Posts Tagged ‘stress’

An Insurance Policy Against Happiness

September 7, 2011

Worrying is an insurance policy against happiness. Even when tomorrow brings nothing but bluebirds and rainbows, the back of your mind remains fixated on the storm clouds that are surely gathering somewhere within striking distance.

Real difficulties can be overcome. It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
Theodore Newton Vail

Worry often enough for long enough and you (more…)

The Ship Never Goes Down

September 4, 2011

Worrying keeps your best self locked away in a dark room. Yet your greatest fears, the monsters that plague your days and wreck your nights, rarely, if ever, materialize.

We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.
Jean Anouilh

Even if the events that haunt your (more…)

Rejoice In the Way Things Are

May 29, 2011

Everything that comes your way presents an opportunity to learn and evolve, which further expands your capacity to receive.

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu

When a desire surfaces, examine it objectively and learn what you can from it. If a desire leads to (more…)

A Close Shave

November 6, 2010

I was looking forward to meeting my friend, Lien, at Ecopolitan, my favorite restaurant, around 2:00. I arrived before 1:30, laptop in hand, looking forward to getting a little work done before she showed up.

As I walked in, a lovely young woman looked at me as if she had been waiting for me to walk through the door. “You’re here every time I am,” she said with a friendly smile. What a nice greeting! I Introduced myself and asked her dining companion if this was her first time at Ecopolitan. I said, “Nice to meet you both,” turned around and saw a young man looking at me just as purposefully. “It’s his (more…)

Dr. Estehr Sternberg Discovers the Role of Belief in Healing

October 23, 2009

Dr. Esther Sternberg

When I interviewed Dr. Esther Sternberg for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, she told me how she came to understand and appreciate how the mind-body connection can enhance the healing process. Here is an excerpt from her story, beginning with her bio.

Dr. Sternberg, the author of The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions, is Chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health. She is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health—the science of the mind-body interaction. Recognized by her peers as a spokesperson for the field, she translates complex scientific subjects in a highly accessible manner, with a combination of academic credibility, passion for science, and compassion as a physician. Click here to visit Esther’s website.

In the book proposal, my editor and I decided to include a chapter titled “Can Stress Make You Sick?” as well as a chapter called “Can Believing Make You Well?” The plan was to debunk the notion that believing could make you well, because there wasn’t much solid research that proved that believing in anything in particular could help a person heal.

As I was writing the book proposal at my new house on a rainy March afternoon, my next-door neighbors, Tarja and Dean Pappavasiliou, rang the doorbell to introduce themselves, carrying moussaka and all kinds of delicious Greek food. When they asked me if I was a writer. I said, (more…)