Aug 19

5 Self Improvement Steps to Live Your DREAM Life

by: Amie Erickson

What does self help, personal development, and self improvement actually mean? In a nut shell, it’s exactly what it says it is – anything to improve and develop yourself – such as a career, relationships, health, psychology, and more. All are used in your quest to build your dream life.
I’ve got a fast question for you – has there ever been a time in your life where you couldn’t wait for tomorrow to come, or didn’t want to go to sleep because you were having such a great time? You need to have felt like that at least once in your life, right? I bet you even have a huge smile on your face now simply remembering those great times.

But here’s the thing, why can’t each second of every single day be like that, for you, me – ALL OF US – living our dream life?

Do you believe your dream life is attainable?

Perhaps you think that I’m a dreamer, if you are – that’s cool, however, what if I told you that this is exactly what my life is like. Furthermore, what if I told you that my life ‘ought to’ be a ‘miserable’, according to some individuals?

dont waitWell, that’s the fact of it. You see, I have Multiple Sclerosis(MS), which typically leads to complete debilitation. Among the many symptoms are stress and depression. So how then am I ready to measure my DREAM Life!? Well, the answer is simple – with good self improvement strategies!

I urge you to follow me and make this your reality too. Everybody deserves to live a dream life, and now, with these simple ways, EVERYBODY can.

If you are at all wondering about self improvement or personal development, it’s important to urge you to think – ‘1st things FIRST’. In other words, start from the bottom up.

Image this, what if I gave you a recipe to make a cake. You wouldn’t begin from step five, would you? Self improvement is no different, therefore let’s do things properly and start from the beginning.


Five steps to building your dream life.

STEP ONE is the most vital step of all, and it plays the largest part in what we all crave in life – Happiness! This step is also the most difficult. This is were you begin to build your life’s foundation values, but not just any old values, they have to be ROCK SOLID values.

STEP TWO helps to suit the items to your self improvement puzzle. Basically, you’ve got to recognize, or have a theory about, what life is. Knowing this, will help you to shape your life. My theory on what life means, is this – “Life is a never ending roller coaster journey of CHOICES and EMOTIONS”. Ultimately, everybody desires to be happy.

STEP THREE is to search out, or perceive, what YOUR purpose in life is. Don’t worry, this is not as tough as it sounds. We all have the right tools for doing this – Our EMOTIONS. Yes, it is true, your emotions can be your ally, or worst enemy, and typically at the identical times. So, ask yourself, “What’s it that I really love doing?” Currently take that a step more and ask yourself, “What FEATURES do my passions have that I really like?”.

STEP FOUR involves really constructing your DREAM Life. This bit will stretch your self improvement prowess to the limit, but don’t worry, this is very doable. This step relies on the options you identified in step 3, and one of the most powerful personal development tools around – GOAL SETTING!

Try this for each of the different departments of your life. All of this comes along and forms your own, personal development plan. And now for the extremely exciting bit…

STEP FIVE – Live the life you have designed in your personal development plan. In other words, live your DREAM Life!

Naturally, there’s a lot more to it than that, but hopefully you get the general gist of self improvement, and what is required to build your DREAM Life!

It takes simply one second to choose to change your life, so what are you waiting for? Embrace change, and most forward.


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Aug 10

If You Are Different Than Most People You May Be an HSP

Growing up feeling different, and out of place, is frightening. You see the world differently than most. You come up with answers that may be brilliant – but off the hook. You feel things deeper than most, and you never stop questioning and learning. You feel as if nobody understands you. If that describes you, then you are an HSP – join the club.

An HSP is a Highly Sensitive Person. You begin to feel anxiety and stress when confronted with a crowd of people. Some people would describe you as overly shy, and often feel lonely – even if in a room full of people. You tend to be extremely polite, a people pleaser, if you will.

Don’t intersperse the terms highly sensitive people with clairvoyants, although most clairvoyants are HSP, not all HSPs possess psychic abilities (although they probably could if they worked at it).

HSP’s are not weak

quite peopleWe are often looked at as weak, and sometimes too emotional, but in reality are simple more sensitive and empathetic than others. We often look past the insignificant, and see the overall picture as opposed to each individual portion, and we can’t tolerate inequality – and will speak up even though there may be consequences.

