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Sean Smitham
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Gentle Reminder: Meditation isn't about stopping thoughts or controlling thoughts.  It is about changing your relationship to your thoughts.
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Yay, FCC!  Now if only Google Fiber would come to Spokane, WA.  
Thanks to the FCC and Tom Wheeler for supporting local choice and broadband competition. https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/open-internet-g
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Big Pharma and the Myth of Healthcare

I've said it many times here.  We don't have a healthcare system in the US.  We have a sickness management system.  That system benefits Big Pharma and Health Insurance Companies.  It doesn't benefit you.  

If you truly want to be healthy, you'll need to partner with those who truly are invested in your health.  You'll need to invest in your health and wellness.  

But believe me when I say, Big Pharma and Big Insurance are not interested in you being healthy. There simply is no money in it for them.  
 
Big Pharma worked to pass Obamacare, but it's funding a group that's trying to destroy it. What gives?
The industry backed the Affordable Care Act, but it has bankrolled a think tank mounting the legal assault on the law.
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Your Genes Are NOT Your Destiny

If you want to live a full, rich, and productive life you can.  Regardless of your family history or the genes you inherited.  Exciting research in epigenetics and nutrigenetics is revealing just how malleable our genes are.  Not only that, but research shows that the lifestyle choices we make today will influence the next three generations of our genetic tree.  
So, if you want to leave a truly valuable legacy for your children and your children's children -- stop blaming your genes and get active making healthier choices today.  Namaste.
Previous research shows that exercise affects your body, with genes turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body.
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Lifestyle and Mental Health

Despite my best efforts, colleagues in the field of law and other professions continue to question whether lifestyle changes (i.e., diet, sleep, and exercise) can be a powerful and reliable treatment for mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD, and yes even schizophrenia.  They question this because they "know" that mental disorders are "caused" by a "chemical imbalance".  They are certain of this because of the ads they see on TV; the conversations they have with mental health professional who continue to believe in the chemical imbalance myth themselves; and the sheer number of medication related publications in medical journals.

The problem is that all of those sources of information are incredibly biased.  The bias is systemic and has infected a number of different systems that - in the past - have served as a check and balance on one another.  The end result is that now, so much of what we think we know has been tremendously distorted.  That systemic bias has profound effects on not only public health, but the health and well being of individuals.  (For a more detailed treatment of this issue, I highly recommend the documentary "Big Bucks, Big Pharma".)

The chemical imbalance theory is a myth - a very successful marketing myth put forth by pharmaceutical companies and embraced by a profession (psychiatry) that was desperate to demonstrate its worth to the rest of the medical profession.  Fast forward 50+ years, and people have accepted the myth as fact.  They accept the medical journals as unbiased (which of course they are not - just look at their revenue source).  And as a result, well meaning educated individuals continue to spread a myth that is not only unhelpful but downright harmful to millions.

Here is the inconvenient but empowering truth.  Lifestyle changes are quite simply the most powerful and effective treatments for most mental and physical disorders for most people.  Period.  

There are safe, effective strategies for overcoming extreme worry, extreme sadness, attention problems, mood swings, and even the unusual symptoms we commonly refer to as schizophrenia - as the case study below from Duke University nicely illustrates.

I encourage you to educate yourself, advocate for yourself, and trust that health, peace, and vitality can be achieved naturally.  Namaste.
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Memory and Marijuana

While pot may be safer than alcohol (in terms of contributing to accidents and aggressive behavior), that does not mean that regular use is not without negative side effects.  A recent study highlights the potentially negative effect of long term marijuana use on memory.  
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Yes! To create true peace and joy in our lives we must rethink, renovate, and repair how we live our lives.  
 
Our current notion of success, in which we drive ourselves into the ground, if not the grave—in which working to the point of exhaustion and burnout is considered a badge of honor—is badly in need of repair. Pre-order #Thrive‬  in paperback and join the movement to redefine success: http://thrive.huffingtonpost.com.
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Want to Feel Better? Be More Compassionate.
 
Experience has shown me that the greatest inner tranquillity comes from developing love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove our fears and insecurities and gives us strength to face obstacles - it is the ultimate source of success in life.
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On Mastery and Being A Toddler Again

Today's gentle reminder comes from Steve Chandler and Deepak Chopra.  I'll let Steve take it from here.

Steve:     "I found this in Deepak Chopra's The Book of Secrets:

     Imagine a baby who wants to walk but has these reservations:

1. I don't want to look bad.
2. I don't want to fall down.
3. I don't want anyone else to watch me fail.
4. I don't want to live with the burden of failure.
5. I don't want to expend all my energy.
6. I don't want any pain.
7. I want to get things over as fast as possible.

