Don't nap after 3:00pm. Practitioners will all prescribe an herbal formula based on their own methods. There are now a growing number of dentists who understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and the importance of not placing any toxic materials or metals into the teeth and mouth cavity. Staying in good health is the most sustainable thing any of us can ever do. Without good health we can't do anything. Taking care of yourself and your family is the best way to protect your future and the future of the planet. A healthy life is a happy life. As you will read in the articles to come, living with a green heart is about finding simple ways (and bigger ways if you choose) to lessen the effects of environmental stress syndrome in your own life and at the same time, collectively help the greater good of the planet. I choose to live my life with a green heart. As you read through the articles of this article, one thing you may notice is that each section starts with an intention. As Jill Willard, my friend and author of Intuitive Being says, words are powerful. The yellow lines represent the nerve fibers, which are more numerous on the right side. This entire route is the hearing superhighway. We know a lot about the anatomy of hearing, but we don't yet know how it all plays together and how it's possible that this multitude of nerves and nerve conduction structures matches up with one another and still processes information in a fraction of second. Cochlea: Part of the inner ear (Greek, kochlias, meaning screw, screw-shaped structure) Also involved in hearing is our vestibular system (the semicircular canals in the figure above that are responsible for balance), which sits in the ear and gives the finest control pulses via the balance nerve into our muscles. Each ear is connected to both halves of the brain--technically, cross-connected--and affects the basic electrical vibration of our brain, which can be seen in an EEG. The hearing process thus influences how the two halves of the brain interact and work together optimally. On the other hand, high vibrations, in particular air-pressure fluctuations, are perceived by our body tissues, especially the skin. Even deaf people who do not or no longer consciously perceive spoken sounds feel their vibrations and process them.

For humans, hearing is inseparable from speech, with the perception of our environment and our information--our vibration--our message to the world. It doesn't matter what the story is but as soon as you notice it, acknowledge it and let it go. You can do this by becoming curious about how the story manifests itself in the body and exploring those sensations. At some point, widen your awareness once more to receive sounds. Sometimes it can be helpful to narrow your awareness onto the breath for a moment or two before widening it out. Continue practicing in this way. To finish, bring your attention back to the breath once more. Opening to Sounds as a practice can be done inside or outside for a minute or two or as an extended sitting practice. Sitting on a park bench or in a busy cafe will be very different experiences. Sometimes the emphasis may be on pleasing sounds and at other times the opposite. Remember that we are not trying to have a particular experience or turn something we don't like into something pleasant. I couldn't let him get trapped in my darkness. So, from that place, I allowed myself to look at the situation as it really was. I was never going to play football at the top level again, and if that was the case, I needed to find my true self. I'm not going to tell you this didn't hurt--it did. But it was a temporary hurt, and until I allowed myself to feel it, I couldn't go on to be the person God intended me to be. So, yeah, I understand why people run from their battles; I truly do. But here's the problem. If you feel that things aren't right in your life, if you feel that your situation is getting a little bit worse all the time, if you feel that just getting up in the morning is becoming a struggle because it means you've got to live with your circumstances, then you really only have one of two choices: You can sink or you can swim.

