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Jan 182017
 

GC-Sunset-4-16-0742-smWant to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit
In less time than it takes you to have lunch, you could be expanding your brain. Those who practiced this habit increased their IQ by an average of 23 percent and the effect was lasting. There were also several other beneficial side-effects. And you can have these results in as little as 4 days.

Science Says The Seed Of Depression Is Hidden In Your Gut, Not Your Brain
Scientists have discovered that the cause of depression, anxiety, and several other disorders, including autism and hyperactivity, have been linked to abnormalities in the intestinal tract. The good news is that you can do make some simple changes to improve the quality of your intestinal health.

5 Simples Strategies for Conquering Self-Doubt
Most people, at some time or other, have feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Unfortunately, it holds you back from living up to your potential and can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Try these remedies to get yourself unstuck from the quicksands of self-doubt.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Create More Space for Your Dream

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Jan 172017
 

Are you always trying to put more and more into an already overloaded life and schedule? You’re eventually going to run out of time and space to work on your dream. The only way you can remedy this is to let go of things that aren’t helping any longer. Learn why it’s so important and how you can create more space in your life.



~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Nov 012016
 

GC-RimTr-sm-09184 Signs Of Seemingly Nice People With Hidden Motives
Sometimes we mistake what a person is like, based on how they appear. We don’t see through them to who they truly are until it’s too late. There are usually red flags that signal us that all isn’t as it seems. This article describes some of these valuable signs.

Visual: The Effects of Mindfulness
This is a series of infographics showing the positive effects of meditation and mindfulness. The effects impact the mind, body and emotions. It also describes the difference between meditation and mindfulness.

5-Step Formula For Interrupting Anxiety and Negativity
This article describes evidence based strategies to reduce stress and anxiety. Each of these techniques interrupts the neural circuits involved in negative feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

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Oct 282016
 

GC-RimTrail-sm-0923This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making
Everyone makes a bad decision now and then. It’s not always easy to know why that happens. This infographic can help you identify some of the reasons so you can make better decisions in the future.

Create a Vision Board To Reach Your Goals
One of the most challenging parts of achieving goals is sticking with them. A vision board can be a wonderful tool for reminding yourself about your goals each day and keep them fresh in your mind. This article provides specific directions on how to create one.

How to Complain Less
Complaining is almost never a positive reaction to our circumstance. However, it’s rarely a healthy response, and affects every area of your life. This article lists not only the consequences of complaining, but 8 tips on how to do it less frequently.

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Sparks of Insight

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Oct 142016
 

Sparks of InsightWhat thoughts are you depositing in your mind? Your mind is like a bank, your thoughts attract others like them, whether they’re positive or negative. They compound, which means they grow in a similar fashion. If you dwell on fear or anger, they’ll increase into anxiety or hostility. However, by putting your attention mainly on peace and harmony, those will propagate into serenity and joy. You’re in charge of your thoughts. Be aware of their direction and deposit the kind you want.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Book Review – Enlightenment for Beginners: Discovering the Dance of the Divine

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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