Does Our Body Clock Know When Our Most Productive Hours Are?

Does Our Body Clock Know When Our Most Productive Hours Are? Barbara Sinclair for CLN

Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body/spirit system of health and longevity, would say “Yes!”

Like everything else that our body instinctively knows is best for us (sleeping at night, waking with the sun, eating our largest meal around noon, etc.), there is a four-hour block of time in our day when productivity is naturally highest.

10:00 am-2:00 pm. is Pitta time, according to the 24-hour Ayurvedic clock.

Pitta dosha (elements of fire and water) is the energy in our body which rules metabolism, digestion (including the digestion of thoughts), our intelligence, transformation, productivity.

People with a lot of Pitta in their constitution generally know how to “get the job done”. They are highly intelligent, motivated, organized, and generally driven people.

Pitta hours are when productivity can happen less effortlessly. The internal fire is burning brightest at this time – both in the body and in the mind.

I’m speaking here more about productivity in terms of performing jobs where we need to put our thinking caps on. Meetings generally flow better during Pitta hours.

Productivity in terms of a more physical aspect (working construction, for example) is best achieved during the Kapha hours of the day – 6:00 am-10:00 pm. Kapha is the dosha of stamina, stability, and strength.

Of course, not everyone working a job that needs a strong engagement of the mind has the luxury of beginning their work day at 10:00 am. But knowing that this energy is strongest during Pitta hours may help you work towards using those hours to your benefit.

This principle applies to all of us – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha alike – because we all have each of the doshas, in varying degrees, in our constitution.

And it relates as well to our personal time. Those dreaded tasks like doing our taxes are best tackled during Pitta hours, rather than evening Kapha hours when the slow nature of that dosha is getting us ready for sleep.

The second block of Pitta hours is 10:00 pm.-2:00 am. This time is also a productive time, but not an awake type of productivity. It’s the time in our cycle when the liver, a major Pitta organ, begins the process of detoxification.

If we’re awake during these hours (as so many Pitta-type night owls are), the energy needed by the liver will be diluted by energy spent watching TV, reading, working on the computer, etc. etc.

In essence, we are robbing the liver of vital energy needed to do its job, and our body will suffer greatly from our stubborn insistence on staying up during this time period.

10:00 am-2:00 pm. is the time of the “second wind” which most highly Pitta-types can’t seem to resist. This is when they come alive. I generally get eye-rolls when I suggest a 10:00 bedtime.

But if you bear in mind that those are precious sleep hours for the body – when that torn ligament wants to repair itself, or excess fat needs burning, or our brain needs resting – it just might nudge you into the habit of heading to bed by 10:00 p.m.

A much healthier option is to get to bed early and wake up in the wee hours of the morning. 2:00-6:00 am. are Vata hours. Our body would get the necessary repair time and would benefit from the Vata energy which is both highly creative and spiritual (this is why it’s also a great time to meditate).

This is all just food for thought in our busy lives. We get so caught up in our modern ways that we sometimes forget the ancient innate wisdom of our bodies.

I know that when I pay greater attention to the natural cycles of my day, things seem to work out smoother and I’m able to get things accomplished with less effort.

Letting Pitta hours work for us in a positive, productive way can help eliminate a lot of stress in our body and in our mind. Give it a try!

Much love,

Additional Resource:

Live With the Natural Cycles – John Douillard’s Life Spa

About the Author

Barbara Sinclair is a weekly Writer for CLN. She is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of health and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. You can learn more about her by visiting her website barbarasinclair.com.

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How The Human Heart Can and Does Affect the Earth’s Electromagnetic Field

I recently attended the Gregg Braden workshop at Creative Living Fellowship in Phoenix, AZ. If any of you are unfamiliar with who Gregg is, he’s been a pioneer of Truth for many years who’s bridging the gap between science and spirituality. He’s had an impressive career as a computer geologist, is a prominent author of many best-sellers and has even spoken in front of the United Nations. So, if any of you follow me often, you know I’m a HUGE fan of Gregg’s! What I took away most from this workshop was the incredible amount of hard evidence he was able to provide around this relatively new area of study; at least as far as mainstream science is concerned.

During his presentation, Gregg went over the current studies being done by the Heart Math Institute that are measuring the electromagnetic field of the human heart and also how it changes in the presence of loving, calm energy versus fear induced energy! He demonstrated this by having an unsuspecting volunteer connect to the Heart Math’s software via a tiny earpiece that collects various data about your heart-rate. He first had her consciously drop into her heart. Then, he would do something to spontaneously put the volunteer on the spot and make her feel a little out of her comfort zone. To be able to visually see the amount of mind/body coherence taking place within this woman, and how the two were in full communication the entire time was absolutely incredible!

Furthermore, he explained that the GCI, or Global Coherence Initiative has actually embedded sensors deep into the Earth that are logging changes in the electromagnetic field when people are consciously coming together to drop into their hearts. Even the effect of lowering crime can now be recorded when people are meditating together with the intention to send love and healing to those areas most affected by high crime. And there’s evidence from these studies that when big global events occur (as in the day of 9-11), we  clearly see a jump in the Earth’s electromagnetic field in response to human beings putting out intense emotional responses through their hearts around one single event, situation, group of people or environment. To me, this is solid proof we are all connected and all effect one another on so many levels.

The GCI’s mission statement is as follow: “The Global Coherence Initiative is an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. GCI conducts groundbreaking research on the interconnection between humanity and Earth’s magnetic fields and energetic systems.” (Source: https://www.heartmath.org/gci/ )

This technology and research is paving the way for a new understanding, or do I dare say a “recollection” of the sacred connection between energetic fields in our Universe. Specifically those of our Sun and Mother Earth and how they each affect human consciousness and cognitive behavior. While this connection has always been well-known among the ancients and aborigines, mainstream science has only begun to ask the right questions in recent years.

Scientists know Earth’s resonant frequencies approximate those of the brain, heart and autonomic nervous system, and studies show surprising relationships between health and behavior and solar and geomagnetic activity. Findings support GCI’s hypothesis that Earth’s magnetic field carries important biological information linking living systems. -HearthMath.Org

The more we learn about energy via Quantum Physics as well as the power generated by the human heart, the more I believe people will begin to really pay attention to things such as their moods, tones, of voice, self-talk, negative thoughts, and just in how we treat ourselves and one another in general. There is a wave of awareness sweeping the globe and it’s happening through our hearts! And yet remains the lingering human need to always see it before we believe it; well, this branch of the spirit-science based community of research is finally allowing us to do just that.

And just think of how this is positively contributing to the existing shift in human consciousness! Not only is the scale tipping back to center, but we can actually measure the energy involved in the entire process! With the likes of Gregg Braden and other leading pioneers in this community, we will intend to see in the not too distant future, a world we may not recognize at first, but will eventually remember as our true, natural state of being… one that exists in harmony. One that is in BALANCE. 🙂


Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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A Rippling Reflection: Impulsive Reaction vs. Intuitive Creation

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw


I was doodling the other day as I often do and for some reason saw myself drawing the word “CREATE” with little blurbs of things I am currently manifesting in my life. Things such as healing a toothache I’ve had for a few weeks, having a safe flight next week on my trip to Indianapolis, and allowing myself more peace in my day-to-day happenings…

While my pen and makers stroked and played with the paper, I suddenly realized that the word “REACT” was staring back at me. I love word puzzles and games and so I’m convinced my brain does this automatically, lol but for some reason this time it hit me like a ton of bricks. If only for the amazing correlation between the level/lack of happiness living a creative life vs. that of a reactive one!

Let me explain…I am HUGE into Alchemy and the Hermetic Arts and so again my mind is used to thinking in ways beyond the constraints of duality. In fact, I think that even subconsciously, everything I take in I am on some kind of level trying to make sense of it, bring balance to it, center it, bring it into focus, etc. (if it isn’t already of course…and that in itself can be different perceptually from person to person, energy to energy, this is just my personal account on it.)

So at this particular moment of seeing the word “REACT” staring back at me from my literal doodle I just “CREATE(D)”, my mind immediately thought of the Hermetic Principle of “As Above, So Below…” and I realized right then and there that reaction is the shadow per se of creation.

To explain a bit further, there is a saying that says something like if we are living in love (creative life) our inner world determines what state the outer world appears to us, and if we are living in fear (reactive life) our outer world then takes control and determines the state of our inner world.

PFFF….MIND BLOWN! It begins to make clear why the Government, Church, etc. immediately teach us as children that we are weak, disempowered, and know basically nothing. We come into the world as blank slates to be drawn upon; clay to be molded. It allows me to make sense of why I could never ask or have answered the questions I wished to in Sunday school, for it empowered me and made me realize I didn’t need a “middle-man” to speak to or interact with God. And apparently, since that would put the Church out of business, they don’t seem to like that very much.

The Government is also key in shaping our beliefs that we must get our idea and opinion of who we really are and should be from the mass media, our peers, parents, and basically anyone but ourselves. The motto growing up seems to be, “Embrace uniqueness but be like everyone else. Be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you-you’re not good enough! But wait…what are you doing? No! You’re doing it wrong, not like that!”

No wonder kids are so confused as if puberty and it’s army of raging hormones weren’t enough! We go onto literally be trained to give up our power of intuitive and imaginative thought. And this is vital to soulful expression and creation of who we are. In fact, to NOT allow children to figure out things they like and enjoy and wish to study rather than forcing them to focus on a particular subject or sport, etc. to me is what I call spiritual abuse and it’s just as valid in my experience as physical, mental, and emotional abuse as distorting or even killing one’s own unique spirit leaves scars for the rest of your life.

Therefore, I love to teach others how to get back in touch with those parts of ourselves that we were told were not okay, good enough, had to go, etc. because to be expressed would end up in disappointing parents, teachers, etc. and bring on feelings of guilt and shame (which are USELESS emotions used only for manipulation). This is not to say that remorse and empathy are not absolutely necessary for true growth, but no one deserves to feel undeserving of their own existence and we need to realize that these emotions serve a very small, ego-driven purpose, so be careful next time you “guilt trip” someone. Karma does come back, even when you think it’s an innocent or small request.

