Posts tagged ‘meditation’
Although they say that music soothes the savage beast, you don’t need to be a savage beast to make the most of the benefits that mood boosting music can offer. You can use music to relax, stay healthier physically, enhance creativity, and more. Download some mind changing mixes. Read more
“Downward Dog, Upward Fog” is chick lit for the spiritual set. Although fiction, it’s what I fondly refer to as “nonfiction” fiction, meaning it is written with such an element of truth that it could be true. There are also practices mentioned that you may choose to adopt and integrate into your daily life, making for an inspiring & invigorating read. (One of my favorites that I picked up: consciously acknowledging whether your first breath of the day was an inhale or an exhale. Nothing like mindfulness first thing in the morning!)
Recently, at WIE 2011, I had the honor of being front row and center to hear Dr. Deepak Chopra speak. Not only was he one of the only male speakers at a predominately female event, but he was invited to make the closing comments. As the final speaker, he had some fabulous acts to follow, but boy did he deliver! Dr. DC spoke on an interesting and empowering topic: the various archetypes portrayed by the goddesses in ancient mythology, and how we can utilize these archetypes in our own lives. He then led us in a powerful goddess meditation, and it was a life altering experience, to say the least. Read more
Fierce, fabulous, & funny spiritual sage and girl guru Gabrielle Bernstein has a new mantra for the modern generation: “Make shift happen!” Her latest book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles, is all about making miracles- and making love- to yourself. In times when we all want something to believe in, Gabrielle gives us something to believe in: ourselves.
New brain research shows that overeaters may have a more sensitive and over-reactive brain whenever they see, smell, taste, or even think about food. The reward system in the limbic areas respond more strongly, and tell us that we must eat now, and as much as possible.
In the past, before food was plentiful and cheap, this primitive response was a survival mechanism. Today, it can be a liability, for each time we see a fast-food restaurant, or a picture of a person enjoying a bite to eat on a commercial, our brain sends out a warning: Eat now, for tomorrow I may starve!
Thus, for some of us, overeating is not so much a lack of willpower, or low self-esteem, but a natural biological and neurological process that is fundamentally out of touch with the fact that food is readily available. However, we can train our brains, through mindful eating and conscious commitment to override our propensity to overeat.