Category: Wellness

The Benefits of Walking Barefoot

  By Michael Grey   “Touch, sweet touch, you’ve given me too much to feel. Sweet Touch, you’ve almost convinced me I’m real” – Daft Punk. I know from cycling and yoga how dedicated structured movement can free the mind of thinking, as one attends to the task. The path is one of the mind and body joining, attending to it’s wholeness. The first time I witnessed my mind really quiet and felt a state of solid emotional calmness was via guided yoga asanas with meditation. I am reminded of the quote by Pema Chodron, “It’s also helpful to...

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Want to Create a New Habit? Change Your Story

  By Leo Babauta If you want to create a new habit, you need to tell a good story. Suppose you want to create a new exercise habit (for example), you might tell yourself something like this: “This is going to be amazing; I’m going to get fit and look incredible and be super healthy!” This is a story you’re telling yourself. It’s not real, but it has tremendous power to affect your feelings about your habit, and to change your action. You have a positive story about the habit, and it motivates you to take action. But perhaps the exercise...

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Kindness Happens When Carrying A Magic Walking Stick

  By Carmelene Melanie Siani “Are you guys out of shopping carts?” I asked the cashier as I walked into the drug store. I had my walking stick with me but I was planning on buying several items and I knew I couldn’t manage all of them and my stick at the same time. “I’m sorry, ma’am,” the cashier said, obviously looking around for a cart. “Aren’t there any outside?” I told him not to worry, I would find one. He didn’t have to leave his place behind the cash register and so I turned to head out the...

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Chaos is Not to be Taken Personally, It Just Is

  By Deb Avery   “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” Charles Addams As we look around in horror at the chaos that surrounds us in the world, we often feel overwhelmed, depressed and helpless. But if we take a look at the natural order of nature, life and the universe around us, we begin to realize that it is sometimes our perception of things that are happening and not the actual events that stir in us these strong emotions. There is suffering in this world; that is a fact....

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Gratitude, Even After Food Poisoning

  By Michael Grey This weekend, I jumped into bed early, tired, feeling gross. Sooner than later, the tiredness did not diminish, but the grossness accelerated. No need to go into specifics, but needless to say, I slept little that night, and it felt like everything left my body. I remember when I was a kid I would often puke and feel great afterwards, an endorphin rush I presume. This did not occur. Not even close and I could keep nothing down to assist in the trouble. Eventually my wife found an old Zofran and I dissolved it under my...

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