For most of us, life is “semi-normal,” these days, compared to how we were living up until this past February. Stand back for a second, and survey your life: we’re still managing to make it through the day, maintaining a job, paying our rent or mortgage, and putting food on the table.
We feel free, especially when binge-watching movies for hours. Yet we are still aware of potential danger any time we don a mask, avoiding any possibility of exposure to COVID. For most of us, life goes on the way it normally does…sort of… we drive our cars, listen to the news, take walks and play outside in our backyard.
When I stand back and observe life from a distance, not only are our present circumstances highly unusual (compared to “pre-COVID conditions): it’s as if we’re living through an existential dilemma. This causes us to gradually question the philosophical nature of our existence, despite the fact some may not be fully aware of it. Feel free pause and really take this thought in:
“What does it really mean to be alive?”
Certainly, after all the brutality of WWII, American and European society returned to a period of peace and normalcy. Today, however, our challenge is not only global, but it’s also invisible. The worldwide presence of COVID informs us that risk (and therefore dangerous situations) may be lurking around the corner at any moment. This causes us to constantly be on a “low frequency of high alert,” which sounds quite contradictory.
As one of my mentors has said to me over the years: “Katie, when really bad things happen, then really good things happen.” Human beings have much to gain by navigating through this multi-faceted situation. Through increased awareness of our focus on our personal integrity and safety, we can make healthier decisions.
focus even more closely on how to improve self-confidence as well as our ability to solve problems
It’s time to focus even more closely on how to improve self-confidence as well as our ability to solve problems.
Last month, an accident with my computer prevented me from offering you a group session of BWRT, which can improve both your sense of optimism and focus on maintaining a new positive outlook in your daily life. Although we weren’t able to have the workshop last month, we will be offering it on Wednesday, September 9th at 5:30 PM. The workshop will last no longer than 20-30 minutes, and I will briefly explain BWRT before proceeding forward with the exercise.
Every one of us has endured many challenging experiences and thoughts due to our potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. Some of you have worked tirelessly as nurses, nurse practitioners, and doctors. And some of you may have lost friends, relatives, and co-workers to the virus. Like the concept of Six Degrees of Separation, we are all related as human beings walking through the same experience on this earth.
I recall how the Ebola outbreak caused consternation amongst people around the world in 2014. Yet, once it was contained, we felt safe. Our collective unconscious and our negative thoughts had initially stoked the fire of fear. The media stirred it up as well.
Positive Emotions are Helpful
As the Dalai Lama stated in 2009: We first have to learn how negative emotions and behaviors are harmful to us, and how positive emotions are helpful. We must realize how those negative emotions are not only very bad and detrimental to one personally, but harmful to society and the future of the whole world as well.
I’m sure you all have heard about BWRT from me – a highly effective technique for lowering anxiety and improving self-esteem, amongst many other areas where we experience challenges in our lives. If you’re interested in revisiting this modality, you can learn more here.
I plan to offer two free workshops (via Zoom) in June, which use BWRT to focus on assisting you with how to eliminate specific emotions such as fear or lack of confidence. Each workshop will have a limit of 25 people. Each invitation will explain how using Brain Working Recursive Therapy in a group setting will galvanize your focus. At a future date, I will offer a free hypnosis session for those who might wish to participate.
I will forward an invitation to you in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I would like to close with a quote from Shirley Ward, a highly respected steward of the earth:
“We are all one. A profound shift will occur when humanity realizes each of us is an integral part of nature and the planet. Every idea, event, catastrophe, or healing is conceived, gestated, and birthed. The universe is in us, and we are in the universe, each affecting the other.”
As you already know, I frequently work with clients wishing to limit their weight through hypnotherapy. I think all of us are aware that the “Standard American Diet” (SAD diet) encourages many of us to eat excessive amounts of meat, as well as certain carbohydrates such as white rice, French fries, pastries, and other sugary sweets. Vegetables and salads are included in the SAD diet, but unless they have been prepared with healthy, fresh ingredients, their nutritional value is often underrated.
A Refreshing Approach to Healthy Eating
Hypnotherapy (along with BWRT) can successfully motivate a client to reduce their weight and caloric intake, alongside a strong motivation to exercise. I was recently investigating alternatives to the “SAD” diet and came across a refreshing approach to healthy eating, all summarized in a program entitled “The Forks Over Knives Program.”
A Highly Appealing and Delicious Approach to Eating
Today I want to introduce you to an intriguingly distinctive way of changing how you eat. A word of caution: it isn’t for everyone. However, I have read several stories of men and women who’ve lost up to 300 lbs. through this highly appealing and delicious approach to eating. Once again, no judgment here!
Here is what some of you might wish to explore through the Forks Over Knives nutritional program:
Meat and potato/rice diets are unsustainable, both from the vantage point of your health and the health of our planet.
Included below are top tips to motivate you to consider changing your diet:
Make sure your meals include lots of fruits and starches such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, whole grains, and legumes. For example, consider these entrees: sweet potato pie, chickpea pot pie, black bean chili, etc.