Be mindful of your energy and intentions and as long as you come from your heart, it will show in your creations. It is when we surrender our power over to beliefs, other people, etc. that we literally are driving blind and allowing these outer factors to always keep us in either a subconscious or unconscious panic state on some level. In one or many areas of your life, if you are NOT actively showing up by thinking and focusing on what you want (instead of what you do not), being the person who wants these things by acting like it, thinking about it, talking about it, etc. and finally taking action and doing things to make them happen, then you are always allowing yourself the opportunity to play victim in your life, and who wants that?

I have come to find that while it’s easy to bitch and moan to get short-term feelings of accomplishment, nothing compares to the feeling of gratitude and inner trust of yourself and the Universe as a whole that comes with thinking, being and doing consistently to connect and engage with their visions and dreams, rather than always keeping it at arm’s length. It’s fun to reach for the stars, but what would you do if you actually caught one? 🙂


tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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Dr. Mercola: Are Happy People Healthier? (Plus, How You Can Cultivate Happiness)

Article Source: Mercola.com


  • Research is showing that being happy may directly affect your health, even helping you to live longer — after controlling for lifestyle factors
  • People who were happier had a lower risk of developing a cold or flu, and they also reported fewer symptoms than their unhappy peers
  • Experiencing emotional well-being, along with positive dispositions like life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism and a sense of humor, is associated with increased survival in healthy people, including reduced cardiovascular mortality
  • Prioritizing and turning gross national happiness into policy could have far-reaching implications for global health

By Dr. Mercola

Being happy feels great, both mentally and physically, and it’s often said that happy people are physically healthier than their unhappy peers. However, there are a number of reasons why this could be. Happy people may be more likely to eat healthy, exercise and engage in stress-relieving activities, all of which will affect overall health, for instance.

Unhappy people may be more inclined to binge on junk food or alcohol or spend their leisure time sitting on the couch instead of being active, contributing to ill health on both mental and physical levels. What’s intriguing, though, is research showing that being happy may directly affect your health, even helping you to live longer — after controlling for lifestyle factors.

So, someone who’s typically happy and content may enjoy better physical health than someone on the other end of the happiness spectrum, even if both people eat the same diet, exercise the same and have similar sleeping habits. The question researchers are now looking into is, why?

Happy People Less Likely to Get Colds and Flu

Being exposed to a virus like the common cold or flu is not a guarantee that you’ll become sick. Instead, your immune system largely dictates whether or not the exposure actually makes you sick. It turns out that your “emotional style” also plays a role in your susceptibility to the common cold.

Researchers assessed more than 300 people for their emotional style, including how often they tended to experience positive emotions (happiness, pleasure, relaxation) and negative emotions(anxiety, hostility, depression).1 They were then exposed to one of two cold viruses, which was dripped directly into their nose.

For both viruses, people who were happier had a lower risk of developing a cold. Specifically, one-third of those with a negative emotional style (NES) came down with a cold, compared to 1 in 5 of those with a positive emotional style (PES). The researchers explained:2

“Although PES was associated with lower levels of endocrine hormones and better health practices, these differences could not account for different risks for illness … The tendency to experience positive emotions was associated with greater resistance to objectively verifiable colds. PES was also associated with reporting fewer unfounded symptoms and NES with reporting more.”

A separate study assessed nearly 200 volunteers for their emotional style and then exposed them to either a cold virus or a flu virus. Not only were the positive people less likely to become ill but they also reported fewer symptoms. “These results indicate that PES may play a more important role in health than previously thought,” the researchers noted.3

Emotional Well-Being May Help You Live Longer

Experiencing emotional well-being, positive mood, joy, happiness, vigor, energy and other measures of “positive affect,” along with positive dispositions like life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism and a sense of humor, is associated with increased survival in healthy people, including reduced cardiovascular mortality.4

Further, people with diseases, including renal failure and HIV, and positive psychological well-being also had reduced death rates, suggesting once again that happiness may indeed be protective over your physical health. As for why, researchers wrote in the Journal of Personality:5

“At the biological level, cortisol output has been consistently shown to be lower among individuals reporting positive affect, and favorable associations with heart rate, blood pressure, and inflammatory markers such as interleukin-6 have also been described.

Importantly, these relationships are independent of negative affect and depressed mood, suggesting that positive affect may have distinctive biological correlates that can benefit health.”

For example, a review of more than 200 studies found that positive psychological well-being is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, as well as lower blood pressure, normal body weight and healthier blood fat profiles.6 For those 60 and over, happiness is also linked with improved mobility and a lower risk of developing a disability over an eight-year period.7

Researchers at UCLA even showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses, which could further bolster your physical health and longevity.8

Prioritizing ‘Gross National Happiness’ Could Promote Global Health

The more that happiness and other measures of positive psychology become recognized as valid promotors of good health, the more it makes sense to promote happiness as part of public health policy. In industrialized countries like the U.S., however, there is a tendency to link happiness with material wealth, even though residents of the richest countries are not necessarily the happiest.

Measuring happiness on a more rounded scale is therefore necessary to gauge true emotional well-being, and adopting goals to increase these happiness measures worldwide could improve public health.

The idea of promoting populationwide happiness and well-being is not a novel one, as it’s already been implemented in Bhutan, where it’s prioritized even over economic development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Bulletin:9

“Bhutan was the first country in the world to pursue happiness as a state policy. The Bhutanese concept of happiness is deeper than the common meaning of happiness in industrialized countries.

The philosophy of gross national happiness has several dimensions: it is holistic, recognizing people’s spiritual, material, physical or social needs; it emphasizes balanced progress; it views happiness as a collective phenomenon; it is both ecologically sustainable, pursuing well-being for both current and future generations, and equitable, achieving a fair and reasonable distribution of well-being among people.”

WHO believes that turning gross national happiness into policy could have far-reaching implications for global health, and such trends seem to be increasing, including in Europe, where measuring people’s well-being over economic production has been suggested.

Further, WHO noted, “Following a resolution proposed by Bhutan, the United Nations convened a high level meeting at which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for development outcomes that value and measure happiness and well-being.”10

Happiness Affects Everything From Your Endocrine System to Wound Healing

In a review of more than 20 literature reviews and 150 studies, researchers from the University of Utah have compiled many intriguing ways in which happiness or, as they call it, subjective well-being, influences human health. Among them:11

Cardiovascular system — Subjective well-being is linked to cardiovascular functioning, cardiovascular events and cardiovascular mortality.

Immune system — Positive emotions may influence immune activity via endocrine, behavioral and other factors.

Endocrine system — Subjective well-being may alter hormones. For instance, positive mood may lower levels of cortisol while negative mood may be associated with rising blood glucose levels, suggesting it may alter insulin levels.

“The endocrine changes are relevant to the cardiovascular and immune changes discussed above,” the researchers noted.

“Sympathetic altering hormones (catecholamines) and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal cortical axis hormones such as cortisol play a role in regulating these other systems, and may be an early step in SWB [subjective well-being] altering the healthinfluencing mechanisms.”12

Wound healing — Wounds may heal faster in people with greater subjective well-being, while patients may heal faster after surgery if they have greater life satisfaction. Meanwhile, married couples in conflict had wounds that healed more slowly than those in a supportive relationship.

Lead author Edward Diener, professor of social psychology at the University of Utah, told Time that there’s “almost no doubt” that happiness and health are connected, adding:13

“People are doing a lot of things to stay healthy; they’re jogging, riding their bikes, eating fruits and vegetables … We want to remind people that there’s one more thing you need to work on that can also have a big effect on your physical and emotional well-being … Learning to enjoy your work, being more grateful and having really positive relationships are important, too.”

Positive Attributes That Can Make You Healthier

The effects of mental well-being may be so strong when it comes to physical health that even children who have a more positive outlook may enjoy better health in adulthood, according to Harvard School of Public Health researcher Laura Kubzansky. Certain attributes in particular appear to be particularly beneficial for preventing or managing health conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes and depression, including:14

  • Emotional vitality, which involves a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement
  • Optimism, or having the outlook that good things will happen (Kubzansky found optimistic people may cut their risk of coronary heart disease in half15)
  • Strong social support from friends and family
  • Strong self-regulation, including the ability to be resilient in stressful times, choose a healthy lifestyle and avoid risky behaviors

Kubzansky believes your go-to psychological state may be 40 to 50 percent genetic. In another study of nearly 1,000 pairs of adult twins, researchers at the University of Edinburgh also suggested that genes account for about 50 percent of the variation in people’s levels of happiness.16

The underlying determinant was genetically caused personality traits, such as being sociable, active, stable, hardworking or conscientious. But while some people may be naturally happier than others, there’s still a lot of room for change, for better or worse, and it’s very possible to cultivate happiness.

How to Cultivate Happiness

You may be in the midst of an unhappy time in your life, in which it feels virtually impossible to “turn off” the sadness or anxiety. Keep in mind that everyone feels negative emotions sometimes, and it’s not always possible to change them with the flip of a switch.

That being said, it is possible to make small, steady changes that may ultimately help to cultivate more happiness in your life. Make a point to show gratitude, for instance, by starting a gratitude journal and reflecting each morning on what you’re thankful for.

Research showed that when study participants engaged in a gratitude intervention consisting of a gratitude diary and grateful reflection four times a week for three weeks it led to improvements in measures of depression, stress and happiness.17

Simple steps like writing thank-you notes and smiling and hugging others can also help you to get in touch with your sense of gratitude, as can the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). The video below shows you how to tap specifically for gratitude.

mindfulness intervention, consisting of a mindfulness diary and mindfulness meditation, led to similar improvements),18 and this is another tenet of happiness as it helps you to live in the present moment, not focused on past regrets or future worries. Kubzansky, the Harvard researcher, uses playing the piano to help stay in the moment.

“When I’m playing piano,” she said in a news release, “I’m in the moment. I’m not worrying or thinking or trying to work out a problem. I’m just doing this thing that takes all my attention … Everyone needs to find a way to be in the moment, to find a restorative state that allows them to put down their burdens.”19

Happiness is also about identifying and having a sense of purpose. The term “eudaimonic well-being” originated with Aristotle and describes the form of happiness that comes from activities that bring you a greater sense of purpose, life meaning or self-actualization.

This could be your career or your family, or it could be gleaned from volunteering or learning a new skill. Ultimately, the more positive changes you can make to tend to your mental health — such as taking time for yourself each day, appreciating the simple pleasures in life and making connections with friends and family — the better your physical health will become.

The Great Distinction Between Conscious Awareness and Human Experience

We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the moment, but what about staying calm in the moment? Why’s that so much more difficult to not just master, but simply pull off here and there when you really need it? Well, for starters it is because most of us are not taught the actual truth of who we really are as children. And it’s this “not knowing” that is the root cause of all fears and anxiety we experience in life. As they always say, once you face fears, they dissipate…

We are taught as children that we are merely this skin and these bones and these thoughts in our minds and perhaps even that when we die that we literally “end”. But science and spirituality are finally beginning to play nice, and when we allow their principles to work together, they now show us that like the energy we are, we never truly end, we merely transform.

No matter what we’re taught; chances are good that most of our parents were not aware of the Truth that we are this pure energy of conscious awareness; that we are ALL the awareness that is actually moving this skin and these bones and these thoughts. We are what is inside or rather behind these going’s on in our physicality and mental worlds. Yet we are not OF them. We are the Force.

I recently watched a video presented by the awesome Deepak Chopra and he explained where human consciousness resides in such a way that even if you are new to the topic, you can easily grasp the understanding. He explained it so beautifully, it was actually his words that inspired me to write about this very topic this week. He states that human experience comes and goes, while conscious awareness is unending; infinite…it is YOU.

Experiences, that is, everything occurring outside of yourself in our perceptual reality, is the stuff that we think “happens to us”. And while we consider our experiences to be that which shape and mold us throughout our lives, if we zoom out a bit and see the entire picture (pun totally intended), we see that it is our perceptions of those experiences that have in fact done the shaping. How we’ve reacted and responded to life is ultimately what determined what life threw at us next. Well, isn’t that curious? 🙂

This bring up a vital reminder in how important it is to be directing your life rather than simply reacting to it. When we live on auto-pilot, sure life will continue to just “happen” and experiences will come and go, but we will not have consciously played a pro-active role in determining the shape our lives take; and I’m sorry, but that’s a huge waste of your gifts, talents and abilities.

When the great sages, monks and gurus speak of “going within”, this is why they repeat themselves into an eternal meditation with these words…because it’s literally the greatest advice you can offer another human being. It’s like opening the floodgates of Creational wisdom, pointing the way and letting them carve their own path; which one must always do to obtain that wisdom meant only for them.

When we go within and turn our awareness upon ourselves, a funny thing happens. You begin to tune into what I can only call the Divine Silence which is ever-present and eternal. It is here where you can find that inner peace the Zen Masters alike find Oneness within, by going through this Silence; and ultimately becoming this Silence, only to realize they were this Silence all along.

Which brings me back to Deepak and how he explained perhaps the simplest way I’ve ever heard to help someone unattach from an emotionally heated reaction to an experience and to disown any baggage from it that is weighing you down. He asks you to imagine that experiences are fleeting, linear, they come and they go; they are temporary and reside in 3-D space-time reality. Consciousness, however is infinite, eternal, timeless, unbound, no beginning and no end and does not reside in time-space.

Therefore, he suggested that to help you stop responding to things so emotionally or from being so attached to things, you can start to make little changes like this…

Instead of saying, “I’m hungry…” say “I’m aware of the sensation of hunger…”

Instead of thinking, “This is really scary…” think “I’m aware of this fear…”

This will help you stay in your awareness, in the present moment (which is your power), without attachment to the experience itself! This gives you so much more freedom in how you choose to (or not to) respond/react to experiences in life. This can help you go from living on auto-pilot to being the conscious creator being you were meant to be!

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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The Chemistry of Love with Dr Bruce Lipton

Source: Uplift

Can love really make us healthier? Dr. Bruce Lipton shares a powerful insight.

Stress Relief with Yoga Nidra

You are more powerful than you can imagine, with much more control over how your life plays out than perhaps you realize.

Ancient wisdom teaches us that if we were to understand our True Self, we would see that we are no different than the thing we are searching for (Gayatri Mantra). These teachings may be easy to understand but may take a lifetime to realize.

Stress is one of the ways we identify with something other than our True Self. Sourcing Your True Power means, in part, to experience your True Self–boundless equanimity and pure Awareness– and understand the transient nature of things like stress.

Experiencing your True Self is to experience the part of you that is larger than stress, to see things like stress with a broad perspective while resting in the ground of your deepest Being. This ability to experience your True Self decimates the power that stress has over you and puts you in control of your life.

I know of no better method of managing stress than by practicing Yoga NidraYoga Nidra is an ancient practice, like yoga, but is performed like a guided meditation, usually lying down with eyes closed, relaxed, but in a deep concentration. It’s often referred to as waking sleep. Yoga Nidra is the process of becoming aware of the changeable parts of our being (body, thoughts, emotions, etc.) as the vehicle to uncover our underlying Awareness. Yoga Nidra is the practice of identifying as Awareness itself.

You’ll find that as you regularly practice connecting with your True Self through practices like Yoga Nidra, stress won’t come as often and when it does, it won’t feel as intense because you’re identified as Awareness which is experiencing itself through the momentary feeling of stress instead of identifying as stress itself.

The Practice of Yoga Nidra is a a method of understanding your True Self which is profoundly effective, incredibly simple, and yet deeply relaxing. By practicing Yoga Nidra, you learn to Source Your True Power by experiencing the part of you that is larger than things like stress. With this knowledge, you no longer identify with things like stress. You may feel stress once in a while but by practicing Yoga Nidra, you’ll feel stress less often and less intensely.

While Yoga Nidra is simple and relaxing to experience, understanding its method and teaching is very complicated. I’ve spent the most part of a decade mastering the teaching of Yoga Nidra by practice, study, and teaching. I’ve also had the privilege of studying with some of the worlds finest teachers in Yoga Nidra.

I’m passionate about Yoga Nidra because for me it has been the single most influential practice to help me understand my Self, the Universe, and my place in the Universe. One of my missions on this earth is to share Yoga Nidra with YOU so that you too can experience its transformative power and life and extraordinary life.

I’ve had the privilege to teach Yoga Nidra to hundreds of people and have received dozens of stirring testimonials about the profound benefits my students have received through Yoga Nidra.

Please take a look at this Stress Free learning module designed to manage stress through the relaxing power of Yoga Nidra. With the tools you’ll learn in this module, you’ll know how to immediately respond to feelings of stress so they don’t spiral out of control. That’s Sourcing Your True Power!

May you use this ancient tool found in this free learning module to quickly and effectively Source Your True Power by realizing your True Self and by eliminating stress in your life and through its practice may you discover that you can accomplish anything you desire, that you truly are the divine Universe itself.

Click here if you are interested in tapping your untold potential with the help of my online Yoga Nidra course: Sourcing Your True Power.

Yoga Nidra: Sourcing Your True Power

Yoga Nidra: Sourcing Your True Power

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in Salt Lake City, Utah and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.

How Are Universal Frequencies Affecting You This Week (September 3-9, 2018)?

By Robert G. O’Leary and Sharry Edwards | The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Soundhealth

Editor’s Note: We have all read astrological predictions & some swear by, and plan their lives around, them. Well, not only are the “stars” affecting you; “universal frequencies” (a/k/a “BioAcoustic Keynotes”), are too.

How do they work? Well, everything in your body, and what we put into it, has a numeric frequency (a Frequency Equivalent (TM), or FE, for short). The body is incredibly system-redundant, as shown by how 1 pressure point can address symptoms in different body parts & systems. So, 1 FE can correspond to a muscle & biochemical simultaneously, such as an inability to open a pickle jar tends to indicate a weak lower thumb muscle & also correlates to zinc. Presenting that 1 FE will improve the performance of both.

Light is also expressed as frequency. So when we discuss this, we can say the following: Universal Frequency/BioAcoustic Key Note = a color = a Frequency Equivalent of a body part and/or biochemical/pathogen/toxin. Right now, the Universal Frequency is still in the color, Yellow Green, represented by the end of the note of F & astrologically we are in the sign of Virgo. This means that we are in the 3rd to 4th part of the color scheme of ROYGBIV. See how this affects YOU by reading below! We would love to hear how and whether anything in our weekly column resonates with how you feel during the week. If so, please leave a comment in the comments section below.

Muscles affected this week:

C-5: is one of your vertebrae, which sits at the bottom of your neck. It acts through the nerve connections, with your vocal cords, neck glands, and pharynx. Because of these connections, and depending upon your brain dominance, you may feel these muscles weaker or stronger this week. Those who use their voices a lot for public speaking or singing, et al, would do well to take more time with your vocal exercises in order to help them to serve you well this week.

You may also find that you experience hoarseness or a sore throat this week. It may feel like you are coming down with something, but these may pass as the week progresses. Source: “Interactive Spine” 

Interspinales: We take the spine for granted, but it is made up of a significant number of muscles and nerves which enable it to support us physically and in so many other ways. There are layers of muscles in your back that attach to, and around, the spine, called superficial, intermediate, and deep, respectively. The interspinales muscles are in the deep muscle group. It is part of a subgroup, called the “segmental muscles” (as opposed to the spinotransversales, erector spinae/transversospinales and suboccipital muscles in the deep muscle group). The segmental muscles connects between different spinal segments on either side in line with what they call the “interspinous ligament”. The interspinales muscles are found in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar region and can be found in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions, meaning most of your back (only omitting the sacral vertebrae). Source: “Interspinales”

Platysma is a muscle, we’ve talked about before, and that runs from below your upper chest and deltoid up to the bottom of your face. It can lower the jaw, works in part to bring down the lower lip and form a melancholic expression or grimace. Source: “Platysma muscle”

Semispinalis Thoracis: Another back muscle – this one originates from the Sixth Throacic Vertebrae and extends to the Cervical 6th Vertebrae, which is about half of the back and the first part of the neck. This large muscle allows us to extend the cervical part of the spine (i.e., your neck) and the thoracic section of your back. It also allows us to flex those same parts of the body side-to-side as well as to rotate them. Source: “Semispinalis Throacis Muscle”

T-10: is one of your vertebrae which sits in your middle back region. It acts through nerve connections to influence our kidneys. Dysfunction in this area may bring on kidney issues, hardening of your arteries, chronic fatigue, and conditions called pyelitis and nephritis. Source: “Interactive Spine” 

Supraspinatus: This muscle assists your deltoid (one of the shoulder muscles) to begin the action of abducting the arm at joint of the shoulder (a joint called the glenohumeral joint). It also assists with keeping the shoulder stabilized. One of the trigger points for this muscle is active this week. Source: “Supraspinatus Muscles”

Latissimus Dorsi: is flat and large muscle that connects between the back of the arm and the back, one which is partly covered by the trapezius muscle. The word latissimus dorsi (which is pluralized as latissimi dorsi) is a Latin word which means the “broadest [muscle] of the back”, and is colloquially called “lats,” a usage you will especially hear around workout centers.

