Monday, January 14, 2013

"Let the Beauty of What You Love Be What You Do"

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do" (Rumi) collage by Lani with textures from FlyPaper 
I am SO enjoying this Breaking the Habit Code eCourse.  I'm sure that a big part of this enjoyment is about using my signature strengths of curiosity and love of learning, which seems to help the rider/trainer gain some much needed strength in this whole process.  The last two days have been focused on adding sleep, even just a few minutes nap, or going to bed a few minutes earlier, and also working on building in little snacks to keep the blood sugar on a more even keel.   Christine Carter gives us a lot of the brain science behind why diet and sleep affect our behavior, which is so helpful!

It's all beginning to feel so optimistic and amazingly doable, this business of altering our little habits in small increments and helping our elephants learn to surf their urges mindfully.   We get to prove the methodology every day, and every day the elephant training gets a little better, a little easier.  
"My elephant is learning to surf the urge"
And of course creating "Morning Pages" based on what I am learning seems to add strength to the new neural pathways involved in this class, and it helps the trainer part of the mind keep her goals where she can see them (in her daily art practice) like Rumi's advise in the first image, "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."   Yes, indeed!

Want links to do a little research of your own on sleep, snacks, and stress?  If you take a look you can see what a vicious cycle  all this can become for the poor sleep deprived elephant and rider!  But then of course the up-side is that increased sleep will make elephant  training so much easier!

Investigators from the University of California demonstrated how sleep deprivation can undermine regions in the brain which are responsible for making food choices. They explained that their findings might explain why sleep deprivation is linked to a higher risk of becoming obese.
Scientists from the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, showed that sleep deprivation considerably exaggerates how much we anticipate impending emotional events, especially among those who are already highly anxious individuals.
People who have not had enough sleep and have "tired brains" are more likely to find junk foods appealing. (Research from Columbia University in New York)

"Hooray for Today" collage by Lani


Bill said...

Yikes! I have to take an anxiety pill every night or I won't get any sleep. I wish I could straighten that out, but my brain just seems to be a mess. I'm creating more art this year already, so maybe that will help.

Lani Gerity said...

Here's a nice video for you Bill: