What Affects Attachment?
The way you respond to a child's needs.
Do you go to her when she cries? Do you listen when she is speaking? Are
her needs met? Being responded to helps a child feel that her needs are important & she is worth listening to.
How consistent you are for the child.
Do you respond sometimes but not all the time? Is he able to
depend on you to be part of his life regularly? Children need the stability of consistent care in order to form attachments.
The attitude of your response.
Do you meet her needs with a smile & a gentle touch or with rough handling &
harsh words? When disciplined, is she treated firmly but with kindness & compassion? A child who is dealt
with kindly & with gentleness will learn to be kind & gentle with others.
Providing safe supervision & guidance.
Are you or another adult nearby when needed? Do you provide a safe place from
which he can explore? Children need an "anchor," a person who helps & supports while allowing them to learn &
explore on their own.
things are important at home & at childcare, from parents & from caregivers.
Affects BRAIN Development
When babies are born,
their brains are still developing. A baby's brain comes ready to adjust to whatever type of world she finds, whether
that's a loving, secure place or a frightening or chaotic one. Her brain develops based on what is usual in her world, what kind of experiences
she has over & over again. Her brain forms a pattern of relating to the world around her built on these experiences.
are a baby's pattern for relationships! When her new brain develops in a loving & gentle environment, it makes a pattern to be loving & gentle & that pattern stays with her forever. She learns to relate to other people by the way that she's treated
when she's young & her brain is still developing.
Affects EMOTIONAL Development
a child could have difficulty understanding what other people are feeling & may not be able to put himself into someone else's place. He might find it difficult
sometimes to even know his own feelings & may have a very hard time acting appropriately on those feelings.
Affects SOCIAL Development
Naturally, if a child has a poorly developed pattern
for the way people treat each other, she could have problems forming or maintaining friendships. However, a child with
a secure attachment to serve as her pattern for relationships is better prepared to relate
to other children.
Attachment & Learning
Are you concerned about whether
or not your child will be ready for school? Do you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is ready to learn?
If you answered "Yes!" then attachment is for YOU! There is no better way to
prepare your child for school than to make sure she is securely attached.Securely attached children are better prepared
for school because:
||They're more sure of themselves.|
||They're more comfortable around other people.|
||They're more interested in the world.|
Children who have a low opinion
of themselves, feel nervous or uneasy around others & are uninterested in the things around them have a difficult time
getting along in a classroom, listening, or even caring about what is being taught. No flashcard or spelling drill or
special class can replace a secure attachment to a caring adult.
Attachment is a lifelong learning gift you give your child & best of all, it's free!When children feel good about themselves, feel good about other
people & are interested in the world around them, they're more ready to learn. Simple as that.
What Are the Benefits of Attachment?Adults who have secure attachments to the children in
- Want to provide loving care until the babies are old enough to care for themselves.
- Are better prepared to care deeply & lovingly for their children.
- Will have more fulfilling relationships with their children throughout their lives.
Children who are securely attached
are more likely to:
- Do well in school & in future achievements.
- Spend time with peers & have more positive relationships with them.
- Develop higher self-esteem.
- Be cooperative, positive & enthusiastic.
- Be comfortable with hugs & kisses.
Adults who were securely attached
- Have a more balanced view of their parents.
- Are better able to have committed relationships.
- Have more stable & long-term romantic relationships with other adults.
& Attachment -- When it Goes Right
Lawrence B. Smith,
L.C.S.W. - C., L.I.C.S.W.
Bonding & attachment
are both cornerstones of human development, essential to a child’s stable functioning as she grows.
Bonding & attachment are terms that are often used interchangeably.
However, the stages of infancy & toddlerhood are more accurately portrayed by distinguishing bonding from attachment.
Bonding is the basic link of
trust between infant & caretaker, usually the mother. It develops from repeated completions, particularly during the first
6 months, of the following cycle:
need > crying >
rage reaction >
action to meet need > satisfaction > relaxation
Successful bonding results in an infant acquiring a basic trust in others
as responsive, in the world as a benign place & in self as able to communicate needs.
As an infant approaches
toddlerhood, she begins to encounter parental limits for the first time. This initiates a second bonding cycle:
child behavior > adult limit >
frustration & shame >
adult restates intention
to keep child safe
As a result of this cycle, a child develops trust in adult authority & limits. However, for this 2nd cycle
to be successful, the shame that is a natural part of the young toddler’s reaction to limits needs addressing.
Usually a parent-initiated,
positive interaction shortly after the limit-setting is all that is required to protect both bonding & attachment from the
disruptive effects of shame.
These 2 bonding cycles form the foundation out of which
attachment grows. While bonding is
about trust, attachment is about affection.
can be defined as a person-specific relationship that's dominated by affectionate interchanges. It isn't a prisoner
of immediate time & space, but extends beyond that.
initially grows out of many instances of a young infant experiencing her parent as reflecting her emotional state. As a child
grows, other mutually satisfying interactions add to the parent-child attachment.
The quality of an infant’s initial attachment is enormously important for it influences
all subsequent development.
has been identified as playing a vital role in all of the following:
- maintaining the bonds of trust
- attaining full intellectual potential
- acquiring a conscience
- developing relationships with others
- identity & self-esteem
- learning to regulate feelings
- language development
- brain structures
- organization of the nervous system
Attachment at Different Ages:
that bonding & attachment are progressing in a healthy
manner vary as an infant grows. In the first month of life, an infant experiences herself as one with the surrounding environment.
The basic developmental
task is for an infant to achieve a physiological balance & rhythm. This balance evolves out of numerous completions of
the infant bonding cycle & prepares the way for bonding
2 to 6, an infant’s experience shifts from feeling merged with her environment to feeling "one" with the parent.
There now appear a number of signs of an infant’s developing attachment to his primary
- making eye contact which expands from a few seconds to a few
minutes during this period
- a preoccupation w/the parent’s face
- making happy noises
By the 6th
month, an attaching infant is showing the full range of emotions, is responsive to
parental wooing & initiates wooing exchanges.
By 6 or 7 months, an infant has usually
begun to experience stranger anxiety. Paradoxically
, stranger anxiety testifies to the strength of an infant’s attachment
to her parent.
It's this attachment
that defines everyone else as strangers. Without an attachment, there are no strangers;
everyone is of equal emotional importance or unimportance. Behaviorally, this anxiety manifests as distress in the presence
of strangers & a checking back in with the parent for reassurance. Over the next 2 to 3 months, stranger
anxiety intensifies before fading into its successor: separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety usually begins at 9 to 10 months, peaks between
12 & 15 months & can last until somewhere between 24 & 36 months. Separation anxiety
emerges from the infant’s growing awareness of separateness from her parent. It is yet further
testimony to the strength of the infant’s attachment.
There's a range of behavioral reactions to separation anxiety
. Some children cry in protest & cling to the parent; others withdraw from
the world until the parent returns; still others protest by becoming angry & aggressive. While these behaviors may seem
troublesome at the moment, they're proof that the work of attachment has
proceeded well to this point.
