The Frequency of Love: Opening to the Heart of Healing

Not long ago I was driving and became aware of the vibration of angst in my mind-body-spirit. A message came: Tune to the Frequency of Love. With this mere thought, everything melted.

We have all felt it. That feeling of bliss, elation, expansion, Divine union. Love: The language of our souls, our birthright.

Healing is not just about fixing the physical body. We are being called to a higher level of consciousness. Our bodies are speaking to us. It is imperative to find stillness. To learn to listen. Our bodies are made up of 70 trillion cells. All vibrating. What are your cells vibrating? Fear? Anxiety? Anger? Resentment? The feeling of not being enough?

These patterns create frequencies which invite in disease. Acknowledge them without judgment, let go of resistance. Open your heart to gratitude, the gateway to acceptance, grace, and unconditional love. My favorite tools to aid this process are meditation, journaling, breath work, and sound healing. Practice daily the medicine of love, immerse yourself in its healing vibrations and find yourself connecting to your source of perfect health and infinite potential.


Joy Sturgill, ND is a graduate of Bastyr University’s School of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, WA. She is owner of Wellspring Whole Health on the North Side, which offers naturopathic and bioenergetic medicine, comprehensive nutritional services, energy therapies, holistic psychotherapy, massage, classes, and soon acupuncture. Call Wellspring Whole Health at 412-321-3231, or visit

Reprinted from The Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

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Twelve Things Happy People Do Differently

Previously posted by Jacob Sokol in Wake Up World

“I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed.  I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live – that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.”

-Dan Millman

Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness.  These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.

I want to honor and discuss each of these 12 points, because no matter what part of life’s path we’re currently traveling on, these ‘happiness habits’ will always be applicable.

1. Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Kinda cool right? So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy anything. It makes sense. We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.

2. Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism. No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.

3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority. Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out! If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made. What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place. If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.

4. Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness. How extraordinary is that? Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on. A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.

5. Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships. Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely? WHOA! There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with. We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.

6. Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character. Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable. Forrest Gump knows the deal. It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.

7. Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being. You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion. When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system. You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.

8. Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Action and awareness are merged. You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional. You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing. Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.

9. Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences. When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic. It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.

10. Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing. Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.

11. Practice spirituality. – When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us. We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever. It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists. Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”

12. Take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected. Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft? Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.

Is Grief Impacting Your Life?

Previously posted by Michael Misenheimer on Mind Body Green

For many people, the very word grief is off-putting. This can be for many reasons. First of all, when most people hear the word grief, they automatically think of death or divorce. However, grief is the byproduct of many other losses: moving, ending of a relationship, loss of spiritual connection or God, loss of health, loss of employment, loss of hopes, dreams or expectations- the list can go on and on. Secondly, many folks are in denial. Daily, I work with clients who think they have dealt with the loss and then we get into the recovery work only to find that they really were not ok and were living an emotional incomplete life. Worse, some never take the time to think of how things in their life impacted them so they do not seek out recovery.

Another big issue is that we are not taught how to deal with loss in our society. We are told to replace the loss, not to feel bad, grieve alone, time will heal all wounds- again the list could go on and on. As children, we are taught to tie our shoes, brush our teeth, dress ourselves but we are never taught how to handle loss. Thus, when loss occurs in our lives, we end up feeling as though we are spinning out of control, feeling stuck in the pain and sorrow and struggling to find a way to move forward in life. Sadly, many people become “healers” in their quest to help other people with their pain; however, in many cases, they have not yet dealt with their own losses.

Think about a loss that you have experienced. This loss can be one of the ones listed above or one you chose. What were some of the things you were told? How did you deal with the loss? Did you keep moving forward with no regard for how the loss may impact you now or in the future? What coping mechanisms did you develop to deal with this loss?

These questions are important to ask yourself because they are not things that we typically take time to think about. If the above questions stir something inside of you, perhaps now is the time to start to complete your recovery from grief.

