SCIENTISTS DISCOVER WHAT MEDITATION DOES TO YOUR GUT & YOUR BRAIN
ARJUN WALIAJUNE 28, 2016
Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation, and the latest one comes from Harvard University.
An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. (1)
“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.” – (1) Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School Instructor in Psychology
The study involved taking magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain’s of 16 study participants two weeks prior to participating in the study. MRI images of the participants were also taken after the study was completed.
“The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.” (1)
For the study, participants engaged in meditation practices every day for approximately 30 minutes. These practices included focusing on audio recordings for guided meditation, non-judgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind.
“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life. Other studies in different patient populations have shown that meditation can make significant improvements in a variety of symptoms, and we are now investigating the underlying mechanisms in the brain that facilitate this change.” – (1) Britta Holzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany
Researchers from Harvard have also released another study showing that meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study showed that elicitation of the relaxation response (a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress) is a very big help.
The study comes out of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). This is the very first study where the use of the “relaxation response” was examined in these disorders, and the first to investigate the genomic effects of the relaxation response in individuals with any disorder. The report was published in the journal PLOS-ONE. (source)
Given the two studies cited above, and all of the other documented health benefits of meditation, this should open the door for more studies to examine the benefits of meditation for a wide range of diseases.
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“Our results suggest exciting possibilities for further developing and implementing this treatment in a wider group of patients with gastrointestinal illness. Several studies have found that stress management techniques and other psychological interventions can help patients with IBS, at least in the short term; and while the evidence for IBD is less apparent, some studies have suggested potential benefits. What is novel about our study is demonstration of the impact of a mind/body intervention on the genes controlling inflammatory factors that are known to play a major role in IBD and possibly in IBS.” – Brandon Kuo of the gastrointestinal unit in the MGH Department of Medicine, co-lead author of the report. (source)
For those of you who are unaware, IBS and IBD are chronic conditions that produce similar symptoms which include; abdominal pain, and changes in bowel function, like diarrhea. IBD also includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which leads one to suffer from severe inflammation in all or part of the gastrointestinal tract. Science has shown us that stress intensifies these symptoms, which is why this study regarding meditation and these diseases holds a great deal of importance.
The relaxation response has been subject to several studies that clearly show that its regular practice (induced by meditation) directly affects physiologic factors such as oxygen consumption, heart rate, blood pressure and again, stress and anxiety. It was first described over 40 years ago by Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute and co-author of the paper presented in this article.
The study had 48 adult participants, with 19 of them being diagnosed with IBS and 29 with IBD. There was weekly relaxation response training, as well as in their home for 15 t0 20 mintues each day.
The study enrolled 48 adult participants — 19 of whom had been diagnosed with IBS and 29 with IBD — who participated in a nine-week group program focused on stress reduction, cognitive skills, and health-enhancing behaviors. Each of the weekly sessions included relaxation response training, and participants were asked to practice relaxation response elicitation at home for 15 to 20 minutes each day. Along with aspects featured in other group programs offered at the Benson-Henry Institute, this program included a session specifically focused on gastrointestinal health.
“Both in patients with IBS and those with IBD, participation in the mind/body program appeared to have significantly improved disease-related symptoms, anxiety, and overall quality of life, not only at the end of the study period but also three weeks later. While there were no significant changes in inflammatory markers for either group of participants, changes in expression were observed in almost 200 genes among participants with IBS and more than 1,000 genes in those with IBD. Many of the genes with altered expression are known to contribute to pathways involved with stress response and inflammation.” (source)
How To Meditate
A common misconception about meditation is that you have to sit a certain way or do something in particular to achieve the various benefits that it can provide. All you have to do is place yourself in a position that is most comfortable to you. It could be sitting cross legged, lying down in a bed, sitting on a couch etc, it’s your choice.
Another common misconception about meditation is that you have to “try” to empty your mind. One important factor I enjoyed reading from the study mentioned above is that participants were engaged in “non-judgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind.” When meditating, you shouldn’t try to “empty” your mind. Instead, try to let your thoughts, feelings and whatever emotions you are feeling at the time flow. Don’t judge them, just let them come and go and be at peace with it.
I also believe that meditation is a state of being/mind more than anything else. I feel that one does not have to sit down for half an hour and “meditate” so to speak in order to reap the benefits of it, or to be engaged in the practice itself. One can be engaged in meditation while they are on a walk, for example, or the time they have right before they sleep. Throughout the day, one can resist judging their thoughts, letting them flow until they are no more, or just be in a constant state of peace and self awareness. Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one way to meditate.
“You will have to understand one of the most fundamental things about meditation: that no technique leads to meditation. The old so-called techniques and the new scientific biofeedback techniques are the same as far as meditation is concerned. Meditation is not a byproduct of any technique. Meditation happens beyond mind. No technique can go beyond mind.” – Osho
For more articles from Collective Evolution on meditation, you can click HERE.
MIND AND BODY| Nov 16, 2015 By Rachael Schultz
Say “Om”! Meditation Is Better for Pain Relief Than Morphine
Who knew meditating and mindfulness could heal a broken heart? Set 20 minutes aside every day and you could kick pain to the curb
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Step away from the cupcakes—there’s a healthier way to ease your heartbreak. Mindful meditation can help cut emotional pain more than morphine, says a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Say whaa? Well, past research has found that meditation increases your pain threshold by helping your brain control discomfort and emotions. But mindfulness expert Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, wanted to ensure these findings weren’t just thanks to a placebo effect—or merely thinking meditation would help ease your angst.