You can let things keep getting more and more miserable--or you can go to war. Naps can be wonderfully restorative, but taking a nap after 3:00 p. As for the ideal length of a nap, sleep scientists recommend ninety minutes--enough time to complete a full cycle through the light and deep stages of sleep. you can't spare ninety minutes, try a ten-to-twenty-minute power nap for a quick jolt of alertness, but avoid a thirty-minute nap, which will likely leave you groggy. Optimize your bedroom for sleep. Dr Walker offers this mantra: Dark bedroom, cool bedroom, gadget-free bedroom. Experts say that the optimal temperature for sleeping well is around 65oF, while reducing artificial light will cue your body that it's time to sleep. If you can't sleep, get out of bed. Feeling anxious about not falling asleep will make it even harder to fall asleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning after twenty minutes, sleep experts recommend getting out of bed and doing a relaxing activity like reading until you feel sleepy. IT'S ONE THING to wonder whether you're on your phone too much; One of the best ways to make a change is to create an intention. She explains that only in doing so, can you become captain of your own ship. Jill and I both believe setting an intention is the first step towards living with a green heart. Without intention, I would not be writing these words. My meeting with John Adams and watching An Inconvenient Truth were watershed events that led me to set the intention that I wanted to be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem. This passion led me to environmental restoration groups like Waterkeeper Alliance, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Earth Justice, Kiss the Ground, Tree People, Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Working Group (EWG), among others. My original intention of raising money to help these NGOs save our planet shifted dramatically when I realized that no amount of money could save the world; It was after my lunch with John that I dreamed up the idea for Greenopia, a research-based green city directory that would guide people toward businesses that could help them live, shop, and eat green. Now over ten years later, I am more committed than ever to educating people on the avalanche of toxins in our daily world and finding healthy ways to deal with the effects of climate change on our society and psyche.

I am writing this article with the intention of lessening your environmental stress by breaking down this complex issue in a practical way, and offering simple solutions that each one of us can take on a daily basis to improve our own health and the health of the planet. When I hear the joyful laughter of my child, I relax. In the first situation, my heartbeat slows down and my blood pressure drops; Thus sounds provide a constantly changing landscape. They influence our lives and determine how we feel, whether we relax or go on alert. Our whole system of perception is involved. My hearing is constantly in the on mode. Even when I sleep, I react to noises. We don't ever stop listening. As soon there is an unusual sound, our bodies awaken. Our consciousness constantly scans the environment through the sense of hearing, processing the information both near and far to determine whether everything is alright. We are simply learning to be with all experiences. WALKING PRACTICE Walking as meditation is a great way to integrate mindfulness into your daily life and is particularly helpful if sitting feels too challenging. The instruction is simple: walk and know that you are walking. You can do the practice inside or out. You only need an area of just over a yard or about a meter around you, and you can walk back and forth in a straight line or around in a circle. Whether you're walking slowly or normally, whenever the mind wanders, just bring it back (see article 48). Walking slowly If you are doing the practice in a place where you won't feel self-conscious, you can walk slowly.

We do this to remind ourselves that we are walking in a different way than usual--without the need to get from A to B--and simply walking for its own sake. But if you're going to go to war, then running from your battles is no longer an option. Yes, you might survive if you keep running, but how is that kind of survival working out for you? It's time to stand and fight, and the first thing you have to do is understand what you're fighting and why. You have to come face-to-face with your reality. Why do so many of us run from our reality? It's because there are so many roadblocks preventing us from getting to our goal of a more satisfying and more fulfilled life. These roadblocks come in many varieties, but there are four I hear from people all the time: Most of us have some sort of addiction that we're battling in some way. It may not necessarily be one of the big ones, like drugs, alcohol, and sex, but other addictions can be just as troublesome. Maybe you're addicted to sugar. According to data collected by RescueTime, an app that tracks screen time for iPhone and Android users, the average person uses their phone three hours and fifteen minutes every day. To put that number in starker terms: assuming we're not on our phones while we're asleep, we spend seventy-four full days a year--two and a half straight months--staring at our phone screens. Don't blame yourself; Human brains are hardwired to shift focus rapidly in response to aural and visual cues. This orienting response was an evolutionary advantage back in prehistoric times, when it helped us to evade wild animals and other dangers. But today, those cues aren't coming from panthers lurking in the bushes--they're coming from our flashing, buzzing, dinging phones. And once our phones have captured our attention, app developers know how to hold on to it: social media platforms use the same strategies as casinos to get us hooked. The pull-to-refresh and endless scroll features on Twitter, Facearticle, Instagram, and Snapchat are a lot like the mechanics of a slot machine, says Tristan Harris: You pull a lever and immediately receive either an enticing reward (a match, a prize! While you might try to curb a gambling addiction by swearing off casinos, it can be more complicated to scale back on phone use.