C:\Fakepath\Mental Fitness And Psychological Flourishing
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×
 

C:\Fakepath\Mental Fitness And Psychological Flourishing

on

  • 1,183 views

 

Statistics

Views

Total Views
1,183
Views on SlideShare
1,172
Embed Views
11

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
9
Comments
0

2 Embeds 11

http://jillsbeenhere.blogspot.com 7
http://www.slideshare.net 4

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment
  • Hello! My name is Jill Jernee and I will be speaking about the benefits of mental fitness and psychological flourishing as well as the research studies that were conducted over the years. Practice exercises with step-by-step instructions will be provided at the end of this presentation, so let’s get started.
  • As I will show you with the research studies, illnesses can disappear as you erase all negative thoughts from your mind and replace them with positive thoughts through the mind and body connection. People have thought that the mind and body was separated and some may still even think that today, however, the mind and body are inseparable and go hand-in-hand with the way we think and feel (Dacher, 2006). The first thing we have to do to experience human and psychological flourishing, which will happen but you have to be patient, is to be in touch with yourself and your inner thoughts. Meditation can help you to focus and relieve stress as well as practicing some deep breathing exercises for a healthier and happier you (Dacher, 2006).
  • By taking the time to re-train the mind, you can hard-wire your thought process which will control blood pressure and pulse through the autonomic nervous system and our muscle movements through the central nervous system (Dacher, 2006). Candace Pert is one person who studied and discovered neuropeptides, which is a protein, that carries messages up and down our bodies and throughout our bodies too. They can transform our minds and they are made up by other cells (Dacher, 2006). Candace Pert is the person who discovered the mind and body connection (Dacher, 2006).
  • Ken Wilbur’s theory is that he believes in integral health, happiness, and human flourishing and mental illnesses can be avoided when we reach this stage in our life (Dacher, 2006). Integral health is also known as a human experience where we learn to experience and reach a new level of authentic happiness and genuine wholeness (Dacher, 2006).
  • Dr. Robert Ader discovered and studied the relationship on mind and body in rats back in 1970 (Dacher, 2006). In his experiment, he would administer sweetened water to the rats with a bit of Cytoxan, a drug, and the rats would drink this combination; however, they would become ill afterward (Dacher, 2006). This created what was known as a learned response in the rats because they became ill after drinking this water even after the drug was removed from the water, otherwise known as a psychological issue (Dacher, 2006).
  • Dr. Peter Schnall studied the inner experience of stress in business managers and he found that the more stressed out they were, the more severe their chronic illness such as hypertension and depression (Dacher, 2006). He also found that in his studies that some managers were able to not stress bother them as much and they had a healthier attitude not to mention no chronic illnesses (Dacher, 2006). His idea was to re-train the mind and start at the root of the matter with the inner-self (Dacher, 2006). He would have the managers turn their negative thoughts into positive ones and noticed a difference such as better health and happiness (Dacher, 2006).
  • Dr. Richard Davidson performed an experiment on people to study stress reduction and relaxation strategies for eight weeks from the beginning of flu vaccinations to the end (Dacher, 2006). He would study their electrical brain activities and the blood flow within the brain as well as their metabolic activity (Dacher, 2006). He mapped out the negative and positive responses from each one (Dacher, 2006).
  • Continuing on with Dr. Richard Davidson’s study, he found that the emotions on the right side of the brain is where the negative emotions are located and on the left side of the prefrontal cortex, he found the positive emotions (Dacher, 2006). Dr. Davidson also studied compassion and loving-kindness where he found that his instincts were ready to help others who suffered and he felt better about himself (Dacher, 2006).
  • There are five guiding principles to integral healing which are as follows: Holistic, which is developed through inner and outer aspects 2. Evolutionary, which are our conscious choices that we make 3. Intentional, where we can shift our focus 4. Person-centered, where we learn to explore ourselves 5. Dynamic, which is how we heal by listening to our issues and finding wisdom like a rebirth (Dacher, 2006).
  • For research conducted on healing qualities of mental and spiritual focus, Dr. Randolph Byrd was the first person to lead a prayer group that was studied on the power of healing and how this lead to spirituality (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). He found that people felt better spiritually even when they prayed for their loved ones who could not pray for themselves because they were so ill, known as extraneous prayer (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005).
  • Dr. Dean Ornish was a medical student who wanted to try out a lifestyle program on people that consisted of eating healthy, dieting, and basically all holistic approaches to better health, well-being, and happiness (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). People under this study found they felt better both emotionally and spiritually (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). Dr. Ornish published his study in the American Journal of the American Medical Association (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005).
  • Love is powerful indeed and is self-healing (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). Love can be taught and expressed. Love was found to have high oxytocin levels that made people feel good about themselves and led to better health and happiness (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). Love is both physical and spiritual too (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). Lee’s six colors of love are romantic, first site, friendship, loving love or being in love with that idea, shopping love, and selfless love (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). Love can be felt and expressed in so many different forms and all are different from one another (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005).
  • I now have two practice exercises you can try on your own or now if you would like. The first one is loving-kindness and you have to be sitting by yourself and comfortably. You should close your eyes and relax. Now we are going to concentrate on breathing deeply and exhaling. Do not think of anything else just yet. Okay, everyone breathing in slowly and deeply? Don’t forget to exhale and exhale slowly. Now we are going to think of a loved one and hold them close to you in your mind. Doesn’t matter if he or she is living or has passed away. You want to see someone who you are very close to. We are now going to experience loving-kindness towards yourself and the loved one. Once you have filled that void and love in your heart, you will turn your love outward to strangers. Do not feel anything else or think of anything else but peace and love. We will now hold this thought for a little bit. We will now picture someone who we know is suffering or is ill. Breathe in that person’s suffering or illness and absorb this into your heart. Release the suffering for your loved one and experience happiness, peace, and love. You should feel relaxed and begin to open your eyes. How do you feel? Practice this exercise twice-a-day for 15-minutes each session. Good luck and may you flourish! (Dacher, 2006).
  • This second exercise is known as the subtle mind and will involve more breathing exercises, which will be your focus for the entire exercise. Please practice this one two times a day for 15-minutes each session (Dacher, 2006).