The period of 10
to 18 months comprises the well-known "love affair with the world". The fundamental developmental task
is exploring the world while refining blossoming motor skills.
Attachment shows up
here as repeated "checking in" w/the parent amid the child’s explorations. A child will go to the edge of her comfort
zone & return to check in w/her parent before venturing out farther.
At this age children begin to invest significant emotional
energy in father & other family members. Indicating the value of the initial attachment, the child naturally begins to multiply her attachments
Despite this change, a child generally
turns to mother when hurt tired or sick, an indication that this attachment still predominates.
Other signs of healthy attachment at this age include:
- experiencing joy in accomplishments
- acceptance of comfort
- beginning of self-comforting skills w/the aid of transitional
objects such as the well-known blanket
A child’s exploration of the world
increases her awareness of being separate from mother. For the 15 to 24 month-old, this
greater awareness gives rise to wooing & coercion as well as shadowing & darting.
Wooing is solicitous behavior designed to
draw mother’s attention. Wooing behaviors usually intensify with time & at some point, a mother usually comes to
experience wooing as a coercive demand rather than an invitation.
Like wooing, shadowing & darting are attempts by the toddler to reconcile
the seeming impossible dilemma of extending autonomy while preserving attachment
. Shadowing refers to a child’s following the parents practically everywhere while darting refers to rapidly moving
towards & away from the parent. Both are signs of healthy attachment
.The final building blocks of bonding & attachment are put in place between 24 & 36 months
w/the accomplishment of self & object constancy.
Self constancy is the child’s experience
that she's the same person across different emotional states & situations. Object constancy is the child’s experience
of others as predictable & available. Much of object constancy comes from a child’s mental images of others. Self
& object constancy serve to quiet separation anxiety as well as strengthen a child’s
ability to delay gratification & accept discipline.
When all goes well, the foundations for bonding
& attachment are laid by 36 months. However not all children successfully negotiate
these steps. The results can range from mild developmental delays to a diagnosable attachment
disorder. The good news is that what work has been missed by a child can sometimes be "made
.Lawrence Smith is a child, adolescent, adult and family therapist in private
practice in Silver Spring.
Attachment Disorders range in severity. In fact, the attachment
continuum runs from securely attached thru degrees of attachment
issues all the way to those who suffer from severe attachment disorder.
It's important to understand this as some children suffer from mild, moderate or severe attachment issues & some from mild, moderate or severe attachment
disorders. Many adults also suffer from impaired attachments
but they aren't necessarily attachment disordered.
who does not receive proper intervention of a severe attachment disorder often ends up w/a
diagnosis on the lines of Borderline Personality Disorder, Anti
Social Personality, etc. These are very serious illnesses.
So we need to understand that we all fall somewhere on the continuum –
most of us fall between the secure attachment & weakened attachment states
. Adoptees aren't
the only individuals that can suffer from attachment issues
who didn't get their emotional & physical needs met in the first few years as well as families who have biological
children who, for whatever reason, didn't have a strong connection w/their primary caregiver
of the causes of attachment problems are very subtle & often go unrecognized.
Attachment Types Definition
Attachment - Child rests comfortably in mother's arms & makes good eye contact w/child. Eye contact between
mother & child is reciprocal & both of them feel at one.
mother leaves the child & separation occurs, the child feels distress. When mother returns, the child is delighted to
see the mother & the mother is delighted to see the child. The child will quickly settle into mother's arms & refuel.
child will be ready for a nap or will be ready to venture into the world until he tires & is ready to refuel again. This
process will be repeated thousands of times until object constancy is attained.
Anxious Avoidant - Characterized by anxiety & fright within the child because he doesn't feel safe when he attempts a secure
attachment w/mom. Mom may well be anxiously avoidantly attached herself & doesn't trust physical closeness.
child is aware of her discomfort & tends to keep the mother at a distance, thereby preventing
the child from being injured should he attempt to attach & be rejected. He, however,
doesn't allow the mother to get too far away lest his abandonment anxiety become too great
& he should panic.
attachment style keeps the child in tension all of the time but prevents him from having an acute anxiety attack should too much separation occur or narcissistic injury
should he be rejected.
- These children are insufferable & cry constantly because their mothers drive them crazy.
Their mothers miss many cues as to the needs of their child & consequently, the children are constantly frustrated.
these mothers are alternatively abandoning or intrusive.
They may need to control their children for their own narcissistic
gratification by intruding on them when the child doesn't want to be intruded upon.
they alternatively ignore the child when he has a legitimate need to be met. These children
are very angry, anxious & depressed. They frequently become personality disordered, borderline or
narcissistically disordered delinquents.
Disorganized - This is the worst of
all possible worlds, for these children usually combine an anxious resistant attachment
w/ post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from child abuse.
children present as chaotic & their attachment style
w/ their parents is frequently chaotic. Treatment of them is difficult because you're not
only treating the traumatized attachment but also the trauma of abuse.
frequently in a state of chronic hyperarousal & the effects on the limbic system in terms of hippocampal atrophy are dramatic.
They don't have the ability to soothe themselves & don't trust soothing by others.
John A. Dicke PSY.D. J.D.
Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
What is Attachment Disorder?
John Bowlby defined attachment
as the "affectional tie between two people". It begins w/the bond
between the infant & mother. This bond becomes internally representative of how
the child will form relationships w/the world. Bowlby stated "the initial relationship between self & others serves as
blueprints for all future relationships." (Bowlby, 1975)
findings from the field of neuroscience are revealing deeper dynamics to the attachment phenomenon.
What has been proposed as attachment theory may in fact be more closely defined as a regulatory
attachment transactions the secure mother is continuously regulating (calming)
the baby’s shifting arousal levels & therefore emotional states (Schore, 2001).
the prolonged state of calm functioning & effective parental soothing in the face of stressful events, which leads to the child's ability to develop self-regulating capabilities.
capabilities are necessary for forming healthy & significant future relationships. In other words, the ability to self-regulate
& be regulated is a prerequisite to the ability to form healthy attachments. (Post,2001).
thus be defined as the dyadic regulation of emotion (Sroufe, 1996). This new view of attachment functioning creates an entirely different approach to understanding the child w/ attachment disorder.
The stress response
diagnosed w/Reactive Attachment Disorder are responding to events in
their early life that may include neglect, abuse, or an event more subtle (see causes below
addition, the early exposure to such stressors in early life makes them highly sensitive to other stressors during later life,
specifically childhood. Due to these events, many children are unable to calm
their internal functioning system which is responsible for healthy attachment
to a primary caregiver & normal brain development. My explanation is somewhat simplified but may be helpful to you. It
doesn't replace a diagnosis from a qualified therapist.
From conception to age three, the brain is in a state of maximum growth & development.
It's during this period of development when calm & healthy interactions w/a parental figure are vital.
regulatory system involving the brain / body stress management system is learning from the parent how to effectively manage
external stressors. According to LeDoux 1996, vital brain components responsible for healthy stress management & regulation
are the hippocampus & amygdala.
