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Making Every Moment Count

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. Research out of UC Santa Barbara finds that it’s easier to make improvements to your life simultaneously rather than one at a time.

Michael Mrazek, director of research at UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential, conducted the study in which participants were encouraged to eat healthy/whole foods, get a good night’s sleep, do yoga or other forms of exercise and practice ‘mindfulness.’

“The fundamental skills of mindfulness are the ability to tend to something and release distractions that arise,” instructed Mrazak. “In any task that you choose to engage with, try to engage fully with that task.”

Mrazek says the combination of eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and practicing mindfulness is very powerful when it comes to making changes in your life. “Mindfulness is easier to cultivate if you are well-rested.”

The results were remarkable. Participants noticed positive changes in their lives, along with a a dramatic increase in self esteem.

“Everybody found their own value… se puede comprar viagra sin receta medica. everyone also left with some unique benefits and some unique strategies,” said Mrazek.

The Buddy System

If you are very serious about making a big change in your life, it’s best to not do it alone.

“Both a buddy and a coach can be invaluable when you’re trying to change your life,” said Mrazek.

Are you ready to become the person you dream of being? There’s no time like the present.

“Every moment counts,” said Mrazek “because we chose to help people in so many different dimensions in their lives, they were capturing every opportunity available in every moment to move their lives forward.”

Read more on Mrazek’s research in the UC Santa Barbara Current

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MD’s Near Death Trip Offers ‘Proof of Heaven’

Many people have described having near death experiences (NDE), and so has Dr. Eben Alexander. But he brings a unique perspective to the experience. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander had been studying the mind, brain and consciousness for over 20 years. I caught up with Dr. Alexander at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, and he shares his experience and what he learned in this episode of  my podcast, Lisa.FM Thrive!

In 2008, Dr. Alexander came down with bacterial meningitis. He spent a week in a coma, and doctors didn’t offer much hope for his recovery.  All the while, while lying in a hospital bed, his mind was an odyssey in between worlds. In his bestselling books, Proof of Heaven and Map of Heaven, Dr. Alexander describes what he experienced, and what he learned about the mind, and consciousness.

During his ‘other-world experience,’ he said he had no memories of his life as a doctor.  He describes going from ‘an earthworm eye view’ to being “rescued by a white light” into a world of “beautiful life, blossoms, flowers, buds on trees, butterflies sparkling streams… Swooping orbs of golden light, emanating changes that would blow through me like a tidal wave.”

He describes riding through the beauty on a butterfly wing, with a beautiful girl as his guide. “And her message to me: You are deeply loved and cherished forever, you are deeply loved and will be taken care of.”

Alexander says the joy of his journey is to now be able to share the universal message of unconditional love – oneness and pure love.

NDE survivor Dr. Eben Alexander speaks to a full house at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, February 2016 (Photo: Lisa Osborn)

NDE survivor Dr. Eben Alexander speaks to a full house at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, February 2016 (Photo: Lisa Osborn)

“The one healing power of unconditional love, of that deity.” Whether you call it God, Allah or any other name, he says “the words get in the way. They imply that there is a separation, but the separation is the Tower of Babel. That is… our ego and our false sense of self trying to isolate us from the rest of the universe, whereas in fact we are all one with the entire universe, and this is what we are all about.”

Dr. Alexander says everything changed for him after he came out of the coma. His speech and brain capabilities came back within weeks. But, he is still investigating his experience and thinks he will continue to do so for the rest of his life, and beyond.

Reincarnation, he says, is something he didn’t pay much attention to before his illness. Now, he says it’s something that humans should realize is a fundamental part of our existence, “including Christianity.”

Another important lessons he learned was about fear.

“I came back from this journey realizing that there is nothing to fear but fear itself… as we come to remember that we are all part of the one great spirit, we can realize that there is nothing to fear.”

Dr. Alexander says he believes there’s a tremendous shift of awakening going on in the world right now, despite all the conflict and tragedy in the news.

“I believe we are about to shift to a much higher realization of human potential and how interconnected we all are and our deep spiritual nature.”

He says sound is what propelled him through this magical other world. “It’s important to point out the that music, vibratrion, sound, frequency were the ways that my soul used to traverse those higher realms.”

Today, he uses a sound program called Sacred Acoustics to help him re-enter the world he experienced while in the coma, as he continues to make more sense of his experience. “Sound is the key to the universe.”

Here are some of the resources Dr. Alexander mentions in our conversation: Eternea.orgSacredAcoustics.comEbenAlexander.com

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Minding the Mind

Lalli Dana Drobny teaches mindfulness classes to students who wish to reduce pain, increase focus or make better decisions.

Lalli Dana Drobny teaches mindfulness classes to students who wish to manage stress, increase focus or make better decisions.

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important.

In today’s fast-paced world of multi-tasking, working lunches and drive thru dinners, attention spans seem to be getting shorter and shorter.

But, with a little mindfulness, the monkey can be tamed.

Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means paying attention,” said Lalli Dana Drobny. She teaches classes in mindfulness as well as other subjects at Santa Barbara City College.

Drobny, who has been meditating for 25 years, started offering mindfulness classes in Santa Barbara about eight years ago as a public service

“Because I knew how important it was, and I had seen the difference in my own life.”

Intention is an important component of mindfulness, so Drobny asks students to choose one goal for class.

“Everyone who comes to my mindfulness classes comes for a reason,” she said.s

They want to find a way to manage stress, they are distracted or angry, they can’t focus, or they want to be able to make better decisions. “They want to change. They aren’t accepting where they are. (But) it’s a paradox. Because mindfulness is really about accepting what IS in every moment.”

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Being ‘in the moment’ can be as easy as sitting quietly and focusing on your breath for a minute or two.

In my Lisa.FM Thrive podcast, Drobny offers three short and simple mindfulness exercises, and the results are remarkable. I was surprised how at ease I felt after just breathing slowly for a couple of minutes.

Drobny suggests bringing mindfulness into daily activities, which can be as simple as paying attention to what you are doing (and thinking) while brushing your teeth, or eating lunch.

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“We do a mindfulness eating exercise, where we take four minutes to eat one raisin… You digest your food better, you actually eat a lot less, so it’s good for the environment, good for your budget and things that we are eating.”

A simple mindfulness technique consists of sitting still, feet on the ground. Pay attention to your breath… inhale, pause, exhale, pause… repeat.

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“Sandyland Sunset” by Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It’s okay if your mind wanders, instructs Drobny. Just “kindly, gently, ever so sweetly, bring your attention back to the breath.”

Don’t think you have time for Mindfulness? Think again

“In mindfulness circles there’s a joke,” said Drobny, “If you feel like you don’t have 20 minutes to sit (in meditation) today, sit for 40 minutes. Because time expands.”

Drobny shares a story about one of her students who was having a hard time sitting for a formal 20 minute mindfulness practice. She instructed the woman to incorporate mindfulness into the time she spent with her young child.

“So she was totally mindful as she spoke, watched and listened to her daughter. And, she came back the next week to report that both she and her daughter were happier.  So she didn’t add anything extra to her day, she simply did it with a different focus.”

Click the link below to listen to my podcast with Lalli Dana Drobny. Follow along as she walks you thru three short and simple mindfulness breathing and focusing exercises.

It’s okay if your mind wanders, just “kindly gently, ever so sweetly, bring your attention back to the breath.”

To get in touch with Lalli Dana Drobny about her upcoming classes, email her at “lallidana at-gmail.com”