Research Bolsters the Mind-Body Connection

 

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Peter Winslow, Life Coach

A respected Arizona life coach, Peter Winslow enables clients to transform their lives, achieve goals, and face the world with renewed purpose and intention. One core facet of Peter Winslow’s practice as a life coach is the mind-body connection, whose underlying scientific research he explored in a recent blog post at PeterWinslow.com.

One study conducted by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine involved more than 80 Kosovo high school students who grew up in a war-torn region where virtually all residences were bombed and burned and one-fifth of the children lost at least one parent.

With all participating students experiencing symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, PTSD, and withdrawal and numbing, a number of techniques emphasizing the mind-body connection were introduced in small-group settings. These included biofeedback, breathing techniques, meditation, and guided imagery. In addition, activities encompassed movement, creative writing, and art. The result of this program was that students exhibiting PTSD symptoms decreased from 100 percent to less than 20 percent.

Another study by a Harvard psychologist determined that thinking about how old one is impacts feelings of being old or young and the way the body responds. Subjects placed in an environment from two decades earlier in their lives had a greater observed prevalence of appearing healthier and younger than before the placement. These disparate studies uphold the concept of the mind having an outsized impact on physical and mental wellness.

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Heal for Real Offers Guidance in Overcoming Effects of Chronic Illness

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Heal for Real
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A transformative life coach in Scottsdale, Arizona, Peter Winslow provides direction on personal and life choices that range from career advancement and wealth consciousness to healing and empowerment. Peter Winslow also offers guidance on coping with the degenerative autoimmune disorder ankylosing spondylitis (AS), based on his own experiences with the condition. He developed a program for overcoming chronic pain associated with AS and published his findings in the 2010 book Heal for Real.

The book covers the trials and tribulations following his AS diagnosis and the steps he took to overcome the depression and addictions that occurred as a result. He shares his tools and techniques for creating positive changes in the body, designed to help overcome chronic pain and regain control from an incurable condition. His tips are also interwoven with powerful scientific and philosophic pieces of wisdom that promote dynamic healing.

Heal for Real is available in both physical and e-book format.

Feel, Don’t Think – Avoiding Eating as a Temporary Solution to Stress

 

Peter Winslow
Peter Winslow, Life Coach

Peter Winslow is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based life coach who engages with people from all backgrounds to help them realize inner strengths and overcome anxiety. Through programs such as The Three Minute Miracle to End Anxiety, Peter Winslow helps break addictive cycles of stress, adrenaline production, and overeating.

For many, mindless eating becomes a coping mechanism when they are depressed, as carb consumption raises the brain’s serotonin levels and releases a sense of soothing pleasure and tension release. With the temporary lift followed by a crash, the addictive cycle starts anew and leads to unhealthy weight gain.

The Three Minute Miracle, which Winslow refers to as the “Cortisol Kill Switch,” centers on employing the brain to halt stress hormones and panic mechanisms that lead to the fight-or-flight response taking hold. The secret to this is feeling instead of thinking. This seems counterintuitive, as the anxious person is usually trying not to feel dread and panic. Unfortunately, the very act of resistance, or trying to get away from anxiety, keeps stress hormones elevated and makes the situation worse.

Meditations

I’m life coach and transpersonal guide Peter Winslow. Most of you who know me, know I favor the early mornings for meditation. Most learned sages teach that four am, twelve noon and eight pm are the three times of day that provide the best opportunity for tuning in, with four am being the time when we are “nearest to the veil” that separates the material world from the essential realms. This is because everywhere on the planet, four am is the time at which everything is most quiet.

Just before the illuminating rays of dawn, nature rests in a state of flux. Terrestrial balance is stable, cleansed of the previous day’s frenetic energy and the effects of humanity’s dominion and industry. It’s in these early hours that the animal aspects of mind remain in slumber, though a deeper essence is fully awake. For a brief time, sleep has purged the emotional attachments we accumulate, and our subconscious acuity is highly perceptive.

Meditation at this still yet energetically reticulated time of day allows us to connect with inner awareness in a very profound and intimate way. Simple awareness becomes a mirror of worldly consciousness; as we awaken with the planet, we gain the opportunity to purposefully set the tone for the coming day. Even a slight moment of quietude at the muted moments of dawn can put the day into perspective. Each morning, our day’s destiny is not yet fixed, and as such there is nothing we cannot do.

Practice this yourself and discover what the wisest among us have taught from time immemorial: you are deeper than you know, deeper than you can know. It’s in our meditations that we witness the depth of who we truly are.

–Peter Winslow