Can Meditation Slow Down Aging?

Do you wish you had a magic wand to turn back time?  One answer to looking and feeling much younger is to meditate.  Yes, meditation has been proven to have anti-aging benefits.

When I give presentations and workshops, people always seem to be amazed when I mention how a regular practice of meditation can actually prevent Alzheimer’s.  Studies have shown that meditation can slow down or even stop the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.  By increasing alpha waves and training the brain to be more resilient, we can improve memory and create new neuro-pathways for a more balanced mental state.

Another youth enhancer has to do with Telomerase – a relaxation enzyme in your brain.  A study showed that just 15 minutes of daily meditation helps increase telomerase production. Raising our production of this enhances our ability to relax and be more resilient. In fact, anything that helped trigger the relaxation response helps with telomerase production.

Another reason that meditation reduces aging is that it reduces the production of cortisol – a stress induced hormone.  Too much cortisol sends blood sugar levels through the roof.  When sugar binds to these proteins, it makes our skin look like we have spent 30 years in the sun. Meditation trains the brain to feel connected. When we feel isolated and separated, one particular brain region (the “parietal lobe”) becomes overheated. To calm down, practicing meditation on a regular basis can help this process.

Meditation also helps boosts creativity and brain power. Brain imaging studies have shown that highly successful, massively creative people use both brain halves in a much more balanced and integrated way. A regular meditation practice can help create a whole thinking, success mind-set. Professional sports teams now hire mindset coaches to bring out the best in each athlete on their team.  Why not do that for your business team?

Remember that in addition to being an author and best mindset coach, I am also a dynamic speaker and facilitator.  Click here to check out my custom coaching and workshops to empower teams. Refer any new client or friend to me, and if I am hired for a paid speaking gig or coaching package, I will reward you with dinner on the town with a $50 Gift Card now through October 31, 2019. Trust that I will take great care of your friends and clients that you refer.  Plus, you’ll receive a special thank you gift.

Hope to be hearing from you soon!

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you be your best with Unleash Your Success Mindset.  She’s a Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, Media Specialist and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Journey to Inner Peace for Families

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Journey to Inner Peace for Families:

Making Calm Our Superpower 

Sunday Afternoons:  August 18, September 8, and 15  

Location: Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis

Relieve stress and feel more joy. Journey to Inner Peace to build a stronger family.  Learn ways to stress less while also helping your family learn great tools and make CALM our Superpower! Some sessions are for adults, parents, and grandparents with children; others are for adults only. This group experience is also geared for those who work with children and teens.

Click Here to Register 

Adults-$15,  Children and Teens-$5   

Our Facilitator for this series is Vicki Atlas Israel, CGIP
Vicki is a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOWReduce Stress and Pain. Feel More Peace. Helping You and Your Family Thrive! Hear what famous co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul ®, Jack Canfield, has to say about Vicki’s book at InnerPowerMindset.com

Register soon!  Space is limited. Click HERE for Flyer. 

 

Join us for one or more sessions to attend:

 


August 18:  Love is Letting Go of Fear

Adults/Parents/Grandparents Only  (1:30 PM)

Are you ready to release stress and fear, hurtful thoughts and old blocks?  Learn better ways to cope, feel more peace, as you discover a loving coach within.


September 8:  Stepping into Your Future:

Parents, Children, and Teens are invited.  (1:30 PM Parents with Kids 6-11 or 3:30 PM Parents with Teens 12-18.  An adult MUST accompany the child, as there is no childcare.)

How would you like to walk into a bright new future?  We will learn how to set a goal or intention, visualize it, then do a walking meditation.


September 15:  Letting Go With Gratitude

Adults/Parents/Grandparents Only  (1:30 PM)

Learn how to empower your best life.  Experience gratitude in a whole new light with guided imagery and journaling.

Click to Join us.  Stress Less and Add More Love and Joy!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT THE FLYER AND REGISTER BY MAIL

 

 

How’s Your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

It’s nearly three weeks into the New Year.  How’s your New Year’s resolutions going?  One study reports that only one in three of us who make New Year’s resolutions is successful.  Here’s a best mindset tip for success.  Maybe work on just one at a time.  Here’s how to increase your chances of success in whatever new habits you want to achieve.  Turn your New Year’s resolutions into goals.

What’s the difference between a resolution and a goal?

  1. New Year’s Resolution:“I’m want to lose weight in the new year.”
  2. New Year’s Goal:“I will release 15 pounds by March 30th, and I will do so by working out three days a week while also cutting out junk food, adding more veggies, and reducing my food to three meals a day and nothing in between.

This goal is different than the resolution because it is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited (S.M.A.R.T.) When it comes to results, you’re far more likely to lose 15 pounds with this kind of goal than a New Year’s resolution.