A healthy developmental stress response cycle looks like this:
An expressed need is in actuality a neurophysiologic
(brain / body) state of stress w/an emotional
expression. All behavior is driven by a state of brain/body stress which presents itself as an emotion (Post, 2001).
science has told us is that the amygdala (yellow area above graphic) is
the area responsible for our fight, flight, or freeze response. In essence, the amygdala is our fear receptor & the hippocampus
our fear regulator.
the baby has a need, quite possibly a feeling of fear, signals the need by crying, the mother (primary caregiver) comes & calms her baby.
This calming interaction leads to regulation of the stress, thereby making
the baby feel safe once again.
this cycle is repeated over & over again & the baby's stress responses & needs are consistently met in the proper
way by the same caregiver, the baby often develops the vital tools necessary for calming their own internal states of stress
when experiencing fearful elements.
the ability to calm ones stress, one is able to trust that the external world, for the most part, is a non-threatening place.
He'll then be able to continue on in his development. Now, take a look at the disruptive stress
As you compare the Healthy Stress Response Cycle to the Disrupted Cycle, you can see how the baby signals once again from the activating event perhaps
by a cry, but this time, the signal is not met by his mother (primary
the signal or need is met but it's inconsistent, or there are different caregivers who don't fully understand this particular
baby. When the cry goes unanswered, essentially when the stress is left w/out regulation,
as in the case of neglect, a persistent state of stress prevails.
this instance, the developing regulatory component of the brain becomes unable to manage the overwhelming
stress discharge & can be subject to damage & developmental
delay. (See Potential Causes below)
development, this stress response apparatus is required to be persistently active, a commensurate stress response apparatus
in the central nervous system will develop in response to constant threat.
stress-response neural systems will be overactive & hypersensitive
(Perry, 1995). In other words, the constant state of stress left unrepaired or regulated
will create within the child a system of high sensitivity to external threats or extreme fear sensitivity.
of developing a stress response system capable of self-calming which ultimately leads to
a psychological feeling of calm & safety as the baby who experiences the Healthy Stress Response
Cycle, this baby develops a stress response system unable to determine safety in the external world therefore causing a constant state of fear & often times aggressive defensiveness.
this child perceives the world as a frightening place w/little place for calm & comfort. It's highly adaptive for a child growing up in a violent,
chaotic environment to be hypersensitive to external stimuli, to be hypervigilant & to be in a persistent stress-response state (Perry, 1995).
most children this constant state of fear will surface & give the appearance of a need for control & not trusting. However, it's imperative to this child’s future well-being & development that he not
be viewed as a child full of rage & mistrust but rather as a child consumed with a state of uncontrollable terror (Post, 2001).
To expect the child to function as a typical
child when his normal development was completely stunted back in infant / toddlerhood isn't rational. In fact it becomes a
developmental impossibility plaguing therapist & parents who try w/a lifetime of uncertainty
& emotional distancing.
must view such children in a manner that isn't common & provide them w/an environment conducive to a corrective regulatory
experience (Post, 2001).
What is Attachment
Disorder/Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)?
The exposure to stress w/some children has been so significant that they stand outside of any category of severity. These children give trauma a new definition. Most are or have been in foster care, have had repeated life or death experiences, have had several changes
in caregivers, all have suffered from some form of emotional, sexual, or physical abuse & generally they've never been successfully treated.
Children with reactive attachment disorder
see the world differently than we do. For these children, life is a constant threat
. Such threats can be interpreted through all manner of sensory stimulation. In other words, a sight,
sound, smell, taste, or elevation in body temperature can trigger such children into an overwhelming fear state.
It can and generally
does occur within a millisecond and may build up throughout the course of a day, week or month, presenting as a violent and
long-lasting outburst, or period of complete disconnection and dissociation.
who've been adopted into a home at a very young age may have already experienced significant enough trauma to impact development and stress response.
who suffer a separation from their primary caregiver due to illness, etc. can be equally
impacted if the event is traumatic or overly-stressful.
The child with an attachment disorder having
experienced past significant trauma is tremendously impaired in his ability to calm down. In other words, he is unable to calm the inter-workings of his brain
and body system responsible for effective stress hormone discharge and soothing.
A special thanks to Dr. Bryan Post at www.bryanpost.com and Nancy Geoghegan at www.attachmentdisorder.net.
Attachment Problems: Symptoms and Causes
control battles, very bossy and argumentative; defiance and anger
•Resists affection on parental terms
of eye contact, especially with parents - will look into your eyes when lying
•Manipulative - superficially charming
•Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers
•Poor peer relationships
about the obvious
•Lack of conscience - shows no remorse
•Destructive to property, self and/or others
of impulse control
•Speech and language problems
chatter and/or questions
•Inappropriately demanding and/or clingy
•Food issues - hordes, gorges, refuses
to eat, eats strange things, hides food
•Fascinated with fire, blood, gore, weapons, evil
about tiny hurts but brushes off big hurts
•Parents appear hostile and angry
•The child was neglected and/or
physically abused in the first three years of life
Separation from the primary caregiver
Changes in the primary caregiver
Frequent moves &/or placements
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Undiagnosed, painful illness such as colic, ear infections, etc.
Lack of attunement between mother & child
Young or inexperienced mother w/poor parenting skills
DSMIV Diagnostic criteria for 313.89
Reactive Attachment Disorder of Infancy or Early Childhood
Symptoms in Infants & Toddlers
1. Cries; miserable all the time,
2. Resists comforting or nurturance
3. Resists or dislikes being held
Poor eye contact or avoids eye contact
5. Flat, lifeless affect (too quiet)
6. Likes playpen or crib more than being held
7. Rarely cries (overly good baby)
8. Angry or rageful when cries
9. Exceedingly demanding
10. Looks sad or empty-eyed
11. Delayed milestones (creeping, crawling, etc.)
12. Stiffens or becomes rigid when held
13. Likes to be in control
14. Doesn't hold on when held (no reciprocal holding)
15. When held chest to chest, faces away
16. Doesn't like head touched (combed, washed)
17. Generally unresponsive to parent
18. Cries or rages when held beyond his wishes
19. Overly independent play or makes no demands
20. Reaches for others to hold him rather than parent
21. Little or reduced verbal responsiveness
22. Doesn't return smiles
23. Shows very little imitative behavior
24. Prefers Dad to Mom
25. Gets in & out of parents lap frequently
26. Physically restless when sleeping
27. Doesn't react to pain (high pain tolerance)
The following is an excerpt from Dr. Buenning's Attachment & Bonding article:
In the last 8 years, I've worked with the parents of babies & toddlers who had problems
bonding. Thru this work, I developed a 27 item Infant Attachment Checklist.
A diagnosis of RAD can be made
in an infant with only several items checked in a positive direction.
2 major groups of unattached babies. The 1st group consists of babies who are fussy &
unhappy. They're visibly disconnected & cry extensively. They're often inconsolable & reject nurturance & comforting
from their parents. The parents are unable to appease or alter the infant’s unhappy condition.
