Saturday, 8 August 2020

Will the blush still remain

Alternatively, it won't benefit you to be a fearful whirlwind of unrest trying to save civilization. And my heart would sink. The towels were surrounded by itchy grass or hot pavement. The bathrooms were echoing and slick. I didn't have friends there, and I couldn't just join in with some group of strangers. What the heck was I supposed to do, exactly? I was self-conscious and clueless as to where she wanted me to go, and had a million examples already in my mind of messing up socially - why put myself in harm's way again? The worst part was, though, that I took her dismissal as rejection. In my mind, even my mom didn't want me. Without a plan, I'd either head to the playground alone or sit beside her and read - which she said looked weird. And though she couldn't know, those words hurt more than anything else. Think again of your yoga poses, you do your part, and science will take care of the rest. It is just like one plus one equals two. The science is that exact. This is the basic and most fascinating economics of yoga. As my Laura pointed out, this is perhaps what Pathabi Jois was saying when he famously said, Practice and all is coming. Along these lines, Aristotle once said, For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. This means that with regular practice, through repetition, the body will adapt. This is science. Be patient and trust in the process.

If the science of movement can help those who have suffered brain damage from a stroke, then the science of movement and repetition can definitely help you. Sleep centres are special clinics where experts can diagnose and treat sleep disorders. They are, in many countries, connected to hospital respiratory departments. This is because sleep apnoea (see pp. These centres concentrate on measuring the airflow through your nose, breathing effort and blood-oxygen levels. However, throughout the world, there are also now clinics specifically intended for dealing with the full spectrum of sleep disorders. A sleep centre might be suitable for you if: What happens at a sleep centre? A sleep centre will almost certainly send you a sleep diary (see pp. What happens next depends on specialist analysis of your diary and your questionnaire answers. This monitors your levels of activity and rest over the course of 24 hours. This will impede your mission. Therefore each of us must put our own emotional house in order. Our world is in the midst of a quickening. It feels like time has accelerated, that the years keep flitting by faster and faster. This quickening, however, involves more than simply our altered perception of time as we age, our frantic culture, or anxiety about fulfilling our goals in life. The Hopis say our world is sick and needs to get well. To prevent what geo-biologists call the sixth great extinction of earth's species (akin to the disappearance of the dinosaurs), we urgently need to save the planet as well as our souls. Throughout history, human nature seems impelled toward turmoil, just as children by a tranquil lake will inevitably throw pebbles into the water to disrupt the calm. Even so, I have faith that with mindfulness more enduring peace is possible.

Who knows the Lords of Peace better than an awakened heart? Feeling that we have let down our parents is a pain anyone can understand. But feeling that one's innate self is a let-down just slays you. To be truthful, a lifetime of comments between then and now in which people I loved harshly criticized my social skills (with good intentions) has often brought that sense of rejection to bear. In her own way, my mom was trying to tell me that I was messing up. She made up stories with my Cabbage Patch Kids in which the redhead was a bossy smarty-pants whom no one really liked; Did I mention my mom was blonde? I know that her intent was to try to show why one personality was better received than the other. And I know that she really never gave thought to my misery at the pool - she just wanted some (well-deserved) time with adults. At the time, though, I couldn't see her perspective, and she didn't explain it to me. Everyone was expecting everyone else to read minds, and no one succeeded. Many decades ago, the prevailing thought was that the brain's movement pattern was unalterable like the earth's orbit. We now know that is no longer accurate. Due to the stunning power of neuroplasticity, the brain can indeed be altered, retuned and rewire. It can activate wires that have been long shut down and run new wiring like an electrician8. There is a tremendous amount of plasticity and malleability in the adult brain9. Much more so than we realise. I have a client in her 60s who is learning patterns of movement in yoga she never believed was possible. This is yet another example of a mini moment of enlightenment. The brain does not just change and adapt to new movement, it can also change as a result of the thoughts we have.

The brain can be altered by pure mental activity. This is the main diagnostic tool at all sleep centres and will require you to stay overnight at the centre (see below). Monitoring your sleep at a sleep centre At a sleep centre you'll be given a room and connected up to wiring that will measure your sleep. Many people worry that they won't actually be able to sleep in these clinical conditions. However, with so much excessive sleepiness already clocked up, and the security of knowing that you're in the process of finding out what's going on so that you can finally take control of your sleep, you'll probably have one of the best nights you've had in a long time. Certainly, in most cases, sleep at a sleep centre is no worse than it is at home. Overnight monitoring involves three sets of basic wiring. First, you'll need to have multiple electrodes (each smaller than a penny) glued to your face and scalp. These measure your brainwaves, eye movements and chin-muscle tone (during dreaming sleep the chin muscles become active). They provide all the information a sleep expert needs to map your journey through sleep's main stages. We're at a crossroads with choices to be made. We can ride the momentum of this quickening either to the depths of our love or to the edge of oblivion. Gone is the luxury of a middle ground. We need prophets who aren't afraid to speak out. It behooves us to heed Albert Einstein's admonition: I don't know what weapons World War III will be fought with. But World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Emotional freedom tilts the tipping point toward goodness. It allows us to experience inner peace so that outer peace can prosper. Observing the world is the fascination of my life and profession.

I am drawn to penetrate to the center of things. One day after school during the year I was in ninth grade, my social studies teacher spied me walking outside with some other students. He hollered across the campus lawn, Oh, Miss Cook! I didn't realize you had friends! Was that supposed to help? Though things had turned around socially in just a year or two, when my friends were out of town on a class trip, I wouldn't chance a trip to the lunch room. The words of all those years took their toll, so I chose to eat my lunch alone, at the edge of the woods outside the high school. Odds are that I would've been welcome at another table quite readily. But in my mind, I was still that kid being called out by a teacher or spurned at the pool. And later, I got hit. By the time I'd grown into the alluring redhead, pretty and popular years later, I also had it in my head that I was difficult to love, that I should be grateful for whoever took me on. So, we can make our brains stronger and more efficient by creating positive thoughts and intentions10. As corny as it is to me, when a yoga teacher starts the class and asks us to set an intention, maybe they are on to something. Thus, the more repetition of a particular action (like the handstand, triangle, walking after rehab and so on), the more of the brain's real estate is zoned for that movement. If a movement is ingrained into the brain, it becomes second nature. There is a lot of evidence that shows how dynamic the brain is - more so than we ever realised11. The brain is constantly remodeling itself in response to an experience and repetition. Just be patient. Let us further examine the handstand. No other pose replicates the handstand in terms of the way it makes you feel - the negative emotions while trying and failing and then the positive emotions when you are successful.

