Living with Chronic Pain

How to Live with Chronic Pain

September is Pain Awareness Month, which was founded by the American Chronic Pain Association in 2001. Approximately 75 million people in the United States have chronic or recurrent pain. It affects more Americans than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons that…

CHANGING OUR PERCEPTIONS

According to Milhaly Csikszentmlalyi in his book FLOW, he states that our brain has the ability to take in two million pieces of information per second, but we can only process 134 bits of data per second. Our brain’s limited capacity to process data provides opportunities to mindfully direct our…

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

10 Tips to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

September is Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month, so make sure you eat a rainbow every day! Colorful fruits and vegetables contain so many essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, and they play an important part in preventing many chronic health issues. For example, fruits and veggies can protect…

SURVIVE OR THRIVE

One factor that diminishes positive perceptions about ourselves is self-limiting beliefs. We project our deepest unconscious sense of worthiness into everything we do. Any belief that minimizes our value, weakens our relationships, or diminishes our risk-taking capacities is a restrictive perception. These perceptions keep us stuck in survivor mode. We…

MILLIONAIRE CAREERS

If you want to be a millionaire, be aware of your perceptions! Mark Albion, in his book Making a Life, Making a Living, described a 20 year study that tracked 1,500 business students. The participants were placed into two groups: Group A included 1,245 money motivated students who elected to…

WHAT WE PERCEIVE WE CREATE

Let’s be clear — REALITY is REALITY. Facts, evidence, and valid data define reality. Our interpretation of reality is sometimes tainted by our perceptions. Perception is defined as “a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something”. Our “understanding” about how life “should” unfold is grounded in our beliefs, values, and…

Cultivating Gratitude

Create the habit of gratitude by frequently expressing your appreciation. Waking up each morning and thinking of what you are grateful for will impact the rest of your day. Pausing and acknowledging that you are appreciative for your life includes awareness of the mundane–taking a hot shower, starting your car,…

Gratitude Journal

The Greater Good Science Center states “Over the past two decades, studies have consistently found that people who practice gratitude report fewer symptoms of illness including depression, more optimism and happiness, stronger relationships, more generous behavior, and many other benefits”. Sign me up!!! If you only make ONE change in…