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58 minutes | Nov 14, 2013
Come Back To Your Senses
Many previous episodes covered topics about how to experience greater enjoyment and well-being. To end the season, I offer you a summary of some of the fundamental tips and suggestions for achieving happier, healthier ways of being. Concepts like: accepting the natural cycles of ebb and flow, self-care as a life-line to well-being, building blocks for healthy relating, honoring yourself by setting healthy limits, listening to your body, and the grace of humility. Previous podcasts are available 24/7 in ITunes and through Voice America Variety until February 15, 2014. New episodes & archived shows will be posted on my website www.comebacktoyoursenses.com as they become available. To stay up-to-date with new activities, services, and coaching sessions contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by my website. I appreciate you, the listeners of Come Back To Your Senses Radio, and remain your ever grateful host. Until next time, I encourage you to relax and enjoy your life.
58 minutes | Nov 7, 2013
The Process & Benefits Of Professional Coaching
Coaching is an effective method of accompanying a person from where they are today to where they want to be; separate from therapy which tends to focus on the past. A coach taps into your creativity and resourcefulness through confidential, non-judgmental dialogue. Beliefs drive thoughts, and thoughts drive emotions. Most people know that they are physically capable of achieving their goals yet tend to ignore their emotions. Emotional limitations can cloud your judgment and prevent you from accessing the best possible version of yourself. A coach can teach you how to reframe your thoughts and refocus your personal and professional goals towards success. Coaching is about believing in you and what is possible; anyone who is seeking direction, motivation and support would benefit from coaching. For a successful coaching relationship there are 3 things that you need: clear intent, desire, and commitment. Tune in this week as we explore the process and benefits of professional coaching.
58 minutes | Oct 31, 2013
The Brain Rules
Generally speaking the average person knows very little about how the brain works. A “brain rule” is something that scientists know for sure about how the brain functions. When you don’t know the rules, your chosen lifestyle may or may not support optimal brain health and function. In his book “Brain Rules”, molecular biologist Dr. John Medina shares valuable information that could influence the way you teach your children, approach work, and relate to life. Each chapter presents one of 12 science based rules about the brain, and offers ideas on to how to use the rules to help you produce positive results in daily life. Some of the brain rules reveal that every brain is wired differently, exercise improves cognition, humans are designed to never stop learning, vision has a greater influence than the other senses, and the amount of sleep and stress you have affects the way you learn. Tune in this week to learn about and explore the “12 Brain Rules” that Medina highlights in his book.
57 minutes | Oct 24, 2013
User Friendly Yoga
Yoga originated in ancient India; the literal meaning of this Sanskrit word is “yoke” or “union. It is one of the oldest known health practices; modern studies show that Yoga can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and regulate heart rate. This discipline involves a series of stretching postures, breathing exercises and meditative practices. The overall purpose is to calm the mind, and tone the body, which creates balance, and promotes health, vitality and peace of mind. As a student of Yoga, your part is to earnestly engage in the practice. While you focus on stretching, breathing, and meditation the innate wisdom of the body, mind and spirit does the rest. Throughout history many masters and yogis have devoted their life to this multifaceted discipline. However, Yoga is extremely versatile and can be approached very simply. Students can practice at their own pace and level of ability, and receive great benefit. Tune in this week as we explore, and demystify the practice of Yoga.
58 minutes | Oct 17, 2013
The human psyche needs stories. Reading or writing short literary pieces can temporarily take you away and provide a few moments of respite. Little vignettes can, cleanse you to the core, entice you with excitement, infuse you with humor, intrigue you with alarm or fill you with peace. These tidy little episodes are perfect when you don’t have time for a hefty novel or standard short story. Snapshot storytelling drops you into a scene, cranks up your interest, then like a great joke packs a punch at the end. Granted not everyone is a writer; yet anyone can use a prompt and write for ten or fifteen minutes about a cherished moment, personal insight, challenging episode, humorous encounter, or traumatic event. Just start writing, tell the tale with brevity, and allow your subconscious mind to bring the pieces together. Whether its fact or fiction, read or written, short literary pieces can breathe new life into you. Tune in this week as we explore the wisdom of snapshot storytelling.
