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An Age Old Secret For Accessing KnowledgeThe human mind has boundless potential, and humans have been exploring many way...
08/17/2020

An Age Old Secret For Accessing Knowledge

The human mind has boundless potential, and humans have been exploring many ways to use the mind for thousands of years. The following technique of visualization can help you acquire new knowledge and skills more quickly than with conventional techniques.

Over the centuries, human beings have developed many techniques to gain access to their inner wisdom and improve learning.

One technique that many people have found very beneficial is to have an imaginary guide that they can call on for advice and insight.

A modern variation of this technique has been developed by intelligence researcher Dr. Win Wenger and it is detailed in his book “The Einstein Factor”

This exercise is sometimes called “Putting on the Expert’s Head”

This technique enables you to access some of the enormous untapped potential that resides in the mind of every individual. This technique can even accelerate your ability to develop a new skill. It gives you access to parts of yourself that you are normally not aware of.

The first step is to decide what knowledge or skill you would like to develop in yourself. What are you interested in that you would like to do better? You might wish to improve your skill at archery, portrait painting, doing mathematics, or playing a musical instrument.

Once you have decided what skill or knowledge you would like to develop, take some time to think about those people you consider an expert in this chosen field. Whose skills do you admire? Who do you think of as a great role model and expert in the field?

The person need not be currently living. Before you move ahead with this exercise, you may wish to research the life of the person you have chosen.

You might even decide you want to see the world from the perspective of your favorite animal or bird, such as a wolf or an eagle.

When you are ready to do the Expert’s Head exercise, prepare yourself by deeply relaxing your body and your mind. Take some time to get comfortable in a place where you will not be disturbed. Internally scan your body for tension, and allow your muscles to relax. Breathe calmly and smoothly in a relaxed way.

Now think: is there a particular place where you would like to meet your imaginary expert? You might want to meet this guide in your own home, but feel free to imagine another site. For example, you could visualize meeting in a beautiful garden, in a forest, on top of a mountain, or some other location.

You can improve your ability to visualize imaginatively by speaking out loud your inner impressions to a tape recorder, or to another person. Eventually, even the slightest glimmer of imagination will be reinforced and amplified by consistent practice of this exercise.

If you are not yet able to easily imagine a location in which to meet your chosen expert, don’t worry. Simply move forward to the imagined encounter with this person, whenever you are ready.

Your imaginary encounter may go exactly as planned, or there may be surprises in store for you. Perhaps someone you weren’t expecting shows up. Perhaps your chosen expert does not want to participate. If no one appears in your mind’s imagination, ask for someone to come forward, and then wait.

When your imaginary guide appears, handle the encounter with as much politeness and respect as you would a real life encounter with a real person. Do you feel comfortable in the presence of this expert? Do you have the sense that the expert feels comfortable with you?

Even if these guides are figments of your inner mind, you still need to be sure you are accessing a part of yourself that wants to promote only the best for you.

If you get any sense of discomfort between you, thank the expert for coming, and politely dismiss him or her. Think of another expert you admire in your chosen field and create an imaginary encounter with that person. You may even have to create a totally fictitious character to be your imaginary expert.

Once you have established a meeting with your chosen expert, mentally picture yourself and your visiting expert standing facing each other in an attitude of great respect. Gently put your arms out and slowly remove the expert’s head from his or her body. Since this is only an imaginary person or animal, the head should come off quite easily.

Place the expert’s head above your own, facing the right way, and lower it over your own head. Now believe that you are looking out at the world through the eyes of your chosen expert, hearing through the expert’s ears, smelling through the expert’s nose.

Take the time to allow the expert’s mind to slowly merge with your own mind. Now gently pull the expert’s body towards you, and step into it. Feel as if it fits you perfectly. Feel that you have merged with the expert’s body and can feel and do the same things.