C:\Fakepath\Mental Fitness And Psychological Flourishing C:\Fakepath\Mental Fitness And Psychological Flourishing Presentation Transcript

  • Mental Fitness and Psychological Flourishing Jill Jernee March 30, 2010 Kaplan University HW420, Creating Wellness: Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Healing Unit 5, Project Susan Johnson Stewart, Ph.D.
  • Introduction: Mind, Body, and Spirit
    • Research has shown illnesses diminish by:
      • Reducing negative thoughts
      • Replacing with positive thoughts
      • There is a mind and body connection
    • Human and Psychological Flourishing Can Transpire by:
      • Getting in touch with the inner thoughts
      • Meditation and deep breathing exercises
      • Healthier and Happier People
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Mind and Body Connection
    • Mind and Body are Connected – Known as Hard-Wiring
      • In Two Ways
      • Autonomic Nervous System
        • Controls blood pressure
        • Controls pulse
      • Central Nervous System
        • Muscle movement at our command
    • Candace Pert Discovered Neuropeptides (Protein)
      • She made the mind and body discovery
      • Discovered we could transform our minds
      • What do Neuropeptides do?
        • Carry messages up, down, and throughout our body
        • Made by other cells
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Ken Wilbur’s Theory
    • Believes in Integral Health, Happiness, and Human Flourishing
      • Can avoid mental illness at this stage
    • Integral Health – Human Experience
      • Authentic Happiness
      • Genuine Wholeness
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Research Study – Dr. Robert Ader (1970)
    • Discovered and Studied Relationship on Mind and Body in Rats
      • Provided sweetened water and Cytoxan, a drug, combined (Dacher, 2006)
      • Rats became ill after drinking this combination
      • Triggered a learned response
      • Cytoxan was removed from the water, rats still became ill after drinking
      • All psychological
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Research Study - Dr. Peter Schnall (1998)
      • Studied the Inner Experience
      • Stress and job strains in managers
      • Negative emotions led to hypertension
        • Chronic illness
      • Reshaping and Re-Training the Mind
      • Start at the root to change thought process
      • Turn negative thoughts into positive ones
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Research Study – Dr. Richard Davidson (2003 )
    • Performed Stress Reduction and Relaxation Strategies on Humans
      • Eight weeks of studying
      • Studied immune system at the start of flu vaccinations
    • Studied Electrical Brain Activities
      • Blood flow within the brain
      • Metabolic activity
      • Mapped out negative and positive responses
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
    • Emotions Found in Prefrontal Cortex
      • Negative emotions on right side
      • Positive emotions on left side
    • Studied Compassion and Loving-Kindness
      • Instincts are ready to help others who suffer
    Research Study – Dr. Richard Davidson (2003) (continued) Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Five Guiding Principles to Integral Healing
      • Holistic – Developed through inner and outer aspects
      • Evolutionary – Conscious choices
      • Intentional – Shifting our focus
      • Person-Centered – Exploring ourselves
      • Dynamic – Healing the issues by listening
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
    • Sensorimotor Consciousness
    • Developed at birth through our senses and instincts
    • Psychological Life (Witnessing Consciousness)
    • Stop and think
    • Be aware of surroundings
    • Choices can be made
    • Spiritual Life
    • Calm-abiding consciousness
    • Become unbiased and mature
    • Unity Consciousness
    • Wisdom from our conscious
    Four Levels of Psychospiritual Development Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Research on Healing Qualities of Mental and Spiritual Focus
    • Dr. Randolph Byrd (1988 – Prayer Study)
    • Provides hope with prayer
    • Intercessory prayer within groups
    • Extraneous prayer to pray for loved ones
    • Power of prayer heals
    • Leads to spirituality
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
    • Came up with a Lifestyle Program and Conducted Research on Humans
      • Medical student who injected thallium into humans
      • Tested validity and reliability with lifestyle program
        • Eating healthier foods
        • Improved health
        • Lead to emotional and spiritual well-being
    • Dr. Ornish published an article in the American Journal of the American Medical Association (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005).
