Today, our expert guest is Dawson Church, an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as objective reality. His latest, Bliss Brain, demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. His familiarity with our deepest neurological complexities is truly world class.
Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Its largest program, the Veterans Stress Project, has offered free treatment to over 20,000 veterans with PTSD over the past decade. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.
Bliss Brain was inspired by epigenetics – the study of how genes can be turned on by factors outside of the body – and by a deeply meaningful personal experience. When Dawson reached a point in his life where he was absolutely miserable, he made a decision that changed everything, to meditate every single day without fail.
He posits on the phenomenon of the downward spiral, describing how, the more we focus on the negative, the more we notice it in our lives. And that the flip side is also true. If you are paying attention to love, compassion, kindness, and gratitude, you create the opposite effect and amplify those thoughts and feelings in your life.
Church cites studies that showed monks who put themselves into a state of compassion through meditation measured a 700% increase in gamma brain waves. That means you can make yourself seven times as happy, compassionate, and grateful as you are today just through the power of meditation.
The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway
“Love yourself. Love and accept yourself the way you are. So much of our attempt to change and improve ourselves is based on self-criticism… You should lose weight, you should quit smoking, you should earn more money, you should work harder, you should spend more time with your kids, you should blah blah blah blah blah… We have this inner coach and critic just criticizing us all the time, and that voice is incredibly unhelpful. It’s located right between our eyebrows and it’s called the mid prefrontal cortex. You want to learn to shut down that voice.”
Thank you for joining us on The Daily Helping with Dr. Shuster. Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts to download more food for the brain, knowledge from the experts, and tools to win at life.
- Read: Bliss Brain
- Read: The Genie in Your Genes
- Read: Mind to Matter
- Listen: 123. Modern Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World with John Gray
- Listen: 124. 4 Essential Steps for Getting Your Relationship Back on Track with John Gray
- Listen: 160. Following the Success Principles, Pt. 1 with Jack Canfield
- Listen: 161. Following the Success Principles, Pt. 2 with Jack Canfield
The Daily Helping is produced by Crate Media