Year: 2015 (Page 2 of 4)

Building Confidence

I remember when, as a 9 year old, while participating in an elementary group class sing along, I was ridiculed and felt extremely small for singing the harmony of a song instead of the melody like everyone else. In that embarrassing moment I decided that I was never going to sing in public again. That decision made me not sing in public, but also not speak or allow myself to share my feelings and thoughts with anyone for years to come. I wanted to share and contribute my thoughts to conversations going on around me, but did not dare for fear of being put in that same position again: rejection.

During my elementary and high school years I did not dare answer the questions that the teachers were asking, even though I knew the answers. And I did not even have the courage to let people know, when asked to do so, that the idea that I was sharing was my own.

I learned through the years that my perception of myself was keeping me in a prison of my own design. Not circumstances, not other people, just me.

I realized that I was in a place that Anais Nin described so eloquently when she said, “and then the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud became more painful than the risk to bloom.” So I made a decision that I was going to change and in order to do that, I had to change my frame of reference.

I had always believed that I could not and was unable to do the things I wanted to do or go to the places that I wanted to go to; so I started to believe that I could. This made all the difference in my world.

Building confidence: I had to read books and believe what the people in the books said I could do, and even that was difficult to do because my perception of my self was so warped. But, I kept reminding myself that if my old way of thinking was keeping me captive, then if I adopted a new way of thinking, I could be free. I stepped out of my comfort zone and made a decision to live there because like Neale Donald Walsch said, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I have come to a place in my life where the very things that use to scare the living daylights out of me are the very things I thrive in. I am now a professional singer, teacher, and speaker. I have faced my fears and realized that the things I was afraid of were things that, left unchallenged, would never have gone away. I had to look my fears straight in the eyes to see that they could never be bigger than I was, did not have the power to defeat me, and after adopting the right perspective and developing the correct self-image of myself, realized that those experiences made me stronger.

I now go boldly in the direction of my dreams and share daily who I have become with everyone I meet. Wayne Dyer said, “Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery”

Today I have the confidence to believe in myself and from this starting place, anything is possible. Confidence is the foundation for success and happiness. Once you’ve mastered confidence, you’ve mastered yourself.

-Roxanne Goodman

Roxanne is a passionate and dedicated author, musical artist, teacher, and speaker. Check here how to build your confidence. You can do it too!!

The Foolishness of “Getting Even”

Theresa Wilson was a woman scorned. When she went to see her ex-boyfriend, she found him with another woman!

Nobody likes to be rejected. Nobody likes the feeling of humiliation and injury that comes of the experience. We human beings have feelings and don’t appreciate having them stomped and betrayed. Ms. Wilson is no exception. So she had a few choice words for him and stormed out – still seething with anger.

It was only about an hour later that she spotted him driving on the street in front of her. So she put her frustration in action and rammed his car. Not once but twice. After the second slam, she had forced the car off the road. Only when the driver got out and started toward her did she realize her mistake. Oops! It wasn’t the former boyfriend. It was a confused fellow driving a car similar to his.

For her out-of-control assault on an unsuspecting and innocent driver, Ms. Wilson was arrested by state troopers on charges of vehicular assault. She not only learned that several different makes of compact cars look very much alike but that revenge is seldom as sweet as it looks from a distance.

Before we are too harsh with an angry woman bent on getting even, maybe the rest of us need to ask ourselves a few questions: How prone am I to harbor a grudge? How inclined to get even when wronged? How quick to take offense?

There is a line near the end of Camelot that stuck in my mind the first time I heard it. As King Arthur surveys the ruin and carnage of war, he looks forlornly over the landscape and laments that revenge is “the most worthless of causes.”

Countless wars have been fought to avenge tarnished honor. Friendships have been destroyed, marriages broken, and children set against parents for this most worthless of causes. Simply because it leads to such terrible outcomes, most of the great ethical teachers across the centuries have rebuked the urge to retaliate. Jesus not only taught his followers to let offenses pass – to turn the other cheek – but to forgive our enemies. He said to return good for evil.

