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“Awaken Your Brain”

Is Extreme Wellbeing on Your “Must Have” List?

Then Play the Brain-Centered Integration Game Published on October 4, 2012 by Jeff Skolnick, M.D., P.h.D. in Awaken Your Brain 
 
In the year 2000, having studied the issue exhaustively, the White Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine declared that a “biopsychosocial–spiritual” approach to healthcare was optimal.When I read that, I could hear the collective ‘forehead smack’ as people thought, “Really? An exhaustive study to say something as obvious as that?”

It’s commonsensical. If you want peak wellbeing, you improve every area of your life. The thing is that although we may know that, we forget. We focus on one or two, maybe three areas at the expense of all the areas let alone the key strategies within each one.

Here’s a list. Just scan it. It’s got the six life wellness areas and some key examples of strategies within each one. Before you finish it and begin to freak out because it seems like so much, by the very end of this post you’ll learn that there is more to it than meets the eye:

1.  Physical

  • Exercise — both aerobic and strengthening
  • Nutrition — including optimal food, fluid and fasting
  • Sleep, rest and relaxation
  • Self-health, supplementation and partnering with professionals

2.  Mental

  • Learn about your personality and how you uniquely experience things
  • Understand the story of your family and childhood
  • Discover how to change your behavior and thinking
  • Laugh; have fun

3.  Social Read More

Los Angeles Therapist & Life Coach | David Vendig | 323-744-0751 | www.DavidVendig.com

Settling In

So I am hitting my 4-month mark of moving my practice to Silver Lake and really feel like I have become part of the neighborhood.  The location is really wonderful. Hollywood, Atwater Village, Glendale and downtown are all right at my fingertips.  On weekends, I love all the activity. Glendale Boulevard, always has lots to see:  people lined up for tacos, others out to catch a yoga class or yet others gathering for their morning coffee at the unique LAMILL Coffee Boutique.  Another cool spot on this side of town with a great vibe, I have discovered, is Tacos Delta.

 

Silver Lake’s wide range of demographics and creative minds makes the perfect blend of environment that compliments my beliefs and values.  It’s great being surrounded by the fun, and relaxed energy.  The focus of my Practice has always been solution based. I found myself wanting more from my own career, wanting to make a difference in people’s lives.  That is why I mix life coaching with therapy so we can look at staying positive, focusing on the present and looking forward to the future.

 

I love all my existing clients and I am enjoying all the new people I am getting to work with now that I have moved. Working with people on a daily basis who are wonderful, strong and resourceful, who also want more, who want to realize a vision or desire that has yet been achieved, is the reason why I do what I do. I want to work with clients who find themselves in that place where they know there is more to life than they are reaping. I want to be able to work with them and together find a set of solutions that help bring them closer to what they want. I am so glad to be continuing this journey with people in my new office.

So there you have it. I am enjoying all that my new surroundings have to offer. I am settled in, but still looking forward to discovering all the new experiences I have yet to uncover.  As Helen Keller once said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Service Areas:

I am located in the Atwater-Silverlake-Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, specializing in counseling (therapy) & life coaching for individuals and couples.

Seeing Change:

It makes me happy to see my clients come in with challenges (some that seem insurmountable) and over time gain the strength to meet these challenges and begin to look toward a brighter future. 

“Wired to Worry”

Stealth Super-Powers

Deep within you are powers you’ll never know you have—until they’re unlocked by fear. By Jeff Wise, published on November 01, 2010 – last reviewed on November 18, 2012

Before he even knew what he was doing, Tom Boyle Jr. was out of the truck and running. He’d been in the front seat of a pickup with his wife, feeling relaxed after a dinner at a Tucson mall, waiting for the line of cars in front of them to make a right turn out of the parking lot. The Camaro at the front of the queue lurched into the street, wheels squealing, and roared away trailing sparks.”Oh God, do you see that?” his wife said.

Boyle saw it: the crumpled frame of a bike under the car’s bumper, and tangled within it a boy, trapped. That’s when Boyle got out and started running. For an agonizing eternity the Camaro screeched on, dragging the mass under it. As it slowed to a stop he could hear the bicyclist pounding on the car with his free hand, screaming. Without hesitating Boyle bent down, grabbed the bottom of the chassis, and lifted with everything he had. Slowly, the car’s frame rose a few inches. The bicyclist screamed for him to keep lifting. Boyle strained. “It’s off me!” the boy yelled. Someone pulled him free, and Boyle let the car back down.

The young man was bleeding badly. Boyle held him in his arms until the ambulance came. Then he sat on the curb, drained. He felt like he was going to throw up. He asked his wife to drive him home.

Today, looking back on that frightening evening, Boyle is deeply proud of how he helped the injured cyclist. But the one thing he still can’t figure out is how he managed to lift the car. He’s a strong guy, sure. But a Camaro weighs over a ton. “Today, right now,” he says, “There’s no way I could lift that car.”

Boyle suddenly found himself in a zone that he had never before encountered. Thrust into the intensity of a life-or-death crisis, he experienced an ancient and automatic resolve. So strong is this force, so alien to our normal conscious experience, that those who experience it report that it’s like being possessed.

Most of us tend to think of fear as a negative, as something to be avoided. But fear can have powerfully positive effects as well. Read More

Los Angeles Therapist & Life Coach | David Vendig | 323-744-0751 | www.DavidVendig.com

“Breaking Free from Your Comfort Zone”

and embrace the pathway to change

Published on August 8, 2011 by Mel Schwartz, L.C.S.W. in A Shift of Mind

The most intimate relationship we will have in our lives is not with our parents, our spouses, our children or closest friends. It is with our thoughts. They are our constant companions. Our thoughts will impact our lives far more than any relationship. In fact, they will greatly impact those relations. The quality and nature of what our thoughts tell us will largely script the experience of our lives. Learning to break free from the confines of old thought is the key to personal growth.

Thoughts can either be our supportive allies or our critical antagonists.  They are the very filters through which we experience our lives. A particular thought – embedded as part of a larger belief – can either imprison or liberate us. Our thoughts very much tend to be self-fulfilling prophecies. read more

Los Angeles Therapist & Life Coach | David Vendig | 323-744-0751