Friday, 12 June 2020

Unsolicited Compliments

Get used to saying no to things that don't get you a yes, and you'll develop the muscle memory that you'll use to say no to something bigger when it really counts. Let's go back to the football field for a minute. If you follow football at all, you've probably seen players for your favorite team who look great one week and disappear the next. There's that running back who goes for more than a hundred yards a couple of times a year, but has a tough time breaking fifty in the other games. There's that defensive back who will do a great job against a Pro Bowl receiver and then give up two long touchdowns in his team's next game. It isn't that these players lack talent. We use the term artist loosely: anyone involved in creative work is considered a good candidate for the fellowship. Writers, illustrators, chefs, game makers, poets, sculptors, composers, urban planners, musicians, and more are all welcome to apply. IF YOU LIVE in or near a city, it can be easy to forget that our sprawling country encompasses a wealth of diverse landscapes: dense forests and snow-capped mountain ranges, arid deserts and canyons, volcanoes and glaciers, vast rivers and lakes, thousands of miles of coastline. Much of this beautiful wilderness can be explored through our national park system, which comprises nearly eighty-five million acres of protected land. The writer and historian Wallace Stegner called our national parks the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. Thank Teddy Roosevelt. The twenty-sixth president might be best known for his foreign policy motto, Speak softly and carry a big stick, but Roosevelt was also a passionate conservationist who used his time in office to create the US Forest Service and protect over 230 million acres of public land. Drawing inspiration from the naturalist John Muir, who persuaded Roosevelt to preserve the Yosemite wilderness during a three-day camping trip, Roosevelt's administration established 150 national forests, fifty-one federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks, and eighteen national monuments--more than all of his predecessors combined. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson expanded on this legacy by creating the National Park Service (NPS), and today the United States boasts over four hundred park sites, including nearly 2,500 historic landmarks and sixty-one formally designated National Parks. For some, like Breanne, it's imagining putting your hands in warm sand at the beach. For others, it's thinking about holding a loved one's hand or touching their warm skin. For still others, it's visualizing holding a warm, furry kitten or puppy. Let's try it.

Take a moment to focus on your hands, feeling their energy and temperature. Now close your eyes and hold out your hands, palms down, and visualize a campfire in front of you. Think heat. You can hear the fire crackle, smell the aroma of fresh-cut wood burning, see the sparks float up into the sky. Now feel the soothing heat as it penetrates the surface of your skin and goes deep to warm your hands. Did you feel an increase in warmth? Only then can he chart a new course. By working with the body, we interact with our consciousness and get feedback. In the basic method, by addressing the body through the three pillars (body geometry, spatial localization, and the processing of perception), past experiences are called up, as if we were clicking on an image on the computer that now becomes visible. In this way we can experience and consciously process our feelings in the here and now, reevaluating the traumatic experience so that we can return to our natural order. Again, I point this out because it is important that we understand the processes involved in restoration and do not think we can solve anything by working with the physical body alone without addressing the underlying trauma. Awareness is always crucial to this process. If we are very tense and do stretching exercises, tension decreases. This is good. The support and care of the body, especially if we are physically ill or our bodily functions need strengthening, is important. This is where medicine has achieved outstanding results. One small addendum to the above: quantity matters, too. We can, in principle, get thin (although not healthy) eating small amounts of bad food, and can get fat eating too much good food. On the other hand, by eating wholesome foods in any sensible combination, we tend to fill up on a reasonable number of calories - so by choosing foods and assembling diet well, quantity tends to take care of itself. But still, it does matter - and that, too, is part of the whole truth.