S.M.A.R.T. Goal

A good goal is one that spells out who is responsible for a desired outcome, and how to meet that outcome.

  1. Specific. A good goal is specific like who, what, when, where, and why. It tells you not only what you eventually hope to accomplish, but also the steps you must take to get there.
  2. Measurable. What will you measure to see success?  In the example above, success means releasing 15 pounds. Being specific is much more effective than the hope or wish of losing some weight.
  3. Attainable. Giving yourself the ability to meet your goals in a reasonable manner helps you avoid discouragement along the way.
  4. Realistic. Realistic goals mean you’re willing to attain the goal. If you are not “willing” to do the work, then don’t set the goal. It will only lead to disappointment. You can pick up the goal when you’re ready.
  5. Timely. Also, make sure that you put a date on the goal. It can be for a special event, or it can just be a date that is about three months away. Giving yourself a time frame will boost motivation.

Now that you know how to make S.M.A.R.T goals, take one of your New Year’s Resolutions and make it happen with these vital steps as outlined above.  Consider who you want to be in the future, and then employ S.M.A.R.T. goals to help you create the life you want.

One more tip, visualize daily how great you’ll look and feel having reached your goal.  Bring in all the positive feelings and emotion.  This will supercharge your efforts.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about helping you feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

The Power of Visualization and Meditation

This story will make you a true believer in the power of visualization, meditation, and setting intentions.  Believe in miracles and this may happen to you, too.  I’ve had amazing things come true in the last few months that I have to share.   

Last year, I had attended a Breakthrough to Success Training with Jack Canfield, New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series® and The Success Principles®. Jack overheard me talking about a book that I was writing.  The book Inner Power NOW is to help strengthen families, parents and children, with soothing breathing techniques, guided imagery, and meditation.  It’s intended to relieve stress and embrace healing at home, in pediatric hospitals, and at school.

Following my brief talk, Jack went on stage and asked if he could endorse my book once it’s done.  He said he believed this is really needed and could benefit parents and children.  To me, that was a Divine moment because earlier in the week I had been asking for clarity before my meditation—”please give me a sign.”  I was questioning whether I was on the right path wanting to teach these skills and techniques to both parents and kids.  Now, I had received a clear sign—Jack’s promised endorsement!  But that’s not all.

In the past few months, Jack not only came through with an endorsement, but he wrote a fabulous foreword to my book which will be published in February 2019.  Then, because I had asked about a possible video testimonial, he also sent a beautiful video message that I may use to help promote Inner Power NOW and audio series.  He is also allowing me to use this message in our possible research at a pediatric hospital in St. Louis and in schools.  This beautiful amazing gift keeps on giving.  Even in my visualizations, I had not even imagined all of this.

What’s the message and lesson?  Keep doing guided imagery and visualize what you most want in your life before you meditate. The key is to have a strong intention and gratitude. Then, surrender it to a power greater than you.  That can be your wiser self, the Divine, or the power of the universe.  Your visualization eventually will come true in some future time.  And remember to ask for a sign, as you let it go.

Click here to get a free guided imagery on how to create your day and become a part of my Inner Power Circle.  You’ll receive updates on the book, bonuses, and newsletter.

Learn to meditate and visualize to help live your dreams.  Turn down the noise, turn off your screens, and embrace calm as a Superpower.  Take advantage of my Holiday Half-Price Sale on all my guided imagery in my store.  

Wishing you peace,

Vicki

 

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about helping children and parents feel less stressed, more calm, and happier  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram or email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed? Try A Few Joy Boosters

We all need a few ways to release stress, add some joy, and re-energize ourselves.  Here are some of my favorites:

Add joyful movement:  When you get up in the morning, thank your body.  Sometimes that’s not easy when you feel a few aches and pains.  Still, appreciate your body because it’s continually regenerating billions of cells at any moment.  So, stretch your body and release endorphins–those feel good chemicals! Daily exercise will increase the quality of your life and your feeling of wellbeing. Include movement that you enjoy like walking, running, Zumba, Yoga, or NIA, which is like dancing Yoga.

Create a Zen Den:  Find a place where you can hide out when stressed. Disappear there for a few minutes to chill out with a cozy chair.   Surround yourself with whatever you love. These can be beautiful objects, music, and maybe add aroma therapy with a diffuser.  Even in your office at work, add a soft lamp and other things that bring calm.  Remember to walk away from your desk and stretch out the stress and add some deep breathing for calm.

Have some Fun!  Laughter is one of the best remedies to stress.   A burst of laughter can get the blood flowing and boost your immune system.  Laughter releases endorphins that help you to feel better and have a positive attitude. Believe it or not, there’s a practice called “Laughing Yoga,” that is meant to boost joy and healing.  I teach this in my workshops and groups.  Click here to learn more about How to Ignite A Success Mindset.

Eat healthier:  Ever notice how you feel, when you eat too much junk food?  The next day you feel sluggish and not very energetic.  When you eat healthier, the opposite is true.  Feeding your body lots of fresh veggies and fruit, protein smoothies and wholesome foods, helps you feel more energized.

Enjoy sipping green tea:  Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that is great at relieving stress and anger.  Some studies say it can also boost your metabolism.

Treat yourself to a mini-massage. Rub some lotion on your hands and start massaging the muscles in your hands using your thumbs to help get rid of stress. You may also include your shoulders, neck and scalp.  This will get your energy flowing with a sense of well-being.

Talk to a friend: Create a support system.  When something is bothering you, share your feelings with a friend. Vent to a close family member or call a close friend.  In person or over the phone is so much better than venting and texting.  You will feel so much better afterwards.

Daydream and visualize:  Let go of your stress by imagining something that makes you happy or something that you want to create in your life. Use your imagination and travel anywhere that makes you feel peaceful and serene.  Or imagine your life a year from now, and what you want to create.  Visualizing will boost your mood and lower blood pressure.  It will also help bring more of what you want in your life.

Remember these joy boosters to create the best mindset! If you like this blog post, please share it with your friends.  And let me know in the comments below some of your favorite joy boosters!

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and children.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Facebook and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.

Healing Circle at Recovery St. Louis

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Join us for the Healing Circle at Recovery St. Louis on Tuesday, June 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.   This a group meditation process.  We are more powerful when two or more are gathered.

We will learn techniques to connect to our breath to allow a deeper meditation.  Connect to our hearts.  Expand awareness, and feel more peace and less stress.  You will experience meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery, and other mind-body practices to enhance your recover.

As a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner and Best Mindset Coach, I am honored to be partnering with Recovery St. Louis to co-create these special sessions.

It’s our hope to help make a meaningful difference in your life, and for you to discover a safe place to heal.

With the Healing Circle, we aim to provide healing and build community, whether you are in recovery or not.

 

Mindfulness Comes to St. Louis Schools

Before school begins this fall, teachers at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy in St. Louis will learn mindfulness and meditation.  They will be trained on how to relieve stress and tension so they may pass this on to their students.  All will be learning tools and breathing techniques for calm and focus.   As a Best Mindset Coach, and Certified in Guided Imagery, I’m excited to be collaborating with McKinley in St. Louis to train their teachers.  We will be helping their team and students build emotional resilience to be more successful in learning and life.

As you may know, many of these students may come from poorer neighborhoods, where they witness more crime, violence, and trauma.  From new research, we’re learning that a traumatized brain makes learning more difficult.  Studies show when we calm the mind and body through yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices, the brain develops new neural pathways that enhances the creative areas, and shuts down the Reptilian “fight or flight” that’s stuck in fear.   Other schools leaders throughout the country have discovered that mindfulness and meditation may be a better way to handle detention and conflict.

It’s obvious students need new tools to help with stress and anxiety.  New research published by the American Psychological Association shows teens may experience higher levels of stress than adults (during the school year.)  Yet, teens don’t have great ways to relieve stress. Most popular are video games or surfing the internet. While these may be stress reducing, they may not be building resilience to help teens cope better with difficulties in life.

This is where meditation, guided imagery, and mindfulness can help. Research shows that when teens practice meditation and guided imagery, it can lower rates of anxiety and depression, and may help with sleep. It can also help with schoolwork and focus, as well as build stronger relationships.

Help our children succeed in life and build emotional resilience! If you’re a teacher or parent and want your schools to build Inner Power Learning and use these breathing and mindful techniques, let your school leadership know about our services.  Contact us at Heart Talk Now for a free 30-minute Strategy Session

Wishing you peace!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and families.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

 

5 Tips for More Happiness

Where Are You on the Happiness Scale?

Can you choose to be happier?  Psychology professor David T. Lykken believes we each have a “happiness set point.”  Yet, other Psychologists who study happiness believe we can improve our state of emotions.  Try focusing on gratitude and appreciation and creating the intention to be happier.  Here are a few Best Mindset tips to help you expand your happiness.

Tip # 1: Choose Happier Thoughts

Choose to make happiness a top goal.  Author of The Happiness Hypothesis Jon Haidt teaches positive psychology and for homework, he assigns his students to make themselves happier during the semester.   Some of these include: being more forgiving or more grateful. They also learn to challenge negative thoughts.

Tip #2: Make a Gratitude List

In his book, Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily “gratitude exercise.” It involves listing a few things that make them grateful. This shifts people away from bitterness and despair, he says, and promotes happiness.  I also keep a gratitude rock by my nightstand and before bed, I remind myself of 3 to 5 things that I’m grateful for.

