I Spent a Week in Silence, Here's What Happened

Silence is a funny thing.  It has the power to restore the body and the mind, giving our brains a much needed break from the noisy world, but were so resistant to seek it out.  So, for a whole week, I turned off the car radio, shut off the music in my life, and got comfortable with silence. 

The think about silence, is that in this modern age, we're not so comfortable with it.  No one is used to silence.  The streets are noisy.  We always have headphones in.  Our cars blast music, audiobooks, and podcasts.  Even our yoga classes often come with a pan flute soundtrack.  So, when silence confronts us on a country night star gazing, or the day the radio gives out, we gravitate towards fear.  Fear of what sounds will come next, and fear of what might materialize in ours heads through the silence.  But, what if, we just carved out a little time every day to relish the quiet? 

How a Positive Mindset Impacts our Health

How can our thoughts affect our health so profoundly? This article explains it very well! In a nutshell, "Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy and they can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies." This article from Psychology Today offers a more scientific explanation..."First, sympathetic fibers descend from the brain into both primary (bone marrow and thymus) and secondary (spleen and lymph nodes) lymphoid tissues (Felten & Felten, 1994). These fibers can release a wide variety of substances that influence immune responses by binding to receptors on white blood cells....there is direct evidence that stress-related immunosuppression can increase vulnerability to disease in animals". 

The Single Book You're Missing

Focused on her own experiences with gratitude practice and those of her readers, famous actors, authors and average Joes, the author of E Squared (a series of experiments to prove the magic of the universe and power of the mind) Grout approaches gratitude with a humor and logic that lightens the heart, making the reader truly believe anything is possible.  

Touching on the notion that a single person's happiness, kindness, and generosity can change the world through collective consciousness and positive energy, Grout provides a true hope for anyone wishing to change the world.  

The Last Diet You'll Ever Go On

I started my diet experiment with the simple task of muscle testing whether I was hungry or not.  Muscle testing is the principle of tapping into the subconscious through the electrical current running through our bodies.  By stating a "true" or "false" statement, muscles display strength or weakness depending on your subconscious answer.  I say "I am hungry," while standing vertical with my eyes closed.  If my body needs food, it agrees with this statement, and I sway forward.  If it's a "no," I sway backwards, all without conscious intention.  

After a few weeks of this mindful eating, I started to recognize patterns, and actual signs and symptoms of hunger I never knew how to identify.  Most importantly, I learned I need a lot less food than I ever thought.  This may seem like an extreme or "woo-woo" tactic, but it is just one method of listening to your body's true need for food.

Five Steps to Overcome Multitasking

Our society is built on multitasking.  The more you do, the more gold stars you earn on the imaginary score card of twenty-first century living.  Conditioned to push through each day, packing as many tasks and accomplishments in as possible, we are the real life Energizer Bunnies.  But, with all of this multitasking, how do we fit in the basics?  There is no longer time to rest, digest, and ruminate with a single activity or feeling.  We are so wired on accomplishing goals, our brains are stuck in stress mode, meaning the littlest issues feel life threatening.  

How to Love Your Body

 We are never taught how to love the temporary state of our bodies, but we forget: every state is temporary.  So, I start with a hastily crafted apology.

Dear Body,

I'm sorry for all the names I call you, and times you make me cry.  I know you want to do good by me.  So do I.  Truce? 

xoxo

Amy

In order to find peace with the current state of my body, I have to find some perspective, through the body dysmorphia crippling my rational mind.