7 Steps to SOULer Power

 HAPPINESS Handbook Rule #1
  

Autumn’s in the air and my favorite month for holiday is around the corner. Now that’s a happy thought. More on that later …For now, do yourself a favor and look at that word – Happiness. It’s subject is as broad as it is deep. Defining it’s essence is as elusive as capturing the feeling. How do YOU define happiness? I’ve captured my take on it in a revealing yet practical book coming this holiday season. My FREE gift to you! Simply comment below with your opinion on the subject. What is it that really ignites your Happiness gene? Or do you believe it’s just a scam? How much stock do you put into the effort of BEcoming happy and is it worth it? 
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Is Society our Extended MindBody?

It’s mid year and thought I’d repost my most popular blogs of 2014. Enjoy your S3XY Holistic Life this week!!

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A) Do you secretly believe that our minds really do ‘project’ our own perspective as a filter over an otherwise unbiased Reality?

B) Or do you consider other’s thoughts as an individual and unique filter of their own making when considering negotiations, conversations or merely a casual conversation?

C) Perhaps it’s neither and you really don’t think about either point of view (POV) at all. Laugh it off, you think, since I don’t believe anyone else knows (or cares) anyhow. After all, it’s how my family has operated for generations.

Which group do you fall into most of the time? Now depending on your POV, you probably have an entirely different result in conversations, relationships and life in general. I’m not a betting person, but in this case I’d put my money on B as perhaps the most successful in this selection. Not to say A or C aren’t a…

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The Root of Better Sex?


The Root of Better Sex?

A root vegetable, maca (Lepidium meyenii) has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years in the highlands of the South American Andes, as well as in Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Because maca is about 11% protein, it is a highly nutritious staple of South American cuisine. It can be baked, roasted, prepared as porridge, and even made into a fermented drink. However, natives of the Andes consider fresh maca to be harmful, so they only consume this vegetable after it has been dried and then boiled to rehydrate it.

But maca isn’t just valued for its culinary potential.

See, South Americans have used the root to help enhance fertility in both animals and people. Not long after their conquest in South America, the Spanish found that their livestock were reproducing poorly and local Indians recommended giving maca to the animals. The Spanish found the results so remarkable that they chronicled the effects.

Maca was popular for other reasons, too. Inca warriors are said to have used maca to increase their energy and vitality – but they were prohibited from consuming it after battle, supposedly to protect women from their increased impulses.

Perhaps it’s tales like these that have helped foster maca’s reputation as an aphrodisiac. Indeed, today maca is available in a variety of supplemental forms, including powder, capsules, and tonics. It’s marketed as a way to improve function in both men and women, as well as increase fertility.

The folklore is certainly intriguing. But how does maca measure up in scientific research?

A Libido Letdown…

Laboratory research has identified a number of potentially important compounds in maca, including macaene and macamide, fatty acids that some investigators believe may improve performance. However, the actual effect of these substances is still unclear.

Despite the impressive claims for maca, most of the evidence for this supplement comes from animal studies. For example, one study of male rats found that those given maca experienced enhanced function. Studies have also looked at the effects of maca on male and female fertility in animals, but results are mixed.1

As for human clinical trials, there appear to be just two that have examined maca for sexuality. The first, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of men aged 21 to 56, investigated the effects of 1,500 or 3,000 mg of maca or a placebo on the men’s libido.

After 12 weeks, the researchers found that men taking maca did experience an increase in desire, although the supplement did not affect levels of testosterone or other hormones.2

But there’s a problem: Most men who experience sexual issues do so because of impaired function (such as impotence), not because of decreased desire. So while this study had a positive outcome, it does nothing to support the widespread claim that maca acts like a “natural Viagra”.

Another small study of just 9 men found that taking either 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg of maca daily for 4 months was associated with increased sperm count and sperm function. Yet this trial did not use a control group and is not considered a gold-standard study.3

Meanwhile, there are not yet any human studies of maca’s purported benefits for female fertility or function. And the supplement does not appear to increase levels or testosterone or any other hormones in people.4



Rebecca Solnit: Feminism — The Men Arrive!

Vox Populi

(Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues,” though violence and discrimination against women are only women’s issues because they’re things done to women — mostly by men, so maybe they should always have been “men’s issues.”

The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism, in which the conversation has been transformed, as have some crucial laws, while new voices and constituencies joined in. There have always been men who agreed on the importance of those women’s issues, and some who spoke…

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Are Microwaves Loving You Back?

Since moving, we have not had a microwave, nor intend to. After trial and error we have found other ways to eat – mostly healthier options.

At Harvard, they’ve printed an evidence based report on Microwaves and your Health. Check it out and comment below on your thoughts.

