ted Talk illustrated with prezi

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Stress can shut down your power if you let it. Don’t allow people, bills, or pressures on the job to consume your focus, energy and joy for life. Uncontrolled stress can cause you to gain weight; change your personality and create problems in your relationships; turn your hair gray overnight; make you sick and make it difficult for you to get out of bed.

Take time to become aware of the primary stressors in your life and the ways you are dealing with them. Recognize the price you are paying for not taking deliberate action with regard to your spiritual, social, emotional and physical well-being. In the face of what may appear to be crippling circumstances, choose to live every part of your life. Decide to be happy, actively engaged. Live from the inside out. Create centered and grounding moments in your own life as part of your spiritual life.

Use what works – exercise, meditation, meaningful connections with others. Volunteer your time to make a difference in the lives of others. You are more powerful than you are currently living. Harness your power to live above the stress in your life. You have GREATNESS within you!
― Les Brown

Vampire Weekend – Horchata

Horchata (/ɔrˈtʃɑːtə/; Spanish: [oɾˈtʃata]) is the name of several kinds of traditional beverages, made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tiger nuts (chufas).

Did you know that almonds, sesame seeds and tiger nuts and other seeds and nuts are high in unsaturated fatty acids that are good for your skin, hair, and mood?

Hot drinks (non-caffeinated) also have a relaxing effect and can put you into a warm and inviting mood.

What’s kind of things do you like to eat for comfort food?

Feel free to post a response here. 🙂

Healthy Habits Make You Irresistible!

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“Successful people don’t just drift to the top. Getting there requires focused action, personal discipline and lots of positive energy to make things happen.” Jack Canfield

Once something becomes a habit, we don’t have to spend time thinking about it anymore. A healthy daily routine creates a safe environment where the mind is now freed up to develop more important ideas. What habit would serve you best right now?

Read more from this post from Fiona Macneil about healthy habits.

How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness

How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness

Rick Hanson explains how you can intentionally change your brain to create lasting happiness and well-being.

“…people who routinely experience chronic stress—particularly acute, even traumatic stress—release the hormone cortisol, which literally eats away, almost like an acid bath, at the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain that’s very engaged in visual-spatial memory as well as memory for context and setting,”

I have found Hanson’s article to be the most helpful whenever I find myself frustrated and unable to articulate it due to constraints beyond my control.  It don’t lose my cool often, but during times when I’ve tried to open the lines of communication, set boundaries  and still seem to have exhausted a tremendous amount of patience and seem to be getting nowhere; then I just have to accept that stress just sometimes comes with the territory.  By reminding myself that feeding my frustration only creates the brain toxins that will eat away the parts of my brain that make it easier not to over-think, I find it easier to encourage myself to engage in healthy activities that help me get out of the rut of anxiety and negative thinking.

Hanson adds:

Now the mind also can change the brain in lasting ways. In other words, what flows through the mind sculpts the brain. I define the mind as the flow of immaterial information through the nervous system—all the signals being sent, most of which are happening forever outside of consciousness. As the mind flows through the brain, as neurons fire together in particularly patterned ways based on the information they are representing, those patterns of neural activity change neural structure.

So busy regions of the brain start stitching new connections with each other. Existing synapses—the connections between neurons that are very busy—get stronger, they get more sensitive, they start building out more receptors. New synapses form as well.

It’s kind of cool to know that happiness is something that can easily be patterned through our behavior. Now if we can just remember to pattern ourselves to stop looking for it in all of the wrong places, it would be a much better world (unless it destabilized the economy, then I could see that producing some serious ramifications…)

I suppose I should consider myself to be one of the privileged and lucky few….