Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of cats, is responsible for all things that make life worth living: music, scents, love, magic, dance, sensuality, and healing. Some records state that at her celebrations, similar to the story of Baubo and Demeter, the vulva was exposed, and laughter and wild dances took place to shake off all sadness and every evil. Today Bastet is a wonderful helper when it comes to nervous problems, like tension and insomnia, and problems resulting from overworking or workplace stress. Overworking is in itself a sign of a lack of joy of living, because one has forgotten that we don't live to work, but we work to make a living. This pattern often dates back to childhood experiences when accomplishments and being good (making the parents happy, proud, and so on) were more important than vitality and zest for life. It requires a lot of time and loving inner work to change this. Exploring the properties of natural light, colours and shadows, the physicist Arthur Zajonc observes: Light falling on the eye provokes sight. <a href=''>Until</a> that moment, light lives in a universe of its own. <a href=''>To</a> understand better the nature of light in dreams, we must first grasp a key attribute of light - that pure light appears invisible, orblack' like space. If you were to take part in a physics experiment in which a researcher asks you to peer through a peephole into a box full of light in a vacuum, what would you see? The light contained in the box would appear as black emptiness, because to human eyes light in a vacuum is invisible. However, if a metal wand was inserted into one side of the box and spun around, flashes of the metal would become visible. Yet the light itself remains unseen. We see only the illuminated wand. Light fills interstellar space, but we only see the light when an object like the moon occupies space and so reflects it back to us. To be seen, the so-called visible light spectrum' requires the interpenetration of light with matter, the reflected light then being received by our eyes. <a href=''>Richard</a> Branson has a simple method of making important decisions. <a href=''>He</a> looks at the situation and assesses the upside and the downside. <a href=''>He</a> ranks 0 as minimum and 10 as maximum. <a href=''>If</a> the upside significantly outweighs the downside he knows he should go ahead. <br /><br /><a href=''>The</a> same principle can be applied to dating. <a href=''>If</a> you want to ask someone out on a date, there is an upside and a downside. <a href=''>The</a> downside is that they could turn you down. <a href=''>That</a> may cause you to feel bad for an hour or two, even a whole day. <a href=''>So</a> that is bad, but not horrendous, so let's give it a 3 or even a 2. <a href=''>On</a> the other hand, the upside is that he or she could say yes, in which case you could have a good evening, start a relationship, or even end up getting married, so that could be worth an 8 or a 9. <a href=''>While</a> you are in the fMRI brain scanner, the researchers show you a number of short, animated scenes and ask you to picture yourself in these scenes. <a href=''>Some</a> of these scenes depict painful events, like dropping something heavy on your toe or getting your fingers pinched in a closing door. <a href=''>What</a> the brain images show is that, compared to imagining neutral, nonpainful situations, imagining yourself in these painful situations lights up the well-known network of brain areas associated with pain processing, including the insula, that area linked with conscious feeling states. <a href=''>When</a> you are later asked to imagine these same painful events happening to a loved one--your spouse, your best friend, or your child, for instance--these same brain areas light up. <a href=''>By</a> and large, then, your loved one's pain is your pain. <a href=''>By</a> contrast, when you imagine these painful events happening to complete strangers, a different pattern of activation emerges altogether, one that shows little activation in the insula and more activation in areas linked with distinguishing and distancing yourself from others, and actively inhibiting or regulating emotions, as if to prevent their pain from becoming your pain. <a href=''>At</a> the level of brain activity during imagined pain, you and your beloved are virtually indistinguishable. <a href=''>Whereas</a> the Taipei research team defined love to be a lasting loving relationship (what, for clarity's sake, I call a bond), the work from Hasson's team at Princeton tells me that neural synchrony and overlap can also unfold between you and a complete stranger--if you let it. <a href=''>Positivity</a> resonance between brains, as it turns out, requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with a special bond. <a href=''>Even</a> so, the distinctions revealed in the Taipei study, between imagining your loved one's pain and imagining a stranger's pain, underscore that stifled emotions and guarded personal boundaries, while at times necessary and fully appropriate, can also function as obstacles to positivity resonance. <a href=''>This</a> is an example of the law of reversed effort whereby you get the opposite of what you asked or prayed for. <a href=''>Maintain</a> Poise When Threatened <a href=''>I</a> know that no negative thought can ever take root in my mind unless I emotionalize the thought and accept it