Health and Performance International teaches all people to expand their territory, whether it be in well being, wellness, optimal performance or in Buddhist psychology. We help move people to an expanded place. Please click on any of the essays listed above that interest you.
Memory is the Brain
Memory is the brain's ability to store, retain, and recall information, and that ability can change, for better or for worse, throughout a person's life. Memories are patterns of connections among the brain's nerve cells, or neurons that are stored in the top layers of the cerebral hemispheres. They're formed when one neuron releases a chemical neurotransmitter, signaling another neuron at a connection point called a synapse (the average person's brain creates 500 trillion to 1,000 trillion synapses over a lifetime).
Is there really a state of being called the "zone," a special state of mind that makes possible individual peak performance? What is the physiological, psychological, spiritual, and brainwave state? Throughout his career, Steve Kahan has studied performers who enter the "zone" and, more importantly, how they stay there. He has read, observed, and talked with countless numbers of professional singers, actors, athletes, trapeze artists, gymnasts, and martial artists to further understand this special state of peak performance.
Thich Nhat Hanh
"As the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1964, I now have the pleasure of proposing to you the name of Thich Nhat Hanh for that award in 1967. I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam...I know Thich Nhat Hanh, and am privileged to call him my friend".
Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism
By the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, from the book "Interbeing." Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth. Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow minded and bound to present views.
What do You Really Want?
Why do certain people put themselves through years of intensive daily work that eventually makes them world-class great? There has been extensive research done on this subject and researchers do not offer us an complete response to this question. However, my answer is Inspiration. The inner self being driven by passion. And as we reflect on what it will take to reach and become world-class great, we must expand our thoughts and look in the only place where we have left: The self.
Notes to a Great Singer
Unconditional self respect! Do not need to be acknowledged by others. It is normal to be nervous before performance. Let your jitters have positive affect. It will instill an optimal focus level of mental arousal. Placing an expectation of perfection on your performance is a big mistake. Why do perfection expectations limit your performance? It sets yourself up for a success/failure proposition.
Science of Stress Glossary What Is Stress? “Stress occurs when an individual perceives that environmental demands tax or exceed his or her adaptive capacity.” -- Sheldon Cohen, et al., 2007. That said, stress is a word that can mean many other things, with many slightly varying definitions. But for the purpose of this glossary, we are not talking about stress in terms of emphasis or physical mechanics; rather, we are referring to psychological stress.
Stress is additive and cumulative in its negative effects on individuals, organizations and societies. And workplace stress has grown continuously for years. Stress experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have found: Stress is linked to physical and mental health, as well as decreased willingness to take on new and creative endeavors.