Meat is either excluded, or minimally included (chicken is ok; so is fish and dairy products including eggs) as well as oil, bleached flour, and refined sugar.
While using these foods, enjoy them to the point you’re absolutely satisfied and full.
Why not make friends with other folks similarly interested in these new food combinations?
Brittany Jaroudi suffered from hypertension, high cholesterol, and chest pains at the age of 25. She weighed 185 lbs. and was only 5 ft. tall. One day, she ran across the Forks Over Knives documentary and immediately discovered the tantalizing tastes in its recipes. Three years later, she’s lost 60 pounds, has normal cholesterol and heart rate, and participates in Whole Foods/Plant-Based workshops.
Let’s face it: it’s fun to experiment with new foods. Here’s to being innovative in your kitchen!
Indeed, we’re living through a time where what appears to be white might be black. Where up is down, and what might be distant may, in fact, be close. It’s hard for the human mind to grasp the many angles simultaneously.
Have you ever seen the Bruce Lee movie “Enter the Dragon”? It’s absolutely brilliant. In one scene, he vanquishes a foe in a room filled with mirrors arranged from many angles. Given the context, how could he anticipate his opponent’s next move? Yet he did – almost the way an insect views humans by literally seeing them from hundreds of angles all at once.
The other day, I asked my subconscious: “Show me one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Inwardly, I yearned to once again experience something exceeding my normal perception of reality. Suddenly, a memory emerged.
Years ago, my husband and I had taken a trip to China and Tibet, guided by a Buddhist Lama with whom we had studied. I found myself meandering through a magnificently, beautiful, ancient garden in Suzhou, China, designed by Chinese Master Gardeners. Suddenly, one of my friends shouted at me, “Katie, where have you been?” It turned out I had virtually “disappeared” from view for almost two minutes! Literally, I was invisible to everyone else. It was a once in a lifetime moment. The master gardeners had designed this spot, knowing it had an abundance of unique features hidden to the human eye.
On a practical note, the Chinese have long understood the importance of eating the proper foods to strengthen specific bodily organs. In the case of the Coronavirus, it is specifically essential to eat foods that strengthen both the lungs and the spleen. The spleen helps recycle old red blood cells back into the immune system while also fighting bacteria leading to meningitis, pneumonia, and other diseases.
According to Chinese medicine, certain foods lessen “dampness,” such as phlegm, which could cause stress in the bronchial tubes.
Immune System Booster Foods to Eat
Recommended Spleen Fighting Foods Include:
Cooked grains such as barley
Small portions of chicken
Sesame, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
Lightly cooked vegetables
Small amounts of lean meats
Potatoes & sweet potatoes
Immune System Booster Foods to AVOID
Excessive amounts of eggs
Naturally, avoid alcohol
Eating meals regularly strengthens the functioning of the spleen. Consider cooking with some of the above-recommended proteins and vegetables in your upcoming meals to enhance your immunity. Have fun experimenting with some of these food combinations.
Remember to take care of yourself in this upside down time.
A child scrapes their knee badly. An adult is driving a car in rush hour traffic and is rear-ended by a minivan. In these two instances, both the child and the adult driver feel acute pain. While the pain appears to be located in the child’s knee, and also in the adult’s spine, that’s not where the discomfort originates.
All pain sensations originate in the brain. If the pain is acute, the signal travels up the column to the top of the spine, and then travels back down the spine, before it dissipates. However, if the pain is chronic, the pain signal often continues to circulate throughout the spine. Let’s say the minivan driver continues to suffer injuries after his accident, which never appears to heal fully. The driver continues to experience chronic pain at different times of the day.
Why is Hypnosis Effective for Controlling Pain?
Since the imagination plays such a large role in your subconscious, hypnotic suggestions, metaphors, and stories can gradually be incorporated into a series of mini-stories that enable you to access a profound state of relaxation. As Carl Jung observed, metaphorical stories play into our innate, ancient desire to resolve emotional and physical conflicts around issues about our need to experience diminished pain.
Other factors contribute to being successful when working with a client with significant chronic pain issues. For example, the session might begin by giving the client a small hard rock. Allow them to feel the hard angles of the rock in their hand, saying, “perhaps your pain feels angular, just like this rock.” Then replace the rock with a soft, squishy ball in their hand. “How does it feel to squeeze this ball and realize you can learn how to diminish the discomfort you’re feeling?”
The famed Dr. Milton Erickson had a way of describing how we routinely put up with low levels of pain daily, such as when sitting around a campfire and feeling pine needles scratching our legs, yet we’re so enthralled with the fire we forget all about the pain.
While in hypnosis, exposing the client to a serene location such as a tropical pool, or lake is extremely calming. Visualizing helps to increase the production of calming neurochemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Mentioning soft textures, such as feeling a rose petal brushing against one’s skin, also takes the client one step deeper.
Some of my clients with severe pain fall asleep during the session, only to feel so much lighter afterward.
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