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 3, 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, 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...