Over the past two decades, I've had my fair share of bouts with various forms of meditation, and I have loved them all. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been without discomfort. From numb legs, feet and arms to back pain and weird "meditation headaches", I've felt it. Also anxiety, restlessness, annoyance and resistance. However, it has always been the quiet teacher whispering for my attention on a fairly regular basis.
This is a massive discovery by two exemplary scientists. Here is the link to the article.
"The couple found that certain bacteria in the mother’s digestive tract can lead to having an autistic child. Furthermore, they found the exact brain location linked to autistic behaviors, which can be used to find a cure for autism."
The connection of gut health to the brain is gaining more and more traction. Here at Live Set Free we are firmly committed to proper nutrition above all else. Not only have each of us had profound personal healing experiences as the result of following proper dietary habits, we see it constantly with our clients and patients. Everything from spontaneous blood pressure regulation to anxiety reduction to fertility to suddenly just being nicer to be around (this last one is the one that tickles us the most!).
Although the article talks about now being able to look toward a "cure", a much less expensive and immediate action women who are looking to conceive can take is learning how to eat, how to use food as medicine, to support a healthy and thriving gut biome. We are here to help!
What determines success? This teacher turned psychologist wanted to see if she could answer it.
Her answer, after years of data collection everywhere from West Point and spelling bees to inner city Chicago schools is GRIT. Having GRIT was the common factor across all successful students. She also determined grit to be the overarching quality of those successful in life. Not looks, not background, not physical fitness. Grit.
What creates grit? She tried to answer that as well. Turns out her answer is:
"I don't know."
Watch her short TED talk here to hear her speak on this topic.