By allowing any sort of negative energy–be it thoughts, sensations, or emotions–about any event to thrive, we are actively choosing to give away our peace. Our peace is such a sacred human experience. Peace is not a place. It is not a product of the mind or the act of being thoughtless. Rather, peace is the sensation that follows when we witness the stillness and bliss within. It is unique to each and every one of us. It is precious and life changing. Our peace keeps us grounded. Our peace provides a sense of openness and it breathes compassion outwardly. By choosing worry and frustration over peace, we opt for a life where worry and frustration are perpetual.
October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day. There is great debate about what constitutes “homemade.” Whether you believe “homemade” means baking your cookies from scratch with eggs gathered from your own chickens and butter churned by hand, or breaking prepared cookie dough apart to bake, find some time to make some. Fresh baked cookies are a great way to spend 20 minutes, or an entire day, with your loved ones.
I remember having migraines as a little girl, my earliest memory of one being when I was seven and hospitalized. I had thrown up so much I became significantly dehydrated and had to get an IV. My parents say my migraines had actually started even younger than that. They say they wouldn’t wish migraines upon anyone as it can completely stop you in your tracks and come on with no notice. Often times the doctors would ask me to write down the days, times and symptoms of the migraines and then bring that in to see if there were any patterns, but there never were. This went on throughout my college years and early adulthood.
When I was asked to write this blog, I was initially at a loss for subject matter. I considered writing about golf, but then figured I would lose most people about as quickly as I lose them if I ask them to watch a tournament with me. Like most of my family…
Then my wife suggested that I write about Parkinson’s Disease, with which I am newly diagnosed. I can always count on her to make great suggestions! So, let’s get to it with a definition of what it is.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.
The idea of having a “happy life” is one that many idolize and strive for as though it is an attainable goal or end point. In reality, happiness is a journey (cliché, I know) that is made up of many different components that point to wellness, as opposed to outright happiness, in light of emotional, physical, financial, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, sexual, social, and occupational (or some combination of these) parts.
As Brain Awareness Week approaches, the neuroscientist in me is inspired to talk about some of the tools we have available to optimize anyone’s neurological functioning. The field of neuroscience is exploding with new discoveries for healing dysfunction and advancing performance. At NINH, two of the applications we have available are Neurofeedback and Constant Therapy.