So Zeidan put people through a handful of four-day experiments testing various placebo pain relievers (like a fake cream and a lesson on a fake form of mindfulness meditation). People then had MRIs and were simultaneously burned with a 120-degree thermal probe (don’t worry, that’s just hot enough to feel pain but not cause serious damage).
Unfortunately, Zeidan’s suspicians were right: Every group saw reductions in pain, even the people using placebos. However, for those who had actually practiced mindfulness meditation? Pain intensity was reduced by 27 percent and emotional pain dropped 44 percent.
That’s right—emotional turmoil was reduced by almost half (just by meditating for 20 minutes four days in a row)! In fact, all the people did was sit with their closed eyes, listen to specific instructions on where to focus their attention, let their thoughts pass through without judment, and listen to their breath. Doesn’t sound so hard. (These tips are As Good As Meditation: 3 Techniques to Cultivate a Calmer Mind.)
So what’s the secret? The MRI scans showed mindfulness meditators had more activity in brain regions connected to attention and cognitive control—which exercise power over what you pay attention to. Plus, they had less activity in the thalamus, a brain structure that controls how much pain enters your noggin.
Zeidan mentioned that he’s never seen results like this from any other pain relief technique—not even drowning your sorrows in chocolate and tissues, we’re willing to bet. So close your eyes and breathe deep—science says so![divider style=”1″]
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I am so happy to announce that as of August 1st, 2014 I became certified by McLean Meditation Institute as a meditation teacher. It was actually a very exhausting experience but I learned so much and it was an amazing experience for which I am very thankful. My own meditation has deepened so much it is incredible!
I am so very happy to share with all of you meditation. I am currently working on some cd’s and have my meditation website up but still tweaking it, if you would like to check it out here is the url www.CaroleGraceMeditation.com
What we mean when we say “I never thought someone like him…” is that we can’t wrap our minds around certain people whom we deem successful or joyful or wise suffering from the same sorts to the demons that we ourselves face. Studies have shown that one in ten people in the United States are afflicted with depression. Robin Williams is said to be one of these people. In response to the news of Williams’ death his friend Harvey Fierstein wrote, “Please, people, do not f– with depression. It’s merciless. All it wants is to get you in a room alone and kill you. Take care of yourself.”
Yet for anyone who has suffered from depression or had suicidal thoughts, you know that self-care is the last thing you want to do when you feel that down. I teach meditation, and write books about how it effects our everyday life. That is the form of self-care that I preach. The sort of people who want to learn about meditation aren’t the “All is well and good in my world” type. They are people who have come to terms with the fact that they suffer. They are people finally looking at big transitions in their life, strong emotional states, and feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. So you would think that having taught meditation for thirteen years and worked with these people I would be a pro at this whole “take care of yourself” thing.
I have never publicly admitted this, but given the stigma around mental health issues and suicide I feel that I need to now: two years ago I was suicidal. I had written a best-selling Buddhist book and had begun working on the second one when the rug was pulled out from under me in a multitude of ways. My fiancé left me, quite out of the blue, without any recognizable reason. That set me down a self-destructive road which was only heightened when, a month later, due to budget cut-backs, my full-time job was eliminated. The straw that broke the camel’s back came a few weeks after that; one of my best friends died of heart failure at the age of 29. I felt estranged from my family, and two major support structures, my fiancé and my friend were now gone, so I began to self-medicate in a destructive way. I knew better, but the vastness of my depression consumed any thoughts around self-care and regular meditation.
I cannot explain how fathomless my sadness was during that period. I had a roof I would go up to every single day and contemplate jumping. I convinced myself that my first book was out there helping people, so maybe I should finish the second one. I sat down and wrote the second half of that book, which oddly enough comes out next month. It gave me purpose, and during that short period of time friends started to catch on something was wrong with me.
I remember a day when I was particularly low. My friend Laura asked me to dinner but I could not stand to be in a restaurant, surrounded by people who seemed normal. We sat in a nearby park as it got dark, with homeless people urinating nearby and the rats slowly coming out to play. She was very patient with me, as I was not interested in leaving. Finally she asked the question, “Have you ever thought about hurting yourself?” I broke down in tears and within the week was guided by her and others into therapy. A week later I returned to the meditation cushion. A week after that I began eating regularly. A week after that I finally got a full night’s sleep.
I mention my story because there’s not just a social stigma around mental health issues, there’s also a Buddhist one. I have seen some Buddhist teachers make remarks about depression as a form of suffering; that one should be able to meditate and have everything be okay, in lieu of prescription medication. That is not true; meditation is not a cure-all for mental illness. The Buddha never taught a discourse entitled, “Don’t Help Yourself, Continue to Suffer Your Chemical Imbalance.” If you have a mental illness, meditation may be helpful, but should be considered an addition to, not a substitution for, prescribed medication.
