There is a common belief that all sharks must keep moving to stay alive. According to the American Museum of Natural History, Seminars on Science, this is only true in Great White, Mako, and Whale sharks because they are obligate ram ventilators, which means they must constantly move water over their gills to breathe, it is not true in the majority of sharks.
That was today's science lesson... But what does that have to do with us humans?
According to the World Health Organization, depression has become one of the most common illnesses, it affects over 300 million people on Earth. Antidepressant medications have been used to treat depression for decades. Dismayed with the side-effects of these medications, many people are seeking an alternative treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method that teaches a person to observe and challenge their own perception of a given situation. One of the concepts in CBT is that one must take an action in order to feel better. If one sits and waits until one feels better before taking an action, one will not feel better. The emphasis is on action and the action builds momentum. The key is in the momentum built upon forward motion. Once you get moving, you will begin to feel a bit better, then it is more likely that you will keep moving, and if you keep moving, you will feel better and better, doing more and creating more forward momentum which will support you in climbing up, out of the deep, dark, pit that is depression. So yes, if you are even mildly depressed you should take a lesson from the Great White and Keep Moving!
Tap into the Power of Momentum. Keep Moving, keep, doing, make continuous progress toward a goal, any goal. Even if you are so depressed that your goal is to get out of bed and brush your teeth. Take small consistent steps forward. If you are feeling stuck, look around your life and do the smallest necessary thing first. Just get moving, then do not rest on your laurels, find the next thing and the next thing and the next thing, just keep moving. Consistent movement forward is an effective tool in battling depression, and a significant aspect of goal achievement. It will also improve your self-esteem as you accomplish one task after another; leading you to the achievement of one goal after another. You will feel better moment by moment day by day.
So, should you be a shark? Yes, Absolutely!
Sleep Hygiene. What does that mean?
The Hygiene of Sleep was a concept developed in 1939 by Nathaniel Kleitman, PhD, he was The pioneer in sleep research and devoted his entire life to the study of sleep. His book, Sleep and Wakefulness, is regarded as the ultimate source book for all sleep researchers. Since 1939 others have built upon his work and borrowed from it. The term Sleep Hygiene as it is used today, describes a method of sleep self-help.
Just as one must care for one’s teeth through proper dental hygiene, a regimen of brushing and flossing.
One can also help assure good sleep by implementing the following practices:
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In 1968, three brave men, astronauts Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell Jr., circumnavigated our Moon. William Anders captured this remarkable photo, "Earthrise," which was published after he returned to Earth.
As they floated above the surface of the Moon in awe, they were the first human beings to actually view the far side of the Moon and the first to see Earth from such a distance. Borman said, "The contrast between the distressed Moon and beautiful blue Earth was remarkable, the Earth was the only thing in the entire Universe that had any color. You could see the white clouds, the brownish pink continents..." And on the 24th of December 1968, they telecast a message worldwide in real-time. Approximately one Billion people received their message simultaneously.
Five decades ago, those three men looked back at Earth, their home, 239,855 miles away and saw a brilliant blue jewel shining in the darkness. That night, a billion people were united. They were not Asian, African, Australian, American, European, Israeli, Iranian, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim or Jew; but rather, for that miraculous moment, they were, the people of Earth. Borman, Anders, and Lovell could see that truth so clearly; no separation, no boundaries, only a whole planet. A beautiful blue sphere, shining alone in the vastness of space.
Last month, people of various religions around the world commemorated Freedom, Light, Love, and Family in the celebrations of Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. As we face the coming year, let us stand together in Hope. May we pause to remember what Borman, Anders, and Lovell saw: one whole planet. Let us endeavor to see each other as people of Earth, with more in common, than not. Let us each be that beautiful jewel shining in the darkness. Together We Can Be Hope for tomorrow.
My wish for you in this New Year is: Abundant Blessings,
Peace of Mind and Heart, and Hope for the Future.
With all my love,