Dirt Literally Makes You Happy
Most ardent gardeners will concur that the act of gardening can reduce stress and improve your mood. When you think about it, there are obvious benefits from tending a garden. You're outside in the fresh air and Vitamin D producing sunshine (which helps regulate your serotonin levels), rather than being cooped up inside. But now science is proving through experiments that there are actual microorganism in the soil that affect our sense of wellbeing.
There are actual antidepressant microbes in soil. Mycobacterium vaccae is found in soil, and activates the release of brain serotonin. Serotonin and dopamine are two chemicals that boost our immune system and keep us happy. Both Dopamine and Serotonin are neurotransmitters, chemical messengers in the brain. Dopamine affects your emotions, movements and your sensations of pleasure and pain. In the brain, Serotonin regulates mood, social behaviour, libido, sleep, memory, and learning. Interestingly, 95% of our serotonin is manufactured in the intestines, not the brain; therefore some experts consider serotonin a hormone as well as a neurotransmitter. When you are gardening, M. vaccae is on your skin when you have your bare hands in the soil, you inhale it when you breathe, or it gets into your bloodstream through a little cut perhaps.
The effects of the soil bacteria were discovered accidently by oncologist Dr Mary O'Brien. She created a serum out of the M. vaccae bacteria and gave it to lung cancer patients to boost their immune system. She noticed that another effect of the serum was that the patients felt happier, more vital, and they suffered from less pain
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Healthy gut flora also keeps your body happy. Make sure your is replenished and fortified with our probiotic, Plantadophilus. This is a plant-based probiotic specifically designed for those with sensitive digestive tracts.
The Power of Group Meditation
A 2016 study published in SAGE Open found group practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) was linked with decreased homicides and violent crime in the U.S during the 2007-2010 study period. Scientists theoretically predicted that the square root of 1% of the U.S. population (about 1,725 people) meditating together would create a nationwide positive effect.
From January 2007 through 2010 over 1,725 participants gathered to practice group Transcendental Meditation at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
Researchers found there was an 18.5% drop in violent crime nationwide at the end of the study. Statistical and independent analyses showed the rising trend of U.S. homicides during 2001-2006 was reversed during the 2007-2010 study period. Other variables were ruled out such as the economy, demographics, and law enforcement.
"I understand it's a new hypothesis in the social sciences that meditation could have a stress-reducing and coherence-creating effect in society," said lead author Dr. Michael Dillbeck in a news release. "But such research is increasingly suggesting that there's a field effect of consciousness. If you get a large enough group together practicing this technique to experience the field quality of consciousness, these extended 'field-like' effects are expressed in society."
The Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) cites 23 scientific published studies showing TM practice by a subportion of the population can defuse societal stress, reduce associated violence, conflict, war and terrorism, and promote peace.
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3 Lies You Probably Bought About Your Body
Lie number 1: Our bodies are unconsciousness objects that should bend to our will. What if your body IS actually conscious? What if it knows what is best for it? The idea that we should "have dominion" over our bodies springs from religious tenants that tell us we are far greater than our bodies, as well as the earth and the animal kingdom. Does that seem heavy or light to you? How much of a superior attitude do you have to take to believe that? Has that attitude ever worked for you? Once we actually acknowledge that our bodies are consciousness, all kinds of new possibilities open up. Partnering with our bodies, instead of trying to lord it over them, takes us from the place of antagonism to a space of cooperation. Can we over ride our bodies and their knowing? Absolutely, though the results are seldom what we think they should be and the results seldom last. What if you honored your body rather than exercised power over it? How much could that change for you?
Lie number 2: The experts know more than you do about how you should treat your body. Why should anyone know more about what's good for your body than you? Doesn't the idea of imposing someone else's regime on your body seem a little ludicrous? Most of us were taught early on that we can't trust ourselves to know what we know, and we should always trust the "experts". This insures that we will be able to be controlled, and that we will never step into the communion that's possible with our bodies. What if you were willing to begin to know what was true for you, which includes the capacity to communicate with and listen to your body? What if you became your own "expert"?