The 2nd group consists of babies who are overly good. They're calm, quiet & appear independent. Usually,
they have a flat affect & calm appearance. They make few demands upon their parents. i.e., if the parents place them on
the floor, they can happily entertain themselves for an hour or more.
They rarely cry or are fussy. In
one instance, I gave a 3 hour talk to a group of adoptive parents. One of the mothers present was holding a 6 or 7 month-old
infant. The infant sat on the mother’s lap with her back to the mother. She didn't make eye contact, smile, or make
The baby didn't fuss or make a
single demand of the mother during the entire 3 hour lecture. The mother saw her baby as a “well-behaved”
baby because she sat so quietly & cooperatively for 3 hours.
that parents & professionals can mistake this apparent “good behavior” as healthy. Rather than being genuinely content, happy
& emotionally connected, as her outward appearance might suggest, the baby was, in reality, sad, resigned
& emotionally disconnected.
Infant Attachment Checklist determines whether the infant is in the unhappy & fussy group or the excessively good
RAD is detectable early in infancy. Originally, my work with RAD was with
older children, not infants. As I worked w/the parents of these older children, many reported thinking something was wrong
with their child as an infant.
Usually, the adoptive mothers were the first to recognize “problems” in their
infants, but they couldn't adequately describe what was wrong. Often they sought help from numerous professionals who were
unsuccessful in recognizing the RAD symptoms in their babies.
There's another scenario
that's prevalent with RAD. Babies can appear bonded in infancy only to develop symptoms of RAD as they become toddlers. Over the years, many parents stated their babies appeared bonded
Either RAD wasn't present in infancy
& developed later, or the parents didn't recognize the RAD symptoms in their baby. As
their baby grew older, he either developed RAD or the condition then manifested itself in ways the parents could easily recognize.
Early detection & intervention
leads to the most complete healing of children with RAD, with the least financial cost & emotional trauma to the child & his family. The following general statements will help you to answer the checklist items & develop
an understanding of RAD in an infant.
Early in infancy, most babies with
RAD reject at least some of their parents’ love. This dynamic is apparent in many small ways. Ask yourself these
- “Does your child accept your affection or love?"
- "Does he accept your touch when you hold or cuddle him?"
- "Does he enjoy your physical closeness?”
- "Does your baby let you nurture him when he's upset, hungry, frightened
- "When you care for him, does it help him feel better?"
- "When you love him, does it make a difference
Often when the parents give love & affection to their baby with RAD, he doesn't receive or accept it.
Many mothers say, “No matter what I do with my baby, it doesn’t seem to help or affect him.”
Try to determine if there's a growing emotional connection between
you & your baby.
- Is there a relationship of love, trust & reciprocity developing?
This is evidenced by eye contact
& imitative or reciprocal behavior.
- Does your baby look at you, notice you & respond to you?
After working with one mother &
baby for a week, the mother stated, “I notice my baby staring at me. She watches me like she hasn’t seen me before.”
Remarkably, the baby had lived in
this home for 7 months, but the mother reported, “It's as though she is seeing me for the first time.”
- Does your baby prefer being close to you
rather than being alone?
good baby is disarming because he appears to be easy, cooperative & content. He can appear bonded because he seems to accept whatever you give him & makes little
or no demands. Overtly, he acts happy & problem free
but internally he is unbonded.
With a medical
illness, the patient is often the first person to recognize that a problem may exist. Adequate
medical information helps these individuals know whether to seek professional assistance.
The same is true with RAD. As parents,
you're in a position to see the early signs of problems in your baby. Even if the condition
is mild, RAD is serious & shouldn't be ignored.
A mild attachment problem in infancy that is manageable or undetected can lead to significant
emotional & behavioral problems in toddlers & older children.
you have questions or concerns about your infant, consult with an attachment clinician in
Dr. Buenning has had a private practice in Colorado
Springs for the past 5 years. Prior to working w/adoptive families, he worked for 20 years in mental health centers in several
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Nothing Is More Important to our Health
By by Kathy Oddenino, R.N.
Apr 26, 2007
internal hidden memories live in the neurons of our brain. The more that we expand our thinking mind the more we connect with
our hidden memories. When we have a belief in living only one physical life, we can't comprehend the concept of how our hidden
memories can & do dictate our physical behaviors thru the control of our thinking mind.
thinking mind can become conscious of the stored hidden memories in our brain, accept them as our present reality &d allow
our thinking mind to be controlled by these internal hidden memories.
teaching about Hidden Memories in all of my classes this year & my next book will be written on this very important subject
that isn't understood by any level of science because our thinking mind continues to be externalized & un-accepting of
our hidden memories as a real influence of our thinking & physical behaviors.
massacre at Virginia Tech is a perfect example of a young man who is living from his hidden memories & therefore unable
to interact gracefully with his present moment in life. It's very sad that he killed so many people & himself in his internal
massacre could have been avoided in the same way that all of our other school shootings could have been avoided if the adults
of our world could only comprehend that our brain is full of past life memories & when we aren't grounded in the present
reality that we are living it's because of these past life memories that are distracting our thinking mind.
life memories aren't mental illness & they always happen as we evolve as a Spirit Consciousness into each new physical
lifetime. Until we can understand & work with this internal reality as human beings, we'll simply experience more &
more violence among the children in our society.
drugs to children with past life memory simply confuses the thinking mind even more & allows more anger, hate & violence
When children return into new physical lives with past life memory from
a hidden memory node & we as adults don't understand what is happening within the child’s mind then we're unable
to help the child understand what's happening, which leads the child into acting out the past life memories that have become
the focus of their reality.
conscious of past life memories doesn't mean that we're psychotic or mentally deranged, it means that we're evolving as a
thinking mind into an understanding of who we are as human beings.
we live our physical lives with a "one life" belief, we aren't prepared to cope with past life memory, because we can't compute
that we have past life memories if we believe that we live only one physical life.
is why our present day reality becomes "schizophrenic" to our thinking mind when we try to balance what we're experiencing
internally with our external learned beliefs.
I have been talking about hidden memories
for years as I teach & write Spiritual Philosophy. Every time that our society experiences another school shooting or
some other obvious hidden memory experience, I always wish that I could have had some counseling with these individuals.
massacre at Virginia Tech has really touched my heart because 2 of my 6 children are graduates of Virginia Tech & I have
many friends among their friends who have graduated from Virginia Tech.
Samahas lived close to our family in Arlington, VA and their children were friends of my children. Virginia Tech is a wonderful
school that my children loved & they loved the growing experience that nurtured them at Virginia Tech. So we must ask ourselves, "what happened?"
The true answer to most killings & crime are our "hidden memories." Our one life belief doesn't give our
thinking mind permission to acknowledge that we're living eternal life thru multiple physical experiences as we grow into
our Spirit Consciousness.
religious attachment to our belief in only one life, doesn't give us the tools to understand our past-life memories &
behaviors that exceed the "normal behavior" that's dictated within our thinking mind.
we understood that we are energy & matter as a human design & we know that energy never dies but it does change form,
we could change our one-life belief to a concept of eternal life thru the energy of us living in endless physical bodies,
with the energy of our entire brain storing the energy of our past physical lives in the neurons of our brain.
thinking mind is 1 of 3 parts of our Spirit Consciousness energy that eternally stores our hidden memories.