Failing to complete recovery from grief can have lifelong negative effects on your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. In addition, unresolved grief can impact the way we interact with people, sabotage ourselves and relationships, and hold us back from moving forward in life.

In my grief recovery practice, I help people rediscover their ability to transform the quality of their lives by completing a step-by-step program for moving beyond loss. The goal is to get someone to move beyond the pain caused by loss. During the program, people will look at old beliefs about dealing with loss, look at how those losses affected their life and take new action steps which lead to completion of the pain attached to those losses.

I am often presented with many other names given for grief or loss. One such word is burnout. Grievers bury themselves in work and put everyone else before themselves until they finally find themselves burnt out and unable to carry on. Another name is pressure. The reality is, however, the pressure they are experiencing, typically, are those unresolved emotional changes within them which they have buried. Finally, we can call grief, stress. This is a commonly used word in our society today as everyone seems to be stressed but the reality is, stress can take its toll on our health and our bodies and in some cases, leave us ravaged and wrecked.

If you related to this article, please take a deep breath and realize that you are not broken; therefore, they do not need to be fixed. What you do need is for someone to hear you, without reservation or judgment, and for someone to relate to the loss you have experienced. You may also need someone who can show you how to take small and correct steps that lead to completing unfinished emotional business. This business could be dealing with discoveries of the things you wish they had done better, different or more. It can also deal with unrealized hopes, dreams and expectations about the future…. to name a few.

You can begin becoming emotionally complete right now by taking out a piece of paper. On this piece of paper, I want you to be honest with yourself and make a list of all the losses that could be impacting your life. Review this list. Then I want you to go back over the list and in a separate column, write down the ways in which you are dealing with your loss. In other words, what types of short-term energy relieving behaviors are you engaging in to deal with the loss? Are you over eating? Do you enjoy drugs and alcohol? Do you isolate? When folks ask, “how are you?” How do you respond? Do you answer honestly?

Review your answers and responses to the above questions. Take notice of what came up for you as you were reading this article. Then ask yourself what you can do now to become emotionally complete. The first step is recognizing what you have been doing is only short-term and not working. Then you can take steps to move toward becoming emotionally well.

A Brush With Health

Previously posted by Sarah Britton on My New Roots Blog

Dry Skin Brushing is something I learned about last year as I was attending school for Holistic Nutrition. I had never heard of it before then, but the subject surfaced in several of my courses until curiosity got the better of me. Now, dry skin brushing it is part of my daily routine and from this simple act I have seen many positive changes take place…

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day, also making it, one of the most important elimination organs. More than one pound of waste products are discharged through the skin every day! Toxins from everyday soaps, cleansers, antiperspirants / deodorants, lotions, cosmetics and synthetic fibers worn next to the skin, can gather beneath the skin’s surface and contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions, as well as prevent the skin from breathing. If the skin becomes inactive with its pores chocked with millions of dead cells and chemical residues, then impurities will remain in the body. The other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, will have to increase their labor and will eventually become overworked, thus eventually creating disease.

When you do skin brushing, you help your lymphatic system, responsible for ridding the body of toxins. Skin brushing improves the surface circulation on the skin and keeps the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, and resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, plus helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient!

Dry Skin Brushing Benefits:
• tightens skin.
• helps digestion.
• removes cellulite.
• stimulates circulation.
• increases cell renewal.
• aids lymphatic system in detoxification.
• removes dead skin layers.
• strengthens immune system.

How To Dry Skin Brush:
1 Buy a natural (NOT Synthetic), bristle brush, since it does not scratch the surface of the skin. These are available on-line or at your local health and natural food store.
2 Buy a brush with a long handle so that you’re able to get to the areas of your body that are difficult to reach.
3 Skin brush before showering or bathing. It should take you about 5 minutes to do your whole body.
4 Do NOT wet the skin as it will stretch it and not have the same effect.
5 ALWAYS skin brush towards the heart (see diagram above).
6 Do circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
7 Do lighter strokes over and around breasts, but do NOT brush the nipples.
8 Brush each part of the body several times vigorously, completely brushing the whole body.
9 Brush the soles of the feet first because the nerve endings there affect the whole body. Next brush the ankles, calves, and thighs, then brush across your stomach and buttocks and lastly brush your hands to the arms.
10 Take a warm bath or shower, which should always be followed by a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation and stimulate surface warmth.
11 Wash your brush every few weeks in water and let it dry.

