Take a look at this lively, informative interview with the founder of Biofield Tuning, the profound new healing work that I do. I love sharing it with clients and see the deep releasing that happens, but I also love what it’s done in my own life over the last year that I’ve been experiencing it.
Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter A. Levine
Researchers have shown that survivors of accidents, disaster, and childhood trauma often endure lifelong symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to unexplained physical pain, fatigue, illness, and harmful “acting out” behaviors. Today, professionals and clients in both the bodywork and the psychotherapeutic fields nationwide are turning to Peter A. Levine’s breakthrough Somatic Experiencing® methods to actively overcome these challenges.
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Bessel van der Kolk MD
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.
Does just thinking about that audition coming up get your heart racing? Here are some practical steps (besides lots of practice!) that will keep you in the Zone to ensure that you will do your best. First of all, realize that you do need a dose of anxiety to provide pizzazz to your performance and lift it above your daily practice.
- Way before the audition date, learn basic relaxation skills that will help you manage stress. You might try yoga or meditation or something as simple as loading your phone with music that calms you.
- Even easier and more basic, learn to breathe deeply and slowly. When you are too nervous, you breathe more shallowly. This is counterproductive to the strong breath you need for a rich, deep tone or to hold long notes, or even to introduce your piece and project your voice. Exhale fully and hold it a short time before starting the inhale. Hold it again before the exhale, making the exhalation slightly longer than the inhalation. As you exhale into deeper relaxation with each breath, say “Peace” to yourself.
- Mentally rehearse each passage of your piece. Olympic athletes imagine themselves going through each motion that will bring them over the finish line and see their arms raised in glory.
- Mentally rehearse your stage presence. See yourself taking nice deep breaths before walking on stage, taking a few moments to gather yourself and breath before greeting the faculty and then signaling to the pianist.
- Carry yourself as if you are the chosen performer. “Fake it till you make it!” Watch Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on Power Poses. Changing your posture doesn’t just make you feel and look more confident, but it gives you a surge of hormones to make it true!
- Allow plenty of time to park, find the room, go to the bathroom and do your self-soothing techniques. Nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic and rushing to your appointment.
- Take time to eat! Keep your blood sugar levels stable by having some protein. Don’t just grab a quick pastry. Anxiety is lot worse with blood sugar crashes.
- Sleep! Get to bed early enough that even if you spend some time tossing and turning, you sleep as much as possible. Use your deep breathing skills to drift off and get restored for the next day.
- Limit caffeine. This is not the time to go “cold turkey” on your morning cup of coffee, but don’t overdo it. Limit the ice tea and caffeinated sodas, too.
- Dress comfortably. Yes, you want to look like a successful performer, that’s part of “faking it till you make it”, but it’s not the time to squeeze into something a little tight, or wear a complicated accessory that might slip off, or shoes that hurt your feet.
And finally, say a little mantra to yourself as you begin, like 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez did, right before winning the gold in Rio, “I’ve got this!” and know that you really do!
Call 720-460-0758 for your Free Consultation and click here to find out more about the Hypnosis for Stage Fright Program!
Technologies of the Self’s Smoking Cessation Program is very effective. If you are truly ready and motivated to quit smoking, you should be able to stop smoking with just one 2-hour session. Most people do. Research shows that hypnosis doubles the effectiveness of any other approach, so combining tools intensifies its power!
We will be meeting 3 times in my office. The first time is a Prepare to Quit Session. We will explore your smoking history and related issues, as well as why and when you smoke. You will set your QUIT DATE and go home with a list of recommendations to prepare for success.
Your Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy Session will then be individualized to fit your own particular motivations to quit smoking and what benefits you see that it will bring to your life. For some it’s to go backpacking in the mountains without being short of breath; for others it’s to prevent lung cancer, to have better smelling clothes or to avoid wrinkles. Whatever you tell me, I will use your own words to suggest them back to you, when you are in a deep state of relaxation and your subconscious mind is open to take in the desires of your conscious, rational, health-oriented mind. During your intense session, you will be guided through a number of techniques and visualizations to gain your freedom from cigarettes and start your new healthy lifestyle with easy, clear breathing.
The program is $349, which includes-
1) Preparing to Quit meeting (1 hour)
2) the Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy session (1 1/2 -2 hours)
3) a take-home reinforcement Stop-Smoking CD (20 minutes)
4) follow-up Reinforcement Session. (1 hour)
Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card.
Call 720-460-0758 to get started on your way to FREEDOM.
Denver area friends, wanted you to know that I have a new Meetup group that I think you’d enjoy-Mind/Brain Explorations for Living. To help you create the life you are meant to be living, we will learn, explore, meditate and create on our journey to wellness and personal/spiritual growth.
Topics range from learning self-hypnosis techniques, stress relief, meditation, pain management, brain optimization, weight loss, and recovery support, to sound healing. Are you the type that loves to keep growing? We will have a creative, rewarding time together. I will be sharing a lot of the same information from my workshops and leading you through some hypnotic visualization sessions. So, this is a very affordable way to experience and learn. Each session will give you take-home exercises, techniques and info to support your creation of the New You!
