Never stop exploring, and thoughts on gratitude…

This morning my wife Rachelle shared with me an intriguing vignette: 

 Our 17 month old son is always looking for something to touch or get into–in many ways he’s the most “on the go” of all our 5 children. 

So this morning, Rachelle asked our daughter Emmie, “Emmie, what do you think Benen’s trying to teach me?”  And Emmie answered, “Never stop exploring.”

What a perspective!

No wonder our kids often seem to have so much energy and enthusiasm for life…and what a perspective to be reminded of–never stop exploring!

Recently I’ve also been reminded in several arenas of the power of appreciation and gratitude.

Rebecca Fine in a recent interview pointed out that Wallace Wattles has a whole chapter on gratitude in The Science of Getting Rich, and I just read that Oprah has said the most impactful thing she’s done was to keep a gratitude journal.

Sometimes we want to hear about something more dramatic, a technique that’s more complex or more “secret”.

Nevertheless, the simple practice of finding things to be grateful for–especially at the beginning and end of your day to “tune in” to a spirit of appreciation–can have a powerful effect on your mood, your hormones, your cells, and your experience!

So how about making this really practical?

How about grabbing a spiral-bound notebook (you can get one for less than a buck at most stores), and writing 5 things you’re grateful for at the beginning or end of your day…or both…

How about doing this for the next 7 days…

How about for the next 21 days…

You may just find yourself developing a life-long enriching habit–that will add both quality and quantity to your life!

To your prosperous well-being!

Dr. Ben

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True Wealth, Beatrix Potter, Coming Alive, Bucky Fuller, and the Science of Getting Rich

Just a quick note to let you know that I recently posted some thoughts on the above themes on my other blog that may interest many of you here.

You can hop on over to read this article on True Wealth here.

 Enjoy!

Dr. Ben

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The Miracle of Health & The Paradox of Healing

My wife Rachelle and I are sitting by the fire while our daughter Emmie listens to a new CD about a violin going through many ages of music that her aunt Margaret just gave her.  Rachelle’s reading a book on Greek history, and she just leaned over and commented to me how much we take for granted our health and the health of our kids, and what a miraculous gift these are.

I responded, “Yes, it’s effortless and yet tremendous.” 

I was immediately reminded of a simple but powerful story I read in Florence Shinn’s book yesterday:

     I knew a woman who had seven children.  She knew they were all Divinely protected and
and they all grew up safe and sound. One day a neighbor rushed in and said, “You had
better call your children, they are all climbing up and down trees–they are going to kill
themselve!” My friend replied, “O they’re only playing tree-tag. Don’t look at them and
nothing will happen.” p. 342

“Don’t look at them and nothing will happen.”

Irresponsible, or a powerful clue to well-being?

Ponder that one, because that’s certainly been our experience with the health and well-being of each other and our kids…

Now, for further reading on the paradox of healing, here’s an excellent article I just read by Philip Golabuk:

The Paradox of Healing

One of the statements that jumped out at me was:

“Not all of a person has cancer, after all.”  (You can substitute any condition for “cancer” here.)

and the distinction between the phrases,

“I am a cancer patient.” and “I am a person with cancer.”

In brief, the article touches on the powerful concept of identity.

When you experience a condition or situation–in your body, your money, your parenting, or your relationships–do you acknowledge it as just something temporary that you’re passing through, or are you identifying with it…making it part of your identity…so that the condition perpetuates?

“Do not be afraid.  Only believe.”

“Don’t look at them, and nothing will happen.”

You are always more than any condition or situation you’re experiencing.

You can choose to live in worry or fear, or to live in the assumption of well-being…

Which is more “real”, the appearance of things around you, or the “unseen real” beyond what you “see”…

Food for thought.

To your abundant and blessed well-being,

Dr. Ben

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Your life as a miracle…

“Do not be afraid.  Only believe.”  (Mark 5:36)

“There are two ways to look at life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is.” — Albert Einstein.

 Hmm…

 Which way do you look at life?

 Which way have you looked at your life today?

I’ve been re-reading the The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and reminded of the power of our awareness, of observing ourselves and our thoughts and feelings rather than fully identifying with them.

 …of letting go of fear and the need to be right…

…trusting, and growing in awareness…

…and ultimately delighting in life…

 …delighting in Now, because Now is where I am, what I’m experiencing, and where I can choose and make different choices…

You may have noticed a variety of resources recommended on this blog, and I want to comment on that briefly today, so you can get the most out of what’s here.

