Origins: 36 Interviews; Amen's Wisdom
too good to keep to myself!
Happy Monday; Happy Thanksgiving week.
As I strive to be conscious about what comes into my life, I hope what I put out reflects this discernment. If we're all connected, let me be a signal repeater for light and glory!
So, last week I shared about the free showing of Origins, Now there's a mini-telesummit adjunct to the movie playing for the next three days, with 36--thirty-six--interviews with experts featured in the movie as well as others, exploring how we can do better as a species in all areas of life.
Almost all the experts are people I already enjoy listening to and feel that I learn from, and there are some that are new to me from whom I'm glad to learn. I'll write sometime about the benefits of benign brainwashing/positive self-hypnosis, although "being conscious about what I allow in" is really the long and short of it.
Bearing in mind I expose myself to a lot of this stuff, there was one expert I hadn't heard from in a while whose presence I appreciated in the movie, and the "deep dive" interview with him is what spurred me to write another post about this--it's worth far more than the price (free!) of admission.
I'm talking about the interview with Dr Daniel Amen. His work is far-reaching enough that my therapist in AK had heard of and recommended it, but he's cutting-edge-alternative enough to have keynoted at a past Longevity Now Conference. What he says about the brain and brain health has the ring of common sense that appeals to a layperson, backed by 100,000 physical brain scans conducted on residents of 111 countries and decades of clinical practice.
We tend to focus on other organs and not think enough about protecting and nurturing our brains. But Alzheimer's development can begin 30 years before the first symptom. Our brain is responsible for our decision-making, and when we make good decisions we're happier, healthier, wealthier, and have more energy and focus. The converse is also true.
I hadn't heard an interview with him in a couple years, and this one is excellent--Pedram knows the material and is a great interviewer. Enough of the material was repetition that it had the ring of stable truth being reinforced, and then there were enough new statistics, considerations, and stories that it was also entertaining and interesting.
I really urge you to go watch it! But considering that one thing he highlighted as crucial to a healthy brain was a sense of connection and community, here are some of his specific "crucial to a healthy brain" recommendations that you'll hear/read elsewhere too:
- A sense of connection and community (e.g. Jim Rohn in the entrepreneurial sphere)
- What benefits the gut/heart/other organs benefits the brain too. (I'm looking at Dr David Perlmutter and Dr Datis Kharrazian)
- Adequate sleep for blood flow to the brain and optimal gene expression (science news or check out Shawn Stevenson's book)
- Drugs are not good for the brain long term . (nuff said)
- Eat foods that feed your brain, avoid foods that harm your brain. (Why is this obvious "no brainer" so hard for us?)
On that note, one more thing he says here that really struck me: When you're doing the right thing, you don't feel deprived. Because you're feeling good in yourself, you're in stride, you're in flow, and you don't want to jeopardize that.
I'd love for you to experience the rest of this interview and thirty-five others, and to let me know what you think! Once again, I have no ulterior motive in sharing this. I just want to spread the good word.