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Mental Fitness  and Psychological Flourishing  Jill Jernee March 30, 2010 Kaplan University HW420, Creating Wellness: Psyc...
Introduction: Mind, Body, and Spirit <ul><li>Research has shown illnesses diminish by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing nega...
Mind and Body Connection <ul><li>Mind and Body are Connected – Known as Hard-Wiring  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Two Ways </l...
Ken Wilbur’s Theory <ul><li>Believes in Integral Health, Happiness, and Human Flourishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can avoid ...
Research Study – Dr. Robert Ader (1970) <ul><li>Discovered and Studied Relationship on Mind and Body in Rats </li></ul><ul...
Research Study - Dr. Peter Schnall (1998) <ul><ul><li>Studied the Inner Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress and j...
Research Study – Dr. Richard Davidson (2003 ) <ul><li>Performed Stress Reduction and Relaxation Strategies on Humans </li>...
<ul><li>Emotions Found in Prefrontal Cortex </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative emotions on right side </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Five Guiding Principles to  Integral Healing <ul><ul><li>Holistic –  Developed through inner and outer aspects </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Sensorimotor Consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Developed at birth through our senses and instincts </li></ul><ul><li...
Research on Healing Qualities of Mental and Spiritual Focus <ul><li>Dr. Randolph Byrd (1988 – Prayer Study) </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Came up with a Lifestyle Program and Conducted Research on Humans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical student who inject...
Love <ul><li>Love is Self-Healing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heals others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be expressed </li></ul...
Improving Mental Fitness (Loving-Kindness Exercise) <ul><li>Sit alone and comfortably </li></ul><ul><li>Close your eyes an...
A Subtle Mind Exercise <ul><li>Close your eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on your breathing </li></ul><ul><li>Clear you...
Summary <ul><li>Research has shown how illnesses can disappear through mental fitness and psychological flourishing by con...
Summary (continued) <ul><li>Five Guiding Principles to Integral Health are: holistic, evolutionary, intentional, person-ce...
References Dacher, E.S. (2006).  Integral health: The path to human flourishing.  Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publica...
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  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Introduction: Mind, Body, and Spirit <ul><li>Research has shown illnesses diminish by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing negative thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replacing with positive thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a mind and body connection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human and Psychological Flourishing Can Transpire by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting in touch with the inner thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meditation and deep breathing exercises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthier and Happier People </li></ul></ul>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.
  3. 3. Mind and Body Connection <ul><li>Mind and Body are Connected – Known as Hard-Wiring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Two Ways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Autonomic Nervous System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Controls blood pressure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Controls pulse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Nervous System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Muscle movement at our command </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Candace Pert Discovered Neuropeptides (Protein) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She made the mind and body discovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovered we could transform our minds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do Neuropeptides do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carry messages up, down, and throughout our body </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Made by other cells </li></ul></ul></ul>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.
  4. 4. Ken Wilbur’s Theory <ul><li>Believes in Integral Health, Happiness, and Human Flourishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can avoid mental illness at this stage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integral Health – Human Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic Happiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Genuine Wholeness </li></ul></ul>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.
  5. 5. Research Study – Dr. Robert Ader (1970) <ul><li>Discovered and Studied Relationship on Mind and Body in Rats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided sweetened water and Cytoxan, a drug, combined (Dacher, 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rats became ill after drinking this combination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Triggered a learned response </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cytoxan was removed from the water, rats still became ill after drinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All psychological </li></ul></ul>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.
  6. 6. Research Study - Dr. Peter Schnall (1998) <ul><ul><li>Studied the Inner Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stress and job strains in managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative emotions led to hypertension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic illness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reshaping and Re-Training the Mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start at the root to change thought process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn negative thoughts into positive ones </li></ul></ul>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.
  7. 7. Research Study – Dr. Richard Davidson (2003 ) <ul><li>Performed Stress Reduction and Relaxation Strategies on Humans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eight weeks of studying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studied immune system at the start of flu vaccinations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Studied Electrical Brain Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blood flow within the brain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metabolic activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapped out negative and positive responses </li></ul></ul>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.