58 minutes | Oct 10, 2013
The Influence Of Belief On Biology
When you continually think the same thought it becomes concretized; your thought becomes a belief. Even when your conscious mind isn’t picking up on your thoughts, or your words, your biology is always listening. One of the functions of the mind is to create coherence between your beliefs and what you experience. When you repeatedly think that you can’t do something or that you are predisposed to a particular aliment or disease, your thoughts becomes your belief. In turn, because the function of your mind is to create coherence, your belief becomes your reality. You have choice; you can build a life based on negative thoughts or build a life that is affirming. Bear in mind that your biology does not discriminate, your biology responds in the same way to positive and negative beliefs. Therefore, you constantly increase or decrease your wellbeing based on your thoughts and beliefs about your wellbeing. Tune in this week as we explore the influence of belief on biology.
58 minutes | Oct 3, 2013
Meaningful Habits Of Happy People
Likely we all know someone whose level of happiness seems to stand out from the crowd. Perhaps you have actually wondered what makes people happy, or why some people seem to experience more happiness than others. Too often people focus on the quick fix that can be attained through engaging in activities that produce momentary pleasure. Yet, engaging in meaningful activities seems to be the key to lasting fulfillment and increasing ones happiness quotient. It has been scientifically proven that expressions of gratitude significantly contribute to a person’s overall level of happiness. Not so surprising, acts of kindness also rank very high in promoting an increase in happiness. It might sound a little odd to purposefully pursue engaging in meaningful activities in order to increase your happiness. However, meaningful activities are something that anyone can easily incorporate into an already busy life. Tune in this week as we explore some of the meaningful habits of happy people.
57 minutes | Sep 26, 2013
Addiction and Addictive Personality
Addiction can be described as any behavior you continue to engage in that brings negative consequences into your life. Addictions have been grouped into these areas: drugs, alcohol, food, sex, and money. Clearly no one is immune; addiction affects people of all ages, races, classes and professions. Until recently people thought that an addict was a person hooked on some kind of drug. There has been an increase in awareness of the problem, which makes it easier to accept the idea of having an addictive personality. Generally speaking, an addict has a hard time setting limits on enjoyable activities; often when they quit one addiction, another one surfaces. Active addiction is never about alcohol, food, money, sex, or drugs; it is about being driven by the feeling that you get from engaging in the behavior. There are healthy ways to meet the needs that drive addictive behaviors. Tune in this week for tips about what to watch out for if you have an addiction or an addictive personality.
59 minutes | Sep 19, 2013
Inner peace is generally referred to as a state of mental and spiritual harmony. Although this state is not static, it is easier to return to once it has been experienced. Often people who develop sufficient self-awareness are able to maintain a good degree of inner balance even during times of stress. Peace of mind is generally associated with happiness and contentment and is often synonymous with being healthy. In some cultures, inner peace is referred to as a high state of consciousness, or enlightenment that is attainable through practices like prayer, meditation, and yoga. Many spiritual teachings suggest that inner peace is a path that you create for yourself through the experience of self-knowledge. An atmosphere of inner peace naturally extends to peace in your family, peace with your friends, peace at work, and peace in your communities creating a wave of peace in the world. Tune in this week as we explore some of the dimensions of inner peace.
57 minutes | Sep 12, 2013
Estrangement And Reconciliation.
Human beings are social creatures, which naturally draw them to each other; yet many people are estranged from their loved ones. Feeling misunderstood, rejected, or cast out of your family circle or group of close friends can weaken your sense of self. Estrangement often hurts everyone involved, sometimes in unseen ways and on multiple levels Therapists say that because family relationships happened in close proximity, and family members are often very different from one another, estrangement is almost inevitable. No one has all the answers, no one knows for sure what will resolve someone else's conflict, or if in fact resolution is the best choice. Reconciliation is a process, sometimes a long and arduous process. At times the preferred approach may be to first reconcile within yourself and remain open to the possibility that over time your loved one may have a change of heart and want to reunite. Tune in this week as we explore the ins and outs of estrangement and reconciliation.
