Monday, February 25, 2008


I was thinking back to my first transistor radio. It was bright red and made me feel so hip. If it was a clear night, I could even tune in to get WLS Chicago - this was really a big deal since our small town at the head of Lake Superior just didn't seem so sophisticated. All it took was a clear signal and all was well in my world.

Stress can be equated to the static on the radio. Worries, looping thoughts and fears are just some of the ways we receive a poor signal. Transform our stress and just like that radio signal from long ago, not only do we open our ears, but also our eyes and our hearts to the "music" all around us.

To discover how you can improve your reception, check out:

Thanks to Andrea Church for this image!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Every Breath You Take

Have you ever noticed what you are doing when you are concentrating? Do you hold your breath while performing the activity? Reserve a part of your consciousness to see what is happening with your breathing. You might be surprised. I certainly was.

How much of your time do you spend holding your breath. You have a diaphragm and it is meant to be used. Continue with the activity and work at breathing evenly. What do you notice as you do so?

Intrigued? Want to learn how this affects your stress level?

Related post: Every Breath You Take.

Photo: Jonathon Natiuk

Monday, February 4, 2008

First Aid

Just before Christmas I had the misfortune of being in a car accident. Although it was a low-speed impact, the force of the airbags deploying was enough to break my arm in 3 places. After getting out of the car, I immediately started practising one of the HeartMath techniques. I was amazed how manageable the pain was, despite my "re-arranged" hand.

I don't recommend this method of putting these techniques to the test, but it was interesting to see how they can help in an emergency situation.

I was able to put the situation into perspective - it was my left hand and not my right one or even worse, both that were broken! I was also thankful that no one was seriously injured.

Why not contact me to find out how to add to your "First Aid" kit. Ideal if you are heading into surgery, too!

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Photo: Paul Barker