Come to the calm of a well functioning brain.
I just read an article about awe in Psychology Today. Then I clicked on a link to Ted Talks about awe that was presented by Dr. Beau Lotto. It is truly inspiring, awesome as the way goes. He actually has some of the Cirque de Soliel people with him on the talk.
So here is the definition of awe from Dr. Dachner Keltner of the Greater Good Department at the University of California, Berkley. (I want to go back to school) "Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world." What inspires awe is usually in nature (get off of the screen and outside) art (get your hands dirty) and impressive individual feats, acts of great skills or virtue. All of these attributes, that inspire awe, have been studied, and the results are that we become more social, more collaborative and concerned with the needs of others. This is called creating a social identity. When we help someone in need, we feel less entitled and self-important. When we learn to step into uncertainty, a state of awe, we become more innovated and we can find the key to creativity. When we unchain our perception from the narrow (past or future) uncertainty reduces the need for control and closure. We become risk takers. We are able to have a conversation about a subject and be open to all points of view. This activity lowers the inflammatory response. As Joseph Campbell stated, "Awe is what moves us forward".
LENS neurofeedbck helps the brain to get untangled and opens us up to the wonder of the world.
All of the nutrients that I posted on the last blog, vitamin C, curcumin (from tumeric), Omega 3's and magnesium all help the body to keep the inflammation down. Inflammation is related to the majority of problems that occur in the body, including cancer and Alzheimer's. The search in on to find how these conglomeration of cells, that create the inflammation, can be prevented. We can include these nutrients into our system to help the body to work with the inflammation until there is an other way. I would prefer to have the reins of what is happening to me in my own hands until I have to find some help.
We can be more in control of our fate and help ourselves to be healthy. Getting outside and enjoying the sunshine. Taking a walk to clear our brains from the stressors of the day, even just 5 to 10 minutes a day. Taking our eyes off of the screen and looking at the incredible beauty that is around us. Taking a breathe and feeling how our body is feeling. What is inside there anyway? This path can lead you to a fantastic inner life that is not always knocked around by what is going on around you.
LENS neurofeedback can help to create a calm and balanced brain. It helps to clear out the cobwebs and create better clarity.
I have been a health food person for the majority of my life. I started as a young child. I believe that we are built from the foods that we consume. And that we can heal the body by getting the right nutrients working in our system. We are an amazing product of cells that form us.
Here is something from Psychology Today.
Here are some of the statistics, they always seem a little depressing but shall we venture on? Thirteen percent of teens experienced a depressive episode in 2017. This is up from a decade ago by 52%. Suicide rates have also spiked in the undergraduate population.
There is hope with some of the new research that is going on. There are four compounds that help, omega 3s, curcumin (from tumeric), vitamin C and magnesium. These compounds can keep inflammation down and so keeps the depression in check. When the inflammation is kept in check then the problem of depression is lowered.
LENS neurofeedback can help the brain to detox. It can help to create a calm state of mind.
What happens when people have a hard time with being told that they are working things out in life in a manner that is disruptive. They (or we) tend to blame the behavior on the person that is talking to them. This is called diverting the behavior back to the person that is talking to them. They will defend their behavior and usually project some part of it back to the other person. They will deny the behavior and will find anything to attack you. They will disengage and not want to talk about it or walk away. If the issue is hot, it is usually good to walk away, but always tell the person that you will get back to them at a certain time.
What is at the base of this behavior is a feeling of being vulnerable. They feel insecure and have a fragile ego. They are being taken hostage of their defense mechanisms.
So how to get around this circus of behaviors? It could be hard but first of all you need to acknowledge how they are feeling. You are feeling this way because of....... The next thing to do is to not let them off of the hook. You need to acknowledge in a genuine manner what they are feeling but they cannot keep doing the behavior because you understand the inside story. They are feeling vulnerable because of.... and we know that it is because of this you are doing this. I hope that this helps.
LENS neurofeedback can help the brain to become less reactive. Give it a try.
So here we are in the new year. I wish you all good health (especially the brain), prosperity and insight.
Brain health starts with understanding how the brain functions. It is the seat of who we are, it controls every aspect of who we are and it is always changing.
It is the set of our creativity, wisdom and personality.
It loves fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, chicken without the skin and fish.
The second biggest part is called the cerebellum. It is underneath the cerebrum in the back area. It is in charge of our coordination and balance.
The third part is called the brain stem. It is underneath the cerebrum. It connects the brain to the spinal cord. It controls all of the automatic functions, such as breathing, digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.
LENS neurofeedback heals the brain. It helps to keep all of the different areas working and dancing together in the right way.
