Archive for May, 2006

Posted on May 6th, 2006

They say; he who lives by the clock dies by the clock and many cardiologists believe this to be so, but why you ask? It is because in our chaotic world we keep schedules and we worry about getting things done, we often stress out over things are really not been important and his causes health problems.

In a perfect world, you would sleep when you’re tired and eat when you’re hungry. Your circadian rhythm, which regulates your body would alert you to win you’re tired, and you would feel tired and then fall sleep. When your body has run out of nutrients, your stomach will growl and alert you use targets of the eat.

The problems that occur often happened because we’re so busy involved in our routines, schedules and events that our body gets off cycle and in doing so we add more stress to our bio system. When you’re young that is much easier to handle, yet as you get older is much harder to take.

If we could actually eat when were hungry and sleep when we get tired, we would lead much healthier and happier lives. I have saying this from experience, having worked solid with no days off usually 17 hours a day running my own business for 27 years straight.

Now in my retirement I live life different, as I keep no schedule, I have no bedtime and I don’t even have to get up the morning if I don’t want to. Because now I sleep when I’m tired no matter what time it is and I eat when I’m hungry no matter where I am or what time of day it is. I think you should try it. Consider this in 2006.

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Posted on May 6th, 2006

All of life can be stressful at times but sometimes things occur that create extreme stress. We might include divorce, loss of a loved one, physical illness, financial collapse, mid-life crises, natural disaster, depression and anything else that takes us far beyond the usual levels of life’s hardship.

Sadly most of us are not prepared when extreme stress comes crashing through our door. We have not learned the skills that help us survive and/or transform the difficult emotions, thoughts and physical reactions that always travel with painful life experiences. Frequently we react with shock, confusion and a pervading feeling of being lost and alone. Too often, we weight-challenged individuals use food as our major coping mechanism and feel helpless to manage our eating until the stress abates.

The reality is that life and its hardships spare no one. Sooner or later things happen. I am clear that trying to insulate ourselves from those occurrences will only make life more difficult and will keep us fat and afraid of being completely alive. I don’t want to live that way, and I assume you don’t either. Here are some tools that have made a great difference to me.

Managing Extreme Stress: Survival Techniques

I have listed 2 very powerful guidelines below. They have been tested and proven useful in the most difficult of situations. Please give them serious consideration.

1. EMBRACE THE PAIN

Contemporary American society has a very clear attitude about pain: If you are in pain, get rid of it as fast as you can. The problem is extreme stress often causes pain that no medication can take away. What then?

What if the pain has some very specific messages for you? Messages that could change your life for the better. Messages that have the answers to some of the most persistent problems of your life. If this was true (and it is), then maybe it’s best that your pain does not go away until you hear what it has to say. Maybe your pain is aware of this and is actually helping by refusing to disappear.

Imagine that your suffering has a shape or a form. Maybe it looks like a demon or an ugly rat. Whatever image works for you. Imagine that this "thing" is sitting in a chair across from you and that you can communicate with it. Ask it some questions. "Why are you in my life? Why don’t you go away? Do you have some kind of message for me?" Then imagine that it can answer you and listen to what it says. Allow it to talk, even if it says weird things at first. Then respond with more questions. Pretty soon you will have created a dialogue that will reveal some amazing things about you and your suffering.

If you are willing to do this exercise 5 or 6 times over the course of a week, you will achieve a new level of insight into your life problem and your pain. Take the risk. You have nothing to lose.

2. TREAT DESPAIR AS A SACRED SPACE

Among 12-steppers there is a phrase that has come to have great significance. "Personal bottom" is used to indicate that moment at which an addict reaches the lowest point in his/her life. This painful experience is the point at which many addicts decide to go for help. As bad as it is, it is the beginning of the healing process.

