Archive for November 2011

The power of thankfulness

November 17, 2011

I get the weekly email newsletter from our friends at the Heartmath Institute. I’m a big fan of their work and their strategies for staying emotionally centered, especially during challenging times. As the American Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it’s easy to start thinking of the things for which we’re thankful, and no matter how challenging our present circumstances may be, we always DO have things to be thankful for. If you’re not sure what those could be, ask yourself this: are you breathing right now? Is your brain functioning enough for you to be asking yourself this question? Then be thankful for THAT! It’s a great place to start.

I enjoyed reading the newsletter below and thought it was some good, timely advice and I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy!

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Thankfulness. Admiration. Understanding. Gratitude. These are all aspects of a powerful human emotion we call appreciation. Feelings like appreciation, care and forgiveness come from the depth of our being—from the core of the heart. They have a highly beneficial impact on body and mind. Science shows us when we feel appreciation all systems in the body, including the brain, work in greater harmony. A sincere feeling of appreciation has the power to change how we see our lives and the world around us.

Most know the importance of appreciation, especially this time of year when we gather around the turkey with family and friends. But what about all the other days of our lives? I know. Life is too complicated. There’s just too much to do. Besides, what is there to be thankful for when we’re dealing with tough issues like job security, relationships, finances or health?

Perhaps the real reason we reserve appreciation for our late autumn ritual and don’t apply it as much as we could, would or should is we forget. Or maybe we simply don’t have a practical way to do it. So, I’ll make it easy: Recall one thing in your life you take for granted and spend 30 seconds feeling appreciation for it. NOW!

Remember, it’s just about impossible to feel appreciation AND worry or anxiety or frustration, etc. at the same time. And that’s something to appreciate!

Here are some other ways you can add more appreciation to every day.

  • Every day tell someone—a friend, loved one or co worker—one thing you appreciate about them.
  • Find three things to appreciate about a tough situation you’re facing. I promise: # 2 and #3 are easier than #1!
  • On your way to work, appreciate the scenery. It sure beats worrying about all you have to do!
  • When you pick up the phone or answer an email, find one thing to appreciate about the person on the other end. You don’t always have to say it; feeling it is what’s important.
  • Once a week, take turns sharing what it is everyone appreciates about each other around the dinner table.
  • Make a list of all you appreciate about yourself.

Take care,
Kim Allen

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Here’s a great health quiz, how did you do?

November 16, 2011

From our friends at Egoscue Portland, here’s a terrific health quiz:

http://egoscueportland.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/a-health-quiz/

Easiest way to take it is to print it out, then circle your answers and then check on how you did. It’s fun and informative, good luck!

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A beautiful, amazing video

November 13, 2011

This is just gorgeous, a slow motion video showing the beauty and mystery of pollination from the TED conference. Trust me, it’s cooler than it sounds. About 4 minutes long, check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/v/xHkq1edcbk4?version=3

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Don’t Sit Yourself to Death

November 7, 2011

Did the title get your attention? I hope so. Most of us know that prolonged sitting isn’t great for our backs, shoulders, necks and wrists. But did you know that prolonged sitting can dramatically increase your risk of cancer?

More than 90,000 new cancer cases a year in the United States may be due to physical inactivity and prolonged periods of sitting, a new analysis shows.

The analysis, being presented today at the annual conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) in Washington, D.C., cites about 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 of colon cancer.

“This gives us some idea of the cancers we could prevent by getting people to be more active,” says epidemiologist Christine Friedenreich of Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Canada. Calculations are based on U.S. physical activity data and cancer incidence statistics. “This is a conservative estimate,” she says. “The more physical activity you do, the lower your risk of these cancers.”

This is from an article in USA Today that was reposted by the folks at LifeExtension. You can read the article here.

Pete Egoscue’s first book is titled “The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion”. Those last 3 words are key: health through motion. Folks, if you are not moving, you are dying. Literally. If you have a desk job, like I used to in a previous professional life, you have GOT to get your butt up and out of the chair at regular intervals. I’ve had people tell me “but I’m too busy, I can’t take a 5-10 minute walking and exercise break every couple of hours, I just don’t have the time.”

oh really?

I’ve got news for you. If you are plunked down at your work station for hours at a time without breaks and you think you are just a gusher of creativity and productivity, you’re wrong. Well, let me put it this way, you may be doing great work, but I GUARANTEE that if you take a 5 minute motion break every hour, your productivity and creativity will increase, not decrease. You will be more creative, more productive, you will get more done and the work you get done will be of higher quality. I challenge you, do it for a week. Set up a timer at your work station. Maybe it’s your phone, maybe it’s something on your computer, but have it go off no less than every hour. Then stand up, walk around, go to the bathroom, get some water, and if you’re an Egoscue client, ask your therapist for 1 or 2 ecises you can do during this short break. I promise you, at the end of the day you’ll have gotten MORE done, and you’ll feel much better. And you’ll have decreased your risk of some serious health risks.

One researcher calls it “Sitting Disease”: Patel and others also have investigated the health dangers of sitting too long without moving around, which is called “sitting disease.”

In a study of 123,000 people, she found that the more time people spent sitting, the higher their risk of dying early. “Even among individuals who were regularly active, the risk of dying prematurely was higher among those who spent more time sitting,” she says.

Even if you are doing half an hour of aerobic activity a day, you need to make sure you don’t sit the rest of the day, Patel says. “You have to get up and take breaks from sitting.”

This isn’t about just managing pain. This is about maintaining a high quality of life and the very core of your health. If you have a desk job, or if you sit for extended periods at home, GET UP AND MOVE! Your very life may depend on it!

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Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test is coming

November 3, 2011

First, I wanted to apologize for the lack of new updates lately. I’ve got some exciting new and will post that very shortly (maybe even later today). But in the meantime, we received an email from our building’s management company and I thought I’d share it with the rest of you, here you go:

Please read and distribute the message below to all employees. Thank you!

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first ever National test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS). This Nationwide test will kick off at 1:00 pm (CST) and run concurrently across all time zones.

This system test is the first of its kind designed to broadcast a nationwide message to the American public. In the history of the country, nothing like it has been conducted on such a level. There have been tests in the past, but not of this magnitude encompassing all regions of the Nation simultaneously. The three (3) minute test will run simultaneously on all radio and TV band stations exceeding the previous messages broadcast which were anywhere from a 30 second to 1 minute message.

There is concern in local police and emergency management circles about undue public anxiety over this test. The test message on TV might not indicate that it is just a test. The fear is that the lack of an explanation regarding the message might create panic.

Please share this information with your family and friends so they are aware of the test

Below are a few websites that will provide more information regarding this test:

http://blog.fema.gov/2011/10/help-us-spread-word-on-november-9-this.html

http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

https://nationaldialogue-emergencyalertsystem.ideascale.com/

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