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  • Today’s topic is a discussion of the importance of mental fitness, benefits of mental fitness, and how it can contribute to physical wellness. We will be looking at how the body and mind interact, how mental fitness can be been measured, and how positive emotions can change the state of the brain. The purpose of this presentation is to give you a better understanding of mental fitness and how it can improve your life. There is a discussion of how the mind and body interact to support our mental and physical fitness. This presentation will provide you information of how mind and body are connected. You will be aware of clinical studies that show contributions to health from mental fitness. In addition, you will observe some techniques that can contribute to own mental development. Final thoughts will summarize the benefits of mental fitness for physical and emotional well-being and capacity for health. At the end of this presentation, you will be educated about mental fitness and its benefits to improve our capacity for health while improving our overall ability to heal the inner mind and external body.
  • There are many different facts that can be shared about mental fitness. I have chosen a few important facts to share with you today. Often in the news, we hear about life changes from professional athletes, Olympic athletes, spiritual masters, and every day people. We hear about how a simple state of mind can change an entire life perspective. Sometimes it is reported as triggered by a traumatic experience or by an accident or major health issue. In any case, we are often curious how the mind can change the body, or how the body can change the mind. Gandhi stated, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. How is this possible? Lets investigate a few facts surrounding these three topics of Body Mind Connection, Measuring Mental States, and Emotions Change the Brain.
  • We have been aware of the physiology of the body’s own nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls the automatic controls below the level of consciousness like heart rate, respiration, digestion, and more. The central nervous system coordinated the functions of the body. The missing link was shown by studies performed by Candace Pert.
  • Modern science has created devices that can observe and measure changes in physiological responses (Dacher, 2006). The PET – Positron Emission Tomography uses nuclear medicine imaging with radioactive injections to measure different body functions including brain, heart and other physiological processes (RadiologyInfo.com, 2010). MRI – magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides details images or slices of the body structure. The EEG or electroencephalogram ( EEG ) measures electrical activity in the brain (WebMD.com, 2010). These different systems work together to create the whole “picture” of the body and brain interactions.
  • These studies and more performed by scientists have added to the knowledge of how different elements of mental fitness can be measured.
  • This famous quote by Gandhi sums up a focus on how mental fitness can change your life. It has inspired people all over the world to make changes in their own lives.
  • Eleanor grannis hw420-02-unit5-project

    1. 1. Eleanor Grannis Kaplan University HW 420-02 May 25, 2010
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Facts About Mental Fitness </li></ul><ul><li>Part 1: Clinical Research Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Examples You Can Use </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
    3. 3. Body Mind Connection Measuring Mental States Emotions Change the Brain Preparation for Mental Fitness
    4. 4. Body Mind Connection <ul><li>Nervous System controls the body’s interactions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Nervous System (CNS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Candace Pert’s study (1970) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovered natural body proteins, neuropeptides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neuropeptides are created, circulate, and communicate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>throughout the body at the cellular level (Dascher, 2006). </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Measuring Mental States <ul><li>Physiology can be measured </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a “picture” of mind/body connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PET Scanners - Physiological processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MRI - Detailed images of the body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EEGs - Brain electrical activity levels </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Emotions Change the Brain <ul><li>Measurements show changes in the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Research report showed stress, hopelessness, powerlessness led to hypertension and enlarged heart (Schnall, 1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Studies showed brain activity related to states of negative and positive emotions and changes related to stress reduction techniques. (Davidson, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>(Dacher, 2006) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Preparation for Mental Fitness <ul><li>Stages of Mental Fitness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reactive Mind - reacting to life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Witnessing Mind – watching habits, thoughts, actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calm Mindfulness Abiding Mind – living with intention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unity Consciousness –feeling connected to all things (Dacher, 2006) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Research Studies of Mental Fitness </li></ul>
    9. 9. Research Studies <ul><li>Randolph Byrd intercessory prayer (2005). </li></ul><ul><li>Result: Fewer deaths fewer treatments and fewer drugs were used. </li></ul><ul><li>Heart disease reversal studies by Dean Ornish and Shirley Brown </li></ul><ul><li>Result: Heart patients showed improvements based upon level of commitment to lifestyle program </li></ul><ul><li>(Schlitz, M, Amorok, T, Micozzi, M., 2005). </li></ul>
    10. 10. More Studies <ul><li>Systemic review of Tai Chi studies revealed that physical activity and exercise appear to improve psychological health and well-being. (Wang C, Bannuru R, Ramel J, Kupelnick B, Scott T, Schmid CH, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Study of compassion and anger with synchronization of heartbeat and breath improves immune response. Rein, G., M. Atkinson, et al. (1995). </li></ul>
    11. 11. Practices of Mental Fitness
    12. 12. Dahn Mu – Energy Dance <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To utilize a Ki energy in a free form flowing dance. Dahn means energy, Mu means dance. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sit or stand quietly and use breath to relax body. Focus on the heart as you breathe in and out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rub hands together or shake them to activate energy flow. Hold hands closely together and feel tingling. Let the hands move naturally to the flow of the ki energy. (Dahn Yoga Education, 2008) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Attitude Breathing ® <ul><li>Purpose: Create coherence between heart rhythm and breathing based upon research from HeartMath Institute. </li></ul><ul><li>Steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breathe with focus on being calm and relaxed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After relaxed, breathe with focus of appreciation and gratitude or love or someone or something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue breathing for awhile and then start variations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breath attitude of respect for self and others in a conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect if changes and possible communication is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breath attitude of compassion for self and others (Childre, Rozman, 2010) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Summary <ul><li>Utilize Actions of Preparation to make the changes you want in your life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meditations of Loving Kindness and living with compassion and unconditional love for self and others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skillful Action s of responsible, intention-based conscious choices – mediation and more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Silence and Stillness - simplifying life with choices based reflection, meditation, and being resourced from internal wisdom (Dacher, 2006) </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Mahatma Gandhi </li></ul>
    16. 16. References <ul><li>Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral Health: The Path To Human Flourishing. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Productions. </li></ul><ul><li>Dahn Yoga Education (2008). Dahn Yoga Basics . Sedona, AZ: Best Life Media </li></ul><ul><li>HeartMath.com (2010). Sleep Better Now: 3 Ways Your Heart Can Help. </li></ul><ul><li>Retrieved May 25, 2010 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/doc-childre/sleep-`better-now-3-ways-y_b_427357.html </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed.gov (2010). Tai Chi on psychological well-being: systematic review and meta- analysis . Retrieved May 25, 2010 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20492638 </li></ul><ul><li>Radiologyinfo.org (2010). Retrieved May 25, 2010 from http://www.radiologyinfo.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Rein, G., M. Atkinson, et al. (1995). The physiological and psychological effects of compassion and anger. Journal of Advancement in Medicine 8(2): 87-105. </li></ul><ul><li>Schlitz, M, Amorok, T, Micozzi, M. (2005). Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine . St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. </li></ul><ul><li>WebMD.com (2010). Electroencephalogram (EEG). Retrieved May 25, 2010 from http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/electroencephalogram-eeg-21508 </li></ul>
    17. 17. Begin today!