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If you have suffered some slight that is haunting you still and tempting you to get even, you might reflect on Theresa Wilson’s experience. Is the pettiness of revenge any less if you ram the right car? Hurt the person you intended to injure? Or does retaliation simply diminish you and reveal your lack of character?

Revenge is never really about getting even. To the contrary, it is always a form of falling below another. Only forgiveness allows you to rise above.

– Rubel Shelly

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – The Top 10 Tips

Chronic inflammation is one of they key reasons why people experience ongoing pain, and, unfortunately, it’s also incredibly common.

– Jesse Canone

While acute inflammation helps your body to heal (after an injury, for instance), chronic inflammation contributes to diseases ranging from heart disease and cancer to rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. As mentioned, it’s also often implicated in pain.

What causes chronic inflammation?

Stress and exposure to environmental toxins (like pollution or household chemicals) certainly contribute, but what you put in your body — your food and drinks, for instance — also play a major role.

Because of this, a comprehensive anti-inflammatory diet, consisting of inflammation-fighting food, drinks and herbal supplements — is an invaluable tool to help keep this pervasive health threat at bay.

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A Comprehensive Anti-Inflammatory Diet in 10 Easy Steps

Food and Drinks

10. Fermented Foods

If you like the tangy flavor of traditionally fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi, you’re in luck, because these foods are an excellent source of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. These good bacteria help to curb systemic inflammation in your body.[i]

Kefir, a fermented milk drink, in particular, contains not only probiotics but also anti-inflammatory prebiotics.[ii]

9. Tart Cherries

A glass of tart cherry juice a day may help keep the doctor away … that’s because tart cherries contain inflammation-fighting antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Tart cherries have been found to reduce numerous biomarkers of inflammation, including inflammation of abdominal fat, plasma and the heart.[iii]

anti-inflammatory diet8. Blueberries

These unassuming nutritional powerhouses also contain antioxidants that offer a protective effect against inflammation. In fact, by adding blueberries to your morning smoothie (or simply eating them by the handful) daily for six weeks, you can increase anti-inflammatory molecules known as cytokines in your body![iv]

7. Broccoli

There’s a reason your mom always told you to eat your broccoli, and one of them has to do with the phytonutrients, such as sulphoraphane, that it contains. Sulphoraphane helps prevent the activation of inflammatory enzymes in your body in a way similar to anti-inflammatory drugs, but even better it also helps to keep inflammatory enzymes from increasing.[v]

6. Green Tea

Sipping on green tea is an excellent way to get more anti-inflammatory flavonoids into your diet. These natural compounds increase beneficial anti-inflammatory substances and decrease inflammatory ones,[vi] making green tea an ideal addition to your anti-inflammatory diet.

5. Nuts

If you want to naturally lower your risk of dying from an inflammatory disease, eat more nuts. These tasty snacks contain antioxidants, omega-3 fats, L-arginine and magnesium, which work together to modulate inflammation in your body.[vii]

Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Enzymes

anti-inflammatory diet4. Ginger

Whether steeped in tea or grated over your stir-fry, ginger has potent anti-inflammatory benefits, and actually shares pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (without all of the side effects).[viii]

3. Boswellia (Indian Frankincense)

Boswellia, a natural inflammation-fighting gum resin extract derived from the Boswellia serrata tree, common to India, fights inflammation as well as most NSAID drugs, but without the stomach irritation or ulceration. Its benefits are due to a mixture of naturally occurring organic acids, which inhibit pain and inflammation-causing enzymes.

2. Turmeric

The yellow spice most well-known for its use in Indian curry dishes, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin, its active ingredient, has been shown to work as well as ibuprofen in treating pain, such as that from knee osteoarthritis.[ix]

1. Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes, or proteases, are different from, say, digestive enzymes, because they enter your circulatory system and work throughout your entire body. They are “systemic” enzymes with a number of important purposes, including breaking down excess fibrin, a natural substance that helps your body with wound healing, but which often builds up in your body, causing additional inflammation and pain.

– See more at: http://www.losethebackpain.com/blog/2013/01/07/anti-inflammatory-diet/#sthash.5FQBibez.dpuf

Source: Anti-Inflammatory Diet – The Top 10 Tips

Depression Colors The Way We See The World

Our feelings, our moods can, quite literally, color our world — particularly in the case of depression.

