Our Inner Fabric…

<![CDATA[Yesterday, while working on the development of ArlieSpeaks Media, LLC projects, I attended the NYU Computational Neuroscience Symposium, which offered updates on the research efforts of faculty and students. The brain remains a mystery though heavily researched.

The brain's capacity for recovery and plasticity are of personal interest to me having experienced closed head trauma and from direct observations of my Mom's battle with Alzheimer's. It is my hope to bring even greater awareness to these issues and to find solutions.

From the symposium, I saw promise for the retraining of the brain beyond human behavior. I also saw, more clearly, the potential for shifting the way in which the brain processses through its framework.

While psychology and science, typically provide solutions for matters involving the brain, I believe that those who experience issues impacting the brain, along with caregivers, are in a position to make value contributions to the improvement of brain function and performance.

There's a Santiago Ramón y Cajal quote, "Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain." I believe this to be possible. I'm not certain, however, of the extent to which each has the capacity to effect the desired change. It may be as basic as a matter of fact and determination or as complex as a team of professionals guiding those interested in sculpting their brain. Whatever the case may be, the individual will, to improve and advance, is the common denominator for success.

The symposium was a great opportunity to shape ideas I've held and worked on developing for quite some time. And, I was further encouraged to believe that my projects will help others to improve their condition post trauma or in managing diseases like Alzheimer's.

For those managing trauma or diseases of the brain, I wish you strength and encourage you to remain focused upon your recovery. To the caregivers, GOD bless you and remain encouraged. Caregivers are so very needed, even if those for whom you are caring cannot express their appreciation directly.

I look forward to sharing updates as the developments continue for ArlieSpeaks Media, LLC.

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The Gift of Compassion

<![CDATA[June is a month of celebration. We have summer, graduations and Father's Day, in addition to the normal fanfare of life. June also heralds awareness for Alzheimer's Disease and Brain Health.

As the daughter of a person battling Alzheimer's Disease, I'm particularly sensitive to concerns involving the disease. It is like a thief stealing memories and aspects of the person you love. I learned to love two versions of my Mom – before and after Alzheimer's Disease. She accepted her challenge courageously and held on to her independence maintaining her wit and pride.

Through it all, my Mom showered me with compassion and increased my own level of compassion for others. My Mom and my Dad remain my greatest loves, reflecting compassionate spirits. At the same time, my Mom's disability builds even greater compassion for her and the desire to protect her. Some, if not all of you, may be able to relate.

I know many struggle with Alzheimer's Disease and Brain Health issues. At the same time, those of us standing upon the supportive sidelines struggle with heartbreak as we cheer and fight for their victory over the thief. We hope for better days and cures. And, we research for clinical trials, progressive care providers, or even support groups. It is not easy, but we do it because of love and compassion.

This month, you might be looking at ways to volunteer to help those dealing with Alzheimer's Disease or Brain Health issues. Or, you might reflect upon your own family circumstances and appreciate that you and/or your loved one are not alone in the fight. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself while exercising compassion for others.

I extend gentle wishes for better days and hopes that you are filled with great compassion. Most importantly, I hope you and your loved one(s) are victorious on the battlefield.

I close with this quote from the Dalai Lama, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

#GoPurple

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<![CDATA[In our fast-paced, sometimes frenetic, technology driven World, we move in time with the demands upon our energy. For the most part, this works. But, in other instances, it does not. For those feeling life is less than ideal, they might begin to explore consciousness and shift their attention on how to fix the broken elements of their lives. They are ready for change.

But where do we begin? How do we become the ultimate hero of our story? As a writer, I learned of the work of Joseph Campbell. His premise is that there are 12, identifiable, steps in a hero's journey. While Campbell's work is most commonly applied to the process of screenwriting, it applies to everyday living.

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The Hero’s Journey graphic above illustrates the work of Campbell. Dan Bronzite, of MovieOutline.com, references this chart as he discusses Campell’s work. Bronzite goes into more detail than this post, which may be explored here: https://bit.ly/1kRUQT4. For purposes of this article, my focus is upon the “Refusal of the Call.”

During the “Refusal” stage, the hero recognizes the need for change. Typically, this recognition is brought about by fears and doubts. We have the option to crossing “the threshold” or remain stuck. These fears and doubts may become insecurities functioning as stumbling blocks. We may become tempted to focus upon what we don’t have rather than our strengths and gifts. Fousing on deficits results in suffering.

People choose to focus on deficits for a host of reasons. These thoughts dwell in either our conscious or subconscious mind, typically conditioned by external stimuli. Daily, we are bombarded with imaging and messaging of what is good enough, sufficient or adequate. We then try to mirror what we are fed during our cycle of interaction with friends and family, peers and coworkers, news and media and even social media.

Mirroring behavior may result in settling for options to please others rather than ourselves. This mirroring pattern may snowball over time into a life that is foreign to the authentic you. And, you are left wondering who is the person looking back at you in the mirror.

Self-doubt is the other challenge with consuming the spamming of the “ideal”. Super models become icons of the desirable. Celebrities become setters of trends we receive encouragement to follow. A societal status bar of measurements and expectations may continue to build frustration when we believe we don’t fit the profiles presented.

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The best part of the Refusal stage is not what you feel as much as your awareness of your dissatisfaction. Being aware is an opportunity to create change. It may sound a bit too simple and even more difficult to implement. So, what do you do? Unpack the negative from your psyche.

Naturally, we eliminate negative programming daily from our psyche. However, sometimes we validate negative information if it comes from a source we respect or whose authority we accept. The cycle of negative acceptance and processing may eventually alter acceptance of self, does not feel good and is a call to action.

Digging out from the negative may require a variety of measures to rebuild appreciation and acceptance of self. The first thing may be to create boundaries within your present circle. Who will you allow to dictate authority over you? Evaluate who and what drags rather than encourages you and make adjustments. Tell yourself new stories in which you become your own hero. Create new memories while ridding yourself of the old. Embrace what brings you true happiness.

From social media, we know people are attracted to positive stories and imagery. We also know people tend to follow people whom they admire, with whom they can relate, and who trigger emotion allowing them to feel. Take a look at Chrissy Teigen. She’s sharp witted, but also self-deprecating. She provides entertainment. The Kardashians enjoy huge followings because they understand their brand appeal and how to emphasize the positive aspects of their lives, even if they experience something negative. Imagine if Kim or Kylie posted each day about how they are not enough? Their numbers would dwindle and their empire would collapse!

The leading social media personalities understand the need to dismiss doubts and fears. They’ve mastered the art of silencing external critiques. They’ve created boundaries allowing within their circle that which uplifts them. They tend to accept their flaws and move forward. I’m not advocating that you become a social media guru. However, following their techniques may help you to unpack negative programming.

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This article does not intend to make light of the wounds readers may be managing. The effort to unpack may require consulting a professional for assistance. This professional may be a life coach, therapist or choosing a mentor from outside your current circle. Ultimately, the most important thing to focus upon is a conscious effort to unpack what fails to bring happiness to your life.

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Meaningful Living

<![CDATA[While on #Pinterest, we found this amazing #quote!

What do you think? https://pin.it/7f2kc3ptxl2kep

The quote is a reminder of why we decided to launch our podcast, #GODandMatter.

Our goal is to uncover the mysteries of life, through candid discussion of faith, humanity and science, to give it deeper meaning.

At this time, we’re seeking #philosophers, #scientists and #spiritual #visionaries interested in #contributing their knowledge. Drop us a line via the contact form, if interested!

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