Thursday, February 1, 2018
As the owner of Gellis Investment Management, Henry Gellis is particularly interested in making small investments of venture capital in private companies involved in the health-and-wellness industry. He also works closely with the wellness website Awaken. Central to Henry Gellis’ personal and professional focus is the idea that materialism and consciousness must be balanced in order to realize one’s potential as a human being and to contribute positively to the world as a whole.
A subset of the metaphysical model known as realism, materialism is the belief that matter (the physical world around us and everything in it) exists outside and independently of consciousness. This feels innately correct because most of us believe that the world remains in place just as it is, whether we are conscious of it or not.
Under the tenants of idealism, however, the material world requires consciousness to exist. It posits that the entire universe is based in consciousness and that all physical matter, as well as the laws of nature that govern matter, arise as an expression of that consciousness.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Henry Gellis stands out as a founding investor in Awaken.com, which makes ideas about wellness and stress reduction available to the public. Through the website, Henry Gellis supports the distribution of important health information, such as the power of antioxidants in blueberries.
Blueberries belong to a category known as superfoods, which have the power to support physical and mental well-being. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals can accelerate aging by damaging the structure of cells, a process known as oxidation.
Chemical analyses have shown that blueberries have a higher concentration of antioxidants than any other fruit. This is particularly important for older people since studies have shown that blueberry consumption may delay and even reverse neurological damage and its behavioral effects. Scientists believe this process may be due to the fruit's ability to correct the signaling problems that cause neuronal decline.
Other studies have shown that blueberries' anti-aging effects extend beyond the cognitive to the physical realm. Data has linked blueberries to a reduction in heart attack risk, while general studies of antioxidant-rich foods suggest they may prevent heart disease and reduce overall inflammation in the body.
Friday, November 10, 2017
As owner of Gellis Investment Management, Henry Gellis seeks out opportunities in the lifestyle, health, and wellness arenas. Henry Gellis has personally invested in Awaken.com, which publicizes innovative technologies and techniques for reducing stress and improving overall well-being.
Popular wisdom has long associated yoga with healthful aging. In recent years, scientific knowledge and research have helped to confirm this belief.
One study at UCLA revealed that in patients with a high risk of Alzheimer's disease, practicing yoga and meditation can lead not only to improved memory and cognition but also lower levels of anxiety and depression, improved resilience, and a greater resource of coping skills.
Yoga can help to combat the physical effects of aging as well. It helps the blood circulate through the body and encourages deep breathing, thus delivering more oxygen to body cells. Joints are guided through their complete range of motion, which guards against joint breakdown. Further, bones receive the benefit of improved density through weight-bearing exercises. The practice of yoga also improves the function of the digestive, immune, and lymphatic systems while controlling blood glucose levels and helping to clear the blood of bad cholesterol.
Even on the genetic level, yoga can offer a benefit. Cardiologist Dean Ornish and his colleagues studied the effects of yoga and other lifestyle changes on men with early stage prostate cancer. The team found that by the end of the study, the participants demonstrated a more youthful physiology and a greater resilience to disease.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
The owner of Gellis Investment Management in Los Angeles, California, Henry Gellis also contributes to the planning and upkeep of Awaken.com, a news site for positive media and healthy living. With a passion for wellness, Henry Gellis practices meditation in his spare time. Though there are many different types of meditation, one of the most popular techniques is transcendental meditation, which offers many positive side effects.
Brought to the United States from India in the 1960s, transcendental meditation instructs a person to sit comfortably with their eyes closed, while repeating a word or sound called a "mantra". This technique improves concentration and quiets the mind, giving the practitioner a feeling of rest, stillness, and stability. While some other types of meditation ask the practitioner to focus on something specific, transcendental meditation seeks to empty the mind and enter a state of "restful alertness".
Practicing meditation on a regular basis has been shown to reduce anxiety, chronic pain, cholesterol,
and high blood pressure. The common practice requires that you meditate twice a day for twenty minutes to be the most effective.
Friday, July 28, 2017
A partner at enlightened media company Awaken.com, Henry Gellis is responsible for the leadership of an online platform that provides uplifting content to more than 158,000 Facebook users. Under the leadership of Henry Gellis and other partners within the company, Awaken.com has published articles on a diverse array of subjects, including one article from late 2015 that detailed the effects of meditation on gray matter within the brain.
Grey matter is one of two forms of tissue that make up the brain’s central nervous system. Its primary function is to process the information that the brain takes in through the body’s senses, and it can be damaged in instances when the body experiences hypoxia, the condition of low oxygen levels.
According to the article published on Awaken.com, a study at Massachusetts General Hospital indicated that people who engaged in regular mindfulness meditation were more likely to see a boost in the growth of grey matter in the brain. Specifically, the study indicated that 27 minutes of daily mindful meditation could increase the density of grey matter in crucial areas of the brain, such as the hippocampus and the amygdala, which play an important role in compassion and self-reflection and stress and anxiety regulation, respectively.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
As one of the leaders at Awaken.com, Henry Gellis oversees strategic planning and fundraising for a company that searches for innovative technologies that reduce stress, including high-tech meditation as a mechanism to make brain waves more relaxed. He also maintains an interest in the use of Tibetan and Hindu mantras to change consciousness. In his free time, Henry Gellis enjoys traveling and has visited Tahiti, a French Polynesian island that offers a number of fascinating destinations. Here are a few of the most popular places to see:
- La Plage de Maui. A famous stretch of beach, La Plage de Maui features pearly white sand that stands out from the island's typical volcanic black sand. This south shore beach also features a lagoon with shallow, warm water.
- Marché de Papeete. A large market in Papeete, Marché takes up an entire city block. The market features vendors of shell necklaces, colorful pareo (sarongs), and woven hats, as well as meat and fish sellers.
- Musée de la Perle. Developed by the famous pearl dealer Robert Wan, this small pearl museum explains the ins and outs of the pearl-cultivating industry. Visitors can view the displays in English and explore Monsieur Wan’s beautiful jewelry collection.
Friday, February 24, 2017
The co-owner of Awaken.com, Henry Gellis guides its development as the site president. Through the site, Henry Gellis and his team tackle subjects relevant to everyday joy, such as the benefits of meditation and yoga. One of the major benefits of these practices is finding ways to let go of anger.
Known as a secondary emotion, anger often covers up a deeper, more troubling emotion, such as grief, fear, or shame. Because these deeper emotions expose our vulnerabilities, we often cover them with anger, a powerful emotion that we feel coursing through our whole bodies. Acting from a place of anger tends to only put more anger in the world, so it is important to keep this emotion in check.
While screaming, violence, and destruction are common reactions to feeling anger, these actions do not get at the root of the emotion. For that reason, it is more powerful to recognize that anger is present by naming it nonjudgmentally and digging deeper to find its cause. Meditation and yoga provide us with the self-awareness and tools we need to recognize and deal with anger in a constructive manner.
Every person experiences anger in a unique way, so transforming the anger also takes a personalized approach. When we know the root of our anger, we can approach it appropriately and learn to let it go.