New research published last week in the journal Psychological Science finds that sadness can affect our vision, making the world appear more gray, by impairing the neural processes involved in color perception.

As it turns out, there’s a reason we use colors as a metaphor for emotion, with expressions like “feeling blue” or having a “gray day.”

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“It was interesting that we have so many metaphors that link emotion and color perception,” Christopher Thorstenson, a psychology researcher at the University of Rochester and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post in an email. “We were curious whether there really was a link between sadness and how people see color.”

To answer this question, the researchers asked 127 undergraduates to watch either a sad or funny video. Then, the students viewed 48 color swatches — which were desaturated to the point of being almost gray — and tried to identify them as red, yellow, green or blue. Those who had watched the sad clip were less accurate in identifying colors than the students who watched the funny clip, suggesting that they were perceiving less of the color.

The findings build on previous research that investigated the link between mood and perception. Other studies found that when people have a goal to reach or an object to attain — such as the finish line of a race — they may perceive that object to be larger than it really is. People experiencing fear, on the other hand, may perceive certain things in their environment — such as faces with negative expressions — as more threatening than they actually are.

This is because our emotions carry information about the value of objects, and that information is incorporated into the visual perception of our environment. The brain’s emotional and perceptual systems don’t seem to be completely distinct from one another, as was previously believed, but instead engage in a dynamic interplay.

“Psychologists have tacitly viewed perception, cognition, emotion, and other basic processes as separable phenomena to be studied in isolation,” psychologists Jonathan Zadra and Gerald Clore wrote in a 2011 review of studies on emotion and perception. “Increasingly, however, we are coming to see relevant areas of the brain and the processes they support as highly interactive.”

* Taken from Huffpost Science

Chronic Back Pain Limits Brain Power

You don’t need to be a scientist to know that chronic back pain can have a negative impact on your life, often bringing with it anxiety and depression. It can affect your ability to work, sleep, and perform other daily activities.

Until recently, it has been assumed that whatever changes occurred in the brain as a result of chronic back pain were only temporary and that the brain would revert to a normal state once the pain stopped.

Recent findings by researchers from Northwestern University have turned this assumption on its head. What they found was that chronic back pain – defined as pain lasting six months or longer – can cause significant and long-lasting damage to the brain, aging it up to 20 times faster than normal.¹

Chronic back pain and shades of gray

In fact, chronic back pain actually shrinks the gray matter of the brain – the part responsible for memory and information processing – by as much as 11 percent each year. In contrast, normal aging of the brain results in just a 0.5 percent loss of gray matter a year.

Scientists compared 26 healthy volunteers with 26 patients who had been suffering with chronic lower back pain (some with sciatica) for more than a year. Those with chronic back pain with sciatica had the largest decrease in gray matter. Another significant finding: The longer a subject had had chronic back pain, the more brain loss he suffered.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain

One theory on why there is such a large decrease in gray matter is that chronic pain forces nerve cells to work overtime. Even more troubling is the possibility that if chronic back pain is allowed to continue, it may become harder to reverse and less responsive to treatment due to these changes in the brain. Experts say the findings should sound a warning to patients with back pain to seek care as soon as possible.

Driven to distraction

The Northwestern study is consistent with other research on chronic pain and cognitive ability. Scientists at the University of Alberta have confirmed that chronic pain can impair your memory and concentration.

In testing done by Drs. Bruce D. Dick and Saifudin Rashiq at the university’s Multidisciplinary Pain Centre in Edmonton, Canada, two-thirds of participants who suffered with chronic pain had a difficult time paying attention and remembering simple facts.

Participants in the study – all of whom had pain lasting six months or longer – were given computerized memory tests, along with a neuropsychological test of attention on what were identified as “pain” and “less pain” days.

On a “less pain” day, participants were tested after they received a pain-reducing procedure as part of their ongoing treatment at the Centre. On a “pain” day, participants were tested without getting any pain-reducing procedure. Sixteen of the 24 participants – 67 percent – showed signs of cognitive impairment on their pain-testing day. Although the sample of participants was small, the findings were statistically significant, according to the lead researchers.