Friday, 7 August 2020

There's a dream where the contents are visible

Strength and flexibility play a much smaller role in this pose than people realise. That's right. Now envision yourself leaning back--like you're doing a trust fall off a picnic table and falling back into a heavenly cloud. This cloud feels so supportive . And it gently lulls your soul down 12 floors. It's almost as if this cloud is taking you away from this earthly world for a moment and toward a deeper and more spiritual existence. Floating down . Drifting down now . As this heavenly cloud takes you down to a place that's infinitely safe and supremely supportive . That's right . You can see it, can't you? One afternoon a friend and I were relaxing by the hotel pool during a break at a conference. Having forgotten my sunglasses, I was shielding my eyes from the sun with a piece of paper. When he reached over to hold it for me I resisted, but he just smiled, saying with absolute assurance, I can handle this. Talk about hearing the dream words you'd always yearned for. This friend, a psychologist with keen insight into human nature, had my number. I was so used--too used--to doing everything myself, wary that well-meaning others will only cause me more work. His competent, consoling gesture conveyed such empathy for my reluctance to accept help and actually trust that someone could make my life easier without having to ask. I was touched that he recognized and honored this vulnerability in me. Compassion also provides the crucible for healing miracles to occur.

One of my workshop participants told the following story. Not all of these songs are particularly about death but they are excellent songs anyway. If ever there is a need for a compilation CD of greatest death-related songs I would be happy to compile it and write the sleeve notes. Just saying.I guess that means we Aspies have a lot of living to do. It Depends On Where You're Standing Perspectives on Comfort Zones Have you ever read C. Lewis's The Magician's Nephew (1955)? I mean, most folks know about Narnia, and the tales of the kids through the wardrobe. But are you familiar with the lesser known prequels? They put everything to come in motion and perspective - explaining the magic and the allegorical adventures ahead. This pose is about self-exploration and really digging in until you discover that mini moment of enlightenment. When you discover that moment in a class, you will look at me with pure animation. A big cheesy grin will be plastered across your face, and your eyes will be as big as your chakras. It is that look that I see so often when I teach that makes teaching yoga so rewarding. That look tells me that you may not be able to do the pose as well as you would like, but you fully understand the theory behind what you are attempting, and you even felt that centre of gravity while you were upside down - even if it was for split second. Disciple: So all that is required to do my handstand is balance? Understanding the idea of balancing opposite sides of the body is the foundation for your handstand. Something else that we need to understand is the concept of muscle memory. The muscles that are required to work in handstand will adapt, over time, to the demand being placed on them.

Through repetition, the right and left sides as well as the front and back of the body will sync and work together to create the pose. And now, as I count from one to seven . If you'd like, you can even have a brief out-of-body experience where earthly time and space float away for the brief time of this practice. Your soul will come easily back down into the body, into earthly time, at the end of this practice because you're not done here . But even so, I'd imagine it'd be so soothing to have a glimpse. Of your spirit . Counting now. And now invite the subconscious and perhaps even your soul . I don't know where you'll go today. Perhaps it's back to a time when you were still wide-eyed and innocent, ready to change the world. Did you forget that you still have that innocent little girl or boy inside of you? Two years before, she'd longed to get pregnant but she had a rare, serious type of kidney disease. Her doctor warned that pregnancy would overly stress her body, even endanger her life. Still, this woman's desire for a baby was so strong she decided to risk it. Fortunately, she stayed well those nine months and her disease stabilized, which isn't typical during pregnancy--a great relief to her, her husband, and the doctor. However, in that same period, her young golden retriever, her constant companion and soul mate with whom she was so attuned, was diagnosed with kidney failure. Soon after the birth of her daughter, this loving animal died, as if having held on just long enough to see her through. Though cynics would dismiss as mere coincidence the fact that both contracted the same rare disease--especially when the dog had been perfectly healthy--I read this quite differently. For me, it seems rather to be a moving reminder of the interconnectedness of our hearts and the power of compassion. There was a special love between this woman and her dog.

Could it be possible for one life to so empathize with another that it can sense and even assume illness? As in most of life, there's more to the story than we think we know. That is the power of perspective. It tags question marks where we think there are periods, undoes absolutes. As Lewis put it perfectly, what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are (Lewis 1955, p. And if you are an Aspie sort of person, your perspective is generally a little bit different. I got glasses when I was seven years old. A routine physical had shown that I was quite significantly nearsighted, yet my parents hadn't noticed, and neither had I. In retrospect, I thought I could see as far as everyone else could. Apparently, that wasn't the case. Double-checking the doctor's exam, my mom tested me herself at, of all places, a Disney on Ice show. This creates a balance between the opposites. Still using handstand as an example, it requires conscious muscle movement and muscle activation to attempt and create the pose. But with time and practice, the handstand movement will become an unconscious movement. To rephrase, initially, the pose requires lots of thought, focus and awareness, but with practice, none of this is required. The pose then happens almost automatically. Disciple: How is that exactly? Picture my Laura doing a handstand. I am reliably informed that she was not born like this. She had to create a memory of the handstand movement within her brain before she could do the pose so effortlessly.

