Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Apologies for the hiatus..

To anyone that reads or has read my blog... I am really sorry for not posting any articles for an age or two... been very busy and caught up figuring what I am going to do to provide for my family and earn a living.

Better news is I have also been working on launching a website based on healthy lifestyle and a bunch of information on how to be happy and healthy through dietary choices, and avoiding certain toxic chemicals in the food and water, as well as beauty and hygiene products, the works! I will be laying out everything I know about what causes illness and what to do to avoid, prevent, repair, and relieve the body of these pervasive and harmful toxins.

Of course, we cant avoid it all (ever been to New York City?), but I will get the next best thing out.

Site hasnt launched yet, still twiddling with the design... which feels more and more redundant, as I feel I am being a perfectionist on it.. always been my weak suit... design perfection.

Will keep people posted, and in the meantime I will whip up another post for this blog soon!!

Take care!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hypnotic Suggestion Therapies: Transformational or Ineffective?

For the past few weeks I have been using some Hypno Peripheral Processing (HPP) audio programs based on the recommendation of a friend, who said it helped him to fight his low self-esteem issues, and he was able to got himself back to his normal confident, compassionate mindset.

So, I went ahead and got a few different HPP and NLP audio courses; namely the Re-Formatting Your Unconscious program by Saul Maraney, and Dr. Lloyd Glauberman's HPP audio programs, specifically ones for aiding in procrastination, and resilience. I also purchased a few of the acclaimed "Success Accelerator Subliminal Videos" by Noel Jones.

Each of the audio programs is around 10-30 minutes long and has different binaural beats, subliminal sounds, and relaxing audio that plays in each ear. (The programs must be used with headphones) >> Therapeutic, empowering metaphors are weaved into the playable audio, and apparently this is one of the most powerful learning devices and are the basis for HPP’s effectiveness.

Initially, you will do what I did, and try to listen to both stories at the same time, or try to focus on one story entirely. But, after a few minutes you will find yourself drifting off and not focusing on either story. This is known as dual induction, and it shuts down the logical part of the mind—your inner voice that accompanies the conscious state. The result is a gentle overload and a deep state of relaxation, which is ideal for the tuning into of the positive suggestions conveyed in each program.

In the Success Accelerator videos, positive, empowering subliminal images are shown to you, but only in short split-second flashes, as you watch beautiful images of nature, all of this takes place under the blanket of a warm, soothing musical score. These videos were particularly relaxing, and I enjoyed them very much.

After I researched more into this area, I found that these programs are a type of hypnotic programming where positive suggestions are fed directly to your subconscious, bypassing your conscious mind so that you can gain drive and motivation to get into habits, do things that you need to do, but have fallen out of working them into your daily life.

The images are flashed briefly so that your conscious mind does not but in to the process by saying "Oh, this is dumb.." or "This will never work..." as those types of negative connotations inhibit the progress you want to achieve. 

This is also tied-in to "NLP", or Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP is said to be effective due to the connection between neurological processes ("neuro"), language ("linguistic") and behavior patterns that have been learned through each person's experience ("programming").  These aspects of your personality can be aided by these types of audio programs to achieve specific goals in life, depending on your desires.

For me, those desires happened to be overcoming procrastination, and gaining some more jubilation and self-confidence that I used to have in my day-to-day life.

So, I put some of these Hypno-programs that I had gotten (specifically the Re-Formatting Your Unconscious program by NLP coach Saul Maraney, and Procrastinatior No More) onto my MP3 player, and began listening to them when I went to bed. It was a bit strange to me at first, but after a little while I was able to become deeply relaxed and in tune with the positive suggestions that are intricately pieced together within the audio. These were the uplifting subliminal messages being fed to my subconscious mind. After a few days of doing this, I realized that my habits of procrastination where gently being conquered... I found myself doing things that I would normally put off, just to do them! It was like I had more of a subconscious will to do the things I knew that needed to be done, and it came easier.

I could tell that these positive, transformational subliminal suggestions had alot of potential to successfully help your brain implement underlying habits that will bring profound success and confidence. 

Before I bought these two programs, I had gone around looking for some info on the techniques and such, and frequently read reports of others who have achieved positive results in their day-to-day lives. I learned that the relaxation aspect of the programs occur within minutes of listening, while within days the emotional and behavioral changes will manifest in subtle and powerful ways.