You must remember this

Further evidence of a link between chronic pain and brain function comes from a study done at Keele University in the United Kingdom. Scientists compared the “prospective” memory – such as remembering to pick up groceries or keep a doctor’s appointment – of 50 subjects with chronic back pain to the memory of 50 subjects who were pain-free.

Investigators used something called the Prospective Memory Questionnaire, a self-rating scale that requires users to record the number of times their prospective memory fails in a given period of time. The scale measures three types of prospective memory: long-term habitual, short-term episodic, and internally cued.

Those with chronic pain had significantly impaired short-term memory compared with subjects who were pain-free. No differences were observed in the other types of prospective memory.

“One explanation for the observation of short-term prospective memory deficits may be related to the link between pain and stress and the impact of this relationship on cognitive function,” Ling’s team reported.

The ideas is that when pain kicks in, it triggers a region of the brain known as the lateral occipital complex (LOC). When this happens, it overrides a person’s ability to concentrate and accurately recognize images.

Strategies to improve memory

The investigators said they hope that these findings will help guide the care of patients with chronic pain and encourage the development of skills to offset memory problems.

Here are a few quick tips to improve your memory:

Read out loud
If you want to remember something, saying the words out loud will help burn the information into your brain. If you can turn it into a rhyme, even better.

Write things down
Mental clutter makes it hard to recall data. Use address books, datebooks, and calendars. Jot down notes on more complicated material and reorganize your notes as soon as possible. The physical act of rewriting can help imprint facts into your memory.

Rehearse and review
Go over what you’ve learned the day you learn it, and review it periodically. Researchers call this “spaced rehearsal,” which has proven to be more effective than cramming.

Get your vitamins
Nutrients such as vitamins B, C, and E can nurture brain function. Dietary sources of B include spinach and other dark leafy greens, strawberries, melons, and black beans. Vitamins C and E improve the flow of oxygen through the brain. Good natural sources are berries, sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, green tea, nuts, citrus fruits, and liver. Omega-3 fatty acids – found in cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna – are also associated with improved cognitive function.

Surprise your brain
Another way to help your brain perform better is to stimulate it through novelty. For example, brushing your teeth with your left hand (if you’re right-handed) will fire up seldom-used connections on the nondominant side of your brain. Or try “neurobic” exercise, which forces you to use your faculties in unusual ways – say, getting dressed with your eyes closed, taking a course in a subject you know nothing about, or cooking a recipe in an unfamiliar cuisine

The brain maybe affected by pain but you should never let pain control how or what you think about. If pain relief is what you are after you must hold a firm belief that you can achieve your goals and if believe heart and soul and keep you’re your thoughts concentrated and coordinated there is no way that you can not achieve what you are after.

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50 Years of Back Pain Gone in Just Days!

Jerry Talisman had suffered from chronic back pain on and off for over 50 years. Like most people, he had tried it all… chiropractors, physical therapy, he even overdosed on tylenol but nothing gave him lasting relief until he discovered muscle balance therapy.

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you suffer from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment.  Click over the image below to get my FREE book

Negative Thoughts: How to Get Rid of Them

Many subscribers have requested me to help them to get rid of negative thoughts. I would like to share with you a technique I am using with great success to help my patients in my private practice. But first, let us delve into a LAW that is as important as any of the physical laws in nature:

“You are what you think about”

In your imagination, it is as simple as: What you have in your mind, you can have it in your hand. If you think about poverty, you will get poverty. If you think about failure, be prepared to fail. If you fear something, you will get what you fear about. If you think all day long of succeeding, you will succeed!

Positive thoughts have power to change your life
 when they’re fueled by positive emotions.” ~ Peggy McColl

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”~ Irvin Himmel

Negative Thoughts: A Case Study

How can I change my negative thinking? How can I get rid of this negativity that is robbing my life?