Dry Skin Brushing will change the health of your whole body. Circulation, skin softness and quality, skin infections and irritations, whole body freshness, your level of stimulation, the prevention of colds, and you personal rejuvenation are all areas of improvement you can look for, when you make it to a regular habit.

Relief For The Exhausted: A NYC Doc’s Solution To The Energy Shortage Inside Of You

Previously posted by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald on the Huffpost Healthy Living Blog

HuffPost Living’s Sleep Challenge 2010 gave us a lot of great insights as to the importance of sleep, tips on how to experience better quality and quantity of sleep, and the challenges and obstacles that we face when trying to improve our sleep. Many commenters revealed how they experience high stress and low energy throughout the day, as well as having difficulty getting quality sleep at night.

Speaking of low energy, lucky winner of HuffPost Living’s Total Energy Makeover, Marissa Campise, has a whole team of health experts helping her to restore her lost energy. Frank Lipman, M.D., an integrative physician, is the ideal medical component of Marissa’s

Dr. Lipman has a special interest in helping the exhausted regain their vitality. In fact, he wrote a book about it called Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again (previously known as Spent). In his bestselling book, Dr. Lipman offers readers 42 ways to put spring back into their step.
Originally from South Africa, Dr. Lipman now practices in New York City, where he is the Director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. In his Manhattan practice, he often works with exhausted New Yorkers. Dr. Lipman is a physician with over 30 years of experience, who incorporates nutrition, functional medicine, and Eastern modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese herbs. In a recent interview, Dr. Lipman shared some of his insights that have helped his patients improve their energy and vitality.

PF: Where did you get the inspiration for the book Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living?

FL: I see so many people who are exhausted and running on empty, feeling completely “spent.” They often come in seeking a cure for their tennis elbow or headaches or menopausal symptoms or irritable bowel syndrome or some other condition, but what I noticed was that many of these people were simply exhausted. Some would mention it, but most didn’t say anything, thinking it was just normal to feel that way in New York.

I wanted to share my many years of clinical experience, what I had seen work in my practice with a larger audience. So I wrote the book and divided it into 42 daily beats, basically 42 different tips that anyone can start incorporating into their lives and feel better. With each daily beat, I incorporated a sleep beat or sleep tip because so many people have sleep issues.

PF: Your dedication in the book begins with: “To all those out of rhythm who are trying to find their beat.” How did you get interested in people’s rhythms?

FL: When I started thinking about why there was this epidemic of exhaustion, I realized that the only time in my 30 years as a physician that I never saw patients who were exhausted was when I worked in a rural tribal area in South Africa. I was seeing diseases symptomatic of poverty and malnutrition, but not the same types of problems I see today in New York City or when I worked in urban areas in South Africa. It was the only time I could remember where patients did not come in complaining of fatigue, insomnia, depression, migraines or various aches and pains. There was no electricity, indoor heating, or refrigeration in those rural areas 29 years ago when I worked there. They went to bed when it got dark, they arose with the sun, they ate whatever foods were available in season. They lived in accordance with the cycles and rhythms of nature…they had to.

Then I thought about what I had learned in Chinese Medicine that we humans are microcosms of nature, a smaller universe per se and are affected by its cycles. So I looked to see if there was any scientific research on health and rhythms and lo and behold I discovered Chronobiology (the study of circadian rhythms and internal body clocks). A circadian rhythm is a roughly 24-hour cycle in the physiological processes of most life on Earth, including humans (reflecting the amount of time it takes for the Earth to complete a rotation). For instance, our digestion and hormones are two physiological processes that have circadian rhythms.