I write this article for two reasons. The first is to say that Robin Williams is a person. I am a person. And like all people, we struggle with a myriad form of suffering. And sometimes things feel like they are too much for us to handle. Just because Robin Williams was a comedian, a celebrity, or someone we viewed as a joyful person did not mean he wasn’t fighting demons unknown to us. I share my story in the same vein; the fact that I struggled with suicidal thoughts does not negate my years of meditation experience or understanding of the Buddhist teachings, but shows that I am human and sway to suffering like all humans are. You can be well-practiced and still struggle like anyone else. Robin Williams ended up taking his life. I was lucky in that I was able to seek help and no longer feel the way I once did. In fact, that experience only deepened my appreciation for the practice of meditation and the Buddhist teachings. In many ways, my life has turned around.
The second reason I write this article is because my life turned around because I sought help. Buddhists can’t just take everything to the meditation cushion and hope it will work out. When things get tough, as in to the point that you can’t imagine getting out of bed in the morning tough, you need help. And there should be no shame in seeking it. If you even remotely feel like you are struggling with depression, or are going through an emotional time that simply feels out of control, the best way to take care of yourself is to seek guidance from trained professionals. Sure that can be a meditation teacher, but a therapist may prove more helpful at that time. Therapy in-and-of itself can be a mindfulness practice, where you bring your full attention for an hour each week to what is expressing itself in your body and your mind.
Don’t feel like you have to go it alone. Meditation does not preclude or diminish the power of therapeutic methods. They are powerful in their own right. There are trained people out there who can work with you to navigate your suffering. Do not be scared to seek help.
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Article written by: Laura Schocker
Executive Editor, Healthy Living for the Huffington Post
LOOK: What Meditation Can Do For Your Mind, Body And Spirit
Over the past few years, meditation has evolved from an of-the-moment fad to a legitimate health craze, as research has linked the practice to everything from improved cardiovascular health to cognitive benefits. Science has even shown that mindfulness meditation can affect gene expression.
While the modern-day science behind this age-old practice is still developing, plenty of studies suggest that meditation is about way more than blissing out — take a look at some of the possible benefits below, and scroll down for more information on each
Reduces Pain Several studies have identified a connection between meditation and pain. One Journal of Neuroscience study, for instance, showed that after four 20-minute meditation sessions over the course of four days, a group of volunteers rated the same burning pain as 57 percent less unpleasant and 40 percent less intense, Health.com reported. Plus, a review of 47 studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this year showed that meditation may be helpful in easing pain (though it was difficult for the researchers to identify exactly what type of pain, according to Reuters).
Researchers speculate that those who practice meditation develop the ability to exert greater control over unpleasant feelings, including pain, by turning them down as if using a “volume knob” in the brain.
Boosts immune system. One small 2003 study showed a link between an eight-week mindfulness meditation program and better immune function, and 2012 UCLA research suggested meditation could improve the immune system in older people.
Lowers blood pressure. A study co-directed by Dr. Randy Zusman at Massachusetts General Hospital took patients being treated with typical high blood pressure medication and taught them a technique called the relaxation response; more than half experienced a drop in blood pressure, sometimes even resulting in reduced medication, NPR reported. “I’d been using medications in these patients, they were hopefully following my recommendations,” Zusman told NPR. “[But] we still couldn’t get their blood pressure under control. And I was somewhat skeptical that meditation could be the key to blood pressure control.” What’s more, the Mayo Clinic reports that research suggests meditation could be helpful in managing the symptoms of high blood pressure.
Eases inflammation. In 2013 research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in the Waisman Center, scientists identified a possible tie between mindfulness meditation and the relief of inflammatory symptoms among people who suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions. “This is not a cure-all, but our study does show that there are specific ways that mindfulness can be beneficial, and that there are specific people who may be more likely to benefit from this approach than other interventions,” lead author Melissa Rosenkranz said in a statement.
Reduces heart risk. A 2012 study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes showed a link between Transcendental Mediation and a reduction in heart attack, stroke and early death from heart disease in a group of African Americans,TIME reported. “The main finding [of our research] is that, added on top of usual medical care, intervention with a mind-body technique — transcendental meditation — can have a major effect on cardiovascular events,” lead author Robert Schneider, a professor at the Maharishi University of Management, told the publication. The American Heart Association also says that the stress-busting benefits of different types of meditation can be a boon to heart health.
Increases gray matter. Meditation may just be exercise for the brain. In fact, a 2009 study from UCLA researchers showed that MRI scans of long-time meditators revealed that certain parts of their brains were larger than those of a control group, particularly in regions known for emotion regulation. Another small study published in 2011 in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging showed that an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program resulted in increases in gray matter in the hippocampus and areas of the brain tied to compassion and self-awareness, U.S. News reported at the time.
Cultivates willpower. Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. told Stanford Medicine’s SCOPE blog in 2011 that both physical exercise and meditation can help train the brain for willpower:
Meditation training improves a wide range of willpower skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. It changes both the function and structure of the brain to support self-control. For example, regular meditators have more gray matter in the prefrontal cortex. And it doesn’t take a lifetime of practice — brain changes have been observed after eight weeks of brief daily meditation training
Builds focus and concentration. A 2010 study published in Psychological Science showed that Buddhist meditation improved focus and attention on a task that was designed to be both boring and demanding. “People may think meditation is something that makes you feel good and going on a meditation retreat is like going on vacation, and you get to be at peace with yourself,” study author Katherine MacLean, who worked on the research as a graduate student at the University of California Davis, said in a statement. “That’s what people think until they try it. Then you realize how challenging it is to just sit and observe something without being distracted.”