This muscle is responsible for such motions as “extensionadduction, transverse extension also known as horizontal abduction, flexion from an extended position, and (medial) internal rotation of the shoulder joint. It also has a synergistic role in extension and lateral flexion of the lumbar spine.”

This muscle is one of the muscles used while doing pull ups, at which time it will also affect the movement of the scapulae. This muscle can be trained for increased strength, power, or size with such exercises as pull-downs and pull-ups (a/k/a chin-ups), rowing exercises, pull-overs, deadlifts, and lat pull-ins. Source: “Latissimus Dorsi Muscle” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latissimus_dorsi_muscle

Serratus Anterior: is a muscle that sits under the arms and just behind the chest muscles. It functions to pull the scapula forward around the thorax, so it counters the motion of the rhomboid muscle. It also acts on the scapula to help to elevate the arm and works with the scapula and rhomboids to help with breathing. One helpful way to think about this muscle is as the “big swing muscle” or “boxer’s muscle” as it is mostly responsible for protraction of the scapula, meaning it pulls it forward and around your rib cage in order to help you to throw a punch. Lastly, this very useful muscle allows us to lift a weight up and overhead by coordinating with our trapezius muscles. The trigger point for this muscle is active this week. Source: “Serratus Anterior Muscle”

Quadrate of Loins a/k/a Lumbar Quadrate Muscle: Some muscles are just so big that their striations relate to different Frequency Equivalents (FEs) [TM]. The Deltoid Muscle is another muscle that has numerous striations and has their Frequency Equivalents generally clustered in a certain range of frequencies.

So, if you have issues with the Quadrate of Loins in general, you may have been “feeling” that muscle quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. Likewise, those with shoulder issues will “feel” that muscle when we enter the time of year in which the Frequency Equivalents of the deltoid cluster roll around.

This is also a muscle which originates from the iliac crest, the lower lumbar vertebrae, and the iliolumbar ligament, and inserts on the higher end into the twelfth rib and upper lumbar vertebrae. It receives its neural (i.e., nerve) energy from the so-called “upper lumbar nerve.” This muscle functions to abduct the trunk of the body. Source: “Lumbar Quadrate Muscle”

Rectus Abdominus: This is a large muscle in your abdomen that countervails the action of your diaphragm, but it does so much more, as indicated by www.innerbodyimage.com, a website, in the following quote:

The rectus abdominis muscles, commonly referred to as the “abs,” are a pair of long, flat muscles that extend vertically along the entire length of the abdomen adjacent to the umbilicus. Each muscle consists of a string of four fleshy muscular bodies connected by narrow bands of tendon, which give it a lumpy appearance when well defined and tensed. This lumpy appearance results in the rectus abdominis muscles being referred to as the “six-pack.”
The name rectus abdominis comes from the Latin words for “straight” and “abdominal,” indicating that its fibers run in a straight vertical line through the abdominal region of the body.

The rectus abdominis has its origins along the superior edge of the pubis bone and the pubic symphysis in the pelvis. Its insertions are at the inferior edges of the costal cartilages of the fifth through seventh ribs and at the xiphoid process of the sternum. A covering of connective tissue known as the rectus sheath surrounds the rectus abdominis muscles and provides attachment points for the internal and external oblique muscles that flank them on both sides. Between the rectus abdominis muscles is a thick mass of white fibrous connective tissue called the linea alba that unites the abdominal muscles of the left and right sides.

The rectus abdominis muscle performs the important task of flexing the torso and spine in the abdominal region. It does this by pulling the ribcage closer to the pelvis. The rectus abdominis can also tense to contract the abdomen without moving the torso, as in sucking in one’s gut. Contraction of the abdomen results in increased pressure within the abdominopelvic cavity and is useful to push substances out of the body during exhalation, defecation, and urination. Source: “Rectus Abdominis Muscle” 

Pyramidalis: a small muscle in the lower abdomen behind the Rectus Abdominus that is absent in about 1 in 5 human beings (Source: “Pyramidalis”);

S-5: is a part of your sacral vertebrae or sacrum. It acts through the nerve connections, to influence your bum and hip bones. Dysfunction in this area may manifest as sacroiliac conditions. Source: “Interactive Spine” https://www.chiroone.net

Vastus Intermedius: is a muscle which begins at the front and side surfaces of the upper 2/3’s of the femur bone, and sits under the rectus femoris muscle and from the lower area of the lateral intermuscular septum. It stops deep inside of the quadriceps femoris muscle’s tendon.

This muscle runs parallel to the vastus medialis muscle and sometimes look like they are together as the same muscle.

This muscle is a part of the so-called quadriceps muscle, abbreviated as “quads.” Yet, it is one of the harder to stretch muscles, particularly once you have flexed your knee fully. It is a deeper muscle than the vastus lateralis and vastus medialis, making it harder to massage than the other two muscles. Source: “Vastus Intermedius Muscle” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vastus_intermedius_muscle

Lumbricales: muscles of the hand working to facilitate certain hand movement, such as the upswing in handwriting and these muscles are unique in that they connect to tendons and not to bone (Source: “Lumbricales of the hand” ).

In our biochemicals section, we have a cell salt (one of a set of biochemicals which I find fascinating), an often used and impactful amino acid, an enzyme, as well as one of the most popular probiotics. Lastly, it contains one of the most popular vitamins on the market, Vitamin C.

Biochemicals in stress this week:

Potassium Phosphate Cell Salt: We have not seen cell salts in a while. Not often talked about in general, or even alternative media, they are really amazing. Little tiny pills work from the cellular level to support your body, in its efforts to self-maintain and self-heal, in so many different ways. This particular cell salt works particularly in the nerves and muscles of the body, helping the body to address such things as nervousness (from the mundane type up to the level of nervousness that affects organs of the body, such as so-called “nervous heart trouble”), melancholy, and sleep discomfort, as well as learning disorders.  Source: “No. 5. (6) Potassium phosphate – Kali Phos”

Arginine: This is an amino acid that has been found to have a powerful impact on several body
systems and is used in certain medications (Ibuprofen) and in the following medical treatments:

-Congestive heart failure;
-Chest pain;
-High blood pressure;
-Coronary artery disease; -Intermittent claudication (leg pain due to blocked arteries);
-Chemotherapy; and
-Fighting weight loss in AIDS patients;
-Reducing infections;
-improving would healing;
-Shortening recovery time after surgery;
-In the elderly, decreased mental capacity (i.e., senile dementia);
-Erectile Dysfunction; and
-Male Infertility

Others use it for the following purposes:

-Preventing the common cold;
-Improving kidney function after having a kidney transplant;
-Pre-eclampsia (i.e., high blood pressure during pregnancy);
-Improvement of athletic performance;
-topically, to speed up would healing;
-topically, to increase blood flow in cold hands and feet, particularly for diabetes sufferers;
-topically, for men and women with sexual problems;
-Boosting of the immune system function; and
-Preventing inflammation in the digestive tract of premature infants.

It reportedly works by being converted by your body into another chemical, nitric oxide, which opens your blood vessels wider to improve the flow of blood and lower pressure and by stimulating a release of human growth hormone, insulin and other beneficial chemicals in the body. Source: “L-Arginine”

Lactobacillus Acidophilus: is a type of “friendly” bacteria, one of many. Found in yogurts and dietary supplements, as well as our digestive urinary and genital tracts, it is utilized to aid in addressing the following:

-Lactose Intolerance;
-Crohn’s Disease;
-Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
-Inflammation in the colon;
-H Pylori;
-Necrotizing Enterocolitis;
-Vaginal yeast infection & UTIs;
-Childhood respiratory infections;
-Fever blisters;
-Canker sores;
-High cholesterol;
-Lyme Disease;
-Boost the immune system; and
-The common cold in adults. Source: “Lactobacillus” 

Ascorbate (a/k/a Vitamin C): one of the important vitamins in our Recommended Daily Allowance List and also used by some beneficially in far larger doses, intravenously and orally. Source: “Vitamin C” 

Amylase: is an enzyme that you don’t hear much about. Here is more about it:

Amylase /ˈæmɪleɪz/ is an enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of starch into sugars. Amylase is present in the saliva of humans and some other mammals, where it begins the chemical process of digestion. Foods that contain large amounts of starch but little sugar, such as rice and potatoes, may acquire a slightly sweet taste as they are chewed because amylase degrades some of their starch into sugar. The pancreas and salivary gland make amylase (alpha amylase) to hydrolyse dietary starch into disaccharides and trisaccharides which are converted by other enzymes to glucose to supply the body with energy. Plants and some bacteria also produce amylase. As diastase, amylase was the first enzyme to be discovered and isolated (by Anselme Payen in 1833). [1] Specific amylase proteins are designated by different Greek letters. All amylases are glycoside hydrolases and act on α-1,4-glycosidic bonds. Source: “Amylase”

Cis-Aconitic Acid: is one part of the Krebs Cycle (a/k/a the “Citric Acid Cycle” or the “Tricarboxylic Acid”), which is an important body system responsible for energy production-one that the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology and Soundhealth analyzes regularly for its clients with fatigue and other issues. More specific information about this important cycle is as follows:

The Citric Acid Cycle…is a series of chemical reactions used by all aerobic organisms to generate energy through the oxidation of acetate derived from carbohydrates, fats and proteins into carbon dioxide and chemical energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). In addition, the cycle provides precursors of certain amino acids as well as the reducing agent NADH that is used in numerous other biochemical reactions. Its central importance to many biochemical pathways suggests that it was one of the earliest established components of cellular metabolism and may have originated abiogenically.[3][4]

The name of this metabolic pathway is derived from citric acid (a type of tricarboxylic acid) that is consumed and then regenerated by this sequence of reactions to complete the cycle. In addition, the cycle consumes acetate (in the form of acetyl-CoA) and water, reduces NAD+ to NADH, and produces carbon dioxide as a waste byproduct. The NADH generated by the TCA cycle is fed into the oxidative phosphorylation (electron transport) pathway. The net result of these two closely linked pathways is the oxidation of nutrients to produce usable chemical energy in the form of ATP.

