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By Jamie Michele
Calm Brain Powerful Mind: Abolish Stress to Unleash Your True Potential by Aziz Velji is a non-fiction self-help guide with the aim of burrowing down to the root causes of stress to eliminate them as opposed to simply learning how to cope with them. This concept is what sets Velji’s work apart from other guides that may appear to be on the same wavelength at first glance but, on further reading, most certainly are not.
Creatively illustrated self-help book about how a person can eliminate stress from their lives to access the inherent power of their mind. It links the relationship between developments in neuroscience, and quantum physics to stress, mental health, emotional intelligence, and the teachings on meditation from the East, to help the reader understand the true causes of stress, and how the various parts of the brain are critical in its development… and ultimately, in its removal.
BookLife Prize 2020
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Calm Brain Powerful Mind: Abolish Stress to Unleash Your True Potential is a self-help program for abolishing stress using brain power. It is recommended for readers who would adopt strategies presented as a series of ‘journeys’ that range from sitting in silence and conscious breathing exercises to understanding the science and art of applied meditation techniques.
The second half of life puts you in the captain’s seat to steer your life as you see fit. At first it may feel intimidating because there is no set path to follow, but the more you lean into the feeling of being liberated from your subconscious conditioning the more awake you will be to your surroundings.
This half of life is characterized by its simplicity and an environment that places emphasis on basking in the experience of the moment. It is about flowing with life – discovering, creating and designing what you want out of your day-to-day encounters, which will ultimately leave you feeling more energized and whole.
Entering the second half of life requires being aware and more attuned to your surroundings, your activities and your relationships. It can be spurred by encountering hardship, which then causes you to pay deeper attention to what is causing you to feel unsettled while going through the first half of life. This bout of discomfort opens an opportunity for deep contemplation and mindfulness that can ignite our emotional intelligence to spur a radical transformation within ourselves. The transition to the second half of life can also be incited by becoming more present in moments that bring joy, calm, and clarity.
We’ll take a look at exactly what these crossover points may be and how the transition from the first half of life to the second is like crossing over a rope bridge that may fill you with a fear of the unknown, but inspires a wave of self-assurance and wonder once the first step is taken.
Welcome to another week of the Secret of Aging With Grace and Wisdom Series!
Part IIB: How We Live Today – The First Half of Life will talk about the force of creativity.
You may be familiar with it. It’s that feeling of curiosity, excitement and fun that was so easily invoked when we were children. As we get older, our creative sides tend to get hushed as the will to survive and fit in with society becomes a louder force in our lives.
We’ll take some time to unpack what it means to live in creativity. Then we’ll look at how our brain is split into two: the analytical left-hemisphere brain and the intuitive right-hemisphere brain. We live in a society that tends to lean towards more intellectual and scientific ways of thinking. But the real key is to find balance between the two to give depth to our everyday experiences.