Boosts cognitive function. Another Psychological Science study identified a link between mindfulness training and increased standardized test scores, as well as improvements in working memory. What’s more, Dr. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital who studies mindfulness meditation, previously told HuffPost that regular meditation may stave off the thinning of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, and in turn declines in cognitive function, later in life.
Builds self knowledge. According to a 2013 article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, mindfulness (defined as “paying attention to one’s current experience in a non-judgmental way”) can help people to understand their own personalities. “For example, one who overestimates the positivity of his or her personality or status is often disliked by others, whereas having insight into how others perceive the self and acknowledging one’s flaws seems to attenuate the negativity of others’ impressions,” the researchers wrote in the study, as previously reported by HuffPost.
Helps relationship satisfaction. As the American Psychological Association reports:
Several studies find that a person’s ability to be mindful can help predict relationship satisfaction — the ability to respond well to relationship stress and the skill in communicating one’s emotions to a partner. Empirical evidence suggests that mindfulness protects against the emotionally stressful effects of relationship conflict (Barnes et al., 2007), is positively associated with the ability to express oneself in various social situations (Dekeyser el al., 2008) and predicts relationship satisfaction (Barnes et al., 2007; Wachs & Cordova, 2007).Increases compassion. A 2013 study from researchers at Northeastern and Harvard Universities suggested that meditation may be the key to unlocking compassion. The findings, which were published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that volunteers who underwent eight-week trainings in two types of meditation reacted more compassionately than those who hadn’t meditated. Specifically, researchers set up a waiting room where an actor with crutches appeared to be in pain while other actors ignored her — 15 percent of the non-meditators helped the person in pain, compared with 50 percent of those in the meditating group. “We know meditation improves a person’s own physical and psychological wellbeing,” lead author Paul Condon said in a statement. “We wanted to know whether it actually increases compassionate behavior.”
Improves empathy. A small study from Emory University showed that a compassion-based meditation program, called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), might help people to read others’ facial expressions, HuffPost reported when the results were released in 2012. “These findings raise the intriguing possibility that CBCT may have enhanced empathic abilities by increasing activity in parts of the brain that are of central importance for our ability to recognize the emotional states of others,” senior author Charles Raison said in a statement.
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Improves depression. The 2014 review of 47 randomized trials, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that mindfulness meditation can be effective in easing depression for some patients, as well as anxiety, HuffPost previously reported. The researchers wrote: “Anxiety, depression, and stress/distress are different components of negative affect. When we combined each component of negative affect, we saw a small and consistent signal that any domain of negative affect is improved in mindfulness programs when compared with a nonspecific active control.” And depression has been linked with other serious health conditions, including heart disease.
Physically changes the brain. University of Oregon Research released in 2012 suggested that one type of Chinese mindfulness meditation could be associated with physical changes in the brain — ones that might help stave off mental illness, HuffPost reported when the findings were released.
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Reduces loneliness. At least among older people. A 2012 Brain, Behavior and Immunity study of 40 adults between the ages of 55 and 85 showed that a two-month mindfulness meditation program was linked with reduced loneliness. “While this was a small sample, the results were very encouraging,” Dr. Michael Irwin, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Cousins Center, said in a statement when the findings were released. “It adds to a growing body of research that is showing the positive benefits of a variety of meditative techniques, including tai chi and yoga.”
Cuts emotional reactivity. The American Psychological Association reports:
Research also supports the notion that mindfulness meditation decreases emotional reactivity. In a study of people who had anywhere from one month to 29 years of mindfulness meditation practice, researchers found that mindfulness meditation practice helped people disengage from emotionally upsetting pictures and enabled them to focus better on a cognitive task as compared with people who saw the pictures but did not meditate (Ortner et al., 2007).
Like pain, researchers have suggested that mindfulness meditation helps the brain to have better control over sensations, including negative emotions.
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Fosters a healthy body image. Australian research published in Clinical Psychologist suggested that being mindful (which can be cultivated through mindfulness meditation) may be linked to having a healthier relationship with food and your body, Berkeley’s Greater Good reported.
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Eases stress and anxiety. The review of studies from Johns Hopkins University researchers that was published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that mindfulness meditation may improve anxiety for certain people. “If you have unproductive worries,” Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, told Harvard Health Letter, “…You might think ‘I’m late, I might lose my job if I don’t get there on time, and it will be a disaster!’ Mindfulness teaches you to recognize, ‘Oh, there’s that thought again. I’ve been here before. But it’s just that — a thought, and not a part of my core self.'”
The Mayo Clinic also reports that many people control stress by practicing mindfulness meditation (plus it’s been linked with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol) — for the basics on how to get started, click here.
Helps sleep. Research presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies suggested that meditation could be helpful in the treatment of insomnia. “Results of the study show that teaching deep relaxation techniques during the daytime can help improve sleep at night,” principal investigator Ramadevi Gourineni, M.D., director of the insomnia program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Evanston, Ill., said in a statement. Plus, a University of Utah study released last year showed a connection between mindful personality traits and improved sleep quality. Check out four meditation techniques for improved sleep here.
I am looking forward to teaching psychic development on May 31st and June 1st from 9 to 5. It is always great to watch and see how empowering it can be to develop and start using your other sense or use it as a deeper level as it makes your life so much easier and more fulfilling.
If you haven’t already you may want to check out the offerings for Mother’s Day. Great gift ideas for Mom or for yourself.