This is similar to learning how to walk or ride a bike. He or she is still right here . Maybe you can imagine that you are there, watching your childhood as a spectator. Or if you believe in destiny, imagine you're there before this earthly time existed . Either way, you can now see exactly what gifts and talents you were given, can't you? I wonder how you were meant to develop these gifts to better the world. Have you forgotten how inherently worthy you are? Some part of you knows that, doesn't it? Or do you need to go back and have a conversation with someone who has passed? Perhaps you can imagine your old self having a conversation with God or a higher power or your highest self. What path would have been different? Certainly it's something to contemplate. As a physician, I know that love can create miracles that defy logical explanation. Selfless giving resonates with such mystery. How wondrous and far-reaching compassion can be among all living beings. Each of us is capable of limitless love. The monumental implications of this fact continue to reveal themselves over the years, always giving me chills and reclarifying my emotional priorities. It's been said that when people stop performing random acts of kindness, the net that holds the world together will fall apart. Woe is that day when our compassion ceases, when anger has no means of being counteracted. Instead, together we can cultivate compassion's bounty and rejoice in each other.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

With eyes that shine

This may have involved borrowing or taking ideas from wrestling and or gymnastics or perhaps the physical yoga poses that already existed where given a new lease of life or a more modern interpretation. As for how these more modern day (non-seated) yoga poses developed - An 1899 article Anatomy of a contortionist shows what would many years later, become yoga poses (including foot behind the head pose, chin stand and hanuman splits)1. How or who merged these exercises or movements into the existing yoga poses handarticle is anyone's guess. Scandinavian gymnastics was also a huge influence in what we know of today as the modern yoga poses. A 1944 Danish text shows what would later become the Warrior poses, downward facing dog and the reclining thunderbolt pose2. Traditional Indian dance and Indian wrestling was also hugely influential in yoga adapting and becoming more popular. From the 1850s onwards, a culture of physical exercise developed in India to counter the colonial stereotype of supposed degeneracy of Indians compared to the British3. Almost there, as you step down into the next room. Isn't it so nice to know that you've already tapped into this feedback loop of healing? Stepping down into the next room. You may notice a pleasant, dreamlike state come to you--now or at some point in this journey. Isn't it wonderful to know that any sort of dreamy feeling you notice means the mindbody is at already at work? Almost there now. That's right. You're doing so wonderfully already . Next-to-last room. Feeling twice or maybe even three times as comfortable, calm, and carefree as you were on the floor before. Start with someone low on your list, not your rageaholic father. Then you can get a taste of forgiveness quickly. After that you can proceed to tackle more challenging targets.

Honestly address your feelings. Talk to friends, your therapist, or other supportive people, but get the anger out. I also recommend writing your feelings down in a journal to purge negativity. Then decide whether you want to raise the issue with that person. If so, use the Rules for Compassionate Communication, presented later in this article. Begin to forgive. Hold the person you're angry with clearly in your mind's eye. It is a euphemism for ending one's own life. My wife and I glibly state that, when the time comes and the burden of disease becomes too great, and while we are mentally capable, one freezing night one of us might head off into the woods with a bottle of that very fine single-malt whisky. Our frozen body will be found a few days later beside the empty bottle, the contents having vasodilated us into a drunken stupor and hypothermia. I noted when reading Paul Kalanithi's memoir When Breath Becomes Air that he was drinking Ardbeg in his last few days. It seems to be the whisky of choice for those in the departure lounge of life. My parents thought they had their own solution, proudly displaying their DNAR forms on the hall dresser in the belief that this was the end of the matter, no doubt very impressed with their own modern thinking. DNAR is just the beginning, and the easy bit. CPR, as we have seen, is hardly ever successful outside hospital and only works with those patients who have a treatable cardiac condition. It does not work for a heart that has stopped at the end of a series of illnesses and general decline, which is the way of most deaths now. DNAR, SchNAR. Physical fitness was not just an Indian fascination, in early 1900 the fame of the bodybuilder Eugene Sandow (1867-1925) also made it internationally, very much in vogue to look after one's physical appearance. It is said that Sandow deserves the credit for the international craze for physical fitness. In his article;

Sandow visited India in 1905 and made such a wave with his physique and popularity, being referred to as the `fakir of physical culture', that physical yoga borrowed many of Sandow's exercises and routines. Much of Sandow's influence owes to his approach. Rather than play up the gritty iron side of weightlifting, Sandow presented his approach to Calcutta as a kind of `meditation with muscles'. In a Bengali newspaper, Sandow said; It is the cooperation of the mind with the body that makes the system so unique and explains the great results which have been attained4. This boom in the physical culture is perhaps the key reason why you and I are so fascinated in yoga today. Some poses such as `bridge' and `wheel' may also be, dare I say it, `inspired' by the Kama Sutra. Notice now, where in your body do you feel the most relaxed? Is there a part of the body that feels particularly comfortable? If you'd like, allow that relaxation to spread over the rest of you--visualizing yourself moving it over the organ, cells, or system you'd like to optimize. Take all the time you'd like here to enjoy this type of experience you're feeling now. That's right. Now that you've felt the body make its way down through these rooms into this healing temple or spa you've pictured for yourself, you've probably noticed the brain begin to slow itself down into a calm state of healing, which, as you know, is enhancing the two-way feedback loop of healing. In just a moment, you'll feel the body start to float upward as your consciousness begins to expand and I count up from one to seven. As these two things happen--body floating and consciousness expanding--you may notice an even deeper sense of carefree comfort and calmness. And many people notice how nice it feels when the body floats. I wonder if you'll notice that it begins to transform sensations. Then ask yourself, What emotional shortcomings caused him or her to treat me poorly? This is what you want to have compassion for, the area to forgive. Definitely do everything possible not to subject yourself to shabby treatment, but reach for compassion for the person's emotional blindness or cold heart.

