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 Mountain Views News Saturday, May 25, 2013 



by Lori Koop, Right Brain Business Coach 


Our thoughts create our feelings. They just do. Good and bad, like it or not. That’s 
how we work: our body responds to what we think about. 

How are you feeling right now? There are feelings according to the mind -- like 
“mad, sad, glad or afraid”. And there are feelings according to the body, the physical 
sensations we sometimes can’t put into words. While the head abbreviates, the 
body tells the whole story… and never lies.

So, how are you feeling? If it’s “good,” go right on thinkin’ what you’re thinkin’, 
because it will keep you feelin’ what you’re feelin’. Your thoughts are working for


If it’s “not so good,” it’s nice to know where to start to create change. Since your thoughts produce 
the feelings, take notice of what you are thinking. FInd the thoughts that are creating the discomfort. 
The great news? When you change them, your feelings will also change. Come up with a thought that 
makes you feel better. More empowered and productive. Yes, you get to choose.

Try writing the toxic ones down on paper, just 
as they are. See those bandits in black and white. 
Call their bluff. Then replace them with the new, 
better feeling thoughts. For example: “I can’t do 
this!” might become “I’m learning how to do this.” 
Read each thought again now, and notice how each 
makes you feel. Different, huh?

When looking for a new thought, don’t jump to an 
opposite statement, as an affirmation tends to do. 
Look for a statement that is a baby step from where 
you are. The key is it that is has to feel true (in your 
mind and in your body). If it generates a deep sigh 
or an exhale, you’ve hit it. Recite it whenever the 
dark one shows up; you will feel relief. 

It’s in your power. How DO you want to feel? 

Lori Koop, The Right Brain Business Coach

Get clear about The Real You and what’s TRU, for 
you and your business. 

Schedule a complimentary coaching session at The 
Center for Wellbeing, 626-355-2443.

One of my teachers was asked “How do you manage it, your schedule is so hectic? My teacher replied 
“Well, first of all I don’t look at it as hectic.” Here in lies the key. Are we creating the life we want 
or is the flow of our life determined by everything else? We are told to do more, be more, be super 
mom, be perfect, fit in more. How do we manage our energy in this speedy environment? And the 
root of the problem here is that we are getting used to this faster and faster pace. What we now think 
is normal has become a life of fight or flight response. Then one day we find that we have adrenal 
fatigue, or other health issues. We don’t have any energy left for our families at the end of the day. 
How can we get a handle on all this? -We learn to breathe.

Through correct practice, postures and breath, we can slow down to a normal pace and see things for 
what they really are. The important things are clear and the small stuff insignificant. We are able to 
be more of our “wise self” and make good choices. We have problems when we get caught up in a 
flow that is not our choice.

It’s really interesting as a teacher, I often see people that are so not used to their natural rhythm, 
that they are uncomfortable with the slower pace at first. They have been living the life of Speedy 
Gonzales. The more we live that life -the more we are attracted to the things that support that fast 
pace and the fast flow gets reinforced, it picks up momentum. It gets harder to stop. The avalanche 
is happening. 

The only way to begin to slow the pace is awareness. Slow down enough to ask yourself, “How am 
I doing? What do I need to do to support myself and my energy levels?” What is really important 
here? Get in to class. Your inner teacher is waiting to help you. Your body will be so thankful. Your 
spirit will love the peacefulness. At the end of class, you will say “Ahhh!”

Oh, but I know what you are saying! -You don’t have time to go to class. And the ball picks up more 
speed. When you decide to make a change, I’ll see you in class.

Namaste, René


Pasadena’s 3rd Annual city-wide event to promote mental health awareness

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Fuller Theological Seminary

135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, California


 The Pasadena Mental Health Day’s focus is to address the mental 
health needs of the residents of Pasadena. It is intended to raise awareness and educate the public 
about mental health and illness in seniors, adults, youth, children, and families. Mental health 
management is fundamental to having a healthy community. Mental Health Day events begin in 
May during mental health month. Pasadena Mental Health Day culminates this month long activity. 
This day, June 1, 2013 is set aside to dedicate thought and put into action the many great services of 
the areas’ health providers … open to the public and all free of charge. This year it is scheduled from 
9:00 to 2:00 at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

 “Healthy Minds, Healthy Families” is the theme for the event featuring observance of and 
participation in planned activities, health checkups, kids’ activities, information from local agencies 
and food. It gives citizens a true opportunity to learn how to support family, friends and community 
members living with mental health disorders and illnesses.

 The event was initiated three years ago by the Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee. They 
have an impressive list of volunteer members, fifty-strong. They represent an array of public and 
private organizations and are all dedicated to this cause … the fundamental necessity of working 
collaboratively to reduce the stigma of Mental Health/Illness and to increase access to mental health 
services. Mental Health Day is an opportunity to educate the community about how to support 
family, friends and community members living with mental health disorders and illnesses.

For the day’s program and complete information, visit

Sacramento – Sunshine and blue skies make this 
time of year perfect for camping and outdoor 
activities. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, 
CAL FIRE reminds all Californians 
about the increased fire danger this year and asks 
everyone of to be extra careful in the outdoors.

“Holiday weekends are a great time for friends 
and families to go out and enjoy the outdoors, 
but we must all remain aware of the fire danger 
and the risks posed in the outdoors,” said Chief 
Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “We urge 
safety and preparedness when in wildland areas. 
California's extremely dry conditions are primed 
for wildfires, and it takes diligence from everyone 
to avoid sparking a fire."

With one of the driest winters on record, officials 
have already seen a drastic increase in fires. In 
an average year, by late May CAL FIRE responds 
to approximately 850 wildfires. Already this year, 
CAL FIRE has responded to nearly 1,600 wildfires; 
that number is up 50% from last year at this 
time, when there were just under 1,050 wildfires. 

CAL FIRE would like everyone to remember 
these important steps this holiday:


• Obtain a campfire permit 

• Check for local fire restrictions

• Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within 
a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire

• Have a responsible person in attendance at all 

• Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished 
before leaving

• When barbequing, never leave the grill 

With temperatures up, California's water ways 
are running high as remaining snow melts. Many 
take advantage of cooling off in local rivers, but 
this fun outdoor activity does come with risks. 
Drownings claim adults and children alike, and 
Memorial Day Weekend tends to see a spike in 
drownings. Under local agreements, CAL FIRE 
responds to hundreds of water rescues across the 
state each year and even the strongest of swimmers 
can be caught off guard by strong currents 
or cold water. Following these tips below can save 

In the Water:

• Always wear a life jacket!

• Children should always be supervised by a responsible 

• Never swim alone

• Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous 
and drinking and driving.

For more ways to be safe during Memorial Day 
visit the CAL FIRE website at