When we realize that we can change our world by our thoughts nothing can stop us. When we choose how we will feel about events and see the value that comes with things we may not have wanted. We are grateful for the insight, the lesson that may change our views, we keep our power and continue growing strong.
Let your light shine
Let your spirit be free
Let your dreams come true
Do not let your fears rule your life
Set your sights on your dreams
Engage in the life you want to have
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Invitation: A benefit to support a wonderful little girl! Date: 2/28/14
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mercy Center, 28650 W. Eleven Mile, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 Enter at the blue awning, down the hall to the Carlow Room.
Please share this invitation with family and friends!
Who is Maysie? On March 7, 2013, Maysie Madison was put into a medically induced coma because of continuous seizures causing damage to her brain. The doctors have tried many things but are unfortunately perplexed. They made the difficult decision to remove the right side of her brain hoping that this would stop her seizures and she could recover with therapy. The devastating news came after the surgery that the seizures were continuing and were now affecting the left side of her brain; they had to put her back into a coma. The doctors are continuing their efforts but we can also help by raising awareness. Family, friends and her community are rallying around this special girl. Your continued support and prayers are truly appreciated! Her mother, Stephanie, has not left her bedside. No one can comfort a child as well as a parent can which is why we are raising funds to help ease the financial burden while she remains by Maysie’s side. We are asking for your help as they are encountering mounting medical and household bills. What is a Spirit Gallery Reading? Have you ever wanted to see what a Mediumship reading is like but you were unsure if it was for you? Or have you doubted that it is real? Or maybe you can”t afford a private reading at this time or you just want to experience the love, the fun and excitement that is to be had. This is your opportunity to see what it is like, and perhaps get a reading and experience the amazing ways in which Spirit comes through and touches our lives.
Also known as a Mediumship Demonstration, a Spirit Gallery Reading is conducted as a group (or gallery) session. People can receive special messages from loved ones who have crossed over and/or from spirit guides. Be ready to believe that our loved ones are watching over us and helping us on our journey! During the event, if the message feels as though it is too personal, it will be given privately after the event. Who is Carole Grace?
Carole Grace is an internationally recognized and trained Evidential Medium, meaning she will give evidence from Spirit so that you will know by the information that is being delivered that it has to be coming from Spirit. Carole Grace uses her warm and funny personality to deliver these messages in a loving way. During the readings, she will give evidence of the Spirit from the messages, images and emotions they share so you will have no doubt it is from your loved ones. If you are not a believer, get ready to believe!
We will be having a wonderful raffle too so remember to bring some cash so you can enter to win wonderful gifts such as: massage, readings, jewelry, etc.
Also, as a bonus for those of you attending you will receive $25.00 off an hour reading with Carole Grace.
If you plan on purchasing at the door be sure to bring cash, no credit cards.
What to do!
Bring your friends and family for a fun and meaningful event! In addition to the Readings, there will be beautiful raffle prizes. ALL of the proceeds are going to assist Maysie’s family with medical bills, hopefully enough to buy a monitor for her. It is a great way to spend an evening, connecting with friends and loved ones, making wonderful memories, and most especially supporting a very special little girl, Maysie Madison, and her family who have been through so much!
Please consider attending this event by using the link only available till Thursday the 27th to pay $25.00 or $30.00 at the door the evening of the event and/or donating to it http://bpt.me/549889 You may also consider donating to The Maysie Madison Fund @ TCF Bank located at 6430 Dixie Highway in Clarkston, MI. All donations big and small are greatly appreciated. We would be honored for you to help!
January 1st, 2014
I am very thankful for all the wonderful people I have met last year or got to know better, and I look forward to all the new people who will be in my life this year. I am very thankful for those who have been with me through the good and the bad times.
Some people move on or chose a different path and it is all good, it is what it is suppose to be. Things are meant to change, grow, and evolve.
We are all on a journey and each one is unique as a snowflake….similar but unique.
May your journey bring you peace, joy and happiness! May your fears not rule your life and hold you back.
Every morning when I awake I thank God for all of my blessings and I am Very grateful for each and every one of you! Much love to each of you and I hope you know how special you are! – Carole Grace[divider style=”1″]
What are your dreams for the upcoming New Year? How many of you are planning on being more kind to yourself? Forgiving yourself for mistakes you may have made. Loving your body no matter what size for all it does for you? Giving yourself the love and care you deserve? Will you believe in yourself this year? Will you keep striving towards your dreams?
2013 was quite a year. The energy was very intense and it became quite clear that we are manifesting things at a much quicker rate than in the past.
Most people are making resolutions such as:
According to some statistics the resolutions only last the first week for 75% of people.
What is it that makes you happy? What makes your heart soar? What brings you pure joy and satisfaction. Do you think you owe it to yourself to make it happen or live life with what if’s?
Whatever dreams and hopes you have they require taking action. Some dreams may take longer but believing in them and putting action behind them you will be amazed at what you can accomplish and how it can be even more than you dreamed of.
Life is not always perfect, we fall on difficult times, we fail to complete our goals or our dreams. “Bad” things happen to good people or is it more accurate to say we perceive the event(s) as bad when in reality it is the best thing that could have happened to you? Sometimes when we think we have what we want our dreams change.
In my opinion without change our lives would be stagnant and boring.
