Green Living July 2018

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TURN NEGATIVE ANXIETY INTO POSITIVE ENERGY Author shares secrets of reframing negative thoughts



f you feel a knot in your belly, your heart pounding, repetitive and negative thoughts or other manifestations of anxiety, think about this: the solution may not be medication or meditation, it may be related to your lifestyle. But it is possible to create a mentality that helps you to acknowledge anxiety triggers and keep them from hijacking your mind and your life! I have developed the Mindful Framing practice to help people dealing with anxiety and stress develop a calm mind, emotional balance and excellent health. In my book “Mindful Framing: Transform your Anxiety into Vital Energy,” I have laid out a mental plan to ease anxiety in just 15 minutes per day. The book and free audiovisual materials provide all the tools needed to leverage the five senses to connect with nature; harmonize emotions with those of others; and invigorate the body, especially the immunity (the balanced state of the body in which it is able to fight or resist infections or diseases).

THE GIFTS OF NATURE While we belong to the natural world, we are mostly focused on the artificial world. When we spend leisure time in the forest or a beautiful landscape, we often pay more attention to our mind or smartphone than to the environment. Being able to fully enjoy Mother Nature with our senses is within reach: it just requires a prepared and open mind.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE We spend time surrounded by people, but often feel lonely. We should create an emotional bank to give and receive love, compassion and gratitude. We need to learn about our emotional tree,

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understanding the roots of our character and the way we can harmonize our interactions with others. This is emotional intelligence – the ability to identify our strengths and weaknesses, selfregulate, and truly listen to the words and moods of others. All this cannot happen in a vacuum; some people have this emotional scaffolding in place, while others need to develop or improve it. Our body is tremendously complex. The immune system, especially, is unknown to many people. Immunity requires a delicate balance that once shaken can lead to serious diseases, including cancer. With creative ideas and a clever use of storytelling, "Mindful Framing" provides a short story to describe the main orchestrator of the immune system: the T cell. This cell is a smart detective solving mysterious crimes in the city of Boston. The metaphor will help you familiarize yourself with the physical consequences of infections, cancer or autoimmune diseases driven by a malfunction of immune cells. Once familiarized with the basics of immunity and how it interacts with other body systems, you will learn how to invigorate the entire body. "Mindful Framing" is rooted in ancient teachings and provides an alternative to conventional meditation practices. This revolutionary approach to controlling anxiety focuses on self reflection to confront anxiety triggers and replace them with a mindful lifestyle. This is the NEO Chi lifestyle, a method of transforming anxiety into vital energy. Dr. Oscar Segurado is the author of "Mindful Framing" an immunologist and neuroscientist with a lifelong interest in the intersection of conventional and ancient medicine. His interest in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine led to the development of mindful framing and associated NEO Chi lifestyle. His experience of how anxiety can affect the immune system has been a core motivation in his life’s work.

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