According to a 2014 article in Time magazine, mindfulness meditation is becoming popular among people who would not normally consider meditation. The goal of this blog is to de-mystify mindfulness, share its many benefits, and show you how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.
Cultures around the world have used the healing power of touch.
A popular method of hands-on healing that comes to us from Japan is Reiki (pronounced ray-key). It is a form of energy medicine whose purpose is to activate the body’s natural healing processes. A Reiki master becomes a conduit of energy, healing energy, which flows into the patient by means of touch. This universal life force energy is called Ki in Rei-ki, Chi (chee) in China and prana in India. If our “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. A good night’s sleep often makes the difference between awaking renewed and refreshed or tired and hung over. Quality sleep sharpens the mind, boosts the immune system, and helps protect against stress and anxiety.
Yoga is on fire in the West, with 40% of health and fitness clubs offering classes to meet the growing demand; however, yoga is so much more than just a physical fitness practice. It is a complete system of health maintenance for the mind, body, and spirit. According to yoga, the highest level of healing is to prevent disease before it gets started.
In last month’s blog, we learned all about aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage, two complementary therapies that use healing essential oils for relaxation and rejuvenation. This month, I will de-mystify meditation, another holistic practice that quickly leads to a relaxed body and a calm mind: the two essential ingredients for a restful night’s sleep.
In last month’s blog, I introduced Ayurveda, the holistic medicine from India, with examples of Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, which are soothing to the body and calming to the nervous system.
“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”
Having a personable disposition and maintaining a good character are considered positive and desirable attributes of human beings in general.10 A deviation from these desirable traits will result in a tipping of the balance of social acceptability, thus alienating a person from normal society and hindering progress and social interaction. Other aspects that help people gain popularity and excel in their chosen life paths are pleasing appearance, good overall heath, and radiant, happy skin.
For some of us, just a glimpse of a kitten in a pet store window is enough to pull out the wallet and bring home a new pet. But for those of us who are weighing the pros and cons of adding a cat or dog (or parrot or chinchilla or fish) to our household, it’s smart to consider the health benefits that a pet can bring to us.
Can we make ourselves happier just by changing the way we think about our lives?
We’ve all read the studies that suggest that we can’t, that our own personal level of happiness is basically set in stone. Lottery winners have been shown to return to their baseline level of happiness within one year of striking it rich, and even paraplegics return to their pre-injury happiness levels within a year of their trauma. So if winning the lottery can’t make someone happier, and suffering a life-altering injury can’t make someone more sad, then what hope do the rest of us have in boosting our day-to-day levels of happiness?
Have you ever found yourself eating an entire tub of ice cream because you felt sad? Have you ever finished a bag of cookies, crackers, or chips because you felt mad at something or someone? Have you ever felt so happy at a special occasion that you decided to have a second piece of cake, or a third?