Ways to De-stress the Holidays

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During the holiday season, we strive to remain calm and serene and happy only to face many demands. Shopping, family visits, meals and food planning, parties, and all the preparation that goes with these demands can make us feel stressed versus serene. How can you reduce your stress? Try these helpful hints.

 

  1. Take care of your body. This is the time to do all the things you know are good for you—getting enough sleep; taking it easy on the sugar, alcohol, and caffeine; getting regular exercise; eating healthy foods; taking time to breathe; laughing.
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Your Best Self

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Every week we hear about new health information. What are the best “superfoods” to eat? How does plastic affect our health? Is using a microwave good for our health or bad? How much exercise should we be getting? Keeping up with all the latest information can be stressful. We think it is time to stop, take a breath, relax, and know that good health is not supposed to be hard. It is really about taking the time to focus on a few simple practices that can make you feel rested, whole, happy, and filled with positive energy.… Read more »

Music Therapy: Modalities and Benefits

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At a time when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities. Music has been used in healing practices throughout history, with many examples of the healing powers of music in the historical records of different cultures.

Music therapy is an established health profession that has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.… Read more »

Can Our Bodies Create Our Moods? – Simple Steps to Happiness

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Did Descartes have it backwards? We often envision our brains as “computers” that tell our bodies what to do and we assume that our moods are determined by how our brains process what we experience. Happiness, then, should come from thinking happy thoughts. But research is showing that is not necessarily true. Instead, our bodies (and what we do with them) can profoundly influence our mood. For example, a brisk five-minute walk can do more to our improve moods than just thinking positive thoughts.… Read more »

Relaxation Through the Music of the Spheres

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Did you know that our planet actually hums? It’s called the Schumman resonance, and it is calculated to be 7.83 Hz. The ancient mystics and astronomers also called it the “music of the spheres” and the ancient Indian Rishis called it OM.

All living organisms interact and interconnect with electromagnetic waves. Since life began on Earth, each living being has been protected with a natural frequency pulsation of 7.83 Hz. This frequency is associated with high levels of meditation, increased cerebral blood flow, and an increased ability to be creative and learn.… Read more »

Breath and Health – What’s the Connection?

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One of the most profound healing techniques is free – and right under your nose! According to Andrew Weil, MD, one of the leaders in integrative medicine, learning how to breathe correctly is probably the most important practice you can use to support good health.

Breath control can provide many health benefits. It can:

  • Lower blood pressure;
  • Reduce or eliminate heart arrhythmias;
  • Relieve chronic indigestion;
  • Increase blood circulation throughout your body;
  • Improve immune function;
  • Decrease anxiety;
  • Improve sleep;
  • Improve energy; and
  • Improve your sense of well-being.
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Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you toss and turn all night? Do you wake up too early or find yourself feeling tired in the morning. If so, you are not alone. Millions of people struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep.

Insomnia takes a toll on your life and the people around you. Many of the reasons for not getting a good night’s sleep include trying to accomplish too much in one day, long work hours, stress and anxiety, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits.… Read more »

Burnout Can Severely Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »

Discover Music and Sound for Healing

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Creativity heals the physical body while stimulating, calming, and transporting the mind to a sublime place where holistic healing can occur.

The process of making or listening to music is a wonderfully creative experience that heightens awareness and brings us joy and an undeniable connection to our spirit. Music and sound healing also help bridge differences and connect people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences through shared experiences, and thus healing communities through creative expression. Music and sound healing can help:

  • heal emotional injuries,
  • develop a capacity for self-reflection,
  • reduce symptoms of disease, and
  • alter behaviors and thinking patterns.
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Monkey-Mind and Mindfulness

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Do you struggle with monkey-mind (a mind that jumps from thought to thought like a monkey jumps from tree to tree)? The monkey mind is not content with being in the present moment, but rather is constantly distracted by the thoughts that pass through it. Is your brain unsettled, restless, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? By practicing mindfulness meditation, neuroscientists have reported that after only eight weeks of mindfulness meditation, 30 minutes a day, you can not only calm your mind but your brain can create new brain cells (neurons) and connections between those neurons.… Read more »