mentally. <a href=''>I</a> refuse to entertain anyone else's suggestion of fear. <br /><br /><a href=''>Therefore,</a> no harm can come to me. <a href=''>I</a> work and relax in the deep, still ocean of peace at the center of my being. <a href=''>Commentary:</a> While lecturing around the world, I had a two-hour conversation with a prominent government official. <a href=''>He</a> had a deep sense of inner peace and serenity. <a href=''>He</a> said that all the abuse he receives politically from newspapers and the opposition party never disturb him. <a href=''>His</a> practice is to sit still for fifteen minutes in the morning and realize that in the center of him is a deep still ocean of peace. <a href=''>But</a> these reflexes work to our detriment when a new situation looks similar to ones we have experienced in the past, but is actually different. <a href=''>Then</a> the balance of priorities shifts, and it is now the quick, stereotyped response that is the risky one, while more leisurely scrutiny can pay dividends. <a href=''>The</a> importance of this shift from fast to slow thinking was graphically demonstrated in the laboratory by Abraham and Edith Luchins as long ago as the 1950s. <a href=''>They</a> set people puzzles of the following sort. <a href=''>The</a> first jar holds 17 pints of water; <a href=''>Your</a> job is to see whether, using these three jars, you can measure out exactly 8 pints. <a href=''>Then</a> they are set another problem of the same type, except this time the jars hold respectively 31, 61 and 4 pints, and the target is to get 22 pints. <a href=''>And</a> then another, with jars holding 10, 39 and 4 pints where the target is 21 pints. <a href=''>But</a> now comes the critical shift. <a href=''>You</a> are next given jars of capacity 23, 49 and 3 pints, and asked to make 20 pints. <a href=''>When</a> you splash, make-up, pollution, sweat and sebum will not be fully removed. <a href=''>This</a> change alone can take someone from a few spots to no spots. <a href=''>Me</a> and my periods <a href=''>Oh</a> periods, how wonderfully magical you are, how powerfully painful you can be. <br /><br /><a href=''>You</a> intruded on my life at 12 years old, but you still fascinate me every bleed. <a href=''>I</a> am in constant awe of my body around my period - the biology of it all still amazes me. <a href=''>Also,</a> why isn't it called the womenstrual cycle . <a href=''>At</a> nearly 27, I'm still a little caught off guard every month. <a href=''>It's</a> likeBam, hey, remember me? I'm just going to be shedding my lining for the next few days, give me some time to do my job, will you? Ask your physician for blood work. A full chemistry panel with fasting blood glucose will provide a baseline. Then have your bloodwork repeated four months later. You and your physician can track the changes, especially if changes need to be made to your prescription medication. Purchase a scale if you don't have one. Purchase a tape measure. Decide whether you are testing or tuning in. Purchase the Forget Dieting! Journal or use a notearticle. Remeasure every three months for the first year. They have even imprinted ballpoint pens with their company name. They make a compelling offer: Send us your drug company pens, we'll replace them with ours. No questions asked! Doctors do face a confusing task.

So many medications come onto the market that they can have trouble remembering which ones were approved by the Food and Drug Administration for which uses. In surveys, many do not even know the approved uses for medications they prescribe. They tend to report that the meds they are prescribing have been approved for a particular use, even when they are not. This makes it less surprising that doctors may also fail to follow practice guidelines--those recommendations assembled by the profession to provide the best care. One Harvard study found that many psychiatrists never use practice guidelines. So even if you go to specialists, who are more likely than your regular doctor to prescribe appropriately, there is still a chance that you will not receive the best-established treatment. Find out how people very different from you live and think. Another is to read on new subjects. I'm naturally curious and love to learn, but I still have a tendency to read articles only on my favorite subjects, such as leadership. I sometimes have to force myself to read articles that broaden my thinking, because I know it's worth it. If you want to break out of your own box, get into somebody's else's. Read broadly. Many people mistakenly believe that if individuals aren't born with creativity, they will never be creative. But you can see from the many strategies and examples I've given that creativity can be cultivated in the right supportive environment. Thinking Question Am I working to break out of my box of limitations so that I explore ideas and options to experience creative breakthroughs? Bastet helps those who find it difficult to take care of themselves or who push others to take over the role of the care-taker and emotional nurturer. If you find yourself complaining Because my partner (or child, parents, siblings, friend or whomever) behaves in a way I don't like, I can't be happy, it's high time for Bastet's joie de vivre. She brings you back to your own responsibility and helps to retrieve your inner power. Nobody is obligated to make you happy--nobody but yourself.