You need not be an addict to reach your "personal bottom." Extreme stress can drive anyone to despair and desperation. If you are at or near that point, you will find this thought helpful: Despair is more than an emotion. It is an energy that can break through your resistance to positive change. It can open your ears to the voices of support that you have been, until now, unable or unwilling to hear. Despair can drill a gaping hole through the densest defenses and bring the toughest of us to our knees.

But, it is on our knees that we finally reach out to a Source greater than ourselves. It is because we are on our knees that we ultimately find healing. Despair has driven us here. It seems nothing else could. Thank God for despair. It has preformed a holy, sacred task. It has brought us a special gift that no other life experience could offer. If you are in despair, give thanks and open your heart to its gift.

I think these two are enough for today. God bless you and be obvious to you on your journey, in hard and easy times as well.

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Posted on May 5th, 2006

This article gives free tips and advice about how to reduce stress. I am a person who used to stress in a big way. At one point a work colleague made a comment that he thought that I walked around with the weight of the world’s problems on my shoulders. My hair started to turn grey when I was only twenty-one years of age. Things though had to and were about to change.

I realised that the way I was living my life was not only probably unhealthy but was also a very unhappy one. By the age of twenty-two I decided to attempt to change the way I lived my life. I believed that I needed a change of attitude, I was somebody who was extremely negative and the first thing I worked on was trying to become a far more positive thinker.

I then went about reading lots of books about mind over matter and positive thinking. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed reading this material and the lessons I learnt were to change my life forever, in a good way.

The first thing I learnt, which seems so obvious now, is that worrying and stressing about a situation does not make it go away or make it any easier. In fact it makes it a whole lot worse. The important thing to remember is that in life all you can do is try your best. When a negative thought or worry enters your head you need to immediately ignore it and to change your thought processes into thinking about something which makes you happy or smile. You have to treat these demons as your worst enemy and fight them away. Treat it like a war and be determined not to let them win the battle of minds.

The next lesson I learnt was that a life spent constantly stressing is a waste of a life. You never know when your time is up and therefore you need to make every minute count. We only know for a fact that we have one life, even though I do personally believe in the after life, therefore we have to make the most of that life. I now live every day like it is my last, I live each one to the full.

The last piece of advice is to think about other people in the world who are not as fortunate as yourself. I for example used to feel very sorry for myself and believed that I was very unlucky. When thinking about other people who live in the world, I actually realised that I was actually one of the lucky ones. People in for example parts of Africa and the third world would probably laugh at me if I had described my worries to them.

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Posted on May 5th, 2006

We make up stress for ourselves. We do it with our thoughts. It naturally follows that our thoughts can eliminate stress.

There is no stress in the universe. There is a flow, a give and take, harmony, natural laws of attraction. All of these can be put to use to manage our personal flow, particularly when that flow seems to be clogged with worry and fear.

Deadline Stress

Where do deadline’s come from? We make them up, so we can unmake them. The major times I experience stress is when I’ve decided something should happen by or at such and such a time and that isn’t the universes plan at all. It always ends up that I’m the one that has to change. We impose deadline on ourselves all the time. We make appointments too close together, we agree to do things we should have declined to do. “No” is a great stress relieved.

In business it is a good plan to under promise and over deliver. That way everyone is pleasantly surprised.

Stress Over The Behavior Of Others

We worry about our children, our parents, our friends. We want them to make the “right” choices. But whose “right” are we talking about. A major cause of stress over others is that we want control, we want it to be done our way which happens to be the way we would be comfortable doing it.

Everyone must walk their own path. Everyone must make their own choice. That is how they learn. That is how they deepen their experience to guide them in future choices.

As we embrace a belief that there is only one energy and each of us is an expression of that infinite energy, then we know that no one is alone. Each of us is a part of a wholeness so great it is unimaginable. We are guarded and guided every step of the way.

What To Do To Release Stress

Detach yourself. Put it in perspective. Are you really going to get sick because of certain papers on your desk that need something done to them? Do you choose to ignore your own need for rest or nourishment because you very much want to have a vote in what someone else is choosing. When someone you love is sick or making what you perceive as dangerous choices, move into trust and faith. Release them to their highest good and know the outcome will be perfect.