I will be glad to help you overcome your negative thoughts. I will be giving you more insights to help you out with this disease (I consider negative thinking a disease) Check you inbox always for more insights. However while you wait, let me share something important now:

Consider that everything in this life goes with a binary law:

  • It is ON or it is OFF
  • It is POSITIVE or NEGATIVE
  • It’s LIGHT or DARK

In the same way a thought could be POSITIVE or NEGATIVE. That means POSITIVE thinking will get you nearer to SUCCESS and health; NEGATIVE thinking will get your nearer FAILURE and disease. Nothing stands still!

Negative Toughts

You can change your Negative Toughts

Let’s Change our Negative Thoughts

You are, as a human being, capable of creating, changing and replacing your thoughts. For example:

Think now: create with your mind the thought of a RED SHIRT….. Got it? See it in your mind now. While you see the red color, the red fabric, try to see more details on the shirt you are thinking of. Can you see it?

Now, think right now of a shirt that is WHITE. Got it? Just stop and see your WHITE shirt with all the details.

Can you see how easy it is to change colors in your mind? Well. You have the power to change a NEGATIVE thought into a POSITIVE thought. The energy you are applying to change the shirt’s color is the same energy you are using to change a NEGATIVE thought into a POSITIVE one. In fact, try to think a thought where you have pleasure! It doesn’t matter what kind of thought it is, as long as it brings you pleasure. Use day-dreaming if you like, but change your mental attitude and you’re set for success today.

This simple method is being used by many of my patients who are seeing huge changes in their lives as they apply this technique to succeed in life and enjoy health. You can do the same today!

It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, what matters is what you look like on the inside. —Marissa Gibson (7 years old)

Negative Thoughts Are Enemies To Your Success

The greatest enemies to your success in life are negative thoughts of all kinds.

They hold you down, tire you out, and take away all your joy in life.

From the beginning of time, they have done more harm to individuals and societies than all the plagues of history.

One of your most important goals, if you want to be truly happy, is to free yourself from negative thinking.

Refuse To Rationalize

Rationalization causes automatic negative thoughts.

When you rationalize, you attempt to give a, “Socially acceptable explanation for an otherwise socially unacceptable act.”

You rationalize to explain away or put a favorable light on something that you have done that you feel bad or unhappy about.

You cast yourself in the roles of the victim, and you mark the other person or organization into the oppressor or the “bad guy.”

Rise Above The Opinions Of Others

Over-concern or a hypersensitivity about the way other people treat you causes negative thoughts.

For some people, their entire self image is determined by the way other people speak to them, talk to them or about them, or even look at them.

They have little sense of personal value or self-worth apart from the opinions of others. If those opinions of others are negative for any reason, real or imagined, the “victim” immediately experiences, anger, embarrassment, shame, self pity, and despair.

How To Stop Negative Thoughts

The antidote of negative thoughts of all kinds is for you to accept complete responsibility for your situation.

You cannot say the words, “I am responsible!” and still feel angry.

The very act of accepting responsibility short-circuits and cancels out any negative thoughts you may be experiencing.

>>>See more techniques here

 

Achieving Your Goals

Think of today as 3/4 of the way through this year. How are we doing with our intentions and goals we set at the beginning of the year?

Achieve your goals

Achieve your goals

If you’re on track to accomplishing all, most, or even part of what you set out to, congratulations! But if there are some goals still on the table, or you haven’t made the progress you had expected or visualized in achieving your goal by now, you may be getting frustrated, discouraged, angry with yourself — or even doubting your ability to get that thing you wanted so much.

If you want to get some power back in your soul so you can start moving in the direction of your dreams again, the first thing you must do is STOP and forgive yourself. And by that I don’t mean a simple self-conversation.  You must go through a process of forgiveness to get the real impact.

Let explain this a little:

First, you must separate who you are from what you have done.  In other words, not having achieved everything you wanted to by now does not change the fact that you are still the good-intentioned person who has a beautiful vision of what they really want.

Secondly, sometimes hard work and goal achieving activities are not the only ingredients required to make the progress you have visualized.  You can choose to keep your attitudes positive and work as productively as you know how.  This will empower you to move forward regardless of the circumstances surrounding you.

