Tag Archives: emotional health

Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy, content, and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.” Where many meditation techniques encourage students to explore difficult feelings or emotions directly, in loving-kindness, the [...]

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Posted on July 15th, 2013 by in Relationships

Turning Point: Marsha Lucas

Marsha Lucas, PhD, a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist, has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for more than 20 years. Her special interest is in the practice of mindfulness, and the neuroscientific research into its stimulation of the brain to develop new, more integrated circuits, which may be at the heart of well-being, [...]

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Posted on July 4th, 2013 by in Yoga

The Benefits of a Home Yoga Practice

There’s not much I enjoy more than going to a yoga class. The energy created from being in a roomful of like-minded people practicing together can’t compare to much else. Seeing the monumental shifts yoga can create in people’s lives is important to witness as a community. For most of us life is very busy [...]

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Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Mindful Eating

About five years ago, I was in Paris for a week to celebrate my birthday. It was one of the happiest times of my life. As I strolled the streets of that breathtakingly beautiful city, it wasn’t just the stunning architecture, the carefully manicured gardens, or the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower that captured [...]

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Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The Book I Didn’t Want to Read

Lara Tupper, guest blogger “There’s a book I want you to read,” says my cousin Becky. She’s been saying this for months and I haven’t been listening—it’s 2009 and this particular book is everywhere. I pretend to enjoy dreary literary galleys instead, which I occasionally review for a clever literary magazine for about .0001 cent [...]

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Posted on June 14th, 2013 by in Ask the Expert, Medical Insights

Is Your Diet Making You Anxious or Depressed?

Jenny Sansouci, guest blogger We all wake up in a bad mood once in a while. It’s part of life’s journey to experience ups and downs—but if you often feel anxious or depressed and can’t seem to shake it, there’s a chance your diet may have something to do with it. Food and mood are [...]

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Posted on June 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Turning Self-Judgment into Self-Compassion

Over the last four and a half years, my life has literally turned upside down. After 18 years together, my husband and I sadly parted ways. While I’d lived on the East Coast my entire adult life, it no longer felt right to be there after our split.  And so, a few years after the [...]

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Posted on June 1st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Be a Miracle Worker

Even if you believe miracles are hogwash, I doubt you’d say “No, thank you” to winning the lottery, falling in love with your soul mate, being offered your dream job, or finding out from your oncologist that your tumors had spontaneously disappeared. If a miracle showed up, you’d do what anyone would: rejoice. According to [...]

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Posted on May 29th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Daily Stress Relief: Shake It Off!

When I was a kid sitting in the backseat of the car as my parents were driving me somewhere or another, I remember getting nervous when we’d cross over a bridge, especially if it was a long bridge suspended high in the air. As soon as the car reached land, I’d involuntarily shiver as if [...]

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Posted on April 29th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Meditation

Your Brain on Mindfulness Meditation

One of the most well-known and utilized tools in meditation and yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment, or mindfulness. Swami Kripalu called self-observation without judgment “the highest form of spiritual practice.” Likewise, if you go to any yoga or meditation class you‘re likely to hear words like mindfulness and nonjudgmental awareness repeated throughout [...]

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