Suzanne Norman

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

How can we support ourselves and those we love during trying times?  

These are unprecedented times and many of us are feeling uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and deep concern for our overall wellbeing.  

My goal with Enlightened Living has always been to empower and inform in the area of holistic wellness.  I have made the commitment to be a source of positivity, insight, and inspiration to my community during this time, in whatever way I can.   I have made a series of videos over the past week to offer you actionable steps in supporting your health and emotional wellbeing, as well as reflecting on how we, as a collective whole can make a difference.  I hope they inspire you and empower you to find a sense of control and hope during these times.

I am here to support you.  I am seeing clients, carefully, in my office as well as via video.  I am offering stress management sessions, private yoga/meditation, and hypnotherapy.  I have had an influx of clients dealing with anxiety and fear, understandably, so I am happy to continue to be available for you in whatever way I am able.

Stay strong, stay healthy, stay positive.


 


 


 


Meeting Challenge

Monday, March 23, 2020

 

HOW TO KEEP MOVING LIFE FORWARD DURING A PANDEMIC

We are experiencing some crazy times right now, no doubt about that. We've had similar situations in our recent history and we've come out strong, remember that.

If you're feeling any anxiety, that's completely understandable, these are challenging times and staying positive can prove very difficult. Uncertainty and fear can take a stronghold of your emotions.

Now more than ever, it's important that we stay calm and come together to get through this latest global health emergency.

More than ever, it's important that we all move forward in the spirit of community, compassion, and positive expectations that we will get through this as soon as possible.

When we feel out of control, it can feel as if the ground beneath us falls away and it can be easy to spiral into anxiety and panic.

This is an opportunity to stop and ask yourself, "what can I control right now?" In the moment, you can control your breathing and your thoughts. On a broader landscape, you can choose how you respond to any situation. You can choose to stay positive. You CAN choose to take care of yourself and practice self-care routines that include yoga, meditation, and breathing.

Nourish your body to keep your immune system strong and this includes reducing your stress. You can turn off the constant stream of negativity and go outside and be in nature. You can call a friend and give each other support. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend more quality time with family and friends. We are being asked to slow down and be present, not rushing from one event after another as is usual with our over-scheduled lives. We have a beautiful opportunity to simply be together and unplug, connect, laugh, and play.

One of the best things you can do for yourself when you're feeling down is to help another, to give of yourself. Check-in on a neighbor or an elderly relative and see how you can help them or if they just need a calming reassurance.

What we each most certainly should be avoiding is feeding into the collective energy of fear. Be a hopeful and bright source of energy for your friends and family.

Things are never as they seem and situations such as this have historically never materialized into the predicted disastrous outcomes. If you are healthy, you are going to be fine. Do your part and remain calm and let's come together in the spirit of community to support one another.

On a spiritual level, the viral spread shows us how profoundly interconnected we are. We are all part of each other and part of this world in ways that we often ignore in easier times. It's sobering to realize that we share our very breath with every creature on this planet.

But it's also inspiring to realize that your breath itself can be a healing power when you fill it with light and send it with kindness into the world.

Adding loving-kindness prayer to your breath when you feel anxious or fearful, "May I be happy, May I be safe, May I be healthy - May my family be happy, may they be safe, may they be healthy - May the people in my community be happy, may they be safe, may they be healthy - May all sentient creatures on this earth be happy, may they be safe, may they be healthy"

This practice is one of the best ways there is to lift the mind beyond fear. And it's good for the immune system!

Every one of us has powerful practices for strengthing our connection to grace and healing. This is a time to use what we know.

So along with taking sensible precautions, Use your mindfulness awareness and noticing where your fear sits in the body and when fear is present, create space around it and breathe through it.

More suggestions:
Spend time drawing in light through the crown of your head and feeling that light penetrating your cells.

Protect your subtle body by creating a balloon of light around your body, protecting yours from negativity as well as external threats such as viruses and pathogens.

Our spiritual practice teaches us that peace and joy are not dependent on external circumstances.

The Buddha taught that suffering is optional, you don't have to go where your mind takes you. You can direct your attention to what needs to be done now with kindness, compassion, patience, self-monitoring, and freedom.

Everyone around us needs this, a level of presence and peace. It's the only way you can make an impact. It's time to put into practice what you've been practicing!

If you attend classes at the studio, I want you to know that I intend to keep classes going.  We are now offering the classes on Zoom. I want to help you stay with your practice when you need it most.  Here is the yoga class schedule.  If you'd like to join, please send me an email and I will forward you the payment link and the class link

Class Schedule:  

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Sunday 3:00 p.m.

Of course, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to meditate every day and I want to help you with that as I am committed to helping you stay calm and grounded during this time. To that end, I have decided to offer daily meditations for you during this time. They are posted on YouTube and on my podcast station

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I leave you with the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh
"Promise me that you'll always remember:
You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think"

 

 

A pandemic Of Fear

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


THESE ARE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

Many are feeling threatened and vulnerable.

We've had pandemic scares in the past and we've all experienced natural disaster emergencies, we've even witnessed a terrorist attack in our country. And yet somehow this one seems different. Perhaps it is a more serious threat than we've ever known, or maybe it's how the media is presenting the information.