Do you want abundance in your life? How do you create what you want? Do you just go out and buy a lottery ticket and hope that the big one is yours? Or do you see yourself helping others with this big win? Or do you see how this will affect how you will be spending your time? Will it be just about what you want? I have seen people that have a good deal of money become so self absorbed that they can't see what is going on around them. They become absorbed in things that just aren't healthy. They look down on all of the people around them, gossip and offer no help. They feel the privilege of their money and think that all of the people around them should have done what they have. This includes being around others that have money and prestige. What about your neighbor that is having a hard time making the bills and has to scrape to find some food to eat. They are around. What if life has hit them hard and they are having a hard time getting back on their feet. Getting involved could help everyone involved. What a relief to think that someone cares enough to just listen to their story. This does not mean that you tell your story, just be silent. You could save a life. So if you want abundance, include all of the people that are around you. Hope that they have the same abundance that you want, even if they have not been good to you. Want what you want for others, this is a good way to start the day or a new year. I wish you all abundance.
Shall we make this short but not so sweet?
First of all we need to say that, "I am sorry for.....(the action)
Second, We need to say next, "Next time I will.....
Third, "What can I do to make it up to you?
This seems to be so simple, but we have a hard time admitting our part in the story. We have something called "self-serving bias" that gets in the way. If we want to grow, we need to be willing to look at our behavior and how it affects those around us. We love to throw those bombs of negativity to those that we love when we have been let down in some other area of our lives. Yes, this is the place where we need to be vulnerable. This is the place where we grow true relationships that will with stand time. Do we go on our devices to avoid a conversation? Do we look for ways of getting out of our responsibilities? What is in the background of all this avoidance of life? We can get really stressed out this time of year, but with a little digging we can find ways of regrouping and enjoying others around us.
Give LENS neurofeedback a try. It helps to get the brain and emotions smoothed out.
In the last week I have read two articles that have rocked my world of consumerism. One of the articles was written by a man that followed the Good Will people around with the products that they receive. His estimate of the goods, was that 2/3's of the stuff that was given to them was sent to the landfill. The other article I just read, stated that the manufactures of clothes usually do not resale the clothes that we send back. They also end up in the dumpster or landfill. So if you are ordering 3 sizes and sending back 2 then the 2 end up in the landfill. So are we creating a place for our children to play with our thrown out stuff? I watched the trash collector throw my recycle in the trash area. I wash and clean most of the recycle. How much more are we wasting? How much more do we need? I have been in the process of organizing and throwing out what I no longer need. The clutter is stifling. I love to look on Amazon for the deals. I am having a serious conversation with myself about how much do I really need.
Our inner voice likes to tell us that there is never enough. We keep looking outside of ourselves for the answers to what really lie within.
LENS neurofeedback will help to calm the brain and help to make it function well, without drugs or other addictions.
My personal theory is that we all have an addiction. However, when these substances or processes take over then we need to look at what is going on.
The word addiction means, enslaved by or bound to.
There are 3 processes that are involved in the addiction process.
1. craving for object of addiction.
2. loss of controlf over it's use.
3. continuing involvement despite adverse consequences.
Overcoming an addiction can be long and slow and complicated. (LENS cIt an help)
In the 1930's research indicated that the person was morally flawed. In the 1980's there was the slogan of, "Just say no." Today we have psychotherapy, medications, and self-care.
Most people consider an addiction is with alcohol and powerful drugs. But it can also include gambling, shopping, and sex.
There are 23 million Americans, 1 in 10 that have an addiction. Two thirds of these are addicted to alcohol. The top 3 drugs that are abused are marijuana, opoid pain relivers, and cocaine.
There is a genetic component, with 40 to 60 percent, but it is also related to behavior.
The pleasure principle is also involved. This is when there is a flood of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, just under the cerebral cortex. The pleasure is good at first
but then the brain learns to want more. But the more we flood the brain with dopamine the less we can tolerate. So the brain develops a tolerance and requires more to get the dopamine. So this leads to a compulsion for more.
LENS neurofeedback can help with recovery. I first learned how to work with LENS with people who were in recovery. Have a great holiday!!!
A healthy brain is one that has good attention and memory, or recall. It has good executive functioning and physical activity helps with this. It helps to lower brain inflammation and improves neuroplasticity. This in turn can lower the chances of dementia. Our brains like to interact with others, we are social creatures. This too can lower dementia. And our brains like to be challenged with an activity that pushes the mental processes. This can lead to a healthier life.
We also need to feel safe and pretty much free of fear. If we feel loved we feel more confident about ourselves. This can lead to a better life. Neuroscientists are studying these kind of things. They have found the difference in our personalities and life when we have the comforts and safety around us. How can we help others to have this peace and feeling of being wanted? Can we find time to give and help? There are many around that can use a kind hand or just a smile.
LENS neurofeedback can help us to feel calmer and more connected. It can help to get people off of medications for anxiety, depression and ADHD.
Hello, my name is Dana Lee Collins M.A.,L.P.C. 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.