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Einstein Knew the Power of a Quiet Mind

“ No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it”   Albert Einstein

Consciousness defined:   A term used to refer to a variety of aspects of the relationship between the mind and the world with which it interacts.

In other words, if the mind keeps the same relationship with how it perceives things, then it stays stuck in the problem.

Often we try so hard to figure something out, we end up even more confused and frustrated. This happens because our minds are cluttered with the same old thoughts and perceptions, resulting in our inability to resolve anything. We think our way to exhaustion. 

Only when we still our minds and find a place of calm are we able to stop the cycle.  This is why meditation practices are so important.  We need a clean slate to work with or we end up with a disorganized mess.

Einstein knew that his mind had to shift to solve a problem, and the evidence of what he achieved is a powerful testimony. 

He took meditation naps during his working day to develop new theories.  He said:  "The really valuable thing is intuition". "Through meditation I found answers before I even asked the question."

Einstein’s  word is good enough for me!

Let me know in the comments below if you have practiced meditation and how it has worked for you.  If you have never meditated, would you like to start?

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Teacher Work Day Stress Management Program

Teachers Challenges:

Teaching is a rewarding and stressful occupation.  Supporting students, juggling tasks, extra meetings after school, standing for hours,  rushed  lunches  are just some of the issues that lead to fatigue, back pain, headaches, stomach discomfort.    

 What was presented:

The group of 35 teachers experienced techniques for both the body and mind that could be done at school. Through working with the group with humor and presenting a program that was relevant to their work, the group participated in the following:

  • Breathing practice for stress
  • A few chair yoga poses to help with back and neck pain
  • A standing pose to release spinal tensions
  • Meditation techniques to find inner calm


What worked:

A note from the head of School, Sim P.:

Thank you so much for the wonderful stress management/yoga session with our staff during Planning Week.  The response from our folks was resounding positive and appreciative.  You managed in one-and-a-half hours to teach us so much about ourselves.  Particularly impressive was how you successfully taught and engaged such a diverse group across a spectrum ranging from no experience to plenty of experience in yoga and stress management.  We all learned and benefited.

What you can learn from the teacher’s experience:

Work is often stressful and to bring more productivity and ease into the day, there are simple practices that can be done.  No matter how diverse the group is, Custom Calm includes everyone so they can be empowered with proactive techniques and can gain clarity of what creates stress and how to better handle challenging situations.

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Studies find Link between Stress and Illness

Can stress make you sick?

The Stay Healthy section in Parade magazine, October 2009,  Dr. Ranit Mishori connects stress with:

  • Heart,
  • Weight
  • Skin
  • Headaches
  • Wound Healing
  • Risk of depression
  • Common Cold
  • Influenza
  • Increased Symptoms of Chronic Illness

One reason stress is so harmful:  When stressed, our body reacts with the Fight or Flight response, increasing adrenaline, which is needed when you are in danger, but living with increased adrenaline for daily stress will result in increased blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar.

Dr. Elissa Epel notes that ongoing stress will change the protein output of our DNA, affecting our very core.

When you have ongoing stress- the kind you face when you are experiencing marital problems, caring for a sick relative, financial, or work- influences your ability to function, weakening a person’s immune system, increasing susceptibility to illness and certain cancers associated with viruses.

The good news is there are various ways to cope with stress, outside of medications- exercise; calming techniques like meditation are ways to manage stress.

 The article concludes with:  Taking these routes to “chilling out” is well worth the effort.

Custom Calm practices get to the core of stress relief, rather than addressing the symptoms to manage stress.  These practices do more than “chill out”, but rather teaching how to incorporate sustainable tools in your daily living, improving well-being.

 

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6 Benefits of Breath: Part 1-Your Mind

Breath has a tremendous impact on your mental and emotional well-being.  Something as simple as breathing has powerful results.

 Check out the facts below.

  1. Breathing brings you back to the moment, lowering anxiety and fear.
  2. Breathing stimulates the relaxation response, calming your body and mind.
  3. Breathing is free and portable and can be used in the very moment when facing stress.
  4. The root of “breath” in many languages is “spirit”, thus breathing is a key to accessing your calm center, increasing spiritual connection.
  5. Breathing creates a deeply restorative state, which aids in healing and transformation.
  6. Breathing is a simple, effective tool for meditation.

Are you ready to start breathing consciously to lower your stress level?

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Time Magazine: The Science of Meditation

Concrete research has proven that meditation has powerful benefits.  Back in August 4,2003, the cover of Time magazine shows a woman meditating with a caption that says:

New Age mumbo jumbo?  Not for millions of Americans who meditate for health and well-being.

The article studied Students, Federal Trade Commission Attorneys and Prisoners as part of the study and findings were significant.   

Many cannot fathom how something as non -evasive as meditation, can improve anxiety, spiritual connection, coronary disease, cancer, focus and more.  There is an abundance of scientific proof available on the power of meditation.  

Check out the following:

M.I.T studies showed over time, the neurons in the brain will adapt themselves to direct activity in the frontal, concentration-oriented area of the brain.  In other words, you learn to be totally aware of the moment, increasing concentration and focus.  Kamikaze pilots are trained to have this level of awareness.

Meditation is here to stay and will change your life.  Why not give it a try?

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