In eukaryotic cells, the citric acid cycle occurs in the matrix of the mitochondrion. In prokaryotic cells, such as bacteria which lack mitochondria, the TCA reaction sequence is performed in the cytosol with the proton gradient for ATP production being across the cell’s surface (plasma membrane) rather than the inner membrane of the mitochondrion. Source: “Citric Acid Cycle”

Enkephalin Met-5: is one of the chemicals in our body that help the body deal with pain. Source: “Enkephalin Met-5 Source: Contribution of Endogenous Enkephalins to the Enhanced Analgesic Effects of Supraspinal m Opioid Receptor Agonists after Inflammatory Injury” and Source: “Enkephalin”

Vitamin K: found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, Vitamin K is used to improve blood clotting, prevent and treat weak bones due to osteoporosis, and even counteracts the symptom of itching that victims of the liver disease, biliary cirrhosis, often suffer. Topically it can be used as a cream for spider veins, bruising, scars, rosacea, burns and even stretch marks. Source: Find a Vitamin or Supplement: Vitamin K”

Strontium: is one of the chemical elements, with the symbol Sr, with an atomic number of 38. It is also an alkaline earth metal having a soft, yellowish and silver-white metal which is very reactive chemically. When oxidized, it forms a dark layer. It often bonds with the minerals putnisite, strontianite, and Celestine.

Strontium is stable in its natural state, but has been synthesized to become a radioactive isotope and is one of the most dangerous parts of nuclear testing fallout. On the periodic table, Strontium is a neighbor of calcium which means that it is chemically similar. As such, it is easily absorbed by the body, like calcium. This means that it reaches our bones, where it attaches to the surface. For young children, it can adversely affect bone growth.

This mineral was named by its discoverers, Adair Crawford and William Cruickshank, out of respect for a Scottish village, called Strontian, which was located near the site in which it was discovered in 1790. It has since been used in the processing of beets, cathode ray tubes for television (to block the emission of X-Rays out of television program emissions), faceplate glass, but its use has fallen off since cathode ray tubes and other uses of the element have declined dramatically. One area in which it is still used, in the form of Strontium Salts, where it is used to give fireworks their red color. Source: “Strontium” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strontium

Lipotropin Hormone: This is a hormone you hardly ever hear about. Learn more about it below:

Lipotropin is an amino acid created naturally by the human pituitary gland that functions as a growth hormone. In particular, it stimulates the growth of soft muscle fibers, and can also play a role in proper metabolic functioning. Most healthy people produce the right amounts to facilitate normal growth and development, but the hormone has been synthesized and extracted for use in medications as well, and is often a part of treatment for various developmental and growth issues. People sometimes also take supplements or synthetic versions in order to intentionally grow healthy muscles larger. This practice is perhaps most popular amongst athletes and bodybuilders. Since the hormone is natural it doesn’t usually show up on steroid screens or other doping tests, but excessive use has nevertheless been banned by many professional sporting associations. People sometimes also choose this supplement as a means of countering the natural effects of aging, but results in these cases tend to be mixed.

Secretion Basics: The hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland, which is the hormonal center in healthy humans, and its synthesis can be somewhat complex. In most cases the pituitary gland begins by secreting a substance known as pro-opiomelanocortin, which then splits, or “cleaves,” to form to separate substances: lipotropin and the related hormone adrenocorticotropin. Both are important to human growth, though they perform different roles and in different places. Source: “What is Lipotropin”

Medicines affected this week:

Ampicillin: Ampicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that fights bacteria. Ampicillin is used to treat or prevent many different types of infections such as bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, meningitis, or infections of the stomach or intestines. Source: “What is Ampicilin”

In our pathogens section, we have one of the agents which causes urinary tract infections and a biochemical which causes an infection which can adversely affect your liver.

Pathogens in play this week:

Proteus Mirabilis (2nd Range): While most Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are caused by E. Coli, this pathogen also can cause it. Yet, this pathogen does not seem to occur spontaneously in the typical case, but rather seems to manifest most often in those with long-term catherizations or other interactions with hospital equipment. The following are places in the body it can infect and the symptoms that may accompany the infection:

If this pathogen manifests in the urethra: it can cause increased frequency of urination and pyuria (a high white blood cell urine count that is sometimes accompanied by pus);
If this pathogen moves to the bladder, it can cause back pain, pain above the pubic area, urinary urgency and a high red blood cell urine count (i.e., hematuria), and high blood cell urine count (pyuria-that can sometimes be accompanied by pus);
If this pathogen is present in the kidneys: a kidney infection with nausea and vomiting;
If this pathogen is present in the lungs: pneumonia (i.e., symptoms of chills, fever, pain in the chest and cough);
If this pathogen is present in the prostate: it can cause chills, fever, and prostate in men; and finally
If this pathogen is present in the bloodstream: via the contracting of a wound with an infected surface and may cause sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), which has a mortality rate of 20% to 50%. Source: “Student Presentation on Proteus Mirabilis” 

Hepatitis B a/k/a HBV: is a type of disease which may cause chronic and acute infections, which particularly affect the liver. This type of infectious disease can affect people to various degrees. Such an infection may cause no symptoms, whereas some people may come down with vomiting, excessive fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, and abdominal pain. This can last for as many as a few weeks. Rarely, a person can die from this disease.

As many as 90% of those infected with this virus will have the chronic version of the disease. This means that they will likely have no symptoms, but they may eventually develop liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. Those who contract these diseases can die in 15% to 25% of the cases.

People can get the virus through exchange of body fluids or contact with infected blood, dialysis, living with an infected person, or traveling to an area where it is common. Most people contract the disease via intravenous drug use or sexual intercourse.

This type of virus can reportedly not be contracted through kissing, hugging sneezing, coughing sharing utensils, holding hands or breastfeeding. The virus is detected typically through a blood test.

There has been a vaccine for this virus since 1982, and reportedly works 95% of the time. It is recommended, in many countries, that blood of those giving transfusions be tested for the virus. It is also recommended that condoms be used to prevent spreading the disease. IN addition to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis comes in 4 other strains, Hepatitis A, C, D, and E. Source: “Hepatitis B” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_B

There are no substantial medicines or poisons that are being influenced bioacoustically this week.

As always, if you have any questions about anything we talk about here please let us know at (740) 698-9119.

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England. Robert can be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.

Wisdom Pills: 7 Reasons Life Really Doesn’t Begin Until 40

By Stanti Rao | Wisdom Pills

I vividly remember my mother’s 37th birthday. We had many guests, and the party went on until quite late. Everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves, but all I could think was,” My mother is getting old, hope she doesn’t die.” At that point, 40 seemed so very far away that I couldn’t possibly imagine a day would come when I would reach that ripe old age.

Now I’m older than she was on that day, and do I feel old? Not at all. Actually, I feel like life is just beginning! I am in fact, having the best time of my life. And, I’ve realized that this is the youngest I’ll ever be — time to enjoy my youth.

So what has changed since my childhood? Is it just my perception?

With the increase in life expectancy from 50 in the beginning of the 19thcentury to 80 currently, it is obvious that what we consider old has changed. At 40, we’ve barely lived even half our lives, and myriad possibilities abound ahead.

Having finally reached that defining moment, I can now see things from the other side of the hill, and they don’t look anywhere near as bleak as I had imagined. Sure, there’ve been a few changes in my body — most things travelling south, of course. And my skin is not as taut as it once was, along with a slight thickening around the equatorial region. These things notwithstanding, I am a big fan of being in my 40’s.

And just in case you’ve bought into the (terribly widespread) idea that your 40’s are the beginning of the end, here are 7 reasons to believe otherwise!

1) You Are Comfortable In Your Own Skin.

You’ve now lived with yourself for 40 years, and have finally become quite familiar with yourself, inside and out. Yes, gravity may be beckoning various parts of your body, and you’ve got a new vocabulary including words such as ‘flabby’, ‘thick’, ‘plus-size’, ‘wrinkles’ and ‘grey hair’, but there’s also a new-found confidence and comfort level with both your body and your persona. Sure, when you think back on your teens you remember your youthful skin and slim body, but you also remember the acne and braces, the gawkiness and goose bumps — and all of the terrible insecurities that came with them. Well, they’re gone now.  You know the person you are well – likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and you actually like who you are. It is the start of a great and long-lasting friendship.

2) You Are More Confident Than You’ve Ever Been.

You are now (hopefully) settled in in life and have few, if any, of the insecurities that the teenage years, twenties and thirties burdened you with. Most probably, you have found your calling, and have settled into a profession of your choice. You might have found a life partner, or maybe even a couple of them. 😉 There is no question of wondering what the future will be like – this is the future, and it is definitely great. Yes, youth is great too, but you cannot freeze it. Time marches on. If you continue to cling on to the notion of youth, you will be doing a great disservice to yourself and what you are at present. Let go of the past and move on.

3) You’re not 40. You’re 18 with 22 years’ experience.

