Jun 222016

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZThe Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life
Two recent studies suggest that the right amount of exercise for a long life is less than you might expect. Any amount of exercise is better than none. Exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death. But it hasn’t come with precise dosing instructions. Now we have a better idea of how much is optimal.

Why you should stop talking to your car
Talking is basically human and we’re wired for it. But recent studies find that verbally interacting with your car is distracting. This article describes the three reasons why talking to your car interferes with your ability to drive safely.

15 Things Introverts Do Best
About 50% of the population identifies as introvert. Introverts are misunderstood in a society geared to extroverts. Extroverts tend to take center stage, while the introverts prefer to work from behind the scenes. This article highlights some of the strengths that introverts bring to the party.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 162016

Sun RaysQuestion: I believe that I have what I need to do what ever I want, but how do I learn to use what I have?

Answer: I understand how it is to feel power within, but not know what to do with it. Your capabilities are as great as you can imagine. It’s been said that “Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.”

Many times, we can conceive of doing great things, have fantastic ideas, but if we don’t believe we can actually accomplish them, then they don’t come into fruition. We are both limited and freed by how much we believe in ourselves and our potential.

We each have everything we need within us to achieve what we want, but most of us just follow the path we’ve always taken. To actually make the strides to a better future, we have to be able to let go of old, restrictive ways of thinking, and believe (there’s that word again) that change is possible.

And then we have to take a step. One step leads to another and another. It’s a practice and a process. As we start practicing, we’re led to other opportunities and resources.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 152016

In Linda-Ann world, there are two levels of intention. Do you follow through on your intentions and make changes in your life, or do you simply intend to do so? If you simply intend to take action, you’ll simply stay in the same place. Learn how setting an intention can change your results.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 092016

Grand Canyon Rim TrailHow to Motivate Yourself to Do Virtually Anything
Whatever you want to achieve, you have to remain motivated even through boredom and setbacks. Your motivation depends on how well you persist and how easily you procrastinate. Learn about 3 aspects and 19 tips for motivation.

Scientists just discovered a key reason why ‘jerks’ often succeed at work
You might assume that unlikable people are successful because they’re smarter and more creative. That they’re better at coming up with original ideas than their more affable peers. Read about the research that indicates this assumption is wrong.

Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains
Many people often find themselves consumed by negative thoughts which which can lead to depression and anxiety. A recent study found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts, increases creativity, improves ADHD and many other benefits.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jun 032016

Sunset at Hopi Point at Grand CanyonHere’s why writing things out by hand makes you smarter
Research shows laptops are terrible for note-taking in classrooms. Handwriting is better because it slows the learner down, accelerates learning and engages the student in the material. Learn more reasons why writing is better for learning and memory.

Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition
We have an increased life expectancy and have an investment in making sure our minds stay sharp. Advanced technologies have enabled researchers to understand how the brain works, what it responds to, and even how to retrain it. Cognitive scientists say these simple rituals can help your brain grow new cells, form new neural pathways, improve cognition, and keep your outlook positive and sharp.

Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness
Research in the field of happiness is acquiring ever more nuance and sophistication as new studies build on and even re-interpret findings from previous years. Researchers are fine-tuning their understanding of the actual causes, consequences, and current state of humans’ social and emotional well-being. Read about the practical implications and potential applications of this research.

May 272016

Flagstaff ArboretumThe Toxic Attraction Between an Empath and a Narcissist
This is written from the viewpoint of an empath. She contends that a narcissist is a wounded soul who takes and an empaths is a healer who gives. It’s a match made in hell. The empath needs to wake up and realize the destructive nature of the narcissist. This article gives some guidance to empaths on how to detach and heal from this kind of encounter.

How to Start a New Habit
When you start a new habit, but don’t carry it through, it’s tempting to beat up on yourself. But that’s counter-productive. Instead, ask yourself some questions to find what works for you.

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.
Neuroscience has proved that the brain is malleable, that your thoughts shape how it responds to situations. It shifts with every thought. This article explains how your brain chooses between two opposing thoughts and feelings, having been molded from your previous thoughts. It also suggests a practice to train your brain to trigger more positive and optimistic ideas.

May 262016

Enlightenment for Beginners: Discovering the Dance of the Divine
by Chuck Hillig

This book was originally titled “What Are You Doing In My Universe.” A client mentioned how much he liked this book, and how it was a great primer for anyone seeking enlightenment. I remembered that I’d gotten it years ago, and brought it out to re-read. It takes less than thirty minutes to complete this book, but it’s time well-spent.

The author explains the reason for the game we play with ourselves, why we’ve chosen to forget our true nature. To keep ourselves entertained, we’ve accepted the illusion of separation between the Universe and the individual.

Rather than just philosophically explaining our delusion, this book makes great use of pictures and dots to humorously make the point. By illustrating the basic concept of Oneness, the author makes it clearer than a book of a thousand pages could possibly do.

For all ages, from eight on up, it would be a cute gift for someone learning about spirituality. And it’s a great reminder for everyone of our true nature.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 172016

Do you have a dream? Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” You have the potential to fulfill your dream, but you need to cultivate some qualities within yourself to be able to successfully. Learn what 4 qualities to you should nurture so that you can accomplish your dream.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

May 132016

Sunset Crater, Flagstaff AZQuestion: Why do I attract critical people into my life?

Answer: There will always be some negative people who swirl into and out of our world. But if critical people are a constant in your life, then something else is generally going on. There can be several reasons for this.

The first could be that they’re simply reflecting the inner critic within you. You may be very judgmental of yourself, and you’ve attracted them because of your own self-criticism. If they put you down in similar ways that you do to yourself, or pick on characteristics that you already feel insecure about, this is probably the case.

A second reason could be that, due to low self-esteem, you don’t set appropriate boundaries. Negative people can generally sense who they can belittle without consequences and who they can’t. When they can, they simply dump their discontentment on others.

In both of these cases, standing up to the criticism (both inner and outer) will help to eliminate them from your life. They’ll either change their response to you or leave your life.

Another reason for critical people in your life could be that you may be so positive and optimistic that you’re stirring up others’ unhappiness. “Misery loves company” as the old saying goes, and these folk may be trying to bring you down. Unfortunately, whenever someone is happy, positive, upbeat, and successful, it casts a light on others’ attitudes and they don’t like what they see in themselves.

Instead of changing, they try to change you. In this case, realize it’s their issue, not yours. Take appropriate action when you need to, letting them know that their negativity isn’t appreciated. These are simply unhappy people.

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May 122016

Step Through Woods5 timeless philosophy tips for a happy, successful life
The ancient Stoic philosophers are often dismissed as joyless and boring intellectuals. But the Stoics were very interested in the pursuit of things like happiness and success; they merely pursued them in different ways than most. With a few simple changes in perspective and behavior, the Stoics knew that it was possible to achieve a lasting form of personal happiness. Fortunately for us, their techniques remain highly relevant today as this video shows.

10 Uncomfortable Feelings that Indicate You are Taking the Correct Path
Change is not an easy process for anyone and may often bring on some uncomfortable feelings. Many people will take these feelings as a sign that they are doing something wrong and that they should take a step back and re-evaluate. But these uncomfortable feelings can indicate that you’re on the right path for you.

Overcoming Stereotypes in the Classroom through Values Affirmation
Unfortunately, there’s plenty of evidence suggesting that education might not be as equalizing as many would like. When people expect that they should have some flaw or difficulty, the expectation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But research has shown that there are subtle interventions that could combat deep-rooted stereotypes.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart