I’m currently nurturing myself by taking part in two free on~line training courses, both run by The Chopra Centre.
The first is ‘Awaken to Happiness’. I’ve received four of the eight weekly parts so far, learning that there are two types of ‘Happiness’ ~ one which depends on external influences, while the other comes from within.
Although we don’t generally like to think about it, we can lose our homes, employment, loved ones etc. at any moment and the fear of that loss can limit our ability to feel happy in the moment.
This course directs us to the true source of happiness, independent of outside influences, through intention, affirmation, meditation and by practicing ‘consciousness in motion’. I’ve incorporated the training into my morning meditation sessions and have started a ‘Happiness Journal’, to record my progress, insights and emotions.
The Artist is fond of saying that I have ‘a brain the size of a planet’ ~ but I figure there’s always room for improvement, which is why I signed up for the second course. Called ‘Unleash The Power Of Your Super Brain’, it expands on the principle that a healthy brain is key to a healthy body and busts the myths that the number of brain cells decreases with age and that degeneration is inevitable. Backed~up by emerging neuro~scientific data, it encourages us to create the best environment, in which our brains and our bodies can function holistically and naturally.
Part Two ~ ‘Super Memory and the Anti~Aging Brain’ ~ ties in with some research I’ve been doing on the uses of virgin coconut oil in cooking. Amongst many other benefits, a dose of two tablespoons a day is reported to have arrested memory loss in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. There are even claims that it can actually reverse the effects of these progressive conditions. (There is a great deal of information available on the Internet)
In addition to using coconut oil as a moisturiser and hair conditioning treatment, I’ve been adding small amounts to my diet. My most amazing discovery, so far, is that it tastes great in coffee! Seriously ~ just add a teaspoon or two to your favourite brew and blitz it to prevent a surface oil~slick forming. Delicious, trust me!
I’m also looking forward to yet another Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra ’21 Day Meditation Challenge’, this time on ‘Miraculous Relationships’. It starts on Monday, so there is still time to register if you’re interested ~ just go to ‘ The Chopra Center for further details.
So that’s me well and truly nurtured for the foreseeable future, with a brain as big as The Universe (but presumably no black holes! 🙂
How about you?
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