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May 2017

The “Bodymind” Connection

“In the end, I find I can’t separate brain from body. Consciousness isn’t just in the head. Nor is it a question of mind over body. If one takes into account the DNA directing the dance of the peptides, the body is the outward manifestation of the mind. The new science of psycho-neuro-immunology is redefining the connection between mind and body. We can no longer speak of body and mind as separate systems or entities. Bodymind – one word, no hyphen.”                                                    Candice Pert, author of “Molecules of Emotion” In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in the field of mind/body medicine. However the mind/body connection did not come into view until the 1800’s. Prior to that time, the mind and body were thought of as two separate parts. One pioneer in this field was Hans Selye, the father of stress research. In the twentieth century, he developed the concept of stress and the physiological response to stress by the body. He concluded that the body has the same response to many different types of stressors, and that stress can make you ill. Since Selye’s work, others have studied the impact of stress on the body such as George Solomon at Stanford University, Robert Ader at the University of Rochester, and most recent, Candice Pert at Johns Hopkins. Her pioneering research provides evidence that chemicals, (neuropeptides) in the body are the basis for awareness and consciousness, and profoundly influence how we respond to and experience our world. “The body is not a mindless machine; the body and mind are one.” (Book; Molecules of Emotion by Candice Pert) The stress response has been man’s survival mechanism since early times. The “Fight or Flight” response protected man from being eaten by a predator, but also enabled man to hunt for food. Today, this…

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Nov 2016

Creating Empowering Daily Rituals

“Through the ancient teachings of yoga, we know that our thoughts lead to actions; our actions become habits; our habits form our character; and our character determines our destiny. Daily ritual is the act of taking positive thoughts and putting them into action.”   Transform Your Life With the Power of Ritual   By Bhava Ram (www.chopra.com) Our hectic lifestyles often leave us stuck in a cycle of stress and overwhelm. We perform daily tasks mindlessly as we let life just happen around us. It becomes difficult to make any life changes because we are physically and emotionally disconnected from our true self. As a result, we can no longer tap into our innate ability for personal growth and healing. Rituals are a vibrational expression that activate our inner power. We create them in order to shift our energy towards a greater connectedness to ourselves. They are a set of specific actions performed daily that have strong personal meaning for us. What separates rituals from habits is intention. We become consciously aware of each action we take and what meaning it has for us. Habits are usually performed unconsciously but are just as important because they provide safety and structure to our everyday lives. Rituals raise our mind/body awareness that brings us into a holistic state of being. Rituals can be performed any time of the day, but much attention has been given to creating a morning ritual. Morning rituals help wake up our mind and body so we can greet the day with a positive mindset. They allow us to set our intention for the day before we become distracted with the tasks of daily living. They improve productivity by increasing our focus on what is important, what our goals are, and how to achieve them. They can reduce stress about…

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