Hello Nourish the Brain Community,
It's an honor to be writing my first blog piece for Nourish the Brain Institute. For those of you who may know, I have been working with Gemi in several capacities, all behind the scenes, for this outstanding institute.
In this interview, I was privileged to meet for the first time with John Freeman, Transcendental Meditation (TM) Director and Certified Teacher in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Gemi and I walked into his breathtaking garden oasis and set up filming right away. I could tell he was not only a profoundly eloquent person but also a fully energized advocate of the TM Community. As this was my first experience with the concept of this practice, I was all ears about its mechanics. So, watch the interview and find out what Transcendental Meditation involves, and how it is uniquely set apart from other guided meditations you may have tried.
What makes Transcendental Meditation a unique and...
Don’t worry about the “how.” This is the hardest part of creating goals. When we are creating a goal we want to know everything and if we don’t we get stressed, anxious, fear kicks in and we are done! Fear stops us from taking any sort of action.
This is normal.
How many times have you created a goal and given up before taking any action, because you don’t know how it's going to play out?
Healthwise it happens the same way. When clients come to me, often they have a physical goal they want to achieve. The truth is that soon enough they realize the goal they set up is not really the goal they need to achieve in the first place but if they hadn't set up the first goal they wouldn’t know that.
When you want to transform your...
First memories are rather interesting because you are never quite sure just how accurate they are. It’s either because you were very young or you have revisited the memory so many times over the years that it evolves with each revisit. I do have an early memory and when I talked to my mom about it awhile back, she said, “It is impossible that you remember that, you were only a year and a half old!”
My first memory is being strolled by my mom down the street on a nice spring morning. I saw a lady sitting in a green and white garden chair watching people walk below her balcony. She was in all black, from head to toe, including a scarf on her head which covered up her hair. This lady was old with very wrinkled skin and she didn’t have any teeth in her mouth. She smiled at us as we were approaching and my mom stopped below the balcony, they had a few words and then we kept walking. I don’t remember what they...
Today, I woke up with a wicked headache. That means only one thing, that I need to have one day of self-care. First thing I did this morning is go for a walk. I did my morning routines and went for a massage. I feel much better and my headache is completely gone, but I will still keep working today only on self-care. That's a very important one too.
Don't forget about taking care of yourself, love yourself a lot, and spend the weekend just, you know, feeling yourself. Oh, another thing that I'm going to do today is be in nature. I'm going for a hike, but not for exercise, I am going for a hike to spend time in nature, feel it and connect with myself.
Have a wonderful weekend!
As I was walking in downtown, beautiful San Luis Obispo, I was reflecting on the weekend. How everything went and you know there are things that don't work out so well. But I hold onto the things that are really truly amazing, and every week I have some miracle happen.
I was thinking not only in how much gratitude I feel when I can help somebody to get rid of medication. Right now, I feel so grateful because I am certifying people to do the same for so many more. I can't imagine a world where barely anybody needs medication. So it's just amazing.
I'm just grateful and I just wanted to let you know and have a wonderful, wonderful Sunday!
As women, we have the choice to have kids or not, be a stay-at-home mom or working mom, be a business woman or take a hiatus when you have children. Nobody should judge what we do with our body, or with anything else in our life. We make mistakes and we learn, we fall and we get up, with no complaints we go on.
When I decided to adopt my daughter Ili, I was a single mom to my son Pol. I owned a business and I was studying, in someway I always have. I decided to adopt because I’ve always wanted more than one kid, having a daughter was a dream of mine. If I learned something about becoming a mom, it’s the fact that a baby coming from my body or my soul is painful in many ways, sometimes unbearable, but I’m a woman and as a woman we can take a lot of pain with little complaining. Adoptions are never easy, they are complex, tricky and you never get it right the first try so you just have to keep insisting until the day some country, orphanage or government takes your...
Have you ever counted how much time it takes for you to get “back on track” after the holiday season? One day, one week or a whole month?
Some people adjust really quickly and are able to go right back to their everyday routines. For others, it takes what seems like forever. Everyone is very different. Have you ever thought this could be related to your brain functionality?
The cingulate system is the line between the two brains. This line is responsible for managing our ability to shift attention, makes us more adaptable, more flexible or more able to “go with the flow”.
When the cingulate system is too active, we have problems in shifting our activities or habits, and when it is calmer, it’s much easier for us to “go with the flow”.
The cingulate system is the one you want to nourish if you want the ability to adjust faster to new situations. This also applies to returning to our normal...
Have you ever stopped to observe the bite in your fork right before you put it in your mouth?
What are the colors, the convention of foods, the layers, the smell?
Then, the texture in your mouth, the flavors of all different foods.
How that will fill your body and soul? What are the nutrients that contented?
All these question may seem silly or boring but this exercise makes a total difference in the experience of eating.
When I first moved definitely here in California, I was amazed that people weren’t sitting to eat their meal. They ate in the car, on the way or even in the restaurant, it was eating and leaving, and it seemed really fast to me.
I wasn’t used to that, we sat in the table, all together, we ate and talk and share, laugh or had discussions. It was a slow fun tasteful experience 3 times a day! Can you believe that?
Now, I am Americanized.
Although I won’t eat in the car or on the go but meals are not the same, foremost because here I don’t...
We like being comfortable, when we are not, we tend to say that “life is difficult”.
There are so many levels of that sentence, everyone has a bar with his or her own level of difficulty in life, some people can take a lot, some people don’t have the strength or resilience.
I remember something that my grandma used to say, “I don’t want everything I can take, because I can take a lot!”.
Human beings are extraordinary! we can do all sort of things and every day we get better, smarter, stronger, faster, taller,….
We evolve constantly and we don’t even take the time to acknowledge ourselves when we do it or often, we don’t even notice it.
When we grow things get tricky and uncomfortable for a while. Often we think, that “everything comes at once”, “why everything seems so difficult?”.
Those are questions that often arise when we are making changes in life for the reason of getting ourselves in a better...