Monday, October 23, 2017

Who is our inner critic, superego, negative animus in meditation?

Can you Make Peace with Your Inner Critic? 

by Kathleen Lisson

I'm still learning about my inner critic. I thought having a voice in my head judging me was very valuable, but it became overwhelming when I first started meditating and it could be there while I was sitting silently. Affirmations can merely mask the critic, who can judge the affirmations I am trying to say even before I say them.

Steve Chapman has found that the inner critic hates creativity. He may have a point, take a moment to consider whether it's a good idea to draw our own inner critic. Not a good idea for a million excuses, right? He has a point!

Listen to my slightly rambling podcast here:

Steve Chapman in the inner critic:

My inner critic, a video for runners:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Real People Talk About Lymphedema

What It's Really Like to Have Lymphedema

by Kathleen Lisson

What is it like to have lymphedema, a side effect of cancer treatment that is not widely known or talked about?

Read the AP story here:

Listen to the podcast here:

Kathy Bates shares her experience with lymphedema here: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Using Aromatherapy for Grief and Trauma

Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Grief and Trauma

by Kathleen Lisson

I share an important tip for aromatherapists and essential oil lovers when using essential oils for offering stress reduction, peace and balance during periods of grief and trauma - use a blend instead of single essential oils. I share why in the podcast - the memories may be so overwhelming that essential oil users may have to stop using a certain oil entirely after a traumatic situation. Using a blend enables our clients to say goodbye to the blend, but still be able to use the individual oils in that blend without negative memories surfacing. 

Listen to the podcast here:  

I share experts opinions of top essential oils to use to help with lymphedema and stress before and after surgery in my book, Swollen, Bloated and Puffy (available on Amazon). 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pleasure vs. Happiness

Happiness is good for our immune system, 

but don't confuse it with pleasure!

by Kathleen Lisson

In this podcast episode, I share the chemical difference between the emotions of happiness and pleasure. This is why eating cookies when I miss my husband doesn't make me happy. Dopamine is never a good replacement for serotonin. How does this play out in your life? 

Listen to the podcast here:

Seth's blog post: The pleasure/happiness gap

How Happiness Boost the Immune System (Scientific American)

Video explaining the difference between happiness and pleasure by best-selling author and UCSF endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What Causes Abdominal Bloating?

Tips for Reducing Abdominal Bloating

by Kathleen Lisson

I provide a recap of the presentation on Functional Medicine I attended at Pacific Pearl La Jolla. Board-certified Family Physician with board certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, Dr. Mona Ezzat-Velinov shared tips on how to diagnose abdominal bloating when routine medical tests have found nothing wrong.

Listen to the podcast here:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Having Crazy Feelings During Meditation?

Why Am I So Emotional During Meditation? 

by Kathleen Lisson

I sometimes feel strong emotions when I am meditating. Sometimes I am the victim or the aggressor.
The good news? Emotions last for 90 seconds if we do not fuel them. I talk about emotions and feeling body sensations in meditation in this episode of the Swollen, Bloated and Puffy podcast.

Listen to the podcast here:

Tara Brach speaks about emotions:

Tara Brach speaks about emotions in this video:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I am a pretty good judge - or am I?

Judgemental Thoughts During Meditation

by Kathleen Lisson

The last few years I have noticed that judgement has become a larger part of my life. Things I thought all Americans agreed upon are all of a sudden divisive issues and my Facebook acquaintances are posting their opinions, not just easily likeable photos of their families. 

Judgement is also present during my meditations. A voice inside my head tells me whether I like the meditation or whether it will be effective, whether it is "right" or "wrong." I share how I handle judgemental thoughts in this podcast.

Listen to the podcast here: 

Who is our inner critic, superego, negative animus in meditation?

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