Lie number 3: Curing obesity, or other habits, requires will power. Willpower is a highly touted concept in this reality but let's take a closer look at what it actually entails. The idea implies that we should come to a decision, then impose it with what amounts to force, effort and violence on ourselves or our bodies. Notice there's no question in "willpower", nor is there any possibility of change. How well do you respond when someone tries to force something on you? If you're like most of us, forcing creates a huge amount of resistance and a kind of "to heck with you" attitude! Using will power also necessitates us overriding and cutting off our knowing, if it contradicts what we have already decided we should do. If you use will power in connection with your body, what are the chances your body is apt to do what you want it to do? Probably slim to none! All that will power does is to set up resistance and reaction and a battle. Are you willing to let go of will power in favor of question and knowing?
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Your body knows what's best. The key is to have a good, solid communication line with it. If your body prefers to be smaller and slimmer, use our remarkably effective Slenderiiz Program from Ariix.
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This Quantum Life
by Boyd Martin, Caretaker
Transcend the Reptilian Brain
I'm pretty sure, that for most of us, when we observe animals, either wild in Nature, or in captivity at a zoo, we are struck with how instinctual they are, how "automatic" their responses are, and when a threat is perceived (whether there is an actual one or not), they either flee, or make a stand to fight.
We notice this in animals because we have the same mechanism brought to us by our ancient reptilian brain. Located at the base of the skull, this is the first part of the brain to develop, and is the oldest evolutionary part of the overall organ we call the brain. Every "knee-jerk reaction", or automatic, unthinking response we have to our perceived experiences has been expressed by the reptilian "fight or flight" brain.
What switches us over to that ancient part of our brain is stress. True stress creates automatic responses, feelings, impulses, urges, that are seemingly out of our control. This is by design, apparently, as it is hard-wired into our endocrine and nervous systems, and can cause a myriad of changes in our body--all with the purpose of fighting or getting out of the way.
The thing is that although the body is hard-wired into the reptilian brain, it is not designed to remain in a fight-or-flight state. Constant stress, such as conflict in relationship, or at our jobs, or in active military combat, wears down the body's ability to repair itself, and makes it susceptible to disease and breakdown.
"To transcend those physical limitations (of the reptilian brain), we must find within ourselves that place that is not limited, not physical--which is not programmed in reaction-response that keeps us in fight or flight. In order to transcend that, we want to transcend the reptilian brain, which is the hindbrain, the oldest brain--which is programmed to respond to fear, pain, negative expectations, sense of loss, betrayal, anger--survival-based programs. When we can transcend the limitations of our survival-based programming, we can begin to expand our consciousness beyond the expectations set, and still achieve our dreams. To achieve our dreams it is helpful to let go of the need for them to show up in a certain way." --Dr. Richard Bartlett, Matrix Energetics
Finding that "clear space", that space of no thought that finds us floating in a sea of enfolding love and support, is the skill of transcendence. It is also the space of repair and healing after the reptilian brain has "blown out the energetic fuses" of the body, leaving it weak and exhausted. Bodies were never intended to live exclusively on adrenalin and cortisol, and when they are forced to, misalignment, dysfunction, disease and early death follow.
It is imperative, therefore, to find that transcendent place. The comforting part is that it is always available to us--always there waiting to enfold us in loving warmth. Call it angelic, god, higher self--this place is within all of us, yet we tend to discount its value. The stresses of our experiences seem so real, so immediate, so demanding of action, that we forget the damage prolonged exposure to that reptilian state causes.
It is absolutely vital and required that we do everything we can to re-access our inner transcendent place when we become aware of stress responses. This allows the body to recover from the nitro-endocrine chemicals that act like jet fuel throughout the body, burning up reserves at a severe cost.
Establish a time during the day or night when you can sit in silence and comfort and access that inner peace place. It usually takes some time to get there, depending on stress levels, but know that the more often this peaceful state is accessed, the faster and more easily it shows up--just like any skill--the more you use it, the more accessible it is.
Find out what your personal "gateway" to this state is, whether it be through meditation, music, breathing, bathing, or all. Your body will thank you, and that stressful life you keep living will start to become less and less stressful.
To your quantum health,