Regardless of the cause, the reality is, there are millions of people feeling fear and anxiety unlike anything felt before. People are feeling a deep level of uncertainty and lack of control.

These feelings, if left unchecked and fueled by surrounding energy and behaviors, can build into panic and frenzy. We're seeing this happening around us, and this is a bigger threat to our health in the long run.

Fear is a basic survival instinct, and for a short period of time, it's a good thing. However, sustained periods or fear, the physiological effects of the fight, flight, or freeze response wreak havoc on your body.

I am one of many voices trying to be heard, only mine is telling a different narrative. I am trying to get you to believe that you have more power than you think you do, more control over your health than you are being led to believe you have. If we allow ourselves to believe what is being fed to us without allowing even a small bit of doubt, we are in trouble.

Just this morning, I had an interview about the placebo/nocebo effect. (Been the subject of most of my ramblings lately - check out my latest podcasts)
The placebo effect is when we are told something is good for us, a simple sugar pill for instance, and we see real biological changes in the body after taking the pill. This shows us that if we believe the pill is medicine, and we're told it is a powerful cure, it can be.

Just as strong, the nocebo effect. This is where we are told something bad or negative will happen and we see a biological or physiological response from that belief, including death. The placebo/nocebo phenomenon proves unequivocally just how powerful your mind is in controlling processes in your body. But we must be diligent in controlling the messages that we allow into our minds.

And here is where it gets tricky. Trusting the information that is presented to us. What do we believe to be true or real? We live in an age of cognitive dissonance (very Orwellian) created by the deceptive and manipulative use of language via the media or other authority. We hear the sound bites and talking points of political campaigns or media agendas which rarely present the most nuanced perspective on the issues, leaving one completely dependant on those sources for our perception of reality. This leaves one compelled to disregard their own perception in place of the officially dictated version of events.

Subjecting citizens to a non-stop bombardment of negativity and messages of doom, (I can't help but think about how the torture tactics of prisoners of war) are damaging to the collective psyche of the people.

All I want is for you to surround yourself with the belief that you are safe and strong. That you just consider the possibility that you have powers beyond what you currently may believe. That you not only have healing capabilities and strong defense mechanisms that will protect you against any threat that comes your way. But that you also have a direct line to a knowing that will guide you to your truth.

You have a connection to higher wisdom, some call it intuition or instinct, others call it the voice of higher insight or the voice of God. You have an inner guidance system that will tell you what is right for you and what is the truth.

Your inner wisdom will never mislead you. Trusting your voice of higher insight begins with going inward. Turning off the outer noise and tuning in.

Get quiet and present your question, your problem, or desire for clarity. And then go deep, listen and feel.

Connecting with your inner truth feels like a buoy. You will access a sense of peace and calmness that will support you as you navigate these turbulent waters of uncertainty.

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Foods to protect against Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Highest recommended foods and supplements to fight viruses.

Vitamin C

Read more here:https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/02/24/iv-vitamin-c.aspx

 

(OMNS Mar 3, 2020) The government of Shanghai, China has announced its official recommendation that COVID-19 should be treated with high amounts of intravenous vitamin C.   

Read more here https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/shanghai-government-officially-recommends-vitamin-c-covid-19.2

 

The Sunshine Vitamin (Vit D)

 

Solar ultraviolet-B radiation and supplemental vitamin D have been shown to reduce pandemic fatality rates, which makes sense considering how important vitamin D is for controlling infections and lowering your risk for influenza and the common cold.  Research shows high-dose vitamin D supplementation lowers the risk of respiratory illnesses and lung infections in the elderly by 40%.

Vitamin D can improve the immune system's ability to fight infections because it bolsters the first line of defense of the immune system. Take vitamin D in tandem with Vitamin K2 for optimal health.

  
Other essential nutrients to support your immune system:

 

(C
redit to Dr. Mercola)

 

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) — Encourages glutathione production, thins mucus, lowers your chances of influenza infection and reduces your risk of developing severe bronchitis
Elderberry extract — Known to shorten influenza duration by two to four days and reduce the severity of the flu. According to the authors:29
"Given that elderberry is a very rich source of anthocyanins, there is reason to suspect that its impact on viruses might be mediated, at least in part, by ferulic acid, a prominent metabolite that appears in plasma following anthocyanin ingestion."
Spirulina — Reduces severity of influenza infection and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies. In a human trial, spirulina significantly lowered the viral load in patients with HIV infection
Beta-glucan — Reduces severity of influenza infection severity and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies
Glucosamine — Upregulates mitochondrial antiviral-signaling protein (MAVS), reduces severity of influenza infection severity and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies
Selenium — "Since selenium is an essential cofactor for certain peroxidases, and selenium deficiency has been endemic in certain regions of China and other parts of the world, insuring adequacy of selenium nutrition might also be appropriate in this context," McCarty and DiNicolantonio note, adding:30
"Selenium deficiency also increases the rate at which viruses can mutate, promoting the evolution of strains that are more pathogenic and capable of evading immune surveillance."
Zinc — Supports "effective function and proliferation of various immune cells," lowering mortality in the elderly by 27%
Lipoic acid — Helps boost type 1 interferon response. As explained in a 2014 paper:31
"Type I interferons (IFNs) activate intracellular antimicrobial programs and influence the development of innate and adaptive immune responses … (IFNs) are polypeptides that are secreted by infected cells and have three major functions.
First, they induce cell-intrinsic antimicrobial states in infected and neighboring cells that limit the spread of infectious agents, particularly viral pathogens. Second, they modulate innate immune responses in a balanced manner that promotes antigen presentation and natural killer cell functions while restraining pro-inflammatory pathways and cytokine production.