58 minutes | Sep 5, 2013
In lieu of the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah, I welcome you to relax and enjoy this special encore presentation of The Moses Code.
Since the new Millennium ideas presented in The Secret, and The Law of Attraction continue to become more and more popular. These laws of manifestation were given to Moses on Mount Sinai; use of this knowledge created some of the greatest miracles in history. These principles of manifestation known as the Moses Code are tools to access the privilege of co-creation that the creator has placed within us. Through practice we can connect with divine energies to co-create compassion and peace on the earth. To live in a world of peace we must live the laws of peace within ourselves. Contemporary spiritual teacher and author James F. Twyman has studied these laws and presented the principles in a book called, The Moses Code – The Most Powerful Manifestation Tool in the History of the World. Tune in this week to learn about the code and meditation techniques for activating these principles and co-creating a life of compassion, peace and fulfillment on the earth.
56 minutes | Aug 29, 2013
Embracing Darkness With Light
The struggle between light and darkness has been a consistent theme throughout the history of humanity. Generally speaking people believe that light is good and darkness is bad. However, there is no Yin without Yang, no feminine without masculine, no light without the dark; life is a constant blend of both energies. Darkness when accepted can be a catalyst for growth; prompting you move away from that which does not promote well-being and showing you what needs to be developed. Darkness can also inspire you to take positive action to protect yourself and your loved ones. However, when you struggle with, deny and or judge you’re limiting thoughts and behavior, it’s easy to get caught in a seemingly endless cycle of darkness. Accepting that light and darkness are an innate part of you can encourage an appreciation and respect for the function and flow of these two distinct aspects of life. Tune in this week as we explore embracing darkness with light.
56 minutes | Aug 22, 2013
The Truth About Lying and Telling The Truth
When children are young it is natural for them to tell the truth; lying simply does not occur to them. Lying is a learned behavior that happens consciously or unconsciously when children discover they are not believed; or they are blamed or punished when they tell the truth. Under these circumstances, lying occurs in an attempt to be believed or to avoid being blamed or punished; the child fearfully lies by telling the parent what the child knows the parent wants to hear. As we grow into adults small lies are used to avoid social conflict or make life easier; the most common social lie is, nothing's wrong, I'm fine. For some people the habit of lying is very entrenched and embellishing reality is a way of life. Yet others only resort to the common little white lies that are used to keep the peace. Tune in this week as we explore the truth about lying, and how to break this habit in favor of the freedom that comes from telling the truth.
56 minutes | Aug 15, 2013
Less Is More
We live in a more is better society of abundance and excess. Flashy advertising is intended to entice people into thinking that bigger, newer, faster, more expensive is better. We are inundated with things, undervalue what we have, and don’t use half of it. Sadly gratitude has been replaced with expectations and entitlement. The numbers of people suffering with anxiety obesity, addictions, depression and other health issues is on the rise; and the old adage from A.A., “one is too many and a thousand is never enough”, prevails. Are we ready for “less is more”; are we ready to balance the excess ratio. Imagine less thinking producing more clarity. Less food can create more energy. Less clutter providing more space. Less tension encourages more harmony. Less fear can lead to more trust. Less doing can equal more being. Tune in this week as we explore ways of establishing a new equation for lasting fulfillment where less excess creates more enjoyment.
56 minutes | Aug 8, 2013
My Declaration Of Self-Esteem - Virginia Satire
Virginia Satir is one of the key figures in the development of family therapy. She believed that a healthy family life involved an open and reciprocal sharing of affection, feelings, and love. Satir is also well known for her poem “My Declaration of Self-Esteem”. Throughout her life she worked tirelessly to support everyone she came into contact with to increase their level of comfort and joy by embracing their individuality. Satir's genuine warmth and caring was evident in her innate ability to incorporate feelings and compassion into the therapeutic relationship. She believed that caring and acceptance were key elements in helping people face their fears and open up to themselves and others. More than other therapists, Satir was a powerful voice who wholeheartedly emphasized the importance of love and nurturing as essential aspects of healing and therapy. Tune in this week as we explore Virginia Satir’s declaration of self-esteem and other aspects of her signature work.
