Chogyam Trungpa, a famous Buddhist teacher, wished people a “Cheerful Birthday.” He didn’t like the word, “Happy.” “Happiness,” he’d say, is a temporary, conditional state of mind. It’s part of ego’s play—samsara—the cyclical search for pleasure that is itself the cause of most unnecessary suffering in this world. Rather, let’s aspire to “cheerfulness”—in the sense of an unconditional confidence and relaxation and appreciation and sense of humor, regardless of the circumstances.”
Life emerges out of the silence of our inner being. The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment—external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us—is actually not who we are.That pre-planned life is rigid. It’s artificial. It’s unresponsive. It doesn’t reflect the life that we were born to live.As a student of mine observed, obstacles—which are always with us—are not really obstacles when you work with them in the right way. And we have to work with them.Many, many people tell me “I’m having a lot of problems doing this [...]
Kids, work, spouses, finances, schedules, our own health and life in a modern world are all sources of stress. We are all exposed to stress and it can cause the body to release powerful chemicals and hormones, including cortisol that prepares our body for the ‘fight or flight’ response. It literally changes the chemistry in our blood causing damage to tissues in the body that can lead to a weakened immune system and increased abdominal fat that can lead to stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. Stress Can Literally Hurt Your Body The stress response can trigger inflammation and high levels of free radicals from toxins, chemicals and pollutants and in some cases spike insulin and glucose levels that [...]
Most are familiar with what is known as “the placebo effect.” It occurs when scientists prescribe a sugar pill, aka a dummy pill, to patients who believe that they are receiving the real drug. Any subsequent effects are then observed. One out of three people taking a sugar pill report feeling effects similar to that experienced by those taking the real drug. According to the American Cancer Society: “in the past, some researchers questioned whether [there was] convincing proof that the placebo effect [was] a real effect.” But studies now show that the placebo effect is real, and that the patient’s belief enables the mind to heal the body. Scientists have recorded brain activity in response to the placebo effect. [...]
Aerobic exercise 20 min brisk walking every day, breathing through your nose. Cut down or eliminate totally all grain based foods. Increase good fats consumption such as organic butter from raw milk, clarified butter called organic grass fed raw butter, olives, organic virgin olive oil and coconut oil, nuts like pecans and macadamia, free-range eggs, wild Alaskan salmon or supplement with high quality metal free omega 3 fish or krill oil, and avocado. Reduce or eliminate refined or factory processed foods. Eat organic, non-GMO vegetables and only a little fruit.
Most Neck, Back and Joint Stiffness and Pain are Caused by Unhealthy Lifestyles and Underlying Thyroid Dysfunction
Taken from bodyzone.com: I have found in my holistic chiropractic practice that the number one most common cause of most neck, back and joint stiffness and pain, also including arm, elbow, hand, leg, knee and foot problems and also including exacerbation of chronic fibromyalgia pain, is slouching during waking hours and sleeping on the abdomen, sleeping with the arms and hands above the shoulders, sleeping on the same side or painful side most of the time, and sleeping in a twisted position that interferes with the blood and nerve circulation to the muscles and joints that cause stiffness and pain. The number two cause is diet and lifestyle related toxicity caused by unhealthy foods, milk, cheese, ice cream, chocolate, MSG, [...]
People are more focused on their body images today than ever. So many beginning yoga students are drawn to yoga because they’ve heard it does wonders for a person’s physique. Even though most serious practitioners eventually abandon their goals of changing flab to fab in favor of a more holistic approach to health, there’s nothing wrong with targeting a specific muscle area you know is weak or tight. One of the hardest-and most-requested-parts of the body to transform are the side waist or “love handles.” Although there may not be a quick fix for yogis who are concerned with toning their side waist muscles, or “love handles,” there are clear advantages to working this part of the body. The side [...]