When you feel that you are actually in the expert’s body, notice what seems different to you. Does the world look different in any way? Do any of your attitudes feel different? How does your body feel different? Can you feel the confident attitude of the expert? Memorize the sensation.

Focus on the differences you notice and start to talk about them out loud. Spend at least five minutes doing this step. When you have finished, gently step out of the borrowed imaginary body and carefully remove the expert’s head from you own. Respectfully return the head and body to the expert. Thank that person for allowing you to have this experience.

You can use the Expert’s Head technique to improve your skills at some desired activity, or to accelerate your ability to learn to do something you have never done before.

First spend a few weeks performing the Expert’s Head exercise daily to familiarize yourself with it. Once you are accustomed to the process of donning the expert’s head, you are ready to use this technique to accelerate your skills development.

First spend a few minutes performing the desired skill entirely in your mind. Feel as if you are actually performing perfectly it and that you really know how to do it. Then move to the Expert’s Head exercise, and spend about 10 –15 minutes, performing the activity in real life, but mentally be the character of the expert, wearing the expert’s head and body.

After about fifteen minutes, gently remove the expert’s head and step out of the expert’s body. Thank the expert for the use of his or her body, mind and talent. Ask the person to continue filling your mind with more of their expert knowledge and ability even when you are not practicing this exercise.

Before the experience starts to fade from your memory, spend a few minutes writing down or speaking out loud everything you can remember. Write down or speak everything you can remember that was really different when you were in the expert’s mind and body, rather than as yourself.

When you wish to improve a particular skill, first spend about 15 minutes mentally doing it as yourself. Then slip into the expert’s head and body to continue the exercise in real life for another fifteen to thirty minutes. If you repeat this process about three times a day, you will experience a greatly accelerated ability to master the skills you desire.

Please realize that advice and knowledge received in this manner is not infallible. Do not feel obligated to act on any advice received from your inner dialogue with your imagined guides unless you are absolutely convinced it is appropriate for you at this time.

This technique can greatly increase access to your inner creativity and wisdom, but you will still need to make informed and reasoned decisions about what you do.

7 Important Tips for Yoga SuccessYoga has been proven to relieve stress by using exercises that unify the mind, body, an...
08/16/2020

7 Important Tips for Yoga Success

Yoga has been proven to relieve stress by using exercises that unify the mind, body, and spirit. If you are new to yoga, these seven tips will start you on the road to a more centered life.

1. Talk to your doctor and explain what type of yoga poses you intend to practice. Show your doctor pictures of the poses for illustration. Your doctor may rule out specific poses if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma, a history of retinal detachment, or heart disease. Make sure you follow your doctor’s recommendations.
2. Find a yoga class that best fits your abilities. Talk to prospective teachers, and decide whether of not you can handle a program before you sign up. It’s very important to take it one step at a time. Try a few beginner classes before you attempt more vigerous classes. Don’t move ahead too quickly. Allow your body to adjust to your exercises.

3. Listen to your body and be aware of your physical abilities. You don't want to hurt yourself. Make sure the instructor understands your level of experience and any limitations you may have. Don’t allow anyone to push you ahead too quickly. Remember, this is supposed to be fun and relaxing.

4. If you can’t find a class that meets your needs, you can always practice yoga at home. There are many books, programs, and tapes available to help you get started. Search for the best products on the Internet and read reviews. Talk to others for recommenations.

5. Why not try private lessons? You can book some one-on-one sessions with a teacher in your area. Most yoga instructors offer private classes or can help you design your own program. This is a good way to get started. You can always take group lessons or practice at home after you’ve had private lessons and learned the basics.

6. Find a yoga buddy. It’s nice to practice with someone and it will help reduce injuries. It’s also a great way to keep up your enthusiasm and interest.

7. Eat lightly before practice. Wait at least two hours after meals before yoga class or practice. An empty stomach is best, but don’t let yourself get too hungry to think. You won't be able to focus on the poses or enjoy yourself during the relaxation or meditation exercises.