     I love what Chopra has identified here, as he writes about how uncommitted we can be to mastery. We laugh at the idea that a baby would consider any of these seven ideas. We know that a baby would never walk if he did so. Because what is required for walking is total commitment, without any of these self-imposed limitations. That's how walking gets mastered.

      If you have an area of your life where you know you are not totally masterful but want to be, then the answer is to take it on like you did when you learned to walk. Take on your work (whatever that work is) without any of those seven reservations, and you will know what it is to master your work, without reservation. Mastery leads to joy. Absolute, exhilarating joy. There is nothing like it. Watch a baby's face when he is first walking. Try for that in your work."
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Fabulous Healthy Life Hack
 
Here's a life hack to add a little more flavor to your Monday. 
8 Steps for Freezing Herbs in Oil

1) Choose firm, fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden.

2) If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves. Here is a combination of finely-chopped and whole herbs such as rosemary, fennel stalk, sage, and oregano.

3) Pack the wells of ice cube trays about 2/3 full of herbs.

4) You can mix up the herbs, too; think about freezing a bouquet garni of sage, thyme, and rosemary to add to winter roast chickens and potatoes.

5) Pour extra-virgin olive oil or melted, unsalted butter over the herbs.

6) Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

7) Remove the frozen cubes and store in freezer containers or small bags.

8)Don't forget to label each container or bag with the type of herb (and oil) inside.

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Meditation More Powerful Than We Thought
 
Meditation Is Even More Powerful Than We Originally Thought

A recent study from Harvard University and the University of Sienna found that the powers of meditation move beyond the cultivation of self-awareness, improvement of concentration and protection of the heart and immune system -- it can actually alter the physiology of the human brain. Consistent practice can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in people who often need it most.

For the increasing number of us struggling with the overwhelming demands of our lives, reserving a little time each day to tune into ourselves might not be such a bad idea. It takes a little prioritizing in an already-busy schedule, but the proven benefits can be well worth the effort.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/11/meditation-reduces-stress-harvard-study_n_6109404.html

Nowadays meditation is widely advised as a practice that helps quieten the mind, relieve it from stress, achieve higher levels of concentration or relaxation, etc. In this article we explain the differences between meditation and chanting, why meditation is difficult to achieve in today’s times and why chanting is of greater value to those seeking spiritual growth.

http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-practice/steps-of-spiritual-practice/chanting/chanting-japa-meditation

#Spiritual #Spirituality #God #Harvard #Sienna #Meditation #Relaxation #Mind #Stress #Concentration #Cultivation #Hinduism #Buddhism #Brain #Health #Mindful #Depresion #Anxiety
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I teach peace and I coach world changers.
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I'm a master at helping people learn to monitor, manage, and eventually master their mind. I coach people to improve their mental and emotional fitness.
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  • Your Mind Mastery Coach
    2007 - present
    Helping leaders optimize their life through improving their mental and emotional fitness. Creating effective, emotionally fit, service leaders. Teaching leaders how to monitor, manage, and eventually master their minds -- and celebrating with them as they transform their world.
  • Middle-Way Behavioral Health
    Peace and Vitality Coach
    Helping people achieve personal peace, naturally. Assisting individuals learn to monitor, manage, and eventually master their minds. Without labels and without relying on potentially harmful psychiatric medications.
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I teach personal peace and I coach world changers. 

I help people learn the skills necessary to improve their mental and emotional fitness. Why? Because mental and emotional fitness is THE KEY for high performance.  It is essential for people to create real peace, real results, and real vitality in their life.  

With true mental and emotional fitness, life is vibrant, exciting, full, and fulfilling. People thrive in all areas of their life when they have true mental and emotional fitness.

Without it, life is dull, scary, empty and unfair.  People may survive without mental and emotional fitness.  But they'll never thrive.  It is an unfulfilling existence at best.  Without developing true mental and emotional fitness, individuals never reach their full potential.  

Without real mental and emotional fitness, people stay trapped.  They under perform.  They under achieve.  They get (and stay) stuck.  They suffer.

I help people break free of self-limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs.  I teach them to monitor, manage, and eventually master their mind.  I teach them to lead - themselves, their families, their teams, their businesses, their communities.

I help them overcome fear and self-doubt.  I help them learn to be at peace - with themselves, others, and the world.  I teach them to be bigger than their circumstances.  I help increase their confidence so they can become the person they most want to be and live the life they most want to live.  I help them create a life by design rather than by default.  

I help them see that peace is not only possible, it is powerful. 

If you are ready to live powerfully - and you are ready to change your world - we should talk. 
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I have a beautiful, talented, loving wife (whom I adore); a beautiful son who lights me up; friends who are like family; and family I consider true friends. I'm very blessed.
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  • Western Michigan University
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  • Montana State University - Bozeman
    Psychology
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