 

Third, they activate the adaptive immune system, thus promoting the development of high-affinity antigen-specific T and B cell responses and immunological memory. Type I IFNs are protective in acute viral infections but can have either protective or deleterious roles in bacterial infections and autoimmune diseases."     

 

 

Sulforaphane — Helps boost type 1 interferon response

 

 

Protect And Defend

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Everyday habits can have a negative effect on your immunity

Your lifestyle can affect how well your immune system can protect you from germs, viruses, and chronic illness.  Replacing bad health habits with good ones can help keep your immune system healthy.

It should come as no surprise that washing your hands often, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet are effective ways of protecting yourself against viruses and other germs. What you may not realize is that other factors in your life could be compromising your body’s ability to protect itself.

How you spend your free time, your level of stress, how often you drink, how much physical activity you get, and even the air you breathe can take a toll on your immune system.

Stress

Everyone has some stress; it's part of life, but If stress drags on for a long time, it makes you more vulnerable to illness.

Chronic stress exposes your body to a steady stream of stress hormones that suppress the immune system.  You may not be able to get rid of your stress, but you can get better at managing it.  Stress makes the brain boost the production of the hormone cortisol, which impairs the function of infection-fighting T cells.

The top stress busters?  Yoga, meditation, exercise, meaningful connections.   

Loneliness

Feeling lonely could impair your immune system, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology in December 2014. The research, done on rats, found that increased anxiety associated with loneliness leads to greater suppression of the immune system and more oxidative stress, or damage caused by free radicals.   Having strong relationships and a good social network is good for you.  People who feel connected to friends - whether it’s a few close friends or a large group - have stronger immunity than those who feel alone, studies show.  In one study, lonely freshmen had a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine than those who felt connected to others.  

Research published in Psychological Science in February 2015 suggests that simply hugging someone can have a stress-buffering effect and reduce susceptibility to illness.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Over time, too much sitting and avoiding exercise can affect your body’s ability to fight infection, according to a January 2012 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Regardless of age, gender, and other harmful habits like smoking and drinking, a sedentary lifestyle is tied to an increased risk for premature death. Eventually, inactivity can lead to an impaired immune system, inflammation, and other chronic diseases.  Exercise can boost your body's feel-good chemicals and help you sleep better. 

sleep

You may have noticed you’re more likely to catch a cold or other infection when you’re not getting enough sleep. Studies help bear out that well-rested people who received the flu vaccine developed stronger protection against the illness.  Not getting enough sleep can lead to higher levels of a stress hormone. It may also lead to more inflammation in your body.

Diet 

Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks.   A diet high in saturated fat impairs the immune system, and salt and sugar might also have negative effects, according to a review published in Nutrition Journal. Obesity affects the immune system by reducing the number and function of white blood cells needed to fight infection, according to a review in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stresses that good nutrition is essential for a healthy immune system.
Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. Go for a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, including berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  Other foods particularly good for your immune system include fresh garlic, which may help fight viruses and bacteria, and old-fashioned chicken soup.  Some mushroom varieties -- such as shiitake -- may also help your immune system.

 

Alcohol & Nicotine

Even one bout of excessive drinking can reduce the immune system’s response to invading pathogens.  Alcohol’s major metabolite, acetaldehyde, likely impairs ciliary function in the lungs, making them more prone to bacterial and viral invasion. Alcohol also impairs the process of attacking and breaking down bacteria and viruses.

Whether you’re smoking traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes, you’re still being exposed to nicotine, which can have harmful effects on your immune system. Nicotine increases cortisol levels while reducing B cell antibody formation and T cells’ response to antigens. Researchers cautioned that e-cigarettes are unsafe because their vapor contains free radicals that can cause airway inflammation and impaired responses to bacteria and viruses.

This one may surprise you....

Too Much Exercise

Being a couch potato impairs your immune system, but the opposite extreme can also take a toll. Too much strenuous exercise, called overtraining syndrome, can be debilitating for the body and make it more vulnerable to infection, according to December 2012 in Acta Clinica Croatica. But a 2014 study suggests that regular, moderate physical activity can make you less susceptible to viruses.

Grief

A sudden or tragic event can weaken your body’s immune response, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.  Losing a loved one, for example, can boost the production of nerve chemicals and hormones that increase your risk for more frequent and severe viral infections.  Bereavement is associated with increased cortisol response and immune imbalance, according to a June 2012 review published in Dialogues in Clinical NeuroSciences. Certain vaccines, including the flu shot, may be less effective for those coping with profound loss, according to the NIMH.

Laughter

Laughing is good for you. It curbs the levels of stress hormones in your body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

 

So in summary, Laugh a lot, get just the right amount of exercise (I would add - do it outdoors for a healthy dose of vitamin D),  limit or avoid alcohol and nicotine, get good sleep, adopt a healthy diet, connect with people, and reduce stress.    

