happiness

Meditation

Intention and Attachment

In Vedic Meditation we're instructed not to emphasize a particular outcome or a singular experience. We have an intention to think our mantra, but we find it disappears spontaneously.  We're left with silence or thoughts, or both one after the other. We need to make a distinction between intention and attachment.  We have a preference to to think our mantra, and to come back to it once it gets replaced with some other thought or experience.  However, we're not riveted to our mantra, meaning that we embrace a willingness to let it go it.  And when we let it go, we can

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Meditation

Meditation: Self Nurture

SELF NURTURE To grow the best fruit, the farmer does not water each piece individually as it hangs from the tree. Instead, great care is taken to ensure that the roots of the tree are watered sufficiently in order for the tree to reach its full potential. The product of that full potential is delicious fruit which everyone can enjoy. The farmer knows where the source is, and how to nurture it. Similarly, all of life's problems - how to be happy, how to love, how to be prosperous, how to be peaceful, how to unlock creativity - cannot be

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Nutrition, Pregnancy

“B” Well and “B” Happy: Vitamin B Benefits and Deficiency

When people are truly low on any of the B vitamins, depression is one of the earliest symptoms. In fact, studies show that at least one in four of all people hospitalized for depression is deficient in pyridoxine (B-6) and cobalamin (B-12); another study suggests that over three-quarters of all depressed patients have a pyridoxine deficiency. Giving these patients even small doses of pyridoxine (B-6) improves their depression. The Optimum dose for B Vitamins for adults can range from 25mg to 300 mg daily, but workers with stressful jobs may require more, take up to 1000 mg day. Sadly, only a fraction

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Health

Best Way to Prep for Spring? Start from the Inside.

As we welcome the Spring Solstice with gratitude and perhaps one less layer of clothing, let us take pause and notice the work that will pour in from the outside to make our physical appearance and environment new, renewed and ready for show. It is no mistake that as the ice starts to thaw and the days lengthen, gym, sporting, beauty salon and yoga attendances begin to soar. We start our physical preparation or the summer season now and though that may be a great motivator for the outside appearance, we often neglect and overlook the importance of a nurtured

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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

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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Health

Happiness Enhancing Strategies

These are 12 researched strategies for sustainable happiness adaptation written by Sonja Lyubomirsky as published in the Scientific Approach to Getting the Life you Want The How of Happiness (Penguin 2007).  (more…)

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Meditation

Why the Mind Matters Most

Our lives are formed with the thoughts that we think. Life is a reflection of each thought, and with each thought (conscious, unconscious or subconscious), the physical structure of our brain changes. It actually does. The brain expands, grows, new neurological pathways are being created, synapse are firing and hormones (oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins) begin pour in. May it be thoughts of abundance or lack, poverty, wealth, safety, danger, bliss, trauma, love or hate, our thoughts form our feelings (expressed in life as what we experience), which then form our experience, and then turn into our beliefs. The more thoughts

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Diets, Essential Oils, Health

Peace of Mind: Raising Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for regulating many of the functions in your body that contribute to your overall health and wellbeing, happiness, and  feeling of fulfillment. People who have a lot of stress or suffer from different types of anxiety disorders generally do not have enough of it. Tryptophan, is an amino acid that leaves people feeling relaxed and elevates moods in people. It is also a hormone found in foods that serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood. Because of its ability to raise serotonin levels,

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Health

The Whole Purpose of Meditation

Every thought we have is a stream of energy and intelligence. We know thoughts are energy because they can be measured as electrical impulses via an electroencephalogram (EEG).  And, we know thoughts have intelligence because each one is about something very specific. Each day, we experience a stream of thoughts that is seemingly never-ending.  There must be a vast reservoir of something at the their source. (more…)

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