Having a Mental Health Plan

You cannot meditate your way out of a panic attack.  It’s literally impossible and to even try exacerbates the fear. It’s hard to open your heart during a deep depressive episode where you cannot even open your eyes to get out of bed. While we live in the age of quick-fixes, of instant gratification, this…

5 Complementary Therapies to Consider in Healing Depression

Depression is a deep psychological and spiritual disturbance that affects many people today.  More and more, it seems that we are living lonely, empty and isolated lives.  We connect with the swipe of a finger through various forms of media and texting, but there is a hollowness to this “connection”.  Often, it can deepen the…

Life Traps and Anxiety

  Anxiety is something that I have dealt with a lot in my life.  In fact,I have reached a place where I realize that anxiety is a part of who I am, and I have to accept that I was created in this specific way.  What I’ve come to understand is that anxiety can actually…

An Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle

Chronic inflammation is at the root of a lot of pain and disease.  When inflammation goes on for a long time, it can cause: Fatigue Weight gain Autoimmune problems Cancer Joint pain Sleep issues Ulcers, asthma, ulcerative colitis, allergies, Alzheimer’s How can you reduce inflammation in your body?  You can help your body by addressing…

Being Good, Looking Good or Feeling Good

There is a problem with making lifestyle changes, such as cleaning up your diet or starting an exercise program when you are trying to “be good” or look good”.  What’s wrong with this?  Well, let’s look at these motives a little more closely. “Being Good” – this motive has to do with feelings of shame…

Meditation: Taming the Wild Horse

  In developing a meditation practice, I’ve come to realize that it’s not about what I’m making an effort to do, it’s about allowing and returning to a centered place if I have wandered. They say the mind is like a wild horse, always wanting to run this way and that.  It cannot be controlled…

Dealing with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can take many forms, from arthritis to headaches, to back pain.  In our modern society, physical pain is considered to be more “real” and more “serious” than emotional pain, and maybe this is why our emotional hurt take a path through our physical body. Chronic pain, in whatever form, often results from chronic…

Unraveling the Web of Stress

Discovering the roots of the stress we experience in our lives can  help us to better understand how to lessen it.  Often, the things that put pressure on us or that we worry about tend to sneak in under the radar, invading our subconscious and just generally draining energy out of our day. Undetected stress…

Bad Things Don’t Happen to Bad People

This morning, I woke up to snow – quite a bit, and the thick gray horizon that comes with moisture in the atmosphere.  It made for a combination of low visibility and the vertigo-inspiring flurry of blowing snowflakes. Chaos is everywhere.  It occurs in every aspect of our lives, even in the midst of order…

A Stretch for Sciatic Pain

Here is a simple stretch that can be used to relieve sciatic pain, or pain in the low back that tends to extend down into the legs.  Sciatic pain refers to discomfort that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks.  Please do not…