Category Archives: Life & Health

Benefits of Meditation

Anytime that I have an opportunity, I always try to explain to people the need to mediate, and the benefits they can obtain from it.  The advantages of meditation have been documented for thousands of years from most civilizations in our world history.  As of lately there has been a major increase in those of our western culture, who now practice mediation and yoga techniques on a daily bases.  Mediation is not about sitting with your legs crossed while chanting.  Although that can be a method, there are thousands of other techniques when it comes to how to meditate.  One meditation method can be done by focusing on an object, such as a candle. You could also focus on a thought, or use visualization methods.   There are also techniques that involve movement and dancing.  Meditation at it’s simplest form is the focusing of your mind.   On a daily occurrence, our minds are in a constant state busyness.  There are thousands of thoughts that can pass through our minds in a matter of minutes in some cases.  Eventually, we develop habits based on all these thoughts that we take in, and this can cause problems if we are not monitoring what we are taking in.  If you are always thinking, why not think about something positive and beneficial to yourself and others.   Though there are hundreds of benefits to mediation, I’ll name a few that fall into the categories of physical health, mental health, social benefits, and spiritual growth.

 

 
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Physical Health

Increases the blood flow and slows the heart rate.

Lowers your  blood pressure.

Helps with lowering anxiety attacks

Alleviate symptoms of  allergies

Alleviate symptoms of arthritis

Helps with Pre-menstrual symptoms

Improves the immune system.

Lowers the effects of the common cold

Increases your energy and strength

Assists with weight loss

Lowers your cholesterol levels

Improves airflow into the lungs

Alleviates and controls pain from chronic diseases

Cures migraines

Improves the functioning of the brain

Relieves asthma symptoms

Improves physical performances

Improves your nervous system

Need less sleep

Cures insomnia

Mental Health

Helps to control phobias & fears

Helps to control your thoughts

Helps with focusing and concentration

Increases your creativity

Increases your ability to solve complex problems

Improves your memory

Increases your productivity levels

Improves your intelligence levels

Increases your intuition

Lowers the amount of restless thinking

Decreases your worrying

Improves functionality between the two brain hemispheres

Social Benefits

Increases your self-confidence

Helps improve relationships

Makes it easier to stop bad habits

Allows you to react more effectively to a stressful events

Improves relationships at work, home, and socially

Helps you to see the bigger picture in situations

Helps you ignore petty issues that come up

Lowers road rage

Improves listening skills

Improves empathy

Increases your tolerance levels

Helps develop a more stable personality

Increases your job satisfaction

Increases ability for  intimate contact

Improves your sociable behavior

Helps you achieve less aggressiveness

Assists in quitting smoking, alcohol, and other addictions

Lowers the need for illegal and pharmaceutical drugs

Spiritual Growth

Helps you put things in perspective

Provides peace of mind

Helps you find your purpose

Helps you find yourself and achieve more of an understanding

Harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit

Improves acceptance of yourself

Improves your ability to forgive

Improves your attitude toward life

Forms a deeper relationship with your definition of God

Achieve enlightenment

Helps you stay  in the present moment

Reduces the power of the ego

Increases the synchronicity in your life

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Food Inc (The Movie)

About 5 years ago I decided to cut beef and pork out of my diet.  My decision to do so was not made for religious reasons, or due to health related orders from my doctors.  One day when watching TV, I saw  a segment on the news on a documentary about what’s wrong with the food industry, and the secrets and politics behind it. I decided one weekend to go to a small movie theater in Atlanta to watch a movie called Food Inc. This movie goes into detail about the process of foods that we eat from the farm, to the grocery store, to your table.  It also puts a spotlight on Monsanto and how they are trying to control everything that we eat.
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The movie starts with the cameras paying visits (some secretly)  to farms and slaughter houses to show the conditions of the animals such as pigs, cows, and chickens.  It details the inhumane activities that take place and also gives the point of view of the small farmers who are forced by major corporations to push their agenda or be forced into poverty.

