Total Reboot - 5 Life Changing Habits!


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Five habits acquired over the past five years, which, assembled in the proper construct, have proven to be the most instrumental in actualizing significant and enduring change in all aspects of my life from health, to happiness, to self-concept, and general outlook on the world as abundant and positive.

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  • What was once an appropriate response was no longer fitting. Yes, there were physical symptoms in the body but what was keeping them there? I was dealing with a Vicious Cycle Disease - perpetuated by a classically conditioned negative feed back loop.
  • I knew I had to find a way to calm the mind down - If I couldn’t quell the symptoms directly I had to at find a way to reduce my response to them
  • Pain is not the cause of suffering - it is our RESISTANCE to the pain.
  • Started meditation to mitigate my response to symptoms
  • Well it really comes down to “how do you let go of resisting AND do so with some direction toward a positive outcome”?
  • Where the head goes the vehhical follows Where the mind goes, the energy flows Where the mind goes, the body follows.
  • Total Reboot - 5 Life Changing Habits!

    1. 1. Five Habits That Saved My Life <ul><li>Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization </li></ul><ul><li>Actualization (physical follow-through) </li></ul><ul><li>Routine Adherence </li></ul><ul><li>Mindful Awareness </li></ul>by Ben Ahrens (2.0) Building a New Operating System
    2. 2. My story in short: <ul><li>Athlete, Trainer, Surf-camp Director </li></ul><ul><li>Crippling Neuro-Lyme disease </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cured” but not Healed </li></ul><ul><li>Exhaustion persists without a cause </li></ul><ul><li>Search to uncover the discrepancy between perceived abilities and actual abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-synching perception and reality. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Anatomy of Self-fulfilling Prophecy As it relates to a VCD Symptoms Adrenalin worry & resistance increased inflammation Creates a Negative Feedback Loop
    4. 4. The Anatomy of Self-fulfilling Prophecy As it relates to Pain & Suffering Pain Suffering resistance exacerbation * Pain is not the cause of suffering; it is our resistance to pain that brings about the experience of suffering.
    5. 5. The Paradox: <ul><li>Letting go of resisting the negative sensation will lead to it’s disappearance </li></ul><ul><li>The trick is not to try and make the feeling go away, but to learn to be comfortable in its presence. - Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself </li></ul><ul><li>Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. </li></ul>
    6. 6. How do you break the cycle? Tools & Techniques <ul><li>Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization (potentiation) </li></ul><ul><li>Physical follow-through (actualization) </li></ul><ul><li>NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Routine (to mitigate the unexpected) </li></ul><ul><li>Mindful awareness throughout the day (for when the unexpected happens) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Put into Practice <ul><li>Visualize my morning routine </li></ul><ul><li>Do it exactly as “seen” in my mind’s eye </li></ul><ul><li>Meditate 20~30min. If symptoms or anxiety persists then: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the source </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the triggers </li></ul><ul><li>Rewrite mental script with affirmative statement </li></ul><ul><li>Use Gupta’s “Amygdala Retraining” NLP technique to “de-condition” physiological responses </li></ul><ul><li>Divert attention & get absorbed in daily life </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain mindful awareness throughout the day </li></ul>First thing upon waking I : “ The human body cannot tell the difference between something real and that which is vividly imagined.” - Maxwell Maltz
    8. 8. The Results: <ul><li>From 3+ years debilitated condition, to full time work, physical strength, social participation, and healthy active living! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Three Takeaways to Remember: <ul><li>Awareness is key - Being mindful is easy… remembering to be mindful is difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance = Persistence - Letting go is what is required to dissolve the the source of discomfort. </li></ul><ul><li>Never look at what you’re trying to avoid! </li></ul>- (Rule #1 of defensive driving - applied to life)
    10. 10. Related Articles <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Rewiring The Brain to Ease Pain , Wall Street Health Journal, Nov. 15th. </li></ul><ul><li>Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?, NY Times, Aug. 17th. </li></ul><ul><li>Ashok Gupta’s, “ The Amygdala Hypothesis”, Medical Hypothesis Vol. 59, 2002. </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment showing 22% muscle-strength increase using visualization ONLY! , The Power of Imagination, - Doidge excerpt from The Brain That Changes Itself </li></ul>My Blog