Finally, realize that there is a toxic element of resentment and doubt. This toxicity can invade your self-image if you haven’t made the progress that you’d  expected by a certain point in time.  It may not be the type of thing that throws a person into clinical depression, but it may creep into your belief about your worthiness to have the goal that you desire.  It’s a rationalization; you think “maybe I didn’t achieve the goal because I’m not good enough, smart enough or fast enough, etc.” These are excuses, which cannot help in the advancement towards your goal.

Having an awareness of these three points on an intellectual level is only the first step.  You must also do something on the emotional level to feel that you really have forgiven yourself.

As you may already know, there are only two ways to impress an idea into your subconscious mind.  One is with sudden impact; the other is with repetition.
Using repetition, repeat this affirmation every day for the next week:

I recognize that my results and my being are not the same thing, and I reaffirm that I am a good person.  I go forward in a spirit of expectation and understand that I cannot know all of what the universe has in store for me, but I will remain open to all things.  I am so happy and grateful in knowing that the good, which I desire, is worthy of me.  I forgive myself completely and release myself from self-doubt or fear. I move forward with the joyful expectation that I will achieve my goal. I willingly release the thoughts and things that clutter my mind.

These may seem like simple exercises, but they have power beyond their words.  Use them, and you’ll be ready to move forward again with a goal that is worthy of you and your abilities.

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Why Success Is Slipping Through Your Fingers?*

It all comes down to one little word… Paradigm!

Paradigm — what is it? Is it a buzzword for the information age? It very well may be, but it’s one you need to seriously consider. Because if you’re like most people, paradigms are controlling every move you make.

Paradigms are a multitude of habits that guide every move you make. They affect the way you eat, the way you walk, even the way you talk. They govern your communication, your work habits, your successes and your failures.

For the most part, your paradigms didn’t originate with you. They’re the accumulated inheritance of other people’s habits, opinions, and belief systems. Yet they remain the guiding force in YOUR life.

Negative and faulty paradigms are why ninety-some percent of the population keeps getting the same results, year in and year out.

What about you? Is success slipping through your fingers? Do you feel like you’re doing all the right things to achieve your goals and get to where you want to be in life, but still can’t seem to get there? Do you see people with more money, more success, more happiness than you have and think, “What am I doing wrong?”

I can tell you right now that the problem isn’t you. It’s your paradigms.

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If you want to change your results — really change them, forever — shifting your paradigms is the only way to do it. When that shift happens, everything becomes different… just like THAT.

In order to replace an old paradigm that doesn’t serve you (i.e., “I’ve never been able to make more than $40,000 a year), you must lay a new paradigm over that old one, ensuring that it’s sealed from “leaking through” again. When you understand how to lay this floor, so to speak, you will expose yourself to a brand new world of power, possibility and promise.

Think of the areas in your life that money affects. Imagine shifting your paradigm there to substantially increase your income before year’s end.

Or maybe you have difficulty meeting people. Altering the paradigm so that it’s easy and enjoyable to meet people could have an incredible impact on your life.

These are just two examples of hundreds of paradigm shifts that could be done in your life today.

Remember: there will be no permanent change in your life until the paradigm has been changed. Choose one or two limiting ideas that are part of your paradigm and replace them with ideas that represent freedom to you. Consciously keep those new thoughts in your head, and act as if those thoughts are already embedded in the foundation of your life.

Before you know it, your life will begin to change — dramatically!

Speaking of dramatic changes, do you have six spare minutes in your day? Then I’ve got a way for you to experience some major turnarounds in your results. Watch this short video to discover the six-minute-a-day secret to success.

* Taken and adapted from Proctor Gallagher Institute

Intuition: A Game Changer In Your Hands

Meet The Enchanting Storyteller Who Heals And Transforms Thousands By Freeing Their Authentic Spirit…

The intuitive expert, Sonia Choquette, transforms and shifts thousands around the world by connecting them to their authentic spirit, and is the author of 19 bestselling books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Answer Is Simple.

Sonia Choquette empowering attendees at Awesomeness Fest in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2014.

Sonia Choquette empowering attendees at Awesomeness Fest in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2014.