Next, the film looks into the agriculture side of the industry.  It details how Monsanto pushes genetically modified products and seeds, and how they issue lawsuits to any farmer that chooses to use their own seeds to plant crops.  Through intimidation and long legal battles, Monsanto has created a monopoly in controlling most foods that we eat, unbeknownst to most americans.

The final part of this film talks about the involvement of politicians, lobbyists, and other legal players in the food system.  Discussing issues such as food labeling, pesticides, and promotion of cheap, unhealthy foods.

It’s an honest statement to say that this film has changed my life.  I’m not the type who goes around and tries to convince everyone what they should and should not eat.  I’m always a believer of do what makes you happy. But I do think as responsible adults you should know what you are putting into your body and know where it came from.  I believe that anyone who watches this film will forever be changed regarding their eating habits.  Directed by Robert Kenner, this film does a great job at exposing some of the things that have been kept in the dark for years regarding our food and health.   Please watch and share with anyone you care about.

Food Inc, (The Movie)

Food Inc. Subtitulos Español from Hogares Limpios para SQM on Vimeo.

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Vibration

We are all vibrational beings. You’re like a receiving mechanism that when you set your tuner to the station, you’re going to hear what’s playing. Whatever you are focused upon is the way you set your tuner, and when you focus there for as little as 17 seconds, you activate that vibration within you. Once you activate a vibration within you, Law of Attraction begins responding to that vibration, and you’re off and running – whether it’s something wanted or unwanted.

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Nurse Reveals Top 5 Regrets People Have on Their Deathbed

This article presents a series of regrets that many people experience of their deathbed. It’s an interesting source of perspective for many of us who are moving into new phases of our adult lives.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.”
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.

Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
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Detoxing Tips

With all the hype about detoxes and cleanses circulating today, it can be overwhelming to know how to detox the right way.

Ayurveda considers this build-up of toxins to be the underlying cause of all disease. So how do you minimize the toxins that come into your life, and maximize the toxins that go out?

Toxins enter our worlds by what we eat, drink, breathe in, and process in any way. Here are 10 ways to reduce the toxins in your every day to help you restore optimal health and balance.

1. Stay hydrated: Drinking a minimum of eight glasses of clean, not-too-cold water every day is one of the best things you can do to detox and purify your body in a natural way. Good thing, because it’s also the easiest tip.

2. Eat clean: Try to stick to organic, pesticide-free foods, and eliminate antibiotics and hormones from your diet.

3. Meditate: Find time for stillness in your day to cleanse your mind and improve your ability to handle stress. Click here for a free guided meditation to get centered now.
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4. Move your body: Getting regular exercise is an important step to staying healthy and strong. Whether you enjoy light exercise like yoga or walking, or like to get your heart pumping by running or dancing, build an exercise routine that you’re excited about to make sure you keep it consistent. Enjoy this chair yoga flow that you can do anytime, anywhere.

5. Supplement with Detoxifying Herbs: Eating a balanced diet rich with fruits and vegetables is important, but taking it a step further may be your next step. Try adding Ayurvedic herbs to assist with the detoxification process, like Purify™, the seven-day total Ayurvedic cleanse system. These supplements are made of Ayurvedic herbs and botanicals to eliminate toxic build-up and leave you feeling energized and strong.

6. Add heat: Break a sweat and hit the sauna or steam room … sweating is a great way build heat and eliminate toxins from your body.

7. Avoid processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol: Try to stay away from ingredients you can’t pronounce, white flour and sugar, caffeine, and alcohol to assist your body’s capacity to process toxins.

8. Quit a bad habit: Are you a smoker? Pack rat? Chronically sleep deprived? Stuck in an unhealthy relationship? Toxins come into our lives in many forms. Consider if you’re participating in any unhealthy patterns or holding onto anything that no longer serves you, and find a way to limit or remove those things in your life.

9. Regulate and eliminate: Healthy digestive function is important to keep your body eliminating the toxins you build up in the body. If you find you’re “stuck in an elimination rut” and not balanced or eliminating naturally, address those concerns with a health care provider

-The Chopra Center

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