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A women named Erica Chenoweth of Harvard has researched hundreds of campaigns over the last century and found that civil disobedience is not only a moral choice but the most powerful way of shaping politics. She started her research with the idea of trying to understand terrorism. She was resistant to the idea of civil disobedience. But because of her research, she has created a rule of 3.5%. This rule relates to the amount of the population that gets engaged in a non-violent resistance.
In 1986 millions of Filipinos (2 Million at the height of the campaign) in Manila lead a peaceful protest and prayer movement. After 4 days the Marcos regime folded.
In 2003 the people of Georgia lead the bloodless Rose revolution. They ousted Eduard Shevardnadze.
Earlier this year, the presidents of Sudan and Algeria stepped aside after decades, because of peaceful campaigns.
The other side of the coin shows that peaceful resistance failed 47% of the time because the protests only reached 2% of the population. Also the ability to keep the group cohesive is another factor.
So we have the 3.5% rule.
This information was taken from an article on the BBC website.
I believe that we can create our own integrated sense of self. This can only add on to the moral cohesiveness of our world, one person at a time.
LENS neurofeedback can create a more peaceful response to the world. It helps the brain to achieve a more balanced state.
Researchers have conducted experiments about honesty. Honesty can be hijacked when we repeat a dishonest act. The amygdala goes off line and shuts down. The part of our brain that is responsible for being fearful gets hijacked itself. This is a deep brain issue. So with repetition the dishonest deed does not feel so dishonest.
So how do we separate out the components of Dishonesty?
Research shows us that young children will go with what is of personal interest. Also they learn by modeling. If they see the adults hitting, then they will hit.
Older children and young adults will stick closer to what society considers the right thing to do. And of course, the higher standard is to do what is right for others or society in general.
There is an emotional component to Honesty. We do right because it feels like the right thing to do. If we can also tap in to how the other person is feeling then we are less likely to harm them.
Also there is a physiological response to telling the truth. If your heart is racing then things need to be looked into and observed. Is this the right thing for everyone that is involved?
So it all comes down to compassion. If you feel like a behavior is dishonest then consider the feelings of others and pay close attention to what your body is telling you.
LENS neurofeedback does not make you honest. It does create a more sensitive reaction to the environment and others. It opens up the brain areas to greater understanding.
Have you ever heard of the fight, flight or freeze reaction in the body? It is driven by what we call the sympathetic nervous system. This system is part of the autonomic nervous system. This is the involuntary system that directs the heart rate, blood pressure, pupil dilation, body temperature, sweating, and digestion. There are neurons in the brain that direct and control the skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle and gland secretion. This part of our system helps us to react without thinking about it. This is in response to a dangerous or stressful situation. The hormones also boost the body's alertness and heart rate. They send extra blood to the muscles, boost breathing, and sends oxygen to the brain. In addition, the hormones also send glucose to the blood stream. When all of this activity is ready to settle down, then the parasympathetic system kicks in. This system then calms things down and creates the rest and digest phase. This helps to create equilibrium in the system. Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety can keep the sympathetic nervous system wide open. When too many stress hormones are circulating in the body, it can damage the blood vessels and increase blood pressure.
LENS neurofeedback can help to calm down this over-reaction to the stressors that we encounter in our lives. Give it a try.
Yes, there is such a thing as broken heart syndrome. If it feels like your heart is broken, then it could be exhibiting what is also called takotsubo. This is a Japanese fishing pot used to trap octopuses. The heart actually weakens and the muscles of the left ventricle enlarge. The heart actually changes shape due to extreme emotions or stress, such as the loss of a loved one. This condition looks like a heart attack and mimics a heart attack, with chest pains and shortness of breathe. However, this does not have a long lasting effect. This symptom is not found with everyone, just a few of us.
Please see your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms.
There is a connection to the brain. And these connections are the areas that control the stress response, they quit working as well. There tend to be fewer connections with the emotional processing and autonomic nervous system. If the connections are weak, then the actions associated with the connections are weak.
Give LENS a try. It can work wonders for the brain connections.
There are lots of different levels of concessions. Here is a list of some of the side effects, or should I say the effects of concession.
There can be headaches, sometimes accompanied by nausea and all of this is made worse by external noise, light, strong odors, and motion. This is all due to a malfunction in the brain. The malfunction can lead to trouble with expressing complex thoughts and can make the person angry and confused with trying to express these thoughts. An easy task can become hard and there can be a short fuse. The person can blame the caregiver for things that the other person had not done. There can be an intense disorientation, for example not knowing the time of day or how much time has elapsed. There can be a lack of memory.
A good analogy for this kind of concept is to think of a peach that has been dropped, there is bruising on the outside, but if you open it up then the peach is bruised down into the flesh. This can lead to an interruption in the basic body functions. This is mainly thought to be irreversible. But......
LENS neurofeedback can help to get the brain up and functioning at a better level. It can help the GABA that has been stuck in these areas to loosen up and start functioning at a better level.
