Houston: After Catastrophe Comes Collaboration

Houston: After Catastrophe Comes Collaboration

In 2013, Boulder, Denver and communities north and east were hit by a storm that broke all records for rainfall. City planners had a 100-year flood plan. They had prepared for a “worst case scenario” that would strike every 100 years. The 2013 catastrophe was called the 1000-year flood. And in the days, weeks, and months that followed everyone who lived along Colorado’s front range or who planned to visit for business or pleasure was impacted. It took months and in some cases over a year for roads to be repaired. The town of Lyons, one of the hardest hit communities, received close to $100 million dollars in Federal funding to rebuild. While waiting for funds, cleanup crews and reconstruction to begin, the community organized potlucks, neighborhood work teams, and music festivals to rethink the future of their small town. The Lyons community knew what it had been, but the larger question facing these forward-facing citizens was this: What COULD it become? Everyone became engaged in rethinking “Our Town” and in thousands of different ways, everyone took on some type of leadership role. Even speaking up about what they had suffered, took personal courage, and in a town where everyone had been impacted in some way, the ability for those who suffered to ask for what they needed, helped guide community vision. Could Houston, still reeling from an unfolding catastrophe, tap the creative vision of civic leaders and residents living in   distinct neighborhoods and districts within its meta-city to reimagine its future?  Could the restoration of this sunbelt city include rebuilding as green, resilient, solar powered communities? Could Houston’s catastrophe become an opportunity to showcase how communities can...
Learn To Lead from the Inside Out

Learn To Lead from the Inside Out

A person’s character is defined by their habits (or lack of habits). When you structure your day with a habit that includes goal setting, and then set up time to  focus on a chosen goal without distraction, you unlock the potential to express yourself fully in the direction you have chosen.   When these chosen, daily habits are linked together, you then discover that you can live the life you’ve always DREAMED of, every day! To change your life, chose to change your daily habits so that they keep you focused on the life you want to live. It’s that simple! So here are some insights that you may find helpful on your journey inward. 1. Conscious breathwork is good. Slowing down the breathing brings many body/mind benefits, including increased mindfulness, good digestion, and stress reduction. 2. Lucid dreaming is good. Using this dream-induced deeply relaxed state as a “discovery” space lets ideas and possibilities arise into your neocortex without judgement. It by-passes the “critic” which wants to judge everything as right or wrong, good or bad. What emerges, arises without judgement in that moment. 3. Yoga nidras rest on lucid dreaming and dream analysis. You are invited to “live your dreams.”    By contrast, 10TRAITS Leadership development is based on the development of habits that can be informed by a lucid, dream-like state, but not living our dreams. Here’s why:  Dreams are actually a kaleidoscope of images, emotions, and experiences that have accumulated over a lifetime. They emerge randomly, sometimes comic like, sometimes fearful, and also emerge more often if we have gone to bed thinking about them (a person, place, experience, etc.). When we focus on analyzing these random connections, we...
Overstressed? Need A Good Night’s Sleep?

Overstressed? Need A Good Night’s Sleep?

Dear Alexia, My friend is facing serious Insomnia, what can she do? She is really suffering. – RK Dear RK: What is your friend’s age? If a senior, it could be a natural reduction of melatonin due to aging. Melatonin supplements are sold over the counter in the US. If your friend is not a senior, here are some possible causes: (1) Too much stress? Too much stress at home? With relationships? Or in the workplace? The FIX: Your friend may want to create a habit of reading something inspirational that relaxes their “thinking” mind before bedtime; or read self-help articles or books for guidance. They can also create simple rituals that automatically relax the mind such as meditation, light yoga stretches,  writing in a journal, or making a “to do” list in order to empty the mind before sleep. (2) Too much light? If your friend spends too much time on a mobile phone or computer before bedtime, the light from the screen can over stimulate the pineal gland (some people call it “the third eye”) The  FIX: Turn off electronics at least 1-hour before bedtime. Place well-lit digital clocks and other electronics away from the bed. Use an eye-shade to block out any light while she sleeps. Notice where electric outlets, chargers, and transformers are – inside and outside the house – in relation to where the bed is placed. (3) Buy GABA (500mg). GABA – a natural neurotransmitter – is an amino acid, a natural relaxant, and is the only one of 20 that our body uses that relaxes the muscles and the “thinking mind.” GABA capsules...
FAT, Fiber, and Protein: The Food of SuperFit Leaders