At Enlightened Living, we can offer you all of that!!  Stay healthy and happy


 


 

 

  

 




 

How to reach your goals

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

 

I remember about 8 years ago, early morning on the first day of the new year, reflecting on the year that just past. I realized, with a mixture of sadness and frustration that I had set intentions the year before - big intentions for my business, relationships, and health - and here I sat 365 days later in the exact same place I was a year before. Feeling the same longings, feeling the same discontent. I was no different, and my life was no different.

 

I realized at that moment how useless vision boarding was, how powerless positive affirmations are, and how willpower alone, even when fueled by a deep desire for change, just isn't enough.

 

Every year we intend to wipe the slate clean and take charge of our future, to commit to change and growth. We really want to reach our goals, to achieve great things, to make a difference and live a life of purpose and passion. We really long to break free of bad habits and unhealthy patterns.

 

And we start off with enthusiasm and we may even begin to gain traction. Then before we know it, we're back in the old habits, doing the same things and feeling the same feelings. It's frustrating to keep reaching for our goals only to revert back to those old conditioned habits and behaviors.

 

And then I realized something very powerful.  It's not that our desires aren't deep enough or strong enough, that we don't want them enough. It's not that we don't deserve what we want, there isn't some old karma that is working through our life and now we're being punished (that's not how karma works).   It has nothing to do with "not being in our cards" to have what we desire.  Just because I was born into this situation or circumstance does not mean I have to repeat it or stay in it... I most certainly have the power to rise above it.

We are doing everything right.  We are listening to the longings we feel,  we are honoring the voice of higher awareness that tells us we deserve the dreams in our heart.  We are stating our intentions to the higher powers of creative energy and we are making it very clear that we desire the change that is yearning to take place.  We have been told that in order to change our personal reality, we must change our thinking.  We have been told that we can manifest whatever we want if we just think it and visualize it happening.

As I sat there that morning, 8 years ago, frustrated and doubting what I had so strongly wanted to believe, wanting to believe all of the spiritual texts I had studied for over a decade, and wanting to believe in the law of manifestation and abundance, a powerful realization occurred to me.  I realized that we were doing it all wrong.

You see, about that same time, I was stepping into an obsession that continues today... the field of neuroscience.  I had already been working with the deeper states of consciousness with my work in hypnotherapy, but the latest insights from neuroscience were giving deeper understandings into the mind, thought, and the brain.  

And what was crystal clear to me at that moment was that change, real change, had to happen at the deeper levels of consciousness.  If we try and create change by changing our conscious thoughts then we would be doomed to revert back to the familiar ways of thinking and behaving.  

The truth is that only a fraction of our thoughts are generated by the conscious mind. The more powerful mind, and the part of the mind that controls your habits and behaviors is the subconscious mind.  The subconscious mind is the mind that was programmed early in your life to believe certain things about yourself, what you deserve, and what you can and can't do.  And your beliefs, habits, and behaviors will be generated by that programming regardless of how much you want something consciously - until the programming is changed.

Just like the computer on your desk.  Unless you update the programming, it will run on outdated programming.  

If you desire a loving relationship but your programming has you believe you aren't worthy of love, then your subconscious mind and it's programming will allow only what it knows.  Your conscious mind cannot override the programming.

That's why our goals and dreams are oftentimes never met.  We long for change and attempt to will our way toward it with our conscious efforts, but the subconscious programming simply won't accept the request.  It hasn't had the new programming downloaded.

That epiphany launched an experiment with my own life.  I spent the next year working on updating my programming - the programming of my subconscious mind.  As I programmed the desires and goals I had written down for myself into my deeper consciousness as if they were what I already knew to be true, and as if I absolutely deserved them, they started to manifest.

As my mind began to believe that what I wanted was possible, then, and only then, did my thoughts change.  And when thoughts change, reality will indeed change.  But only thoughts that come from a deep belief, and belief is the realm of the subconscious mind.

So, if your desires, goals, and dreams are not manifesting, that's not a sign to give up.  It's an indication that your deeply held beliefs about having that dream aren't congruent with your conscious desires.  

You must first change at a deeper level of consciousness.

And so I spent the next 6 years creating a system for transformation based upon that experiment with myself.  And I call it LifeDesign.

The underlying principle of LifeDesign is that what is within you is greater than any circumstance in your life.  And for the past few years, this program has helped hundreds of people move from being stuck and unfulfilled to living a life of freedom and success.

If you'd like to know more about it, check it out  here

I began by coaching people privately, which I still do.   But I wanted to make it more affordable and be able to reach more people than one-on-one coaching allows me.  And I am happy to announce the launch of my online version of the LifeDesign coaching program. 

This online version allows you to work through the program at your own pace and make your own schedule, but it still provides for deep and powerful change.   I am so excited about this program and this online coaching format...  

 

please check it out and let me know what you think!!   I want you to live the life you dream of, and I want 2020 to be your year of transformation.

As always, I am grateful to you

 

Dreams + Goals + Action = New Life

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

 

WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 2020?

Many people put their dreams on the back burner on an ongoing basis.

They put the needs of others before their own, or keep telling themselves that "someday" they'll dust off their dreams and begin transforming their reality.

Make 2020 the year you focus on your dreams!

