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I am resting in the chaos at 20.6275° N, 87.0811° W. With each passing moment I am shifting out of chronos time and into kairos time. My physiology, at a cellular level, is mirroring my increasingly relaxed mind, and I am less and less concerned with the chronological or sequential nature of time. I am noticing with greater frequency, and more deeply, the exact moment of opportunity. When my belly stirs with hunger. When my desire is employed to move alongside or into the turquoise sea. It can be so easy in a setting like this. But still, if I haven’t followed the circuitous nature of kairos time in my day to day busy life, I will likely not find it on the Mayan Rivera. We have a new moon and solar eclipse in Pisces tonight, opposed by Jupiter in Virgo with Saturn in Sagittarius completing a t-square to the whole shabang. This is a good time to practice a shift and stay in the flow of it until the next full moon.

I know someone who recently did a vision board. She carefully cut out pictures and glued them down as a map of where she would like her life to take her. Now is her chance to really ground what can seem like a willy-nilly-silly plan. If she works with this incoming energy, she can commit with Saturn and ride the abundant wave of Jupiter all the way out – determined with Virgo to make good sense of her vision. She can work with a brain balanced in sense and dream to create a rich life. Otherwise, even the warm, soft, dreamy waves of the Carribean will eventually knock her off her feet.

Go ahead and shift this week. Find that intuitive nature of kairos time (no matter where you are), take what you learn, and feed yourself. It is so much easier to find a good taco stand after a long walk on the beach.

Ready to learn how to trust yourself? Are you ready to let go of your self-imposed limitations? Let Tami Boehle-Satterfield guide you in building new neuro-pathways in trust and abundance, installing beliefs that support what you want, and de-programming your outdated beliefs through hypnosis based in cutting-edge science. Learn more and about hypnosis for anxiety and schedule at Attentiontoliving.com

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You know how important your use of language is when you are communicating with an other. The misuse of a word, the pace of your speech, or an awkward pause can entirely change the meaning of the message you intended to send.

Well, it is not much difference when you are talking to yourself. As we approach 2016, you might be considering your resolutions for the New Year: the things you want to accomplish and the things you would like to abandon. Pay attention. You may have already hypnotized yourself into believing that what you would like to resolve into the future is already not possible.

For example, you might find yourself saying things like, “I am just always so tired.” Or maybe you say, ” This never works. I don’t even know why I try.”  Do you say some version of, ” I used to be able to, but I can’t anymore.”

These tapes might be running over and over again, day in and day out, in your head.  You may have hypnotized yourself into believing what you want isn’t possible.  And if that is so, it will be pretty hard to take on a new exercise routine if your system is programmed for, “always tired.” It won’t be easy to figure out the “ins and outs” of the latest technology, if your system is programmed for, “this never works out.” It will be in further complicated, if you are programmed to operate under the confusion of “I don’t know why I try.” And if you would like to stop over indulging, but your system is wired for “I can’t,” – well,  it is a good bet that you won’t.

Language transforms your abstract ideas into organized and concrete thoughts. These thoughts inform your emotions and your emotions inform your actions. If what you think informs a healthy feeling, you will be more likely to act in ways that are in your best interest, and vise versa. That is a scientific fact!

Don’t wait until 2016 to set your intentions for the New Year, go ahead and do it now. Get good and clear about what you really want.  Spend time and listen to your wheel turn. Hear what you are saying to yourself. If you discover you don’t like what you hear- go ahead and change it!  Be mindfully ready New Year’s Eve with your intention and the resolve to think in a way that supports what you want. Forget about what you don’t want.  Go ahead.  Just forget about it and go ahead and think about what you want and how you will get it.

