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  • Feeling the Heat: Dr. Nick's Deep Dive into the Transformative Benefits of Saunas

    Saunas have long been revered for their health benefits, and in our latest podcast episode, we have the pleasure of exploring these benefits with Dr. Nick. A dedicated sauna user himself, Dr. Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and insightful personal experiences to the table. In this blog post, we delve into the key topics discussed during this enlightening conversation. A major highlight of the episode was the discussion on the different types of saunas and their respective health advantages. Dr. Nick spoke about traditional Finnish saunas, infrared saunas, and dry saunas, each offering unique benefits. Traditional Finnish saunas, for instance, help increase body temperature, thereby aiding in detoxification and enhancing overall health. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, provide a penetrating heat that improves internal core health. Dr. Nick also shed light on the detoxing and skin health benefits of saunas. Regular sauna usage can aid in the removal of toxins from the body, and promote healthy, glowing skin. Interestingly, he also emphasized the importance of using glass or stainless steel containers while heating food to prevent exposure to harmful plastics. The conversation took an intriguing turn towards the perils of plastics and the impact of PFA's on our health. Plastics and PFA's are common pollutants in our environment and have been linked to various health issues. Reducing exposure to these harmful substances can significantly enhance our health and wellbeing. Incorporating saunas into your lifestyle might pose some challenges, and Dr. Nick addressed this topic comprehensively. He stressed the importance of starting slow, staying consistent, and listening to your body. He also shared insights into common bodily issues that might affect our ability to sweat, and how to bypass such hurdles to continue reaping the health benefits of saunas. The optimal amount of time and frequency of sauna usage were also discussed. Research from Finland suggests that traditional sauna usage of 19-20 minutes, four to seven times a week, can lead to a dramatic reduction in health issues. However, it's important to listen to your body and adjust accordingly. In conclusion, saunas offer a plethora of health benefits, from detoxification and skin health improvement to enhanced performance and improved overall health. Whether you're an athlete seeking performance optimization or someone battling chronic illness, incorporating sauna usage into your wellness routine can prove transformative. Listen to your body, start slow, and feel the heat!

  • Decoding the Power of Detoxification and Drainage with Carol Egan

    The connection between our health and detoxification is one that can't be overlooked. In the recent episode of Restore the Real, Dr. Randy Michaux and Carol Egan, highlight the critical role detoxification and drainage play in our health and wellness journey. Their discussion brings to light the reality of how our bodies, like bustling cities, function on intricate networks to eliminate toxins. Just as the garbage disposal systems in cities can get overwhelmed, so too can our bodies. The liver, in particular, is our body's waste management department, tirelessly working to remove harmful substances. However, with the rise in environmental toxins and the increase in chronic illnesses, understanding the role of the liver has become even more crucial. The discussion then leads to the consequences of obstructed drainage pathways. Blocked drainage pathways can trigger a domino effect of health problems, including migraines and acne. If our body's 'waste management department' gets overwhelmed, toxins begin to pile up. This pile-up can then lead to a cascade of health issues. Dr. Michaux and Carol Egan further delve into the importance of detox and drainage. They emphasize the necessity of using binders to ensure successful detoxification and underline the consequences of not having regular bowel movements. Lack of regular bowel movements can disrupt your body's ability to flush out toxins, leading to a variety of health issues. The episode ends on a hopeful note, urging listeners to understand these processes and take proactive steps towards a healthier lifestyle. The ultimate goal of restoring our health is not just to feel better physically. It allows us to truly express our identities and empowers us to give back to others. This insightful conversation illuminates the profound revelations of health through detox and drainage techniques. It serves as a guide, helping listeners decode the power of detoxification and drainage and equipping them to embark on their journey towards wellness. In conclusion, detoxification and drainage are integral to our health. Understanding their role, taking the necessary steps, and being proactive about our health can help us unlock our bodies' fantastic potential to heal itself. Remember, health and wellness are not just about feeling better; they're about expressing our true identities and empowering us to give back to others.

