Are Our Memories Real and Do They Effect Our Lives?

Are Our Memories Real and Do They Effect Our Lives?

Emma James, NLP Trainer and NLP Sport Trainer discusses our perception of reality and memories and if any of our memories and reality is in fact real.
So, what is out reality? What in fact are our memories?
Our reality is completely based on our experience, our events through our life, the environment we grew up in, our social circle and our external stimulus plus the way in which we think and our own values and beliefs.
All of these things come together to give us what we believe is our reality.
In fact, our own reality is what we see through our own eyes and how we process information and no one person will have the same “reality” as anyone else. It is a little bit like a finger print.
For example – if there is a car accident and 10 people see the accident, in the police statements there will be 10 different accounts of the accident. One might be able to tell you the car, the angle of impact, the approximate speed and will not be able to give a description of the person. Someone else might be able to give you a detailed description of the people in the cars right down to the Gucci handbag, but not be able to describe the cars.
We only retain the information which we deem “important” or “pertinent” to us depending on the filters already explained in the earlier pages.
The amount of information coming at us is approximately 2,000,000 bits of information per second, the amount we retain is approximately 134 bits per second – so depending on how our “filters” are working, depends on what information we keep.
So – in essence – no one’s reality is in fact real. It is only our perception and what we believe to be true.
Therefore – the question is…………………are our memories in fact reality?
Of course the bare facts of the actual events will be real but how others were acting and how and why we reacted the way we did are subjective.
For instance, if you were 2 years old and you wandered into a room where the light was turned off and your Mum walked past closing the door, then that may have been a major trauma at that second for you. It may have felt like you were there locked in that room for 3 days when in fact you were there for 10 seconds before your Mum heard you and rushed back to open the door.
So, you are left with a memory or as we call it “internal representation”, which is that you were locked in a room for 3 days at age 2.
The facts were that you were in a room with the lights off at 2 years old and the door was shut and then opened again at a later interval. The rest of the information you retained was your own perception of what happened.
So, are you ready to let go of the past? Do you need to hang on to emotions connected with negative memories when part of those memories will be based on subjective interpretation?
Are you willing to change your reality at any given moment depending on what information you need to retain?
Another question is – if you are prepared to do this – are you also willing to let go of negative emotions and forgive yourself and others in order to be able to move forward?

Beginner Running Tips: How To Avoid Calf Pain While Running

Beginner Running Tips: How To Avoid Calf Pain While Running

Calf pain while running is one of the most common injuries that beginners suffer from. Running is a physically demanding exercise and injuries are inevitable. Experienced runners are already aware of the dos and don’ts in avoiding physical traumas, but most beginners don’t have the slightest clue. It is important that you seek advice from more experienced runners and take heed of the basic techniques in running. It would be best if you set up a schedule with a more experienced runner on the first few days of training. This would give you enough clues to continue on your own, and adjust to your running style at your own pace.

Whether you like it or not, you might probably experience minor injuries in your first few weeks. It is important to identify what kind of pain or injury you’re suffering from in order to determine the appropriate treatment. In this instance, a calf pain would be characterized by a dull, aching pain; and in more severe cases, you will experience a sharp, intense pain at the back of your lower leg.

An injury, such as calf pain while running, affects your running program since you would not be able to continue your training for a certain period of time, depending on the intensity of the injury. If it is a simple inflammation of the muscle, you can expect to recover and resume your regular running program in a matter of 7 to 10 days of rest. If you suffered from a complete rupture of the calf muscle or even just a partial tear, you will not be able to enjoy your favorite sport in about 4 to 12 weeks. Therefore, it is best that you will be able to identify its causes and how to prevent it so that you will not be taken away from your sport for too long.

There are actually a lot of possible causes of calf pain while running. It could be caused by ineffective warm up or cooling down routines and it could also be due to a sudden increase in mileage or excessive hill work. It can also be caused by too little intake of water since a lot of runners are too engrossed with what they are doing and tend to forget to drink adequate amounts of fluids. Deficiencies of calcium and some other kinds of minerals, such as magnesium, can also lead to calf strain. Therefore, it would be wise to properly hydrate yourself at all times and to drink multi vitamins.

If you do encounter such an injury, you need to use a commercially available ice pack as an initial treatment. As an alternative, you can also find a clean towel, soak it in water and store it in the refrigerator until it gets colder. Once it reaches the right temperature, place it on top of your calf to reduce the pain. You can also take anti-inflammatory medicines, such as Ibuprofen, to take care of the swelling and reduce pain.

Calf pain while running should not be taken lightly. If there are no remarkable signs of improvement after a complete rest of five days, then it would be wise to see a physician to have your injury further examined. Take note of the causes of these injuries to prevent them from happening. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

Are You Game on Building a Successful Sports Blog?

Are You Game on Building a Successful Sports Blog?

In a day and age where it seems just about everyone has a blog, what are you doing to differentiate your blog from the countless others out there?
Even though the popularity of blogs seems to have dwindled to some degree due to the explosion of Twitter in recent years, which allows individuals to get their messages out in fewer than 140 characters numerous times a day, having a successful blog today takes some work.
When it comes to sports blogs, there is just an endless supply of these floating around. With that in mind, your blog needs to stand out from other sports blogs in order to be recognized and even in some instances provide you with some extra income.
Given that today’s sports headlines quickly becomes yesterday’s news, your blog needs to set itself apart from the deluge of daily newspaper sports sections and 24-hour sports headlines on the television and Internet.
If you’re going to create a blog that is just a general overview of the sports world, good luck. You and countless other individuals have likely tried this route, getting basically nowhere over time. The goal here in creating a killer sports blog is finding a special niche within that segment of the blogosphere.
Perhaps you could blog about how bad the officiating is in the NBA or NHL playoffs? Perhaps a sports blog touching on the best and worst sports commercials currently running on television is where your niche will be? Or, maybe try a sports blog that targets the best and worst sportscasters on television today.
A sports blog can also serve as a good support anchor in the event you work full-time, but are looking to supplement your income.
It certainly doesn’t hurt to scan the Internet to see what others in the sports blogging arena are doing before creating your own blog.
The bottom line is you need to make your blog stand out and create something that will bring readers back time and time again. And most importantly, write, write and write more.
The one thing that will kill any type of blog is not regularly updating it. If you have a popular blog, it is likely due to the content and the fact that it is being updated on a regular basis, not once in a blue moon. If you are avoiding blog updates due the lack of ease, it might be time to look into a new web design that is easily changeable.
Given the fact that sports is a big part of many people’s lives in one form or another, finding the right sports blog topic could be quite the score for you in more ways than one.