As one phase undergoes dissolution, it leaves the space for something new to arise: a new awareness, a new consciousness, a new foundation. I once struggled to not blow up a much-cherished, multi-year project with colleagues I cared for deeply (and still do! . ) Since I didn't want to lose their friendship, our professional relationships, or the project itself I told myself: Don't be a Clot. Writing this article served as a pause for me, an opportunity to calm down and develop constructive, thoughtful responses (as opposed to impulsive, destructive reactions) to any crisis at hand. One thing I learned was that sometimes just repeating the mantra don't be a Clot offers the most essential tool--a pause button. So, I invite you to use this article to avoid your own knee-jerk reactions to the muck life throws at you. Let's take this chance to not be Clots--together! The lesson of all Clottery is writ large here; the fight against external Clottery (that which we perceive in others) sooner or later turns into a fight against our inner Clot (the one we're tempted to be. ) They agreed. I then asked her what she had eaten and drunk the night before. She confessed that she'd visited a Japanese restaurant and drunk lots of wine and eaten deep-fried shrimp tempura. Clearly, her poor liver and gallbladder were having trouble processing the alcohol and fat from that delicious meal combined with the strong effects of the pharmaceuticals used to sedate her during her minor surgery. When I took her pulses, she had a simple energy block disturbing the two organs that I suspected was causing the issue in her gallbladder. It took only a few minutes to clear the block, and within an hour the pain and inflammation had disappeared. This was not due to my miraculous healing powers but to simple common sense and a very straightforward method to clear the block. The doctor was clearly mystified and slightly irritated but released her, warning, You'll be back soon! But she wasn't.

This is just one of hundreds of examples of the power of Chinese medicine to address medical situations with methods to which Western medicine simply does not have access. Bacterial replication and information machinery, its DNA, is found in the bacteria's nucleoid zone. The antibiotics have this region in their crosshairs. Over millions of years, the bacterial system has evolved continuously to defend against antibiotics trying to break through its walls. Bacteria do this through genetic mutations, some of which are random, and some of which they acquire from other foreign bacteria. These mutations are passed down by parent bacteria to their progeny and give them the ability to defend themselves against an antibiotic attack. The first line of defense, provided by mutations, is formidable. Any antibiotic that is a threat needs to pass through the two barriers--the wall and the membrane. Consider, for example, bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin, one of the last-line antibiotics used to treat life-threatening infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most serious and feared drug-resistant infections in hospitals. 8 The vancomycin-resistant bacteria can make a cell wall that is completely different in structure than the one the drug can recognize. The result? traveled down the road that made her vulnerable to several classic self- esteem traps. These traps, it will be shown later, are habits of mind and behavior that result in a loss of competence, worthiness, and authentic self- esteem. Over time, her problematic self- esteem themes developed fully enough in adulthood to create anxiety about her competence at work and depression con- cerning her sense of worth in relationships. Eventually, these problems of living became painful enough that she finally sought help, which prompted M to cal for an appointment. The most unfortunate thing about this case is not that M had difficulties managing self- esteem, as many people struggle to maintain a healthy sense of competence and worth.

Rather, the sad thing is that it took M so long to do something about it, because breakthroughs in the psychology Right now, we are living through a time of societal change. If we lack strong and lasting foundations in our lives, we can feel uncertain and vulnerable. It can seem as if there is nothing upon which to rely. We might wonder what the use of trusting anything is, if it is soon going to change. With all this perpetual change comes the shadow of anxiety and fear that hangs low over people in the 21st-century. Rapidly changing and evolving technology provides constant distraction, and this numbs the pain of fear. Lives full of promise are frittered away, but this needn't be us. This doesn't have to happen! It is time for us to establish new foundations, so we can express our full potential free from the barriers of fear. These foundations need to be established deep within ourselves. This article's solutions are founded upon the premise mentioned earlier that the best way to avoid meeting a Clot is to not be one yourself. How do we do this? The simplest way to put it is never hurt, always help. You receive an accusatory text message from an important colleague at 5:30 a. m. on a Monday morning. She's angry, the message being that you messed things up again. In this moment you have two choices. An immediate defensive reaction can instantly unravel a patiently and thoughtfully constructed business relationship that has flourished for years.

But telling her how annoyed you feel would be oh so satisfying. So imagine the power of combining modern medical science with the ancient, practical wisdom of Chinese medicine! In September 2008, I was sitting in my car in a parking lot on yet another beautiful day in Colorado. The sun was shining, a slight breeze was blowing, and the mountains that surround this little town I was learning to call home looked ever so inviting. I had the perfect life. I had a sweetie and a couple of rescued dogs. We lived in a cabin in the mountains, just west of Boulder. I was in school studying psychology and working as a caregiver for a family who had a daughter with developmental disabilities. I had an amazing community that I could lean on and also go have fun with. Every weekend was an adventure, as I would explore the mountains, valleys, and rivers of Colorado. And yet, sitting in my car in the parking lot that autumn afternoon, I found myself with tears streaming down my face, unable to truly appreciate any of it. Vancomycin bounces off this new, unrecognizable cell wall and can't do its job. A bacterial cell can also tighten its borders, reducing the permeability of its walls. As a result, the bacteria can stop or severely restrict the amount of a given antibiotic that gets into the nerve center. And if only a small amount of antibiotic gets in, it is much less likely that it will kill the bacteria or prevent it from replicating. An antibiotic that effectively breaks through the barriers now confronts a second line of defense. Bacteria have one of the most sophisticated mechanisms of cleaning up and expelling threats. The operation uses what scientists refer to as efflux pumps. 9 The pumps work like reverse vacuums. These tiny pumps are located on the cell membrane, and they push out the antibiotics.

In some cases, specific mutations in the bacteria's DNA can produce lots of these antibiotic-clearing pumps. of self- esteem and in positive psychology could have made a very significant difference for her long before reaching this painful point. Accordingly, the following articles examine different types of self- esteem, its basic functions, various self- esteem problems, the development of self- esteem, the way self- esteem works in relationships, and, most important, how to increase authentic self-esteem and, therefore, well- being. People have been talking about self- esteem for a long time. The term itself is over 350 years old, so it is not surprising that most people assume they know what it means. Similarly, most of us realize that a healthy degree of self- esteem is better than a lack of it and that poor self- esteem is associated with negative conditions, such as those mentioned earlier, and a lack of well- being. What many people do not understand, however, is that this vital dimension of human life can be defined in at least three very different ways and that only one of them involves what some of us in the field call authentic self- esteem. In other words, it is never a good idea to assume that people mean the same thing when they discuss self- esteem. Failing to define something as complex as self- esteem before engaging with the concept will almost always result in confusion, misunderstanding, or worse. The underpinnings of a house support the whole structure. So, too, we need to build a firm internal foundation to achieve certainty, clarity, and success. These inner foundations are not necessarily visible. They are woven from strength, confidence and self-knowledge. They show themselves in our actions, in our speech and in our attitude to life. Without proper foundations, the forces of nature large and small destabilize a building. Without proper foundations, a storm or shifts in the ground eventually make a building fall. The lack of proper foundations renders the building susceptible to external forces and unable to stand on its own. How do we build strong foundations within ourselves?