FAT, Fiber, and Protein: The Food of SuperFit Leaders

FATS, fiber, and protein. Does 25-50% of your diet include fiber? I hope so. If it’s soft, soluble fiber – then it is the BEST food to feed the probiotics in your colon to retune the risk of colon cancer. Insoluble fiber serves as a “broom” for internal housecleaning. Today, Dr Joel and I had conversations about the aging process and also talked about the importance of getting plenty of OIL and FATS (called lipids) in our daily diet. These include: OMEGA 3 (EPA & DHA) 2 grams a day (which has Vitamin A in it), and the other good oils including OLIVE, avocado, butter, and coconut oil. One final reminder: It’s ALSO important to make sure you have a minimal 2-EGGS per day because the egg white called albumin has the BEST spectrum of amino acids for collegen production. MAKE SURE that you don’t overcook the egg whites – either soft boiled or poached (not more than 3-4 min maximum). # Alexia Parks is Founder and CEO of  Alexia Parks 10 TRAITS Leadership Institute. 10TRAITS Leadership offers the ONLY leadership training program in the world based on 10 traits found in the female brain. Online programs are university accredited and come with a Certificate of...
A Quick Release Method for Daily TRAUMA

A Quick Release Method for Daily TRAUMA

Here is a simple, powerful TWO STEP method – that can be used anytime and anywhere and is FREE – to reduce stress in the body. First, we know that everyone in the world has had some time of trauma, we’re not alone. For example, think of the trauma experienced by the Syrian refugees and other refugees around the world. So consider these two powerful methods that are free of charge, easy to do anytime, any place, anywhere. Remember: the more you do these two steps – by turning them into a daily habit – the better it is. At 10TRAITS Leadership we use Ellen Langer’s Mindfulness techniques. A Harvard professor, Ellen Langer is the “Mother” of Mindfulness. TO START: Focus like a LASER on your body. Become aware, mindful in the deepest sense, of the signals, feedback, and messages your body is sending you. Why? Because Mother Nature is constantly talking to you through your body. – JUST BEING AWARE of it is the real power of mindfulness. Just becoming aware or mindful of it will undercut and lessen a lot of the trauma. The very AWARENESS of it is a powerful tool.   Since the BODY is the repository of the trauma, then you should choose some type of “body work” – in the broad sense – for release of the trauma. Massage, rolfing, yoga, aerobic exercise, bicycling, jogging, and walking at aerobic levels will all release this energy through the blood vessels. Traumas may be big or small. Either way, and they impact the body on a daily basis. So mindfulness and daily “body work” to release trauma...
How Mindfulness and Meditation Influence Your Microbiome

How Mindfulness and Meditation Influence Your Microbiome

Someone asked the question: “Does meditation have an influence on my microbiome? Yes. Your brain is connected to your GUT via the Vegas Nerve. When you take a moment to put all tasks aside, turn your attention inward, and focus on slow, rhythmic, deep breathing, your Vegas Nerve will carry this positive benefit to your heart and lungs. However, it doesn’t stop there. The Vegas Nerve will connect your UPSTAIRS brain to your DOWNSTAIRS brain: your GUT. With mindfulness and meditation comes a benefit digestion and stimulate digestive juices in your stomach (hydrochloric acid), liver (bile), and pancreas (pancreatic acid).  This, in turn, provides a major benefit to the GOOD bacteria – those billions of “employees” who live and work inside your microbiome. They multiply and expand the benefits they bring to your whole body health. The opposite, of course, is that STRESS, in all its forms and varieties, can shut down your GUT and limit the amount of digestive juices needed for healthy digestion of food. Meditation and mindfulness are practices we teach in our 10TRAITS Leadership* training programs. Taken together, they are one of 10 natural leadership traits that we teach – based on the Female brain – to help you learn how to lead your BEST life yet! *An inspirational speaker, and Virtual Mentor with the United Nations, Alexia Parks is also Founder and CEO of  Alexia Parks 10TRAITS Leadership Institute. We offer the ONLY university accredited leadership training programs in the world based on 10 traits found in the female brain. 10TRAITS programs are tailored for professionals in business, healthcare, & education. They are based...