Our problem is not want of knowledge about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens. Our problem is a stunning and tragically costly cultural reluctance to swallow it. Colin Campbell, and found The China Study extremely compelling. I was particularly affected when Colin, whom I am proud to call colleague and friend, described some of the hostile and menacing forces he encountered in his efforts to share the truths he discovered. I was comforted all the more to know this figured in the history of someone who so clearly rose above it, becoming known and influential, respected and even revered around the world. I mention The China Study briefly in this section about holes in the whole truth specifically because it is so important, influential, and revered. Some players who fit this description have elite talent. But what they lack is consistency. They're not able to deliver their best performance over and over again. On the other hand, you'll see people do much, much more with considerably less raw talent. This kind of thing happens all the time. That person at the office who you can always rely on might not be the smartest or the most well-spoken or the most polished person you've ever met, but she always delivers excellent work, and she's the go-to person when the stakes are highest. She doesn't have world-class talent, but she has world-class consistency, and that's taking her further than many others who have more raw talent than she has. I see this in my own field. I don't think I'm the most talented speaker in the world. I've seen some speakers out there who will blow me away on any given day. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature--the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. From the Florida Everglades to Denali in Alaska, the United States park system offers something for everyone. Rock climbers make pilgrimages to scale the sheer granite face of Half Dome in Yosemite, while cave enthusiasts get their spelunking fix in the passageways and chambers of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

Park visitors can try out white-water rafting at the Grand Canyon or sandboarding at Great Sand Dune National Park in Colorado. If you aren't an adrenaline junkie, parks nationwide offer bike and hiking trails, campsites and cabins, archaeological sites, educational programming, and plenty of spots to sit back and enjoy a pristine view of the wilderness. Best of all, visiting them won't break the bank. While day rates vary from park to park, an annual US Park Pass costs just $80, admits a full family (including up to four adults), and can be shared among friends. Explore your local landscape. With 418 park sites across fifty states and territories, including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands, you won't have to venture far from home to find a park. Relaxation? Did you find you started to hold your hands closer as if there were actually a fire in front of you? Practice this technique for a few minutes every day, and you'll find you get to the relaxation response more easily and faster over time. Find the hand-warming images that work for you, and you will reset your nervous system to be more relaxed and counteract your stress response. Focusing on your breathing, a beautiful outdoor scene, or Scripture for just five to ten minutes a day is a simple yet powerful way not only to help quell anxious thoughts but also to improve your life overall. Prayer and meditation have been found to calm stress; What's more, meditation benefits your heart and blood pressure, digestion, and immune system, as well as improves executive function and emotional control and reduces feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability. There are many effective techniques, including reading, memorizing, or meditating on Scripture; Sit in a comfortable and relaxed position and close your eyes. Take two or three deep breaths, taking twice as long to exhale as inhale. But as long as the underlying issue is not resolved, what is actually behind the physical symptoms will eventually lead to the body becoming tense again. I cannot process trauma that has led to my constant neck pain by doing a relaxing exercise that only focuses on the physical symptoms, but by making myself conscious of the underlying trauma and then doing the physical exercise, I can access my deeper emotions underlying the pain. I can call up the associated emotions from my subconscious and bring them back into my consciousness to begin the process of healing. It is often possible to partially process traumatic events by facing the trauma in the here and now.

All of a sudden I realize, Oh, I feel stronger. I am able to stand up straight, and nobody will intimidate me today! That is why I want to repeat this exercise as often as possible to deepen my success. For this wonderful listening experience I am deeply grateful. In retrospect, I came to my hearing loss in my left ear from a theme that was persistent in my early childhood, which was `I do not know where I belong. This realization can be much help in efforts to cure us. If even The China Study leaves some questions unanswered, how can any study hope to do otherwise? No study can hope to do otherwise - that's the point. The China Study , among other things, told us of a potent association between animal protein and adverse health outcomes. But how do the effects of animal protein vary with their sources? Are adverse effects of animal protein in the diet due solely to that, or partly to saturated fat, and/or partly due to the displacement of beneficial plant foods? How does the overall quality of the diet influence the health effects exerted by specific protein sources? If all of our protein were to come from plant sources, what level would be ideal? Is protein intake that is optimal for vigor in one's prime also optimal for longevity? How do study results in the short term, and in animal models, pertain to humans and the full human lifespan? There will always be questions left to answer. But I think I am absolutely one of the most consistent when it comes to living my purpose and providing people with a message they can rely on. Look at it this way: if I started this article by inspiring you to become the best version of yourself, then switched that message to teaching you how to scam the system, then switched to telling you to give up because life is just too hard, and then went back to the be-the-greatest-you message, you'd probably quit this article way before I got to that last part. The message would be so inconsistent that you'd know you couldn't count on me for anything. And if you were that inconsistent, the world would soon start perceiving you the same way.

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