The wide range of experiences you’ve had by this point have given you a much wiser perspective that no manner of learning can compare to. As all of us realize by a certain age, it’s experience that is the real teacher. Education, relationships, travel, internships, jobs or entrepreneurship – you’ve most likely done many of them, if not all.

You’ve moved out of your secure comfort zone of family and close friends and have cut your way through through jungle of the big bad world. You won some, you lost some, you faltered and then found your feet again, you tried out new things, and you’ve seen new places, eaten grown up stuff – all this has made you the deep and rich person you are today. Each experience has played a role in shaping your unique personality and, trust me, this kind of outlook would not have been possible in your twenties or thirties because you were still in the building stage — still experimenting and venturing.

4) You Possess Actual Maturity, Not the Facscimilie Projected in Youth.

Each one of us matures at a different pace and age and the final enlightenment hits us at different times. Do you remember feeling envious of your friend who seemed to have it all together, who was confident and elegant? In comparison, you felt like a gawky misfit who wished to curl up and be invisible in public. Well, look at your friend now and think back at how she was all those light years back and you’ll know what I’m talking about. In your forties, you have a better understanding of the world around you. No matter how great you thought you were as a kid or teenager, believe me, you’re better now.

5) You Can See Things More Clearly, Navigating Your Path With More Precision.

This maturity brings with it a great sense of heightened awareness. You know the value of what you have. You don’t hanker after greener pastures on farther hills. You are now in possession of clarity of thought and able to see things in a light much closer to reality, as opposed to the heavily filtered projections of your younger years. Most of the things that took center stage back then – usually superficial – made everything else seem insignificant. But after you cross over the ‘hill’, you realize that you are far less impatient and insecure than you once were, and understand much more about what’s truly important and what’s not.

Does this mean that all your dreams are dead and you have reached a pinnacle from which the journey is just downhill? No way! When you reach as far as you can see, you realize you can see even further, and you’ve got the wisdom to get you there sooner.


Know When to Fold ‘Em: The Practice of Letting Go

I’m struck by the wisdom of Kenny Rogers when he croons,  “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em . . . ” (lyrics are actually by Don Schlitz).

He’s pointing to the fact that you need to know when to let things go and when to keep them alive. Everything dies. And hallelujah. Like that first job I had when I was a teenager where I’d dress up like a chicken and go stand on the sidewalk and invite people over to eat at a fast food restaurant while fielding drive-by cat calls, single fingered gestures, and death threats. I’m glad that job died. And the restaurant too, for that matter.

I was happy the day that my fifth-grade romance with Kelly Campbell died. Something about our relationship was very sweet: I gave her the Twinkie from by lunch box. When I lost my interest in Twinkies, she lost her interest in me. So I’m happy that died. Breaking up with Kelly Campbell made way for my romance with Brooke Anderson to whom I even gave a locket on Valentines day with my picture in it. I was 11 at the time. It was very serious.

Yoga philosophy teaches us that everything is subject to death. We die too-several times. Regardless of what you believe in regarding reincarnation, try the idea that we die and are reborn several times during our lifetime. I’m certainly somebody different now than I was even five years ago. We all are. That old self who was a little flaky or maybe overly committed to work and underly-committed to also having a personal life might need to die in order to give birth to a more satisfying way of living. Old habits, relationships, the old self, can all die. Some things live their season then croak on their own and other things need to be euthanized. With the mindfulness we practice in yoga, perhaps we’ll be savvy enough to know when to sustain things, when to let things die, and when to kill them off. What is asking to be born in your life and what is asking to die?

Shiva NatarajThe Yoga Nataraj is a statue that depicts Shiva, a Hindu deity, as a dancer with four arms. The dance refers to the constant cycle of birth and death, sustaining and evolution, that happens with all things. We set ourselves up for disappointment if we attach ourselves to any part of this cycle understanding that everything is changing. It’s like trying to enjoy the scenic view while riding the “Scrambler,” that diabolic amusement park ride designed to spin you mercilessly in circles, eventually scrambling your brain, or making you puke, or both. The Nataraj suggests that everything is turning, changing as we speak. Just as things are dying, something else is being born.

We practice this death every time we rest at the end of class in savasana. In many ways, our yoga practice represents our life: we’re born, we grow and learn, we slow down and eventually lie down and let the old self die. But then we get to start over. We do so with renewed life, keeping all the good stuff and letting the rest decompose. It’s like a computer update-we get to use the most current version of our own personal operating system.

Practice rolling through this cycle this week. What in your life needs to die so something else can be born?


Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in Salt Lake City, Utah and when he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to trail run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son.

Dadirri: Ancient Australian Healing Power In A Modern World

By Jonathan Davis | Uplift 

Healing the Divine Warrior

The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness

People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren’t without their methods of dealing with trauma.

For centuries we’ve largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly connected to ancestral ways of knowledge. As our modern lifestyle collides with the fact that our Earth is not capable of supporting our current way of life, we are finally starting to look to those who once lived in a state of indefinite sustainability and abundance, for a way forward.

“In order to have sustainable community you have to make sure the people are sustainable. This means healing trauma.”
– Jarmbi Githabul, Narakwal / Githabul Custodia

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What is Dadirri?

Dadirri is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’.”
– Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, Ngangiwumirr Elder

When Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann speaks of dadirri, she speaks of a form of deep, contemplative listening that is nothing less than a personal spiritual practice. This type of listening in stillness is widely known all across the Australian continent, in many language groups under many names. “When I experience dadirri, I am made whole again.” Miriam describes. “I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. There is no need of words. A big part of dadirri is listening.”

Learning and healing through listening

According to Ungunmerr-Baumann the act of learning, from a very young age, is all about waiting and listening; not asking questions. In a culture where everyone is so well practiced at listening that it becomes a spiritual art, it makes sense that when trauma occurred the people would come together and deeply listen to each other. For this reason dadirri also refers to a form of group trauma healing that brings the deep presence found in the solo practice of dadirri to a group setting. Details of dadirri as group practice can be found in Prof. Judy Atkinson’s book Trauma Trails, Recreating Songlines. The essence of dadirri, in this wider context, is the creation of a space of deep contemplative, heart based listening where stories of trauma and pain can be shared and witnessed with loving acceptance.

In my own experiences with original Australians who are deeply connected to country, I have felt that they are so grounded it’s almost as if the land itself is listening to you, through them.

“Healing country heals ourselves, and healing ourselves heals country.”
– Prof. Judy Atkinson – Jiman / Bunjalung woman, author of Trauma Trails, Recreating Songlines

Emotional Completion

According to Prof. Stan Grof, trauma healing comes from finally completing an experience emotionally that may have been physically completed long ago. The initial moment of pain may have become so overwhelming that we make a subconscious decision to ‘check out’; in other words, we emotionally dissociate. Every part of us screams “Stop, I don’t want to feel this!” The problem is that we don’t stop the emotional experience, we just presspause.

When we don’t have the courage or skills (because we are too young, or were never taught) to actually feel all of the emotions of a traumatic experience, we inadvertently trap the part of it we couldn’t handle, and store it away for later. Dadirri is a practice that allows us to open up this trapped pain and trauma in a sacred and held space and with the support of those around us, we can finally feel it in order for it to be released.

“Trauma puts you in a disempowered position that makes it easy for you to be influenced. It interferes with your ability to make clear decisions for yourself.”
– Jarmbi Githabul, Narakwal / Githabul Custodian

The importance of a practice like dadirri is that it is completely based on non-judgment. Over time, the story is shared on multiple occasions, and by doing so the telling begins to change. The emotional charge is released a little at a time as the circle around them offers an unwavering reflection of loving acceptance. Very often, the person who has suffered trauma starts to adopt this attitude of loving acceptance toward themselves.

Related Article: This Ancient Hawaiian Meditation Will Heal Your Heart And Your Relationships  

Limbic Resonance and Revisioning

The reason this works, from the perspective of neuroscience, is because of: limbic resonance, mirror neurons and neuroplasticity. The notion of limbic resonance asserts that without consistent love and acceptance during childhood our brains don’t develop properly. The part that becomes developmentally stunted is our resilience against emotional distress. Similar problems can occur in people of all ages when they suffer trauma. The process of limbic revisioning is about rewiring the neural structure of person who has suffered trauma or emotional neglect; in order for this to occur there needs to be an external example for the limbic brain to mimic.

Deep, respectful, contemplative, heart-based listening based on loving acceptance instead of judgment may well be the optimal reflection for a traumatised limbic system to use as a model for restructuring. Mirror neurons see this outer, compassionate reflection and fire internally in the same way; and neurons that fire together wire together. With a bit of repetition, neural re-wiring occurs (thanks to neuroplasticity) which gives a neurological explanation as to why dadirri is good for helping people who have suffered trauma.

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Experience True Freedom: Choose Conscious Living For Optimal Health & Well-Being

By: Nader Vasseghi | selfOptima


Unconscious living is the source of all imbalances. We are not aware of what we do, and how it affects not only our own health and wellness, but also the well-being of our loved ones, our environment, and our planet. Our habits are a double edge sword. They help us create a routine, something we can be comfortable with. Having a habitual routine, adds predictability and discipline to our lives. But how many habits are we following unconsciously in our lives everyday? Have we reflected on the consequences of these habits? From small things like aimlessly watching TV, to learning the habit of appearing strong and distant, in order to mask vulnerabilities. How much of what we eat everyday is out of habit? Do we understand the consequences it can have on our well being? Our lifestyle, our nutritional habits, our mental and emotional habits, they all come together and eventually create a solid character of us, often without our awareness.

Related Article: One Man’s Story: Learn This 7 Step System To More Freedom Through Optimal Health & Well-Being Created By A Pharmacist Who Was Able To Break Free From The Chains Of Ill Health   

And what is optimum health? I define optimum health as freedom. Freedom from bonds, limitations and restrictions. Across all dimensions of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. And what does Freedom mean in these dimensions?

At the physical level, it is freedom of movement. Strength, flexibility, durability and balance. It is creating a refined body that is the conduit for the flow of vital energy.

