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Five Steps to Heal

Five Steps to Heal
Healing means to bring yourself back into balance to make whole. The use of the word, “heal” has been documented before the 12th century, so it is not a new concept. As a  foundational  concept we will look at healing as being necessary when we are out of balance and must return to wholeness. Healing ultimately starts in the mind although many would think it starts in the body. When our mind becomes disturbed, distracted or depressed we need to harness its energy and return it to calm and clarity.  This at times can be very difficult and then weRead more

Feeling Good Matters – Rewire Your Stress Circuit

Feeling Good Matters - Rewire Your Stress Circuit
Did you know that stress is a habit? Have you ever arrived at work with no detail of how you got there? When you started from home on autopilot, you thought about if you have your keys, wallet and cell phone, but somewhere along the way, your brain moved onto more interesting topics, and the next thing you knew, you'd arrived. This is the essence of habits - once you start on a familiar series of actions, you stop thinking about them, and you are able to complete them without conscious thought or attention. This can be both a boonRead more

Living in the Present

Living in the Present
Mindfulness in Focus Arriving home after traveling for a few days, our Giant Schnauzer, Radha and Irish Wolfhound, Plato come to meet me as if they have not seen me in months. They proceed to follow me around and when I sit down, again I am greeted with delight and a level of exuberance that pays little regard to the fact that we had met just moments earlier. In a way, Radha and Plato have mastered being present with focused awareness. Their minds are devoted to my presence at that precise moment in time. The nature of our minds asRead more

Not Feeling Good: A Matter of Digestion

Not Feeling Good: A Matter of Digestion
Stoke Your Digestive Fire So many times I hear someone saying "I eat well but I am still tired".  Did you ever wonder why it is such a common theme?  The truth be told it is not just a case of having willpower. Many times it is because the foods you eat either lack the necessary nutrients to supply each and every cell of your brain and body or that your body is not extracting the necessary nutrition from the foods that you eat.  Even taking the best vitamins and most nutritious foods....this is all beneficial, will result in fatigueRead more

Fixing the issue

Fixing the issue

On a recent retreat, one of the participants recently brought to my attention a very fundamental issue with regard to a habit that I personally had to address in my life.  The need to “fix” or “help” someone.  Fixing someone implies that something is wrong.  And helping someone implies that someone is not capable of doing it themselves. Both have their drawbacks because it may involve the workings of the ego.

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Your Brain on Meditation

Your Brain on Meditation
So how does meditation allow you to change the way that you feel?  These and many other questions come up during our healing power of meditation trainings and I thought to post to our blog. Overview of the Triune Brain So let's take a brief look at the layers of what is sometimes referred to as the triune brain.  The most evolved layer, the prefrontal cortex, gets activated when we self reflect on questions like,  "Who Am I?" and "How do I or can I make a difference of the world?" Its role involves self-reflection.  The cortex envelops the nextRead more
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