It's obvious that our system of understanding the thinking mind failed Virginia Tech & Cho Seung-Hui because
it appears that no one reached this young man’s thinking mind.
sadness that I feel for this young man’s family is just as deep as the sadness that I feel for Cho himself & the
other "victims" of his loneliness & confusion.
a person that has lived with past-life memories consciously from the time that I was 2 years old. My father understood this
phenomena because he too lived with past-life memories & the consciousness of energy.
never talked about this to many people but because he knew that I had the same ability, he did talk to me with explanations
of how to live with the "gift" of intuitive consciousness. I experienced his intuition at the age of 6, when I was 5 minutes
late for school & received the only spanking that he ever gave me.
When we can't
understand ourselves as eternal beings, we can't understand how we can return to life with hidden memories controlling our
was controlled by his hidden memories especially when he began his "killing spree." It's very sad that we live in a society
that simply doesn't know how to deal with an advanced thinking Soul Mind that can use its hidden memories.
an individual recognizes & accepts that we've lived more than one physical life, we can also accept that our brain is
storing the memories of every life that we've ever lived. Our hidden memories are stored in the neurons of our brain. What's
called "mental illness" is really us living from our hidden memories & having no one to help us thru this maze of energy
that's being picked up by our thinking mind.
work with people who have hidden memories & I teach classes on our hidden memories, how we store them, how we access them,
what they mean to us & how we can live long & happy lives as an evolving thinking mind that's open to our hidden memories
as an advancement of our creativity.
It's very important to us & our society
that we begin to break thru the shell of our ancient beliefs so that we'll be available to understand & use our hidden
memories. We can help others learn to understand this absolutely normal stage of our human growth potential when we release
our fear of change & growth as a Spirit Consciousness.
few words of explanation to this very intelligent young man could have prevented all of this horrible massacre that
has occurred & that is so terribly devastating to so many families. There's an old saying that "An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure." & when we accept this concept, we can begin living in a healing state by knowing that we're
eternal beings living our hidden memories as part of our physical lives & our creativity.
Loving our hidden memories as part of us will allow us to share them openly in our communication & to learn from them without
the anger to kill. Since war has always been a part of our thinking mind & human behavior, each & every one of us
has the hidden memory of being a killer, which we'll not activate when we have an understanding of ourselves & our hidden
entire world must change its fear & its ancient belief system before we can help ourselves & other people navigate
thru the rough waters of our hidden memories.
is the answer to growth & change within our thinking mind.
The 5 Hindrances of the Mind: Are They Blocking Your Self-Esteem?
By Deborah L. Shipley, RYT
The issue of self-esteem is perhaps one of the greatest determinates in creating a life of freedom & abundance, or feeling inhibited & “just getting by.“
Self-esteem is defined as “a feeling of pride in oneself.“ It's how you feel in relation to yourself rather than how others see you. It’s between
you & well… you. Therefore, it’s not necessary to be so concerned about what others think to determine your level of self-esteem, as the definition doesn't include any “others“, just you.
So where can you help yourself to better understand you? There are
so many aspects of you but one that's of great importance is that of your mind.
the ancient wisdom of Patanjali‘s Yoga Sutras, there are 5 hindrances or afflictions of the mind that are collectively
known as the klesas.
An understanding of each of these hindrances can help play a part in
the discovery of self, leading to a feeling of well-being, connectivity & greater self-esteem.
The hindrances are as follows:
Encountering the afflictions without being aware of them creates stumbling blocks
on the path to self-realization. The afflictions will arise at different times in life, but if one has spent time studying
them, one may be able to recognize them for what they are & move thru them with a certain level of personal understanding.
The 1st hindrance is ignorance of the true self
which is the building block for all of the other afflictions. It can be described as an incorrect understanding of oneself
that is the culmination of years of unconscious actions, thoughts & words that one has become dependent upon as part of one’s being. Sound familiar?
How many times have we replayed old tapes over & over in our head until they
become so embedded in our persona that we begin to self-realize these false beliefs?
From ignorance, derives judgments of oneself & of others. By understanding the
various afflictions & where they originate, one may transcend a lifetime absorbed in ignorance.
The 2nd hindrance is egoism which is the identification of the self with what
one is not- the body, mind, personality, emotions, senses, accomplishments, failures & possessions, or lack thereof.
You may be thinking, “People with low self-esteem are certainly not showing an ego problem.” Well, it actually is an ego problem, as the concern over what others think dominates many choices & actions in daily life.
In egoism, the practice of remaining in the moment & being a non-judgmental witness
comes in handy. In truly observing what's happening in life as it is, rather than placing violent judgments on self, others
& situations, one may experience life with a limited ignorance.
Imagine viewing the world thru a camera lens & just seeing what
The 3rd hindrance is attachment
which arises from the ego’s idea that more is better & of the fear of losing what one already has in his/her possession.
Are you keeping up with the Jones’? Do you really need to be? More stuff just
means more upkeep; right?
As one progresses on the life path, experiences occur that cause feelings of great pleasure. One may cling to these things in hopes of experiencing the feelings over & over again.
Attachment is looking outside of oneself for validation & bliss. The reality
is that external factors come & go; it's the internal true self that remains a constant.
“Happiness is found within“, is a timeless phrase & it is unconditional
& independent of any outside circumstances or people. Freeing, isn’t it?
The 4th hindrance is aversion
which is also a form of attachment, but in the negative sense.
The experiences or circumstances that one doesn't want to have, or is repulsed by,
comprise aversions. Aversions are typically based on fear of the unknown, unfamiliar, or years of subconscious mechanical
thought. Fear plays a big role in issues of low self-esteem.
Attachments & aversions are both relative in that what is a good/bad experience
or feeling for one may not be so good/bad for another.
Any attachment or aversion springs from the imagination
& can be construed as clinging & therefore, in turn, suffering. By practicing detachment to either aversions or attachments, one can see a situation for what it is rather than what it's perceived to be.
Clinging to life or the fear of death is the final hindrance.
It's self-preservation & the fundamental will to live in one’s body on this Earth. This affliction is said to be
experienced even by the very wise.
It's ultimately the understanding of this affliction that will set us free. Each individual would come to terms with this hindrance by their own accord in relation to their own belief system regarding
death & what happens when we leave our physical body. It's my sense that we're eternal in spirit.
The klesas are complex & interwoven. By increasing the understanding of each affliction, one may begin to
identify them when they surface in life.
In knowing where the reaction, situation, or behavior is derived, the individual
may be better able to experience the true sense of the moment in awareness & without judgment. By remaining open, one
is able to receive the perfection in every moment.
It's a daily process to connect with oneself in understanding, but one that can create a life that is, for the most part, joyous, peaceful & full of
love. With practice the sense of self-esteem will continuously improve & the feelings of a life connectedness will deepen.