Forgiveness from hurt flows from this. Here are a few suggestions of how forgiveness can work in a range of situations where you'd have every right to be angry. It establishes a kinder mind-set whether or not you decide to confront someone. A good friend acts inconsiderately when she's having a bad day. Remember, nobody's perfect. You may want to let the incident slide. If you do mention it, don't make this onetime slight into a big deal. It's not the issue. Move on already. After Dad's death we found letters addressed to each of his children. My heart sank. Dad was always a man of letters, particularly letters to the dying. When my brother-in-law Tom's father had a massive stroke and was unable to speak but could understand the spoken word, a long letter of comfort was produced by Dad, outlining his belief in an afterlife. To Dad, heaven was a place full of beautiful golf courses, and this was one of his fairway-to-heaven missives. As if the dying don't have enough to bear. It turned out, to my relief, that the letter to me was benign and loving, with a kind word for everyone and assurances of the pride he had in his children. This did a lot to offset the demented ramblings of the previous year, when he had developed some strange ideas about the `gene pool' and had me planning to siphon off his money for my own family. There is a position called the turning posture and chakra asana (wheel pose). These sexual positions are paintings found on the exterior of many temples in India. This particular one that may have inspired wheel pose (or upward facing bow pose), is called `the wheel posture' and is from a 19th century painting in Nepal5.

I have heard it be said that the Kama Sutra inspired various yoga poses but it could also easily be the other way around. Are the modern-day yoga poses, the same poses from all those thousands of years ago? Like I said previously, chances are slim. But this does not mean they are all modern inventions. Maybe the poses have just evolved like so much of the Indian culture has. Perhaps being an adaptive culture is what defines yoga tradition. Change is reflective of the modern period of life and sometimes, your need to adapt is what ignites your imagination and creativity. As the body floats, many people also notice it feels warm--as if you're taking a warm bath or you're floating in the ocean on a spring day. Or perhaps it's as if you're falling into a cloud, and that cloud is surrounding you like a blanket. As you practice this more, you may even find that you lose a sense of time and space. You may even find that--if you'd like--you can create a sense of leaving the physical body for this healing time you've given yourself. If that feels comfortable for you, you may wish to see your consciousness actually leaving the physical body as a momentary kind of out-of-body experience. If you'd like, for the purposes of this visualization, you can see your consciousness moving upward toward the sky and leaving the physical body as it floats up like a cloud. Your consciousness will return--ever so easily--to your physical body by the end of this practice or at any point during it. Counting now: Body floating . Consciousness moving upward and expanding so that it's now larger than the body. Give your friend a break--forgive the lapse. Your teenager keeps screaming at you and treats you disrespectfully. Set consistent, appropriate limits on the behavior;

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Towards the One

Both systems of yoga, the Iyengar method and the Ashtanga Vinyasa method are both essentially hatha yoga with different interpretations. They both have great emphasis on bodily postures and the same ideology that suffering can be reduced or even removed by exercising the physical body and keeping it active. The hypnosedation group experienced less inflammation, less post-operative pain, and less post-operative fatigue than the general anesthesia group. Breast cancer survivor Kelly Painter entered a newer trial using hypnosedation at MD Anderson Cancer Center to have her tumor surgically removed in 2017. She reported, It took a little longer than a traditional surgery because they had to numb the area with lidocaine. But even so, I was in the operating room at 8:30 A. I never even really felt hypnotized, and the worst pain I felt was a little pinch. It was mostly just pressure. And I didn't have to take any pain medicine afterward. Or consider something as common as painful menstrual cramps. One study randomly divided 50 nursing students with painful cramps into two groups. One received ibuprofen for three menstrual cycles and then no medication for the following three cycles. Still, there was a niggling, unsure part of me that said, Maybe I am doing something provocative. And I wanted the relationship to work. So I continued trying to modify my wardrobe and limit physical contact with men, hoping against hope this would solve the problem. There was so much incredible about this man, I didn't want to lose him. I struggled with the questions How much do you work on a relationship? And when is enough enough? But finally, predictably, his relentless suspicions destroyed us. They prevented him from trusting me enough to fully commit.

Also, I was plum tuckered out from being treated like Othello's Desdemona, a woman who was falsely accused. So, with great anguish, we parted. Although the cold weather doesn't help, it isn't solely responsible: Australia has similar problems after Christmas, and it's the middle of summer there. Such is the impact of the loss of a week or so of community services to the holidays. In an NHS hospital an empty bed remains empty for barely a nanosecond. Scans and a biopsy confirmed that the cancer had spread. An oncology opinion was sought. The options were limited, but Joyce did not want to be `messed around' in any case. Declining treatment, she deteriorated over the next few weeks and died at the local hospice. At her funeral I spoke of what an influence she had been on me. Not through great words of wisdom or high achievement, but through her strength to live her life the way she wanted. Hers was an unselfish life, devoted to her daughter and grandchildren. Both systems also believe that in order to have strength in the mind, one must have strength in the body. The physical body is understood as being a temple where your soul resides. So nothing spiritual can be gained unless the physical body is first attended to. A huge priority is placed on our bodies by both systems, which was not really emphasised before. It existed before 1920 but not with the same importance as it does now. Most modern yoga teachers teach a hybrid of the Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa system (almost unknowingly sometimes). They are essentially the original schools of modern physical yoga. Everything you see today has been influenced in some manner by them.

So, as a brief summary, yoga was created by Shiva 12,000 years ago (culturally speaking) and then defined by Patanjali some 2,000 years ago (as the stillness of the mind). It was then given a different dimension by the great Gorakhnath around 1,000 years ago. The second group received hypnosis. Not surprisingly, the medication group only experienced pain relief for the three cycles when they took the ibuprofen and had no significant pain reduction for the following three cycles. The hypnosis group experienced a significant reduction in pain for all six cycles. If there were no alternative for someone in pain, the risk may warrant the benefit. But this study shows that a risk-free alternative does exist, and it uses your subconscious brain. INTEGRATIVE VISUALIZATION When it comes to cancer, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain, and elusive conditions, throwing a bunch of prescription pain pills at someone is like throwing water on a grease fire. So it's important to integrate SVT into a holistic treatment plan. As you already know, SVT incorporates many strategies, including CBT, mindfulness, hypnosis, bilateral stimulation, and guided visualization, into one easy-to-use, at-home tool. If your well-being is at stake, it may also mean pulling out all the stops. It took a long time for my heart to recover. Well-meaning friends came to my rescue, saying things like What a shame he wouldn't go into couples therapy and How sad he couldn't deal with his jealousy. For me, it was certainly a shame and sad. But now, having had time to reflect, I believe, more than ever, that everyone has the inalienable right to deal with dark emotions, or not. At this stage in his life, apparently, it wasn't this man's path. To him, it wasn't sad at all that he didn't face his dark side. As an environmentalist, he felt he had other worthy work to which he was devoted. Still, I got a good chuckle when my friend Berenice, a psychotherapist, and I joked: In his next life, poor guy, he'll be reincarnated as a therapist.