First and foremost, I encourage you to look for what opens doors for you.

 What gives you a sense of “Aha…” and a feeling of moving into a larger space…

I encourage you to look beyond the words any given author or resource, or I myself, use.

Remember that our words are all merely pointers–pointing to something beyond the words, however imperfectly.

Thus, look to what the words point to, and if it’s something that expands your wonder and appreciation of “what is” and opens more doors of possibility for you, observe that and ponder it, rather than immediately reacting to the words or labels themselves…

It is not my purpose here to convert you to any particular world-view, but to merely open doors for you to expand your own awareness of principles that affect us daily just like gravity.

Sometimes you may agree with what you read.

 Sometimes you may strongly disagree.

If you allow yourself to explore, though, with an open mind, often the journey of thought and awareness that you walk will have great value for you.

In fact, in many ways it is not a book or what someone says or writes that alone is “right or wrong”, “valuable” or “not valuable”, it is the response in us, the journey in thought and awareness that we walk in response to what we read or hear, that often “creates something new” and is what has the greater value.

So enjoy exploring the resources and ideas on this site.

Better yet, add your own comments, and through dialog, we can each grow and embrace life more and more “abundantly” and wholeheartedly.

To your abundant and joyful well-being,

Dr. Ben
http://www.doctorbenlo.com

Do you want to become well?

The last few days I’ve been percolating on the story from John chapter 5 where Jesus meets a man who’s been suffering under his condition thirty-eight years.

Jesus asks him a very interesting question,

“Do you want to become well?”

You’d think the answer was obvious.

But the man’s answer is also interesting.

He doesn’t answer “yes.”

Do you know what he says instead?

He starts giving the reasons why he can’t get well.

But that’s not what Jesus asked.

He didn’t ask whether the man thought he could become well, or why he hadn’t become well…

He asked, “Do you want to become well?”

Isn’t that what really matters?

“Do you want to become well?”

How often do you find yourself–whether it’s with your health, a personal relationship, or your finances–talking about your circumstances–why things are the way they are, why you can’t change or get better, or even whether you can get better…

What if for the next 7 days you take note whenever you find yourself talking this way and…

Stop.

Hit the “pause” button.

And then ask yourself, “what do I want?”

“Do I want to become well?”

Immediately brings your focus back to center…

“Yes!”

End of discussion.

Practice this week talking only about what you want, without discussing whether you think it’s possible, or all the reasons why it’s not.

Play the game.

“Do you want to become well?”

Let me know what happens…!

To your joyful and abundant well-being,

Dr. Ben

Ben Lo, MD
Life & Wellness Coach
http://www.doctorbenlo.com
Maximize your health in minimum time.

Getting off meds, your beliefs, and Law of Attraction…

Today I want to touch on one key to transforming your health—your belief.

And to start with something specific and measurable that affects many people, let’s talk about your belief as it applies to your own experience of:

1)  Medications—prescription or over-the-counter

2)  Chronic pain

3)  Chronic fatigue

4)  Trouble sleeping

One of the fastest and most powerful ways to transform your experience is to start addressing your belief.

What do you believe about your condition?

What do you believe is possible for you?

Change your beliefs, and you start changing the path of experience you’re on.

Add your comments below on:

1) What area of your health would you most like to see changed?

2) What are your current beliefs about your condition and the possibility of change?

I look forward to hearing from you, and enjoy the posts below! 

Dr. Ben
www.doctorbenlo.com
Maximize your health in minimum time.

P.S.  Just read the 3rd free online lesson from SOGR on the Law of Attraction (You can get your own free 7-lesson series at upper right here.)

This 3rd lesson gives two key techniques—one you’re likely familiar with, but because it’s so obvious, you may not actually be intentionally practicing it on a daily basis, and the second may surprise you—with a great story and several applications to “major” life situations.  It’s called the “Energy Redirection” technique.  When you read the lesson, I’d love to hear your own examples of redirecting energy in this way!

Accelerate Your Results With the Law of Attraction

Here’s a quick post on a free report I’ve just received on shifting your awareness and accelerating your results with the Law of Attraction. If you’ve watched “The Secret” DVD or seen Michael Beckwith or other speakers from “The Secret” on Oprah, you’ll enjoy this special interview between Stephen Pierce, self-made millionaire featured in the book “I Can’t Believe I Get Paid To Do This!”and Bob Proctor, one of the featured speakers in “The Secret.”

You can get your own free copy of the report here: http://www.doctorbenlo.com/attraction

Enjoy!