Non-attachment does not mean not caring. It means releasing it to its only natural fulfillment. If I put out an idea at a meeting I can be very attached to it’s acceptance as the way things should be or I can put it out and let it take the form the group needs for it to take. It may be embraced, it may be tabled, it may be dropped. I offer the idea because it was an intuitive nudge from my inner wisdom. Period. I have offered and I release it.

Non-attachment does not mean you don’t help. But first you need to ask if they person wants your help or advice. Sometimes in our good intentions to assist we actually are sending the message “You can’t do that, you’re not good enough to do that.” A very disempowering message to send.

How Do You Change Your Vibration When You Are Under Stress?

Without going too deeply into the Law of Attraction, we can basically say that like attracts like. When we are vibrating to worry and angst we will definitely attract more of the same. To move from stress to peace we must change our vibration. There are definitely things we can do.

  • Consciously let go of any concern about the result or outcome.
  • Align yourself with wholeness
  • Trust
  • Practice non attachment
  • Stay in the “now,”
  • Don’t worry about “what if.”
  • Under promise and over deliver.
  • Say “no.” Choose only activities that nourish and satisfy you.
  • Let go of the need to control – a situation, another’s actions, an outcome.
  • Ask someone to help you hold your faith steady (friend, spiritual counselor).
  • Allow circumstances to unfold at their own pace. You cannot force a flower to bloom.
  • Exchange fear for trust. Fear contributes to your negative thought.
  • Trust your fundamental beliefs to hold you. Remember that you are a contributing member to a Universe of Love. You are innately whole and serene.
  • Move from your head to your heart by consciously breathing in wholeness to fill your body.
  • Know that everyone is part of one infinite energy
  • Understand that even when souls choose to leave the planet “early” they have chosen their gift of departure in advance.
  • You are only responsible for your own thoughts and actions. (That should keep you busy enough!)
  • Lower and eliminate stress by changing your thoughts and awareness.
  • Look at the situation from another viewpoint.
  • If you like the results and experiences you are doing, keep doing them.
  • If you find areas you desire to change, simply change your vibration by changing your thought.

Your Own Path

My favorite new thing to do is to pick out qualities I want to experience at the beginning of each day. Flow, clarity, peace, serenity, discovery, insights, completion, awareness. The next day when I journal I note what has manifested.

You make your own stress. You can unmake your own stress. Watch your mind and monitor it. Thank it for it’s worrisome, negative, you-can’t-do-it thoughts and in their place put your alignment with the natural flow of the universe, trusting and knowing that when you listen to your inner wisdom each choice will lead you in the perfect direction.

Practice non-attachment. Allow things to happen at their own pace. Watch the natural unfolding of miracle after miracle around you.

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Posted on May 4th, 2006

It isn’t easy keeping your sense of peace when everyone and everything around you is going crazy. Short of completely isolating yourself from the whole world, within a perfectly peaceful environment, what do you do? This article is going to explore quite a few tools that will help you formulate your very own Stress Reduction Plan. This plan will help you keep your cool even when those around you are losing theirs, and quite possibly blaming it on you!

If you’re like me, you work hard at maintaining a desired level of peace and serenity within your life. Then, it can easily be blown in one incident of having to deal with other stressed out people or places. You might find yourself blowing your cool over something inconsequential such as an irate driver, or a longer than preferred line at the store.

When your stress levels soar, you could end up resenting other people or yourself for losing that nice peaceful feeling you were just starting to enjoy. On top of that, it can be frustrating to have to start over again in getting back the serenity you worked so hard to maintain in the first place. Now you’re stressed about being stressed. It can be a vicious, hard to break, cycle. Luckily, there are positive steps you can take to change all that!

