Excerpt: 'Quantum Wellness'

Think about it. This happens in life all the time. Maybe you are someone who used to be anxious all the time, relying on antianxiety medication to get through the day, and then one day realized that you hadn't taken your medication for a while and you were just fine. (By the way, I don't recommend going off any medication without the help or advice of a health-care professional.) You aren't sure if it was the exercise regimen that soothed your nerves or the new friends you chose to be around or the fact that you gave up drinking caffeine. All you know is that you are not a wreck anymore. Or maybe you were like me and had acne for as long as you could remember, but then woke up one morning with clear skin and never had so much as another blemish. I'm not sure if I just grew through the hormonal period or if my skin looks better because I changed my diet and drink more water. In each of these examples, there were lots of little changes made, but something big and monumental resulted.

These shifts reshape our lives. Of course, they don't come out of nowhere: they're not magic. We have to do the footwork to make them happen. But it's the small, incremental changes that vault us to a new experience of ourselves. Remember that as you approach this work. So how do quantum leaps happen? And can we help them happen? Can we be more in control of them so that we can create transformation in our lives? Good questions.

The fact is, we don't really know the very specifics of how a quantum leap happens per se, and that tends to make us nervous. Even the greatest of quantum physicists doesn't really understand the exact mechanism. But the point is, they do happen. The implication here is that we too can affect the probability of something spectacular materializing by the energy we put into supporting the new. No, this doesn't mean we can hold in our mind a picture of a 24- inch waist and then suddenly shrink. That would be magical thinking. Quantum thinking isn't about kicking back and doing nothing, it's about understanding the incredible power of consciousness and choice. And doing things with relative ease.

Don't worry. No one is suggesting that you relinquish your worldly love of "stuff" or move to a mountaintop in order to be a more spiritual person; you can be conscious while also enjoying the things that make you happy. Quantum wellness isn't about deprivation and it's not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth, training yourself to get comfortable with your highest potential, and then taking small steps to support that shift. It's about showing up for yourself, day by day, and then one day finding that you've undergone a transformation.

I have been at this self-improvement game for a long time and have spent many (too many) years trying to follow guidelines and stick to rules put forth by various gurus. But I always ended up feeling like a failure. When I ate too much sugar, I crucified myself, which of course made me eat even more. When I missed too many days of exercise, I fell into slothful periods that sometimes lasted for months. If I wasn't meditating regularly, I figured I was just not cut out for the spiritual life and gave up. By being so demanding of myself, I ended up getting nowhere; the do-or-die approach definitely did not work with me.

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