The Global Stress Summit, Day 4

The Global Stress Summit, Day 4

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NOTE: The full transcripts for John Assaraf’s talk and Debbie Jeremiah’s talk are available for free if you just register at the summit – and that is free too.

John Assaraf


Stated Objectives for this Talk

  • Learn to identify critical, high-impact tasks
  • Discover why stress is self-imposed
  • Inspiration vs. expiration!

My Takeaways

Time Management vs Event Management

He says there is no such thing as time management, there is only event management. So you have to prioritize your activities to choose the highest impact and highest income activities for you. He gave the example of when he owned Remax Indiana and surveyed his 1500 staff, he saw that the only difference between those people earning $35,000 a year and $1,000,000 a year was the percentage of time they spent in front of the clients.

So whatever your high impact or high income tasks are – that is where you should be spending your time and not treating all tasks as equal eg doing the dishes, upgrading your skills, etc. And even though most of us have to do that his point is for some people there are tasks they are doing that are taking up all their time when they could be more productive elsewhere and the solution would be to get someone else to do those low impact low income tasks that are diverting you from your true talents.

This post is in the process of being written up, check back later to hear more of JA’s talk, and also Mark Waldman’s talk, in which he gave a demonstration of the neuroscience of ‘the mindful yawn’, if executive MBA students will stop 3 times an hour to do this, maybe we should ask why?


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The Global Stress Summit, Day 2

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Srini Pillay

Part-time professor of psychiatry at Harvard and a gazillion other things, including being on John Assaraf’s Neurogym team. Srini is a bit of a superstar in the world of neuroscience, and possibly the best dressed – worth tuning into this talk just to see how he gets away with that suit and tie, and lime green waistcoat 🙂

Stated Objectives for this Talk:

  • A remedy for “type 2” worry
  • Difference between stress, worry and anxiety
  • Combating unconscious impacts of stress

My Takeaways:

Are you Jazzed or Freaked Out?

That is the bottom line for Srini, he goes neatly into the actual differences between stress, worry, and anxiety, and shows how the researchers may even go deeper into the physiological origins of each, but he likes to take it down to whether something is having a positive or negative effect on you. If something is serving you, then keep it; if not, then let’s solve it.

Medicating the Potential for Transcendence

‘By giving someone a pill you medicate away their potential for transcendence. So if you take their anxiety away with a pill, you take away the potential for change.’

Hidden Types of Anxiety

He did go into the different types of anxiety, how sometimes we can have it and not realize, and how our brain can register it unconsciously even just from certain images. He also mentioned ‘existential anxiety’ that from the moment we are born our destination is death – I’d like if he went more into that, because a lot of people when they get to 70 tend to be filled with that anxiety and don’t live in the moment and can miss out 10-20 years of their life because they are so worried and anxious and stressed out about ‘pending death’ and ‘running out of time’ when really anyone of any age can die at any time, and one day can last a very long time if lived happily…


Srini gave a bunch of strategies, practical things people can do to help them in the daily lives, one that stood out is for couples – one person comes home grumpy, they’ve had a bad day, if you go there it can escalate so think about ‘counter-mirroring’ and do something positive together that you know you both like – a walk, prepare a meal, whatever.

*Srini’s is the sort of talk I’d have to listen to a few times to get my head around, so I’ll update my takeaways on him next time round. UPDATE: FULL TRANSCRIPT OF SRINI’S TALK FREE, it’s in the free gifts for just signing up to view the summit [should be still able to sign up after it has aired]

Rick Hanson

Rick apparently is another legend, and his website has a whole bunch of free resources [I like that!]. This is my first time to hear him talk and I have not yet checked out those free resources.

Stated Objectives for this Talk

  • Redefining stress as an opportunity
  • The role YOU play in stress
  • Discovering your personal “Vitamin C”

My Takeaways

Neurons That Fire Together, Wire Together

Rick Hanson has given the clearest explanation that I’ve ever heard of what that actually means:

  • The longer you keep those neurons firing, the more they rewire, so basically the longer you stay with it – doing whatever  it is that uplifts you – the more those neurons will form those new or happy neural pathways.
  • Uplifting activities include music, nice images/pictures, breathing, self-care.
Build Up Your Inner Muscle to Deal with Stress
  • Treat yourself like you matter – do things that make you happy several times a day.
  • Build inner strengths like patience, hope, self-compassion.
  • Be more present and centered.
  • Perspective – ask yourself do you really have to learn the hard way?

When you make your daily list of what you are grateful for today, savor those things – take time to feel them and tune into them – it’s not just about writing it down and not connecting – connect with those good things.

