…more words of wisdom….:)

Mindfulbalance

cat sunlight2It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus and find creative solutions to problems. We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

Thich Nhat Hahn

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This blogger must have read my mind…and, then, added a lot of good information…perfect!:)

Love Like a Black Belt!

Most of us have a lifetime of responding to the signals of others without regard for who we are or what we need or want.  The “art of being” is the order of the day; the art of knowing and accepting yourself, living in passion and joy; embracing and valuing fun and leisure.

Every day we are bombarded by erroneous and damaging messages in the culture that tell us that personal happiness, having fun, and self interest are bad and wrong, evil in some way, and not worthy or valuable pursuits.

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meditation as treatment for addiction, anxiety…

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Physicians Explain How Stress, 12-Step Programs Change the Brain

When Bill W. and Dr. Bob created Alcoholics Anonymous 77 years ago, they borrowed principles learned from a Christian fellowship called the Oxford Group to create their 12-step recovery program.

“They knew that their spiritual program was effective where other ‘cures’ had failed, and over the years, there have been many theories as to why,” says Dr. Harry Haroutunian, physician director of the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, and collaborator with Dr. Louis Teresi on the book, Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains – The Science Behind Twelve-Step Recovery (www.HijackingTheBrain.com).

“Now we know that stress is the fuel that feeds addiction, and that stress and drug and alcohol use cause neurological and physiological changes,” Haroutunian says. “The changes are primarily in the deep brain reward centers, the limbic brain, responsible for decisions, memory…

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Mindful stress management…

Raydiance Reiki

Stressed, anxious or blue? For a simple no-pressure way to uplift yourself, try mindful walking.  If you do it right, it leaves little room for stressful thoughts – in fact it’s meditation in motion.

Walking is a brilliant mood booster.  A good walk can out the world in perspective and soothe your frayed nerves.  If you really want to feel alive, go for a walk in the wind or rain – there’s plenty of opportunity for that right now! Forget slogging through uninspiring walks.  There’s no need to rush – the aim is walk as mindfully as you can.

Where do we start?

In the next week, take at least one 15-30 minute walk. You don’t have to go anywhere special; a walk around your local neighbourhood taken with an open frame of mind can be just as interesting as a hike through the mountains.

Be aware of all your…

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