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Taming Anxiety: Effective Techniques for Focus and Relaxation (Part 1)

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The Power of Positive Visualization

When we really want something, we often feel a sense of longing and desire. The more badly we want something, the more intense our feelings become.

It has been demonstrated repeatedly that positive thinking can lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.

A small but important detail with effective positive visualization is that the feelings during a visualization session must feel good and fulfilling, as if the desired outcome is already here now. Often people feel the *lack* and by feeling the lack they push the outcome away from manifesting. In contrast, actually feeling the feelings of a desired outcome already fulfilled, as if it has already happened, brings the outcome closer to, and the into the present.

Negative visualization often results in a negative result.

There is a saying that negative thoughts attract negative outcomes1 If we are about to play a sports game against a rival team and our star player is in a funk, not believing in his or her ability, it is likely that our star player will not play their best resulting in a loss. A domino effect takes place and the rest of the team can be influenced by the star players mood and attitude.

Our board exams are like a sports game – we want to prepare and do our best to come out a winner, with our license to practice in hand.

The same goes the other way around whereby positive thoughts attract positive outcomes. By focusing on a positive visualization and working our way towards our goal, there is only a positive outcome awaiting the end of the road.2

Positive visualization often results in a positive result.

On the other hand, many successful people in different fields from business to sports and everything in between practice the art of positive visualization and yes, success became their positive outcome.

Many olympic athletes visualize successfully completing their event with very specific detail.3 “Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory,” researcher Angie LeVan wrote in Psychology Today. “So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow.”4

This holds true not just for physical achievements in all different aspects of life and its desired outcomes, including good health and finding happiness as well. A study from McGill University concluded that positive visualization increased the likelihood of survival of patients who were diagnosed with cancer.5

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”

The only way to maintain our goal to achieving a positive outcome is to stay positive throughout the road bumps that life may throw at us.

How to Practice the Art of Positive Visualization

  • STEP 1: Visualize and imagine the positive outcome you want has already happened. For example, imagine receiving the letter in the mail that you passed your exam. Imagine how it feels having the keys to your new clinic in hand, seeing your first patients, looking up on the wall to see you framed diploma and Acupuncture registration certificate. Try to *feel* the feelings as detailed as possible – feel your hand on the cool doorknob of your new clinic, hear the sound of the keys sliding into the door. Breathe deeply and try to really feel the feelings of already being present here and now.
  • STEP 2: Complete that Visualization and Come to the Present Moment of Feeling Gratitude for your present day life. Sometimes it can be helpful to write it down, or say it out loud.

Practice everyday – 10 or 15 minutes is great, but even 5 minutes will have a benefit. Find a regular time to practice positive like on a walk first thing in the morning, or before going to bed. It should be fun and feel good. If it feels like a chore, then guaranteed it will not be effective. It should feel as good as the desired outcome will feel.

Enjoy and best wishes from all of us at TCM Review!

Endnotes

  1. http://www.webmd.com/depression/depression-using-positive-thinking
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22506529
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/sports/olympics/olympians-use-imagery-as-mental-training.html?_r=0
  4. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/flourish/200912/seeing-is-believing-the-power-visualization
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12560447
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Sarah has had bleeding gums and tongue ulcers for the past month. She also complains that even though she eats often, she never feels satisfied. At night she has a hard time falling asleep and when she does sleep, she has very vivid dreams. She is constantly drinking cold water but can’t quench her thirst. What would you expect the tongue and pulse to be?

  1. Red tongue, no coat and excess pulse
  2. Red tongue, dry coat peeling in patches and excess, rapid pulse
  3. Red tongue, yellow greasy coat and excess, slippery pulse
  4. Red tongue, yellow coat and excess, rapid pulse

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Quiz Question Answer

The answer is D.

This question is asking for tongue and pulse. The key symptoms are bleeding gums, tongue ulcers, always hungry, hard time falling asleep, sleep with vivid dreams, drinks cold water can’t quench her thirst. Remember to look just at the relevant symptoms. This will help you see the diagnosis clearly. The background story is rarely significant to finding the answer.

Is this case excess or deficiency based on the symptoms presenting? It’s excess.
Is this case hot or cold based on the symptoms presenting? It’s hot

The next step is to eliminate all the answers that don’t show excess heat.

A. Is wrong because there is no coat on the tongue which always indicates yin deficiency but the pulse is excess.
A is out.

B. Also shows deficiency on the tongue even though the pulse shows excess heat.
B is out.

The rest of the answers show heat. Let’s see what we can eliminate based on our diagnosis for excess heat.
C. Shows phlegm heat and there is no phlegm in this case

D is the only one left. The tongue shows excess heat and so does the pulse. D is our answer.

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