Now it's time to grab your mat and a towel and get the most out of your yoga exercises.

Enjoying Your Weight LossBrain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever. - AnonymousWeight loss doesn't...
08/07/2020

Enjoying Your Weight Loss

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
- Anonymous

Weight loss doesn't have to be something that you dread every day of the week.

You should be eating good healthy food that doesn't leave you feeling starved although initially you might feel that way as you change from the bulk poor quality food that you've been eating to smaller portions of better quality food.

It can take time to your body to adjust and one of the best ways to help out in this situation is to drink more water.

Most people realize that exercise is one of the best ways of losing weight although there are a lot of people who are reluctant to exercise for one reason or another.

For those people who are obese it can be quite difficult to exercise although there are forms of exercise their can cater to virtually anybody.

Swimming biking and walking are three very good low impact forms of exercise that can improve your fitness and reduce your body weight. They can speed up your metabolism and help you to burn fat and swimming in particular is very good for people who are overweight to the extent that they find walking difficult.

Recently Nordic walking has become a lot more popular and this is a particularly good form of exercise for two reasons.

Firstly by using the poles when you are walking you are using a lot more of your upper body muscles for the exercise and in doing so this helps to burn more calories than walking without them.

The other benefit of using the poles when walking is the fact that it takes a lot of the stress off your knees and hips and this can be a godsend for oversized people who find that their joints take quite a hammering when walking due to their weight.

Is no wonder that Nordic walking is becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise throughout the country.

Complete Home GymI feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. - Dr. Jonas SalkWe are used to...
08/06/2020

Complete Home Gym

I feel that the greatest reward for doing
is the opportunity to do more. - Dr. Jonas Salk

We are used to the convenience of having everything at our fingertips these days, from meals on demand to all the gadgets in the house that make life easier for us.

It is no different with exercise where people are realizing the benefits of having a complete gym readily available in the home.

Without the need to get in the car and drive down the road to the local gym, and wait in line while someone else is using the equipment that we want to use, it becomes so much easier to exercise when we want.

The best thing about the latest home gym equipment, is the fact that the complete home gyms offer all of the same opportunities to workout as a membership to a top gym.

Multi station gyms have the ability to work every muscle of your body and the equipment is built to the same high standards as commercial gym gear.

Increased demand from private buyers has seen the prices fall and now it becomes a decision of economics whether you want to continue paying for monthly or yearly gym fees or own the equipment yourself.

If by chance you decide to no longer exercise you still have an asset that you can sell.

As there are so many variations of equipment in the market you need to consider what your goal is, and if you have a family you might need to consider what their fitness goals are also as all members of the family can take advantage of having a gym in the house.

Some home gyms are focused more towards specific areas of fitness but generally the premium home gyms will target all areas of the body allowing for a complete fitness training facility that can be stored in a small room or a corner of a garage.

Many of the more popular all in one gyms are advertised on television and they are available at the on line fitness stores for very reasonable prices depending on the attachments you decide to buy.

You will be sure to find something that will fit your requirements.

Time to Separate Your Emotions"I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions>  I want to use them, to enjoy them, and d...
08/04/2020

Time to Separate Your Emotions
"I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions> I want to use them, to enjoy them, and dominate them." Oscar Wilder

It’s not possible to be entirely emotionless. Emotion drives you to action. But there comes a time when emotion is not as helpful. Sometimes, you have to turn the emotion off and push through to success. When will you know the difference?
It comes down to personal assessment. Are the emotions you’re feeling right now helping you or holding you back? Learn how to take control of your emotions to turn them into positive energy you can use to move forward with your goals. If your emotions are holding you back, time to switch strategies.
Successful people know how to separate facts and best practices from their emotions. They know how to make decisions the right way.
I’ve found that simply paying attention to your emotions and how you feel is very helpful. Many of us operate on emotion every day without being mindful that we’re doing it. You have to train yourself to be more aware so you can take control.