  • From EMF Exposure to Health Breakdowns: A Revealing Discussion with Justin Frandson

    In the latest episode of our podcast, we had the privilege of exploring the intriguing connection between Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs), health, and nature with our esteemed guest, Justin Frandson. A significant portion of our conversation centered on the fascinating personal experiences Justin had with EMFs and how these experiences propelled him to investigate the profound impact of EMFs on our health and well-being. Drawing from personal experiences, such as witnessing athletes' health breakdown due to wearable technology, Justin embarked on a quest to find answers in nature. This journey ultimately led him to the creation of EMF Rocks, an innovative solution to counteract the adverse effects of EMFs. Our captivating discussion delved into the mysteries of the body's living collective tissue matrix, particularly focusing on the role of hydration, minerals, and the impact of EMFs on mold. Justin vividly described how EMFs could inflict damage at a cellular level, instigating health problems like cognitive issues, non-traumatic concussion symptoms, and even infertility. One compelling story we touched upon was about a man whose health took a nosedive due to reduced contact with water. This story underscored the importance of grounding, hydration, and being in nature to diminish EMF toxicity. During the episode, we also explored the potential benefits of introducing EMF Rocks into your home. From discussing the health implications of electric cars to learning about the resources and support provided by the Total Body Wellness Clinic, we covered it all! Justin emphasized how grounding and reconnecting with nature could help mitigate EMF toxicity. In essence, our conversation with Justin Frandson provided a fascinating exploration of health, technology, and nature. The insights gained could be game-changers in safeguarding your health against EMF radiation and restoring balance in your life. Understanding the dangers of EMFs and the strategies to mitigate their impact is vital in our technologically driven society. With this knowledge, we can take proactive steps to protect our health and well-being. From reducing our exposure to implementing solutions like EMF Rocks, there are various ways we can guard ourselves against the harmful effects of EMFs. The key takeaway is that we need to reconnect with nature and leverage its inherent healing powers to counteract the effects of our increasingly digital lifestyle.

  • Unveiling the Complexity of Lyme Disease

    Have you ever pondered why certain health issues like persistent joint pain or persistent brain fog simply won't fade away? Could it be an underlying condition that's hiding beneath these symptoms? This is precisely the topic we delved into in our recent podcast episode. We had the privilege of having Dr. Nick as our guest, who helped us uncover the complexity of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is frequently misdiagnosed due to its elusive nature, making it a mysterious and intriguing condition to explore. Lyme disease is not a solitary condition; it often comes with co-infections and multiple strains of Borrelia, making it a complex condition to treat. The complexity of Lyme is a fascinating area of research, as we discovered through the studies of pathologist Dr. Allen McDonald. His research has identified a surprising link between nematode parasites and Lyme. This discovery emphasizes the need to address these parasites before tackling Lyme and understanding the multiple ways this disease can be transmitted. The potential vectors of transmission for Lyme are not limited to ticks. Other creatures like spiders and animals can also spread the disease through blood contact. We also explored the possibility of transmission through humans. This raises an important question: Is it enough to focus on the traditional germ theory, or should we delve deeper into understanding the internal environment where Lyme can thrive? Our discussion didn't stop at Lyme. We also delved into an often-overlooked but alarming issue - radium contamination in groundwater. The presence of radium in our water sources can significantly impact our health, particularly leading to joint issues and a weakened immune system. We discussed practical tips on preventing and treating tick bites and Lyme disease, such as using essential oils, herbal formulas, and supplements. We also explored the potential of water distillation in removing radium from water. Lyme disease can manifest in numerous ways, from chronic brain fog, cognitive issues, joint pain, arthritis, anxiety, depression, to chronic fatigue syndrome. The variety of symptoms makes Lyme a difficult condition to diagnose. Our podcast episode provides listeners with a comprehensive understanding of Lyme, highlighting its triggers, complexity, transmission methods, and its connection with radium contamination. By shedding light on these critical health issues, we aim to help you better understand, prepare for, and deal with Lyme disease. In conclusion, understanding the complexity of Lyme disease and the impact of radium contamination is critical for our health and wellbeing. As we continue to uncover these health issues, we hope to empower our listeners with knowledge, leading to informed decisions about their health. Stay tuned for more enlightening discussions on various health topics in our upcoming podcast episodes.

  • Behind the Invasion: A Deep Dive into Mold and its Effects

    Mold is a common yet often overlooked health concern that can significantly impact our lives. In the latest episode of our podcast, Dr Randy Michaud and Dr Nick Ellenson shed light on this ubiquitous invader, its effects on our health, and how to handle it. Mold, nature's decomposer, thrives in damp, dark areas, sneaking into our bodies through porous surfaces. Despite its common occurrence, many of us are unaware of how it operates and its profound impacts on our health. Mold exposure can trigger a wide range of symptoms, from physical manifestations such as asthma and skin rashes to psychological distress. Alarmingly, infants exposed to mold are at a threefold increased risk of developing asthma due to the high prevalence of mold in the US. This episode also highlights the importance of understanding the underlying causes of ailments linked to mold exposure. Symptoms can vary significantly among individuals, making it crucial to look beyond the diagnosis to the root cause. From fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to irritable bowel syndrome and depression, many conditions could be symptomatic of underlying mold toxicity. A key aspect discussed in this episode is the importance of home maintenance in preventing mold growth. Proper ventilation and regular mold testing are crucial to maintaining a healthy living environment. Additionally, the hosts debunk common misconceptions about mold cleaning, notably the ineffectiveness of bleach in addressing mold issues. Effective remediation requires knowledge and the right tools. Products like Concrobium and Micro Balance EC3 come highly recommended for mold cleaning. The hosts also stress the need to address the underlying cause to prevent recurrence, emphasizing the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual impacts of mold. As the discussion progresses, the hosts delve into the healing process from mold toxicity. They discuss the benefits of Biotox Binder, a product that can be used early in the healing process. They highlight the role of oxygen in healing and the importance of drainage and binding. Interestingly, the episode also touches on the often-overlooked effects of parasites on mold toxicity. Overall, this episode is a deep dive into understanding and handling mold. By equipping ourselves with knowledge, we can better protect ourselves and our loved ones from the seemingly invisible threat of mold. Remember, being your own health advocate is the best defense against any health concern.

  • Healing from Within: Carol Egan's Alternative Path to Health Recovery

    Carol Egan is a testament to the power of resilience and self-healing. Faced with numerous health challenges, she found herself metaphorically walking on fire. From chronic UTI infections, yeast infections, allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome, her health trials seemed insurmountable. However, she triumphed over her trials, transforming them into a pathway towards becoming a health coach. Her journey is a powerful story of determination, willpower, and the belief in alternative healing methods. An integral part of her healing process was reconnecting with her higher self. This connection, she believes, is pivotal to the healing process. Being open to all possible solutions led her to explore unconventional paths to recovery. Carol emphasizes the beauty of journaling as a tool for self-reflection and surrendering to a higher power as a source of guidance. This openness and willingness to try anything that could aid her recovery is an inspiring testament to her indomitable spirit. Carol also talks about detoxification and mindset coaching, emphasizing how these two go hand in hand in the journey towards wellness. It's not just about physical health; it's also about healing the trauma of illness and awakening to the magnificence within us. Her perspective is that wellness is a holistic concept, encompassing mind, body, and spirit. One of the most inspiring stories Carol shares is about her 86-year-old client, Bill Perkins. Despite his age, Bill demonstrated incredible determination and an openness to alternative healing methods. Under Carol's guidance, Bill embarked on a healing journey that resulted in a remarkable recovery. His story serves as a powerful reminder that it's never too late to take control of our health. The concept of living in congruency, where our actions align with our beliefs, is another topic Carol delves into. This involves letting our hearts guide our decisions and being true to ourselves. This idea of authenticity and alignment resonates deeply, particularly in the context of health and wellness. Carol Egan's journey is one of transformation, courage, and an unwavering belief in the power of alternative healing. Her story serves as a beacon of hope for those battling health challenges and a reminder that it's never too late to reclaim control over our health. As Carol puts it, we are all capable of overcoming any challenge if we are determined enough. Her story also highlights the importance of trusting our intuition, listening to our inner voice, and being open to unconventional healing methods. The message is clear: healing comes from within, and it starts with loving and respecting ourselves. By embracing this mindset, we can transform our health trials into triumphs, just as Carol Egan did.

  • The Path Less Traveled: Dr. Nick's Dedication to Alternative Healthcare

    Can you imagine a world where healthcare isn't synonymous with popping pills and invasive procedures? We introduce you to that world with Dr. Nick, an accomplished health professional, who defied his father's advice to pursue a "real job" and instead chose a path that led him to a chiropractor's office. His father's physical struggle resulting from physical labor and subsequent healing through chiropractic care served as Dr. Nick's inspiration to dive into the world of alternative healthcare. Join us as we delve deeper into Dr. Nick's story, uncovering his transition from chiropractic care to health coaching. Hear how his experiences working alongside health professionals, Dr. J Davidson and Dr. Todd Watts, cemented his belief in the transformative power of chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes. From regaining the ability to communicate to overcoming health challenges, the impact of these adjustments is nothing short of miraculous. Dr. Nick's personal story is equally compelling, as his father's cancer diagnosis only strengthened his commitment to natural healing methods. But our journey with Dr. Nick doesn't stop there. We venture into the realm of alternative healthcare products and delve into the unique ingredients that make them effective. Beyond his professional life, we also get a glimpse of Dr. Nick's personal interests, which includes everything from outdoor activities to recent book reads. Get ready to embark on an enlightening journey that explores alternative healthcare, personal healing stories, and the exceptional work done at the Total Body Wellness Clinic.

  • Warrior Mindset and Health Challenges with Dr. Todd Watts

    In our recent podcast episode, we had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Todd Watts about his extraordinary journey from personal health struggles to finding healing and vitality. Dr. Watts' story serves as a beacon of hope for all those struggling with their health, emphasizing the power of a warrior mindset and the determination to overcome adversities. Dr. Watts, despite his health challenges, displayed an entrepreneurial spirit that led him back to school. He identified a gap in the market and created a product that didn't exist, proving that obstacles can indeed turn into opportunities. His story underscores the value of family bonds, relationships, and viewing the human being as a whole. Understanding the human being as a whole is a crucial aspect of Dr. Watts' approach to health and healing. He believes in considering not only the physical aspects but also the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person's wellbeing. The integration of these elements is vital in achieving a state of vitality and wellness. An essential part of Dr. Watts' journey towards healing involves embracing a positive mindset. He believes in the power of a positive mindset in overcoming health challenges and emphasizes the importance of comprehensive detoxification. This process involves letting go of physical and emotional toxins, enabling individuals to let go of the past and embrace a future filled with happiness and health. One of the key messages from Dr. Watts is the importance of persistence. Through his journey, he learned that success often involves a series of trials and errors. However, with a warrior mindset and determination, he believes anyone can overcome their health challenges and thrive in their lives. Dr. Watts' approach to health and healing also involves the understanding that chronic issues are not just one problem but a result of an immune system disruption. His focus on tackling the root causes of disease instead of merely treating symptoms has led to transformative results in his patients' health journeys. In conclusion, Dr. Watts' journey from struggle to healing is an inspirational story of resilience, determination, and the power of a positive mindset. His approach to health and healing provides a beacon of hope for those struggling with their health, offering a pathway towards vitality and wellness. Whether you're dealing with health challenges or seeking ways to improve your overall wellness, his insights and strategies can provide valuable guidance on your health journey. Remember, the journey towards healing involves not just overcoming physical ailments but also embracing emotional and spiritual wellness. It requires a warrior mindset, the courage to face your challenges, and the determination to thrive amidst adversity. As Dr. Watts' journey shows, with the right mindset and approach, it is indeed possible to transform struggle into healing and vitality.

  • Exploring Authenticity: A Journey of Transformation and Success with Dr. Randy Michaux

    In the first episode of "Restore the Real," Dr. Randy Michaux invites us on an introspective journey where he unveils the power of authenticity and the transformative potential of decision-making. The episode presents an enlightening exploration of personal growth, the power of love and prayer, and the realities of success. Dr. Michaux begins by delving into his personal journey of finding purpose and embracing authenticity. He candidly discusses his fear of judgment and how this fear held him back from sharing his gifts. Drawing from Tony Robbins' powerful quote, "You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few actually do what they know," he emphasizes the importance of action and courage in the pursuit of our purpose. This message holds a profound resonance for many, offering a significant perspective shift from knowing to doing. In the episode, the transformative power of love and prayer is highlighted as a guiding force in life's trials. Dr. Michaux shares the traumatic experience of his family's move to Idaho, recounting how his faith guided him through the process. The power of prayer, coupled with the strength of love, illuminates a path of growth, resilience, and compassion. "Restore the Real" takes listeners through an unraveling of the illusion of instant success. It discusses the reality of hard work, resilience, and the often overlooked details that contribute to success. The discussion helps us to peel back the layers of superficial desires and discover our true goals and desires. The process of discovering our authentic goals is presented as a liberating and fulfilling experience, reminding us of the importance of being true to ourselves. The episode also delves into the challenges and rewards of connecting with others. While it can be difficult to open up and share our experiences, the fulfillment that comes from connecting with people is unparalleled. Dr. Michaux emphasizes that helping others know that we hear and love them can be a transformative experience. This episode of "Restore the Real" encourages listeners to take the plunge into authenticity and personal transformation. It offers an insightful exploration of the hidden powers of love and prayer, the illusion of instant success, and the courage to embrace our authentic nature. Dr. Michaux's journey serves as an inspiring testament to the transformative power of authenticity and the strength found in embracing one's purpose. By offering an honest account of his experiences, Dr. Michaux invites us to reflect on our own journeys, encouraging us to embrace authenticity and uncover our true purpose. The episode stands as a testament to the power of personal transformation and the rewards that come from living authentically. It offers a potent reminder that our greatest triumph could be just a decision away.

  • Detox 101 - Success is in the preparation

    Detox 101 - Success is in the preparation llness and premature aging are caused by a lack of energy in the body. One of the reasons for this is the buildup of toxins that are accumulated over a lifetime. When this happens, the body spends a vast amount of energy processing these toxins and mitigating the damage they cause. To accomplish this, energy is diverted away from other processes and pathways related to disease management and general vitality. By properly detoxifying the body, we restore its ability to spend energy in those areas again. Detoxing the body before it is ready can cause a cascade of additional problems. Success is truly in the preparation here. On that note, Id love to introduce you to the the first step in understanding effective preparation… The Drainage Funnel!!! To understand how the flow of detoxification is accomplished by the body, we need to understand what the Drainage Funnel is. We can compare it to a diverse system of rivers that all converge and empty into the ocean through one access point. This particular pattern of river flow is referred to as a drainage basin, and everything flowing downstream from each individual river will need to empty into the ocean through the same access point. Our body’s detoxification system works much in the same way, and the access point for the outflow of toxins is the Colon. If the colon is clogged or inflamed, the body will not be able to properly detoxify. Our physiology is highly intelligent and wont even attempt to pull and dump toxins into the digestive tract if its congested, and if we try to force that process to happen anyway… imagine what would happen if the access point to the ocean in a river system is blocked and you send a bunch of logs and debris downstream anyway… now you have a much bigger blockage at that access point than you did before. The body needs to continuously move toxins out, and this increase in stagnation creates new problems of its own. How do make sure our Drainage Funnel is open and ready for safe detoxification? In preparation for systemic detox, we first begin by addressing toxicity and stagnation in the colon. There is a variety of reasons our colon can become blocked and congested. Lets address them one at a time: 1 . Lack of motility Motility refers to the ability of the intestinal lining to move food and waste through the gut to be eliminated. Low motility creates problems of its own because it changes the natural environment of our gut. This can prevent nutrient absorption and even allow pathogens to thrive! Ideal function of the food elimination system should yield 2-3 bowel movements a day. If this isn’t happening for you, supplemental support to increase motility is tremendously helpful. We want our bowels to be moving anyway, but especially if you are preparing for systemic detox, this is absolutely crucial! 2. Low Bile Flow The liver produces bile acid which is an aqueous solution that is then collected and stored by the gallbladder. Proper bile flow is crucial for multiple digestive functions including digestion of fats and absorption of vitamins. Many factors can affect bile production and flow including liver congestion, hormone imbalances and nervous system dysfunction. Also, if you have had your gallbladder removed, bile flow is being hindered. It is important to address this in this preparatory step to detox. Bitter foods, castor oil packs and supplementing with Tudca all help stimulate bile production and flow. 3. Toxicity in the Gut There are all kinds of toxins that can be present throughout the digestive tract. Parasites not only steal nutrients from our food, but they also release toxins and dysregulate the immune system. Herbicides and pesticides can cause gut microbiome dysbiosis. Heavy metals can also cause this as well as increased intestinal inflammation. This is the first place to address toxic overload in the body because if the levels are high in the gut, many complications can arise by systemically detoxing and dumping even more toxins into an already overloaded system. Implementing a binder that works mostly in the digestive tract is an important component in this preparatory step. It also helps tremendously to take stock of what you are currently ingesting so you can reduce foods and habits that can work in opposition to this process. 4. Environmental dysfunction When the gut microbiome gets out of balance, it can throw off the environment of the entire digestive tract. This in turn can cause increased intestinal permeability, low motility, and even metabolic dysfunction. A diverse microbiome is essential for proper gut function and sometimes we inadvertently supercharge the growth of some of those bacterial communities, and inhibit the growth of others. This is essentially what dysbiosis is. Antibiotics and high sugar diets contribute highly to this occurring, but so does stress and lack of sleep. When we are in balance, our gut microbiome tends to be as well. Enzymatic support like CT Zyme from CellCore, and vagus nerve stimulation are both beneficial in restoring a healthy gut environment. The energetics of Detox. Everything is energy! We have heard that many times before, but what does it have to do with detox? Physical matter always organizes itself around an already present frequency. This means that the energy is the scaffolding upon which matter arranges itself. If we are addressing a physical problem, but not attending to the underlying frequency, the problem will likely keep presenting. So, what is the underlying frequency that supports lasting detoxification, and how do you generate that frequency within yourself? This can be done in many ways. Meditation on the topic of toxic people and situations that you are ready to let go of is a great one! You can also use the analogy of a cup that is full, and journal about the things you are ready to release in order to make room for new and better things to come in. You can use flashcards or mantras or write things on your bathroom mirror, whatever method best enables you to hold the frequency of letting go. Some people like to write down on scraps of paper situations and thoughts that no longer serve them, and light them on fire! Hold the frequency of empowered release and your body will follow! Dr. Randy Michaux

  • Awareness - Why is it Important?

    Awareness - Why is it Important? Awareness has been a widely discussed concept for quite some time. I’m sure we can all remember a particular book or teacher that peaked our interest on the topic. What is it exactly though? And what does it really have to do with our health journey? Understanding and harnessing the power of awareness, not only puts you back in the driver’s seat of your life, but also allows for rapid and lasting physical healing. What is Awareness exactly? Awareness is the underlying presence that is always with you. It is the part of yourself that witnesses the events of your life. Have you ever been doing something that you enjoy, like watching a sunset, or reaching a beautiful peak during a hike, and your mind kicks in with a particular thought that causes you to realize that for just a moment, you weren’t thinking anything at all. You were fully present in that experience and observing things around you, and you also observed when the mind kicked in again. That quiet place from which you are able to notice the comings and goings of the mind, is your natural state of awareness. What does Awareness have to do with Health? There are many ways awareness is directly linked to our physical health. The ones we will focus on here have to do with stress management. The Stress Factor Most people have heard about the negative effects of stress on our physical health. We know what happens to the body when the nervous system gets stuck in fight or flight for too long, and we understand how cortisol in excessive amounts can damage the immune system. But what does awareness have to do with stress? To answer that question, we first need to understand that the pace and pressures of our modern way of living, is very different from the way people lived their lives thousands and even hundreds of years ago. Our innate stress response is a little outdated compared to how rapidly the pace of life has increased. We live in constantly high levels of stress and our nervous system has not had enough time to adapt. This is exactly why cultivating awareness is so important to our physical health. Negative emotions are the generators of stress, and it is our thoughts that produce emotions. Without the ability to ground into awareness, our thoughts can become disproportionately empowered and we end up experiencing life from the programs and stories of the mind. The mind is an amazing tool, but it is only that. How can we determine if we are overly identified with the mind? And what can we do about it if we are? Ask yourself the following questions to determine if this could be occurring for you. How often do you catch yourself thinking something that deep down you know isn’t true? Do you have a difficult time falling asleep due to incessant mind chatter? How difficult is it for you to sit and think nothing at all? If any of these questions resonate with you, you might be overly identified with the mind. What can we do about it if this is the case? We can cultivate our awareness. How do we Cultivate Awareness? Cultivating awareness begins by identifying that there is a part of yourself that is able to observe your thoughts. There are simple techniques to accomplish this, and it only takes a little bit of practice. You can start by just noticing your thoughts throughout the day. Do this impartially and without judgment. Have compassion for your mind and simply observe what it focuses on. If a particularly loud or expressive thought comes, pull back your attention slightly and notice it. You can accomplish this by visualizing a large ball that you are continually pushing. If you continue pushing that ball, it gains more and more momentum. But if you take your hands off and stop pushing it, it runs out of momentum and eventually stops. When you notice a strong thought, especially one that generates a negative emotion, visualize yourself gently pulling back and taking your hands off it. Watch it roll away from you, and notice that you do have a sense that you are not that thought. You are witnessing it from somewhere deeper. That will cultivate your awareness. You can do this as much or as little as you like. Be easy on yourself as you practice this, and offer patience and kindness to your mind as well. The idea is not to transcend the mind, but experience more joy in life because of your ability to interact with the mind in healthier ways. Dr. Randy Michaux

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