Friday, November 21, 2014
I feel so fortunate to have run across people who were teaching the Principles, way back in 1985 and to have met Sydney Banks while he was still alive. There is no question that Mr. Banks uncovered what would become a paradigm shift in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.
“Someday someone will find principles for psychology and when they do, it will change the field to a philosophy and a science and in turn it will help millions of people.”
William James (sometimes called the father of psychology)
To think that we’re...
Friday, January 03, 2014
Asking if health really is an inside job seems silly, right? Well, maybe not. Twenty years ago when I started my medical career I am sure I would have answered, "No, it's not an inside job". The old Leona would have argued health comes from a multitude of factors including environment (things like smoking and stress) and genetics. Well I still think those things matter a lot but the new Leona certainly sees life inside-out. Now I see that happiness - true gleeful happiness - comes from inside and happiness = health.
The definition of health has fundamentally changed for me now. I define health as an overall state of well-being and contentment. I know people who are battling cancer but are healthy. Likewise, I know people who appear to have it all - a nice car, a beautiful home, a loving spouse - and they are miserable and unhealthy.
Health is a state of mind. It is awareness that we are okay in any given circumstance. It is recognizing we are in the center of our canoe. Sometimes life...
Friday, October 11, 2013
I was recently reminded about how an understanding of the Three Principles helps during times of grief and loss. Five months ago, I had to put down my beloved dog Zak who was suffering from cancer. He was a strikingly handsome Hungarian Vizsla with an indomitably joyful spirit. At the age of 10 he had the youthful exuberance of a much younger pup and was expected to live to about 14. As I have a deep love of animals, especially dogs, Zak felt like a like a son to me. He was also my best friend and confidant. We were a pack of two.
When I first heard the results of a biopsy indicating a grade 3 mast cell tumor, I was shocked into the realization that I may soon lose my much loved pet. In that poignantly painful moment, I took a deep breath and told myself slowly, “remember what you know.” These words repeated in my mind for the next 6 months as Zak endured 2 highly invasive surgeries and difficult recoveries. I remained hopeful. I put him on homeopathic medicine, upgraded his diet and “loved him up” as the veterinarian told me to do.
Remembering ‘what I know’ refers to the fact that my...
, mary white
Friday, January 04, 2013
Does time heal all wounds... all painful memories? Sorry. No. The truth is that time doesn't have anything to do with 'healing'.
Consider two scenarios:
1) Jack and Beth couldn't stand the sight of each other after their acrimonious divorce 20 years ago. Now they are more than cordial, both feeling like they just shared a nightmare a long time ago.
2) Andy couldn't keep a job because he was haunted by painful wartime memories. Today -- ten years later -- his memories are not a problem and he is thriving in life.
Didn't time have something to do with their recoveries?
To understand the change in Jack, Beth and Andy would you study a calendar or clock -- or would you be interested in what happened within their minds? To do the former would suggest that insights are a function of time. Do you really buy that? For example, if a person realized at two o'clock that they need a solution to a problem and he or she got the needed insight at eight o'clock -- did time in any way contribute to that insight? Or did time simply elapse before the insight arrived?
Friday, November 16, 2012
Three universal principles explain the thinking process: Mind, Consciousness and Thought. Simply put, Mind is the energy of life -- the fact that we are alive. Thought is our ability to create forms or ideas from that energy. Consciousness is our ability to experience what we think as real. In other words, we are born thinking. We think our way through life. We see life through our thoughts as we go. And the quality of our thinking -- how we see things moment-to-moment -- determines the quality of our lives.
Awakening to those Three Principles sets people free from attachment to the contents of any particular thinking with the knowledge that thoughts naturally come and go. It frees people to see their state of mind, their felt response to perceived reality, as an indicator of the moment-to-moment quality of their thinking. A stressed or negative feeling state or state of mind produces a low mood and increasing tension, a feeling of insecurity, or dis-ease. That feeling warns us to allow our thinking to quiet. As people learn to trust their state of mind as a guide through life, they catch themselves earlier and...