Then I discovered a fantastic book, Making Waves by Roger Lewin, about the work of medical maverick Dr. Irving Dardick. Dr. Dardick worked with Olympic athletes – but he got ostracized back in the 1990s when claiming that he could cure diseases with intervals. When I read that book, everything started falling into place. I realized how nobody’s talking about rhythm – people talk about stress and diet, but not rhythm. It was so obvious as we live with day and night, the main rhythm we are exposed to, and just take it for granted. Over time, I weaved this philosophy of rhythm of health into what I do in my practice.

PF: What are the most important pieces of advice you give people about keeping their rhythms in balance?

FL: Since our digestion peaks by midday according to our body rhythms, we should be eating most of our food by lunchtime. Having protein and good fats in the morning is really important. I suggest having a smoothie, which is what I drink for breakfast each day. For one thing, it gets you to avoid the processed sugars and bread that most people eat and which is probably the worst thing you can start your day with. A smoothie also makes for a nutrient dense meal. There are a great variety of smoothie recipes in Revive — I didn’t want the readers to get bored. The smoothies are absolutely delicious; even kids who usually don’t care for this stuff like them.

I basically tell people to eat real food, as close to nature as possible. It’s what we do to our food that often is the problem. So eat local and seasonal whole foods as much as possible. Taking sugar, processed foods, gluten and dairy out of people’s diet has made a huge difference to their energy levels. There are so many people who are sensitive to the gluten found in bread. It can stress our immune and digestive systems.

Creating an electronic sundown is also an important concept. I recommend turning off your cell phones, computers and TVs by 10 pm. Keeping your room dark at bedtime is essential and if you can’t, using an eye mask can help. Getting a good amount of sleep is key to health, so the book has a sleep tip with each of the 42 daily tips.

In addition, there are tonics that I use from Chinese medicine. These provide adaptogens that increase the body’s resistance to stress and fatigue. I’m obsessed with adaptogenic herbs. I think that most New Yorkers over the age of 40 need adaptogens. When people come in and they’re tired, I’ll often use the adaptogens. They’re fantastic. Asian ginseng, Rhodiola and Ashwagandha would be some adaptogens that many people have heard of.

Also, I’ve always been obsessed with rhythm and music, so I use entrainment to music to help people get back in rhythm. Your body contains an autonomic mechanism that synchs you up with strong, external rhythms, pulses or beats, a phenomenon known as entrainment. Our internal rhythms will speed up or slow down to match a stronger external rhythm. For instance, if people are tired, I recommend they listen to upbeat African rhythms; if they need to chill out, I recommend more relaxing rhythms like reggae music. Most people need to slow down, but music can be used to slow down or speed up.

PF: When your patients come to you with their super busy lives, you ask them to try to slow down. Are they receptive?

FL: Some are receptive, and some find it difficult. That’s why the book has so many different tips as everyone responds to different suggestions or advice. One of my favorites is restorative yoga. I find it extremely helpful to slow people down yet energize them. It is ideal for people who are run down, tired and stressed out. It is a way of getting the effects of the yoga poses without having to work at it. I have a number of these poses in the book.

PF: How do the acupuncture treatments you provide help your exhausted, stressed out patients?

FL: People experience a sense of relaxation with the acupuncture and have a sense of calm that they often have forgotten was possible. In addition, acupuncture is a great way to relieve stress and improve function. Most people say they feel calm yet energized after acupuncture.

PF: Dr. Lipman, how do you personally cope with the hectic New York lifestyle?

FL: I meditate in the morning, I do yoga, and when I am tired, I practice restorative yoga. My wife and I walk a lot, we exercise as much as we can and eat well. I basically practice what I preach and live for the most part what I recommend to my patients. I am also lucky because I love what I do. I am blessed with great patients who I enjoy being with. I get up in the morning looking forward to going to work.