Try it for yourself as this all begins & ends with you. For, it’s what
you think that really matters.
“The mind is everything;
what you think, you become.”
Deborah L. Shipley, RYT
Deborah is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a writer of the free monthly e-zine
Esteem: Shining from Within. If you would like to contact her please visit
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Characteristics of Attachment
Children have different attachment needs at different ages. Choosing age appropriate interactions is crucial to
Attachment happens differently for:
Characteristics of Attachment for Younger Infants (0-6 months)
Newborns come ready to form
attachments with other people. They begin snuggling & gazing immediately. For
most adults, this snuggling & gazing is difficult, if not impossible, to resist. Adults are drawn in by the baby
& the give & take between adult & baby are the first beginnings of a lasting relationship.
Behaviors that Promote Secure Attachment
- Holding baby so he can look into your eyes.
- Responding as soon as possible to crying.
- Feeding when hungry.
- Changing her when she is wet or dirty.
- Putting her to bed as soon as she's tired.
- Smiling, talking, singing, cooing at baby.
- Gazing into your eyes.
- Snuggling close.
- Crying to get your attention.
- Reaching to you.
- Being soothed when you hold her.
Behaviors that Are Barriers to Attachment
- Ignoring baby's cries.
- Always waiting before
you meet his needs.
- Baby's colic & fussiness.
- Not holding & cuddling
Tips for Parents of a YOUNGER INFANT (0-6
Friends, Family & Home:
- Encourage all family members to talk to baby.
- Allow older siblings to help with baby.
- Make sure you can hear baby when he awakens & cries in his crib.
Activities, Reading & Television
- Read to baby while nursing or feeding (even a magazine
- Respond when baby makes sounds.
- Gaze into babies eyes & smile & play.
Learning , Childcare & School
- Tell baby about things he sees.
- Put baby on floor to explore & move.
- Give baby different textures to feel.
- Choose child care with low child-staff ratio.
- Make sure caregiver is loving & holds babies often.
Guidance & Discipline
- Respond when babies cryˇit will not spoil this age!
- Listen to his different cries & learn the ones that mean hunger, upset, mad, bored.
- Soothe baby with cuddling, swaddling, quiet music, or a walk in a stroller.
Characteristics of Attachment for Older Infants (6-12
infants know their parents & caregivers! They also become fearful of strangers & clingy to those they love. This is
healthy. It means that they have attached to you!
Behaviors that Promote Secure
- Telling & reassuring when you leave.
- Meeting needs as soon as possible.
- Holding baby & keeping him near at first when strangers
- Giving her time to get used to new people & places.
- Gazing, holding & talking to baby.
- Having needs met when she is hungry, wet or unhappy.
- Being reassured by hearing your voice or seeing you when he
awakens in the night crying.
Behaviors that Are Barriers to Attachment
- Not meeting baby's basic needs as soon as possible.
- Not being talked to & played with.
- Not being allowed to crawl & walk & explore.
Tips for Parents of a OLDER INFANT (6-12 months)
Friends, Family & Home
- Encourage relatives & friends to give baby time to get
used to them before holding & hugs.
- Allow siblings to play w/ baby.
- Make sure baby has time w/all adults in the home.
Activities, Reading & Television
- Use your face to show an emotion & then say what it is.
- Play peek-a-boo & hide object under blanket.
Learning , Childcare & School
- Encourage him to crawl & explore.
- Make sure his childcare program allows her to crawl & move around.
- Give him time to adjust to a new childcare environment.
- Be sure that she has a consistent caregiver that is usually there for her.
Guidance & Discipline
- Reassure her when she cries & is fearful of strangers.
- When he is overly clingy, reassure him then distract w/toys
or other activities.
- Involve children & other family members in entertaining
baby when you're busy.
Wounded America: Structured Intervention for Teachers
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you're dong with this article. It will open a new window that will take you to the page within the emotional feelings network
of sites that talks about being "wounded." This is an emotional wound.)
abrupt and shocking attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by terrorists has left many adults and children feeling
sad, frightened, bewildered and helpless.
can teachers help their young students feel more secure, more stable and capable of positive action?
Providing children with a familiar setting
where many ordinary routines are honored help children feel their personal world is intact and safe. Providing children with new avenues to acknowledge the changes in the world shows the students that the teacher is and remains
stable and flexible.
makes coping with these terrible events possible. It's also the beginning of demonstrating evidence that people can remain competent and
functional while terrible events occur.
teacher's example can support and encourage children's ability to remain capable and able to learn and digest experience, even when the experience is potentially life changing for massive numbers of people.
Keeping to the Ordinary
Appropriate steps for
children of all ages:
Let the day begin with ordinary activities for example:
Outer garments and lunch boxes still are put in usual places at beginning of the day.
Seating arrangement is the same.
Calling the role is the same.
Outlining the day is the same with breaks, meal times and physical recreation time keeping to usual schedule.
5. Selecting students for specific class tasks: e.g. handing out paper,
writing on blackboard, cleaning erasers, opening or closing windows, adjusting curtains or blinds etc.
New Avenues to Address Crisis
Appropriate steps for children of all
1. Early and in matter of fact tone announce that a section of the day will
be devoted to exploring the current crisis.
2. Let students know that some homework will be based on the discussion.
3. Let students know that some drawing or painting will also be involved.
Let students know when this will occur, i.e. it'll occur within the context
of an ordinary school day. O
nce all these announcements have been made clearly the
day has already begun with a structure and solidity that's reassuring to a child. The teacher may then start an educational
activity unrelated to the current crisis. W
hen the scheduled time for looking at
the crisis arrives the teacher can lead the children in clearing away the first activity and moving into this new activity.
and in an ordinary tone the teacher can introduce the topic of the news.
he teacher can be general and invite questions from the class, as she or
he might introduce any ordinary topic. For example: H
many people know that something important
has happened in our country? Can anyone describe what has happened? L
et as many
children who wish to speak voice their understanding
. The teacher might make a list on the blackboard and write down the essence of what each child describes.
Teacher might have several categories for the descriptions: what might be
true, what might be not true, what might be something we don't know.
