I was named the Canadian UN World Wellness Weekend Ambassador for Integrative Wellness for the second year and I had the opportunity to participate in the World Wellness Weekend on September 19th, 2020.
The goal of World Wellness Weekend (WWW) is to inspire and empower people to make healthier choices and enjoy an active lifestyle with family & friends. The current health situation around the world reminds us of how important it is to maintain a strong immune system.
This years focus is on the 5 Pillars Of Wellness:1) Sleep & Restoration, 2) Nutrition & Nourishment, 3) Vitality & Movement, 4) Serenity & Mindfulness and 5) Purpose & Solidarity
I focused on the fourth World Wellness Weekend pillars of wellness: Serenity and Mindfulness and have made my presentation available for you below.
The key step to mastering Serenity and Mindfulness is to first learn the tools to elicit the relaxation response to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and to increase your alpha brain waves (detached relaxation and creativity). I share three simple mind hacks that quickly allow you to get into a state of relaxation and alpha brain waves – putting your mind at ease and melting away your stress and anxiety to free up your resources for healing and creativity.
I use an approach in my belief change sessions consisting of present-moment tools that shift you from your habitual reactionary unconscious responses into a purposeful response where you get to choose how you feel.
Many of us sabotage our desires because we run subconscious programs (often inherited from childhood) that block us from experiencing joy and achieving our goals of health, loving relationships, abundance, and happiness.
You can choose to rewire your brain and remove old programs that no longer serve you and replace them with new programs and beliefs that serve your best interest.
I offer belief change sessions via Telehealth or in a combination with acupuncture and low-level laser therapy (LLLT/photobiomodulation) during my Acubalance sessions.
What it is not:
It is not positive thinking. You are not bypassing negative feelings, denying them, or suppressing them. Quite the opposite. You passively observe them and bring them to the surface to make the wound conscious. The key is to be present with the negative feelings, and being present & resourced, allows you to transform them by choosing how you want to respond and feel. You are present with your thoughts and feelings (passive self-observation) instead of at the effect of the negative thoughts and feelings.
It is not talk therapy.
My process is about giving yourself permission to feel your uncomfortable feelings. It does not mean wallowing, indulging, or dramatizing your feelings. Nor is it about the other end of the continuum of stuffing or using spiritual jargon to talk yourself out of how you feel. Being present, self-observation is in the middle, where you are sensitive and present to your feelings.
What it is about:
It is inner work.
It is solution focused.
The belief change sessions are about you being sensitive to your feelings and being present with your feelings. When you are present and resourced, you can then consciously choose to change and transform these self-limiting beliefs and feelings into feelings and programs that serve you in your daily life.
Some of the tools included in my approach can help lower cortisol levels, reduce activity in your amygdala, make changes in your hippocampus and change some gene expression. This helps you be less prone to the old habitual negative reactions to stressors and to choose not to take it personally and instead choose how you feel. This conscious work is beneficial only when experienced through practice. The value Is not in the knowledge but rather in the application of the knowledge. The longer you do it the easier it becomes, and the easier it becomes the longer you do it. And the more we do it, the greater the benefit.
Meditation: A body scan is an excellent way to elicit the relaxation response to free up energy and resources for healing, repair and creativity. I have included the breath 4-4-8 and eye roll with this body scan to allow you to practice and experience these 3 mind hacks together.