  8. 8. <ul><li>Emotions Found in Prefrontal Cortex </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative emotions on right side </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive emotions on left side </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Studied Compassion and Loving-Kindness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instincts are ready to help others who suffer </li></ul></ul>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.
  9. 9. Five Guiding Principles to Integral Healing <ul><ul><li>Holistic – Developed through inner and outer aspects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolutionary – Conscious choices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intentional – Shifting our focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Person-Centered – Exploring ourselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic – Healing the issues by listening </li></ul></ul>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.
  10. 10. <ul><li>Sensorimotor Consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Developed at birth through our senses and instincts </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological Life (Witnessing Consciousness) </li></ul><ul><li>Stop and think </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Choices can be made </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Life </li></ul><ul><li>Calm-abiding consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Become unbiased and mature </li></ul><ul><li>Unity Consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom from our conscious </li></ul>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.
  11. 11. Research on Healing Qualities of Mental and Spiritual Focus <ul><li>Dr. Randolph Byrd (1988 – Prayer Study) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides hope with prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Intercessory prayer within groups </li></ul><ul><li>Extraneous prayer to pray for loved ones </li></ul><ul><li>Power of prayer heals </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to spirituality </li></ul>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.
  12. 12. <ul><li>Came up with a Lifestyle Program and Conducted Research on Humans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical student who injected thallium into humans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tested validity and reliability with lifestyle program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eating healthier foods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lead to emotional and spiritual well-being </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Dr. Ornish published an article in the American Journal of the American Medical Association (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005). </li></ul>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.
  13. 13. Love <ul><li>Love is Self-Healing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heals others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be expressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both physical and spiritual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love is happiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be taught </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oxytocin levels are high </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lee’s Six Colors of Love are: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romantic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First Site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friendship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loving love or in love with the idea </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shopping love </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selfless love </li></ul></ul></ul>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.
  14. 14. Improving Mental Fitness (Loving-Kindness Exercise) <ul><li>Sit alone and comfortably </li></ul><ul><li>Close your eyes and relax </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on breathing deeply and exhaling </li></ul><ul><li>Think of a loved one </li></ul><ul><li>Hold them close to you in your mind </li></ul><ul><li>Experience loving-kindness towards yourself and the loved one </li></ul><ul><li>Now turn the love outward to strangers </li></ul><ul><li>Feel nothing but peace and love </li></ul><ul><li>Picture someone who is ill and suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Breathe in the suffering and absorb into your heart </li></ul><ul><li>Release the suffering for your loved one </li></ul><ul><li>Experience happiness, peace, and love </li></ul><ul><li>Practice this exercise twice-a-day for 15-minutes </li></ul>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.
  15. 15. A Subtle Mind Exercise <ul><li>Close your eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on your breathing </li></ul><ul><li>Clear your mind </li></ul><ul><li>Breathing is the focal point </li></ul><ul><li>Count in and out with 10-deep breaths </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of mental chatter and distracting images </li></ul><ul><li>Re-focus the mind by concentrating on your breathing </li></ul><ul><li>Known as witnessing the mind </li></ul><ul><li>Focus may be re-directed or lost </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on breathing and re-focusing the mind </li></ul><ul><li>Experience a stillness of the mind and calm-abiding </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to practice twice a day for a clearer mind and inner-peace </li></ul><ul><li>Unity consciousness will eventually be reached </li></ul>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.
  16. 16. Summary <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a mind and body connection known as the autonomic and central nervous systems. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Wilbur’s Theory is that he believes in Integral health, happiness, and human flourishing as we experience authentic happiness and genuine wholeness. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>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.
  17. 17. Summary (continued) <ul><li>Five Guiding Principles to Integral Health are: holistic, evolutionary, intentional, person-centered, dynamic, which leads to Integral Health, happiness, and well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>Four levels of psychospiritual development are: Sensorimotor consciousness, psychological life, spiritual life, and unity consciousness. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice the Loving-Kindness exercise and the Subtle Mind exercise. Good luck and here is to a new you! </li></ul>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.
  18. 18. 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.

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