Taking care of our responsibilities and caring for others is important, it's also important to invest time in exploring and pursuing what makes YOU feel happy....

Because, when YOU are living the life of your dreams, the JOY and ALIVENESS you feel elevates those around you... and as you inspire others to pursue their dreams, the entire world changes for the better.

Each year many of us take time to reflect and commit to some change or growth in the coming year. Perhaps you do as well. We resolve to finally reach a goal or make a change that we've been thinking about all year or, as often happens, we set the same goal as the one we set the previous year and say "This time, I'm going to do it!"

But for many of us, as we take time to consider what it is we would like to change, or what it is we would like to try, have, do, or become....we begin to realize that we are not at all sure what the dreams of our heart are. We've never really defined the longings and discontents we feel. We just know we want something different.

You see, life is always seeking growth. Your life is always seeking a freer, fuller, more expanded version of what you've known...it's a natural process.

But when we ignore that pull to grow, we feel unsettled and stuck and we just continue to live the life we've known. We call that living by default.

However, you are a powerful co-creator of your reality and you have the power to create a greater life, filled with more joy, more purpose, prosperity, and freedom. That is called living your life by design. You truly do have the power to create and manifest the dreams of your heart.

The first step is getting clear about what you want. If you don't know what you want, you will never find the path to greater freedom, passion, and purpose? As they say, no wind is favorable to a sailor with no destination. Your creative powers mean little if you don't know how to direct them.

For the past decade, I have been helping my clients get crystal clear on the dreams in their hearts, and then help them to remove the mental blocks that are keeping them from achieving those dreams.

I have created a powerful and proven system for defining, designing, and then building your dream life. I'd love to introduce you to LifeDesign.

by the end of 2020, you could be living the life of your dreams

Or, you could be living the same life that you're living now. The choice is yours.

It has been my passion and purpose to help you tap into your true power. Check it out here

Tap into your creative powers and design your dream life.  Check it out here!

To your dreams
Suzanne

The Myth and Mystery of Hypnosis

Friday, December 20, 2019

 

"I heard everything you said, so I don't think I was hypnotized" A new client recently told me this after his first session.

This is not an uncommon reaction and it's one of many myths surrounding the therapeutic process of hypnotherapy.

I suspect one of the reasons many people feel apprehensive about trying hypnosis is due to their misunderstanding of what hypnosis is and isn't.

Let me bust a few myths.

1. Hypnosis is not sleep. When you are in a hypnotic state, you are fully aware of your surroundings, but another part of your mind is focused elsewhere. This is why you feel surprised when you pull into your driveway and say "Wow, I hardly remember how I got here, I was so zoned out on the drive home."

In this case, you got in your car and your subconscious mind knew just how to drive the car and how to navigate the way home. Your subconscious mind knows this familiar process because it was trained a long time ago and now it's basically a habit. But on this day your conscious mind was preoccupied with a problem to solve or on some other subject so it was busy working that out and all the while, your subconscious mind was in the driver's seat.

That's why you hardly remember the drive home, your conscious mind was busy working out the problem (or talking on the phone), so your subconscious mind takes over a job it has been trained to do. You may have not been fully aware of the drive home, but you certainly weren't asleep.

Hypnosis is a state of mind you go in and out of many times per day. A trance state is simply a shift in the brain wave activity, and your brain fluctuates between Beta, Alpha, and Theta wavelength throughout the day. Alpha and Theta waves are registered when you are daydreaming, meditating, relaxing, or zoning out (we call that trance).

During hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed and your mind may wander and not really be paying attention. You sometimes feel a 'far away' feeling, but it is not sleep.

2. Hypnosis is not mind control.   This is a big misconception, thanks to Hollywood. Stage hypnosis shows may also give the impression that the hypnotist is controlling the mind of the volunteers.  In the case of the stage hypnosis shows, the participants up on stage are willing participants and have agreed to put their beliefs on hold for entertainment. If they are doing crazy things on stage while in a hypnotic trance, they may appear to be under the control of the hypnotist, but the truth is, they would willingly behave like that in public even if they weren't in a stage hypnosis show, they have that type of personality.

For someone like me, who doesn't feel comfortable with that kind of extroverted behavior or being the center of attention, that would never work with me.   I can be hypnotized, but not in a situation like that.

Hypnosis is 100% voluntary, in fact, we say that all hypnosis is self- hypnosis. No one can hypnotize you. A hypnotherapist guides you into a natural, deeper state of mind for the purpose of helping you change some problematic behavior, habit, or belief that is getting in your way or limiting your life in some way. But you willingly choose to have the experience. Once you suspend your belief and allow your imagination to open, hypnosis comes easy.

3. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis.  Again, hypnosis is a natural state of mind, an experience you have many times per day. Just as you can easily pull yourself away from a day-dream, you can just as easily pull yourself up from a hypnotic trance.  Although, when experiencing hypnosis in a formal setting, it is such a deeply relaxing experience, many people don't want to leave that wonderful state of relaxation. But they always do :)

4.  "I can't be hypnotized", or "I tried it and it didn't work."  I hear these often.  Again, hypnosis is a natural state and each of us experiences hypnosis throughout the day.  When you are waking in the morning or falling asleep at night, your brain moves through a Theta brainwave level, that state of suspension where your half in dream world and half in awake world, you know that feeling!  When someone tells me that can't be hypnotized I ask them if they never sleep and then tell them that if they sleep, they've experienced hypnosis on the way.