    Dr. Dean Ornish (1980) Stress Management Program Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Love
    • Love is Self-Healing
      • Heals others
      • Can be expressed
      • Both physical and spiritual
      • Love is happiness
      • Can be taught
      • Oxytocin levels are high
      • Lee’s Six Colors of Love are:
        • Romantic
        • First Site
        • Friendship
        • Loving love or in love with the idea
        • Shopping love
        • Selfless love
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Improving Mental Fitness (Loving-Kindness Exercise)
    • Sit alone and comfortably
    • Close your eyes and relax
    • Concentrate on breathing deeply and exhaling
    • Think of a loved one
    • Hold them close to you in your mind
    • Experience loving-kindness towards yourself and the loved one
    • Now turn the love outward to strangers
    • Feel nothing but peace and love
    • Picture someone who is ill and suffering
    • Breathe in the suffering and absorb into your heart
    • Release the suffering for your loved one
    • Experience happiness, peace, and love
    • Practice this exercise twice-a-day for 15-minutes
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • A Subtle Mind Exercise
    • Close your eyes
    • Concentrate on your breathing
    • Clear your mind
    • Breathing is the focal point
    • Count in and out with 10-deep breaths
    • Be aware of mental chatter and distracting images
    • Re-focus the mind by concentrating on your breathing
    • Known as witnessing the mind
    • Focus may be re-directed or lost
    • Concentrate on breathing and re-focusing the mind
    • Experience a stillness of the mind and calm-abiding
    • Continue to practice twice a day for a clearer mind and inner-peace
    • Unity consciousness will eventually be reached
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Summary
    • Research has shown how illnesses can disappear through mental fitness and psychological flourishing by controlling our thoughts and re-training our minds to think positively.
    • There is a mind and body connection known as the autonomic and central nervous systems.
    • Candace Pert discovered neuropeptides that are proteins that carry messages around our body. Transformation of the mind can help control what we feel and think.
    • Ken Wilbur’s Theory is that he believes in Integral health, happiness, and human flourishing as we experience authentic happiness and genuine wholeness.
    • Research studies were conducted by Dr. Robert Ader with rats and learned responses that taught rats only one way of thinking, which was a psychological experiment.
    • Dr. Peter Schnall studied inner experience and how people can re-train their minds to reduce stress and chronic illnesses by turning negative thoughts into positive ones.
    • Dr. Richard Davidson performed stress reduction and relaxation experiments on people and studied their electrical brain activities to see how negative and positive responses were influenced within the brain and he studied compassion as well as loving-kindness where he automatically felt he had to help people who suffered in order to feel better.
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • Summary (continued)
    • Five Guiding Principles to Integral Health are: holistic, evolutionary, intentional, person-centered, dynamic, which leads to Integral Health, happiness, and well-being.
    • Four levels of psychospiritual development are: Sensorimotor consciousness, psychological life, spiritual life, and unity consciousness.
    • Research on healing qualities of mental and spiritual focus was a prayer study conducted by Dr. Randolph Byrd where prayer provided hope to people and lead to spirituality and good health
    • Dr. Dean Ornish conducted a study on stress management and had people follow his lifestyle program to show good health and spiritual well-being as well as emotional happiness. He had this article published in the American Journal of the American Medical Association.
    • Love is self-healing, expressed, taught, both physical and spiritual, and has Oxytocin levels that are high. Lee has six colors of love which are: romantic, first site, friendship, loving love, shopping love, and selfless love.
    • Practice the Loving-Kindness exercise and the Subtle Mind exercise. Good luck and here is to a new you!
    Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.
  • References Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc. Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., & Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness and healing: Integral approaches to mind-body medicine . Saint Louis, M.I.: Elsevier, Inc.