Archive → May, 2011
Keeping a positive attitude and using brain potential to the fullest are among the top ways to experience success in life. The mind has a tremendous power to shape the world around it, and a person's outlook plays a key role in this.
Now, a new study has found that this may also apply to economic success. Researchers from the Miami University School of Business have found that optimistic communities tend to recover from recessions sooner.
The team looked at various indicators of economic growth following the 2009 recession and measured communities' optimism. They found that strong communities experienced recessions that were shorter in duration and less severe.
"Our study is unique in that it shows, for the first time, that mood and optimism can directly affect overall economic activity," said lead researcher Alok Kumar.
The findings support author and trailblazer Ilchi Lee's thoughts on brain potential. He says that an individual has the power to shape reality around them. All it takes is concentration and the willpower to make their goals happen.
The value of self-reliance when it comes to personal assessment cannot be overstated. Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee says that each individual is the only true judge of their own character. When a person realizes this, spiritual growth and personal success are surely around the corner.
"Others will appreciate you just as much as you appreciate yourself," Lee said. "Don't look down on yourself. You are a very important person. Your value is huge and precious beyond words. Every human being is a sacred being, infinitely valuable."
Only by recognizing this value can an individual live a fulfilled life, and this value is only apparent when people stop looking to others to tell them their worth and begin honestly assessing themselves.
While there is certainly value in the opinions of others, they cannot replace an individual's true self-esteem. External sources cannot tell a person what they are worth or how they should live their life. Only through getting in touch with one's self and truly appreciating what is found can a person achieve spiritual growth.
With Americans getting less and less sleep and working more and more, it can often be easy to skip out on important daily activities such as exercise and healthy eating.
One thing that all workers should understand is that eating a good breakfast is crucial for being as productive as possible at work, specifically during the morning hours when it can be difficult to get going.
As Ilchi Lee believes energy is an important component in keeping oneself balanced, a solid breakfast can ensure that one gets the boost he or she needs in the morning to show up to work feeling fresh and ready for a long day in the office.
While skipping breakfast may seem like a time-saver in the morning, allowing the person to sleep for an extra few minutes, it can actually take time away from one's productive hours at work, meaning the company ultimately suffers, which can have a negative impact on one's job security.
By taking the time out of one's morning to eat a well-balanced breakfast, a worker can save a number of productive hours in the long run.
While many people look to restrictive diets and supplemental products to stimulate weight loss and improve their well-being, Ilchi Lee says health is a matter of focusing on the basics of life and searching for ways to live as nature intended. This view is increasingly being borne out by science.
For example, a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Foundation found that individuals who are seeking to lose weight are more successful when they get a good night's sleep and limit their stress levels.
After studying several factors in nearly 500 individuals who were looking to lose up to 10 pounds, the researchers found that sleep and stress are two of the most important factors. Those who slept between six and eight hours per night and limited their stress were significantly more likely to reach their weight loss goals.
"Some people may just need to cut back on their schedules and get to bed earlier," said Charles Elder, who led the study. "Others may find that exercise can reduce stress and help them sleep. For some people, mind-body techniques such as meditation also might be helpful."
Many individuals believe that Ilchi Lee's teachings of brain education should be a way to live their lives. In that sense, they frequently look for programs where they can challenge their minds to lead to further opportunities.
As a result, more people are choosing to go back to school in order to advance their degrees. The Florida Institute of Technology recently announced that more than 1,100 individuals received degrees during the Spring 2011 commencement ceremony.
More than 100 of those degrees were from students who were studying fully-online. Multiple students are looking for a curriculum that will allow them to work at the same time, a number of people are choosing virtual programs.
Students who received their degrees were happy to meet their life goals, many of whom had worked for years to reach the certification.
"It has allowed me to obtain a new position and a promotion in a field I never dreamed of," said graduate Teresa Hines. "Most importantly, I have met some amazing people from the staff, professors and classmates who have already made a difference in my life."
As much as spiritual healing can help a person to maintain balance in his or her life, commuting to work can be a grind and completely throw this balance off.
However, workers have the ability to counteract problematic commutes by using them as a means of exercise, according to a recent Juneau Empire article.
While riding one's bike to work can seem like a daunting process for those who live more than a few miles away from the office, it can be fully worth it, as it helps the person to arrive at work ready to go.
Rather than taking an energy supplement or grabbing another cup of coffee, a nice bike ride can truly invigorate a person and wake them up, preparing them for a long day of work. While certain factors such as the weather and time constraints can put a damper on one's biking commute, it is important for workers to try to make it a habit if possible.
One other important way that riding one's bike to work can be beneficial is that it allows a person to not have to find time for exercise after the lengthy work day, offering him or her more time for other important things such as socializing.
In the dominating Western view of the self, the mind and the body are two completely separate entities that serve distinct functions. However, science is increasingly dismantling this dichotomy and indicating that the mind-body-spirit connection is stronger than previously thought.
For example, a recent study from a group of researchers at Indiana University found that poor posture may actually be a contributing factor to bipolar disorder. For years, doctors had noted an association between the two but dismissed the connection as a random association.
The researchers said that their study revealed individuals with bipolar disorder often experience difficulty maintaining balance and holding themselves upright while standing, and that these problems often precede any mood disturbances.
"It appears that people with bipolar disorder process sensory information differently and this is seen in their inability to adapt their movement patterns to different conditions," said S. Lee Hong, who led the study.
The findings confirm what author and philosopher Ilchi Lee has been saying for years about the extremely close association between the brain and a person's physical form. This mind-body-spirit connection is fundamental.
For those who find themselves constantly battling with depression, it may be wise to find a method of spiritual healing that can effectively fill the mind with positive thoughts. This is in essence the principle of Brain Wave Vibration, which leverages the power of music – and other mood-boosting elements – to ward away negative thoughts.
Music is a force that can save people from themselves. Nowhere is this better expressed than in the 2002 film 8 Mile, which details a rap star's rise to fame from the slums in Detroit, Michigan, as he battles external and internal forces to achieve success.
Lead actor Eminem stresses that the movie isn't strictly autobiographical, although many consider it to at least be influenced by many aspects of the artist's life. It begins with the tale of Jimmy Smith (Eminem) as he works at a factory job and tries to gain acceptance among his peers.
The film was received well, both critically and commercially, with critics generally praising Eminem's performance as an actor. Roger Ebert awarded it three out of four stars and said that he wouldn't mind seeing a sequel that showed Smith's rise to fame.
Over the past few years, science has made some tremendous advancements in the cause of neuroscience. However, there has been little effort to connect all these findings to produce a unified understanding of the mind.
In an effort to pull recent findings together and to push an agenda that could lead to important new research, former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy recently launched the One Mind for Research initiative. According to the Associated Press, the project will seek to provide funding for a range of new studies on topics such as Alzheimer's disease, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder and a range of other mental diseases.
Additionally, the group is working toward releasing a 10-year plan that it hopes will steer the future course of neuroscientific inquiry. Kennedy said that these issues are so pressing, that the nation needs to push forward on them.
"Instead of us going to outer space, let's go to inner space," he told the news source. "This is a fundamental moment for us as a nation to determine whether this is something that we're up to the task of tackling."
Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee has also advocated for scientific study of the brain. He says that by understanding its inner workings, it may be possible to pursue spiritual growth.
Many people feel as though they have a personal responsibility to keep the earth as clean as possible, which will allow the ecosystem to thrive despite other harmful conditions. As the environment is a hot topic right now, many are interested in increasing their knowledge in the subject.
Vermont Law School announced that it launched two new degree programs that would be available online. The institution is the first school in America to offer an online master's degree in environmental law that is available to those who are not studying to become a lawyer.
School officials say that this is a good option for individuals who have other commitments but want to learn more about the sector.
"By providing a platform for students to explore environmental law and policy with our world-class faculty at their own pace and within their own constraints, we will extend Vermont Law School's unique brand of excellent environmental legal training and commitment to public well-being to a vast array of communities and to the world," said Marc Mihaly, director of the school's environmental law center.