At first I did not believe this, as I am a skeptic at heart...but, I am quite glad that I found something that is so simple that can help propel the changes I have been working hard to make over the past year or so. So, all in all, I am very glad that I made the leap into these types of subliminal messaging programs, as I would have otherwise totally ignored a very helpful tool in my journey to self-improvement.

These programs can be seen as a type of subliminal messaging, or "Hypnotherapy" and countless people around the world, who are intelligent enough to realize that the potential of these results are indeed easily achievable, are experiencing amazing transformations in how they go about reaching their goals.

Good luck to you on your journeys, and remember to go with the flow!

Until next time..

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Natural Stress Relief

If you're feeling like all of your responsibilities are getting the drop on you, or you are finding it difficult to function and adapt as you normally do or perhaps you're simply feeling down in the dumps, here are some amazing tips for unwinding your mind.

1. Change Your Attitude

Imagine you are about to take part in your first marathon and your stomach is in knots. The goal is to switch your "Oh, no!" thinking to "Bring. It. On!" confidence. Easier said than done, surely, but know this: Short stints of stress are actually good for you because they maximize performance. Blood pressure rises and digestion of food slows, allowing your body to summon the energy to combat the anxiety-producing situation. It is chronic stress that shortens your life and makes things seem hopeless. You can use positive affirmations to change your patterns of thinking, and to help squash negative thought patterns. I will go into this in more detail in future blog posts.

If changing your mindset isn't working, try this: Realize it's okay to feel anxious as you contemplate a stressful situation. But remember, to envision positive outcomes, do not focus on the negative, this will hold you back. One recent study found that people who learned to identify and acknowledge stressful thoughts and think them through showed notable improvements in their inner calm. You can, too!

2. Find Your Sanctuary

Have a big presentation to make? Scared you'll stutter or fumble? Try this before venturing into the conference room: Close your eyes. In a quiet area, settle into a comfortable position. Relax every muscle, starting with your toes and moving upward. Focus on your breathing. With every inhale, sink deeper into your body. As you exhale, imagine tension leaving your muscles. Feel better? Congrats, you've just performed a "body scan", a meditative exercise that helps you be super-aware of where your body is holding stress, so you can physically let go of your worry. Other mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga, have been shown to ease anxiety substantially as well. Also try doing things that normally relax you, such as cozying up with a good book, having a delicious beer on your back porch while listening to the sounds of nature, the kind of thing that makes you smile.

3. The Food-Mood Connection

Many foods that people subsist on nowadays are nutrient deficient, and raise blood sugar levels; and, consequently, the level of stress hormones and adrenaline in our bodies. This is disastrous for many reasons, it triggers your fight-flight response, and picks at your ability to think clearly, as well as your ability to handle situations in an effective manner. Most people do not get enough minerals and micro-nutrients (Antioxidants, phytosterols, etc) from fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Without proper mineral nutrition, your neurons fire erratically, cause undue stress and anxiety. Phytonutrients are certain compounds found in plants that evidence has shown to increase overall health and protect against certain diseases including cancer. Minerals are absolutely vital to the proper functioning of our cells, brains, and bodies. They make every little thing in your body possible. Magnesium, for instance, improves muscle and nerve function, reduces stress levels, helps ease pain and inflammation of the joints and muscles, and improves sleep and concentration. This is only scratching the surface of the beneficial things minerals do for us!

By improving your diet, you will start to feel absolutely wonderful, day after day! You will realize how your lifestyle choices always held you back, without you knowing it. You will feel calm, content, and ready to take on anything! Trust me, I have made the change in my own life!

4. Get Regular Exercise!!

This cannot be stressed (Ha!) enough! Exercising for even an hour every day, be it walking, yoga, strength training, or biking, has innumerable benefits! Some of these positive benefits include enhanced mental function and increased clarity of thought, relief from symptoms of depression, lowered blood pressure, increase bone density, and even prevention of diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease!

Even as little as 20 minutes of exercise a day is a great start on the path to calm happiness; the problem for most people isn't thinking of something to do, but actually doing it. Sometimes you have to just get up and go! And what more reason could you want? This could very well change your life!

I will be posting more info on the above topics in the near-future! Stay tuned, and be well!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Be Happy and Vibrant, EVERY day!

Many people I talk with and see every day seem to go up and down with just the smallest set-backs, becoming despondent or depressed and hopeless. Well here I am going to outline some tips for living happily, healthily, positively, and just a great deal BETTER every single day, no matter what lies ahead!

