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Focused Awareness Meditation: An Evidence-based Approach

Focused Awareness Meditation:  An Evidence-based Approach

Focused Awareness Meditation:  An Evidence-based Approach With the movement of the medical community in the direction of evidence-based practices it seems apparent that programs being introduced into the medical community uphold the standards. Meditation is considered part of complementary and integrative healthcare practices. 1 When we speak about Evidence-Based Meditation we are really talking about an approach to practicing meditation and its tools in which the practitioner is aware of the   in support of clinical practice and the strength of that evidence in conjunction with his or her patients’/clients’ values.  It combines the practitioners clinical knowledge with the knowledge

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12 Top Brain Foods

12 Top Brain Foods

We spend a lot of time thinking? About what?   How often do you think about how to nourish our brain? The brain is the transmitter for our mind to live in the world. Without a healthy brain we limit our experiences.  Our brain not only governs our capacity to think, learn, reason, and remember; it’s also the control center for virtually every other bodily process that we have. And, not surprisingly, it’s an organ that requires optimal nourishment. Most of us probably spend more time thinking about whether our food contains enough fiber for our GI tracts than we do

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Nourish Your Body, Balance Your Mind

Nourish Your Body, Balance Your Mind

Nourish Your Body, Balance Your Mind As I reflect upon the health crisis now facing us, I keep pondering on the concept that there are ancient healing practices that help people to maintain the health and happiness of the mind-body and spirit, if only they were understood and practiced we would ultimately discover the secret to health and happiness. I believe that each and every one of us has the innate wisdom to feel good, and I know from experience that the pathway to health and well being is not out of our reach.  We need three components to sustain ourselves

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8 Strategies to Boost Your Mood

8 Strategies to Boost Your Mood

8 Strategies to Boost Your Mood Depression is one of those things that we can do certainly pass on.  We have all  experienced the feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fatigue and lethargy one time or another in our life.  The big Pharma companies have picked up on the issue but without cure.    It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans, roughly 7%, experience depression.  However, I believe that the numbers are much higher if dysthymia is included in this statistic.  With one in ten using antidepressants there seems to be no cure with conventional approaches, just management. Depression is nothing

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Diet and Nutrition for a Balanced Mood

Diet and Nutrition for a Balanced Mood

Diet and Nutrition for a Balanced Mood Recent evidence suggests that good nutrition is essential for not only our physical but emotional health. Research shows that  a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors. The  body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace. One of the most obvious, yet under-recognized factors in the development of major trends in mental health is the role of foundation nutrients.  As well as its impact on short and long-term mental health, the evidence indicates that food nutrients play an important contributing role in the

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Diet, Nutrition and Disease Prevention

Diet, Nutrition and Disease Prevention

What does your diet and nutrition have to do with disease prevention? We are all driven by early detection practices to find cancer and other disease states.  The search for finding out what is wrong so that one can begin treatment earlier rather than later seems to be the trend.  This is intertwined with the concept of saving one’s life.   Can you imagine for a moment if the same energy and effort was put into educating people on the lifestyle opportunities that one must take to prevent a disease state. In addition, educating the public on the overuse of

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7 Brain Essentials to Focus and Remain Calm

7 Brain Essentials to Focus and Remain Calm

Focus, remaining calm and having a good memory seem to be what most people need to feel good. I have heard people time and time again fearful as to whether they will perhaps be one of the 10 million people who develop Alzheimer’s disease later on in life.  Although no one supplement can guarantee total brain health, I have listed some supplements that I have personally found useful in working with clients and my own diet.  This list is by no means all inclusive, just some that I have had success with working on the path to feel good.  Magnesium:

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How Does Meditation Work?

How Does Meditation Work?

Finding Your True Self Today more than ever we need to be able to separate the truth from the non-truth.   With find ourselves going to google to get the information on all our questions from health to spirituality.  The internet is a powerful instrument but does not know right from wrong or truth from untruth. Therefore, we must develop our own surveillance to see what is true and what is not so true.  Easier said than done.   In this blog post I’ll talk about your own best teacher, your- Self and how to find her. For thousands of years

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What Emotions Are You Feeding?

What Emotions Are You Feeding?

Making Sense of Five Emotions In Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Ayurvedic Medicine, unrestrained emotions are considered to be just as responsible for illness as are external pathogens. It is now commonly recognized in the West as well as in the East that emotions and stress can cause physical diseases. Each emotion is linked to nature’s  five elements as well as to our organs.  Having the awareness of this process will help us avoid getting ill during times when we are stuck in emotional turmoil.  In order to recognize the emotions that bind our heart, we can use our

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How to Choose A Meditation Teacher Training Program

How to Choose A Meditation Teacher Training Program

Are you considering becoming a meditation teacher? With the world moving in the direction of mindfulness and meditation we are in need of highly qualified meditation teachers.  It seems apparent that programs being introduced should have specific requirements and standards, with solid meditation practice retreats; but this is not always the case. In this blog post we’ll cover five steps or areas to consider when choosing training for meditation teachers. Step 1:  Credentials Does the program have an advisory board?  Advisory boards are beneficial since they keep standards and certification criteria in check. Many certification programs are merely survey courses. This

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Take Your Meditation Practice to the Next Level

Take Your Meditation Practice to the Next Level

Whether you are looking for  personal growth and development of your meditation practice, or if your desire is to give back by teaching others, teaching meditation will help you get to that next level. There’s a great need right now more than ever, for people to go deep into meditation and we need well trained teachers to bring the practice of meditation to the people that need it. To address this need, I created the meditation  teacher training program over a decade ago, and during that time I’ve trained many teachers to help spread the wave of meditation in order

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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
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