Super Able Mind – The Neuroscience of Happiness and Wellbeing

Super Able Mind – The Neuroscience of Happiness and Wellbeing

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We recently met the inspirational Anastasia Hatzivasilou who has mentored both World famous celebrities and people who have been recommended ‘word of mouth’ to experience her enigmatic healing powers and systematic solutions, and felt we should in turn introduce Anastasia to you. Anastasia has the rare ability to be both sensitive, charismatic and powerful, with full conviction in her life work, to heal people’s lives. Perhaps the timing is right for you to make a change.

“The design of the human brain is more like a cosmos than an island. An individual neurone can achieve absolutely nothing alone. When that individual neurone works in concert with other neurones, putting humans on the moon becomes possible.

For better or worse we learn through our interaction with other humans. When we learn to communicate in the language of humanism we create high quality, stable neural connections that allow our brains to flourish. We put ourselves on the moon in our own small way.

The difference that this can make to our lives and the lives of those around us is enormous. Humanism allows us to maintain a deep sense of inner calm in the face of some of life’s great challenges. Good judgement and rational behaviour come from a calm mind, so I consider the pursuit of a calm mind fantastically worthwhile. Neil Armstrong’s slow, calm pulse was legendary within NASA. Without it he would never have been selected to be the very first man on the moon. “ – Anastasia Hatzivasilou.

S.A.M ~ SuperAbleMind ~ was created in November 2013 on the back of three decades of study and research into various areas of mind and brain development; Psychology, Anthropology, Zen, Buddhism, Sufism, Mindfulness, Quantum Science, Neuropsychology, Neurobiology, Neuroplasticity, Neurogenesis and Epigenetics.

It is supported by five years of clinical practice with clients of all ages and backgrounds, with people who had the desire to self-improve. Whilst not an exhaustive list, the primary human conditions embraced by the practice include- stress, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, addiction, academic performance, low self-esteem, neurological pathologies and infertility stress.

You may ask; how can one method- one approach-address so many human conditions?

Neuroplasticity references the ability of the brain to learn and un-learn; to change and to adapt to accommodate the environment. ‘Neuro’ references our brain cells and the ‘plasticity’ part refers to the ability that our brain cells-our learning cells- have to be flexible and adaptive to our changing circumstances. This could represent a divorce or loss, or a human condition like depression or anxiety that we learn and ‘become’ in response to something in the environment. In fact, we may say that anxiety or stress is a coping mechanism or pattern of the brain that is learned in response to an environmental condition. What we focus upon most of the time we ‘learn, reinforce and become’. It tells us that something is not working well and gives us both que and clue that something needs changing or learning.

Back in 2013, Anastasia was looking to develop a way to train the mind and brain in such a way that stimulated involuntary and automatic, non-reactive thoughts and behaviours which would put the brain in a peak-learning state. Her purpose was to empower life with the ability to tame, temper and regulate emotional states that would improve cognitive and executive functioning to support enhanced creativity and better decision making. She understood that thoughts, the nature of intentions and emotions impacted our performance, impacted the way the brain worked, impacted which part of the brain was online and which part went offline. Anastasia wanted to know whether we triggered the reactionary survival brain or the most evolved part of our brain, the frontal lobes or what she often calls our ‘Baby Genius.’1

Anastasia was also very aware that emotions heavily impacted our biology and immune system, and this often put our health in jeopardy.

The S.A.M method is heavily steeped in the science of Neuroplasticity. It re-wires the brain and mind to seven behaviours, forty-three ideologies and three incantations that empower us to access a more functional, rational and creative level of mind. In essence, we become more ‘able’ learners. Neuroscience affirms it takes 65.6 days to re-wire the brain, to change a behaviour, to learn something new and for that behaviour to become the new normal.2

The method can be taught in the format of a one-to-one twelve lesson course, or in the format of a four to five-hour workshop. The content SuperAbleMind teach is the ‘S.A.M Knowledge’.

They have developed cards to lend tangibility and to help people connect with and remember the key teachings of the course. The cards comprise: 7 red cards, the key behaviours which we call calming postures of the mind; 43 blue cards, the ideologies that they use to support the behavioural principles of the red cards; and lastly 3 lavender cards which they call our Incantations.

S.A.M have also had great success working with young children and teenagers and have developed the Rainbow Knowledge specifically for this age group. The method teaches young people great coping strategies which support the development of emotional intelligence. Once learned, these strategies become skills that will be used for life.

