Mindfulness acknowledged as a valid medical practice
Mindfulness practices as we know them today are rooted in 2500-year-old Buddhist meditation practices and are often described as "...paying attention to the present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is". Herbert Benson, MD, founder of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is often credited with bringing mindfulness into the realm of Western medicine. His 1975 book The Relaxation Response outlined techniques to combat the harmful effects of stress with relaxation methods similar to meditation.
These practices didn't stay lodged in the 1970s like a macramé plant holder, however. Several structured mindfulness programs have since been developed and are being implemented in clinical practice. One of these is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, MPH, founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as reported in the Journal of American Medical Association.
From the quantum living viewpoint, this is a no-brainer. When we keep our attention fully in the present moment, with allowance of everything that is there, all the information about anything is available. This includes communications from the body. The body is constantly reporting to you on its condition--we call that "symptoms". Most of us have been trained to ignore or get rid of symptoms without getting to the cause of them. In order to find out the cause of symptoms in the body, a mindfulness practice is essential. Be there with the symptom(s). Ask them what they are, and what you can do to make the body more comfortable of pain free. This takes some practice, but after a while, you'll be getting very clear action point messages. Then the key, of course, is to respond and carry out any tasks indicated.
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: Talk to your body. It's alive, it's conscious. In fact, talk to your plants, certainly your animals, and believe it or not, communicate with other inanimate objects in your life, such as your car, your clothes, your computer, your furniture. You will be surprised at what comes up! Use our Cosmic Eye gem elixir to amplify your intuition and sensitivity to subtle energies.
Acupressure point hooks you up to higher power
Referred to in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the Shen Men point, or "heavenly gate", this technique is invaluable for pain relief, inflammation, concentration difficulties, stress, and a host of other conditions and symptoms.
To treat the point, simply put your fingers behind both ears and thumbs pressing in on the top of the ear (see pic). Massage gently, while taking 3-5 deep, slow breaths. Do this once or twice a day (or more if you're having a bad one), and especially before bedtime.
The point is called the "Heavenly Gate" because it opens the body to higher spiritual energies, connecting the body to its source energy. Shen Men is a profound, marvelous point for heightening your body's overall wellness, and is a great "hack" for health over the long term.
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DNA discovered to be a carrier of memories
New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences--in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom--to subsequent generations.
According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: "From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations. Such a phenomenon may contribute to... disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder."
This suggests that experiences are somehow transferred from the brain into the genome, allowing them to be passed on to later generations. The researchers now hope to carry out further work to understand how the information comes to be stored on the DNA in the first place. They also want to explore whether similar effects can be seen in the genes of humans.
Professor Marcus Pembrey, a pediatric geneticist at University College London, said the work provided "compelling evidence" for the biological transmission of memory.
He added: "[This research] addresses the controversial subject of transmission of the 'memory' of ancestral experience down the generations. It is high time public health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously."
QUANTUM HEALTH TIP: From a quantum perspective, this research and more broadly the science of epigenetics, is supported by the phenomena of quantum entanglement--where two quantum particles become "entangled" or share identical information without physical connection. Our intrepid quantum researcher, Dr. Yury Kronn, uses this very mechanism to infuse quantum information from one source into another. This is particularly interesting with our Trinity Gem Elixirs. Use the search tool to find the right gem elixirs for you.
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This Quantum Life
by Boyd Martin, Caretaker
The Choice Trap
Our most powerful tool, choice, is also our most abused and unused. This basic mechanism of consciousness is the direct demonstration to ourselves of our power and powerlessness. Are we choosing the best life? Are we choosing to destroy it? Are we not making choices because we're afraid? Are we afraid of any choices at all?
These are really deeply existential questions that get at the core of what we are: creators. We create our life only by using choice. In fact, making choices is something so natural, so automatic, we oftentimes don't realize that we are choosing the pain, discomforts and unwanted conditions we "live with" on the day-to-day. We tell ourselves, "We have no choice" about this, that and the other.
I like to call this the Choice Trap. We pretend we're not choosing and things get bad or worse, and then we suddenly realize we "have no choice" but to...(fill in the blank). My spiritual teacher once told me, "Choosing is an exercise in paying attention. Be aware of what you choose, because it's the only way you're going to get what you want." At the time I laughed at this seemingly obvious statement, but later I realized it was quite profound. There are so many "choices" we make in the form of choosing to "go along" with others, or choosing to procrastinate, or choosing to not do what you know needs to be done, or choosing not to think about your life. These are, often times, unconscious choices that become a sort of operating manual for life.
We can too easily choose to be a victim, or choose to look outside ourself for causes, or choose to be "right" as opposed to "correct". In fact, most of our psychology is constructed on the choices we've made to embrace or deny our values. What's the more important choice? Being right or being compassionate? Being truthful or secretive? All of these types of questions point out what we are choosing any given day.
A friend of mine visited last week on vacation, and said, "It's been so nice to be on vacation. I don't have to make any decisions--I just go wherever I want and do whatever I want." To him, making a decision was a big deal, and yet he was making choices the entire time of his vacation as to where to go and what to do. He didn't think of these kinds of choices as being significant. And yet, these are the kinds of decisions that get us from Point A to Point B every day, and are the key to living the highest and best life we can imagine.
There are a couple of "choosing hacks" I like to use to keep me mindful of the choices I'm making moment to moment. One is, "light or heavy". Say you've narrowed your choices down to two. Ask the question, "is this light or heavy"? One of the choices will seem lighter than the other one, or if they both seem heavy, there is another unacknowledged possibility you aren't considering. If they are both feeling light, well, then, have fun! Always favor lightness. It will serve as your North Star for navigating through your day.
The second choosing hack is "follow the energy". This is similar to favoring lightness, but it's much more specific. Get the idea of something you want to have. Feel the energy of that as though you have it. Now, start choosing the things to do in your day or week that make you feel that same energy. Before too long, you will have that thing you originally wanted, and usually more. It's the "act as if" drill applied to energies.
So, carefully observe every time you make a decision, no matter how small or inconsequential. You'll begin to see where you've actually decided to have the life you have. And once that awareness dawns, you can change it by using your most powerful tool: Choice.
To your quantum health,