Everything In ModerationThe commonest form of malnutritionin the western world is obesity.- Mervyn DeitelHow many times ...
08/03/2020

Everything In Moderation

The commonest form of malnutrition
in the western world is obesity.
- Mervyn Deitel

How many times have you heard that statement? The best results are always when anything is done in moderation. You gain body fat because you weren't eating or drinking in moderation so in order to reverse that situation you also need to plan your weight loss programs so that eating or exercising that is involved with that program is also done in moderation.

Excessive exercising for somebody who hasn't done much in the past can result in injury and that injury can make you less mobile and increase the opportunity to gain body fat.

Sudden changes in diet will send the body into reactionary mode storing fat. Gradual changes to your diet on the other hand done in moderation will not send signals to the body that is a starving and in fact you won't feel as though you are starving either if you do it in moderation.

Making moderate changes to your food and exercise won't infringe on your lifestyle anywhere near as much and that will in effect make it a lot easier for you to maintain the changes for a lot longer until they become second nature.

This is when you will get to the stage where you can gradually keep reducing the body fat and become healthier and healthier and more energetic as time goes on.

Even your intake or water has to be in moderation because drinking excessive water can flush out important nutrients from your system doing more harm than good.

You are better drinking a glass of water here and there throughout the day rather than trying to drink gallons of water in the hope that it will help you to lose weight faster.

Even good foods need to be eaten in moderation as excessive quantities of these foods can still cause the body to store them as fat.

It's a simple rule to follow really; if you are eating drinking or exercising too much or too little you are unlikely to get optimum results.

Resistance Training BenefitsI still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I ...
08/02/2020

Resistance Training Benefits

I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best.
My health is the main capital I have and I want to
administer it intelligently. - Ernest Hemingway

Resistance training involves the use of free weights and/or machines to stimulate muscle growth and also to help burn fat.

Muscles burn fat, so it goes without saying that the bigger your muscles the more fat they are going to burn.

Not only will you build a stronger fitter body from resistance training but you will also help your body to become leaner at the same time.

For beginners, it can be sufficient to use your body weight with exercises that use neither weights nor machines.

This is the best way to start to ensure you don't get injured or over load muscles that haven't had much physical exercise for a period of time.

Usually, beginners will progress relatively fast and it won't take long to begin using more and more resistance.

This initial burst of progress encourages many people and this can drive people on to adding more resistance training or more weights to their training.

There is a need to ensure that the body is recovering enough between periods of exercise or there can be a tendency to over train and actually do more harm than good.

Most professional sports people use resistance training in some form or another, as any strengthening of muscle groups will assist in their performance.

The fact that resistance training also has a big influence on the burning of body fat has seen many weight loss programs add this to their regime. It is no longer the domain of the bodybuilders alone.

People of all ages are sculpting their bodies faster than ever with resistance training.

There are some excellent home gyms available now that work all muscle groups of the body and the convenience of having this equipment in the home makes it all the easier to train and maintain your body.

With A Little Help From Your FriendsThe second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day, you're ...
08/01/2020

With A Little Help From Your Friends

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.
By the second day, you're off it.
- Jackie Gleason

It is so much it easier to get by and to stick to a weight-loss program if you have the support of your friends and family.

You could be doing them a favor by getting them involved in your weight loss program particularly if living in the same household where everybody begins to eat better quality foods.

Those people who have the support of others around them when trying to lose weight have a huge advantage over anybody going it alone.

You can encourage one another to get out and exercise together and make a social occasion rather than something that you would prefer not to do. Go walking in a park or swimming at the beach to exercise and when doing this with friends and family it can be a fun time.

If you are using resistance training as part of your weight loss program then it is good to have a training partner to help spur you on to better performances and also in the event of using heavy weights to be there for the safety as a spotting partner.

More often than not more than one person in the household will be overweight because eating habits tend to depend a lot on the foods that are purchased each week so getting everybody involved in the weight-loss program will generally see the purchase of better foods and all members of the home can have an overall change in attitude towards food for the whole household.

