Friday, September 28, 2012


Being Old

A man is not old until regrets take the place of his dreams.


No amount of self-improvement can make up for a lack of self-acceptance.

Cold and Flu Defense

A daily regimen of exercise or meditation can help defend against colds and flu.
 Research in the Annals of Family Medicine found that people who worked out for 45 minutes every day decreased the number of illnesses they contracted by 40 to 50 percent. Compare that to the flu vaccine, which lowers one’s risk of infection by 50 to 60 percent, and you get a sense of just how effective exercise may be at warding off illness.
People who practiced mindfulness meditation, yoga and/or stretching for 45 minutes a day reaped almost as much protection.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Begin It Now

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can;
Begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now".

 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Facing Challenges

We all choose how to face adversity and challenges in life.
 We can either fold under the pressure or look for learning experiences. 
  You CAN choose the latter.

Veggies Supply Protein

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Question

Metaphorically Speaking

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over,
it became a butterfly.

Inner Talk

The words we speak both outwardly and inwardly hold great power and potential over the kind of life that we create for ourselves.
Many people live their lives plagued by negative thoughts and never even realize this.
They tell themselves and others that they are doomed to fail, not good enough, or not worthy of love, yet they are amazed when their reality starts reflecting these words.
 Just as the subconscious mind accepts as truth the critical statements we tell ourselves, however, it is also equipped to instantly accept our affirmations.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Not Your Battle

The Best Day Of Your Life

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.
No apologies or excuses.
No blaming your parents or others from the past for who you are you are today.
Taking complete responsibility for what decisions you have made and how you have acted in the past.
Taking charge of your life today.
This is the best day of your life.

W. Crew Lauterbach/Ph.D.


"Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant"?

 Henry David Thoreau

Vitamin C

Are you getting optimal amounts of vitamin C?
Vitamin C helps support the growth and repair of tissue in all parts of the body, and it helps the body absorb iron. Even a slight deficiency can make you feel sluggish, weak and exhausted.
Research suggests that up to one-third of people in the U.S. and Canada may be marginally deficient in vitamin C, while those with less-than-perfect diets, like college students and others who shun fruits and vegetables, could be severely lacking. Smokers and older adults are at the greatest risk.
 A healthy diet that includes at least five servings of fruits and vegetables will meet the daily requirements of 75 mg for women or 90 mg for men of vitamin C a day.
 In addition to oranges and other citrus fruits, good sources of vitamin C include bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, parsley, tomatoes and strawberries.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Positive People


“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.”

Zen Proverb

Nature Teaches

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

 Henry David Thoreau

Diabetes and Alcohol

People with diabetes are particularly susceptible to the effects of alcohol. For people on blood-sugar-lowering medications, alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to drop dangerously low for up to 12 hours after drinking, because the liver has to work to remove the alcohol from the blood instead of doing its job to regulate blood sugar.
 If you have diabetes, never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Monitor your blood sugar before, during and after drinking — and don’t go to bed without checking it. Aim for a level of between 100 and 140 mg per deciliter. Women should have no more than one drink per day; men, no more than two per day — guidelines are the same for people with or without diabetes. If either your diabetes or your drinking is not under control, talk to your doctor.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sedona Vacation

To all my readers,

I will be on vacation until September 24, 2012.
I will continue blog postings at that time.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for this blog!

Dr. W. Crew Lauterbach

Where It Begins

The "Victim" Pattern

Sometimes we play the victim because we WERE victims.
We learned that we didn’t have control, and then adapted to that.
Because we once felt powerless, we learned to give our power away.
We CHOOSE either consciously or subconsciously to continue to victimize ourselves.
We CHOOSE to recreate situations and events or frame them so that we are victimized by others or by life.

In my work, I see this pattern constantly.
It is only when we become mindful of these patterns and take complete responsibility for these patterns that we can break free of their grip.


“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world
 as being able to remake ourselves.”


The Conversation That Needs To Take Place

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

We Are Not Our Thoughts


In changing my thoughts,
I can change my feelings,
 and then effectively redirect my actions.


If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm,

you'll never enjoy the sunshine.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

R.I.P. My Hero Cousin. Thank you.



"Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds".

 Franklin D. Roosevelt


Self-awareness includes:

Understanding our emotions—what we’re feeling and what triggered it—so we can effectively work through and transform our emotional responses (instead of using them to justify unhealthy choices).
Recognizing our destructive thought patterns so we can redirect them.
Tuning into what’s going on in our bodies so we can learn from it and access our intuition.
Noticing our behavioral patterns and habits so that we can make adjustments to change negative ones.
Understanding our beliefs, assumptions, and expectations, and how they influence what we choose to do.
Accepting that we are responsible for our actions—even if we developed certain patterns in response to events from our past.


Monday, September 10, 2012

New Habit

Looking Back

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way".

 Henry David Thoreau


Self-empowerment includes:

Consciously choosing to let go of victimizing thoughts.
Considering that we may have played a part in some of the most painful events from our pasts.
Learning from these events how we can respond proactively to similar events in the future.
Feeding our own emotional needs instead of coming to other people with a void that won’t ever be filled.
Accepting complete responsibility for OUR actions, and the consequences of them.
Realizing things will only improve if we make a change, internally or externally.

Begin Again

Friday, September 7, 2012



I choose not to blame myself.
Instead, I take complete responsibility for my actions and decisions.
 I release my habitual and patterned emotional response from the deepest root cause, and free myself from shame and self-judgment.


 Self-victimization includes:

Dwelling and obsessing about the ways we feel we’ve been wronged.
Complaining about painful, seemingly unfair events without ever considering if and how we played a role in them.
Using these events to justify negativity; bitterness; or selfish, hurtful, or irresponsible actions.
Feeding off other people’s sympathy and maybe even depending on it.
Telling sad stories from the past as a means of avoiding judgment or trying to win approval.
Believing that everything would be better if the world or other people would change.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Changing Myself

Being Nothing

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by
 saying nothing,
 doing nothing,
 and being nothing.”



"As we grow as unique persons,
we learn to respect the uniqueness of others".

 Robert H. Schuller


Wednesday, September 5, 2012


The Re-Set Button

I trust myself enough to know when I just need an hour or two of nothing. No email, internet, or other diversions—just me and a cup of something, hanging out, plotting my future, thinking about what I want, where I’m going, and how I’m going to get there.
I enjoy time to appreciate what I have and acknowledge my gratefulness.

For me, this is like hitting a re-set button. It clears my brain of some of the clutter, alleviates some of the negative internal dialogue, and leaves me feeling motivated and renewed.
Meditation is great. So is a half-hour in a coffee shop. Both can be incredibly fulfilling.

 Do whatever works for you.

Never Alone

“If you make friends with yourself
you will never be alone.”

Maxwell Maltz