Then he'll have to deal with emotions! Still, I see jealousy as shackling his heart. There was no fuss or drama, no manipulation or attention-seeking. Joyce died an unselfish death while she was still useful to others and still very much loved. It's a death I aspire to. We can no more choose the illness that carries us off than control the weather. But we can resist treatments that may have little benefit other than prolonging our own suffering and the distress of our children. Such decisions require courage. There is a part of me that believes future generations will look back at some cancer treatments used in the opening decades of the third millennium with the same bewilderment we feel when contemplating the common treatments from the eighteenth century. Wafer-Thin Margins and Modern Medicine The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam For most of history medicine was just someone's opinion and was as useful as any other human opinion unsupported by evidence. It was then made popular by Krishnamacharya between 1920 and 1940 with a much greater emphasis on the physical body and yoga postures/asanas. It was finally refined and redefined by the late great B. S Iyengar in the 1960s. Additional teachers who have paved the way for teachers like us include the inspiring Indra Devi (1899-2002), who was an ex-dancer of Russian decent and the first foreign female student of Krishnamacharya studying alongside B. S Iyengar and Pathabhi Jois. Indra Devi was instrumental in creating the worldwide appeal of physical yoga, having taught the first ever physical yoga class in China in 1939. Indra Devi once said, Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness11.

V Desikachar (1938-2016, Krishnamacharya's grandson) developed viniyoga (a more individual-adaptive form of yoga rather than a class-led one). On the subject of yoga, Desikachar has said, Yoga is a mystery. Cut gluten or dairy. Limit your toxin exposure, especially if environmental toxins have triggered an autoimmune condition. Pairing a liposomal glutathione supplement with SVT is just one example of a strategy that may be used for detoxification. If the brain is damaged from injury or stroke, hydrogen can be used to help in the healing process. A far infrared sauna is another evidence-based, drug-free possibility that I frequently recommend. They improve the quality of life for those with diabetes,8 and just eight sessions of side effect-free infrared sauna also led to a clinically significant reduction in pain and stiffness in people living with rheumatoid arthritis. Tests & Tools I also recommend the latest in evidence-based care, including genetic testing and a neurotransmitter panel, to determine what may be causing or exacerbating an elusive condition or chronic pain. Genetic testing is empowering. You may have inherited an inability to convert certain B vitamin precursors into the forms usable by the brain and body. This relationship taught me more about jealousy than I'd ever thought I'd learn. Grueling as it was, the fact is, I'm grateful for what I experienced and was able to take from it. Even for the most ingenious mental health practitioner, delusional jealousy is difficult to treat. Patients must want to change--rare because, like all card-carrying delusionals, they believe their perceptions are valid. But even if they desire help, it's still hard. The problem, as I see it, is that this kind of jealousy is largely based on a disowned projection rather than solely low self-esteem: sufferers project onto mates what they themselves want to do, such as being flirtatious or promiscuous. Because they either have a basic inability to be self-aware or find owning the projection too painful, their delusion holds on. Treatments with partial success include antidepressants, antipsychotics, psychoanalysis, and behavioral therapies to reprogram responses to jealousy.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Let yourself go

Our freedom from our gurus and our pundits and our chains and our insecurities, our social media, our anxiety, our fear, our destruction and our self-pity. All it takes to be free is to be brave. Either way, it's so nice to know that the subconscious has the power to rewire and release you as it forms new pathways, isn't it? Now I'm going to ask your subconscious to go as far back as you need to go--to a time when you used a habit in an unhealthy way. For this first time you see this scene from your past, just allow the scene to play . I wonder if the subconscious will help show you see this scene in a way that feels new in some way . As I count backward from three to one, the eyes will relax, and the eyes will flutter left and right just a bit more now. I'll invite you to flutter the eyes back and forth--left and right--just a bit more. Pressing play on that scene or scenes from the past--you and this habit that wasn't in line with your healthiest, happiest, and highest self . Now inhale on the count of three: one, two, three. Exhale on the count of six: one, two, three, four, five, six. While there may be a bit of tension, I wonder if you can notice the place where can feel at ease. Rile up these emotions while simultaneously noting your body's responses. Next, conjure someone who enhances your self-esteem--a teacher, a lover. Observe how different this feels. Here are some common qualities of both emotions to watch for. HOW THE ENERGY OF JEALOUSY AND ENVY FEEL Like feverish waves of heat Acidic, burning, inflamed Obsessive, pressured

Like it boomerangs to sap you Oppressive; Over the next week or so you will be assessed by various staff, including physiotherapists to try to get you back on your feet and occupational therapists who will look at whether there are any more aids or adaptations that could make your discharge home possible. A speech and language therapist may advise pureed food if your swallowing is weak and you are at risk of food trickling into your lungs and causing pneumonia. A dietician will recommend nutritional supplements as by now you are thin and your muscles are weak. There will be good days and bad days. With time there will be more bad days than good. Sometimes you may understand what is going on but the combination of being in a strange environment and the effects of infection make you delirious - sometimes you will be agitated, so that you call out, and sometimes in a stupor. You will receive subcutaneous injections of heparin, a blood-thinner, to prevent deep-vein thrombosis in your legs while you are immobile and ill. As you can't clearly give consent to be in hospital, staff, by law, have to presume you want to leave. A complex form, the DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) form will be completed and sent to the hospital DoLS officer. On a huge whiteboard somewhere on the ward will be a list of the patients. This is our enlightenment. This is our meditation. Enlightenment is something that you've been resisting to happen. It's not something you have to struggle to make happen. The key is not to get in the way! Just allow it occur11 - Amit Ray Traditional yoga, as we have come to understand, is simply about taming the monkey mind. Or, sending the monkey into a deep sleep.