It can be extremely difficult for the person losing weight if there are people around them who appear to be eating all and sundry as they like with little concern for their own weight.

Many weight loss experts suggest that surrounding yourself with people who don't have a weight problem and eat good wholesome meals all the times will actually help to encourage you to change your eating habits and fall more into line with what they regard as normal.

Personalized Fitness ProgramsPhysical fitness is not only one of the most importantkeys to a healthy body, it is the bas...
07/31/2020

Personalized Fitness Programs

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important
keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and
creative intellectual activity. - John F. Kennedy

Whether you are using resistance training, yoga, Pilates, aerobic fitness training or one of the many methods to get fit and lead a healthier life there is one important ingredient that you must have and that is a personalized fitness program.

No two people have the same requirements to reach their optimum health and this has to be represented in the choice of fitness program and even within that choice of the specific actions that are necessary.

By this I mean that, if for instance you choose resistance training for your fitness program, you will need a personalized program of exercises that will suit your body type, the condition of your health, your time restraints and so forth.

The same will apply to a yoga program. While you might join a yoga class for your preferred form of exercise, you will need to place more emphasis on those exercises that will assist the areas of your body that need help the most.

The reason for this need to have a personalized program is simply because you will want to get the best results in the shortest time to get to a good level of health and fitness without losing motivation.

There is nothing less motivating than a lack of progress and that is precisely what will happen if you don't have a fitness program that addresses all your needs.

There are programs that will serve as the basis for the majority of people but they will need to be adjusted and modified to personal requirements.

Keeping a fitness diary will help as it will show which areas are progressing well and where changes will need to be made to get more improvement. The information from the data that you record will be the source of your fast track to health and fitness.

The Problem With Yo-Yo DietingI recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and whe...
07/29/2020

The Problem With Yo-Yo Dieting

I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth's gravitational pull has become since 1990.
- Dave Barry

Is very common for people who yo-yo diet, where they are constantly taking off weight and putting it back on again, in an endless emotional roller coaster to end up weighing more than if they had never dieted in the first place.

The reason for this is the body begins to change in an effort to maintain energy levels and by doing so stores more fat.

This also causes the body to use less energy for all activities even when exercising and as a result it becomes more and more difficult to lose weight and even when you go on a similar diet to one you might have previously achieved some weight loss from it is likely that you won't be able to lose the same amount of weight the next time around.

People who are constantly on yo-yo diets cause their metabolism to change to an extent where they require a bigger reduction in their calories than a normal person would to maintain their new weight due to the body's new and reduced demand on energy.

This is linked to our evolution where food would often be scarce and the body adjusts accordingly to conserve and maintain its fat reserves when there is a shortage of food.

The downside of this happening is that after people go off these particular diets they tend to put on more weight than they were before they started and in doing so it becomes all the more difficult the next time to try and lose their additional weight.

So if you are the type of person who can't stick to a particular program for any length of time then you are better not starting at all and just making small steps by reducing portions of food will have better results long-term and will be a lot easier to maintain.

Fitness ApparelFitness: if it came in a bottle,everybody would have a great body. - CherFitness apparel is far more than...
07/28/2020

Fitness Apparel

Fitness: if it came in a bottle,
everybody would have a great body.
- Cher

Fitness apparel is far more than a fashion statement even if many people don't realize.

Good fitness apparel is designed specifically for the various sports or fitness training requirements to assist, protect and support the individual.

It might be designed to let the body breathe as in running vests or protect you from the weather.

It might be designed for support, with things like knee wraps aiding in heavy weight lifting exercises such as squats.

It might be designed to eliminate chafing as in cycling shorts or allow freedom of movement with yoga and Pilates gear.

It is important that you get the correct fitness apparel for the type of fitness training that you have chosen to pursue. This will help you to perform better and will also reduce the chance of strains and injuries.

