What are the actual facts? What really happened in the past? The famous duet, “I Remember It Well”, sung by Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold in the movie, Gigi is a perfect example of how subjective memory can be. In that song, an elderly couple reminisce about the details of the night they met. In essence, they cannot agree on anything – the color of the gown she wore, whether the moon was shining or not, what day of the week it was, etc. The last lines of the song, the “take-away”, is that the feeling of falling in love, of still being in love, is the dominant emotion. All the rest, in the bigger picture, is relatively inconsequential.
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“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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Thank you Ellen Degeneres for shedding some light  

Is Incivility killing your bottom line and wreaking havoc on your employees emotional health?
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Lately I found myself thinking about expectations a lot.

I hear people saying that they are working towards having no expectations. My initial reaction was feeling astounded. Later I was impressed, when I heard statements like: “I have no, really no, I mean zero expectations.” Many questions crossed my mind. How do you do this? Why is that so important to not have expectations? For how long have you been practicing it? The responses sounded mostly very similar: “If I don’t have expectations, I can’t be disappointed. I’m open to the situations. I’m open to change. I’m flexible. I go with the flow. I feel free.” All sounds good and intriguing to me! I thought: I want that, too.

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meditation

Emotional freedom? John Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living) and Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) based their research partly on their own experience with meditation. Both set out, in scientific jargon, to disprove their hypothesis that meditation and related practices were valuable to our health and well-being. Their findings have helped prove to our western scientific materialist medical paradigm that there is another avenue to understanding what vibrant health means other than just chemicals and drugs. Read more

Got your attention didn’t I?  I bet you had no idea that probably everyday you are not showering alone.  How often do you find yourself doing daily tasks and routines and realizing your mind is thinking about something else,  other people, places or things that have happened?
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In times like these, Corona Virus Pandemic 2020, our normalcy got completely turned upside down. Life changed out of a sudden. What was normal, routine and oftentimes taken for granted, does not exist anymore or at least not in the same way.
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Relationships are always in fluctuation. There is no such thing like “marriage is set in stone”. Life happens and circumstances and relationships are constantly changing and in motion. We are used to constant change of interactions. What we are luckily not used to are the drastic changes that crisis creates.
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Takeaway Question:

  1. Which of the stress effects listed in this unit have you noticed in yourself?