Iyengar said, Everything we do in yoga is concerned with achieving this incredibly difficult task (controlling the mind). If we achieve it, Patanjali said, the goal and the fruit of yoga will be within our grasp. After all, you're here now, taking care of yourself . That's right. In just a moment, I'm going to have you play that scene again. This time, you're going to see a split screen. On the left, you'll see the same scene you just saw--that cigarette, that pint of ice cream, you biting your nails . On the right side of the screen, the subconscious brain is going to highlight something the conscious brain may have missed: the strengths you already have within you . You were using a coping mechanism to deal with stress or to feel good, but what if you were strong enough or good enough all along? Most of us are so hard on ourselves all the time. So allow your generous and kind subconscious brain to highlight what's right within you. If you can see that you have already accomplished so much, you can remember your inherent self-worth. Straight like an arrow As if you've grown taller Soothingly warm, strengthening Calm, invigorating, peaceful Supportive of good posture and eye contact Appreciating how jealousy and envy register internally sets you on course to transform them instead of letting these energies dominate you. Also, recognizing the energetic hallmarks of self-esteem makes it easier to summon, but the above list is just a starting point; Acting swiftly and decisively to champion the positive is the way of the emotional warrior.

Watch for Emotional Synchronicities Being attuned to energy makes you more sensitive to how grace can intervene to clear negative emotions. By your name will be a number of dates, probably no more than numbers plucked from the air, scheduling major decisions and a date for discharge. Anxious hospital managers will scrutinize this board several times a day, hoping for prompt discharges as already the emergency department is heaving with patients not dissimilar to you. You have difficulty getting on to the commode and now need incontinence pads to ease your discomfort. The nurses are a bit concerned about the skin on your bottom, which could be at risk of breaking down because you are now so thin, bony and immobile. A special air mattress is provided. Your family are given regular updates by staff but soon an appointment is made for them to speak to your consultant. She (most geriatricians are women) will have tried to broach the topic of DNAR with you, but you were mentally incapable of understanding. So she speaks to your children and explains that CPR would not work and all agree it would be inappropriate. A DNAR form is duly signed and the discussions with your family noted. The consultant also says that, despite treatment, you seem to be deteriorating and asks whether, when you were lucid, you ever expressed any views about what treatment, if any, you would sanction for yourself if you were near the end of your life. When I teach yoga today, in the west, I am not just trying to stretch and challenge your body but attempting to stretch and challenge your mind as well. I often tell the students in the studio that yoga is psychological. Understanding this not only helps us better understand the subject, but it helps us in our quest of mastering the yoga poses. We start to realise that restrictions and our inability to do poses are not always physiological, but that they are psychological. Our yoga practice exists in another paradox, somewhere between physiology and psychology. For some weeks or months, our yoga can be dominated by our physiology. This would be the case after an injury or setback. Then, after time, our yoga is dictated by our psychology.

Perhaps still as a result of the same injury or hindrance. The very first pose that Mr Iyengar would teach, the mountain pose (just standing upright) would deal with this arduous task concerning the monkey mind. If you can know how much you have gotten through, then you know that you'll be okay. And perhaps you could even see what was motivating the habit that was robbing you of your truest self . I wonder if you . Invite the subconscious to show you something. In just a moment, you'll see a split screen. The left side of the screen will be the same scene you just played a moment ago . Now, pressing play on that split screen, see the scene unfold--the scene as you saw it a moment ago on the left and the same scene unfolding with something kinder, more confident, or gentler on the right . Now inhale on the count of three: one, two, three. Exhale on the count of six: one, two, three, four, five, six. And bring your attention to a place in the body where you feel a bit of serenity . Once you're aware that life is about flow, that our energy fields are constantly overlapping, you'll have a fuller openness to synchronicities, a form of grace. These inspired coincidences are moments of perfect timing when things fall into place with startling precision. The emotions you're working with will shape the synchronicities you experience. Perhaps when your self-esteem needs a lift, a person you've just met offers you the perfect job. Or you can't stop thinking of a friend who senses your envy about his becoming engaged, and he lovingly calls to talk things through. The intellect may chalk these events up to mere chance, which is an ignorant underestimation. Such auspicious intersections are bona fide intuitive moments when energetic forces align via synchronicities to assist you emotionally. A gift-from-the-gods synchronicity helped my friend Tess with a job applicant.

Monday, 3 August 2020

I can tell by the light in your eye that you're so far away

`Everyone else can do it. `They're all laughing at me. Malie: So what did you do with Tom's list of thoughts? Pamela: We explored Tom's thoughts and the possibility that he might be making mistakes in his thinking. These `thinking traps'138 are the ways our mind convinces us of one thing when in reality it might be completely untrue. In Tom's situation, it became clear that the nature of his NATs resulted in him experiencing unpleasant feelings like anxiety, physical sensations like a sore tummy, changes in his behaviour like not wanting to sleep on his own, and falling behind on schoolwork. Malie: All of which were maintaining his cycle of anxiety. Pamela: That's it exactly! I spoke to Tom about the different types of thinking traps and those most relevant to him. I encouraged him to put his negative thoughts on trial, with questions like: Culture can't be created through workshops, consultant input, or a printed and framed statement on the reception wall or in the CEO's office. Culture is something that develops and formulates as a result of the vision, behaviours, actions and values of the entire team -- it's the culmination of existing behaviours. A few years ago, I was engaged by a company that was undergoing a merger and acquisition. The resulting impact on the organisation was a lot of siloed working. It became evident that the team were frustrated at the lack of a positive culture; I let the whingeing, anger and frustration be shared and then asked, `Where do you think culture comes from and who can effect it? There's no doubt that culture and behaviour start from the top of an organisation and the leadership team plays a significant part -- and I appreciate that, as individuals, sometimes we may be so far from the top echelons of business that we believe we can't impact the change that's needed. However, the reality is that every one of us has the opportunity to effect and create the culture around us. Our own behaviours, and how we're leading ourselves and others, affect the people to the left and right of us, above and below us. The rituals we create, the habits we adopt, the way we engage and communicate -- all of these things together feed culture.

