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We are never alone

We are only 10% human

We are an ecology, a collective; 90% of our cells are micro-biome, or various forms of bacteria. We are only 10% human. One of the most significant aspects of this is that our “health” is a sum not only of our DNA and genes, but very dependent on the genes of the bacteria that live in us also.

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So these figures above are interesting alongside water, where the average human is between 45% (obese) and 75% (babies, healthy) water. Two thirds of our water is intracellular, and 1/3 is in our organs and blood cells, and 1/4 to 1/3 of the cells in our blood have been created by the microbes.

Have you ever thought of this in light of buying locally produced fruit and bacteria cultured items like yogurt, yeasted bread, and ultimately any plant or animal we consume is comprised too of its environment, and in some cases the microbes of the people involved.

Mind Brain Genome Microbiome – one of the most enlightening 18 minutes with two people talking I’ve experienced lately. Deepak Chopra interviews Dr. Larry Smarr who is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at (CALIT2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership. They discuss everything from the origins of life, life in the universe, consciousness, mind brain genome, environment and the science of epigenetics.

Health and wellbeing

Dr Larry Smarr believes that the four pillars of Health are:
– Nutrition
– Exercise
– Sleep
– Stress reduction

As pointed out in this video, cortisol in your system is induced by stress and affects the environmentals of our body and that in turn affects our neurotransmitters and ultimately our mood.

The mind brain genome and related topics are active at present and there are good videos also from these other sources:




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Expression through sand in Ukraine

With art being pushed from every angle, it is a wonder that this sand art has not happened earlier, as it is low tech apart from speeding up the process by filming. An amazingly simple communication method.

The story of Ukraine that made her famous, told through sand by Kseniya Simonova, depicting her country’s story of life, hope, war, loss, and perseverance. With the 1945 date inscription at the end, a story about all those who lost their lives during the invasions and a glimpse into the war torn lives of everyday people in Ukraine. Very timely.

Another dramatisation put to sand

Interview with English subtitles…

A file she was contracted to do for Morocco…

Her channel

Have we expressed ourselves in every way we can yet as humans? Are there other profound ways we can express ourselves and tell a story?

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There has been much research into the fact that genes are turned off and on throughout our life, some that can only be turned on through a stage of development and some that can go on and off throughout life.

This article explores the genes that can be turned on with more sleep.

How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? BBC.co.uk – You can follow the Magazine on Twitter and on Facebook
Trust Me I'm a Doctor is broadcast on 10 October on BBC Two at 20:00 BST, or catch up with iPlayer
The average Briton gets six-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night, according to the Sleep Council. Michael Mosley took part in an unusual experiment to see if this is enough. ”

It has been known for some time that the amount of sleep people get has, on average, declined over the years.

This has happened for a whole range of reasons, not least because we live in a culture where people are encouraged to think of sleep as a luxury – something you can easily cut back on. After all, that’s what caffeine is for – to jolt you back into life. But while the average amount of sleep we are getting has fallen, rates of obesity and diabetes have soared. Could the two be connected? Dr Simon Archer and his team at Surrey University were particularly interested in looking at the genes that were switched on or off in our volunteers by changes in the amount that we had made them sleep.
“We found that overall there were around 500 genes that were affected,” Archer explained. “Some which were going up, and some which were going down.”

What they discovered is that when the volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours’ sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active. The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.

So the clear message from this experiment was that if you are getting less than seven hours’ sleep a night and can alter your sleep habits, even just a little bit, it could make you healthier. “Have a lie-in, it will do you good” – that’s the kind of health message that doesn’t come along very often.

Read the full article… How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? from BBC’s News Magazine.

How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you?

The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions


“There are networks of neurons that serve as information processors. They’re like little computers arranged in a spider web-like network called a parallel distributed processor. Unlike the linear computers we have, these parallel processors can actually learn and think.
We have this spider web-like set of connections in our skull, which we usually refer to as the brain. But we also have neural net processors around the heart and intestines that process information in very complex ways.
These information processors of the internal organs of the body, called viscera, are not rational or logical. But it is processing information and sending signals up from the body itself, to the spinal cord in a layer called Lamina I.
Lamina I carries the information from the intestines, heart, muscles and bones upward from the spinal cord. As it comes up, part of it goes to the deepest part of the brain called the brainstem, which influences our heart rate and respiration.
Also a twig of it will go over to an area called the hypothalamus, where it will govern what to do with our endocrine system, and influence your hormonal environment.
Another branch goes to an area called the prefrontal cortex. There are two aspects of the prefrontal cortex that Lamina I data from the body receives. One twig is called the insula. It’s a part of what some people called the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex…. read on

FastCompany.com: Do Brainpower Apps Really Make You Smarter?