Evian Gordon

Stated Objectives for this Talk

  • Laws that govern brain function
  • Non-conscious triggers your brain senses
  • Creating new neural pathways

JJ Virgin

Stated Objectives for this Talk

  • Top urban myths about fat loss
  • How to choose your stress response
  • Secrets for building your business

Judy Carter

Stated Objectives for this Talk

  • How to go from a mess to a success!
  • Communicate with power and meaning
  • Strategies for overcoming stressful situations

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Remember, this is just a taste of the summit, for the full summit and all the speakers, you can buy the talks and transcripts for The Global Stress Summit and see everything they had to say for yourself. And maybe let me know YOUR opinion 🙂

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Ian Roberston, PhD

Professor Ian Robertson Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has a long list of accomplishments but one that stands out to me is:  “He is currently a lead PI on the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) programme and also on the TCIN-GlaxoSmithKlein Neurodegeneration Programme.”<—does that mean into pharmaceuticals? That wasn’t really the vibe I got from his talk, so I was surprised to read that on his college bio.

The stated objectives for this talk:

My takeaways were:


At around 7 minutes in he says something extremely important about the fairly recently discovered paradigm shift that is ‘Neuroplasticity‘ and how this has completely changed the way people understand the brain and psychology i.e. basically our brain can heal and new neural pathways can grow and it is alive! That may seem like an obvious point, but all of medical science sort of believed once x happens y can never happen and it’s a downhill spiral…not so!

Take a Pill vs Take Control

Again at 12.20-ish he says something really amazing that has wider implications to the whole of health than the conversation here, but he is talking about the medical model of medicating the mind and having you take a pill rather than taking action – like they believe things can be fixed and everything is outside of your control…

Herbert Benson, MD

Herbert Benson was originally a cardiologist out of Harvard who was impressed in his research by the link between blood pressure and stress, in particular how it could be reduced with things like meditation, and therefore he thought about what was going on in meditation and extended those principles out to other techniques. He went on to found the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at MGH.

The stated objectives for this talk:

My takeaways were:

How to Evoke the Relaxation Response
  1. Just before the 11-ish minute mark: Benson had people think regular thoughts for 20 minutes, then meditate for 20 minutes, then think regular thoughts 20 minutes and noticed a huge connection between thoughts, energy and metabolism.
  2. He also saw that evoking the relaxation response had profound effects on genes, energy, blood sugar regulation, methylation and epigenetics.
  3. Even though he first studied this in Transcendental Meditation he reduced the underlying principles behind TM down to two steps, and found those two steps to be present since ancient times in all the major religions.
  4. These two steps basically amount to doing any ‘mindless’ activity repetitively, so for some people it is TM, for others it is the rosary, for others it is Tai Chi, or jogging, or gardening, etc, etc.
  5. He said any technique will work, whatever is comfortable for the person and it will work immediately – but to anchor it you must repeat it for 10-20 minutes every day. The summit host also brought up ‘progressive muscle relaxation’ as a technique. They even said an athlete in the zone is there. And my red flags started popping up…
Potential Problem: Staying Hypnotized and Suggestible                     = ‘Loser Syndrome’?

The problem I see, having trained as a Master Hypnotist, is Dr. John Kappas identified something he termed ‘loser syndrome’, especially in people who do TM, where people engage in activities like these but don’t come out of them and it is the job of the Hypnotherapist to bring them out! So make sure you ‘count yourself out’ of these types of things, unless it is just before sleep as awakening is a natural way to come out of hypnosis – just make sure you don’t stay in a trance state.

Sports Hypnosis Counts People Out of ‘The Zone’ After the Game!

Even sports athletes who train with hypnotists are trained how to go into trance / the zone, but just as importantly they are trained to come out. There is an example a teacher of mine gave where an athlete client after the event did not count himself out and a couple of days later was still ‘high’ in the same focused zone as during his game, fully of anxiety with that as it didn’t fit his normal daily routine to be in ‘the zone’. He was told how to bring himself out quite easily, but it is a case of not omitting that step [more on hypnosis later].

Why are Hypnotic Inductions Used as Common ‘Stress Reduction’ Techniques

I also see that some of the techniques mentioned eg the progressive muscle relaxation is a standard hypnotic induction! Unless you do this directly before going to sleep, then you remain hypnotized and highly suggestible – that is why some people develop what Kappas called ‘Loser Syndrome’ and often don’t maximize their potential in life – they become too suggestible and dependent on their environment to succeed, if that environment is excellent then fine, but our environments usually are not ideal…

Ignoring the Reality of Hypnosis

Again the indiscriminate use of hypnotic inductions in ‘stress relief’ is another example of ‘science’ ignoring the experience of the ages and the premier accredited Hypnosis training school in the US, and the American Hypnosis Association, founded by one of the legends of hypnosis, Dr. John Kappas.