However, in order to experience hypnosis in a formal setting, there must be a relationship of trust between the therapist and you.  A therapist should be skilled at making your comfortable with the process and with them.  They should answer all of your questions and explain the process as well as clear up any misconceptions and concerns.  If that doesn't happen and you have any of the above beliefs, it is possible that you may not allow hypnosis to happen, but you are most certainly hypnotizable.

I have found that the first session for many people is a very light experience.  They may be very critical thinkers, or what we call 'analyzers', those with strong minds, and they are not fully relaxing.  These people may enter a light state of hypnosis or simply relaxing deeply but not entering the subconscious mind.  In these instances, deep change work is likely not going to happen. However,  after one or two sessions when they are comfortable with the process, they are able to go very deep into hypnosis and the changes they are looking for can happen.   

 

I would encourage anyone who has never tried hypnosis or has had only a brief experience with it, to continue exploring this powerful therapy.  I have found nothing more effective, permanent, or powerful than hypnosis.  It is gentle, comfortable and has zero negative side effects.

I have specialized in using hypnosis for trauma and chronic illness, but I see clients for everything from depression/anxiety to weight reduction, habit elimination to sports improvement, and hypnosis is far and above the best stress reduction technique available.

If you are curious, I encourage you to treat yourself to a hypnosis session...your future self with thank you!

As I mentioned in my previous email, I am offering a holiday half price hypnosis promotion for a limited time!  

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The Secret To Success

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

 

The latest episode on Enlightened Living Radio discusses the work of some of the most pioneering scientists of our time. Their exploration into consciousness, matter, and our connection to a larger field of energy should excite us all. The implications of this work and these discoveries are nothing short of astonishing and they clarify for us over 5,000 years of spiritual teachings.

Much of our current day 'personal growth' work centers around teachings first laid out in some of the earliest spiritual texts ever written. The Vedas are ancient Hindu scriptures that may well be 7,000 years old. In the Vedas, it speaks of illusions (or delusions) of life. They tell us that this life, which we call our waking reality, is just a form of dreaming, something conjured up by the mind, a mistake of the intellect. The process of clearing the illusion involves work with the mind. Thousands of years later, the Buddhist teachings echo those of the Vedas; "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves". A handful of centuries later, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).

From there we move through Aristotle, Descartes, on through the transcendental movement and the writings of Margaret Fuller, Emerson, Thoreau, and others. The new thought movement and up through our modern-day personal development fad. The common thread in all of the philosophies and writing throughout many Millenium is that the mind holds the key to our liberation.

Not too long ago a book called The Secret was released and it accelerated the interest and excitement surrounding personal transformation, manifestation, and attraction. It also introduced many people to the quantum sciences. We finally see, thanks to the work of these frontier scientists, that our thoughts do in fact change our reality. That we can change our personal reality and the outcomes of our life, by simply changing our minds.

It's fair to say that the technology for happiness, success, prosperity, peace, and all of the other things we desire, has been available to us since the dawn of mankind. The prescription for enlightened living has been presented to us in many ways and despite the many interpretations, the central message has always been clear, change your thoughts and you change your world.

The Secret To The Secret

So why isn't everyone living the life of their dreams? Why do we not live in a world of peace, equality, financial abundance, and exceptional health? If each of us has access to this technology and we all have the capacity to achieve it, why are we not living in a personal and collective utopia?

As with most messages that get passed from one person to another person, to another person, (remember the game of telephone?) as the message gets transmitted, it gets diluted. As the messages surrounding our potential, possibility, and our ability to have whatever we desire moved through the ages, some important details were lost.

The simple answer to the question as to why our vision boarding and visualizations, and affirmations aren't working is that it isn't enough. We're missing the most important ingredient. If we turn on a lamp and we get no light, do we curse the lamp and toss it in the trash, no, we first change the bulb, or we check the wiring.

If we want to end our suffering, if we truly wish to step into our potential - the innate potential that is our birthright - then we have to have all of the ingredients, the complete recipe. We've been trying to make our dreams and goal happen with incomplete information.

Your life is yours to control, every aspect of it. Your health, your relationships, your financial situation, everything in and about your life is yours to create, change, and control. No one or nothing outside of you can be blamed or held responsible to make it happen.

The truth is yes, our thoughts create our experience, and if we want to change what we are experiencing we have to change our thoughts. But here's the most important thing, and this is the missing ingredient. The way we've been trying to attract in the love, prosperity, health, and all the other things we desire, is by consciously and willfully thinking about it. But our conscious thinking makes up only a very tiny percent of the thoughts we produce every minute. And this is where the latest research in neuroscience helps us in clarifying and understanding this.

My work, in particular over the past decade, has been in the area of mental engineering. As a mind/body therapist, I synthesize all of the training and experiences I've had over the past twenty years, spiritual science, somatic psychology, and neuroscience, into transformational processes and therapies that create deep and permanent change in the lives of people I work with. I know that for true and lasting change to happen, it must happen at the deepest levels of consciousness.