Our next session, this Tuesday evening, is about willpower, how to access it and how to strengthen it. It’s pretty surprising stuff, based on the work of Dr. Kelly McGonigal.
Besides looking at this fresh new approach to habit change, I will be sharing a very simple 5-minute meditation that anyone can do, in fact, she says it works even better if you’re not good at it!
Space is limited to 8, so make sure to RSVP through Meetup, the rest of the info is there, too-
Mind/Brain Explorations for Living
Years ago I heard a parable of a guru who told his student that while he meditated he should never think about the RED MONKEY. Of course, although he had never thought of a red monkey before, that became the image that kept coming into his mind. Research has now shown that signs that prohibit smoking actually activate a craving to light up. Just think of all the negative messages that are everywhere intended to promote public health. In The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business, Charles Duhig states that habits can never be eradicated, they must be replaced by something that is equally rewarding.
Do you have a habit you want to kick? When you first feel the craving begin, pause a few minutes and get in touch with what you are really feeling. Are you just bored? annoyed? stressed? lonely? Whatever you are reaching for is what you use to mask what you truly want. Once you have identified what you are used to masking, the next step is to make a list of other ways to satisfy or remedy the uncomfortable emotion. Will power is rarely strong enough to create a new pattern. Once you have figured out other ways to relieve stress, or boredom, or loneliness and made them readily available in your schedule and surroundings, you just might find that you are naturally smoking less, exercising more, and enjoying life more fully.
THOU SHALT NOT SAY “NO” TO YOURSELF.
SAY “YES” TO LIFE!
You might decide one of these days that you’ve smoked enough cigarettes and just call to set up a hypnosis session and be done with them forever. Chances are, you’ve already cut way back and don’t really have much of an addiction to nicotine anyway. The problem is, no matter how bright and knowledgeable we may be about the health hazards and costs of smoking, most of our brain doesn’t care. Psychologists say that the majority of our day we are on autopilot and our subconscious mind is in charge. That is the part that I will be talking to during your hypnosis session, but there are elements you can put into place before your appointment that will greatly increase your success. Give yourself at least a week before your quit date to have enough impact. (Click here for a description of the Technologies of the Self Smoking Cessation Program.)
1. Choose your quit date If you have a work deadline or family holiday coming up, the best time will be after the event, when your stress level is lower and you can concentrate on nurturing yourself for a week or so.
2. On several Post It notes, write the main reasons you want to quit and post them on your desk, your bathroom mirror or on your dash. Keep the messages to yourself positive. Incredibly, researchers have found that signs prohibiting smoking actually start cravings to light up. Review the reasons just before falling asleep. That’s the time of day when your brain waves have already slowed down and your subconscious is most open to suggestion.
3. Figure out the least comfortable place in your house or work environment to smoke. This will be the ONLY place you will be smoking during this final week. Remember, you are no longer smoking for pleasure, you are smoking to QUIT SMOKING. Move everything connected with smoking to this location to make it inconvenient to light up anywhere else. Start thinking before you smoke. Notice what you are feeling, why you are smoking. Ask yourself, “AM I SMOKING BECAUSE I NEED TO? OR JUST OUT OF HABIT? If it’s just out of habit, don’t smoke. Smoke only if you really want to or if it’s a physical need.
4. Find all the cigarettes you have any place around the house, office or car and throw them away. You will not be smoking your regular brand again.
5. Now make the commitment to buy cigarettes ONE PACK AT A TIME. Do not buy a new pack until the last one is totally gone. The first pack you buy for this week will be a brand that you don’t like. Each time you buy a new pack, switch to another brand that you don’t like. What this is doing is breaking the automatic element of the deeply ingrained habit.
6. When you get the pack, cut the cigarettes in half and only smoke the filtered half. Take them out and put them in a sandwich bag. Also, smoke with the opposite hand that you normally do. This is behavior modification, interrupting the subconscious, unthinking behaviors and rituals around smoking to make you more aware and get out of autopilot.
7. Limit your alcohol consumption this week and through the first week following your quit date. Many people associate smoking with drinking and alcohol definitely affects your resolve and ability to stay out of autopilot.
8. Reduce caffeine, too, during the process. Stock up on other beverages, tea, and natural fruit juices that you enjoy and increase your water intake.
9. Create a schedule to allow plenty of time for a good night’s sleep. The subconscious mind takes over much more quickly when you are tired.
10. Make sure to take a good quality Vitamin B Complex a week before your quit date, to help minimize stress.
11. Make a public commitment. This is a crucial element. Do you have friends who know you’ve tried before and might laugh? Tell them anyway, but also tell some new people, especially friends who have successfully quit themselves.
12. Ponder this-what is your deepest desire that you will be able to accomplish by not smoking again. Be ready to tell me about it. What are you passionate about that requires a healthy lifestyle?