I put ‘science’ in inverted commas because true science is not supposed to ignore data or erase a giant part of history to rewrite itself as sole and center…as with herbalism today too, btw, Functional Medicine and many of the new neutraceutical companies [companies where big pharma switches to producing supplements too, to catch that profit train] just comes along and plagarizes and plunders the age old herbal solutions to health as if it originated in the latest double placebo randomized clinical trial or came down with the last shower of rain! But that’s a whole other axe to grind… 🙂

Any Technique Can Be Used to Evoke the Relaxation Response…

This point was underplayed a bit in the talk when the speaker emphasized ‘the spiritual’ and chanting OM or the Rosary or other religious things, along with hypnotic inductions, though they did also mention things the person found comfortable like jogging or gardening, that was almost missed, placed at the end.

What David Wolfe Uses to Invoke the Relaxation Response

He tends his garden! He loves being among his vanilla plants, he can just switch off his mind and go on autopilot. Now that shows you just how simple this whole process is! Let’s not over complicate it or over spiritualize it! For some people it will actually be doing the ironing, though for other people ironing is a stressful event 😀

Bruce McEwen

Bruce McEwen is a neuroendocrinologist, and to give a tiny glimpse into this mega-star’s career: Dr. Bruce S. McEwen is Head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University. The McEwen lab has been at the forefront of research on the impact of stress hormones on the brain

Stated objectives for this talk:

My Takeaways were:

  1. This talk had so much in it that I actually want to listen to it again and give it my full attention [confession, I was doing the dishes during this] but no wonder this guy is quoted so much!
  2. As regards ‘Allostatic load’, I’ve actually heard Jeffrey Moss lecture on this in much more useful detail and wider application at FMU.
  3. McEwen said something about cortisol that people in the comments tended to run with – the use of it in PTSD type conditions – well whatever the good uses of cortisol may or may not be, we have to be careful not to just run with something like that without getting expert advice, whether it is a good hack or not, it still needs the bigger picture here..
Functional Neurology vs Neuroendocrinology

And personally I’d like to compare the new work in Functional Neurology with this Neuroendocrinology, and explore all the mechanisms and options, not to mention the phenomenal results old timers like Dr. Christopher were getting with specific herbal nutrition <—remember, the top researchers and scientists don’t actually explore all the data when it comes to herbs etc., they act like ‘alternatives’ don’t even exist and that they never did – but then with GSK already in the frame for one of the speakers today, I guess they would be mutually incompatible – but that would not be science at the point they start ignoring data that doesn’t suit…<—that’s a whole other blog, back to enjoying McEwen.

Robert Sapolsky

Sapolsky is a student of McEwen’s, and has written a famous book called Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

Stated Objectives for this talk:

  • I haven’t yet listened to this talk [will catch it at encore day] and have not read the book yet, but I have heard so many functional medicine speakers at the summits quote it – they start to whine about the stresses of the modern age being way more than our grandparents or ancestors HOWEVER it was much worse for them – they did not have social welfare, mine lived in poverty, in stress and strife and hunger, you name it – my dad even described how uncomfortable it was to have to go outside to the field across the way to go to the toilet. And the previous generations were extremely openly violent, people carried weapons, someone stronger than you fought you for your stuff – you needed to be in a protected community with an army – it was real pecking order stuff! So I wonder if he just is being misquoted all the time…

    Ken Druck

    Stated objectives for this talk:

    Own The Summit

    Remember, this is just a taste of the summit, for the full summit and all the speakers, you can buy the talks and transcripts for The Global Stress Summit and see everything they had to say for yourself. And maybe let me know YOUR opinion 🙂

    Day 2 Review and Commentary

    Day 3 Review and Commentary

    Day 4 Review and Commentary <—my review coming soon! Assaraf and Waldman were excellent! You can get the full transcript of John Assaraf’s talk by merely signing up to the summit.

    Day 5 Review and Commentary<—my coming soon! Arielle Ford’s talk was hilarious [decide for yourself whether relationships are worth the effort!]

    Day 6 Review and Commentary<—Colonel Bart Billings is one to watch.

    Day 7 Review and Commentary<—Have you tried Heart Math, what do you think?

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