When Sonia Choquette spoke about Intuition at Awesomeness Fest…

… In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she waited by the stage before stepping up. Her daughter went on first, and to everyone’s surprise started dancing alone to “Working at the Carwash.” Nothing magical, at first. But after 15 seconds in, the room of 350 people caught on and began to dance too.

Halfway through, Sonia joined her daughter on stage, yet she did not utter a word until the dance was over. Charisma wasn’t something that Sonia kept to herself — she used motion to unleash the audiences’ energy in the room, already tapping into their intuition well before they even knew it. And when she finally spoke, it wasn’t a presentation. Sonia Choquette is a storyteller, and she sure has a way of keeping the audience enchanted.

“Your sixth sense is your authentic self,” she believes, and she’s turned it into a global movement of consciousness. “My mission in life is to empower others, help them reconnect to their intuition, free their authentic spirit, and live up to the highest degree of their creative authentic potential as possible. This has been my mission all my life,” she has told The Huffington Post.

Sonia has impacted millions of lives…

Sonia is the author of 19 bestselling books on intuitive awakening and spirituality, including theNew York Times bestseller, The Answer Is Simple. Her work has been published in 37 languages, perhaps making her the most widely read expert on the subject of intuition and tapping into one’s sixth sense. Sonia has been featured on Oprah Radio, ABC, Inc. Magazine and Gaiam TV.

Also a philanthropist, she has set up organizational collaborations with Nurturing Orphans with AIDS for Humanity (NOAH), and has done plenty of charity work and fundraising throughout the United States.

Her gift, although Sonia prefers not to see her guidance as an exclusive form, was not awakened through some momentous discovery. “I realized at a young age that what was natural to me was so much in other people (too),” she expressed in her interview with Mind Body Green. Sonia was about 12 years old when she established her guided path to help others find their authentic selves through intuition. “I have always known the advantages of listening to my inner voice. Never having tuned out my intuition, I have served as an intuitive guide to others worldwide for over 35 years.”

 “With intuition firmly at the helm of your life, you reconnect with the deepest, most authentic truth of your being and remember who you are as God designed and created you to be: perfect, beautiful and whole.” – Sonia Choquette

She later attended the University of Denver and the Sorbonne in Paris, and also holds a doctorate from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Sonia is also currently a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and is the host of her own weekly radio show, Six Sensory Living.

“We all must rely on our innate sixth senses in order to make the most authentic, well-informed, healthful and soul-satisfying decisions possible. Working with and strengthening our intuition is becoming more and more fundamental to our ability to live harmoniously with ourselves and others in the new world order,” said Sonia.

In person, Sonia is just like any other woman in love with the simple pleasures and beauties in life. For instance, her love of traveling, dancing, piano, fashion and everything Paris (she visits the city almost every year). But anyone who has met Sonia will agree to this: she radiates an infectiously positive and genuine energy around the people she spends time with, and she gives out that energy in generous surges.

And like most of us, she too has had to deal with pain and loss, during which she turned to her intuition to heal her own self. Sonia insists on sharing her own growth cycles instead of pretending that she’s gotten through it all to get to where she is. In her interview with Huffington Post, Sonia spoke about her recent pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago after losing her father, her brother and her marriage.

“I prayed for a way to embody all that loss and be able to work with it, rather than let it overwhelm me, and that was the guidance that I was given. It was profoundly healing,” she revealed. “Look, everybody is going through this. There’s no exception. There’s no shame, and there’s no judgment. We are all being asked to grow. I think it’s important to be transparent. Our human existence is light and shadow. We have to keep moving towards the light and while addressing our shadows.”

Allowing ourselves to be part of something greater than just our own concerns, according to Sonia, gives us a sense of purpose and meaning that is important to our spirit. Through her work, Sonia empowers others to tune into and develop their intuition because it is natural to everybody. “As soon as you start being honest with yourself, listening to your heart, trusting what you feel, and having the courage to act on it.”

She helps people on how to quickly shift out of psychological and spiritual difficulties with humor and skill so that they can experience a healthier energy flow.