Tip #3: Continue to Forgive

Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, researchers who edited The Psychology of Happiness claim holding a grudge can affect your health.  One way to curtail these kinds of feelings is to practice forgiveness. This reduces the power of bad events to create bitterness and resentment, and add stress to your body.

Tip #4: Build Friendships

There’s nothing like a good laugh with dear friends, and this also promotes happiness. Author of The Pursuit of Happiness David G. Myers found one Australian study that showed people over 70, who had the strongest network of friends, lived the longest. Myers claims the “social ties that bind also provide support in difficult times.”

Tip #5: Find Meaningful Activities

People are seldom happier than when they’re in the “flow.” This is a state in which your mind becomes thoroughly absorbed in a meaningful task that challenges your abilities. Psychology research has found watching TV ­­produces some of the lowest levels of happiness. It turns out that to get more out of life, we need to put more into leisure time.  Choose activities that you most enjoy doing.  They’re good for your mental health and your happiness.

Vicki Atlas is a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist.  Vicki is passionate about bringing more peace and wellbeing to parents and families.  Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.comfor kids. You can connect with her on Twitter and email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

Venture Cafe’ Ignite Your Best Mindset

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Are you ready to access your inner power, turn off stress, heal your mind and body, and inspire effortless success?  Many top athletes, entrepreneurs, and executives use visualization to empower their careers, relationships, health, and business.  In the last 10 years, there have been thousands of studies boasting great benefits of using Guided Imagery and meditation for health, relationships, and success.

Learn more at a FREE introductory talk at Venture Cafe, Thursday, October 19th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner, Vicki Atlas-Israel will share some amazing studies, insights, plus take you through a group Guided Imagery session.  She has been trained by Jack Canfield, Best-Selling Author of “The Success Principles” and Dr. Joe Dispenza, featured in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know.” Here are some benefits of using Guided Imagery:

  • Improves focus, learning, creativity, and performance
  • Promotes joyful feelings of inner peace
  • Enhances and Improves self-esteem
  • Improves quality of life and overall health
  • Elevates intuitive insights

We look forward to seeing you at “Ignite Your Best Mindset” at Venture Cafe!

Helping Kids Succeed Through Imagery

Alison suffers from Migraines and has headaches that are very painful and hot.  She describes them as pressure and pounding on her head.  Her headaches went away after she learned to visualize a loving white light to cool down her head while learning to relax her body. Then, there’s Josh who suffered from test anxiety at age 16.  But through his imagery of staying calm and focused on exams, he scored higher on his tests.  These are just a few of my young clients who are using the power of their imagination to feel better and thrive.

Children continue to feel stress at home and at school. Our kids deserve to be equipped with tools to help them better cope. As for parents and teachers, raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children often feels overwhelming. Parents and educators deserve to know and practice mind-body tools, as well.

Through learning Guided Imagery and visualization, kids will develop emotional self-care to better meet challenges.  Research shows children who use Guided Imagery have better focus and attention—even those children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.)  They score higher in school and on tests.  Imagery also has been shown in studies to help children heal quicker with less pain from surgery and chronic stomach problems.

Parents and children practicing these techniques together bring more powerful results and it can be a great bonding experience.  If parents successfully teach their kids effective imagery techniques to solve their problems, their world could be transformed. If teachers could help children access their learning potential, through imagery, education could thrive.

For the next few blogs, I will discuss some techniques that you may try at home or at school with your children to help them with calm.

#1: The Balloon Breath

This is a technique of breathing slowly and deeply into the belly while focusing attention around the navel. We begin filling up deep into our belly.  This type of diaphragmatic breathing centers and calms children.

You can breath in slowly…filling up with air…then let it out very slowly…  Once more breath in deep, slowly,  then let it out.   (Do this for at least two minutes.)

One teen, who was frequently upset, was able to calm himself and reduce his stress from an 8 to a 2 by practicing his balloon breath several times a day. He found it made him feel especially peaceful when he focused his attention on his heart.  You may feel like you are breathing in and out from your heart.  Gratitude is so important to feel when doing this special breathing.

# 2: Relaxing the Body

Progressive relaxation of the body is a gentle way to calm yourself.  You begin with a light from above—it can be any color that the children wishes.   Then the light pours in from above through the head, face, neck, shoulder, and gradually moving into the legs and arms peacefully, lovingly…with relaxation spreading into each part.  Once the children are physically relaxed you can go into a script that will help the child feel loved, be more at peace, change unwanted behaviors and beliefs, and be ready for new discoveries.

In our next segment, we’ll talk about some other ideas for imagery and stories for stress-relief and healing.  (Please note that patient names were replaced.)

Vicki Atlas is a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner and Meditation Coach.   Atlas is passionate about bringing more peace and healing to children and adults. Find her at HeartTalkNow.com and CalmingCorner.com for kids.  She’s helping children, educators, and parents awaken to their best life. You can email her at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

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