Thinking, too much thinking.

Did you know— we have up to 50,000 thoughts per day, and that about 80% of them are repetitive and/or negative?  When we identify with our thoughts strongly, we often get into repetitive patterns of thinking about the future or the past, which leads to default feeling states not based on the reality of the moment.

A 2010 Harvard study found: About 47% of waking hours spent thinking about what isnt going on

We can go our whole lives believing that this habit pattern of thoughts and beliefs about myself is just the way I am” or Ive always been this way” or Ill never be able to change —Forget it.”

The bad news is, many of us deeply internalize this storyas a truth that ends up being very limiting for us. 

the Good News is that modern neuroscience has shown that we can actually change how we relate to thoughts so they dont sabotage us before we get started! Implicit in this is the idea of choice and neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to physically change its structure and functional abilities based on repeated experience. 

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To a surprisingly large degree—if you can see it and feel it, and you repeat it, you can become it.

Whether its 20 minutes of daily meditation, or a contemplative walk in nature to focus on an affirmation or intention, you will be amazed how this one simple step of being in the moment, will create much more clarity and peace. This is a place where better choices are made, happiness is found, and prized goals can be reached.

Want to try an exercise to check your visualization skills?

Meditation and the Brain

View from a meditation cave high in the Indian Himalayas. The Good News: We don’t need to go to India to get what we’re after.

As Ram Dass used to say, Be Here Now”. Truly being alive is being in the present moment, and meditation is the heart of our connection to self, and to the world.

Many of us are going so fast that just slowing down—especially while in nature—can bring immediate and profound changes to our lives.

Numerous studies now have shown strong correlation between meditation and decreased stress and anxiety.

With just 12-15 minutes of meditation per day, our parasympathetic nervous system begins to respond, our cortisol goes down, and we relax. We notice that we can begin to think more clearly. Then, we may notice we sleep better, and worry less. Meditation has real impacts to our biology, and our overall quality of life!

A 2015 Harvard study showed that meditation not only changed brain shape and key electrical patterns,  but even helped gene expression, and effectively lowers blood pressure.

Benefits of breathing

The Breath is the Key

Hello! Are you breathing right now?

Chances are, you were not aware of your own breath until the above question was posed. What if you could remain more aware of your own breath, coming in and going out, as you go about your day? What would that be like? The technique that both ancient and modern teachings esteem above all others is indeed something so simple, totally free and always available—watching the breath! Working with our own breath, moment by moment, can have powerful effects on our life! Listen to how one man was cured of debilitating panic attacks using a simple breathing technique you can easily learn

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I offer free online guided group meditation via Zoom on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays each week at 7-7:45 a.m. MST (UTC-6) at this link.

Dive In To A Guided Meditation

If you have 15 minutes and want to feel more relaxed and alert, try this guided meditation:

Learn to Tame Your Wild Mind.

Visualize This

Imagine now youre holding orange in your right hand. Allow yourself to slow down and imagine it right now… a beautiful organic orange in your right hand, feel the weight of it, the shape. (Give yourself another 5 seconds to fully choose this vision….)

Now…in your imagination, look down to that orange and notice its color and feel the bumpy orange skin. Slowly, in your imagination raise your right hand and bring the delicious orange to your nose. Press the orange into your nose and inhale deeply. Close your eyes now and inhale deeply. Notice what you experience.

If youre like most people, your thinking stopped, and for a brief moment, you could smellthat orange even though theres nothing to smell. For this exercise, the centers of the brain dont know the difference between a real orange or an imagined one. But the important part is that when we shift our focus to this very present moment, all the stories about usin our livesvanish, and we become the experience of Now.

what if you could become the person you’ve always wanted to be in life?