3 Steps to a Happier Brain

Did you know that our brains have a preferential bias for the negative? Rick Hanson, Neuropsychologist, Rick Hanson, Ph.D., says that our brains are like teflon for positive experiences, but toBrimming Brain ensure our survival and keep alert for signs of danger, they are constantly scanning for the negative out there and then latching onto it like Velcro. No wonder we get depressed and anxious!

Thank goodness Hanson suggests three steps to overcome our negativity bias-

  1. Turn positive events into positive experiences. When someone compliments us or something good happens, we need to pay attention and not deflect it like teflon like we habitually do.
  2. More than just noticing it, we need to fully experience the pleasure, savoring it and intensifying the good feelings. As we allow our bodies to feel the positive emotion it gives the neurons more time to fire together and actually change the structure hardwiring of our brains.
  3. Now sense and focus intention on bringing this emotion deeply inside of you to the extent that you experience it becoming a part of you, ” becom­ing woven into the fab­ric of your brain and yourself.”

Positive thinking doesn’t just make us feel better, it actually changes our brains in visible ways, changing how it scans the environment and allowing us to see the world around us as kinder, safer, friendlier and happier. Read his interview for his book, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, http://bit.ly/1w559ca.

Multi-tasking, Not a Gift, but a Liability

Do you have friends who brag about their multi-tasking skills? Ever try having an important conversation with a colleague whose eyes never leave their computer screen? Well, Stanford researchers have shown that so-called multi-taskers are “actually more distractible and also performedlower on memory tests and ability to task-switch,” so next time go ahead and wait until they stop typing and look you in the eye.

This supports John Medina’s surprising statements in Brain Rules that “multi-tasking, when it comes to paying attention is a myth.” He says that “we are biologically incapable of processing attention-rich inputs simultaneously.” So, when we think we are paying attention to others while continuing whatever we are doing, we are actually switching back and forth between “several inputs one at a time.”

Rather than being more efficient than those of us who know we need to concentrate on one thing at a time, research actually shows that “multi-taskers” take 50% more time to finish what they are doing and “make up to 50 percent more errors.” (Brain Rules, 84-87)

Lunch & Learn Starts 10/28

For those of you that love workshops, but also love keeping your weekends free, come to the Lunch & Learn Series at the Nourished Health Wellness Center, in Central Denver. Thursdays, 12-1 pm.

Learn ways to create a vibrant lifestyle during your lunch break!

10/28 Optimize Your Brain

Americans are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that studies show that 50% of those reaching the age of 85 will have dementia. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to preserve your brain and to keep it active and sharp.

Anxiety∙Memory∙Insomnia∙Lack of Energy∙Mood Swings

These are symptoms of brain chemistry deficiencies that can often be self-treated with diet, natural supplements, and exercise, avoiding the need for powerful drugs or later loss of cognitive abilities.

Learn how to keep your own brain going as long as your body.

11/4 Change Your Brain, Change Your Life-with Hypnotherapy

For thousands of years we humans have been struggling with our habits and addictions.  Even St. Paul lamented, -“I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate.  I can will what is right, but I cannot do it” From ancient practices of healing through trance to cutting edge healers and scientists like Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. (Biology of Belief) and Daniel Amen, M.D. (Unchain Your Brain), hypnosis has long been considered one of the most powerful tools to change your core issues and reprogram your life. Find out how you can use hypnotherapy to create new neural inroad towards the life that your conscious mind desires.

11/11 The Whole Person Approach to the Body you Desire

Psychiatrist and brain imaging expert, Dr. Daniel Amen, states in his latest book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Body,” that to look and feel your best, you must first think about and optimize your brain.  He recommends knowing your brain type to understand what kind of eater you are and to find out which foods and medications can help or hurt you. Balancing your brain chemistry will make it easier to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.  Quit dieting and get to know your brain!

11/18 Introduction to Sound Healing

According to Jonathan Goldman, “the human body may be metaphorically understood as an orchestra, with each organ, bone, tissue and part having a resonant frequency.”  Ancient mystery schools of Rome, Athens, Egypt, India, China and Tibet used sound as a therapeutic tool, based upon the belief that vibration is the fundamental creative force of the universe.  Come to experience an orchestra of sound within your own body. After a brief discussion of frequency, entrainment, and cymatics, you will have the opportunity to play crystal healing bowls, listen to Tibetan Bowls, and learn to tone with the sounds from your own throat.

Reservations $10-     Nourished Health Wellness Center

Order a lunch prepared by Healthy Chef Katie Bauer      $5

WEIGHT LOSS FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Don’t Diet! Understand your Brain!

A cutting edge program to help you create the body you desire based on-

Change your Brain, Change your Body, by Dr. Daniel Amen

5 Tuesdays, 10/5-11/2, 6:30-7:30 pm

Symmetry School for Higher Consciousness

2416 W 32nd Ave., Highlands-Denver 80211

Learn your brain type to understand what kind of eater you are and to find out which foods and medications can help or hurt you. Balancing your brain chemistry will make it easier to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.

Join the 5-week program to learn more about brain optimization and your own motivators, feelings, thoughts and cravings in a supportive environment.

Sessions will be packed with helpful information and will include movement and visualization experiences. Pre-registration is necessary.

Call 720-515-8411 or email Victoria@technologiesoftheself.org

$12 each session or $50 for 5 session pkg. (Save $10)

Feed Your Brain to Lose Weight

Neuroscientist Dr. Daniel G. Amen states in his latest book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, that-

“Fifty percent of the brain is dedicated to vision. How you look plays a large role in how you feel. both matter to your success at work and in your relationships. It is not just vanity, it is about health. To look and feel your best, you must first think about and optimize your brain.”

Until this book came out in February, my brain nutrition counseling practice and hypnotherapy for weight loss program have been rather separate. Now with this great information and online brain asessment tool, we can fine tune what type of eater you are, depending on your brain pattern, for much greater success. This month already, several clients have gained valuable information about their individual weight management issues and have been able to obtain some inexpensive dietary supplements to balance their brain chemistry to make it easier for them to lose weight, reduce stress and increase energy levels.

The Technologies of the Self’s 8 Week Weight Loss Program is briefly described on our main website . Now it will be even more effective with Dr. Amen’s individualized brain-body solutions.