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The Edge Effect May 23 2017

Figured I should mention something that is definitely assisting me in thinking and speaking only about positive things.  A few years ago I learned about a book called "The Edge Effect".  The author, Eric Braverman, M.D., discusses the importance of making certain our bodies have everything they need to create the proper neurotransmitters - serotonin, acetylcholine, gaba and dopamine.  Deficiencies can lead to problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, fatigue,...

The grit of growth May 09 2017

You know the old saying "If you work hard for something, you appreciate it a lot more".   So true! I have to admit that a lot of things in life have come easy to me.  School was always a piece of cake.  I never doubted for a minute that quitting my massage therapy job and starting out on my own would be a success.  When I bought a house and...

Progress report! April 26 2017

I noticed something this week that I feel is big progress in my desire to think and talk about only positive things. I walk three or four mornings a week in an environmentally protected area near my home.  It's beautiful in there!  I've seen deer, snowy owls, foxes, coyote tracks (but never a coyote).  There are a few varieties of woodpeckers, lots of black-capped chickadees.  There is so much beauty...

Monday morning blues April 22 2017

We've all experienced it, even if we love our job.  The weekend was great and we just want to have more fun.  The thought of having to get up and go to work is almost overwhelming. Once again, I have found that changing my thought pattern is the key.  I find things about my work for which I am grateful.  There are many in my case.  For example, I make...

Success! April 12 2017

Today I would like to share how the rewiring of my brain to focus exclusively on positive things has helped me. I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who panics whenever they hear that certain family members are coming to visit.  My sleep is affected and likely my blood pressure because I begin to think of past visits gone wrong.  I start to dwell on how my...

Brain Rewiring April 04 2017

You may not realize it but if you've been coming with me on my journey - thinking and speaking about only positive things - you have actually been rewiring your brain. If you tend to think about something often, for example worrying about money or dwelling on a painful past event, your brain forms pathways.  Like a well worn path in the woods, this route becomes easier to follow so...

Reinforcing the positive! March 28 2017

I was telling one of my clients about my new goal - to think and say only positive things.  She has three autistic children and copes very well.  We're into a lot of the same things so I asked her what she commonly uses to remain positive. She told me that she generally uses just simple things - nature, music.  But sometimes she just asks herself "Am I happy?"  If...

EFT March 24 2017

Anyone who has read my book knows that I am a huge fan of EFT.  EFT is an acronym for Emotional Freedom Technique but it's commonly called tapping. I read about tapping years ago but never understood it until I studied acupuncture.  Those who developed acupuncture mapped out meridians of chi or energy running through the body.  There are points on these meridians that are used to stimulate the flow...

1st weeks the hardest March 24 2017

Of course, the first 3 weeks were the hardest.  That’s true of any bad habits we are trying to break.  I determined that if I caught myself thinking or saying anything negative, I would turn it into a positive and repeat it three times.  For example, if I said “So and so is a workaholic”, I would counter it with “He/she is a hard worker”.  I enlisted the help of...

If we are wise... March 24 2017

After hearing this story, one of my clients was so inspired that he insisted I publish another book.  But that’s not happening!  The first book was way too much work.  We settled on this blog. A while back I was out with a friend of mine.  Her 10 year old is very hard on her 4 year old and this morning she had nothing good to say about him.  So...