Category: Wellness

4 Practices to Keep Yourself Balanced During Turbulent Times

  By Deb Avery   Everyday the headlines tell us stories. Sometimes the stories are lighthearted, inspiring and life-giving. But more often than not they are the very antithesis of these. After all, the passion and energies surrounding negativity sells newspapers, magazines and boost TV ratings. At times we all struggle with the onslaught of wave after wave of negativity in the news, in our communities and in our own lives. Even the most zen person living today will find times when they are knocked off balance by events and struggle within and without to regain their equanimity. We are...

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The Real Reason We Hold on to Stuff & How to Let it Go

  By Leo Babauta While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives, the truth is that we continue to have too much stuff. Part of that is laziness, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later, ”but the real driving force behind our too-much-stuffitis is fear. Fear is what causes us to buy things we don’t really need. Fear keeps us holding onto stuff we don’t need. Consider: You pack too much when you travel, and have a garage full of stuff, just...

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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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