Personally, I don’t often see a joke the same way others do. Where an entertainer is abusive, or talks about others by making fun of them, I don’t see it as funny. I put myself in the shoes of the person they are talking about, and I don’t like how that feels. To most HSPs making fun of others if no laughing matter.

Scientists have even recognized the existence of HSPs. According to Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist and researcher, the scientific term of an HSP is a condition called “Sensory Processing Sensitivity”. She estimates that approximately 15-20% of the world’s population process stimuli more intensely than others. They are deeper thinkers, and can become easily over-stimulated.

You tend to Dr. Elaine Aron has a test to see if you are highly sensitive – After you take the test you will know for certain that you are a highly sensitive person – and believe me, that explains a lot.

You are unique – believe it is a good thing

  1. There is nothing wrong with you. You are not crazy, or eccentric, don’t de-value yourself.
  2. Treasure your achievements, and continue to dream and work toward that dream.
  3. Reject negativity – don’t let what ANYONE says discourage you. Take the EGO out of it and allow yourself to soar.
  4. Seek out other HSPs to talk to and bounce ideas off – they understand you, and are open to new ideas.
  5. HSPs are the ones who can, and have, come up with new ideas, but you don’t have to re-invent the wheel, just tweek it a bit.
  6. Realize that you may feel empathy more deeply than most, and that can leave you feeling sad and depressed. Don’t let that stop you from living and feeling the positive things in life too. If you must, make a list each day of the positive things around you. A positive attitude helps gets through the gray times.
  7. Give in to your passions. Allow yourself to engulf and explore what you are passionate about.
  8. Be creative – it’s part of your DNA!

We have to encourage other HSPs, and highly sensitive children (HSCs), to look at their sensitivity as a blessing and not a curse. I look at other famous HSPs, Albert Einstein for instance, and believe we should learn from them. Einstein did not speak until he was 4, but it wasn’t because he couldn’t, it was because he said he didn’t have anything to say. His parents encouraged him to question and explore. His teachers disliked that because he questioned them, and sometimes they didn’t know the answers themselves. Instead of saying they did not know, and will find out, they got angry with him for asking.

Allow yourself the value of being different – it’s the ones who dream who are the ones who make things happen. You are in the company of some very high dreamers – Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Michaelangelo, DeVinci, Bill Gates, Carl Sagan, etc.

Be brave, be bold, and be yourself.


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Aug 06

Why Do Some People Bully?

Children push others on the playground; teens post something damaging on Facebook; and bullies in business can threaten you with physical damage, or holding off paying you what is rightfully yours because they can tie you up on court for years (at extreme expense to you). We see it all the time.

It’s not even just physically larger people bullying weaker ones, we are now seeing smaller children bully larger ones, women bullying men, etc. The bully is the one who can hold something over our head to get their own way.

The news and social media is full of stories about bullying, or cyber-bullying. It’s becoming an epidemic of international proportions, but it’s nothing new – it has been around for as long as man walked the earth.

What makes a person want to bully someone else?

We may think the answer is simple – bullies have low self-esteem. They want to make themselves feel better by making others look weak. In a world where it’s survival of the strongest – either in physical appearance or mentally, some think the way to get ahead is to bully others.

cyber-bullying-photoWe used to hear that “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That really isn’t true, however, words can do more than hurt – sometimes they can kill. Just look at the growing number of teen suicides from bullying. Some people can hear 20 wonderful reviews about their personality, and one bad one, and what they remember is the bad one. Bullies don’t care that what they say and do can leave emotional scars that can last a lifetime.

Bullying is anti-social behavior, and is usually unacceptable in a normal society. Bullies do not think about, nor care about, the damage they are doing to their victims. They are taking out hostility on a weaker person, and although in some cases it is from words and not physical actions, is still violence.

When a person bullies they believe they are in control, at least of some aspect of their life. Often peer pressure, and the desire to be accepted (even though the opposite effect usually is the result) are the reason for bullying behavior. Some bullies do grow out of it and develop a conscious, but by then the damage is done.

As children, society accepts temper tantrums as a normal part of child development, and the need for the child to show their independence. When they begin school, however, the change in routine and pressure they put upon themselves to fit in results in anxiety – which can lead to aggression.

Continued aggression, as they get comfortable with socialization, can be indicative of antisocial personality disorder, a mental illness. This disease exhibits itself through lying, impulsive behavior, irritability, lack of remorse, and rationalizing their bad behavior.

