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While there's nothing wrong with journaling about beloved objects, studies show that focusing on your gratitude for the people in your life can help alleviate loneliness and boost self-esteem. Is the concept of our eroding environment so scary that it is easier to look the other way? Or is the thought of trying to figure everything out just so overwhelming that people are paralyzed? Have our lives become so frenetic that we are just whirling around answering texts and emails trying to survive the day and missing the real purpose of life? Then one day, I was browsing through a Michelin Guide in preparation for an upcoming trip and a bright green light bulb went off. Could I create a research-based methodology that would screen businesses and rate them according to how eco-friendly they were to help people shop, live, and eat green in their community? In August of 2005, I was able to take some money out of our retirement account to start Greenopia, a company that was dedicated to educating people on how to live a green life. Once we developed the criteria, with the help of local experts, I added five researchers. For the next six months, our team walked door-to-door in Los Angeles, armed with yellow legal notepads, writing down what good green practices local businesses were employing. We surveyed more than ten thousand businesses to find a core list of eight hundred to fit our criteria, which we organized into a green leaf rated city guide. On April 22, 2006, I found myself standing on the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica at the Earth Day Festival with Tony, our three children, and Greenopia's small team. Yes, we can learn to hear again! We can learn to strengthen our innate self-healing powers, which is the goal of this article. The process is one of learning in stages, because as the Chinese proverb goes, A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. When we learn new skills and apply them over and over again, we discover subtleties and aspects we did not notice the first time, when everything was new to us. Our perspective changes gradually as a result of repetition. The step-by-step ordering of articles, the sections within articles, and the exercises found throughout this article comprise a process that supports our system from different sides and systematically rebuilds our sense of hearing so as to regenerate its original qualities. Incidentally, the previously mentioned elderly woman whom I worked with has two hearing aids, which she now rarely uses. She now hears naturally and enjoys seminars, lectures, and training sessions because she hears and understands the presenters. She happily learns new things in life and loves passing this knowledge on to her friends and acquaintances.

She is currently in training to help other people on their path in life. When you are sitting correctly, the body feels aligned and it is reasonably comfortable. If the head is falling forward and the chest is caving in, there will be a sense of contraction and collapse, and sleepiness will quickly follow. On the other hand, when you sit tall, with the lower half of the body grounded and the upper part of the body lifting to the sky, there is a sense of strength and stability. Sitting tall in this way also requires some effort, which helps to keep you alert. You can sit on a chair (preferably not an easy chair), or kneel or sit cross-legged on the floor. If you are on the floor, you may want to use cushions, blocks, or articles to ensure your hips are higher than your knees. The lower half of the body should feel stable. Make sure your feet touch the floor when sitting on a chair. If they don't, put a cushion or a article underneath them. Likewise, support your knees with cushions if needed if you are sitting cross-legged on the floor. So, this article is a promise. You want to take your life to a better place? I'll be there with you, inspiring you to become your greatest you. Are you ready to do the work necessary to become the best version of yourself? If so, I offer you the benefit of my experience and the experiences of others who have been so generous to share their stories with me. I'll be there, coaching you up and giving you the tools you need to get out of a bad situation and on to something so much better. There's hard work coming in this article. You're going to have to face some things that maybe you'd prefer not to face. You're going to have to get rid of some things in your life that are going to be very hard to get rid of.

But I'll stick with you, every step of the way, sharing with you how I dealt with the same situations. Find the time and place that works for you. Some lifestyle gurus recommend working on your gratitude list first thing in the morning in order to start your day with feelings of goodwill. Others suggest journaling as a way to wind down before bed, when you can reflect on the events of the day. But according to Dr Emmons, There is no one right way to do it. The important thing is establishing a regular habit. It's okay to skip days. Concentrating on gratitude regularly can make us more grateful overall, but we may diminish its positive effects if we overdo it. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky and her colleagues found that people who wrote in gratitude journals only once a week reported greater happiness after six weeks than those who wrote three times a week. If you're starting to feel burned out, feel free to scale down--but try to maintain the practice at least once a week. Feeling stuck? We were all wearing pea-green Patagonia shirts embroidered with our new Greenopia leaf logo and handing out the very first edition of Greenopia Los Angeles: The Urban Dweller's Guide to Green Living. I still remember how excited I was. I was no longer someone who was just concerned about our environmental health and making donations; I was doing something to make the world a better place. I was truly living with a green heart! That first year we sold twenty thousand copies of the Los Angeles guide and then made the decision to expand to San Francisco in 2007 and New York City in 2008. By 2009, we did a revised Los Angeles edition and in total had sold 70,000 copies; And now there's this article. Every day the headlines are filled with stories of dangerous chemicals leaking into water supplies and lethal pesticides or huge amounts of antibiotics being allowed in food production.

We're hearing more and more about global warming, and even though it has become a hot political topic, we're seeing greater evidence of it in our daily lives--from severe weather to decreased air quality and rising rates of asthma. I live and work in Germany. For the past 10 years, I have trained therapists in different European countries, mainly in German-speaking areas. I hope--with the help of translators--that I'll be able to train English-speaking therapists in the future as well. I'm prepared for and looking forward to teaching what I know all over the world, and I know there will be possibilities to achieve that. Should you decide to undertake training in the method in a seminar setting, you'll have an opportunity to learn and practice the information presented here and clarify issues in a direct exchange with me. Dates and locations for trainings in central Europe are listed on the Naturschallwandler website, which can be translated into English using Google. So, listen to your inner voice, the voice that told you to buy this article. Here you will find everything you need to retrain your hearing so that you can naturally hear and enjoy all the variety and beauty of sounds this world has to offer. I highly recommend that you use this article exactly as it is written, building your sense of hearing step-by-step as you gradually add to your knowledge. Practice the exercises where they are described before going on to the next section or the next exercise. If you are meditating for any length of time, your body temperature may drop, so have a blanket or wrap close by. Come to a point of balance with both feet flat on the floor. Perhaps take a moment to drop your attention to the soles of the feet and then scan back up through the legs, torso, back of the neck, and out through the crown of the head. Since most of the practices in this article are specifically for doing on the go, there is an emphasis on sitting or standing. But, if it is better for you, you can also adapt them to lying down, flat on your back with your legs outstretched. Your eyes can be open or closed--this may be influenced by where you are. If your eyes are open, perhaps look down to the floor just in front of you and maintain a soft, unfocused gaze. Taking your seat is also about making an intention to meditate and to consciously come into a position to do so. Even when we are practicing informally--perhaps while standing in line or sitting in a meeting--we can still consciously take our seat at the start of the practice.

THE WANDERING MIND Throughout this article, I'll be sharing parts of my personal journey and showing the lessons these experiences have taught me. I will also share lots and lots of stories from followers all over the globe--people who have gone through (and might still be going through) hard times and feel that their stories might offer others something to identify with and provide a sense of comfort. I've changed their names here for their own protection, but I promise you these stories are as real as they are raw. Are you ready to become the greatest you? Let's get it. Let's get right into this. Listen: If this article is going to work for you, you're going to have to be real with yourself. And if I'm going to ask you to be real with yourself, the least I can do is start the process with some transparency of my own. Ten years ago I was in a very dark place. My life was all about football, though the challenges in my life certainly didn't end there. Tim Ferriss, the bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, relies on four categories to jump-start his inspiration. Relationships Do you have a childhood friend you feel grateful for? Who makes you laugh? What qualities do you admire most in a friend, family member, or partner? What is one thing you can do this week that will make you feel good? What element of your life can you appreciate that isn't necessarily accessible to other people? What obstacles have you overcome? What is one thing that surprised you in a good way this month?