Need help de-programming? Would you like to learn how to hypnotize yourself for more opportunity in life? Would you like more time and energy to create the outcomes you want? Schedule with Tami Satterfield at attentiontoliving.com

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This is a time of incredible expansion and with expansion there will be contraction. With expansion and contraction there is the potential for a lot of movement — growth even. You might be feeling it. Keep in mind the balance necessary for health and remind yourself as you feel the contraction that somewhere else in your life there is expansion. You might take more notice of the expansion and see that it is profound. You might see that it has the ability to change your life significantly. We have been on a bit of a roller coaster these last couple of years and this year is a year of transition. After a lot of hard work,this is the year things begin to fall into place. If you would like to explore this further and learn to change your thinking so that it supports your New Year’s intentions, you might consider joining my new workshop.

Change The Way You Think And Find Joy In Being Yourself — A Virtual Workshop

We have a new moon in Aquarius coming in February 18. This moon, like it’s predecessor, is barely in the sign of the water-bearer and is significantly influenced by Pisces. This New Moon brings supports to new beginnings that embody your authentic uniqueness, follow your intuition and serve the collective. What does this mean to you? This is a very good time to dive deeply into the possibilities of your greater purpose. It is early in the year and with some effort on your part you might be able to change your thinking and manifest those New Year’s Intentions while also providing yourself with more experiences of joy and peace of mind this year and in years to come.

I like to look at the world and my life from many different perspectives. It gives me more options. It can make it easier to “see” what to do. It can make it easier to make sense of things and align my actions with my purpose. If you have interest in exploring this notion, you might be interested in working this new moon energy alongside of understanding the current universal energy flow. This is not necessarily about astrology, it is about utilizing readily available information (astrological energy) to understand things for a greater perspective. With more information, you will likely find it easier to influence your life and you might begin to really understand how to let go of the illusion of control and trust that it can work out for you. You might come to better understand the notion of faith in yourself and your purpose here.

Are you interested? If so, I will be providing a workshop on “Changing The Way You Think And Find Joy In Being Yourself”

How does it work? Expect to receive emails from me that will include educational information about the universal energy at this time, strategies for thinking about it, suggestions for putting new thoughts into action, and questions for personal inquiry. You can attend to the workshop at your own pace or keep pace with the schedule of emails. Either works. When you participate with the schedule of emails you may also ask questions of me that I will answer to you personally, as well as share in my outgoing emails (without disclosing your personal identity) so that others “studying” alongside you can benefit from your wise inquiries — just like a classroom setting only its perfectly fine to be in your pjs!

What others have said about my virtual work: “I didn’t expect to get so much feedback from you (Tami). It was awesome, sort of like private counseling work.” “I learned a lot about the way that I think about myself and ways to think that actually feel better.” “It was fun and different from any other workshop I have done about this sort of thing.” “I think I made some very big changes in my life as a result of this workshop.” “I have saved all the emails because they are helpful to read.”

When and how long? The week of February 9 through the week of March 5

What does it cost? The cost is $25. Visit my website at attentiontoliving.com and click on workshops to pay by credit card.

Ready to get started? Send me an email letting me know your interest. Include: 1. A sentence that states you give me permission to share questions you may ask without including your personal or identifying information. 2. What you would like to gain from this workshop. 3. How would you know if your thinking changed and you felt joy being yourself? What would your life look like? What would it feel like?

I am Looking forward to our work together.

Tami

Tami Boehle-Satterfield, LCSW-C
Attention to Living
attentiontoliving.com

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Virtual Workshop

We have a new moon in Leo coming in July 26. I like to look at the world and my life from many different perspectives. It gives me more options. It can make it easier to “see” what to do. It can make it easier to make sense of things and align my actions with my purpose. If you have interest in exploring this notion, you might be interested in working this new moon energy alongside of understanding the current universal energy flow. This is not necessarily about astrology, it is about utilizing readily available information (astrological energy) to understand things for a greater perspective. With more information, you will likely find it easier to influence your life and you might begin to really understand how to let go of the illusion of control and trust that it can work out for you. You might come to better understand the notion of faith.

Are you interested? If so, I will be providing a workshop on “learning to let go and trusting that you can manifest your heart’s desire.”