Do Brainpower Apps Really Make You Smarter?

Smart device Apps for Brain training

By Chris Gayomali

Cognitive fitness software companies like Fit Brains and Lumosity are booming businesses. But whether brain games are the remedy for mental dullness and even disease, or mere digital snake oil, is hotly debated.

“If you are doing brain training for 10 hours a week, that is 10 hours a week you are not doing something else, like exercising, Zach Hambrick, an associate professor of psychology who worked on the Georgia Tech study, told The New Yorker. “It also gives people false hope, especially older adults for whom this is a big concern.”

What cognitive training pretty clearly won’t provide is a silver bullet to fight off brain decay. A healthy social life certainly wouldn’t hurt, and neither would an appreciation for a good book. Even Hurley admits that “physical exercise is perhaps the best-proved method for improving cognitive function in older people.”

Read the full article or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.fastcompany.com/3027104/tech-forecast/do-brainpower-apps-really-make-you-smarter

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5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard


Recommended Article: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard
By: Brigid Schulte

“Why do we work so hard?” actor Neal McDonough asks in a commercial for a luxury car.

….remember that inspiration comes in the shower, on a walk, in a moment of rest, not when your nose is to the grindstone. It’s just the way our brains are wired…

Also related: The health hazards of sitting and the graphic for this article.

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PillsDoctors have known for hundreds of years that when a patient expects their condition to improve, it does.

This is called the placebo, or dummy, effect.

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Excerpt from the article….

A few years ago, Paul took part in a trial that Prof Stoessl was conducting. It required him to stop taking his medication.

The next day he headed into hospital, his symptoms in full flare-up.

He explains: “That’s when they gave me this capsule, and they gave you a half-hour….a normal period of time for the meds to kick in. And boom!

“I was thinking this is pretty good, my body becomes erect, my shoulders go back. There’s no way that I could be like this without having had my medication.”

Except that Paul hadn’t been given his medication – he’d been given a placebo.


…what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better

Sydney J Harris, American Journalist and Author, who wrote a syndicated column, Strictly Personal, from 1944-86.

“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better… “
— Sydney J. Harris

“Regret for the things we have done will be tempered by time. It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.”
— Sydney J. Harris

“It’s odd, and a little unsettling, to reflect upon the fact that English is the only major language in which “I” is capitalized; in many other languages “You” is capitalized and the “i” is lower case.
— Sydney J. Harris

The Inner Game of Success – Change Self-Image Process

By Sonya Yeh Spencer, ITA Certified NLP Trainer, Approved New Code NLP Trainer, Advanced NLP Coach

you are communicating about who you are to you on the inside all of the time, and this “Self Image” is what your unconscious sees every second, every minute, every day, even when you are asleep and at work to help you maintain that image!

Changing self image

Did you know that how you see yourself might just be the key to your personal success? Have you checked yourself out in the mirror lately? No, not in the normal sense in front of your dresser. But in your mind, how do you look? What kind of adverbs would you use to describe yourself? How do you represent yourself inside?

Why is this important? Because you are communicating about who you are to you on the inside all of the time and this “Self Image” is what your unconscious sees every second, every minute, every day, even when you are a sleep and at work, to help you maintain that image. This is like a program that runs behind the things we do and think. We do not deviate from what our self image represents.

So, why not spend some time and understand how you see yourself on the inside and make necessary changes. Really ask, “is what I see on the inside matching the reality?” If not, it is time to do something about it.

This article follows from where we left off in our earlier article “The Inner Game of Success” . We are going to show you a way to check your current self image and your desired self image and how to get yourself image aligned. In many ways, this process will help you make a conscious choice about who you want to be and align your unconscious process through conditioning and self programming. Our self-image is a bit like self fulfilling prophecy, by skilfully working with it, you can have more choices in how you would like yourself to be. Like this Dove ad http://youtu.be/XpaOjMXyJGk this process can help you discover aspects of you that you can choose to nurture, so you can accentuate them to be really a part of you.

Take notes

note paper – take notes of what you find

Steps to check and align your self-image

Read the following steps first, then do it. All of the steps can be done in your mind, or you can lay out all the positions outside of you by following your instincts. The purpose here is to understand more about you, not to make judgements about what is good or bad. By understanding more about yourself, changes can be made to create an inner world that suits your current needs. You might need some note paper to complete this process, otherwise with practice, you can remember your thoughts along the way.