When Anastasia recently conducted two workshops with the NHS, she chose approximately a quarter of the content that would be relevant to the needs of the thirty people who attended the course. These were individuals whose problems were primarily health issues and ‘stress’. The intention was to teach these patients better coping mechanisms to deal with the stress of their circumstances. When presenting to corporate audiences, S.A.M choose content which caters for the needs of the individuals in that working environment. They feel that the productivity of a company will be reflected in the wellness of the parts that make up the whole and in the communicative ability of each individual. When we learn to communicate along the lines of the behaviours and ideas being taught, individuals feel happier, more functional and ‘Super Able’.

The company currently comprises of Anastasia as the CEO and founder of SuperAbleMind, plus several practitioners who she has trained to teach the method. Practitioners undergo a twenty-week training period and on completion of the modules are fully qualified to teach the method. S.A.M is based in Victoria; at 25 Eccleston Yard in Central Working. Whilst they welcome people to our premises, their clients come from all over the world and the method is often taught via conference calls.

S.A.M have worked with clients in Australia, the U.S, Madrid, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, Saudi and Lebanon. S.A.M has recently spent three months rebranding and so their website has a new look has recently been introduced to the wonderful Anastasia and S.A.M whose work has transformed so many lives, by the King of Introductions,  Mr Richard Selwyn-Barnett at Its Who You Know. This is evident by S.A.M’s testimonials and work ethic, and how effective their treatments have been on so many lives.

1 The Middle Pre-frontal cortex, the most recently evolved part of our brain makes up 20% of our brain. Some of the features that we have the potential to use and develop are body regulation, attuned communication, emotional balance, response flexibility, insight, empathy, fear modulation, intuition and morality. In contrast, the survival brain, which is also called the limbic or emotional or animal brain (because it one of the oldest parts) is also very good at what it does, being easily triggered and highly sensitive. When the survival brain is triggered, our ‘thinker’, our Baby Genius, goes offline.


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One of most exciting discoveries this year has been the highly gifted and inspiring Artist, Jenny Anne Morrison who is living proof that anything can be achieved if you feel the passion and follow your heart.

Jenny is also a practicing Buddhist of many years and firmly believes that her mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo has been the key to her success, and enabled her to keep on track with her creative vision and ultimate success.

As a young adult, Jenny was advised by her parents that art would never yield an income, and that she should pursue a more reliable ‘day job’.  Jenny then went onto run a highly successful health and beauty business but never felt completely fulfilled.

Then after a number of major life challenges and changes, Jenny decided to study Art, which had always been her life’s ambition.  She enrolled into the Heatherly School of Fine Art in Chelsea in 2005, having not picked up a brush since her childhood.   Within a short space of time, this amazing lady realised that she had a very special gift and decided to pursue it wholeheartedly, now with the full support of her family.

The rest is indeed history, as Jenny moved to Spain with her highly supportive husband Willi Morrison and has now transformed part of their home into a heavenly art gallery where she can exhibit her paintings and host viewings for her guests and loyal clientele.


Jenny has also travelled the world and seized the opportunity to interpret on canvas vibrant flamenco dancers, ballerinas, horses, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, skies, people, places, feelings, faces; and indeed anything that has captured her eye and imagination.  Her paintings and art are awe inspiring.

Jenny Anne Morrison is now a highly acclaimed and successful International Artist, and has exhibited across the World at renowned galleries and exhibitions.

She is also running a thriving business with her work, taking instructions from all over the Globe with original commissions, as well as transforming her original paintings onto cards and canvas.

But to us the most exciting aspect of Jenny Anne Morrison is her overall objective as an artist which is ‘to lift the spirit, to elevate the soul and to give inner peace, joy and happiness.’which in our book is the most important thing of all.

Check out Jenny’s paintings at

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Olive and Sage is a fabulous new discovery in the World of eclectic home furnishings and garden ornaments.  You may not be partial to garden gnomes, in fact my neighbour has just hidden her husband’s more ‘kitch’ garden decorations.  But you will find a variety of inventive designs and quirky pieces, to inspire you in your home and garden.

To add some colour to you garden, or to encourage your kids or grandchildren to grow plants and flowers outdoors, these vibrant planters are just what you need.  Only £25 each or £63 for three.

Pandora the Pig is a great way to celebrate this much loved animal without the toil that goes with keeping such a creature, and there are a variety of carefully crafted animals to choose from.  Pandora the Pig is just £38.