Let me first assure you it’s perfectly natural to find yourself getting stressed out along with the people you’re around, or the environment you’re in. Studies show that one negative person can bring down a whole room full of positive people. The same holds true for how one stressed out person can raise the stress levels of those around him/her. There is also the energy in an environment, caused by people, or the environment itself that is a very powerful force to deal with. The more sensitive you are to energy, the more susceptible you will be to energy given off by other people and places. We will talk about how to deal with that in a little while.

I feel the first thing we need to do is put it firmly in our minds that Stress Happens! In all of our efforts to remain calm and peaceful, it’s easy to forget that stressful events in and of themselves are not what does the damage to us. Whether its good or bad stress, coming from within yourself, or from other people and places, it completely depends on how you process the stress that ultimately determines how it will end up affecting you. Cultivating acceptance can help immensely. That is the first, and very important, part of our Stress Reduction Plan.

The next step of the Stress Reduction Plan is to practice staying in the Right Here, Right Now, present time. Staying with the immediate will dramatically decrease feelings of anxiety and fear. You will be aware of the energy going on around you, so you can be alert to stressful energy and deal with it accordingly. You will also be able to face the stress head on before it turns into another tension headache or sleepless night.

One thing that helps me stay mindful of focusing on the present is to practice, practice, and practice some more! Be mindful of how your body moves, feel how your eyes are moving as they read this article, how you are sitting in your chair, how the air around you feels on your body. Listen to what is going on around you, the hum of the computer, or outside traffic passing by; birds singing, whatever you can hear, really take time to hear it. Use all of your senses to experience everything that is around you at all times. Practice these things throughout the day as you accomplish your daily tasks and see if it helps you too.

The third step we are going to take in creating our Stress Reduction Plan is to make a list of your Stress Hot Spots. Perhaps it’s trying to get ready for your day, especially if you’re getting kids to school and significant others off to work. Maybe it’s rush hour, or suppertime, or the end of the workday where things are the most chaotic and apt to take you out of your Happy Place. Really take some time to create a list of all the different areas of your life where stress is going to be inevitable.

Once you have a list of your “Stress Hot Spot” times, ask yourself these questions for each item listed:

· Are there ways you can lessen the impact of that stress for yourself and others? (Maybe it’s as simple as waking up 10 minutes earlier to avoid the morning rush).
· Can you ask others for help?
· Can you allow other people to keep their own feelings of stress in this situation without feeling you’re abandoning them if you don’t join in by getting stressed out yourself?
· Are there any items that you are procrastinating about that might make stressful times even more stressful for yourself or others? How can you correct that?
· Can you find any humor in it at all? There’s usually a lighter side of every situation and looking for that can really help when things start getting too heavy.
· Do you have time for a quick break, before, during, or after the stressful event?
· What others strategies might help Stress Hot Spot times go as smoothly and enjoyably as possible?

Part of creating your list might be to request a team or family meeting to help brainstorm suggestions to alleviate the stressful areas you all share together. This will help improve everyone’s stress level and peace of mind!

After you answer all the questions, add the suggestions you came up with to your Daily To-Do list. It also might be helpful to post some reminder signs around your house or office to keep you aware of what you’re working towards.

Another important part of keeping your cool is to release being judgmental. For example, that excruciatingly slow driver probably isn’t really a bum out to ruin your life. They might be having any number of personal crisis situations going on. You never really know what’s going on in other people’s lives, and most likely they’re not thinking about what’s going on in your life either. Think about when you have been the most challenged in your own life and how wonderful it would feel if others gave you patience and understanding. Maybe you can teach those others a lesson by being the patient, understanding one first. You will feel more control of yourself and your day as well!

Speaking of being in control, Free Will offers us the wonderful blessing of being able to consciously accept or reject stress coming from others. For example, if your boss or life partner is exhibiting high stress symptoms, you can allow them to keep their own stressed energies without becoming attached and absorbing those energies yourself. Allow other people to own their own negative feelings or stress, and allow yourself to stay attached to your own feelings of peace and serenity. You can still be there for the person without experiencing their negative or stressful emotions with them. I can guarantee that you will be a bigger help to them, and to yourself, when you are coming from a center of peace than if you are a stressed out wreck waiting to happen!