  1. Ask yourself “How do I see me now”? If there is a location where this current self-image resides, then where would it be? Is it inside of your or outside of you? If it is outside of you, use a marker (post-it note, rock…) to mark the location of your current self-image. If it is inside of you, lightly touch the part of you and say thank you
  2. Make the current self-image real, life size. If your self-image is outside of you, once you make it real – life size, step into this self-image and ask the following: Otherwise, pay attention to your inner, real – life size self-image and step into it in your mind while asking the questions below…
  3. What are the adjectives you use to describe yourself? How would you describe you? How would people who are close to you describe you? Write down all the good, not so good, and the neutral self descriptions. Act as if you were your loved ones or close friends and write down how they would describe you
  4. What do you believe about yourself to describe the you (from the previous step)? Also, write this down
  5. What are the values that you hold dear that have been expressed in your and the other’s descriptions of you? Write them down
  6. What are the behaviours that you do – that are a reflection of what your current self-image? What are the beliefs and values that you hold in that self-image? Write both of these answers down
  7. We do not deviate from what our self image represents

  8. Step out of your current self-image and move about a bit, then repeat the steps from one to six – but instead of stepping into your current self-image, this time ask yourself “What is the self-image that will enable me to achieve ……” This is the preferred, or future you
  9. By now you have identified specifics for both your current and preferred self-image. Now stand in a neutral place where you can see both your current and preferred self-image clearly. Act as if you are a bystander and observe the two self-images. Notice any differences between the two. You can walk around and observe them from different angles to gain insight. It is okay if you feel that words escape you right now, but you might get a sense of something that is happening on the inside
  10. Notice if there is anything that you might like to change in the preferred self-image? Make these changes now
  11. Ask yourself, what would happen if I change my current self-image to be exactly the same as the preferred self-image and taking on all the beliefs, values and the behaviours that are associated with this preferred self-image. Consider both pros and cons of making this change. Notice your reactions on the inside. Is there any resistance? Step into this preferred self-image a few times and act as if it is now your self-image, just so you familiarise yourself with it. Are there any changes you need to make? Make all the changes you need until you are comfortable with it and are willing to make the change. Note: If there are strong signals not to make the change, ask is there any fear? If there is, ask what is it that you are fearing and where does it come from? Also, if it is okay to make the change for just a week to try it, if it does not work, we can always put it back. If by now you do not get a sense of agreement – thank yourself for voicing concerns, and leave the process here. You might want to leave this for a few days and insight into the situation might just come to you. You can also seek a professional NLP trained specialist for help. Make sure you find someone who is well trained to a high standard (at least 120 hours of training and 150 hours of practice after the training). Any concerns you can email us
  12. So if you are Ok to proceed with the change you can go ahead and make both self images the same. Step into each one of them once they seem the same and make final adjustments to ensure they are the same
  13. Step out and be in the neutral position and act as if you are the observer again. Ask yourself what do I want to do with both self images now? Just follow your instincts. If you have your self-images located outside of you, and have used markers to represent them, ask yourself “what do I want to do with these two markers?” Then do whatever your body tells you to do.
  14. Be still for a moment; notice how you are feeling differently. How do you see yourself now? How do you see the world and things you want to achieve in life? Imagine how you will behave with this “self” in a situation you are about to face. Do it a few more times with different situations


One simple change can be a giant leap!

One simple change can be a giant leap! Especially if it would be a change from a tropical reef salt water environment to a fresh-water world.

You have now just made changes to your self-image. This is a powerful pattern and you might need to repeat it a few times to make refinements. There might be things that come up during the process in the form of an unhelpful belief. Challenge yourself and ask “how do I know it is true?” Take your time to implement this process and allow yourself the time to integrate; just like putting it in the back of your mind and go about your daily life.

At the end of the week, spend some time to review what is different about this week? Have a look at this new self-image see if there are any shifts or is it how you would like this self image to be? It is important to understand that you are changing something that is quite deep and fundamental and new to you, so take your time. The more that you do it, the more you are going to discover yourself and have a sense of “I can direct myself and this is within my control”.

Again, we always welcome feedback and questions, just sent us an email. The above process has been implemented many times with our clients and students with great results. The differences are that this process was done under our guidance and many challenges were dealt with easily in sessions. I am quite confident that the above process after many refinements, most situation have been catered for.

If you are NLP trained you will realise this process is a combination of many different processes and ecology is built into it. Please note, unless there is true internal agreement, i.e. congruence has been achieved, do not make the change.

Live life and prosper!