Wishing all of you the best in the upcoming New Year. I hope you will believe in yourself and your dreams; take the chance to make them happen. You never know where your dreams will lead, but you can be sure if you don’t take action you won’t have to worry about it.
Please remember to be loving to yourself as you would to another. Our thoughts and actions do have an effect, so be aware of what you may be attracting to you.
May your dreams come true and may they be even more wonderful than you anticipated, Much love – Carole Grace
Below is a beautiful story of someone who followed their dream.
No effort is ever wasted, although some pay dividends later than you think. Do not imagine that you “wasted your time” because something didn’t turn out right. There is no such thing as “waste” in the Universe. Everything — everything — yields benefit. It’s true. And your life will show you this. So don’t decry the “effort that failed.” All things lead to your highest good. You just may not know it yet. ` Neale Donald Walsch
Hanna’s 10 Commandments for Maintaining Perfect Health
Embrace Conscious Living Principles Hanna Taught Us Generations Ago!
Hanna believed there is cause in consciousness of the ‘unseen’ and effect is found in circumstances of the ‘seen’. When that effect is in circumstances involving health, you can be sure that your consciousness is causing this, and its root source is negativity. In her book God Helps Those Who Help Themselves she wrote the 10 major areas where you are most likely to find negative thoughts entering your consciousness and gave her powerful insights on how to convert your negativity to positivity so you can create a clear consciousness and benefits of continued health.
As one of the first conscious living visionaries, Hanna taught the power of intuition and healthy living and used her spiritual intuition in some of her homeopathic formulas. As a remarkable woman who helped pave the way to healthy and conscious living, she spent her entire life dedicated to the mission to heal everyone who came across her path. These ‘good health’ living principles are ones that she abided by daily.
Hanna’s 10 Commandments for Maintaining Perfect Health
Accept criticism as the other person’s problem not yours
Appreciate yourself and reaffirm your self-worth whenever possible
Rather than fretting about what you don’t have, appreciate what you do have
See the good points and positive aspects in circumstances. Try to see even your problems as happening ‘for the best’
Rather than looking backward with sorrow, look forward with joyous expectation
Learn from mistakes so that you can convert them into triumphs
Insulate yourself from unpleasant surroundings through wholesome detachment
Let go of what you no longer need and make the most of what you now attract
Grow in courage and self-mastery from every circumstance
Be aware of the larger ‘consciousness’ you are part of
How do you chose to live? With a love for life or lack of happiness? Raise your energy to the energy of what you want in your life. Sometimes things happen that can lower our energy such as a death of a loved one, health issues, personal or financial stress, and we get out of whack (technical term) and find it hard to get back on our feet in those times. Imagine what it feels like to be the vibration or energy of what you want it to be and set your intention that it will be that way and before you know it, it is!
Sometimes though we all need a little help. I want everyone to enjoy their life and be the best they can be. I am sending love out to all to help raise the vibration of the world and I hope all of you will do the same. Imagine if we all asked for healing, peace and love to be spread through the world?
Remember we are powerful in our thoughts, so chose your thoughts and actions and decide what and how you really want to be and BE!
May your day be blessed.
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A sign from my Mother:
This week I had a little scare, and it was not fun spooky movie or Haunted House type scare. I had a biopsy done on Monday, and on Thursday my Dr. called me and told me I need to go into the emergency room a.s.a.p. because my hemoglobin was a 6 instead of a 12 per the test results on Monday and they need to find out why and give me a blood transfusion.
The thought of being poked and prodded and transfused is not a scenario anyone wants to have playing in their mind but I can’t help it and I have all of these thoughts running through my mind and the fact that I am still not feeling well laying on a hospital emergency room bed it was easy for me to question why is this happening, these thoughts had gone through my mind prior to surgery as well…. why did I create this for myself? Did I create this? I know it serves a purpose but what is it? I can’t be that sick, can I?
Also on Thursday it was a friends birthday and I was missing his birthday dinner. Not only was I missing it but I knew he and my other friend were busy sending me energy too. On that note I have to say I am very blessed, I have a great husband who has had to do pretty much everything for me during recovery; great friends sending beautiful flowers which arrived shortly after I got home telling me I was going to be okay, and sending energy and a wonderful family who also sent healing and prayers my way. Lovely little notes of encouragement to let me know they are thinking of me and sending healing. So while it was easy to fall in to that poor little me, I also thought how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life.
The thought of why am I going through this kept running through my mind though. I always need to know the “why’s” was it to realize how blessed I am? To be thankful for what I have? Or was it simply that as one friend said “Spirit wants you to take it easy”. Well if that is the case Spirit got it’s way. Spirit can make things happen to get our attention and will keep doing it until it does. Sometimes I get so busy and don’t want to listen. I am sure many of you can relate, all the signs are there but you don’t want to see them.
While at the hospital my sister called and I told her what has happened. Later she sent me a text telling me that my Mom told her everything is going to be alright. She said she was talking to her husband and he was saying everything was going to be okay, then as if verification she looked outside and there was an enormous rainbow outside of her house.
My mother always believed that after something “bad”, that seeing the rainbow was a sign that whatever it was had passed just like a storm, and that good news would soon follow. Shortly after that my new blood results were back (after 3 tries) and although not perfect they came back at 10 and I was going to be released…no transfusion needed!
So this brings up another question, was my hemoglobin ever really at 6 or was it diluted because of the iv for surgery or just a mistake? Or had it been a 6 and all the prayers and healing raised my hemoglobin to a 10?
