>The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks

>Tips from the book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks

Insight: “Money arguments never have anything to do with money.”
I apply this to other argument topics or misunderstandings – look deeper for what is really going on.

Affirmation: I commit to discovering my Upper Limit behaviors, and to having a good time while I’m learning about them.

A process for using worry-thoughts (and emotions such as fear and anxiety) as a spring board into your Zone of Genius:

*Make it a daily practice to spot your worry-thoughts

*When you notice yourself worrying about something, let go of the worry-thoughts, and shift your focus away from those thoughts

*Wonder: what positive new thing is trying to come into being?

*You may feel a body feeling of where that positive new thing is trying to come through

*Open your focus to feel that body feeling completely. Let yourself feel it deeply for as long as you can.

*Later (or maybe right away!) you’ll often get an idea of the positive thing that was trying to come through

Questions to begin to discover your Zone of Genius:

What do I most love to do?

What work do I do that does not seem like work?

In my work, what produces the highest ratio of abundance and satisfaction to amount of time spent?

What is my unique ability?

Homework: Do Spring Cleaning with a partner or friend this week, on the question “what is my unique ability?”
This is where one person just asks the other “what is your unique ability?” Then listens to the person without commenting. When the person is complete, say “Thank you. What is your unique ability?” This continues for the agreed amount of time with the last one being a check in if they are ready for the last one. It’s an amazing process that brings up more than you would imagine. Do it on any subject with someone you trust to hold the space for you. It only takes 3-5 minutes.

These notes are just a glimpse into the book, which is a must-read!

>Does my skin get USED to products?

>This is what I’ve been told in the past. Switch your products around because your skin or hair gets used to them. Well, after using the Sense skin care line, I thought maybe I should ask the scientists at USANA what they thought about that statement. Here is what they said:

We appreciate your recent inquiry. Some people may find that variety
helps now and then, but it is not something that is necessary to get
benefit out of a personal care line. This is a common statement made
people who are selling a different brand than is currently being used.
If a product line (or individual product) is effective for a person,
there is no legitimate need to vary products, as far as I could find in
the literature. While this concept is valid for some things, like
exercise and diet, I couldn’t find anything valid to support it with
skin care in general.

Best Regards,

Russ Barton MS, CNS, CISSN
USANA Science Information Services

>Brain Boosting Exercise

>Try this one. It only takes 12 minutes.

Sit comfortably supported, back of hands rested on knees.

Inhale deeply, imagining that you’re drawing your breath in through the crown of your head, exhales and send that breath out through the center of your forehead. Continue to visualize this L Shaped breath throughout this exercise.

Inhale and as you exhale, chant aloud the four syllable mantra, Sa, Ta, Na, Ma. On the syllable sa touch your index finger to your thumb; on ta touch your middle finger to your thumb; on Na touch your ring finger to your thumb; on Ma touch your pinky finger to your thumb.

Continue these finger movements throughout the exercise and use enough pressure so that your fingertips turn white.

Chant the mantra aloud for 2 minutes, then chant in a whisper for 2 minutes. Next, say the chant silently for 4 minutes. Then say t in a whisper for 2 more minutes. Finish by chanting aloud for 2 minutes. The entire mediation takes 12 minutes.

(June 2010 Naturalhealth mag.com)

>Salad Days: Eating Under the Sun

>In summer, indigestion can easily occur, so a light and less-greasy diet is strongly recommended. It is the perfect season to introduce some cool, yin foods into your diet. Chinese nutrition classifies food according to its energetic qualities of temperature, taste, and ability to moisten and strengthen the body. Food with cool and cold properties can clear heat, reduce toxins, and generate body fluids.

In general, cooling foods tend towards the green end of the spectrum — lettuce, cucumbers, and watercress are some of the coolest. Few vegetables are warming. Fish and seafood are also cooling, while most meats are warming.

Here are some suggestions to keep you cool and balanced all summer long. These fruits and vegetables will help your body adjust its temperature and protect you during the long, hot summer days:

* Watermelon
* Apricot
* Cantaloupe
* Lemon
* Peach
* Orange
* Asparagus
* Sprouts
* Bamboo
* Bok choy
* Broccoli
* Chinese cabbage
* Corn
* Cucumber
* White mushroom
* Snow peas
* Spinach
* Summer squash
* Watercress
* Seaweed
* Mung means
* Cilantro
* Mint
* Dill

Other helpful tips for the summer season

* Keep a pitcher of water with slices of lemon and cucumber with you and sip it throughout the day.
* Eat in moderation. Over consumption of any food, especially cooling foods, can lead to indigestion, sluggishness and possibly diarrhea.
* Do not leave your food out for too long. The hot weather tends to increase food spoilage.
* Stay away from dairy, heavy, greasy, and fried foods.

By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

>Lack of Sleep May Promote Obesity

>June 2, 2010

New research shows a connection between short-term sleep deprivation and increased food intake, indicating that lack of sleep may be a factor that promotes obesity.

It is known that short-term sleep deprivation increases plasma concentrations of ghrelin (a hormone related to increased appetite) and decreases those of leptin (a hormone related to satiety.)

In a randomized crossover study, researchers studied twelve normally healthy non-obese men to observe the effect of sleep deprivation on energy intake and physical activity. During the first night of each 48-hour session, subjects had either 8 hours (from midnight to 8:00 a.m.) or 4 hours (from 02:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m.) of sleep. All foods consumed thereafter (jam on buttered toast for breakfast, buffet for lunch, and a free menu for dinner) were eaten ad libitum (with no restrictions.) Physical activity was also recorded. Sensations of hunger, perceived pleasantness of the foods, desire to eat some foods, and sleepiness were also evaluated.

In comparison with the 8-hour sleep session, subjects consumed 559 (22%) more calories on the day after sleep restriction, and hunger was higher before breakfast and dinner. Researchers observed no change in the perceived pleasantness of the foods or in the desire to eat the foods. Physical activity was slightly higher after sleep restriction than after 8 hours of sleep, even though the sensation of sleepiness was more apparent.

In this group of healthy men, one night of reduced sleep led to an increase in food intake and, to a lesser extent, physical activity-related energy expenditure. Although further research is needed to confirm the results of this small study, these results suggest that sleep restriction could be a factor that promotes obesity.

Acute partial sleep deprivation increases food intake in healthy men. Laurent Brondel et al Am J Clin Nutr 91: 1550-1559, 2010.

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