PF: Dr. Lipman, thanks so much for sharing some of your unique insights. We look forward to following you throughout the year as you help the Total Energy Makeover winner, Marissa Campise, regain her lost energy. I’m sure many of us will benefit from your advice.

FL: Thanks, Patricia. I’m looking forward to helping Marissa and sharing some strategies that have helped many of my own patients over the years. I’ll keep you posted.

Homeopathic Nutrients – The Ultimate Remedy Galvanizers

Previously posted on the Energetix blog

Homeopathy is a master tool for the BioEnergetic practitioner. It gently, yet effectively, helps enable the body to drain, detoxify, rebuild, and clarify the emotional and physical aspects of disease. Have you ever wondered about the purpose and function of homeopathic nutrients such as riboflavin, ubiquinone, or vitamin C within a complex formula?

Homeopathic nutrients are generally low to medium potency dilutions that are designed to feed and nourish the cell on different levels. A diluted nutrient in homeopathic form reminds the cell that this specific nutrient is something that the body needs to use or absorb in order to efficiently detoxify, rebuild, or drain. According to the principles of homeopathy, the advantage to using homeopathic nutrients such as Colostrum or Lactobacillus found in Colo-Chord, in addition to physical nutrients such as Colostrum in GALT-immuneand Lactobacillus sporogenes in Flora Synergy, is that the homeopathic form of the nutrients will help remind the body, in this case the gut, to pay attention and make optimal use of the supplement; the two therapies complement each other in the best possible way!

The Power of Food: Jamie Oliver’s One Wish for Humanity

Previously posted by Gregg Hake on the Energetix Blog

As a father, a husband and a citizen of the world, I am compelled to do everything within my power to leave the world a better place than I found it. In my life I have witnessed many remarkable changes, the collapse of one of the world’s great superpowers, the invention of new modes of communication that make instantaneous communication possible worldwide and many more marvelous events and inventions, yet one of the most dramatic shifts I’ve seen over the last nearly four decades is found in the food we eat.

In my early childhood fast food was a rare treat, sugar and other sweeteners weren’t found in nearly everything and home-cooked meals were the rule rather than the exception. As I approached my 20s, however, the tide had clearly turned. The generations following in the footsteps of my fellow Gen-Xers found themselves nourished in a dramatically different landscape I once heard as described as “the land of over-consumptive malnutrition.”

In just one generation the world has turned on its head. America topped the health charts just forty years ago and each year since Americans have grown more and more unhealthy relative to their industrialized peers. The sad thing is that the majority of chronic diseases that in turn require the overwhelming majority of medical expenditures to address are preventable. The WHO says so, the CDC says so, the FDA says so and if you don’t care about them, logic says so.

When it comes to diet, the old saying “garbage in, garbage out” applies. We cannot expect to have healthy people if we don’t have healthy diet. The human body is a remarkable instrument, yet it, like all other things natural and man-made, has its adaptive and functional limits. Push things too far and the body starts to break down. Overtax its processing and purification systems and it becomes toxic.

Jamie Oliver, chef and passionate motivator, came to America seven years ago to start a food revolution. He moved to Huntington, West Virginia from the United Kingdom to raise awareness about the dangers of the modern diet. Take a few minutes to enjoy Oliver’s TED Prize acceptance speech, filmed in February 2010:

Oliver’s Acceptance Speech

This is obviously a touchy area as people tend to be emotionally tied to their food choices. What they eat, how often they eat, how much they eat at each sitting (or standing or driving or lying down for that matter) is often conditioned by their mental and emotional state. Add to that the fact that most people feel too busy nowadays to be able to spend any more time than they already are thinking about food, and you have a recipe for disaster.

I applaud Jamie Oliver’s courageous approach to this systemic issue and am thrilled to have the opportunity to magnify his efforts in my living. If ever there was an area of human function that could benefit from a “back to the basics” campaign, it is this. Our health, the health of our children and the health of our nation depends on it.

