Sep 022015

Flagstaff Aspen Rainbow9 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Stop Worrying
Numerous studies show that worry strains our mental and physical health. If you’re a chronic worrier, try some of these techniques to stop the cycle.

Science of stress: how neuroscience can help teachers switch off this summer
Don’t let worries about the upcoming school year ruin your break. Instead, take the time off to develop a positive mindset by setting yourself achievable goals. Although this article is targeted for teachers, it’s for anyone who deals with stress.

‘Angst, anxiety, misery’: For some, meditation has a seldom-discussed dark side
Meditation, for all its de-stressing and self-development potential, can take you deeper into the darkest recesses of your own mind than you may have wished for. Researchers and therapists need to know both the benefits and the risks of meditation for different kinds of people. This is an important article for those who are serious about meditation.

Sep 012015

Sun RaysWayne Dyer, author and motivational speaker, passed away recently. He was a pioneer in the self-help industry publishing the best seller, Your Erroneous Zones, in the mid-70’s. It launched him into the national limelight and he went on to become a leader in the spiritual field. He transformed millions of lives by giving them the direction of how to improve. To honor him, here are some of his quotes to help you live up to your potential.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

“Self-worth comes from one thing: Thinking that you are worthy.”

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”

“If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.”

“With everything that has happened to you, you can feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.”

“If we focus on what’s ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives.”

“When you abandon making choices, you enter the vast world of excuses.”

“You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.”

“Begin with the end in mind. Start with the end outcome and work backwards to make your dream possible.”

“A belief system is nothing more than a thought you’ve thought over and over again.”

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Aug 252015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATreating Trauma with Tetris
Neuroscientists say the timeless video game’s challenging visual and spatial attributes may block unwanted memories. It turns out playing Tetris after re-experiencing trauma significantly reduces the frequency of flashbacks.

Type Of Meditation – An Overview Of 23 Meditation Techniques
This article will help you navigate the sea of different practices of seated meditation, briefly explaining each of them, and pointing to further resources. There are literally hundreds – if not thousands – of types of meditation, so here this article explores only the most popular ones.

25 Easy Tips to Increase Productivity at Work
Find ways for you and your team to increase productivity at work. Instead of trying to do a bunch of these at once, find a couple that you can implement within your organization or department and practice them for a few days. This article includes tools and resources that can not only improve efficiency but lower your stress.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Aug 192015

Hand holding seedlingQuestion: Why is it that an affirmation works for the first day or two, then stops working?

Answer: Remember that an affirmation only works on your consciousness, that’s what it’s changing. What is different in the way you use it in the first couple of days and the way you use it after that? Many times, when using an affirmation, it will be effective when a person is not putting pressure on it to perform.

I know that may not seem to make sense. But when a person tries to force the outcome, or has the attitude of “Okay, where is the result,” the conscious mind has taken control and is trying to force the issue. In that case, the subconscious doesn’t have the energy to fulfill its mission. The conscious mind is using it all.

A good analogy would be to imagine cupping your hand to hold water in it. If your hand is more relaxed and open, it will be able to hold the water. While if you place your hand in the water, but try to grab it by making a fist, the water will escape. When using an affirmation, you have to use it gently, and know that even when it doesn’t seem to be working, it is working on changing your consciousness.

I think letting go of control one of the most difficult things to learn in mind power. We have to trust the subconscious to manifest the subject of the affirmation, and our left-brained, western society is directly opposed to that. We’re taught to try to control the outcome by thinking constantly about it. That doesn’t work. Whenever you think of the issue, just remind yourself that your subconscious is handling it.

And remember that you’re training yourself. Just like learning a new sport, it’s going to take practice to get it right. And you won’t hit a perfect 100% all the time. Even the best basketball player doesn’t get the ball in the basket every time, but by practicing more, they do sink the basket a significant number of times.

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Aug 192015

Flagstaff Aspen Rainbow15 Lies Your Subconscious Brain is Secretly Telling You to Prevent Your Wildest Dreams
Your subconscious has been programmed by thoughts and ideas you’ve accepted over the years. Unfortunately, much of what you believe is a lie. This article identifies 15 of those ideas and provides ways to upgrade, reframe and improve those ideas so that they support you and your endeavors.

Your Perception Is Your Reality
Marketers, magicians and the people in your life make you see things the way they want you to. Unless you’re aware of your perception or way you look at things, someone is going to be able to hijack it and use it to their advantage. This articles explains why you need to be aware of your perception, and how you can change it and change your life.

Scientific Proof that Positivity can Alter Reality
The writer of this article used to be a cynic and devoted to his negative thinking. Then he discovered that it didn’t serve him. He describes a scientific experiment of what happens when positive and negative thoughts are directed at a beaker of rice.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Aug 132015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowHow to Train Your Brain to Stay Positive
All too often, we beat ourselves up for our failures or let ourselves dwell on the negative. By focusing on the positive, we’re more motivated, productive, and likely to succeed. Here are three tips to help you train your brain to stay positive.

Research: Meditation does more than calm your mind, it changes your brain
Practicing yoga and meditation can do more than calm your mind — research shows it can change your brain. Researchers found it changes parts of the brain connected to learning, memory, focus and the stress response.

Why Hiding Your True Self Feels So Terrible
Finding ways to be true to yourself — whatever that means to you — may be something more than a meaningless self-help cliché. Most people feel tainted when they behave in ways that feel false and feel good when they act in authentic ways. To our minds, authenticity may be a moral imperative.

Aug 072015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowHave we finally unlocked the secret to happiness?
Scientists reveal the four simple steps that will banish the blues. A 10-week program, created by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, uses a series of exercises that they say helps train people’s minds into choosing happiness. Dr Amit Sood, who led the research, says 40 to 50 per cent of your happiness depends on the choices you make and where you place your focus each day. This article includes a video and instructions with 3 practices to lift your day.

Personal development: 7 ways you can push yourself never to quit
Do you always feel defeated especially when you are striving towards something really important to your development? As long as you put your mind to it, you can always overcome these hurdles that look impossible from the beginning. This article lists 7 things you can do to push yourself towards that set goal.

Why Affirmations Have Failed You and 4 Steps to Change That
Science has proven that affirmations, when done correctly, are an effective tool for quickly becoming the person you need to be to achieve everything you want in your life. This article has 4 steps to create affirmations that will work for you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Jul 312015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowMindfulness has lost its Buddhist roots, and it may not be doing you good
Mindfulness has gotten very popular in recent years. However, few realize that, for some people, can be harmful. Mindfulness is designe to change our perception of ourselves and the world. Some cannot handle this shift.

Students ‘cannot multi-task with mobiles and study’
Students cannot successfully multi-task in using mobile phones while they are studying, US research suggests. Researchers found that students sending and receiving messages while studying scored lower test results and were less effective at tasks such as note taking. This article examines how multi-tasking affects various aspects of students’ lives.

Sue Bruns: Multitasking: Doing many things at once, but completing nothing
Originally a computer term, the definition of “multitask” (verb) is “to execute two or more jobs concurrently.” It means that the computer is quickly switching from one task to another, alternating between them. This is an amusing article describing the process of multitasking while at the same time modeling what happens when you do.

Jul 152015

When something occurs that concerns us, many times we let worry about what could happen drain us of any creativity or joy. We borrow trouble and it generally never happens. Instead of letting your fears control you, follow along on this meditation to help you take charge of your thoughts and imagine something better.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart