A Warm Winter’s Meditation on Gratitude

For many of us, the world moves along so quickly, and the endless stream of appointments, phone calls, emails, and other Things That Need To Be Done Next continually distracts us from the all important step of positive feedback. The nature of our world is such that many decisions need to be made by the unconscious levels of the mind.

Unless we create a clear, compelling image of the way we want to be and the life we want to create, that part of us may head in the wrong direction. And with so many negative messages (eg, economic woes, climate change, illness, pollution, politics), it is easy to lose our way and succumb to the toxicity of stress and depression.

Actually, there are many more positives within than negatives, and here is a way to make these known to your faithful unconscious mind – to really assume leadership in your life – by touching the positive experiences of the recent past and connecting them to the deepest level of your being. In this way you are setting your compass – and empowering the behaviors and experiences you want more of in your life.

So find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for ten minutes and recharge!

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Do You Need a Mental Reboot – What is a Mental Reboot Anyhow? {podcast}

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At the behest of John Ehrlich I have created a new series, the Mental Reboot series. Just as you sometimes need to shut down your computer and restart in order to maintain speed and efficiency, it is wise to do this with your mental computer as well.

The mental reboot is brief, and by keeping a copy on your computer or ipod, you can often lift the fatigue, speed up your processing, increase creativity, and refocus your mind on what you want to deal with.

Here is a brief introduction to the Mental Reboot.

Ask Dr. Miller Podcast: Love and Optimism

Why Is Haiti Poor?

This morning’s show (Jan. 21, 2010) on KQED with Michael Krasny and Jared Diamond was a brilliant exploration and explication of the situation in Haiti.  As the world watches the devastation from the recent earthquake, Krasny and Diamond discuss how Haiti became so poor and so vulnerable to disaster.  Diamond compares Haiti to its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, to ask how two nations who share one island could develop so differently.

Sensitive attention is paid to the cruelty of the French enslavers, and to the successful slave revolt which forbade white investment, and set the stage for oppressive dictators.  Of special interest is the roll the United States played in helping to ensure that the government of Haiti would fail.  An absolutely fascinating show!

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• FORUM is KQED’s live call-in program presents wide-ranging discussions of local, state, national and international issues, as well as in-depth interviews.

• Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at UCLA and author of “Guns, Germs and Steel,” “Collapse” and the forthcoming book “Natural Experiments of History” which contains an excellent chapter on Haiti! .

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