I am not sure I will ever know why this has happened, it does make me realize I don’t need to know the answer to everything, but I am sure that I am very blessed and very thankful for all of the people in my life, and those sending healing and prayers. I have had ample time to think of all of the people I meet in my work by during Spirit Galleries, private readings and how blessed I am to be the one to connect with their loved ones in Spirit, or give them a healing; or through one of my classes or however I have met them. What I do know is that I have an amazing life with amazing people in it! I am truly honored and thankful to be of service to Spirit. I am truly honored to have all of you in my life and that is what I know for sure- thank you for being a part of my life!
Also, for those you you that don’t know my Mother passed away several years ago.
5 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain by Dr. Mercola
By Dr. Mercola
Emotional pain often exacts a greater toll on your quality of life than physical pain. The stress and negative emotions associated with any trying event can even lead to physical pain and disease.
In fact, emotional stress is linked to health problems including chronic inflammation, lowered immune function, increased blood pressure, altered brain chemistry, increased tumor growth and more.
Of course, emotional pain can be so severe that it interferes with your ability to enjoy life and, in extreme cases, may even make you question whether your life is worth living.
5 Tips for Healing Emotional Pain
As the featured article reported, Guy Winch, author of Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries, recently shared five tips for healing your emotional pain.
1. Let Go of Rejection
Rejection actually activates the same pathways in your brain as physical pain, which is one reason why it hurts so much. The feeling of rejection toys with your innate need to belong, and is so distressing that it interferes with your ability to think, recall memories and make decisions. The sooner you let go of painful rejections, the better off your mental health will be.
2. Avoid Ruminating
When you ruminate, or brood, over a past hurt, the memories you replay in your mind only become increasingly distressing and cause more anger – without providing any new insights. In other words, while reflecting on a painful event can help you to reach an understanding or closure about it, ruminating simply increases your stress levels, and can actually be addictive.
Ruminating on a stressful incident can also increase your levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in your body linked to cardiovascular disease.1
3. Turn Failure Into Something Positive
If you allow yourself to feel helpless after a failure, or blame it on your lack of ability or bad luck, it’s likely to lower your self-esteem. Blaming a failure on specific factors within your control, such as planning and execution, is likely to be less damaging, but even better is focusing on ways you can improve and be better informed or prepared so you can succeed next time (and try again, so there is a next time).
4. Make Sure Guilt Remains a Useful Emotion
Guilt can be beneficial in that it can stop you from doing something that may harm another person (making it a strong “relationship protector”). But guilt that lingers or is excessive can impair your ability to focus and enjoy life.
If you still feel guilty after apologizing for a wrongdoing, be sure you have expressed empathy toward them and conveyed that you understand how your actions impacted them. This will likely lead to authentic forgiveness and relief of your guilty feelings.
5. Use Self-Affirmations if You Have Low Self-Esteem
While positive affirmations are excellent tools for emotional health, if they fall outside the boundaries of your beliefs, they may be ineffective. This may be the case for people with low self-esteem, for whom self-affirmations may be more useful. Self-affirmations, such as “I have a great work ethic,” can help to reinforce positive qualities you believe you have, as can making a list of your best qualities.
My Most Highly Recommended Tool for Emotional Healing
Many, if not most, people carry emotional scars — traumas that can adversely affect your health and quality of life. Using techniques like energy psychology, you can correct the emotional short-circuiting that contributes to your chronic emotional pain. My favorite technique for this is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is the most comprehensive and most popular version of energy psychology. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles.
Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to transfer kinetic energy onto specific meridians on your head and chest while you think about your specific problem — whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, anxiety, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit”—the emotional block—from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease. The beauty about EFT is that it can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life, thereby providing a more lasting effect.
More than any traditional or alternative method I have used or researched, EFT has the most potential to literally work magic. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, your body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.
For a demonstration of how to perform EFT, please see the video below featuring EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman. The first video is a general demonstration, which can be tailored to just about any problem, and the second demonstrates how to tap for depression. While this technique is particularly effective for relieving emotional or mental stress and anxiety, it can be used for all manner of physical pain relief as well.
Total Video Length: 25:12
While the video above will easily teach you how to do EFT, it is VERY important to realize that self-treatment for serious issues is NOT recommended. It can be dangerous because it will allow you to falsely conclude that EFT does not work when nothing could be further from the truth. For serious or complex issues, you need someone to guide you through the process as there is an art to this process and it typically takes years of training to develop the skill to tap on deep-seated, significant issues.
Emotional Health Takes Ongoing Care: 9 More Tips for Well-Being
Just as eating healthy, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep are habits that must be held to in the long run to be effective, your emotional health requires ongoing care as well. And, just like your physical body, your mind can only take so much stress before it breaks down. Yet many neglect to tend to their emotional health with the same devotion they give to their physical well-being. This is a mistake, but one that’s easily remedied with the following tips for emotional nurturing.2
1. Be an Optimist
Looking on the bright side increases your ability to experience happiness in your day-to-day life while helping you cope more effectively with stress.
2. Have Hope
Having hope allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel, helping you push through even dark, challenging times. Accomplishing goals, even small ones, can help you to build your level of hope.
3. Accept Yourself
Self-deprecating remarks and thoughts will shroud your mind with negativity and foster increased levels of stress. Seek out and embrace the positive traits of yourself and your life, and avoid measuring your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you.