How does it work? Expect to receive emails from me that will include educational information about the universal energy at this time, strategies for thinking about it, suggestions for putting new thoughts into action, and questions for personal inquiry. You may also ask questions of me that I will answer to you, as well as share in my outgoing emails (without disclosing your personal identity) so that others “studying” alongside you can benefit from your wise inquiries — just like a classroom setting only its perfectly fine to be in your pjs!

When and how long? The week of July 21 through the week of August 18

What does it cost? Not a thing past your interest. It is a freebee.

Ready to get started? Send me an email letting me know your interest. Include: 1. A sentence that states you give me permission to share questions you may ask without including your personal or identifying information. 2. What you would like to gain from this workshop. 3. What your heart does desire.

Looking forward to working together.

Tami
attentiontoliving.com
tbsatterfield@comcast.net

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It all works out. It is fine. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be. Nothing has gone wrong. With enough perspective you always see this. Quiet your ego. Remind the ego of this. It wants what it want NOW! And it is always NOW, and so, the ego always wants what it wants NOW.

It all works out. It is fine. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be. Nothing has gone wrong. You know this.Deep within the well of yourself, you know this. You might like to allow yourself to experience this knowledge. You might like to do more than think it. Go ahead and feel it. Feel the sensations of “It all works out. It is fine. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be. Nothing has gone wrong.”

“See” what that feels like. “See” what you think NOW.

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Notice thoughts that create sensations within your body that feel good, that you like.

You might notice that when your thoughts create nice sensations within your body that it can be easy to think, “It is okay. It will be okay. Everything will work out.” And you might even remember that it usually does. In fact, you might think, “It might always work out.” So notice the thoughts that you like. Really bring your attention to them. Notice what you think that feels good and then appreciate the feeling. Go within yourself and thank yourself for having created such nice sensations – sensations that feel good. Allow yourself to be grateful for feeling good.

Your thoughts inform your emotions or “feelings”, emotions inform your physiology. Literally, the thoughts you think program the cells in your body. Once programed they communicate to all the parts of the body and soon you are moving through the world making your thoughts come true. You are creating your own reality.

Notice the thoughts that create good feelings and begin to change your brain from thinking thoughts that don’t create the sensations you like to thinking more thoughts that do create the sensations you like. The more you do this, the more often you think thoughts that support you and the life you want to create. Be present and create the life you want. It’s only your resistance to the present moment, to the thought you are thinking, that is holding you back.

Experiencing relaxation, satisfaction, and contentment might only be a thought away.

Go ahead, think about. Then forget about it. BE. Just be and see what you notice.

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LONDON — SIX years ago I was struck down with a mystery illness. My weight dropped by 30 pounds in three months. I experienced searing stomach pain, felt utterly exhausted and no matter how much I ate, I couldn’t gain an ounce.

I went from slim to thin to emaciated. The pain got worse, a white heat in my belly that made me double up unexpectedly in public and in private. Delivering on my academic and professional commitments became increasingly challenging.

It was terrifying. I did not know whether I had an illness that would kill me or stay with me for the rest of my life or whether what was wrong with me was something that could be cured if I could just find out what on earth it was.

Trying to find the answer, I saw doctors in London, New York, Minnesota and Chicago.

I was offered a vast range of potential diagnoses. Cancer was quickly and thankfully ruled out. But many other possibilities remained on the table, from autoimmune diseases to rare viruses to spinal conditions to debilitating neural illnesses.

Treatments suggested ranged from a five-hour, high-risk surgery to remove a portion of my stomach, to lumbar spine injections to numb nerve paths, to a prescription of antidepressants.

Faced with all these confusing and conflicting opinions, I had to work out which expert to trust, whom to believe and whose advice to follow. As an economist specializing in the global economy, international trade and debt, I have spent most of my career helping others make big decisions — prime ministers, presidents and chief executives — and so I’m all too aware of the risks and dangers of poor choices in the public as well as the private sphere. But up until then I hadn’t thought much about the process of decision making. So in between M.R.I.’s, CT scans and spinal taps, I dove into the academic literature on decision making. Not just in my field but also in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, information science, political science and history.

