Author Archives: John Amaral

About John Amaral

Santa Cruz Chiropractor Dr. John Amaral has helped thousands of people from over 50 countries transform and awaken to more meaningful and purposeful lives. Follow him on twitter at @johnamaral

3 Steps to Finding Purpose in Your Pain

Pain.  It’s one of the most primitive forms of feedback in your body. It’s “primitive” because it is linked to the ancient parts of your brain, the reptilian brain or brainstem (I’ll call it your “lizard brain”) and your spinal

Control and Acceptance: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Independent, Confident and Socially Responsible Teenagers

  My oldest daughter just began her journey in that melting pot of hormonal, emotional and intellectual discovery that we collectively call “highschool”. She is making new friends, engaging in new activities and finding out more about who she is

5 Keys to Creating Unconflicted Behavior: The Story of Seat A-6

  I went to an amazing concert on Saturday night.  It was Deva Premal and Miten at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  It was a magical event and I felt that the story of how I ended

Ten Years After 9 11, Where is Your “Safety” and “Security”?

It’s been ten years since the 9 11 terrorist attacks and we’re living in a time of significantly more uncertainty.  People seem to be feeling less “safe” and “secure” about what the future will hold, and there is a sense

What’s So Great About Practicing a Controversial Form of Chiropractic In Santa Cruz?

You’ve got to love Santa Cruz County. With it’s 29 miles of coastline dotted with world famous surf spots and 14 state parks filled with majestic redwood forests and breathtaking ocean views, Santa Cruz is a region of indisputable natural

What Walt Disney’s Vision Can Help You Create

The power of vision is amazing. I just took my family to Disneyworld, the “Magic Kingdom” in Orlando, Florida.  If you haven’t been there, it’s hard to imagine the scale of the Disney property.  It’s massive.  It covers nearly 30,000

Every Time You Act It’s a Challenge

Every time you have a thought or feeling, or take an action it’s a challenge.  What do I mean by “a challenge”? To challenge means “To demand as due or deserved.” When it comes to your body and mind, EVERYTHING

The Tao of Rowing Your Boat

“If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own boat, he won’t get offended or angry, however hot-tempered he may be.  But if the boat is manned, he may flare up, shouting and cursing,

What Are Doctors Smoking These Days?

Blood-letting was a common practice up to the late 19th Century, and doctors were depicted smoking cigarettes well into the 20th Century.  Can you imagine what current medical practices we’ll shake our heads in disbelief at 50 years from now?

The Art of Using Congruence to Increase Energy and Passion

Do you want more energy, mental clarity and stamina, and less stress, fatigue and irritability for the long-term?  Then learn how to create inner-congruence. The majority of people I meet don’t think about congruence when it comes to managing their