Nutrition

8 Healthy Winter Superfoods

We are well into our winter season, and despite some of the snow that is slowly melting in some parts of the winter celebrating world, there are still wonderful bonuses that can be taken away from the glittery and brisk wonderland, such as superfoods during the cold months. Below are 8 of the healthiest foods to consider when preparing for your trip to the market this new year. Be fun and creative and dapple in instagram and pinterest on new ways to bring winter staples back to life for your family. Cheers for an amazing and healthy 2016! (more…)

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Diets, Health

Finger Tapping Your Way to Weight Loss?

Have you heard of tapping? There are many ways to do it, but Prevention Magazine says that, "The secret to weight loss might truly be at your fingertips: Tapping your forehead with your finger for 30 seconds could cut food cravings, suggests recent research presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting." Yes, You Tube has many tapping videos available to watch if you are interested in technique or want to experiment. "It's not the only distraction trick that works—obese people in the study also tapped their ears with their fingers, tapped their feet on the floor, and stared at a

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Meditation

How to Live

Each of us has our own unique path. In the Vedic Tradition, we say that each individual has their own dharma, their own purpose and role within the process of Evolution. The more we live our own dharma, the more frictionless life is. So when we experience less friction, that's how we know we're on the right path. Frictionless does not mean non-action or non-effort. In fact, there can be quite a bit of activity involved. However, it is performed in an inspirational way. As meditators, we locate our path through the mechanism of following charm. Charm does not require

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Health

Ready for Winter: Eating Seasonally and Locally

With the first day of winter (winter solstice) rapidly approaching (22nd of December), for people living in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, so does a slow shift of “in season” fruits and vegetables.  But just because our Sun is in its farthest south position it does not mean that eating locally should stop; there are plenty of good-for-you winter crops that are available both locally and grown in hoop houses and other other methods to extend the natural growing season. In fact, backyard hoop houses can make it seem like you moved your garden hundreds of

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Health

Enhance Your Emotional Wellness with Oriental Medicine

The upcoming holiday season can be filled with a dizzying array of demands, visitors, travel and frantic shopping trips. For many people, it is also a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. Compound the usual seasonal pressures with economic strain, and you may find this to be one of the most emotionally trying times of the year. At some point in life everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress. These events can trigger a host of unexpected feelings and behaviors, from depression and panic attacks to major disruptions in sleep and eating. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can

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Meditation

Rearranging Reality

Reality is not weak. It is our perception of it that is weak. Specifically, it is a weakness of perception that yields anything other than Unity, or Oneness. A wave is already connected to the Ocean. The Ocean is the source of the wave. Without the Ocean, the wave simply wouldn't exist. When we are caught up in our wave status - our individuality - we forget that which is our source, and that which connects us to all the other wave forms. Our Universal nature is part of who we are too, but it is so easily forgotten when

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Meditation

Ignorance and Realization

Whether through accumulated stress or the mechanism of social conditioning, we may have become habituated to the practice of ignoring subtle changes. These subtle changes give rise to vital information on how to act in accordance with the needs or demands of the moment. In that moment, we may have some flicker of awareness - either on the level of the intellect, or on the more subtle level of the intuition - that we discount or disregard. Therefore, our subsequent thoughts and actions fail to factor in vital information. (more…)

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Essential Oils, Health

15 Habits That Help Keep Your Home Clean

It is said that a clutter free home and work environment translates to a clutter and free mind. If you are looking to help decrease stress levels and improve your living conditions and mind conditions, try adopting these 15 habits that can drastically bring in levity, light and even comfort into your daily life. Think clean, neat, and tidy and so the Universe will fruition that back to you. (more…)

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Health

Staying Hydrated With More Than Just Water

Though school is slowly resuming across the country and the fall season is around the corner, there are many parts (like where I live) of the country where daily temperatures still reach around 100 degrees fahrenheit. It is very important to keep hydrated, as we are only as optimal as the liquids we consume, use and bathe in. In this week's Chopra Center Lifestyle Newsletter, there was a simple and easy to follow article about staying hydrated with foods (not necessarily just drinking water). It is a good reminder that we can acquire hydration from may different aspects. (more…)

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Essential Oils

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Described as the "oil of energetic cleansing", Lemongrass Essential Oil is idea for clearing old or negative energy away from a home or work space. Its aim is to absolve negativity and leave environments light, positive and happy. Lemongrass smells just like lemons, but is milder, sweeter, and far less sour. This grass is used in countless beverages (including tea), desserts and other forms of culinary creations as a flavoring agent, where fresh lemon is not available or is not to be used because of its more potent flavor. It is widely used in Chinese and Thai recipes. Simply put, there

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