Without criticism the teacher will state the essence of what the child describes and
then let the class vote on which category the particular description fits.
description might get a few votes for each category. The teacher writes
all the votes for each category next to the child's statement. I
n a class of very
young children the teacher might draw a symbol or face or simple picture that depicts a child's description. W
ith guidance and information and much reassurance from the teacher, allow the children to look
together at the descriptions before them. Children can talk about what they think
and feel about these descriptions. The votes for various categories may change after discussion.
hroughout this exploration the teacher continuously can address, reassure
and explain. She or he can allow children to reassure each other when possible. The teacher can then correct misunderstandings
, rumors and fears. The teacher
can also, and most importantly, accept
descriptions of emotional upset, physical symptoms and regressive behavior in a matter of fact way, making clear that these
experiences are normal and temporary responses to a shocking experience of this magnitude. i.e.,
children 5 years old and under may be afraid
to be separated from their parents, may cry, cling, wet the bed at night, return to sucking their thumbs.
from 6 to 11 may be withdrawn or disruptive, have nightmares or
sleep problems, complain of stomach aches, feel guilt
or be emotionally flat or both.
can experience depression, substance abuse, anti-social behavior, disruptive revenge fantasies
, nightmares, guilt over not being able
to help or guilt about being concerned
over something that seems trivial in the wake of this disaster. T
he class can move
into artwork and draw pictures of what they think
, see, feel, i.e. any aspect of the news event or any aspect of their own feelings
. These completed pictures can also be a source of continued supportive
and clarifying discussion in the class. A
t the end of this discussion the teacher
can ask each child to think of 5 to 10 questions to ask about the events. This is a homework assignment for which the children
will receive a grade. C
onducting discussion in this form provides stability. The
teacher has created a normal structure in which to examine extraordinary events along with the emotional and cognitive responses
of the students.
on the categories for the comments is empowering and stimulates discussion
of disagreements. The homework assignment is also empowering to the students. They now have something to do that'll give them
a way to think
about these events.
he assignment is productive
and meaningful in their immediate and personal lives because they'll earn academic credit for fulfilling their homework requirement.
he crisis activity is followed by an ordinary section of the school day, probably
a usual break time or lunchtime and then more of ordinary day activities.
, all activities are conducted with a sensitive
and respectful attention to gentleness
, consideration, compassion and kindness with opportunities for warm relating. S
presented in this respectful and contained way can give children some relief from their sadness
and dispel much of the fear
and helplessness many children of any age may feel from their exposure to the recent tragic events.
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can take to not only feel but actually be more secure
and empowered in the world. Note:
reparitive and empowering actions for children:
Sending thank you letters and pictures to: firemen, policemen, rescue
workers, volunteers (the children choose
Making baked goods and bringing them to the local fire station and police station. 3.
Entire class drawing one large picture that includes all the children's names to be sent as support
to children of the same grade in the affected parts of the country. 4.
letters to the president saying just what they specifically want to say. 5.
how being normal and ordinary is an important aspect of being healthy and how, when they live their ordinary lives, they're
helping themselves and everyone else to be okay after the tragedy.
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playing with friends, cuddling with their parents etc. all part of being empowered and secure
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High Calorie Emotions
By Sonya Green
May 10, 2004
Weight Loss and body Image
Permanent Weight loss is not about
Diet. There are many products and services promising fantastic results. Some are good, most are average, usually they cost
more than they are worth, and some are outright dangerous. Losing weight is a simple matter of either decreasing calorie intake
or increasing energy output. Most people combine both to achieve fast results.
Most people have tried this method often
enough to know that it works and I have found that most dieters know more about food than anyone. My main aim is to attack
the many causes of weight gain and focus more on the creation of new habits to bring about permanent weight loss maintenance.
is no such thing as a fattening food.
No one food is either fattening or slimming. It’s this simple: Food contains
calories and calories are units of energy. There are no fat calories or thin calories, 2000 cake calories are exactly the
same as 2000 celery calories.
Calories are burned by the body to produce energy. Just being alive burns calories. However,
the more active the body the bigger the burn. If you burn the same amount of calories as you eat then your weight will remain
the same. If you eat 3000 calories and burn 2000 then 1000 are stored (as fat).
Overweight people do not necessarily
eat a huge amount of food or a huge amount of “bad food”, they simply consume more calories than they need. The
unused calories are then stored in the body as fat.
If you put too few calories in, the body will take the stored calories
(fat) and use that for energy, thereby, creating weight loss.
One point I do wish to make about food is this: Vitamins,
Minerals, Protein, Carbohydrate, Fat, etc. are vital to maintaining health. Foods heal, build, and repair. Foods balance your
metabolism and produce energy and well being. You will not get fat from eating cakes and drinking soda however, if you are
putting in calories that have little or no nutritional content, you will become tired, depressed, unmotivated and ultimately
Your weight can be about many things or a combination of many things. Overeating may be part of the problem
but what is the cause of overeating? Your reasons may be unique, but many of the common causes are:
Many issues are related to body image, self-esteem, and even sexual issues.
Body image often relates
to many weight issues. You may, on a very logical level, desire a thinner body. However, sub consciously you may associate
being normal or comfortable with the shape of your mother, siblings, or friends. If you are a wife or mother yourself, you
may subconsciously feel that your body image, as a wife and mother, conflicts with the body image of a single and available
woman. Sometimes becoming a wife and mother creates conflict with being sexually attractive to other men.
feel safer or stronger by being bigger and may panic or feel insecure when they have lost weight.
can often be used to repress sexuality. Teenage girls often find sexual advances intimidating and sub- consciously put on
weight as a barrier, which continues throughout life.
Binge eating is usually about punishment. This is very common
in high achievers. (Anorexics and Bulimics are often in this category as well.) Bingeing is about trying to get it perfect
and then destroying all effort if there is a slight slip up
Binge eating is also very common with Pre menstrual -syndrome.
PMS can cause women to be emotionally fragile, their thinking can be fuzzy, their body can retain fluid, which means their
body feels fatter or bloated, there is discomfort in the stomach area, and sugar cravings are common. If you are serious about
long-term weight maintenance, you must be prepared for this. You must plan alternative actions like being kind to yourself
and being more flexible, self loving and forgiving. Keep a calendar and be prepared before you hit crisis point.
Some people find they that have an emotional attachment to food. If you were rewarded with sweets for good behaviour
or sent to your room without dinner for bad behaviour, you may very well be treating food as a reward or a punishment. Your
eating habits may have become confused with approval or disapproval. If your family were poor you may acquaint food with being
prosperous or successful.
For most people the stomach area is the emotional centre of the body. Stress, worry, and
unhappiness will create tightness here; often overeating is an automatic response to releasing this tension. Interestingly,
some people find that under stress or in a state of unhappiness, they actually can’t eat at all. Usually overweight
people, use food to release and stretch the area, this is particularly obvious in a binge eating session. Food can nurture
and food can provide comfort. By detached observation you learn a lot about yourself and your food habits. Watch yourself
without judgement for a few weeks and you’ll be amazed at how often you are feeding your emotions.
well means providing your body with the highest nutritional values. If your nutritional needs are not met, you will quickly
become tired, unhappy and unwell. The right foods help to rebuild and repair your body, increase energy, improve immune function,
detoxify, build muscle and eliminate waste products. Most importantly the food you eat can influence how you feel. How you
feel influences your behaviour. Within just a week or two you may be happier, more energised, more motivated and slimmer.
From this point the food thing becomes easier and easier.
Eat smaller and more often. Large meals zap your energy.
Too much food, particularly high animal fat or too many protein combinations will almost put you to sleep. Remember that being
tired physically or mentally will be the biggest enemy to your success.
Pre Menstrual Tension. Ah! That time
PMT can create the monster. Some women go through hell at this time of month. You must tune in to your body and
get to know the signs. A few women have little discomfort for a day or two before a period but for many women PMT can bring
about a week or even two weeks of emotional chaos.