The author Vyasa is using the elaborate creation of Krishna to tell the passive part of himself that he is not a sinner and, that deep down, just like Clarence, he is a good person. His only fault, if you could call it that, is that he is in conflict. But we cannot feel guilty for feeling that. There is no sin in having a conflicted mind. Clarence needed to clear his head as his overactive mind was giving him a headache. He was confused about so much he just needed to get up and go wash his face. His mind was a theatre. So, Clarence imagined his consciousness, the reasonable and intelligent part of his mind, as his hero - Elvis. Someone he would wholeheartedly listen to and trust. In the same way, Vyasa created Krishna. What you can control is how you handle them . So if you can change the tape inside your head, then you have actually just empowered yourself to face any situation--isn't that wonderful? And as you no longer take people or experiences so personally, they float on by . Let's change that tape right now . Now inhale on the count of three: one, two, three. Exhale on the count of six: one, two, three, four, five, six. I wonder if there is a new tape you found in that scene. For most people, the new tape is some version of I'm good enough or I can do it. As I count from one to five, perhaps you could allow this new optimism to wash over every cell in your brain, your body, and your spirit. As you do so, can you feel this new optimism being reprogrammed?

You also know about all the major insomnias and other sleep disorders. The final step is to bring together some of the therapies and medications available to you to support your efforts to take control of your sleep. In this article I begin with some information about conventional medicines, including a table to introduce you to medications that you can buy over the counter and those your doctor may prescribe. Then you'll find advice on alternative therapies and natural medicines that have been shown to be beneficial to sleep. I'll explain what a sleep centre is and what happens if you visit one, and conclude with a whistlestop tour of some of the gadgets and gizmos that you can use at home to find out more about your sleep and how to improve it. CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE Conventional medicines are pharmaceutical drugs both prescribed by a medical doctor, appropriately qualified nurse or (in some countries) a pharmacist and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. The latter are usually sold following a consultation with a pharmacist and bought directly off the shelf in a store. The laws covering the supply of medicines vary from country to country. Some of these differences may arise from cultural attitudes to taking medications to aid sleep. The outcome depends on how you use your thoughts. Your mind is an instrument--nothing more, nothing less. In this article, I shared how I've learned to use my brain more effectively. Sometimes you have to think differently, and there are times you must stop thinking altogether. It's up to you to decide when you should deploy which method. But no matter what you do, don't spend too much time in thought because that's a waste of life. At the end of the day, thinking by itself is useless without action. But like we talked about earlier, action follows thought. Effective thoughts? Effective actions.

Smooth out any bunching of the sides immediately under the knot. Turn your collar down. Tidy the short end of your tie away from sight behind the long end. TIE A BOW TIE Look in the mirror and follow these steps. The left side should be about an inch longer than the right. Cross the left side over the right side. Hold the junction of the T-shape to secure all the layers of fabric together. Pinch the dangling length of tie in half at its widest point to form the second part of the bow. Tidy and straighten as necessary. Still others needed to make input by putting Post-its on a whiteboard instead of having to speak. Karen was so excited by what had happened that she promised to give each person a T-shirt, in the color of his or her choice, that said, I think better when I think with you! To generate future pull, aim the collective attention, intention, and imagination of your group. Aim your team's attention by: Aim your team's collective intention forward by using analytic, procedural, relational, and innovative Inquiry. Aim your team's collective imagination by understanding what each person needs according to their mind pattern in order to think creatively, and enact it by using the CARE process (create, advance, refine, and execute). Enact mind share in your team by creating a collaboration handarticle. Have everyone prepare a one-article summary of what supports his best thinking, then share with team, deciding what to stop, start, and continue in meetings. Create an operating agreement to enact this going forward. THE RANDORI

This should be our new priority. St John article 11 Verse 35 Amy Winehouse HERE IS A JOKE. There is a knock on the door of the hospital mortuary. Jim, the mortuary technician, opens the door. It's the hospital oncologist. Good morning,' says the oncologist. He opens it and pulls out the steel trolley on which the body rests. The slab is empty. When I was twenty, I was a funny little punk. I drank, I fought, I listened to the Dead Kennedys, and hung out at tiny clubs and dingy record stores. But more and more I found myself put off by the reflexive liberalism of my peers, and more attracted to views that could be construed as conservative. I found myself laughing at the self-obsessed anger of the lefties on the Berkeley campus that I endured for four years, as I started reading right-leaning mags like National Review and The American Spectator. When I graduated from Cal, I ended up taking an internship in Washington, DC, at a conservative journalism outfit. There I stood out like a stocky sore thumb. I had little in common with many of my fellow interns, who were devoutly religious lifelong conservatives. They were good people, but many of them weren't my people. So, when acquaintances who think they know me ask me in disbelief, Greg, why in hell did you become a conservative? I always say, I didn't join conservatives to become a conservative.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