57 minutes | Aug 1, 2013
Essential Self-Parenting Skills
The primary objective of self-parenting is to fulfill your emotional dependency needs that were not met during childhood. Emotional dependency needs involve intimacy, nurturing, unconditional love and boundary protection; these are essential to feel safe and secure in the world. Intimacy allows you to feel emotionally close to yourself and others. Everyone requires self-nurturing. People have a basic need to give and receive unconditional love. To develop healthy boundaries it is important to learn how to communicate your feelings. When you feel emotionally safe you will be able to reconnect with feelings, memories and emotions that have been frozen in time behind ego defenses. When you practice self-parenting skills, the childlike defenses that kept you safe when you were young are no longer necessary. By consciously fulfilling your own emotional dependency needs you can thrive as a highly effective, mature adult. Tune in this week to learn more about essential self-parenting skills.
57 minutes | Jul 25, 2013
How to Receive Divine Guidance
Making a direct connection with the divine and receiving guidance, information and comfort is available to everyone at all times. Divine guidance takes many forms and can communicate to you through the ordinary events of daily life like: the lyrics from a song on the radio, something you read, a chance encounter with a stranger, feelings from a dream, a flash of inspiration, or your journal writing. Your willingness to receive is what opens you up to hearing guidance in a way that makes sense to you. Messages from the divine are always uplifted, loving and leave you feeling at peace; these indicators can assure you that the information is divinely inspired. The primary hurdle to accessing divine guidance is the mistaken idea that you are somehow separate from the divine. Through practice you can learn how to develop your intuitive muscle and improve your listening skills. Tune in this week for a gentle conversation about how you can open yourself up to receive divine guidance.
58 minutes | Jul 18, 2013
Relax and Enjoy Life
It has often been said that attitude is everything and that energy flows where the attention goes. Factors like being stuck in production mode, unconscious concerns from childhood, being stingy with yourself, work pressures, relationship difficulties, health issues, or money concerns seem to be what affects your ability to relax and enjoy life. However, so often the missing link is you, because the focus in your mind always determines your level of relaxation and enjoyment. This is true regardless of your life circumstances or the activity you are involved in. Relaxation and enjoyment are not exclusive to recreation and leisure activities. With a growing trust that what happens is always for your highest good, it becomes easier to relax and gain personal insight from life experiences. Your life circumstances are always there to help you in some way. Tune in this week to discover ways to shift the focus in your mind so that you can you increase your capacity to relax and enjoy life.
57 minutes | Jul 11, 2013
Religious Or Spiritual: Finding Common Ground
Historically, the words religious and spiritual had been used synonymously to describe various aspects of the concept and experience of participating in organized religion. Gradually, the word spiritual has become more associated with the private realm of thought and inner experience whereas; the word religious has become associated with being an active member of a religious institution. The declining membership in organized religion, especially in the western world has given rise to individuals declaring themselves to be spiritual but not religious. Some people who identify with being spiritual but not religious join organized spiritual communities where they participate in spiritual practices together. Other people pick and choose from a variety of spiritual virtues and practices and cobble together their own sense of spirituality. Join me this week as we find some common ground between being religious and being spiritual.
56 minutes | Jul 4, 2013
Special Encore Presentation: The Grace Of Humility
In many religious and philosophical traditions humility is seen as a virtue, often associated with being modest and respectful. Research suggests that humility is connected to qualities such as self-awareness, openness, honesty and an ability to see the big picture. When one is humble they don’t need to win, to have the last word, or have recognition for their deeds. A person with spiritual humility is grateful for their abilities and focuses on developing and learning to be responsible for their innate talents. Other expressions of humility are compassion, charitable giving and a yielding to higher awareness. Humility can be seen as the counter balance of pride; a little self-awareness and an honest view of your motivations and actions can help you to keep things in balance. Tune in this week for a down to earth conversation about humility.
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