At the mental level, it is clear thinking, building on all mind powers of memory, reflection, analysis and creativity. It is being free from judgments and dogma. Free from pre-programming’s of culture, parents and peers. Being able to think outside of the box. Having a calm and quiet, yet alert and attentive mind. Rather than your thoughts controlling you, learning to be the master of your thoughts, and using this magnificent creative power to manifest your reality the way you desire it.

Related Article: Learn Why Emotional Healing Is Key To Happiness And Freedom

At the emotional level, it is freedom of expression. To be able to express all feelings and emotions, and using them as guides to learn about yourself and the other. To remove emotional blockages and stagnations. To celebrate who you are, the way you are, and having the courage and freedom to bring out the song within, and dance with it joyously.

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Breatharianism: The Science Behind Sustenance Without Food

Guest Writer | HumansAreFree

Breathariansim refers to the practice of sustaining oneself without the need for food. This concept is not new; in fact, for thousands of years, various cultures around the world have written of this ability.

In the third book of the Yoga Sutras, for example, approximately twenty-five siddhis are listed as having extraordinary abilities.

This is a common theme throughout Buddhism, and various other spiritual traditions as well. Clairvoyance, psychokinesis, and many more are all special traits attributed to the siddhis, as is the liberation from hunger and thirst.

Though modern day science has seen evidence of extended human capacities like telepathy, remote viewing, and pre-cognition, very little work has gone into examining breatharianism. Some brilliant minds do believe it’s possible, however, including Nikola Tesla.
In 1901, he made the following argument:

“My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations.

“Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy?” (source)

Liberation from food and hunger does indeed sound unrealistic and, from what we know of modern day biology, impossible.

But the history of science has shown us many times that the impossible can become the possible in an instant. A great example of this is the recent discovery that humans can actually influence their autonomic immune system using the power of the mind.

Let’s take a look at what happened when people who claimed that they don’t eat were examined by science.


The Qigong practice of Bigu, and Qigong practices examined by science have yielded some extraordinary results.

A study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen in the the US National Library of Medicine, demonstrated that a woman with special abilities was and is able to accelerate the germination of specific seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock.

This is one example of many; you can find the study and read more about it here.

The Catholic Charism of India also involves the claim of living well without eating food. Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, explains the concept in his book Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities:

“The implication is that the human body can transmute ambient energy into nutrients, and through the practice of cultivating this ability one can live comfortably for as long as one wishes without food, and possibly without drinking water. This is described as a siddhi in the Yoga Sutras as Pada 111.30: liberation from hunger and thirst.

“This flies in the face of a substantial body of medical knowledge, which has established that the human body can last about five days without water, and a few weeks at most without food. Beyond that, you’re dead.

“As a result, despite a host of historical examples of people lasting for years without eating, and sometimes without drinking, most nutritionists and biochemists regard such claims to be ridiculously impossible, and the people who make the claims—currently dozens to hundreds worldwide — to be seriously delusional. Some of those claimants may well be delusional. But all of them?”

Prahlad Jani

Prahlad Jani is a local of Ahmedabad, India, who claims that at the age of 11, the Hindu goddess Amba appeared to him and told him that he would no longer have to eat food.

He has apparently lived in a cave since the 1970s, and claims not to have eaten anything for most of his 81 years (as of 2012).

Jani was tested in 2003 and in 2010 at Ahmedabad’s Sterling Hospital by Dr. Sudhir Shah and his large team of doctors. Dr. Shah is a consultant neurologist who has been practicing for 20 years, as well as a professor and department head of neurology at KM School of PG Medicine and Research.

During the first test, which took place in 2003, Jani was monitored 24/7 by hospital staff and video cameras, where it was confirmed that Jani neither ate nor drank.

He also did not show any physiological changes which, according to modern day medicine, should be impossible.

This test took place over a 10 day period. Although it might not seem like a significant amount of time, to go 10 days without food and water and not experience any physiological changes is actually quite astounding.

He was tested again at Sterling Hospital in 2010 from April 22nd to May 6th. This time, he was observed by thirty-five researchers from the Indian Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, among other organizations.

This time, Jani was observed to not eat or drink for two weeks. As with the previous test, he exhibited no deleterious effects from this abstention.

This truly is unbelievable, and goes against everything we know about both human physiology and the nutritional requirements of the body.

As one might expect, neither these tests nor their results were published in medical journals.  The studies have also generated a lot of criticism. The main arguments against these tests were, however, quite weak in my opinion.

One argument holds that Jani escaped the scrutiny of the hospital staff and video cameras with the assistance of his disciples, and that he did in fact eat/drink something.

Yet hospital staff maintains this is impossible because he was monitored around the clock, as per the requirements of the study.

Even with these criticisms, the evidence is solid and appears to correspond with a known siddhi.

A statement from a scientific group (which included the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences) given to ABC News back in 2012 reads as follows:

“We realized that, if this whole phenomenon really exists in a human being even for 15 days, it would have immense application in unraveling secrets of medical science and its application for human welfare.

“Instead of ignoring this case, we selected to investigate further, in a rational and scientific way. We again make it clear that the purpose of this study was not to prove or disprove a person, but to explore a possibility in science and study a new phenomenon.” (source)

It’s an interesting case, isn’t it?

Read the entire article here.

How to Heal Your Chakras with Shadow Integration – Vicki Howie

Source: chakraboosters

I’m excited to talk about shadow integration and the chakras this week. Shadow work has been a huge part of my personal transformational. I studied with the late great Debbie Ford (read her book, “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers) and it was an absolute game changer!

So this week I’m talking about how chakra blocks are related to shadow and how you can open up your personal energy field by owning back the disowned parts of yourself. It’s challenging work. Are you ready?

Watch the video above for an introduction to how shadow integration relates to your chakras. Then join me next week as we begin a 7-week chakra series on shadow integration. Starting at the root and working our way up the chakras, I’ll be sharing five shadow qualities for each chakra on a weekly basis. These will be qualities that tend to get labeled “negative.” In other words, these are personal qualities most of us tend to resist.

So why would we want to dive into qualities we typically resist?

Because resisting our shadow qualities:

  • Creates chakra blocks
  • Saps our energy as we try to maintain a false (only acceptable) façade/identity
  • Causes us to either act out in subconscious ways or be passive-aggressive. Because when we can’t be a “negative” quality like angry consciously, we’ll eventually burst out in rage due to repressed anger or we’ll consistently do mean things in a passive-aggressive way.
  • Causes us to judge and be triggered by the people who demonstrate the shadow qualities we have disowned because we live in a mirror universe.
  • Makes us feel out of control of our own choices and destiny

I’m sure there are other downsides, but these are the main ones. And the point is simply this: there is great value in integrating your shadow.

Still, this kind of spiritual work is not for everyone. If you are interested in sculpting your behavior and trying to become a “good” person, then this work is not for you.

Carl Jung once wrote, “I’d rather be whole than good” and shadow work is Jungian work. It is for the spiritual seeker who wants to know ALL of him or herself and is more invested in owning and knowing the full Self than in upholding a image of being “good” or “spiritual.”

So what exactly is shadow?

It’s the aspects of ourselves that we reject and deny. All of us do it on one level or another and we can’t blame ourselves for it, because we were trained to do it!

When we come into this world as a tiny infant we are basically helpless and must be cared for properly by our family or caregivers. We are totally needy and in order to get our needs met – and to have the food, shelter, love and attention we need and desire, we learn to adapt to those around us and what they want us to be – and NOT TO BE.

We begin rejecting the parts of ourselves that the people around us reject. If we find out that we aren’t loved or given the attention we want when angry or loud or greedy, then those three qualities get pulled out of our conscious identity and relegated to the shadow bin.

In order to fit in and get our needs met, we learn to reject and betray all the parts of ourselves that those who raise us judge and make bad or wrong. It totally makes sense that we do this, and yet, it is very sad, because it sets up a life-long habit of rejecting, betraying and fracturing ourselves.

Shadow integration is the process of owning back all the disowned qualities of ourselves and learning to have an unconditionally loving relationship with not just our “good” qualities (as that would be conditional love and acceptance!) but with our “negative” qualities as well. We are learning to accept and love ALL of ourselves.

Watch the video above to learn more, and join me next week as we start shining light on five common shadow qualities for each chakra

Good for you for being a spiritual warrior. Let’s do this!

Love and blessings,


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Gratitude Makes You Healthier, Happier and More Popular – Dr. Mercola

Source: Mercola.com


  • Only 1 in 3 Americans reports being “very happy” and nearly 1 in 4 experience no life enjoyment at all; practicing gratitude tops the list of strategies known to boost happiness and life satisfaction
  • Relationships tend to play a big role in your perception of happiness, and research has demonstrated gratitude is the single best predictor of relationship satisfaction. It also boosts your sense of pleasure in general
  • Experiments have demonstrated that getting in the habit of listing three things you’re grateful for each day results in considerable improvements in depression, sometimes in as little as two weeks
  • Gratitude triggers release of antidepressant and mood-regulating chemicals. It also improves emotional resiliency, all of which help combat stress
  • Gratitude also has many physical effects, including lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, improving cognition, reducing inflammation and pain, improving sleep quality and quantity, and improving heart health and immune function

By Dr. Mercola

Only 1 in 3 Americans reports being “very happy,”1 and nearly 1 in 4 experience no life enjoyment at all.2 Fortunately, there’s hope. Small changes in perspective and behavior can add up over time, and practicing gratitude is at the top of the list of strategies known to boost happiness and life satisfaction.

If your happiness could use a pick-me-up, commit to cultivating an attitude of gratitude every day. Not only will it pave the way to life satisfaction, but research also confirms it benefits both sanity and physical health. Enhancing your health and well-being, then, may be as simple as taking the time each day to reflect on what you’re thankful for.

Gratitude Leads to Cascade of Positive Psychological Effects

Relationships tend to play a big role in one’s perception of happiness, and research3,4 has demonstrated gratitude is the single best predictor of relationship satisfaction.

It also boosts your sense of pleasure in general. This effect has been traced back to gratitude’s ability to stimulate your hypothalamus (a brain area involved in the regulation of stress) and ventral tegmental area (part of your brain’s “reward circuitry,” an area that produces pleasurable feelings).5

Gratitude has also been shown to play a significant role in your ability to expand your social circle and make more friends. According to the authors of this study:6

“This experiment … provided evidence that perceptions of interpersonal warmth (e.g., friendliness, thoughtfulness) serve as the mechanism via which gratitude expressions facilitate affiliation.

