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Have you ever wanted to try loving-kindness meditation?

Before you head into your next stressful meeting, take ten minutes to clear your mind and tune your brain for interpersonal effectiveness. Here’s the practice:

Find a quiet place to sit or stand comfortably. Close your eyes if you wish. Breathe in, filling your lungs with oxygen. Exhale slowly, releasing any tension you may be holding. Let your mind settle gently on your natural breathing, paying attention to the feeling of air flowing in and out of your body. When your mind wanders off, gently bring it back to your breath. Lift the corners of your mouth into a slight smile. Continue this mindfulness meditation for two minutes.

Loving-kindness meditation begins with a focus on the self. Without self-compassion, it is difficult to cultivate compassion for others. Continuing with your breathing, slowly repeat the following phrases to yourself multiple times:

Can you Train your Brain to be Addicted to Healthy Foods?

It sounds pretty absurd doesn’t it? Being able to reverse those nagging urges that say “oh, one slice of pizza won’t hurt”. Well, not according to the academics… And they’re usually pretty on the ball with this kind of stuff. As it happens, researchers from Tufts University have claimed that it is actually possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy foods, while also increasing preference for healthy low-calorie foods and train your brain.

Published online in the Journal of Nutrition & Diabetes, the research performed a brain scan study in adult men and women. The results suggest that it is in fact possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing our preference for healthy foods!

The Law Of Attraction: Five Steps To Improve Your Life

Psychologists, new age thinkers and religious leaders have been talking about the Law Of Attraction for years, though it gained popularity again when the book “The Secret” made waves in 2006. The law is simply this:

We attract whatever we think about, good or bad.

“The one who speaks most about illness has illness. The one who speaks about prosperity has prosperity.” “You attract all of it. By focusing on something, you make it happen,” explain Esther and Jerry Hicks. Because of this, you can use the principles of the law of attraction to relieve stress, and to attract the life you want.

The following steps can lead you to the less-stressed life you envision, via the law of attraction:

Spinach for a Strong Body

If you loved Popeye as a kid (or even a grown up) then you probably learned to love spinach as much as the famed sailor.

This green, leafy vegetable is great for your health and now you will learn the reason. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is important for maintaining bone health; vitamin A, in the form of carotenoids; B1, B2, B6, C and E, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium and potassium. You need more? It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, zinc, protein, and choline. However the the most perfect thing about spinach is that It is low in calories.

Beauty is Soul Deep

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

What is Transcendental Meditation?

From boosting our hearts and minds to fighting addiction and stress, meditation can truly transform our lives.

What is Transcendental Meditation?

Transcendental Meditation (TM) has been praised as an effective method of cultivating some inner calm. The practice involves sitting comfortably for several minutes and repeating a mantra. TM has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and even increase work efficiency.

TM is a simple, natural technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The technique is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. Over six million people learned it – people of all ages, cultures, and religions.

Spirituality and Health Connection: Silence – Inward Stillness, Outward Healing

“Silence is golden” – a phrase coined in the 19th century – may have a deeper meaning today given that “noise pollution” – a more recently coined phrase – is now deemed detrimental to our health.

In fact, a 2011 World Health Organization report called noise pollution the “modern plague”, concluding that “there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.”

We are constantly bombarded by sound – whether it’s traffic noise and emergency sirens, or music, television and radio (exacerbated at times by the use of headphones). Many of us long for periods of quiet in our hectic day! And, research indicates that we need periods of silence because it contributes to many aspects of our overall well-being.

Walking as a form of Meditation?

When thinking of meditation, the first thought that would pop into the head of many would be a human being sat in a lotus position, in silence occasionally making humming noises and not being bothered by a slight breeze. But during my many studies of spiritual findings, both Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsh have taught me otherwise. At the same time, the re-read of both: The Power of Now and Conversations with God, I was struck by the teachings that meditation doesn’t mean you need to be seated like a Buddha. (If one wanted to of course, it wouldn’t be a crime.) However, mediation isn’t as advertised as it is in that way. But to bring it to your attention, I’d like to advertise a different, more doable everyday type form.

Walking: Daily walks could be included in your day to day life. Just a couple of pounds saved on the oyster card, or minus the hassle of searching for a parking space. Why not ditch all that commotion and spend more quality time with the higher power, divine Goddess, supreme energy: God?