No before after, yes after before

If you listen with a stethoscope to the upper and lower parts, especially the lower part, of the lung of a chronic bronchitis patient, you will hear dry or moist sounds, an abnormal respiratory sound characterized by small crackles. They are either coarse or fine-grained, and they are heard in different parts of the lung. An X-ray will find an increase of pulmonary shadows and lung markings. Chronic bronchitis recurs easily and affects the emotional state of the patient. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the lung governs sadness, so the patient may easily feel depressed. Yang Tan (1120-1185), a famous doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in the Song dynasty (960-1279), created a fine prescription for curing chronic bronchitis, recording it in a medical article he wrote. I have reproduced it here. Ingredients: Sweet almonds (250 g), walnut kernels (500 g), and honey (500 g). Michelle Phan, on the other hand, spent years building up potential energy. She worked hard to hone her craft, stealing from the master tutorialist Bob Ross, studying the wave patterns of YouTube's homearticle, and superconnecting with media companies and the fans of famous pop icons by giving and teaching. She hacked the ladder from blogger to YouTube star to makeup spokesperson to cosmetics designer to entrepreneur. The 30-million-view Lady Gaga tutorial was not Phan's first great video, but it was her inflection point. She had been winding up for a big swing for a long time. Success is like a lightning bolt, Phan once declared in an interview with Mashable. It'll strike you when you least expect it, and you just have to keep the momentum going. Hot Babes and Paradise Save the world wasn't in Jane Chen's five-year plan when she landed an enviable consultant position at Monitor Group right out of college. But three years in, she read a New York Times article that changed that. Connect and redirect103 Our emotions spring from the right side of the brain, and reason springs from the left side.

When a child is overwhelmed by emotion, it's the right side of their brain that's doing the talking - or crying or shouting! Because a child's anxiety can trigger discomfort in the parent, a parent's reaction can be to smooth it over quickly, to judge the feeling, minimise it or try to solve it like they would any other problem. These are all left-brained responses, which unfortunately miss the mark. Here's why: the child's right side cannot process information from the parent's left side, so your reasoning and logic won't work. When a child is upset, logic often won't work until we have responded to the right brain's emotional needs. We call this emotional connection `attunement', which is how we connect deeply with another person and allow them to `feel felt'. Here's an example: Child in right-brained (emotional) distress: `I'm so worried a monster could come into my room! Thinking about the goals you have for yourself over the next 12 months, who is your promoter, pit crew, teacher and butt-kicker? Think about who you already know, and if there's a gap, consider who you'd like to reach out to and why. Fill the gaps Get clear on why you want to meet someone. What's the one question you'd like to ask? How are you going to reach out -- for example, ask for an introduction from someone you already know; What can you share with them in exchange? Use the following table to help. Expand your network The next step is to look at the key people you need in your network. The war was between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Just before he proceeded with what was referred to as a holy war (dharma yudha), the archer Arjun, who represents the Pandavas, was in great conflict.

He did not know what to do. His heart had given way and he did not want to proceed with the war because the army on the other side was full of his old friends, family and even his old teachers. They all represented the same race, and for Arjun, this war was madness. Such is life that he had arrived at a time where he must fight them and even kill those who he once held dearly for so long. Arjun understood that there are conceivably many causes worth fighting and potentially dying for, but there appeared to be no causes for Arjun worth killing for. Such was the nobility of the man. Arjun dropped his famous bow and declared that he would rather be a slave of war than take the life of another man. He did not wish to fight, so he sought counsel from his cousin Krishna. In just a moment, but not quite yet, I'm going to have you project an image onto that screen. Remember that your subconscious is also taking care of you--so it won't show you anything that you're not ready to see. You may use this same script 10 times, and every time, it may show you a little bit more. Isn't that so comforting? That's your subconscious taking care of you . This experience is going to help you stress less and find serenity. You see, today's stressors are often a result of yesterday's memories. Something or someone stresses you out, and you don't know why. Who does he or she remind you of? Why is this getting to you? I want to stress that all kinds of fatal insomnia are extremely rare. A form of hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness;

It occurs relatively rarely, affecting anywhere between 25 and 50 people per 100,000 depending upon which country you're living in. Incidence is very low among Israeli Jews, for example, but higher among the Japanese. The reasons for this are not clear. Sufferers may or may not feel warning signs that sleep is about to overcome them, but anyway warning makes little difference - falling asleep is impossible to prevent. There are two main types of narcolepsy: with cataplexy (sudden muscle weakness; Other symptoms may include terrifying hypnagogic hallucinations (see p. Most people first notice symptoms of the condition between the ages of 15 and 25 years old; The first symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness and irresistible sleep attacks, both of which might be exacerbated by high room temperatures and boredom. I have a set routine every day, and it works very well for me. I feel happy, and I enjoy my life a lot. When I go away for even a weekend, my whole routine can be messed up. And then I need another two weeks to get back to my `old' self. However, I don't always have this mindset. Right now, I'm working on this article, opening a new office, and buying a new apartment. I'm focused on a few important things. But other times, I'm more flexible and actually do like to travel, visit friends, business partners, and live a looser lifestyle. That's why I now take more time to make decisions. Instead of following my first thought, I say, Please give me a day or two to think about it. PARALLEL PARK When you learned to drive, your instructor would have taught you how to parallel park.

However, if you haven't had to do it much, here's a refresher. Stop when the back of your vehicle roughly lines up with that of the parked car. Check your mirrors to make sure that it's safe to move, then indicate. This will point the rear end of your vehicle towards the curb at an angle. Don't turn too sharply into the curb because you'll only have to pull out and start again (plus you risk scraping the parked car). Aim the back corner of the car at the curb two-thirds of your car's length back into the space, before you turn the wheel the other way. DRIVE IN SNOW When snow is forecast and driving's a necessity, go prepared for the worst. You could say pivoting is in our DNA. What our bodies and hands remember, though, our habitual market-share mentalities seem to have forgotten. Each time you use all the styles of inquiry, each time you use the compass and wonder about how to pivot to connect with someone who thinks differently, you will be helping all of us reclaim an essential aspect of our collaborative intelligence. Inquiry helps us get beyond either/or. Ask questions that lead you away from differences into a common future. We tend to see things just from our cardinal viewpoint; Welcome a diversity of viewpoints. Inquiry will help you to adopt a wider perspective and to increase your influence. Use the three steps of the inquiry process to increase your chances of creating something extraordinary. This will allow you and those around you to utilize your differences instead of blocking, ignoring, or being frustrated by them. The downside is that it provides any journalist short of copy with an instant scare story. We are obsessed by mortality in modern health services when we should be paying greater attention to quality of life.