“How open are you to be moved? How open are you with flowing without having to explain to anyone?” Sonia asked the crowd at Awesomeness Fest. “That’s freedom.”

And now, she’s coming back…

We are thrilled to host Sonia Choquette on her exclusive FREE online training Awaken Your Intuition, where Sonia will teach you how to awaken your intuition and reconnect with your true self. Sonia’s tools and techniques can help you become functionally intuitive to solve your problems, instantly get answers to your questions, consistently make the right decisions that serve your highest purpose and accelerate your abundance. Click below to sign up!

Sonia Choquette at NeuroplasticWork

Sonia Choquette at NeuroplasticWork

Work Less And Achieve More

Have you ever found it hard to get to sleep because your brain was stuck on a problem at work? Or realized you can’t relax at home or when you’re out with friends because your head is still at the office?

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All of us think about work outside the workplace, especially if you are lucky enough to have a stimulating and rewarding job. However, a number of studies suggest that around seventy percent of the population think about work matters when not at work, and around a quarter of the working population are troubled by thinking about work issues and these numbers are increasingly all the time.

Why are more and more people finding it difficult to unwind?

Smartphones, tablets and laptops – it’s never been easier to work outside of work. But it’s not just the technology that’s to blame. At a time of economic uncertainty, more people are working longer hours and finish tasks in the evenings just to keep up with work. As we get better connected and more accessible, our jobs – previously something that only occupied us during the working day – have started to dominate all of our time. Today work plays such a large part in our lives that our thoughts, if we aren’t careful, can to drift back to our desks even when we are not physically there.

Why do we need to relax, work less and unwind?

It is clearly important to rest the mind. Successful people work hard but they also recognize that switching off, relaxing and getting away from work, is not a luxury but a necessity. Constantly thinking about work without taking time to relax is very bad for our health and wellbeing long-term.

One study found that people who can’t switch off from work were three times more likely to develop heart disease, largely as they eat more unhealthy sweet snacks to try to regulate their emotions and distract themselves. The inability to unwind from work has also been associated with issues such as anxiety, depression, concentration issues, sleep problems and fatigue. Sleep problems are one of the most common issues for people who can’t switch off from work, and if you can’t get a good night’s sleep because you’re worrying about work, you’re unlikely to be on top form mentally or physically the next day when you really have to get things done.

So what can be done?

It is becoming more and more important to stay ahead of the game. The key to success is not only working hard but also finding time for leisure to escape from work and distract your mind. If you’re tired and worn out, it’s much harder to be productive and enjoy your work, and you’re much more likely to make mistakes. But if you find it difficult to relax outside of work there is a remedy. Here are ten tips you can adopt in order to switch off and relax the mind when not working.

  • At the end of the day develop an unwinding routine to signal the brain that you are leaving work. Wash your coffee mug, and tidy away your work station. Clear the clutter to clear the mind.
  • On the commute home try to unwind by listening to music or playing puzzles. If you drive, listen to the radio.
  • As soon as you enter your house, put away and hide anything to do with work (e.g., clothes, laptops, briefcase, lunch boxes etc.).
  • Find time during the day to give yourself 15-20 minutes just to relax, to let go, to reflect and unwind.
  • Find something outside of work to distract the mind. Develop a hobby that requires you to focus your attention on something else apart from work.
  • Don’t make working during the evening a regular habit. If you have to work during the evening, don’t work too late and set yourself a time limit and stop.
  • Make time to socialize with family and friends. When socializing make it a habit not to check emails or send work related texts.
  • Plan and take regular mini breaks and holidays. An estimated forty percent of workers don’t take their full holiday entitlement.
  • Try to exercise and eat healthy.
  • Don’t take on too much at work and don’t be embarrassed to say no to work.

Some jobs are inherently more demanding and mentally taxing than others. As we move away from a manufacturing to a knowledge economy, learning to flick the off switch is become an increasingly essential skill for survival. We need balance in our lives. Remember all work and no play made Jack a dull boy. If we don’t find time and learn to switch off, we are all in danger of burning out before we’ve even reached our best.

Richard Branson

Source: Virgin.com

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