You should always choose apparel that is appropriate for the climate you will be exercising in, as an incorrect choice will hinder your performance.

The correct sizing and fit is also essential and you will often find that the better quality products are a lot more comfortable and perform better than the low cost items.

While you will need tighter fitting apparel for a sport such as cycling where wind resistance is an important factor, if your chosen fitness program is yoga you will be looking to buy loose fitting clothing that allows for ease of movement while performing your routines.

Once again the online sports stores often offer the best prices due to their reduced overheads and high sales volumes.

You do need to be careful when buying apparel online that you know your correct sizing although you can return goods that aren't suitable at most online stores.

The fashion element, while important to make you feel good, should be secondary to getting the correct fit, support and comfort that will ensure you perform better when training or competing.

The Problem With The Food IsThe older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat ...
07/27/2020

The Problem With The Food Is

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight,
because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.
- Anonymous

The problem with the food that most of the population eats on a regular basis is the fact that is wasn't what nature intended for us to eat.

Massive advertising campaigns are constantly trying to convince us to eat a myriad of foods and they are all fueled by the same desire to make bigger profits for the food manufacturers.

The human body was designed to eat specific foods to maintain a healthy balance and that balance included a body weight that ensured good health.

Obesity is becoming a bigger problem each year (if you will excuse the pun) and it is due to the fact that more and more people are eating the wrong food, feeling hungry due to the lack of nutrition in that food to meet their needs and feeling that they need to eat more to get their essential dietary needs.

There is also so much conflicting information about what we should and shouldn't be eating that many people are confused as to what is good for them.

One minute chocolate is good for you and the next minute it is bad. This wasn't so much of a problem for our ancestors who had a simpler diet where only basic foods were readily available.

One thing that they didn't need to contend with on the scale that we see today is obesity.

Where obesity has now become an epidemic is was a rare occurrence in the past. That says something for the foods we eat today just by looking at history. And it wasn't just because of a lack of money and a lack of food because even those who could afford to buy what they required didn't have the widespread weight problems that face modern society.

If we look back in time and the occurrence of obesity in different races of people it can generally be linked to the introduction of changes in the types of foods that they began consuming.

It is difficult to fight the urge to eat when the body is feeling hungry even for those people with considerable will power and that is why most people tend to fail when they go on a diet unless all their nutritional needs are being met in some way.

Getting Started With Fitness TrainingI told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet, so he gave me pep pills. Kno...
07/26/2020

Getting Started With Fitness Training

I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet,
so he gave me pep pills. Know what happened?
I ate faster. - Joe E. Lewis

One of the hardest parts of any fitness program is getting started.

It is so easy to just sit around doing nothing and it takes some degree of motivation to get started exercising.

Many people find that joining a gym gives them the motivation they need to get started and follow through with regular workouts.

The reality is that most of the people who join gyms never complete their membership. Gyms actually base their costing on the fact that the majority of people will never use their membership regularly.

Why is this so?

There are many reasons why people don't exercise regularly and that can range from inconvenience to boredom.

When you are deciding what to do to lift your level of fitness it is wise to honestly think about your personality and where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

If you are a person who can motivate yourself then a home gym might be the best solution as it will offer the convenience of allowing you to train whenever you like and you won't need others to motivate you.

If, on the other hand, you find it difficult to motivate yourself then a membership at a gym might be a better solution.

Paying for the membership might be all that is needed to ensure that you will attend classes and often we can get motivated by those around us and challenge ourselves to improve and compete with others in the gym.

Alternatively, you might be a person who prefers to go for a run or a walk rather than lift weights.

No matter what you are capable of doing, there is only one action that you need to take however small that might be initially and that it to get started with some form of fitness training sooner rather than later.

Fitness will add to your overall well-being and the more exercise you do the fitter you will become and the more likely you will be to continue with a fitness program.

There is never a better time to get started than right now.

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