Fluid retention (bloating) is very common and extremely frustrating
to a diet. This is the time when you feel fat, your thinking is fuzzy, your emotionally touchy, little annoyances become major
frustrations, you face breaks out, your hair is lifeless and your craving sugar, bread and salt. Headaches and stomach pain
is common, Muscles feel achy, feet swell and you feel Tense and stressed out.
Use this time to do something special or
simply pull back and only do the absolute necessities. Pamper your self a little (or a lot) If you break the diet be kind
gentle and forgiving.
Fluid retention is not caused by drinking too much fluid. Fluid can fluctuate due to
hormone levels, too much salt or too little exercise. Often the body retains fluid in people who habitually don’t drink
enough. People often mistake dehydration for hunger, water helps digestion and elimination. Dehydration can cause headaches,
fatigue and constipation. It’s also great for your skin.
Many people use food as a stress buster.
If stress is left unchecked it will build and accumulate. Quite often we do not even realize we are stressed until it is too
late. It’s very difficult to reduce stress when we are stressed. Deep slow breathing must be incorporated into your
weight loss plan. By deep breathing through out the day you will be able to diffuse stress and prevent the build up.
up your oxygen levels further helps by improving digestion and releasing toxins. When you are stressed your metabolism is
impeded, your muscles tighten and you become exhausted.
Breathing will keep your energy levels up, and Improves your
sense of well-being. You may already have a habit of stretching your stomach muscles by eating, why not replace this habit
with stretching and releasing the stomach muscles with calorie fee air?
A habit is a behaviour that is repeated
to such a degree that the sub conscious mind computes the entirety of the information and creates an automatic behaviour.
Eating habits are usually formed in childhood and will require conscious awareness, alternative reactions and repetition of
new behaviours. Ultimately you will bring your new eating habits into an automatic behaviour.
The goal is to get to
a point where you do not think about food at all. Food can pick you up when you are feeling tired or out of sorts, Food can
calm you down when stressed or anxious, Food can replace boredom or loneliness. Food is used as a celebration, a reward, a
comfort and an expression of friendship. Food can be an expression of love and friendship. Food can also be a punishment.
Don’t eat your anger. Consider this. Every pound of body fat could well be the weight and shape of last years
This is the easiest and most effective way to bring about permanent change.
It is an excellent technique for exploring the sub conscious mind; It’s deeply relaxing as well as energizing. Most
importantly it can greatly lock in new habits in the fastest easiest way possible.
Your body is the
most valuable asset you have. It is smarter than any computer, there is no scientist, doctor or chemist able to heal, repair
or protect you like your own body can, it is your home and your vehicle. There is no person and no thing in this entire universe
that will serve or protect you like your own body. Your freedom, happiness, pleasure, vitality and health are all gifts to
you from your body.
The most amazing thing to realize is that most people disrespect and sometimes even hate their
bodies. Many people poison their own bodies; certainly in our culture we have somehow taken on big fat lies about our bodies.
Stop for a moment right now and consider your attitude to your body. Is there a sense of shame? When you think or speak about
your body is there respect and admiration or self-loathing criticism or indifference?
If you apply truth and logic
you can only know that your body is the most fascinating intelligent valuable possession you have.
How much body disrespect
has your weight created? Think about the unloving thoughts and feelings you have directed at your body. Weight is simply too
much body fat kept in storage, its no big deal. Have you ever really stopped to consider the millions of wonderful processes
within your body or do you simply focus on fat and divorce your body from yourself.
In summary I would like to simplify
the most important aspects of permanent weight loss maintenance.
1. Make your decisions based on your own truth.
Choose food based on high nutritional content.
3. Breathe deeply and often.
4. Practise creative visualization daily
Eliminate or minimize fear stress and worry
6. Replace eating with the pursuit of other pleasures.
7. Observe your emotional
responses and habits.
Excerpt from www.reinventingmyself.com by Sonya Green
a personal discovery i'd like to share with you.... i've been recovering for about three years now from post traumatic stress disorder,
three failed marriages, a dysfunctional family life growing up, and a battle with custody of my children dealing directly
with a case of parental alienation when my ex-husband had left me, married my friend & continually sued me for custody.
I've dealt with emotional & physical abuse, living in domestic violence many years. As a child I was exposed to a loving
uncle who abused his own children without recourse from anyone in our family. It' s been a tough road thru recovery. I've
learned that a lack of attachment with my own parents was one of the beginning factors to my life full of hurt, devastation
and void of the surety of love.
I urge you to examine your past & make an effort to piece together an objective outline
of how you were raised, the possiblity of a lack of attachment & study the effects that this could have had in your life.
Sometimes realizing that there is a valid reason contributing to your past life problems is soothing. Once you can accept
the reasonable possibilities and let them go... you are on the way to a much happier and free life.
Thanks for visiting... Kathleen
The attachment styles that develop in childhood stay w/us for a lifetime. They influence our feelings of security,
the personal meaning given to our experiences & the ability to develop & maintain closeness w/others. We all have
perceptions & behaviors across the continuum of attachment styles; however, we tend
to adopt one primary style.
Securely attached adults were raised in a consistent, reliable & caring way. They learned early
that the world is a safe & accessible place & others are viewed as dependable & supportive. They also learned
that they are worthy of love & support.
They're compassionate &
responsive to others. They're flexible thinkers & able to explore options & ask for advice. They're accepting of differences
& trusting in love.
Attachment injuries can occur
when needs for comfort, closeness & security aren't adequately met. The following attachment
styles are influenced by varying degrees of attachment traumas.
Avoidants experienced caregivers as unnurturing, dismissive & critical. Avoidant adults are
uncomfortable w/closeness & intimacy. They're emotionally
distant, uncomfortable expressing needs or asking for help.
Often they don't recall much of their childhood experiences. They're good in a crisis because of
their ability to react w/intellect & set feelings aside. They can be cool,
controlled, ambitious & successful. They avoid
conflict & tend to be passive-aggressive & sarcastic.
They don't want to rely on anyone, fearing dependency or a perception of being weak.
Ambivalents had parents
who alternated between warmth & availability & coldness & rejection for no apparent reason. Ambivalent adults
are bossy & controlling & don't like rules
& authority. They're impatient, critical & argumentative. They like to "stir the pot" & often sabotage
getting what they want. They also can be creative, exciting,
adventuresome & charming.
As children they had histories of abuse, neglect, or severe loss. Their parents
were unresponsive, inconsistent, punitive & insensitive. They learned to view others as unavailable, threatening &
rejecting. They're afraid of genuine closeness & see themselves as unworthy
of love & support.
Disorganized adults show
many antisocial behaviors such as lack of empathy & remorse.
They're selfish, controlling, refuse personal
responsibility for their actions & disregard rules.
Their experience of severe attachment trauma makes them much more vulnerable to a variety of emotional, social & moral problems.
They're at high risk for alcohol & drug abuse, abusing their own children & other forms of criminality.