Anti-social behavior, according to researchers, can be caused by lost connections to emotions in the brain. The bully is usually a person who is insecure himself or herself, and seems to be losing control in other areas of their life. Their bullying sparks a “reward” sensation in their brain, so they continue to practice their bullying in order to get gratification.

Bullying could be due to a genetic defect, brain damage, or illness. It could also be a product of environment – someone makes the bully feel low, so they in turn take it out by making someone else feel the same. It could be a combination of both genetics and environment.

Children whose parents are abusive or always angry, or belittle other children, often take their anger and frustration out on others. Many of these children are exposed to environments that are violent, usually due to some form of addiction. In school they are termed “behavioral problems.” As adults they often become criminals.

If you are a victim, tell someone. Sometimes it will help to hold an intervention for the bullies, who often have been victimized themselves, but more often their mindset will not see they are doing anything wrong. In that case you will need to learn to empower yourself so you can withstand the bullies, and see the problem is theirs and not yours.

That is one of the reasons we started Journeys in Healing Center. We want to enable people to self-empowerment – either through classes, personal consultations, or holistic and metaphysical healing of oneself.

Follow us on Facebook at and join our discussion group. We will soon have classes and consultations available through our website at If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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Medical News Today – Social Isolation May Have A Negative Effect On Intellectual Abilities:

Wikipedia – Anti-social behavior:

WiseGeek – What is Antisocial behavior?

Aggressive Behavior, by Peter K. Smith and Paul Bryan, Goldsmith College, London, England:

Jul 31

Depression Sucks Life In Many Ways

You may not think there is a link between your brain and your ability to forgive, but there is a link, and that is depression.

Depression is more than just sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, or feeling sad, it is an illness, and it can cause you the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. The good news is it is treatable.

A depressed person sees the world around them as all negative, and they don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It changes the way you view life, and how those who love you end up viewing you.

I’ve lived with depression most of my life. My father was depressed due to severe psoriasis that caused people to treat him like a leper. My partner of the last 14 years has been living in a world of his own because he had a medical diagnosis that told him he had terminal cancer, and only a couple months to live – so to get his affairs in order. Even though he eventually found out, after two rounds of chemo, that he did not have cancer, he could not get past that diagnosis.

Everyone, no matter who they are, has short spurts of sadness, this is normal. I personally went through that myself a few times. A true clinical depression involves letting feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with their everyday life for long periods of time. This depression affects your memory, and your ability to learn and retain information. It often leaves a person unable to do anything other than normal functions like going to the bathroom and eating.

There probably isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been hurt by others – through words or actions that make them feel betrayed. The wounds from these can be long-lasting, and could cause you to build up anger, bitterness, or maybe even plot revenge. Moving on is difficult, if not impossible, without professional help.

In the case of my partner, he can’t get off the couch, and even do menial tasks. This has caused me frustration, and I will admit – anger at times. I have yelled at him in frustration, telling him to snap out of it, or get past it, but this doesn’t help. Who once was a brilliant lawyer is now a semi-vegetable – living only for the next movie. He refused treatment and self-medicated through alcohol until his health got so bad he had to seek help.

Ultimately, my partner lost his family, his businesses, and his own self-worth. Don’t allow yourself to lose those you love you because you are stubborn. If you need help, lose your ego and get it.

Learning how to forgive doesn’t mean you have to forget the hurt. It doesn’t mean the person responsible for hurting you was right, and it won’t lessen the pain or justify your anger or hurt. When you are able to release the anger and stressful feelings you will find a peace within you that will open up your life. You can take lessons from the experience – like knowing not to trust that person again, or removing them from your life completely, and walk away a better person for it.

Our brains are not geared to process negative thoughts. When then are introduced into our lives our brain rejects them, or it wrecks havoc within the brain. It releases chemicals that cause damage to your neuroconnectors and causes bodily ailments and inflammation – which leads to other problems. For this reason, it is important that you learn how to channel your anger into something more positive and productive, and learn that forgiveness is for your own good, not giving in to the person who hurt you.

Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. If you allow anger to build up it will hold you in a vice grip, and you become the prisoner. The person who hurt you wins. If you release that grip you will find a new understanding that could leave to compassion and empathy.

What if you are the one who needs forgiveness? In that case, own up to your role and take responsibility for your actions. Don’t judge yourself, however, and don’t spend your life feeling guilty. We are all human, and we all make mistakes. If you are truly sorry, ask for forgiveness from the person you wronged, without making excuses. You may not force them to forgive you, but you have to forgive yourself and move on. In time, they may learn to do the same. The only thing you can do is to not do the same thing again.

