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Are You a Rippler?

28 Jul

I am, right now, on a brain and world expanding trip to Tanzania. I am working with an amazing organization called Global Volunteers. My task is to ask questions and gather data to initiate a project that is intended to reduce stunting and raise cognitive funtion for villagers in the Iringa Region of Tanzania. This is the first in a series of thought pieces as I work my through Tanzania and this inspiring project.

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I think I have always been a rippler.

Rippler: A person who starts and/or continues ripples in hopes that those ripples will grow, merge with other ripples, and begin something beyond us all.

Yes, that is my definition but I think it fits for so many.

I wonder if it is odd that I find myself standing in the spot where it feels like life began – that thing that started as result of an event much beyond a ripple – and I am being pulled on to another huge event, in this moment in time, that is so much more than a ripple and might be hard for me to turn away from.

I know this all sounds oh so dramatic but I believe it is no coincidence that I am standing, geographically, at a spot where the first humans walked on the Earth, feeling like I am at the start of something big.

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Here in Africa, the energy is so different. I can feel it and, for the moment, it is beyond what I understand. What I do understand is that the project I am watching unfold is not about making ripples, it is about the start of a wave.

Stepping in and riding that wave is completely new when you are used to making ripples.

Ripplers beware – momentum is growing and we need to expand with it.

 Next installment coming as internet allows! What is happening in your world?

 

Real Power Comes Gently… From Balance

26 May

I don’t start many sentences with “I believe”. It feels like an irrevocable moral contract of some kind – something never to be taken lightly. Right now, I have a couple of those rattling around.

I believe in energy and the body’s power to gently guide that energy to get results.

Let me explain.

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We live our lives in these things made mostly of water, fueled by chemical and electrical activity – that’s energy. With all things that run on energy, the right mix of elements – all those key components to fire the mechanism properly—is pretty important for optimum functioning. If our goal is to maintain a mixture that supports living in a particular way, tracking those balances, as if watching a monitor, is necessary. Not too much and not too little but always fluid and flexible.

I believe that we can reset those balances by doing course corrections, big and small, along the way.

Note the studies examining BNDF – a little protein that we know is released during exercise. This little protein has the power to tap into DNA and make something happen. BNDF actually unlocks a rule programmed in DNA, found specifically on chromosome 11, and triggers a particular sequence of events that tells the body to create new cells – researchers believe that that sequence triggers the creation of new neurons.

Think about that for a second.

Every time I step on the elliptical or go out for a vigorous walk I am telling my body that I want more neurons… I want to grow. That is not just energy but that is power.

That is one protein and one tiny set of instructions in our DNA but one that can be seen in the lab – today.

Not science fiction.

Not voodoo or mysticism.

One protien that we have the power to activate personally every single day.

Just imagine the possibilities as this branch of research deepens and scientist continue to unlock the mysteries of the relationship between our behaviors and our bodies.

Goose bumps, right?

choose lined with gold

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