i'm in a bubble
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after science comes silk
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I finally finished my research paper on psychoneuroimmunology.  I'd like to post my favorite quote that I came across in my research.  It comes from Candice Pert who first discovered neuropeptides in the immune system, which lead to the discovery that our mind is not just operating in our brains; it is operating throughout our entire bodies.

She says:

I believe that happiness is what we feel when our biochemicals of emotion, the neuropeptides and their receptors, are open and flowing freely throughout the psychosomatic network integrating and coordinating our systems, organs and cells in a smooth and rhythmic movement.  Health and happiness are often mentioned in the same breath, and maybe this is why: physiology and emotions are inseperable.  I believe that happiness is our natural state, that bliss is hard wired.  Only when our systems get blocked, shut down, and disarrayed do we experience the mood disorders that add up to unhappiness in the extreme.

As soon as school is finished I'm going to buy one of her books on how to feel good.  In the meantime I'm going to enjoy having finished my paper until I have to pick up the pace again over the holiday and do lots of online psychology extra credit stuff, make sure I'm lined up to go to Northridge and apply to UCLA.  But tonight, as I relax, I'll be drinking lots of this, which I am thoroughly addicted to:

Writer's Block: Speak and spell
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If you could cast one type of magic spell, which would you choose, and why?

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I have to admit, my answer for this is a pretty self-centered one.  It wouldn't be to eliminate war, which would be tempting to chose for me.  It would be to have the power to experience your life choices, but then kind of rewind them to make another choice, kind of like that Nicholas Cage movie with Jessica Biel.  I can't remember the name of it, but that's what he could do.  He could see any option, basically experience it but then go back and make another choice.  That way he always got what he wanted.

There's so many things I've fucked up on, usually based on my over-whelming insecurities, that I would go back and change if I could.  I hate to be one to live in regret, but come on, I'm not a millionaire.  Why not at least go back and make that happen?  Life is so much easier when you have a cash cushion.

I have a sore throat today
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Being sick is the worst.  You have to put your whole life on hold.  It's an excuse to not doing anything...but when you get better all that stuff you didn't have to do is still there waiting for you to do it.

If i weren't so sick I'd answer the writer's block question today and present my own as well.  For now, I'm skipping my Human Sexuality class and just resting and eating food.  Probably drink lots of tea and orange juice too.

I hope you're all healthier than I am.

Kind of ironic that I'm writing a paper on how the mind affects health.  So true, i've been super stressed the past few days over school and stuff.  Looking forward to getting healthy and getting school shit done.

Writer's Block: Time for a reboot
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Which phrase would you choose to replace the ubiquitous "Have a nice day" phrase?

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I read
an article today on the Huffington Post that explained the question of Why are we here? by simply saying we are here because we decided to be.  Our existence and reality lies in our consciousness.  It's a new theory called Biocentricism and challenges the concepts of both God and Evolution aka the Big Bang Theory.  Here is an excerpt:

"Indeed, according to biocentrism, it's us, the observer, who create space and time (which is the reason you're here now). Consider everything you see around you right now. Language and custom say it all lies outside us in the external world. Yet you can't see anything through the vault of bone that surrounds your brain. Your eyes aren't just portals to the world. In fact, everything you experience, including your body, is part of an active process occurring in your mind. Space and time are simply the mind's tools for putting it all together.

Theoretical physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow recently stated:

There is no way to remove the observer -- us -- from our perceptions of the world ... In classical physics, the past is assumed to exist as a definite series of events, but according to quantum physics, the past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.'"

This is very similar to the idea in the book and movie The Secret about the Law of Attraction and how we attract things into our life by our thoughts.  It's also very similar to Eckart Tolle's idea in The Power of Now about the concept of time being an illusion.  As with psychoneuroimmunology, our thought process, attitude and state of mind have more control over things in our life (i.e. health) than we have generally, previously believed.

With that said I'd replace "Have a nice day!" with something like "Think nice thoughts!"

Psychoneuroimmunology: It sounds fancy and it is.
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I'm studying psychology in school right now and have chosen to do my research paper on psychoneuroimmunology.  That is the study of the way the immune system is controlled by our minds.  More specificially, it's actually the study of how the immune system is part of our mind.  I read a book last night called Healing and the Mind.  It is basically a series of interviews with scientists who study this stuff.  The one woman said that our entire bodies ARE our minds.  Our bodies know things.  We have neuropeptides running through every part of our body that tells our body how to react: get sick, be happy, feel angry, all of that stuff.  They act as messengers traveling all around our bodies.

I'm hoping learning about this will enlighten me as to how we as humans can have control over the health of our minds/moods and our physical bodies.  The more research that is done in this field the further we're going to get with learning about how to control our state of being.  We are essentially a collection of molecules, like a computer program.  The woman in the same interview, Candance Pert, said that there is this "mystery energy" that exists, but scientists don't know what it is.  It is kind of the missing link between fully understanding how our minds and bodies are connected.

According to Pert, the Latin root word of health is whole.  Apparently, our ancestors were more clued in than we'd like to think.

Writer's Block: BFFs
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If you were in solitary confinement for the rest of your life, and you discovered a cockroach in your room, would you kill it or make it your friend?

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Although I normally kill on a fury of screaming and spraying raid when I see a cockroach in my home, I would make this one my friend.  If I'm gonna be alone forever I might as well learn to see the beauty in it.  I'd need something with another heart beat around.

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