Another wonderful thing about Free Will is it gives you the ability to consciously create your environment. If you walk into a room that has negative or stressful energy, imagine positive and peaceful energy filling up the room as well. This will help you from being overcome with the bad energy and help others in the area by drawing out more of their positive energy. It’s a simple scientific equation that like attracts like. In keeping with that equation, the more positive feelings you give out, the more will come back to you. Play with this idea for a while and see how effective it can be.

Of course, unless you are completely enlightened, there will be times that stress gets the best of you. When you get anxious or afraid, allow the feelings to flow through you without fighting with yourself over them. It really is okay to have those, or other not so pleasant emotions from time to time; it’s how you act on them that determine if they are going to be beneficial or harmful to you. Always remember that you have Free Will and can make choices from a place of serenity no matter what situation you find yourself in.

I hope these ideas help you keep your cool even in the most challenging of times. If you would like more specific tools in regard to your own unique lifestyle, I would be more than happy to talk with you about it. Also, I would love to hear from you if you would like to share how these tools I’ve mentioned work for you in your life, or have any other suggestions or questions. Please contact me anytime at http://www.happyher.com/advice/contact.shtml

Tracy Togliatti is a Holistic Practitioner specializing in Energy Psychology and Reiki. She also offers a free advice service and free email Reiki lessons at http://www.happyher.com.

Posted on May 4th, 2006

Stress ia a common part of our daily lives.

Whether we master our stress or our stress masters us makes all the difference.

Depending on the type, amount, duration and intensity of the stress, we can reach a critical limit that differs for each person.

When our stress limit is reached, we send signals to ourselves warning us to slow down or change. We often either miss or ignore these signals until a crisis gets our full attention.

Family physician Dr Karl Hempel tells me that a significant portion of his patients report some kind of stress related symptom. Hopefully these symptoms force us to recognize and deal with the situation.

Signs and symptoms of stress overload

1. Hurrying everywhere, walking, talking, driving faster and faster.

2. Feeling depressed, bored or apathetic most of the time.

3. Feeling chronicaly dissatisfied with life.

4. An otherwise unexplainable change is eating or sleeping habits.

5. Becoming a slave to time saving devices such as the cell phone, palm pilot, etc.

6. Valuing how much you get done vs. how well you do it.

Stress mastering actions you can take

1. Say not when you mean no when your dance card is already full. Keep a 3×5 card at your desk with the word NO printed in large black letters, just as a gentle reminder to yourself.

2. Give up the victim role. Take responsibility for what you can control and influence.

3. As Clint Eastwood said: "A man’s got to know his limitations." You are human and have limits to your time and energy.

4. Take good care of your machine. Eat, exercise and sleep in ways that support you.

5. Organize your time.

6. Take mini-vacations.Whether its a 10 minute nap or a three day getaway, taking a break refreshes you.

These tips, when used, can help you master your stress instead of it mastering you.

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Posted on May 3rd, 2006

Sleeping pills have been the traditional remedy for insomnia and are consumed at a rate far more terrifying than mind changing illegal drugs.

Alternative medicine has hit the market at a similar speed where Godly Peace has been smothered beneath a blanket of suspect spirituality. Lifestyle changes have attacked us all in dramatic ways. Many have been forced to try anything that even looks like providing a peace that will give a tired body just enough power to survive the next day.

True and deep tiredness from a solid day’s work enjoys the reward of a good night’s sleep. Try a simple, free and highly successful remedy that could appear as a ‘joke’ to some but once tried, used every night.

After the shower and probably while still in the bathroom take a few moments to empty your mind following the rules contained within God’s Word.