If you a lover of shabby chic, then this lantern is for you and has been skilfully designed and reasonably priced.  Large Shabby Chic Lantern – £59.

For those of you who value a little ‘you’ time, this fun wall frame is a great ‘tongue in cheek’ statement to relish those moments alone.  Now just £13.

Bring out the designer in you with their industrial range, these Pipe coat hooks are both stylish and reasonably priced at £53.

This Company actually offers something for everybody in their ‘Pandora’s Box’ of goodies.   So whether you want to perk up your garden or enhance your home, Olive and Sage have a treasure trove of items in store for you.

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So many of us are either regretting the past or worrying about the future, so futile in the grand scheme of things.
When we are told to live in the present, this is exactly what it is – a Present!

To those who are not familiar with the Law of Attraction, it may seem a bit ‘out there’ to philosophise about spiritual gain, but it is far more than just a random concept.  If we live in the moment, we are generating good fortune for our future.
It has been scientifically proven that if we worry about events in the future we will attract the things we fear the most to us.  It makes sense because we act upon our belief system which is why we make the same mistakes over and over again.

To change our belief system, we have to have self-belief, and that is easier said than done.  But living in the present is a good place to start, as it is giving a present to yourself, and therefore generating a feeling of self-worth.

A recent visitor to, Jason Chan runs workshops with meditation and is a great advocate of living in the now, and adds to that concept with ‘love’ being the greatest healer of all.  As he says, Love cannot co-exist with fear, regret, anger or any of the lower life states which block our ability to live in the present.

Jason Chan

If you are able to meditate for even a few minutes a day, it could enable you to clear your head enough to give yourself the space to be worry free for even a short time.  Miracles will then start to happen, this is guaranteed.   They may appear in very small ways at first, but as you build your meditation regime, they will manifest more and more in your environment with relationships, family, work, kids or anything else your heart desires.

To learn more about the Law of Attraction or refresh your memory, consult The Secret, which has become our bible, or check out one of the many holistic centres throughout the UK and Europe.  Try @thehubatno3 which is Lynne Franks retreat in Somerset as a starting point, or if you need one closer to home, there are a number of brilliant spas and practitioners which will help give you the guidance you need.

Lynne Franks


Then if you are in the fortunate position to take yourself off to a retreat or holistic spa, this will enable you to practise this ancient philosophy and activate your inner desires and give yourself the greatest gift of all – THE PRESENT.


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More than two decades ago I had a conversation with the lovely Actor, Alison Steadman, who was then married to legendary Film Director Mike Leigh.  They were already heavily into promoting environmental issues of pollution and waste, and educated me into the hazards of buying coloured loo paper, saying it was non-biodegradable.  I have bought the white stuff ever since.

So where did it all go wrong, and why is it only now we are being made aware of the amount of plastic in the World’s oceans, which is set to treble in the next decade unless drastic action is taken to prevent it.

We have been warned that plastic is one of the most enormous threats facing the world’s seas, along with metal and chemical pollution.

It has apparently been swept under the carpet or beds of the Ocean for decades, and now only as it is now at danger level are we on high alert where our sea waters are concerned.

The Netherlands, who are famous for their environmentally friendly approach, have led the way by opening the World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle and other Nations are encouraged to follow.

But we need to take it further and take control through research and awareness before the problem escalates even more.

Louise Edge, Senior Oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK warns us “Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans, with items ranging from whole plastic bottles to tiny microplastics being found in seas all around the world”.

“If strong action isn’t taken now, the problem will get exponentially worse. More research is needed on the many different facets of plastic pollution, but it is already clear that we must end our relationship with throwaway plastic and find alternative packaging solutions which won’t harm our environment.”

Professor Edward Hill, executive director of the National Oceanography Centre, said it was time to change the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude to the world’s oceans.

He said the Blue Planet television series has helped people visualise what is going on in the oceans, provoking both wonder at what is down there and horror at the impact humans are having.

“It’s this sense of the unexplored world on our own planet, but also it’s important to us. We know less about the bottom of the sea than the moon or Mars, but nothing lives on the moon or Mars, but things live in our ocean and they’re vitally important to us,” he said.

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If we want to contribute to the awareness of this alarming discovery, we can make a difference by creating plastic free awareness in our own homes, and pass the knowledge onto our kids, so that they lead by example.  If you click onto, it will give you some great tips for the start of your own plastic free awareness campaign.

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