True or False? Microwaves are Hazardous to your Health?

Love Yourself

Mind Over Matter? Mind Can Change Matter!
The notion that you can “think your way” to, well, any number of things, is hardly new. You can think your way toward success! Think your way through that last set of push-ups! Think your way… happier. Some people scoff, but research has shown time and again that this so-called “brain training” is a real thing. With enough practice, thought patterns can be altered.

If you live in the vicinity of Northwestern University, you might want to check out what promises to be a fascinating symposium next week—Richard J. Davidson, renowned psychology researcher and New York Times best-selling author, is presenting on the topic of Happiness as a Skill on October 16th, 2014. There will be both a lecture and a panel discussion.

The notable bit here is that Dr. Davidson’s research shows that this isn’t just about habits and actions, but real physiological brain changes which can be deliberately curated. From the lecture description:

This talk will examine the brain’s ability to change itself and enhance emotional well being through mental training and contemplative practices. The presented material will address the concept of neuroplasticity, which is the idea that our behaviors, thoughts, and actions have a robust and measurable effect on brain function and structure. By cultivating positive thoughts and behaviors we literally, at the level of biology, can alter our brain a positive manner.

Cultivating the skills which boost happiness actually changes our brains. How cool is that?? So working on being happier can alter our brains in all sorts of positive ways, making the human brain the only entity I can think of which can decide to change itself on a molecular level and then just… do it. (Nike should totally be using brains in their commercials instead of athletes.)

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Can Mindful Meditation Help Me Make Better Choices?

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Short answer: yes

There are literally hundreds of meditations available – from medical hypnosis to yogic chants – and all claim they work. How do you know which one is right for you, if any at all? Good question. Interesting answer.

Let’s start with another story of mine from my own experience. In this one, I’m 19 and in college full-time, working part-time as a waitress during the late shift and commuting a bit, living in the OC. Surfing was my outlet and I ate well enough, though sleep was wanting, I just couldn’t focus at times. Seeing signs of burn-out, my mother the psychotherapist, recommended I learn Self Hypnosis since I was a bit energetic to sit still long enough to meditate at that time. First things first. She taught me the basic principles and I’ve heard the stories of anonymous clients that it helped in her practice at the dinner table night after night. So I was confident in this technique and gave it try. Eventually she gave me a recording of a session for Focus and Confidence to use daily either upon rising or retiring. I found out later this is the optimal time of the mind’s use of theta waves, as you’ve probably experienced yourself in that half dreamy half awake state. This has been found to be the most suggestible period when one can make changes easily and rapidly – not to mention permanently. Well, you didn’t need to twist my arm to convince me to try it – what have I got to lose? Well, my mind for one my brother had provokingly teased. “What if it’s evil suggestions being implanted into your brain?“, he taunted. Not sure if he really meant it (my family has a knack for theatrics) but it did give me pause. Of course, I understood that what was being ‘implanted into (my) brain’ was all good, and invited, yet it worked so well I wondered if it was magic at the very least. I was on top of the world with my usual vitality and happiness again. My focus returned and I felt as if I floated from one goal to the next.

Fast forward to the present, and I can still vouch for hypnosis as well as meditation, although some Sanskrit chants are off limits for me – even some Buddhist’s practices have dark chants, so caution is recommended. However, for the most part I’ve found something for every circumstance in my life so far that is applicable. I wouldn’t use it as a crutch – at least not for more than 30 days at a time – just until desired results are achieved as if by second nature.

Neither is this practice suggested as a substitute for prayer, but as a complement to your spiritual practice. If you so choose to take only a scientific route, medical hypnosis has been proven to work with hard data to back it up. Anyone can just Google any habit to be removed + hypnosis research and you will uncover plenty. Although I have been creating my own recordings now for over 10 years, I have a few sites that can also steer you in the right direction. A few good ones are available at Hypnosis Network – Dr. Sara Gottfried swears by it. Victoria Wizell, a good friend of mine, has a very soothing approach that can be found at HypTalk.

If you’re interested in a Mindful Meditation recording of only 10 minutes, please let me know. If you think you can use a bit of willpower at the grocery store, let me be your angel on your shoulder for those first few minutes while you fight off your demons for sugar, pastries, processed food, and the like. (don’t expect me to steer you past the dark chocolate though!)
Mindful Meditation is a wakeful walking meditation that incorporates proactive participation. It’s fun and entertaining without the guilt trip. You’ll walk away feeling much better about yourself no matter what you actually choose to buy. Because after all, you are on a journey – and it all starts with that first step.

P.S. Custom recordings are also available after filling out an anonymous Questionnaire and a 30 min custom session will be delivered to you. Prices vary on treatment.