~ Energy & Matter ~ In the first part of this series I looked at how there is a subconscious program running us when we are not paying conscious attention, and being consciously directive with our attention and energy. In this second part I will explore the subject of matter, or the material world, and energy. Dr. Joe points out that energy creates matter, and that matter actually is energy, just at a very slowed frequency as Einstein stated. If we look at our bodies from a quantum physics perspective, we are way more energy than matter. We can simply start from...

Habits and our brains I am just back from another training with Dr. Joe Dispenza, author of You are the Placebo and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. I became inspired by his work a few years back when I read his Placebo book. Dr. Joe often says that science is the contemporary language of mysticism and he is committed to using science to measure the effectiveness of meditation to change our brains and overall physiology in ways that enhance our health – physically, emotionally and spiritually. He takes an interdisciplinary approach and draws from the fields of neuroscience, psycho-neuro-immunology, quantum physics,...

Ahhh, the wonders of our breath. Over the last year I have rediscovered the power of taking long, slow, deep nasal breaths. How deeply relaxing and nourishing this is for our bodies. When I remember throughout the day to do this, I can feel my body actually reset, unwind a bit, and notice a restored mental clarity. As a long-time meditator, I have spent a lot of time observing my breath as it has often been the anchor of my practice.  However, for the last several years, breath awareness has not been the focus of my spiritual practice and come to...

Being human is so interesting! We are the one species that we know of that can be self-aware; we can be conscious of ourselves being aware. We can say that all creatures are aware, that is how we are able to maneuver our environments and go about the process of living. Yet it seems that we humans are unique in our capacity to know that we are aware and thus can engage in self-observation. Not only can we be aware of something, a flower for instance, or a painful sensation in our ankle, but we can also be aware of...

For many of us, a conscious cultivation of gratitude has become a way of life. Recently I started to pause before eating. I take 5 conscious breaths and I notice that spontaneously gratitude is always here with me and I often begin offering simple statements of thanks. I might say, “thank you body,” “thank you for this sustenance,” “thanks to the gardeners,” often referring to my husband. These short prayers aren’t elaborate, they don’t necessarily hit every point, but I love that they are so immediate, so paired down and essential. When I do this, I notice also my body relaxing....

Simple is good. I have not always leaned in this direction. I have a strong mind and am prone to complex thought. Now, in this age of information, there are so many perspectives available to consider on any topic. I frequently get lost down the rabbit hole by following a piece of information that I find curious. Before I know it, several hours have passed. Yet I find my mind turning to the question of how to simplify this thing called optimizing our health, wellness, life. What would be the bare bones of it? Increasing levels of complexity may be the...

Dave Asprey of The Bulletproof Diet book fame has had a tremendous influence on me since I read his book and started following his podcast. If optimizing your diet and lifestyle for peak performance is of interest to you, then you might want to check out his material. His new release, Head Strong, just got stocked on our shelves and I am excited to dig in. This book focuses specifically on how to tailor our lives to support our brains to be sharper and more resilient, which in turn helps us to be emotionally stable and effective in our lives. Asprey...

I just finished listening to The Neuroscience Training Summit 2017 from Sounds True, where 20 experts in the field present their latest findings for practical application into everyday life. As a long time meditator and student of psychology and human potential, I loved learning more about the science that supports what many spiritual traditions have long suggested – meditation is really good for our brains and has positive impacts on all areas of our lives. There were many good presentations on trauma as well, including information on how past traumatic experiences can continue to influence us throughout our lives if...

Through my journey of awakening to fully assume responsibility for my health, I have learned to turn more and more to the wisdom within my body.  Our bodies’ innate healing capacity is one of the most overlooked power sources in our lives. Our culture of externalized medical authority has us generally looking elsewhere for answers to our health issues. If there is one thing I could change about what we teach kids regarding our bodies, it would be to honor, (maybe even worship!) our capacity to self-regulate and return to health after assault or injury and to do whatever we...

Isn’t that, well . . . dirty? In Dr. Josh Axe’s new book, Eat Dirt, he challenges us to question many of our “chemical age” approaches to hygiene and how we maintain our home and work environments. He suggests that our “hyper-hygiene” era is contributing to the demise of our very critical microbial communities that live inside (and on) our bodies. This is the new age of understanding the importance of our microbiome (our gut microflora) and learning how to live in harmony with the microbial communities that are so essential to our health. Our bodies are possibly as much as 10...