ATLANTA HEAL NEWSLETTER
Published by the Atlanta Chapter of the Human Ecology Action League (HEAL), Inc.
P.O. Box 28116, Atlanta, GA 30358-0116. www.atlantaheal.org
President: Andrew Heyward, First Vice President, Program Chairman: Sydna Fisher, Second Vice President,
Membership: Joyce Taylor, Secretary: Joyce Taylor,Treasurer: Andrew B, Webmaster: Ian Greenberg, Newsletter: Sydna Fisher
There will be no June or August meeting, but we’ll meet on July 21st for a social/swap meet. An email will be sent to confirm or change the day if the room isn’t available on the 21st, and members who attend meetings who aren’t on the email list will be called.
REPORT OF MAY MEETING
The speaker for our May meeting was Nancy Banks, a wellness advocate who studies various health disciplines and speaks on topics including healing with light, which she covered in our July meeting last year. Her latest find is Super Oxygen Light Technology, LED light bulbs coated with titanium dioxide that get rid of mildew and tobacco odors, harmful pollutants, bacteria, and viruses. The light bulbs fit into a standard socket and come in regular, dimmable, and 3 way. They are FDA approved, good for plants, and are most effective when several lights are used for several hours. For more information see the enclosed Pure Light pages or Nancy's website.
Broadly speaking, there are two major types of meditation. One is directing attention inward, focusing on the breath, sound, words, or images, and the other is open awareness, perceiving experience non-judgmentally. Dr. Amit Sood says that many people find these practices difficult, so he offers meditation 2.0, an approach adapted for 21st century minds, which involves 1 or 2 minutes of intentional presence multiple times throughout the day with focused and relaxed attention and grateful and compassionate intention. Cultivating kindness towards self and others, and thinking intentional thoughts help overcome the mind’s predispositions to focusing on the negative, addiction to short term gratification, and discounting the good.
Seven features of meditation 2.0 summarize the essentials of the practice – intentional presence, coming outward, having a long term perspective, being grateful and compassionate, being kind, filling the mind with thoughts based on principles, and becoming more aware of what it is to be human.
Meditation, whether it is outward focused or inward focused, fosters better attention, balanced optimism, clearer thinking, lower stress, greater resilience and happiness, better focus and creativity, and for many, spiritual growth.
Meditation 2.0 is taught to about 50,000 people a year in the SMART program – Stress Management and Resilience Training. The core practices are described in the books The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living and The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness. Go to newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/files/2015/02/Meditation-2.0.pdf for an excellent four page article on Meditation 2.0 by Amit Sood.
HELP FOR SENSORY OVERLOAD
In The Empath's Survival Guide – Life strategies for Sensitive People, author Judith Orloff, MD, says that empaths share some or all of the traits of people described by Elaine Aron in her book Highly Sensitive People, such as a low threshold for stimulation, the need for time alone, sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, avoiding large groups or crowds, taking longer to wind down after a busy stimulating day, and love of nature and quiet environments, but empaths feel and absorb subtle energies around them. Dr. Orloff describes the three broad types of empaths – physical, emotional, and intuitive, as well as the subtypes, and provides questionnaires to determine if you are an empath.
Because the threshold for sensory overload is low, self-care is very important. Fatigue, illness, rushing, traffic, crowds, loud environments, toxic people, low blood sugar, arguing, overwork, chemical sensitivities, too much socializing, and feeling trapped in overstimulating situations all intensify the overload. What helps? Slowing down, unplugging from all stimulation, sleep, meditation, solitude, and walking in nature. The author gives affirmations, self protection strategies such as grounding and shielding, and possible cures for an emotional hangover. She also lists the differences between venting and dumping and describes seven types of energy vampires. This book has some valuable information for the sensitive person, whether or not you are an empath.
 Welcome new member Beverly Claudepierre.
 Joseph Nixon, Teresa Smith’s 95 year old father, was honored for his service in the navy during WWII at the Breman Memorial Veterans Park on Memorial Day.
 Marycallie Laxton’s temporary phone number is 770-891-4226. She has been staying with a relative since a storm damaged her condo. It will be some time before electricity is restored, damage repaired, and remediation is completed. She is looking for a dry cleaner to remove mildew odors from clothes.
June: Sunnye Martin 8th, Barbara Schwartz (no date)
July: No Birthdays
 The updated membership list will go out in a separate mailing.
 The next newsletter will go out in September.
 If you don’t have access to a computer and would like a copy of Dr. Sood’s description of Meditation 2.0, please contact Sydna Fisher.
Thank you to Mark Fisher and Ian Greenberg for their assistance in this newsletter.
This newsletter is meant for information only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional advice.
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