4. Stay Connected
Having loving and supportive relationships helps you feel connected and accepted, and promote a more positive mood. Intimate relationships help meet your emotional needs, so make it a point to reach out to others to develop and nurture these relationships in your life.
5. Express Gratitude
People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.
6. Find Your Purpose and Meaning
When you have a purpose or goal that you’re striving for, your life will take on a new meaning that supports your mental well-being. If you’re not sure what your purpose is, explore your natural talents and interests to help find it, and also consider your role in intimate relationships and ability to grow spiritually.
7. Master Your Environment
When you have mastery over your environment, you’ve learned how to best modify your unique circumstances for the most emotional balance, which leads to feelings of pride and success. Mastery entails using skills such as time management and prioritization along with believing in your ability to handle whatever life throws your way.
8. Exercise Regularly
Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting neurochemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.
9. Practice Mindfulness
Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention to the moment you’re in right now. Rather than letting your mind wander, when you’re mindful you’re living in the moment and letting distracting or negative thoughts pass through your mind without getting caught up in their emotional implications. Mindfulness can help you reduce stress for increased well-being as well as achieve undistracted focus.
Physical Health Also Supports Emotional Health and Healing
It’s a mistake to view your emotional health as a separate entity from your physical health, as the two are intricately connected. You’ll have an easier time bouncing back from emotional setbacks when you’re physically well, and healthy habits will also help keep your mood elevated naturally in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to be healthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to the tips above, the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional wellness and healing:
- Eat well: What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an excellent tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and emotional wellness.
- Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.3
- Animal-based omega-3 fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders. Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is my preferred source of omega-3 fats.
- Regular sun exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of endorphins.
I am looking forward to connecting with Spirit in my upcoming fundraiser for the tornado victims in Oklahoma.
I just finished a 5 day Advanced Mediumship & Platform Reading class. All of our minds were mush by the fourth day. The days were long and intense.
I have been asked so many times why I take classes and the answer is very simple, I want to be the best for my clients and for myself. I love what I do and I take it seriously and I know how powerful and healing it is. I honor my work and those who are led to me.
Years ago, well actually most of my life I fought my gift and doing this work, once I accepted this is who I am, I could not be happier with my life and my work and most importantly myself. As the Borgs in Star Trek said “resistance is futile”.
I hope you can embrace your life, embrace yourself and embrace your gifts. This is your journey no one can live it for you and no one should. You chose how you get there and hopefully you will enjoy your journey. Sometimes there can be turbulence but that is only one of the experiences and every experience makes us who we are at this moment in time, as well as teaching us how we might handle that “turbulence” in the future or how to avoid it in our lives.
One of my favorite messages that Spirit always wants us to know “our loved ones are always with us and we are not alone, we are supported and loved always”.
Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love from those around you as well as those who have passed, for love is eternal.<3
After a day of work I am feeling quite blessed for all those that I encountered and those that I was able to assist. 🙂
Sometimes a day can seem like an eternity, like a child waiting for Christmas to come. Sometimes it feels like a blink of an eye and the year has gone by and you try to figure out how it could be the end of the year already!
Looking back on 2012, I feel very blessed to have been surrounded by wonderful people, pets, places and events. I have also lost so many wonderful people and my precious dog Briggs(my baby boy), as well this past year, but I am thankful that I know they are in God’s hands watching over us, and free of any pain or limitations. As I look back on this past year I am thankful for all of my experiences, even the difficult ones.
I know our loved ones are sending their love to us. To feel that love you do not need to be a medium you just need to look into your heart. I hope everyone is feeling the love of their loved ones and know that the love never dies.
Wishing everyone a wonderful love filled New Year and that many blessings are obvious to you.
Who knew a date could cause such fear for some, and such joy for others? Well 12/12/12 seems to have done that. Some fearing the world is coming to end and others believing the world is changing in a positive direction.
The energy for some is making their life more difficult and they do not understand why it is happening. It seems as though time is speeding up and people are trying to catch up and for some, it has been a physical drain on their body as their vibrations begin to change. Is this scientifically provable? Does it make sense? I believe it to be true and you may or may not which is okay.
I have asked myself how can I make the most of this day and it’s energy? I decided it is perfect for sending out positive energy and healing to those in need, as well as the Earth and asking if anyone or anything that needs love and healing may the love and healing I am sending out go to them and help them.
Also, imagine if we all sent some love and healing to those in need even if you do not know them. Make a small gesture towards someone….a smile to brighten their day, a simple “hello, how are you doing”. When you see a person struggling reach out to help them. These are things that I believe we should do every day, but we get caught up in our own world and our own issues and we are human. We also need to be loving and kind to ourselves and not beat ourselves up. If we all just try to be a little kinder each day, it can have such a big impact on our lives and those we touch and those we don’t even know about…the ripple effect.
I hope everyone will make that conscious gesture of sending love and gratitude to one another and the Earth. Can you imagine what that would be like if everyone did that? Can you imagine all the love and healing that would take place, just take a moment and really imagine it, feel it, see it, be it. Now imagine doing that every day, just taking a minute or two and setting your intention for the love and healing to be spread around the world and to the world.
What an amazing place and amazing time we are living! Be the difference and feel the difference.
May your day be filled with much love, healing and many blessings.