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An Exercise in Unconditional Love: Part 2

October 15th, 2014 - Read more

Are you mastering the practice of unconditional love? Release is the heart of forgiveness. This means you no longer think about or need to do anything to resolve a relationship or conflict. Sounds simple right? Indeed, studies such as the Stanford Forgiveness Project are proving the effectiveness of this process in promoting mental health. One …

Filed Under: Meditation Practice, Mental Health, Spirituality

An Exercise in Unconditional Love: Part 1

October 13th, 2014 - Read more

Have you ever found yourself driving through a city like Los Angeles during rush hour? Perhaps you are sleepy and irritable from a full day’s work. Times like this can make you wonder, “Is it really possible to be present and accepting of what is happening now?” Many simple and short practices can help you …

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Embracing Resistance with Mindfulness

October 8th, 2014 - Read more

Lately, as I am moving into new endeavors, resistance is showing up. For me, pushing through has never worked. Instead, it has just left me feeling abused. For this reason, I was so grateful to come across a wonderful mindfulness practice that helps soften resistance. The practice was published online in the Yoga Journal by …

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Secrets to Shoveling Out Depression: Part 2

October 4th, 2014 - Read more

In Part 1 I introduced my best friends, music and nature, to you. Then, I explained how they always help me treat symptoms of depression when they come up. In this post, I am so excited to introduce you to my other best friend, poetry, which is my favorite form of art therapy. Poetry can …

Filed Under: Art Therapy, Mental Health, Therapy

Secrets to Shoveling Out Depression: Part 1

October 1st, 2014 - Read more

I woke up with it: that old, dark depression that always makes me want to stay under the covers. On days like that, the thought of any type of exertion just puts me back to sleep. These blues are no friends of mine, and so I have found ways of dismissing them from my bed. …

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Clean Eating Parfait Recipe

September 27th, 2014 - Read more

Do you resist eating healthy dessert choices even though you know they will make you feel better? Down deep you may desire authentic living that you know involves maintaining a conscious diet; but you may think desserts that are good for you won’t satisfy your sweet tooth or will take too much time to prepare. …

Filed Under: Diet and Nutrition for Wellness

Calming Yoga Pose for Rest and Recovery

September 22nd, 2014 - Read more

Do you get the 3 pm slump? Or perhaps by mid-afternoon, you are feeling tight-chested, short of breath, stressed, or similar symptoms of anxiety. Are you looking for fast, easy self-care: to breathe easily and to recenter? Legs up the wall yoga pose (known in the Sanskrit as viparita karani) may be your answer. Instructions …

Filed Under: Movement and Exercise for Wellness

Mental Healing with Smiles, Sounds & Syllables

September 20th, 2014 - Read more

Start your morning with some mind-body therapy by including mental healing exercises. For instance, you might like to try a couple of daily techniques that come from Chinese Healing traditions. They provide ongoing healthy vibrations for the body and mind. Specifically, these practices require the ability to focus on visualizations and syllable sounds. How It …

Filed Under: Mental Health, Positivity

Self Compassion Meditation 101: Part 2

September 15th, 2014 - Read more

Part 1 offered tips on how to be more kind and caring toward yourself. These tips were suggested by the researcher, Kristin Neff PhD. In particular, Neff confirms that by cultivating self-compassion and self-kindness, one’s motivation to live more fully increases. In addition, positive changes happen in the physiology of the body and mind. Below …

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Self Compassion Meditation 101: Part 1

September 13th, 2014 - Read more

According to the researcher, Kristin Neff PhD, humans have two systems. The first one is the old reptilian fight or flight system that releases cortisol and adrenaline and stress into the body. Even though this system is necessary at times for physical survival, when it is used for psychological survival, it most often promotes dis-ease. …

Filed Under: Meditation Practice, Spirituality