Recall every negative experiences that may have tried to take root through your thoughts during the day. Speak to these as you would an uninvited intruder to your home, eg "I command all confusion to be washed off this mind", and " I command all negative feelings to be cleaned out of this mind." Finish with, " Thank you for causing the storm to be still"

Verbalize these phrases at least 7-8 times; by this time you will notice a growing peace with a preparedness for bed.

Now, very importantly refill your mind with the PEACE that flows like a river. eg, "Thank you Lord for filling this mind with a Peace that flows like a river", or "Thank you that I will sleep satisfied and untouched by every evil."

Once this ‘habit’ becomes as basic as the shower the sleeping pills will become a thing of the past whilst the new Peace passes all understanding.

Copyright 2006 Patricia Little

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Posted on May 3rd, 2006

One very difficult form of stress to cope with and manage is emotional stress. After all, it is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. Thus, as the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person’s nervous system under severe strain. This could be an event such as losing a loved one, seeing someone die, or being put into a life-threatening situation. An event such as this can put severe strain on a person’s mind and nerves and the incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, emotional stress does not arise from a sudden shock. It can also arise from a total emotional strain that adds up to an overwhelming strain that prevents a person from thinking about anything other than the problems that seem to have no solution. Then, as the stress mounts, the mind is left in its own cocoon of stress that can only call attention to itself, cutting the person off from the world outside. Thus, emotional stress can lead to detachment, and inability to concentrate, fatigue, and even memory problems.

Unfortunately, emotional stress also increases moodiness, which can often make things worse. In fact, those attacks of emotional excess can turn emotional excess up to unbearable levels, leading to further attacks. Then, as these bouts of emotional stress keep adding up, it all becomes too much and the sufferer is left almost completely lost and alone in their own cycle of emotion that hammers incessantly at the brain.

In order to deal with emotional stress, the person who suffers from it needs to take a break from everything that is creating all the emotions. For instance, going on a vacation can be an excellent diversion, as it provides the brain with new inputs that are not charged with associations. By leaving the so-called "scene of the crime" the person who suffers from emotional stress will be able to remove some of the emotional stress by removing its triggers. Then, hopefully, the loop will be broken, allowing the person to start fresh.

Another effective means for dealing with emotional stress is to practice yoga or learn to meditate. Exercises such as these are designed to put the person’s mind in the moment, so that they will not worry about anything other than what they are doing in the case of yoga or, in the case of meditation, by clearing the mind entirely, allowing it to shed its emotions and start again with a clean slate. Either method can be very effective for dealing with emotional stress, as they give the brain a chance to relax. Then, once it is relaxed, it will be able to shed the emotional stress and get back to the business of thinking clearly.

Likewise, having a hobby can be very good for emotional stress. An activity such as needlepoint, building model ships, playing a sport, or going fishing can help shed stress. This is because a person who is engaged in a hobby is enjoying him or herself while thinking only about what they are doing rather than everything that needs to get done. It is as though it is a cross between a vacation and meditation, in that the person is taking a break from life while putting the mind onto something else. Thus, the stress disappears and the person can feel like they are accomplishing something, even if it is only a minor, pointless success. After all, a pointless success is still a success, be it finishing an Afghan, building a small version of the Cutty Sark, or simply catching a nice trout. It’s always nice to know that some sort of effort has been effective, and hobbies are an excellent way to suddenly become effective.

People should not be daunted by emotional stress. Rather, they should try to understand where it is coming from and what they can do to prevent it. Though the effort can sometimes be difficult, success is truly its own reward. After all, achieving an escape from emotional stress will provide instant benefits for the mind and long-term benefits for the body. As well, by understanding emotional stress, people can see what causes it and, hopefully, discover what they need to do to either cope with it or eliminate it entirely. So if you or someone you know is suffering from emotional stress, find some solutions that will work. And by continuing to implement those solutions, emotional stress can be turned into a thing of the past.

Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton

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Posted on May 2nd, 2006

I would like for you to go on an excursion with me, away from your mind. In our journey, you will be able to re-discover the world with childlike wonder and curiosity. Your stress level is going to drop significantly and you are going to become more effective with your mind than what you may now think is possible. This might seem like a totally unrealistic goal to you, maybe even completely far fetched. Please bear with me though, with an open mind and heart. We could very well be taking the first step towards changing your life!

This adventure we are going on will take one week of your time. It won’t cost you a dime and you don’t need to pack anything at all. You can still go about your daily activities and might even find yourself becoming more productive with them as we go. You can invite a friend or loved one, or as many as you like. I will be your humble guide to lead you through the events. Please remember there is a purpose of each adventure that is planned. It will all come together at the end. Now, if you are ready we can begin.

Here is your Itinerary:

Day One: Today we are going to live through our eyes. Spend the entire day looking. It’s as simple as that. Allow your brain to take a break, it doesn’t need to describe or tell you what you are looking at. Just use your eyes to see everything you can see today. Go about your daily tasks as usual while using your eyes as much as you get the opportunity to. Experience the colors in your world, the textures, shapes and architecture; see the trees and sky and nature. Look at your loved ones as though for the first time. If your mind starts thinking about what you’re looking at, just allow the thoughts to pass on by and bring your attention back to seeing with your eyes.

At the end of the day, spend a few moments reflecting about your adventure of looking with your eyes. Use your feelings to experience the emotions about today’s event. Get a good night sleep to prepare for tomorrows journey!

Day Two: This is the day we are going to listen. There is no need to think about what you hear, simply allow your ears to fully live their experience of listening. You can even find silence has a sound to it if you pay enough attention. Listen to the sound of your breath and any sound at all that’s close or far away from you. Listen for tones, volume levels, pitch. Any sound at all is worthy of your ears today.

Spend your evening reflection time to notice how your listening experiences felt throughout the day.

Day Three: Today we are going to physically feel, everything. Feel the way you sit, stand, walk, and recline. Feel how the clothes feel against your body and how the air feels on your skin. Touch things. Feel textures and comfortable temperatures. Allow your body to stretch out and take up space. Feel how your body feels in that space. Your mind does not have to tell you what you are feeling; your body can feel everything all by itself.

During your evening reflection time, feel with your emotions how it feels to feel with your body. Now let that body get some good rest. Tomorrow is another busy day!

Day Four: This is the day we are going to breathe. Of course we have to breathe to survive. But today we are going to pay attention to this. As we breathe, we are going to allow our noses to smell. Breathe softly through your nose today, allow the air to fill into your stomach area and then into your lungs and exhale naturally. As you are doing this, notice the aroma around you, in the air, in the clothes you’re wearing, yours or others perfume, whatever is around you that has an aroma, let your nose notice it. Again, there is no thought necessary for this, just breath and smell as your primary activity today.

Please remember to spend some time reflecting on this adventure at the end of your day. Oh, and keep breathing, I’ve heard it’s good for you!

Day Five: Today is about tasting. If you normally read or watch TV, or work while you eat, please reschedule that today. Every time you eat today, do nothing else other than taste what you are putting into your mouth and body. Really take your time chewing each bite and tasting the flavors of the foods and liquids you choose to eat and drink. Allow your taste buds to fully experience this event without your mind telling you what it is that you’re mouth is busy tasting for you.

Tonight reflect on the adventure of fully tasting the food you ate. If your mind wants to wander, allow it to consider the full experience of what eating is in your life.

Day Six: Today is the final day of our excursion. It’s going to be an adventurous one! Today is about paying attention to everything we have worked on all week. It might take a lot of practice to pay attention to seeing, hearing, feeling, and tasting all at the same time. That’s okay; take as much time as you need to fully incorporate that into your life. Today, just try it out. Breathe all day, then look and listen. Touch what you are looking at and feel it, mix everything all together and see how it goes for you. Remember, your mind still doesn’t need to tell you how to do any of these things, or to tell you what you are doing. Let the thoughts flow by as they may without dwelling on them. Always bring your attention back to seeing, hearing, feeling, and tasting.