What did I learn?

Physicians do get things wrong, remarkably often. Studies have shown that up to one in five patients are misdiagnosed. In the United States and Canada it is estimated that 50,000 hospital deaths each year could have been prevented if the real cause of illness had been correctly identified.

Yet people are loath to challenge experts. In a 2009 experiment carried out at Emory University, a group of adults was asked to make a decision while contemplating an expert’s claims, in this case, a financial expert. A functional M.R.I. scanner gauged their brain activity as they did so. The results were extraordinary: when confronted with the expert, it was as if the independent decision-making parts of many subjects’ brains pretty much switched off. They simply ceded their power to decide to the expert.

If we are to control our own destinies, we have to switch our brains back on and come to our medical consultations with plenty of research done, able to use the relevant jargon. If we can’t do this ourselves we need to identify someone in our social or family network who can do so on our behalf.

Anxiety, stress and fear — emotions that are part and parcel of serious illness — can distort our choices. Stress makes us prone to tunnel vision, less likely to take in the information we need. Anxiety makes us more risk-averse than we would be regularly and more deferential.

We need to know how we are feeling. Mindfully acknowledging our feelings serves as an “emotional thermostat” that recalibrates our decision making. It’s not that we can’t be anxious, it’s that we need to acknowledge to ourselves that we are.

It is also crucial to ask probing questions not only of the experts but of ourselves. This is because we bring into our decision-making process flaws and errors of our own. All of us show bias when it comes to what information we take in. We typically focus on anything that agrees with the outcome we want.

We need to be aware of our natural born optimism, for that harms good decision making, too. The neuroscientist Tali Sharot conducted a study in which she asked volunteers what they believed the chances were of various unpleasant events’ occurring — events like being robbed or developing Parkinson’s disease. She then told them what the real chances of such an event happening actually were. What she discovered was fascinating. When the volunteers were given information that was better than they hoped or expected — say, for example, that the risk of complications in surgery was only 10 percent when they thought it was 30 percent — they adjusted closer to the new risk percentages presented. But if it was worse, they tended to ignore this new information.

This could explain why smokers often persist with smoking despite the overwhelming evidence that it’s bad for them. If their unconscious belief is that they won’t get lung cancer, for every warning from an antismoking campaigner, their brain is giving a lot more weight to that story of the 99-year-old lady who smokes 50 cigarettes a day but is still going strong.

We need to acknowledge our tendency to incorrectly process challenging news and actively push ourselves to hear the bad as well as the good. It felt great when I stumbled across information that implied I didn’t need any serious treatment at all. When we find data that supports our hopes we appear to get a dopamine rush similar to the one we get if we eat chocolate, have sex or fall in love. But it’s often information that challenges our existing opinions or wishful desires that yields the greatest insights. I was lucky that my boyfriend alerted me to my most dopamine-drugged moments. The dangerous allure of the information we want to hear is something we need to be more vigilant about, in the medical consulting room and beyond.

My own health story had a happy ending. I was finally given a diagnosis of a rare lymphatic vessel condition, and decided that surgery made sense. Not the five-hour surgical intervention that would have left me in bed recovering for more than three months, but a much less intrusive keyhole surgery with a quick recovery. I chose a surgeon who wasn’t overly confident. I’d learned in my research that the super-confident, doctor-as-god types did not always perform well. One study of radiologists, for example, reveals that those who perform poorly on diagnostic tests are also those most confident in their diagnostic prowess.

My surgery went well. The pain subsided, the pounds gradually came back on. I am now cured.

With brain switched on and eyes wide open, we can’t always guarantee a positive outcome when it comes to a medical decision, but we can at least stack the odds in our favor.