The number one thing that can help you to get out of the, hummm, what do I do with this spoon concept, is to improve your social diversity. This means going and finding people that are not the same as you. This means finding people who aren't like us with our values, preferences, and personality traits. When we are forced to use a spoon for digging in the ground or for logging peas at someone, then we are using our brain in a different manner. We are creating new brain connections, in the neurons, and our brains are forced to produce complex and unexpected information. This helps us to look beyond the obvious, which leads to creative thinking.
Some ways of stimulating this new brain arrangement is to go to other countries and see how their social norms differ from us. We can watch foreign films and read books about people from a different social background. We can learn to enjoy the arts, and learn to use the different perspectives of the artist mind. We can try to understand the perspective of people with a different religious perspective. What about someone with a different skin color. This is such a small area of the DNA, it is a wonder that we use the stereotypes that we do. We are not that far away from each other in our genetic makeup.
LENS neurofeedback can help to open up the pathways to explore a different way of approaching the world. It is a calmer, worthwhile area to be.
Our society likes short hand, so let us talk about BFRB, or Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. There are three categories hair pulling or Trichotillomania, skin picking or Dermatillomania and nail biting or Onychophagia. All of these problems are related to anxiety disorders. This is when someone has the compulsion to pick, pull or scratch the hair, skin or nails. So because it is a compulsion and can be an obsession, then we like to put it in the category of substance abuse or an eating disorder. Because it is an impulse control problem. There is 3% of the population with this problem. There is only a 20% chance of the therapy having any effect, long term. Most of the therapy is centered around cognitive behavioral therapy and medications.
LENS neurofeedback can help the part of the brain that is responsible for these subconscious behaviors without drugs and any side effects. I have seen people without any finger nails and they keep chewing. It is a mess, try it out it is inexpensive and can help in many ways.
Grief takes up a lot of bandwidth in the brain. Our brains respond to grief by suppressing emotions and memories that we are not able to process. The stress of grieving will rewire the brain with what is called neuroplasticity. The disruptions in the brain can lead to confusion, disorientation, detachment and increased forgetfulness. With fMRI's researchers are finding that the prefrontal cortex is not functioning at its best. This leads to us being disorganized and not as attentive. Grief will stimulate key areas of the brain such as the amygdala, which is in charge of emotions and the intensity of a threat or if we are vulnerable. Grief is also associated with the cerebellum, which helps us with coordination and balance. Plus a cascade of other brain areas that are related to memory, emotions, impulses and sensory information. The cerebral cortex is also affected, which helps us with emotional awareness and higher thought processes. If there are triggers in the environment then we are continually stimulating the fight, flight or freeze response. This is all related to the amygdala that can keep us in a constant state of arousal, and keep us from getting a good nights sleep.
There are ways to get through this cycle of stress. One is called immersion. This is deliberately exposing yourself to difficult memories and emotions. Why are they there? What keeps them in the cycle of awareness? Distraction is also a way to get yourself back into the game. This is doing things that will keep you engaged with life and not stuck on the couch.
LENS neurofeedback will help the brain to heal from this and other traumas.
Dr. Alois Alzheimer found the basis for what we now call Alzheimer's. He found plaques and tangles in the brain of a 50 year old women that died. We still hold on to this theory, somewhat. The drug companies are looking into creating a drug that will help to keep the amyloid plaques from growing. However, this approach has not had a good outcome. Scientists are now researching other factors that could be contributing to this age related disease. There is a genetic connection to the classic amyloid plaque formation. However, again this connection is limited to only a few of the people with the problem. What they are now researching is the diminished flow of blood to the brain. This has lead to research about the amount of dementia that is now in progress. There has been a decrease in the amount of dementia of 25%. This can be related to the decline in smoking, people controlling their high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. We are becoming more aware and health conscious. So let's keep munching on those carrots and go out and take a walk.
LENS neurofeedback can help with keeping the brain running in a smoother way.
What are you doing in the morning when you first get up? Do you run to the cell phone to see what you need to do? Or is the cell phone next to your bed and waking you up? The blue light from the cell phone can actually cause you to stay awake, no good sleep time, no reset time. The brain needs this time to get all of the debris out. We need our dream time to reset our system.
If your on the internet first thing, then your creating a distracted brain, one that learns to not focus.
The cell phone is our new addiction, It can actually cause a dopamine response, which we all crave. However, this is like giving your brain donuts in the morning. We do not function really well on this kind of fuel.
So what do we replace it with? We could find some good food. How about a walk? We could find some beauty with nature that is always trying to get our attention. How about a few minutes of meditation? This can tell the brain that we can get on with our life without all of the frenzy of that Adrenalin rush. Besides those adrenals get tired after awhile. How about spending a few minutes with those that we love to send them off to a good day? Simple things that can have a big impact on the way we spent our time and life.
LENS neurofeedback helps to find that place of calm. I will last a lifetime and is inexpensive.
Hello, I am a psychotherapist that has been trained in the art of neurofeedback. This science helps to heal the brain of trauma. I am dedicated to helping people heal.