Insofar as gratitude expressions signaled interpersonal warmth of the expresser, they prompted investment in the burgeoning social bond. As such, these findings provide the first empirical evidence regarding 1 of the 3 central premises of the find-remind-and-bind theory of gratitude in the context of novel relationships.”

The ability to feel gratitude for little everyday things can also boost your willpower, improve your impulse control and make you a more patient person, all of which allow you to make more sensible decisions — including decisions concerning your health and finances.7 Interestingly, gratitude is associated with increased happiness via a neural link to generosity.

Gratitude is actually a form of generosity, because it involves offering or extending “something” to another person, even if it’s only a verbal affirmation of thanks. Generosity, in turn, is neutrally linked to happiness. In other words, your brain is actually wired to boost your happiness when you commit acts of generosity, even when no money is involved.8,9

Gratitude Is a Powerful Antidepressant

Considering its ability to boost happiness and social connectivity, it’s no surprise gratitude has been shown to combat depression.10 Experiments have demonstrated that getting in the habit of listing three things you’re grateful for each day results in considerable improvements in depression, sometimes in as little as two weeks.

There’s even biochemical support for the antidepressive effects of gratitude. Gratitude actually triggers the release of antidepressant and mood-regulating chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and oxytocin, while inhibiting the stress chemical cortisol.11 These neurochemical effects are also why gratitude has been linked to reduced stress.12 Yet another reason is because it improves emotional resiliency.13

Lastly, gratitude has been shown to improve work performance. In one study, managers who expressed gratitude saw a 50 percent increase in the employees’ performance. Considering more than half of all American workers say they’re frustrated at or by work,14 it’s quite clear there’s a lot of room for improvement here, and gratitude could go a long way toward fostering a healthier work environment for all parties.

Gratitude Affects Your Physical Health in Numerous Ways

The emotion of gratitude also has myriad physical benefits, actually producing measurable effects on a number of bodily systems, and correlating positively with self-rated physical health in general.15Grateful people are also more likely to engage in healthy activities and self-care, such as exercising regularly, eating well and getting regular medical wellness checks. Other studies have found gratitude:16,17,18,19

Improves cognition
Lowers blood sugar
Helps lower high blood pressure
Reduces inflammation by lowering inflammatory cytokines
Has pain relieving effects
Improves sleep quality and quantity,20,21 especially if your mind has a tendency to go into overdrive with negative thoughts and worries at bedtime. One reason for this is because gratitude has a soothing effect on your nervous system
Improves heart health,22 reducing the likelihood of sudden death in patients with congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease
Improves immune function23

A Dozen Practical Strategies to Build and Strengthen Gratitude

Following are a diverse array of practices, recommended by various experts and researchers, that can boost your gratitude quotient. Pick one or more that appeal to you, and make a point to work it into your daily or weekly schedule. If you like, conduct your own little experiment:

Write down your current level of happiness and life satisfaction on a piece of paper or your annual calendar, using a rating system of zero to 10. Every three months or so (provided you’ve actually been doing your gratitude exercise), re-evaluate and re-rank yourself.

Keep a gratitude journal

Each day, or on set days each week, write down everything you’re grateful for, and make an effort to really feel the positivity. While you can certainly buy a nice diary specifically for this purpose, you could simply make a notation in your daily calendar. Alternatively, download a Gratitude Journal app from iTunes.24

Here are a few tips from Robert Emmons, a world expert on gratitude and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology, to consider as you journal: Focus on the benevolence of other people. Doing so will increase your sense of being supported by life and decrease unnecessary anxiety. Also, focus on what you have received rather than what’s been withheld.

“The ‘surplus’ mode will increase our feelings of worth; the ‘deficit’ mode will lead us to think how incomplete our life is,” Emmons says. Lastly, avoid comparing yourself to people you perceive to have more advantages. Doing so will only erode your sense of security. As Emmons notes, “Wanting more is related to increased anxiety and unhappiness.

A healthier comparison is to contemplate what life would be like without a pleasure that you now enjoy … Gratitude buffers you from emotions that drive anxiety. You cannot be grateful and envious, or grateful while harboring regrets.”

Write thank-you notes25

“When thanking someone who has done something for you, whether large or small, be specific, comment on the effort it has taken, and the cost, and keep the focus on that person,” Emmons suggests. “For example, ‘Thank you for bringing me my tea in bed. I really appreciate you getting up early each day. You’re so thoughtful.’ The key to effectiveness is to achieve some separation between the kind act and your expression.”

This year, make it a point to write thank-you notes or letters in response to each gift or kind act — or simply as a show of gratitude for someone being in your life. To get you started, consider practicing mindful thank yous for seven days straight.

Say grace at each meal

Adopting the ritual of saying grace at each meal is a great way to flex your gratitude muscle on a daily basis,26 and will also foster a deeper connection to your food.

While this can be a perfect opportunity to honor a spiritual connection with the divine, you don’t have to turn it into a religious speech if you don’t want to. You could simply say, “I am grateful for this food, and appreciate all the time and hard work that went into its production, transportation and preparation.”

Let go of negativity by changing your perception

Disappointment — especially if you’re frequently struggling with things “not going your way” — can be a major source of stress, which is known to have far-reaching effects on your health and longevity. In fact, centenarians overwhelmingly cite stress as the most important thing to avoid if you want to live a long and healthy life.

Since stress is virtually unavoidable, the key is to develop and strengthen your ability to manage your stress so that it doesn’t wear you down over time. Rather than dwelling on negative events, most centenarians figured out how to let things go, and you can do that too. It takes practice though. It’s a skill that must be honed daily, or however often you’re triggered.

A foundational principle to let go of negativity is the realization that the way you feel has little to do with the event itself, and everything to do with your perception of it. Wisdom of the ancients dictate that events are neither good nor bad in and of themselves. It is your belief about the event that upsets you, not the fact that it happened.

As noted by Ryan Holiday, author of “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living,”27 “The Stoics are saying, ‘This happened to me,’ is not the same as, ‘This happened to me and that’s bad.’ They’re saying if you stop at the first part, you will be much more resilient and much more able to make some good out of anything that happens.”

Listen to your own advice

Another potent technique that can increase your positive-to-negative emotion ratio is to ask yourself, “What would I recommend if this happened to someone else?” and then follow your own advice. Dan Ariely, a professor at Duke University and author of “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions,” explains that the reason this technique — which he calls “taking the outside perspective” — works so well.

It is because when we make recommendations to others, we don’t take our own current state of mind and emotions into account. We’re distanced emotionally from an event that happens to someone else, and that distance allows us to make saner, more reasonable decisions.

Be mindful of your nonverbal actions

Smiling and hugging are both ways of expressing gratitude, encouragement, excitement, empathy and support. These physical actions also help strengthen your inner experience of positive emotions.

Give praise

Research28 shows that using “other-praising” phrases are far more effective than “self-beneficial” phrases. For example, praising a partner saying, “thank you for going out of your way to do this,” is more powerful than a compliment framed in terms of how you benefited, such as “it makes me happy when you do that.”

The former resulted in the partner feeling happier and more loving toward the person giving the praise. Also, be mindful of your delivery — say it like you mean it. Establishing eye contact is another tactic that helps you show your sincerity.

Prayer and/or mindfulness meditation

Expressing thanks during prayer or meditation is another way to cultivate gratitude. Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention to the moment you’re in right now. A mantra is sometimes used to help maintain focus, but you can also focus on something that you’re grateful for, such as a pleasant smell, a cool breeze or a lovely memory.

Create a nightly gratitude ritual

One suggestion is to create a gratitude jar,29 into which the entire family can add notes of gratitude on a daily basis. Any jar or container will do. Simply write a quick note on a small slip of paper and put it into the jar. Some make an annual (or biannual or even monthly) event out of going through the whole jar, reading each slip out loud. If you have young children, a lovely ritual suggested by Dr. Alison Chen in a Huffington Post article30 is to create a bedtime routine that involves stating what you’re grateful for out loud.

Spend money on activities instead of things

According to recent research,31 spending money on experiences not only generates more gratitude than material consumption, it also motivates greater generosity. As noted by coauthor Amit Kumar, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago, “People feel fortunate, and because it’s a diffuse, untargeted type of gratitude, they’re motivated to give back to people in general.”32

Embrace the idea of having “enough”

According to many who have embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, the key to happiness is learning to appreciate and be grateful for having “enough.” The average credit card debt for Americans who carry a balance is $16,000. People with a negative net worth or a net worth of zero carry an average of $10,300 in credit card debt.33

Meanwhile, financial hardship and work stress are two significant contributors to depression and anxiety. The answer is to buy less and appreciate more. Instead of trying to keep up with the Joneses, practice being grateful for the things you already have, and release yourself from the iron grip of advertising, which tells you there’s lack in your life.

Many who have adopted the minimalist lifestyle claim they’ve been able to reduce the amount of time they have to work to pay their bills, freeing up time for volunteer work, creative pursuits and taking care of their personal health, thereby dramatically raising their happiness and life satisfaction. The key here is deciding what “enough” is. Consumption itself is not the problem; unchecked and unnecessary shopping is.

It’s like being on a hamster wheel — you keep shopping, thinking happiness and life satisfaction will come with it. Yet it never does. Many times, accumulation of material goods is a symptom that you may be trying to fill a void in your life, yet that void can never be filled by material things.

More often than not, the void is silently asking for more love, personal connection, or experiences that bring purpose and passionate engagement. So, make an effort to identify your real, authentic emotional and spiritual needs, and then focus on fulfilling them in ways that does not involve shopping.

Tap for gratitude

The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a helpful tool for a number of emotional challenges, including lack of gratitude. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the energy meridians used in acupuncture that can quickly restore inner balance and healing, and help rid your mind of negative thoughts and emotions. In the video below, EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman demonstrates how to tap for gratitude.