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Is Stress A State Of Mind?

Is Stress A State Of Mind?

In her presentation, McGonigal put forth the premise that stress is only bad for us if we believe that it is. To support her argument, McGonigal referred to a study (Keller et al 2012), that seems to show that those who believe that stress is harmful for them have worse health outcomes than those who don’t. Conversely, McGonigal believes that when we don’t believe that stress is bad for us, our bo... »

Time to ditch that diet?

Time to ditch that diet?

I’d like to address something we often do to ourselves during the winter months, which can be a very dangerous habit – going on a diet. Due to weather conditions, a lot of us aren’t as physically active during the colder months and tend to eat heartier foods to stay warm. The result? Weight gain. It’s usually not anything drastic – often an extra five to 10 pounds. Come the end of Dece... »

The perfect balance point

The perfect balance point

We live in an absolutely organized universe. Nothing here is random and everything, including us as human beings, seeks a perfect balance point. I could make the argument that stress is a function of the distance between our perfect balance point and how we live our lives.  In other words, stress is what happens when we do not or cannot respect our perfect balance points. There are two sources of ... »

How to be happy: Embrace your imperfections

How to be happy: Embrace your imperfections

The photo below was taken in the 1950s – I absolutely love it. In the middle is my father John, on his right his aunt Dora, and on his left, my sweet grandmother Ida who passed away sixteen years ago. My dad sent me this photo recently because for his 70th birthday, I sent him the money to buy himself a ukulele, as he’s incredibly musical and I thought he would find it fun. I am learning uku... »

Want to lower cholesterol? Optimism’s the answer

Want to lower cholesterol? Optimism’s the answer

“If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten. And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.” In the words of Monty Python, ‘always look on the bright side of life’. Not only will it make you feel great, it’ll also lower your cholesterol, according to new research. In a Harvard School of Public Health study, middle-aged optimist... »

Exercises for the heart

Exercises for the heart

February’s National Heart month, and to mark the occasion our contributor Sheva Carr is offering up a great exercise for the emotions taken from her book, ‘Being the Source Of Love’. Over to you, Sheva… The following exercise is quoted in my book, and is also inserted into a new book coming out in concert with the American Heart Association’s 7 guidelines for Heart He... »

The heart: The fire within that keeps us alive

The heart: The fire within that keeps us alive

I idolized our ancient ancestors who kept the home fires burning in the heart of the home.  The women, mothers, wives and daughters tended the fire, and cooked meals for the boys and the men returning from the hunt. I live in the Midwest of North America. It gets pretty cold here in the winter. My family and I live in a log cabin in the woods, and my favorite place on the cold winter days is in fr... »

Let Only Good Spirits Guide You in 2013 and Beyond

In part I can only share bits and pieces of some of our ancient ways. There is a protocol on how information is passed down about our ceremonies and traditional ways. Many of these ways have been passed down to me directly by my own father who was born on his reservation in 1915, as well as my mother who was also born on her reservation. All of my grandparents on both my mother and father’s side w... »

A Heart Song to Loved Ones…

By an American Indian… Buffalo Child As a Native American Indian, my heart often visualizes reoccurring memories of my children, family and close friends in these holiday seasons. One must remember… Man was not created to be alone; we are social beings, just watch a heard of horses, a pack of wolves, or a flock of geese… Man is no different. When one denies nature, one denies self. If you can’t be... »

A Natural Way to Wash Away Stress – Part 2 of 2

Continuing from part one A Natural Way to Wash Away Stress – Part 1 of 2, here is the second part of David Spector’s article. There are two main methods for learning how to experience the fourth state of consciousness and release our stored stresses: Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Natural Stress Relief (NSR). Although they teach the same effortless, natural mental technique, they use ver... »

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