Your mind has many levels, but most of us think of it as having only two, conscious and unconscious. We are either awake and conscious, or we are sleeping and unconscious. But the level in between those two, and the part of you that truly runs the show is the subconscious mind.

The conscious mind is the mind of logic and reason, of creativity and planning. Your subconscious mind is the mind of habits, emotions, and memory. It's our personality and behaviors. When you react a certain way to something, whether it be fear of a dog, anger when someone spills the milk, or joy when hearing a certain piece of music... this is a response generated as a conditioned response from the subconscious mind.

How you feel comes from how the subconscious mind has been formed. And the subconscious mind is formed (programmed) at a very early age. If at 3 years old, a dog ran up to you snarling and growling, and you were frightened, it imprinted that experience in your developing subconscious mind and now, when you walk by a dog, you have an uneasy feeling. Or, if the event was traumatic enough or you had a number of similar events, you may have a full-blown phobia of dogs.

How you respond to the world now, is a result of the beliefs you formed at an early age. Even if you now, as an adult, don't see a dog as a threat, or you really would love to have a dog as a pet for your family, you'd not ever feel completely comfortable around dogs, you'd still feel the dog as a threat. We can pretend to like certain things or situations, we can logically understand certain things about our environment, but will power or logic will never fool our feelings.

What you believe is how you view the world. What you believe are the beliefs of others that were programmed into your mind before you had free will to form your own conclusions about the world. Why do we feel prejudice against a certain group of people, religions, or races? This was taught to our subconscious mind when we were young before we got to choose your own thoughts. What the subconscious mind is taught becomes the lenses through which we see the world.   

Our preferences are likely the preferences of our primary caretakers when we were young.  Music, food, activities, etc.   We learned how to communicate how our parents communicated.  In some families, communication is loud, boisterous, gesticulate.  Others will avoid confrontation or expression, or worse passive-aggressive communication.  

So now you find yourselves desiring change.  You decide that you no longer want to be in disempowering or abusive relationships.  You decide that this time, you will find someone who truly loves and honors you because you've had too many relationships where you were treated badly. Time and again, you "attract" the wrong kind of person.  You really want to manifest love in our life, you long for an intimate relationship and you set your intentions to enter into a loving relationship.  You make the vision board, you visualize the perfect person and see the loving life together, you state your affirmations daily.  This is what so many do because this is what we are told is how we manifest our dreams.  If only it were that simple. 

When it comes to sheer neurological processing abilities, the subconscious mind is more than a million times more powerful than the conscious mind.  If the desires of the conscious mind conflict with the programs in the subconscious mind, which "mind" do you think will win?  You can repeat a positive affirmation that you are lovable over and over, but if, as a child, you repeatedly heard that you were worthless, those messages programmed in your subconscious mind will undermine your best conscious efforts to change your life. 

The greatest problem we face is that we think we are running our lives with the wishes, desires, and aspirations created by our conscious mind.  When we struggle or fail to obtain our goals, we are let to conclude that we are victims of outside forces preventing us from reaching our destination.  However, neuroscience has now established that the conscious mind runs the show, at best, only about 5 percent of the time.  It turns out that the programs acquired by the subconscious mind shape 95 percent or more of our life experiences. 

The secret to success lies in changing the programming of the subconscious mind.  If we truly desire change, we must change at the deepest levels of consciousness.

The Vision Workshop is an introduction to the science of change.  Come and learn how you can tap into the power you have to create the life you desire and how to clear the path (program the mind) to reach your goals and finally make those dreams come true.

THE VISION WORKSHOP

 

 

 

Enlightened Athlete

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

 

Whether a weekend warrior or professional athlete, we all share the same goal with our sport....excellence.

Excellence is a choice, and when a choice is made, a journey begins. Every journey is filled with challenges, setbacks, lessons, joys, and victories.

Making the choice to be excellent requires one to set goals. However, a goal without a plan is simply a dream.


 

Our intention with this program is to help you become the performer you wish to be. To give you a plan toward success and excellence, to empower you to perform to your full potential. In body and in mind.

Any athletic endeavor most certainly demands a well trained physical body. A body strengthened appropriately to meet the demands of the sport, a body flexible enough to allow for the full range of motion and injury avoidance.

All sports require some level of psychological challenge as well. Managing stress and energy, overcoming negative thinking, tuning out distractions and focusing the mind are challenges faced by all athletes, at any level of competition.

enlightenedathlete: sports specific training

The enlightenedathlete program is designed to help you reach your full potential with a comprehensive sports- specific training program that will focus on the specificity of

each sport to which it shall be applied. These sports include golf, tennis, cycling, and running. Each sports training program will be focused on the specificity of that particular sporting endeavor and will help you achieve new heights in athletic performance. The program has been designed to help you reach your full potential as an athlete, or for recreational relaxation.

Our model of training is built on a foundation of systematic, and research-proven principles that will allow you to achieve optimum levels of performance. You will be guided through a system of training that will include a synergistic blend of strength, power, neuromuscular coordination, dynamic flexibility, speed, agility, and endurance. This synergy of training variables will allow for vast improvements in performance and health. As you partake in this program, not only will you reduce your chance of injury, but you will significantly improve your performance, and increase your satisfaction in sports participation.

