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Jan
14

Nervous System Rx

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I woke the other morning with two words in my mind: calm focus.

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The words themselves had a calming effect. I often wake up feeling anxious, not sure why. Emotional inflammation? Maybe. Some of my other clients (especially the Highly Sensitive ones) report the same issue.

But this morning, those two words immediately seemed to override the anxiety.

I’ve been using them all day, returning to them again and again, especially as I begin a new task. Just saying the words to myself, calm focus, seems to bring that very thing into my being.

The word calm is calming in itself. Once I feel the calm, the question becomes, “How can I bring calm focus to this task?” That’s the mental part.

What words bring peace and calm to your nervous system? Read More→

Aug
08

Which Breathing Technique Tests Best?

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In an earlier post, I talked about a way of breathing recommended by HeartMath, in which you breathe with awareness and appreciation into your heart area. This helps your body get into “coherence,” where everything is in balance as measured by Heart Rate Variability.

HeartMath recommends a paced breathing, e.g. 5 breaths in, 5 breaths out, in an even rhythm.

Other people recommend breathing out slightly longer than breathing in,  claiming it does something in the brain to turn off the stress response. For instance, I heard a teleseminar for Highly Sensitive People in which Julie Bjelland shared a breathing technique that uses the 4-2-7 rhythm: breathe in for a count of 4, hold for 2 seconds, exhale for a count of 7.

Dr. Andrew Weil advocates the 4-7-8 rhythm as best, which is what I’ve been using most.

Other people suggest a 7-11 or 5-8 breathing pattern–no holding of the breath.

I thought it would be fun to test all these techniques with my EmWave, a portable device for measuring Heart Rate Variability, the test used to measure the coherence of the autonomic nervous system.

Which technique got me into the “green zone” (coherence) quickest (like the “appreciation graph above), which sustained it best? Read on! Read More→

Jun
04

The Healing Power of Sound

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“‘Binaural beats’ ease stress–and help protect your health,” reads the blurb in a newsletter I find reputable, Bottom Line Health. Dr. Jeffrey D.Thompson, a chiropractic physician and the founder and director of the Center for Neurocoustic Research in Carlsbad, California affirms what Dr. Alex Loyd teaches about The Healing Codes: that “stress is often at the root of health problems ranging from headaches and heart disease to depression and diabetes.” Dr. Thompson says that “listening to therapeutic sound often works better than many commonly used stress-fighting techniques.”

Scientific Proof?

The article stated that a number of studies have found that binaural beats–a technology that synchronizes brain waves with an externally introduced sound that pulses at a particular frequency—has therapeutic effects. (Binaural beats are an intrinsic part of The Immune System Master Key, by the way.) The article cites the following benefits:

  • Deeper sleep. A 2014 German study found that 15 people who listened to binaural beats during sleep had deeper sleep, felt more refreshed when they woke up and had less sleepiness during the day.
  • Less anxiety. A study of 108 people about to have surgery showed a 26% reduction in anxiety from listening to binaural beats–more than twice as much as the anxiety reduction in people who listened to the same music without binaural beats.
  • Better focus and mood. Duke University Medical Center did a study of 29 people and found that those who listened to binaural beats developed more focus (and a better mood) than those who did not.
  • More creativity. A study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reported that 24 people listening to binaural beats had an improvement in “divergent thinking”–the ability to come up with creative ideas.

Why Do Binaural Beats Work?

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