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Stones That Invite More Love and Light

Stones That Invite More Love and Light

No matter how "zen" we think we are and how much calm and  "I got it all handled" we accumulate through our yoga, meditation, hiking  or journaling sessions, even the best of the humble, enlightened people may feel the affects of the ebbs and flows of LIFE. Certainly,...

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Meditation: Fine  Level of Feeling

Meditation: Fine Level of Feeling

Our intuition doesn’t work on basis of rules. That’s what can make it so difficult to trust when it prompts us to move into action.

Unlike the intellect, which is rooted in reason and based on rules, the intuition is a feeling. In fact, it is a very fine level of feeling, meaning that it is sensory-based and can be supremely subtle.

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Peace of Mind: Raising Serotonin Levels

Peace of Mind: Raising Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for regulating many of the functions in your body that contribute to your overall health and well-being, happiness, and feeling of fulfillment. People who have a lot of stress or suffer from different types of anxiety disorders generally do not have enough of it.

Tryptophan, is an amino acid that leaves people feeling relaxed and elevates moods in people. It is also a hormone found in foods that serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood. Because of its ability to raise serotonin levels, tryptophan has been used therapeutically in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most notably insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

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“B” Well and “B” Happy: Vitamin B Benefits and Deficiency

“B” Well and “B” Happy: Vitamin B Benefits and Deficiency

When people are truly low on any of the B vitamins, depression is one of the earliest symptoms. In fact, studies show that at least one in four of all people hospitalized for depression is deficient in pyridoxine (B-6) and cobalamin (B-12); another study suggests that over three-quarters of all depressed patients have a pyridoxine deficiency. Giving these patients even small doses of pyridoxine (B-6) improves their depression. The Optimum dose for B Vitamins for adults can range from 25mg to 300 mg daily, but workers with stressful jobs may require more, take up to 1000 mg day. Sadly, only a fraction of the adults in the United States are currently getting the recommended daily intake of all B vitamins by diet alone.

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Best Way to Prep for Spring? Start from the Inside.

Best Way to Prep for Spring? Start from the Inside.

As we welcome the Spring Solstice with gratitude and perhaps one less layer of clothing, let us take pause and notice the work that will pour in from the outside to make our physical appearance and environment new, renewed and ready for show. It is no mistake that as the ice starts to thaw and the days lengthen, gym, sporting, beauty salon and yoga attendances begin to soar. We start our physical preparation or the summer season now and though that may be a great motivator for the outside appearance, we often neglect and overlook the importance of a nurtured and balanced inside.

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Meditating with a Mantra

Meditating with a Mantra

Our mantra is itself a thought – that’s why we say our technique of meditation is a mental one. It starts with thinking – thinking a particular sound, as faintly and as effortlessly as we can, like a subtle pulsation. Nonetheless, that is thinking.

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The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

One of my favorite reads is a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, a short, poignant and profound read by Don Miguel Ruiz “The Four Agreements.” This book is my daily reminder to live in my heart space of compassion to myself and to let go thoughts of what does not serve me, go. It is simpler than that, however. It breaks down how to approach daily situations on a fundamental and elementary level (so much so that even a first grader can understand it). I am writing a short summary of The Four Agreements and a few solid take-aways.

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The Heart Chakra: How to Balance It

The Heart Chakra: How to Balance It

The Heart Chakra, also known as ANAHTA, is the space located at the center of the chest on the sternum. It is best associated with the (heart of course) the circulatory system, emotions of love, passion, tenderness and inner-child issues as well as rejection. Physically it is best paralleled with the Thymus endocrine gland and its colors are green, pink and white. Stones that help to address and balance the Heart Chakra are:

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Spring is Almost Here: Spring Clean and Detox Your Home

Spring is Almost Here: Spring Clean and Detox Your Home

The new season is almost here and getting rid of the old and heavy thoughts and "things" that do not serve us is a common goal. What better way to start anew then with these simple 4 steps that will bring better energy and "chi" into your home and living spaces. A...

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The Benefits of Nature

The Benefits of Nature

When we get sick, we turn to different kinds of medicines to help us feel better and allow our bodies to heal. We take the time we need to rejuvenate and rest so that we can pick up where we left off with the strength and renewed health that we need. Something that we...

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