For tonight’s reflection feel gratitude for the senses that allow you to fully experience your life.

Day Seven: I hope you had some good fun and good learning during this journey with me. This is the last day I will ask you to do anything. From now on the rest is up to you. Today, I would like for you to reflect on how the past six days have gone for you. Are you feeling that you’ve been able to experience old things in brand new ways? How has your stress level been while you stayed busy using your senses? Have you noticed you can think more clearly about the things you want to think about, and spend less time on all the mental chit chat that distracts you from staying aware of your senses?

Come back to your senses with me anytime you need to lose your mind! I’m always an email away and would love to talk with you. You are welcome to email with questions about applying these tools to your unique lifestyle, or if you need more insight into our daily adventures.

I do want to make special mention to people who may not have all of their physical senses. It’s important to me that no one gets left out of our journey. On the days we are working on anything you may not have use of, substitute that as you normally do. Example; if you are blind, use your sixth sense and your hands to see things for you on the day we are using our eyes.

Tracy Togliatti is a Registered Reiki Master through the Global Reiki Association and an Energy Psychology Practitioner. Tracy is also acting Director of http://www.happyher.com, where she offers a Free Advice service and free email Reiki lessons. You may contact her anytime here http://www.happyher.com/advice/contact.shtml

Posted on May 2nd, 2006

One of the things that so many people neglect as a key to making it great is re-charging their batteries? By this, I mean that they run so hot for so long, that they get burned out. I have been guilty of this in the past, and have stopped just short of completing some of my goals because I started out too fast. Keeping in mind that life is a marathon, not a sprint, is helpful, but there’s more than just self-affirmations to help you recharge and rejuvenate.

Rest - This is one of the hardest things for me to do, as evidenced by this post at 11:00 PM on a work night. I find that I don’t need a ton of sleep every single night, but 4 out of 7 nights, I really need my 7-8 hours of sleep to feel completely refreshed and recharged. Your mileage may vary, but 7-8 hours should be enough. One thing that I find really hurts me is oversleeping to try to catch up. These 10 hour power snoozes don’t help, and in fact they end up making me more tired than before. I’ve found that focusing on the 7-8 hours is enough for me. You’ll find your sweet spot, and once you do, do everything you can to stay in it!

Reflect - I find that taking the time to reflect on what’s happening in my life every few days helps me keep things in perspective and stops negative thoughts before they get out of control. Contrary to what some think, my life is not perfect, I have bad days too. I just try to make time to think about why they’re bad days, and try to make sure I keep those things out of my life as much as I can. Of course some days are easier than others, but taking the time to reflect will at least help understand how you’re feeling, and hopefully why you’re feeling that way. It takes practice, to be sure, and it’s worth it!

Read - I read as much as I can, some for pleasure, mostly for self-improvement. I couple this with some reflection time, and I find that this is some of the best part of my day. You don’t have to read a novel to get away; find a blog you enjoy, an online newsletter that pumps you up, or just an old e-mail from a friend. Think about the words and really immerse yourself in whatever you’re reading. It will help you de-stress and re-charge!

Relax - We all relax differently, some by reading, some by reflecting, some by resting, and some by doing something altogether different. Whatever you find is your most relaxing thing, or is your most relaxing place, make time to do this or get there at least once a week, and you’ll notice a difference in your energy level.

Phil Gerbyshak leads a team of IT help desk professionals in Milwaukee, WI, and finds that sharing his knowledge is a crucial component in his success as a leader and as a person. Phil’s personal philosophy is paraphrased from Tim Sanders’ fantastic book Love is the Killer App: "Share your knowledge, your network, and your love. The rest will follow." Read more of Phil’s ideas at http://makeitgreat.org

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