Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Donna Anderson Collins
This week we spoke with Donna Anderson Collins! It would be a shorter list to say what she HASN'T done than what she has! In a nutshell, Donna uses teachings from Feng Shui, Heartmath, EFT, the World Peace Diet and Imagine to help improve the home, health and spirit for individuals.
But before we delve into the highlights, what else did we cover?
Being That Cheery Time of Year, we just HAD to pass along some tidbits of Holiday Info!
If any of you knew this, I'd congratulate you - because I certainly didn't! The voice of the Grinch song is Thurl Arthur Ravencroft (I love Ravens!). Who was also incidentally known as Tony the Tiger for over 500 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials! He also sang No Dogs Allowed in the Peanuts show, Snoopy Come Home.
The best selling Christmas album of all time, prior to March 1, 1991 (before the Nielsen SoundScan tracking system was in place) is listed as Elvis Presley's 1957 title, Elvis' Christmas Album. After soundscan, the best selling from 1991 - 2010 is listed as (gulp...and Yipes) Kenny G (for Go Away) - Miracles: The Holiday Album.
We also listed the top 10 gifts this year! Wii is at #10, amongst digital cameras, i-pods and gift cards! (Psst....we used to think gift cards were tacky way back when....but now when I recieve a Borders giftcard, I know someone bargained their soul for a piece of heaven for me!)
Onward to our interview!
Donna has this incredible adventerous spirit. She has been all over the world and even studied Buddhism with the Dalai Lama! (If it weren't so UnZen, I'd be wearing my Envy Gauchos!). What we really focused on was her involvement and the principles of Heartmath, which is (and this is taken from the site) the only scientifically validated system of stress intervention techniques and objective biometric feedback that quantifiably and dramatically boost the health and performance of individuals and organizations. Sound good to you? It certainly does to us! We love a heavy dose of optimism, intuition and faith but feel deliriously happy when there is science to back it up!
One amazing thing we found out that many people probably wouldn't even think to be true is that the energy from your heart goes out about 12 feet in front of your body! Heartmath strives to teach heart-based living. The heart is different than the brain, there is no memory, therefore it is 'pure'. From what we understood, shifting to your heart, rather than reacting to an event can make all the difference in the outcome. Shifting to your heart can change a reaction from defensive to compasionate in seconds. Imagine your very own spouse/mother/child not having to defend themselves and then the two of you going into the never ending spiral of an argument.
Because I don't know about you, but I really don't want to travel to that country very often. The landscape is riddled with mines! Even the rainbows have shrapnel in a place like that.
What Donna taught us was how to use the Quick Coherence Technique to bring us to this blissful state....and it can be done in under a minute. She even told us that it can be done in half that time! Imagine being able to disarm a blast right before it could happen! Why is this? Because when a person (and I could be talking about YOU or maybe my own mate because it certainly isn't about ME...har har har) is stressed, the neocortex shuts down, and you basically stop thinking properly from not getting enough blood and oxygen.
Ahead of time, Donna says to create a sort of Happy Rolodex in your mind, full of uplifting, wonderful or funny moments. It has to be something that makes you smile or feel really quite amazing. Or you can choose a memory of gratitude. Donna shared hers with us about her cat getting a Haagen Daas ice cream container stuck on his head and then trying to back his way out of it! This is her moment that opens her heart and she says if you find it funny, you can use it too.
This is how easy it is...
An important part of the entire system is to deep breathe from the belly, moving oxygen all the way down. When stressed we shallow breathe, which is not relaxing. In fact, take a deep breath now....all the way down to your belly and let it expand slowly, then release. Easy, right?
So close your eyes, put your hand on your heart and take a deep breath all the way down, nice and slow. Let your stomach fill up with air two or three times and think about that most happiest of moments that you've put in your Joyous Rolodex! Imagine breathing from your heart center, that your breath is moving in and out of your heart.
And that's it!
Some people may just topple over for a impromptu snooze. Some might feel like they've taken a high dive into a pool of coffee. Go with whatever your body does.
Donna also mentioned that if you are struggling with any issues, you can think more compassionately or with proper response by using this method and will get an immediate answer.
There are measurements of energy being tracked that are in the earth's atmosphere. Heartmath found that on 9/11, the collective grief, fear, sadness and compassionate created quite a spike in the world's energy. This shows the importance of all of us being that drop of water that creates the ocean! If collective energy can do THAT, what else can it do?
Well, it turns out that the Peace Project has been working to drop crime in Dallas, TX. They get together to pray or meditate in order to create that harmonious energy in an attempt to balance out prime crime times. For instance, during football games in Dallas. They've even noticed a drop in crime during church hours....and it ain't because the criminals are hanging out in the pews! We are told there has been a 50% reduction in crime in Dallas in the last 24 months!
There is one thing that Donna mentioned that she hasn't yet done.....be a part of a Flash Mob! And who wouldn't?
To book Master Collins for an event, please call Bruce Yamini at 214-505-2781 or email Master Collins directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.