Dr. Ben
www.doctorbenlo.com
Maximize your health in minimum time.

3 Surprising Secrets of Effective Weight Loss Maintainers

I just finished listening to a fascinating seminar on obesity and wanted to quickly share with you three keys of successful “weight loss maintainers” that you can apply right away.

But before I do, did you know that obesity is increasing worldwide, even in Asian countries, and is now considered a worldwide epidemic just like AIDS and is killing millions of people yearly? 

If you’ve ever struggled with your weight or body image, here are a few characteristics you can probably relate to: 

A feeling of lack of control–for “serial dieters” this feeling can be overwhelming leading to feelings of hopelessness and futility.

Trying many programs and products–more than 10 is common.

Yo-yo weight loss…where the “lost” weight comes back…(this is where changing your vocabulary to “releasing” rather than “losing” weight can have a powerful effect.)

Blaming yourself.

Poor self-image and self-worth.

Now, want to know 3 secrets of those who have been successful not only at “losing weight” but at maintaining a healthy body shape long-term?

Here’s 3 that jumped out at me from the seminar today:

1)  They eat regular meals–they actually DON’T allow themselves to get “ferociously hungry” and they focus on choosing high quality foods rather than on quantity

2)  They accumulate physical activity throughout the day rather than in intense workouts.  This includes simply walking across the parking lot, taking the stairs, and even “fidgeting” per a Mayo Clinic study–anything that burns calories–and they recognize that little steps throughout the day add up and create powerful results.

In fact, during actual 24-hour calorie-burning measurements in one study, the days when people burned the most calories were the days when they were just “doing lots of stuff”–active and moving throughout the day–NOT the days when they did an intense workout!

3)  They celebrate the steps that lead to success–not just weight loss itself, but the actual steps such as those above that lead to healthy body transformation!

Now pause a moment and ask yourself, how can you apply 1 or more of these steps consciously and intentionally to your day today!

Done?

Okay.  Now want to know an additional secret to healthy weight loss?

One of the breakthrough keys to the Healthy Weight Loss program called FatLoss4Idiots is the concept of focusing on calories per meal rather than calories per day–and that eating the same number of calories a day, but spreading them out between 4-6 meals rather than 2 or 3 can actually trigger increased metabolism–increased fat burning–in your body.

A very simple, but powerful concept.

And you can actually do this without counting calories or reading labels!

If you’d like to learn more, and experience gaining back control of your body’s metabolism with simple, healthy steps that you can start today and at a one-time price that virtually anyone can afford, go straight to:

Burn Fat, Turn Up Your Metabolism, and Release Weight with the Healthy Weight Loss Program.  (click here for “FatLoss4Idiots”)

Now if you want to take an additional step, and use cutting edge technology never before available for personal use at home to actually measure the calories you’re personally burning each day, you can email me directly at drben@doctorbenlo.com and I’ll fill you in on new technology just released this week called “My Victory”.

Here’s to your health, and to transforming your life!

Dr. Ben

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P.P.S.  Leave your own comments, questions, and personal victories with “releasing weight”, healthy weight loss, and personal transformation by clicking on “comments” below. 

Greetings from Salt Lake City!

Welcome!

I’m traveling right now in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a number of entrepreneurs looking to transform their lives.

Just wanted to drop you a quick note…check out the “Dr. Ben Recommends” at right for resources that have been especially beneficial to me and to those I’ve coached. 

For a particularly valuable (and easy to afford) resource on transforming your thinking about money and supply, I highly recommend The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn This handy and easy to read resource is full of gems that have assisted me at key points in my life.  Today on the plane I was reminded of the moment to moment choice I have between choosing to rely merely on my own “intellect” and my own efforts…or to rely on intuition and “divine guidance” which operates on a much higher and broader plane than what I can see merely with my intellect.  I was also reminded of the key role that the words I speak and my own gratitude or lack thereof play in my experience and in whether I am “wide awake to my good” or so focused on my problems that I can’t see the answers and supply that’s all around me, though “invisible” to the material eye.

Florence’s book is full of inspiring stories & affirmations that can enable you to shift your thinking, your attitude, your vision, and your results within minutes.  Definitely check it out here: The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn

Feel free to also click the “comments” link below and let me know what Dr. Ben letter or topic has had the greatest impact on your thinking, your health, or your life.

What would you like to see more of?

What’s your biggest question right now?

Look forward to hearing from you as we explore this transformational journey together!

Dr. Ben

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