According to a number of researchers, forgiveness is vital to overcoming depression. Depression signifies that you are closing down yourself to life. It’s a deep, dark hole and nobody wants to live there. The way to allow growth is to forgive. It will open up your brain to all sorts of thinks, and in turn, improve your brain functions – like memory.



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Mayo Clinic – Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness:


Jul 25

5 Harmful Habits You Need to Break

As human beings we all tend to develop habits – some are good, some are bad. We all have them, but how do we go about breaking harmful habits?

Some of these habits you may not realize are harmful, yet in the long run you will find that eliminating them from your life can free your time, anxiety and negative feelings – and allow yourself the chance to live a free and happy life.


Habit #1  Keeping Yourself Tied to a Negative Relationship

Staying in a toxic relationship – either romantic, professional or personal, not only puts stress on your physical and emotional system, they suck the life out of you and it stops your ability to move forward with your life.

If you have people in your life who are always criticizing you, don’t support you or meet your needs, let them go. You are not going to change them, so stop trying. Tell them you can not live in a world where you are not respected and valued for what you have achieved, or what you plan on achieving. They are holding you back, so you need to let them go. It’s not easy, but it is necessary.


Habit #2  Always Being Late

Always being late is not cute, you are not making a dramatic entrance, and it is not something people should just get used to from you. It is rude and disrespectful to others. Being late means others time is being wasted waiting for you to show up – either at work where people have to pick up your slack, or in personal relationships where people have to waste their valuable time. How do you feel when others do it to you. It shows you have no respect for other people’s time, and is a selfish habit that can be easily broken.


bad habitsHabit #3  Always Apologizing for Your Successes

If you worked hard for a promotion or recognition you deserve it. You don’t owe anyone an apology. They could have worked just as hard and perhaps gotten the same success. Let them assume responsibility for their lives, and you allow yourself the right to feel good about your successes.

There will always be those who are jealous, or bad sports. That is their personal problem, not yours. Hold your head high, and own your right to be successful.


Habit #4   Spending More Than You Can Afford

Although in this world of credit it is easy to get carried away with spending too much on the latest gadgets and fashions, but at the end of the month you still have to be able to pay it back.

There is no shame in living modestly. Instead of buying that expensive purse, buy a cheaper knockoff. Learn how to budget your money, and when you do that you will be able to see if you have enough to spend a little extra. There are great budgeting programs (like Quicken) that help you stay within budget and shows you what you have to pay out each month.

Don’t forget to put 10% of your check into a saving account for emergencies – and add any extra to your retirement fund. I never heard anyone say they are sorry they saved for retirement, or a rainy day.


Habit #5  Living in the Past

Let go of old loves and move on. If someone doesn’t want you they don’t deserve you. There are others who will come around who will value you, and even if you haven’t met them yet it is just not time.

Learn to live on your own and take care of yourself. Don’t be dependent on anyone. Spend your time improving yourself – physically, mentally and spiritually, so when the right person comes along you will be prepared for them. Being able to enjoy your life even if it is alone is better than spending your time pinning over someone you can never have. Find your value of a person on your own and others will find value in you as well.


Breaking harmful habits may not be easy, but will work wonders in making your life easier, and happier. Work on these first and see how much stress you have relieved.


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Jul 18

Medical Uses of Frankincense – Arthritis Cure Or Not?

by Lewaandresn

Research has identified a specific, active anti-inflammatory herb,  commonly known as Boswellia, boswelliac acids, or Frankincense. In animal studies, these acids have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation in several ways. Boswellic acids deter inflammatory white cells from infiltrating damaged tissue and improving blood flow to the joints. They also block chemical reactions that set the stage for chronic inflammation occuring in intestinal disorders such as Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis.

Boswellia is a kind of herbal plant which became very popular due to its soothing fragrance. Most Americans know it by the popular name of Frankincense. It  has been known to be used in various holistic treatments that have been used in India (ayuverdic). This herb is considered one of the best natural anti-inflammatories, which means that no chemical additives to the drug or medicine that helps to aleviate pain. It can be regarded as particularly helpful for people who are fans of alternative medicines, includes several natural ways of treating the disease and preventive measures.

frCompared to other standard drugs of choice, boswellia extract is beneficial because it is less toxic and more potent. The various benefits of boswellia include increased mobility, reduced joint swelling action, less morning stiffness, and improved grip strength. It is very useful in improving the quality of life in general, both for the problem of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Frankincense may help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and can be taken internally or applied topically to affected joints to relieve inflammation associated with joint disorders.