1. You ARE what you eat (and drink)!!

The first tip, and it is always where I start, is to look at what you eat! What you choose to allow your body to use as nourishment will have a big impact on your overall mood, outlook, and disposition. Firstly, simple carbohydrates and sugars wreak havoc on our hormones and our bodies. Back when I was not into nutrition, I would consume mostly simple carbs or animal proteins, but no fruits or vegetables, which contain trace minerals, vitamins, and enzymes to allow your body to produce the feel-good chemicals that define our better days! Subsisting on sub-par foods will result in mood-swings, short tempers, irritability, and just a general feeling of malaise and lethargy.

Start by replacing candy bars and starchy snacks little by little with naturally sweet alternatives like strawberries, peaches, pears, etc. Also, try to get more raw veggies and greens into your diet, this is easy to do using salads, green smoothies, etc. By making these changes, you will see improved mood, more energy, and more enthusiasm towards work, studies, and everything else! It also will bring you more clarity of thought, and noticeable stress reduction.

2. Positive thinking does more than you think!

If you are overly cynical, or find yourself thinking in pessimistic ways, this will indeed have an effect on how you actually feel! Time and time again, people find that taking the time and effort to introduce positive thinking patterns and positive affirmations has a dramatic increase on your mood and positive outlook! Some examples of good positive affirmations are:

- "I love and accept myself just as I am."
- "I am creating my amazing, ideal life."

Affirmations such as these express a positive thought, and are stated in the present tense, which insures that your subconscious will make use of these positive statements, and you will start to believe them. When you believe something, you will STRIVE to MAKE it happen in your own life, this is very powerful! Any positive affirmations can be constructed to suit your current example is:

-"Success comes to me easily."

It is a good idea to personalize your affirmations, so that they *resonate* with you -- feel right for you. The stronger your connection with the affirmation, the deeper the impression it will have on your subconscious mind, and the sooner you will experience positive results.

Once you have a list (however big or small) of affirmations that you can relate to, it is very beneficial to write each one on a post-it note and stick it where you will see it every morning, and/or night. Some good places are on the bathroom mirror, near your computer screen, on the fridge, etc etc. Seeing the affirmations every day amplifies the impact on your patterns of thought, turning them positive.

3. Helping others, helps yourself! Really!

Every day, strive to do at least one thing that will make someone else's life easier, happier, more bubbly. This can be anything from thanking someone humbly who is not used to appreciation (Thanking the mailman for the job he/she does as your parcel is delivered, thanking the waitress for her excellent service, etc), to complimenting on someones attire if they seem to be down in the dumps. This will lift both of your moods, make you feel better about yourself, and make both of your days that much brighter. You will be surprised at the results this will produce!

4. Being grateful will humble and lift you!

Every day, you should list a few things and people whom you are truly thankful for. You will find that you are in a much more optimistic mood after you have spent a few minutes contemplating the blessings and joys in your life and feeling thankful for them. Compassion and kindness will fill your heart!

Applying even just a few of these techniques listed above will soon put you in a truly positive, compassionate mind-state, which will uplift you and all those around you! I invite you to try some of these tips, and please post here on this blog, or even email me at sgrequest[at] to tell me the positive effect it has had on your life. Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Free Food from your Garden

Ever wonder what it would be like to not have to go to the grocery store every week? What about wondering where the food that feeds your family really comes from? Or where it would come from, if there were a food shortage and the food markets could not supply food for a long while?

We take precautionary measures before winter storms, hurricanes, and the like...but in this ever-changing day and age, relying on an outside source for your next meal is simply not feasible or sustainable. So why not prepare now? The easiest and most rewarding way to go about getting your own private food supply is obviously to start your own garden!

But for some people (i.e city or apartment dwellers) it seems that this would be an impossibility... but I bring to you a truly revolutionary concept. The magic of container and tower gardening can be used by anyone to grow delicious, nutritious, and life-sustaining fruits and vegetables; even if all you have to work with is a small closet or balcony!

Stay tuned for my series of blog posts detailing different methods of creating any kind of garden you wish, regardless of space constraints or other hurdles.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Welcome to the Most Tranquil Blog on the net!!

Welcome to arguably the most valuable resource online for information and advice for living vibrantly in our quickly changing world.

Here you will soon be able to find tips and information on calming your mind, transforming your life, and working for what you really want to achieve with your life, your calling. There will be much, much more to come...stay tuned!

Enjoy your stay, and don't forget to tell your friends about us!