Present Moment, Beautiful Moment

Previously posted by Jane Reeves on Go Yoga Jane blog

It takes great discipline to practice the art of “being present.”  We are conditioned from the moment we wake, until we close our eyes and sleep, to being busy. When we come from that place, we are never really where we are, doing what we are doing, engaging fully in the moments of our lives. Some people don’t like to slow down. It scares them. It makes them notice their feelings and thoughts and wonder about their lives. Am I happy? What do I want? What am I doing?

Reflect on times when you have felt really aware, present and relaxed. Noticing everything going on, within you and around you. When I was younger, some of the most present moments in my life were spent raising my children. Especially when they were very young. If we were at the park, or reading or eating together I loved experiencing through their filter, what the world was like. How new and fresh everything was. Long moments would pass and not much would happen. And it was truly satisfying. Very relaxing.

At this time of life I notice that being present in nature offers great satisfaction.  Being outside in quiet majestic nature is unbeatable for soothing the soul and calming our mind.

Walking meditation is a wonderful way of cultivating being present . Try this. Go outside in nature soon.  Preferably on grass. Walk slowly while being conscious of each step. The way your foot hits the ground. The way that feels. Just that. That is all you have to do. Just walk and notice. (and watch out for other people or things to bump into)

Writing is another great way of being present. When we write we are in the moment. We are thinking and writing and being. How do you stay present?

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Previously Posted by Abbas Qutab on  the Biotics Research Blog

Are toxins in your house making you sick?

Home will always be sweet, but it may not always be as safe as you would expect.  Do you know that levels of some toxins can measure two to five times higher under your roof than outdoors?  Within the course of a single day we are exposed to countless toxins, right in our own homes,  which can take a toll on our health and well-being.  Unfortunately, not all toxins are easy to detect.  They could be in the flower-scented soap and shampoo you might have showered with this morning, or chemicals found in cleaning products and fabrics.

Let’s look into some common toxins found in our homes:

Candles:  In addition to emitting lung-damaging soot when burned, paraffin wax produces benzene, a known carcinogen lined to leukemia.  And despite the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2003 ban on lead wicks, some imported candles have recently tested positive for lead emissions.

Carpet:  Synthetic carpeting, as well as the padding and adhesives used to lay it down, are a source of volatile organic compound (VOC’s).  Studies have tied VOC’s to nausea, headaches, and trouble with concentration.  Carpet also emits polybrominated disphenyl ether flame retardants (PBDE’s) which research has linked to thyroid dysfunction, liver disease, and cancer.  Small children and pets face a much higher risk from these chemicals than adults.

Furniture:  Most fabric furniture receives a stain-proof coating of perfluorochemicals (PFC’s) as well as flame retardants.  Urea-formaldehyde glue is used to bond pressed wood pieces.  The formaldehyde, which is released into the environment, can increase many health risks and is a known carcinogen.

If you experience a chronic health condition or want to maintain optimal wellness, it is essential to incorporate a detox program into your life.  Detoxing routinely is the key to maintaining a healthy body and mind.  There are a variety of ways to flush out built-up toxins and get your body back on track to health.

Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity

Previously posted by Gregg Hake in Inspire Your World

Certain types of music can help to bring order to the conscious mind.  Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonica, shares a fascinating story about an encounter he had with this phenomenon.

Nathanial Anthony Ayers, a Julliard-trained violinist, was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  He left school and became homeless, only to be discovered by a journalist as he played his beat up violin that had only two strings on it.  The story was told in the 2009 film The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.Music is medicine.  Music is language.  Music is organizational.  Music is healing.

If you haven’t yet formed a relationship with music, I encourage you to start dating.  Listen to different genres.  With music you can travel to different countries, experience foreign cultures, travel effortlessly through time, all from the comfort of your home.

Music and arts funding have suffered large cuts in our educational system over the last decade.  Take time to share the music you love with the children you love.  The digital era and its carrier, the internet, have ushered in so many opportunities to explore the world of music.  Make good use of this wonderful tool!