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  • 1. Mental Fitness and Integral Health Methods of Evolving Our Consciousness Christine M. Campanella Dixon HW420-02 Unit 5
  • 2. What is Mental Fitness?  Development of our Inner Life and Consciousness  A higher sense of Calm, Balance, & Inner Peace  Training the Mind to influence our Physiology  Evolution of our Psychospiritual life
  • 3. Benefits Of Mental Fitness  Transformation of ordinary health into precious health  Develop the mind’s healing capabilities  Activation of Left Prefrontal Cortex  Heightened state of Pure Awareness  Enhanced Resistance to Mental Distress and Physical Disease
  • 4. Messinger Clinic  1970’s – Conducted by Elmer and Alyce Green  Discovered that Mental Imagery can affect Physiological function of the body  Used Biofeedback, to help train individuals to use their minds to control a variety of body processes  Blood Pressure  Muscle Tension  Pulse  Skin Temperature  Bowel Motility
  • 5. Pert Study  1970’s- Candace Pert  Furthered Study conducted at Messinger Clinic  Discovered series of Proteins-Neuropeptides that act as messengers between Mind & Body  Thoughts, Images, and Feelings can produce specific neuropeptides, therefore altering our physiology
  • 6. University of Wisconsin  Dr. Richard Davidson  Studied brain activity, variations in blood flow, & metabolic activity in relation to negative or positive emotions  Identified areas of the brain activated by negative/positive emotion  Right Prefrontal Cortex- Negative emotion  Left Prefrontal Cortex- Positive Emotion
  • 7. University of Wisconsin contd.  Suggested that we are Inherently more Left or Right brained  Stated that we can shift sides depending on experience  Determined the shift is temporary- subjects return to baseline shortly after positive experience
  • 8. How to Improve Mental Fitness  Contemplative Practice  Physical Exercise  Positive Association  Practice Compassion  Practice Gratefulness  Use Stress Reduction Techniques  Meditative Exercise  Loving-Kindness  The Subtle Mind
  • 9. Loving-Kindness Process  Initially 5-15 min sessions  Schedule this time for yourself  Find a comfortable spot where you will not be interrupted  Slow your breath
  • 10. Loving-Kindness process cont.  Bring to mind an individual close to you- experience your feelings for them  Turn these feelings inward- give them your care and attention  Turn attention to your inner mind- give it your Loving- Kindness  Visualize a loved one who is suffering-with inhalation take in their pain, let it melt away in your heart and with exhalation “breathe out” health & happiness to them  Expand your focus to a circle of strangers who may be suffering- repeat procedure from above  Lastly, embrace all living beings, continuing to take in suffering and offering up your Loving-Kindness
  • 11. Stress Reduction Practices Quiet the mind  Yoga- engage in both physical and mental/spiritual aspect  Tai Chi- Helps to recenter, allows time for deeper consciousness to surface, enhances physical/mental/spiritual balance  Gentle Exercise such as walking- getting out in nature to experience a connection to all that we are part of  Prayer- Connection to a higher power or consciousness  Journaling- Allowing stream of consciousness writing to reveal the individual’s deeper self
  • 12. Mental Fitness Through “brain games” and contemplative practices we can transform our lives. By training our mind to cease senseless “chatter” we can evolve to a higher state of consciousness which will allow us to exhibit and use our natural and powerful healing capabilities. These practices lead to enhanced quality of living and well-being. Several studies have been conducted in this area.
  • 13. References  Schlitz, M., Amorok, T., and Micozzi, M.S. (2005). Consciousness & Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine (pp. 225-279). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Churchill Livingston Publications.  Dacher, E. S. (2006). Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing. (pp.7- 32). Laguna Beach. CA: Basic Health Publications.