Each enlightened athlete sports training program will differentiate between the variables of training that are needed for that particular sport. Our goal is to make training easy so that you can place all your focus on the athletic endeavors to which you are training. The enlightened athlete sports-specific training program will progressively take you through a periodized training schedule throughout the year. The focus will be to systematically and gradually increase the demands of training so that you may achieve physiological and performance improvements. We will address all the training variables and components so that you may easily follow the training schedule throughout the year.

enlightenedathlete: sports nutrition

The enlightenedathlete program will also focus on sports nutrition to help boost performance, aid in recovery, and reduce inflammation. The benefits of our sports nutrition include improved health, improved performance, reduction in body composition, decreased risk of illness, and increased energy. Our nutrition model will give you science-based guidance to help you make better choices, to not only improves your sport of choice but also to help achieve a higher quality of life. The sports nutrition model will integrate well within the enlightened athlete training program to help you improve your stamina, strength, and endurance while performing your sport. Our nutrition model will focus on specific dietary guidelines, sports nutrition, and performance-enhancing supplements. The model will help you in your athletic endeavor to achieve a new level of performance based on nutritional and supplemental intake.

Because each sport has different physiological demands, the nutritional and supplemental components will also be different. Our goal to you is to leave the guesswork out, and help you achieve a more harmonious balance of nutrition and training. Each sports-specific nutritional program will give you important details as to how you can achieve new success while following our program. You will achieve higher levels of performance by following the enlightened athlete sports nutrition component.

Enlightenedathlete: Flexibility Training.  Flexibility enhancing stretching program to help the body increase its range of motion, reduce muscular tension and imbalances, and lessen the risk of injury.

Enlightenedathlete: Mental Skills Training 

And one of the most important elements (often overlooked) to performance success....mental training and management. Using the power of your mind to enhance your focus, tune out distractions, and visualizing, and therefore creating, the desired outcome ensuring your success.

The following is a comprehensive training and conditioning program addressing every component for sports excellence, in body and in mind.

Follow our guidelines and you will embark on a journey toward excellence.

 

 

enlightenedathlete

Golf

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.

Arnold Palmer

Golf. There may be few other games that draw such a level of devotion, dedication, commitment, and yes, occasionally even fanaticism as this. Golf is a game that challenges both body and mind. To play well, we are required to develop a body strong enough to produce explosive movement, engaging multiple muscles in the at once. Excellence requires a supple, flexible body, and an above-average level of mental calm and equanimity.

This program provides the necessary tools to improve your golf performance, in both body and mind.

Our program will help you improve your strength and flexibility. It will teach you breathing skills to help keep tension and stress out of the body and mind. And most importantly, it will teach you the mental skills needed to stay focused, tune out distractions and stay calm in all course situations.

Due to the fact that golfers swing from one side of the body, there are imbalances inherent in the sport. Repetitive motion creates larger and tighter muscles on one side of the golfer’s body, specifically, the shoulders, biceps, forearms, and upper back will be stronger and tenser on the golfers, dominant side. Tight muscles restrict the free movement of the body, limiting range of motion.

A more balanced golf swing is not only going to be more accurate, it will go farther. It will also create less strain on the body. To create more equality on both sides of the body, golfers need to strengthen the weaker side of the body and open and relax the tighter side of the body.

Most golfers have rounded shoulders and inflexible back muscles, so the swing is limited in its rotation. Our Enlightened Athlete for Golfers program is designed to build strength in the lower back and thoracic spine; open your chest, shoulders, and hips.; and create stability and balance in the stance. When these things happen, the spine is in the proper position, and your swing will require less energy to rotate.

Striving toward symmetry and balance is the essence of this program, which will release tension from the body and mind and allow you to play a better game of golf.

Fluid Body – Flexibility training for Golfers
In order to reach your fullest potential on the course, you need the instrument of your body to be well-tuned.

A flexible body is a balanced body, and flexibility should be the cornerstone of a good golf game

A strong, stable body that is flexible creates the foundation for the injury-free athlete. For many, achieving flexibility, and therefore stability may be a bigger challenge than gaining strength.

An inflexible body limits range of motion and can cause imbalances. An off-balance golf stance can impact every swing and every stroke. Balance, weight transfer and power all depend on the flexibility of the body.

Golf is an inherently asymmetrical sport. The repetitive movements of the golf swing can create larger and tighter muscles on one side of the body. Tight muscles restrict movement, leading to a limited range of motion and an off-balance stroke. Excellence in golf requires strength, flexibility, balance, and stability.

Most golfers suffer from inflexible back muscles and tight hips, which will restrict the rotation of their swing.

The essence of the flexibility portion of this program is to release tension in the body and help increase the range of motion. The golf swing is an explosive movement that challenges every part of the body and considering that the average golfer takes over 100 swings in a round, it is no wonder that the majority of golfers will suffer strains, pains, or injuries. The most common complaint is low back pain. That’s because swinging a golf club requires the spine to move in three planes at once: rotating, front to back and from side to side.

It is suggested that the following series of stretches be done four days a week along with the recommended strengthening sequences.

Doing so will dramatically help your golf game. While any of the stretches can be done before or after a round, it is best to tailor your approach. Before playing, it is best to prepare the body for explosive movements. After your round, it’s is more important to allow the body to release tension and muscular strain.

 

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