In a study showing the effectiveness of its use to treat  pain in the joints, 30 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee participated in a 2003 study. Half the patients received a daily measure of Frankinsense, and the other half received a placebo. After eight weeks the groups were crossed over to the opposite action. All patients who received the supplement reported that their knee pain has been reduced substantially and could walk farther without the normal amount of pain.  The swelling in the knee joint was also reduced.

Other studies have shown great advantages in the use of Frankincense and Boswellia as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and bursitis have been reported to show positive results.

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Jul 16

Plastics Water Bottles Could Be Toxic

There has been much discussion about the use of plastic water bottles, and the hazards they may present to your health, especially if the bottles get hot. Now more and more information is being leaked that some say indicate the problem could be worse than originally reported.

A recent study (2011) out of the University of Missouri, “Exposure to the gender-bending chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) is worse than previously estimated.” The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to reconstruct the chronic daily intake of BPA in humans, which leaches into our food supply. Food is our main source of exposure to BPA, through packaging in cans and water bottles.

Bisphenol-A is a chemical compound that is used in several polymers and polycarbonates that are, in turn, used to make plastic bottles and linings in cans. This means that nearly every can or bottle we open to feed our family – baby formula, canned fruits and vegetables, spaghetti sauce (because of the acid is especially harmful), milk, etc are introducing BPA to our diet.

It lines our plastic pipes that carry our water, and is used to protect the wiring in our electronics. BPA has been used to extend the shelf life of canned foods since the 1960s.

Once introduced to the body, BPA acts like the hormone estrogen, disturbing the normal workings of certain genes. Even at low doses, like those found in plastic bottles and cans, BPA can be potentially harmful.

Safety issues have been around for decades, especially concerning the ingestion of even trace amounts into babies, who because of their small size get a higher concentration in their bloodstream. Potential problems include learning disabilities, brain damage, hyperactivity and immune deficiency.

Over 200 animal studies have linked BPA in small amounts to a number of reproductive and brain problems, immune deficiencies, metabolic abnormalities and behavioral abnormalities, including hyperactivity and learning disabilities.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) the average person consumes 50 micrograms of BPA per kilogram of body weight each day. Studies on rats have shown that one hundredth of that amount can cause adverse effects!

Canada has added BPA to their list of toxic substances since 2008. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) has been up and down on their decision to outlaw it, relying on industry studies more heavily than independent studies. Their excuse: “all the other studies did not meet the FDA’s guidelines for determining safety for human consumption, did not provide raw data,” and a host of other excuses.

Six manufacturers announced in March of 2009 they would voluntarily stop the manufacture of baby bottles containing BPA – Playtex Products, Gerber, Evenflo, Avent America, Dr. Brown and Disney First Years, in order to preempt legal action being considered at the time by several state attorney generals. At the same time, Chicago became the first city to ban sales of baby bottles and sippy cups with BPA. The country of Denmark became the first country to do so.

According to random sampling through the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 95% of the United States population has BPA.

There is a bright side to this prognosis, if correct action is taken to label it as toxin and remove it from our food supply chain. In 1997 Japan manufacturers voluntarily stopped using BPA, and in a 2003 study the levels of BPA in people’s urine had dropped 50%!

  • What you can do to cut down the exposure to BPA:
  • NEVER microwave baby formula in a plastic bottle.
  • Use plastic bottles and sippy cups free from BPA for your infants and toddlers
  • Use fresh or frozen produce rather than canned
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water

Pass the word along to your friends and family. BPA could be harming us more than we expected.

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Kipnews – Paper & Plastic money contains toxic chemical that can cause brain impairments:

EHP, Environmental Health Perspectives – Comparison of Serum Bisphenol A Concentrations in Mice Exposed to Bisphenol A through the Diet versus Oral Bolus Exposure:


Jul 02

Combat The Psychological Effects Of Child Abuse Holistically

by: Anna J. Stuart

Intentional or unintentional, child abuse has a great impact on the physical as well as physiological health of a child. This distressing event can happen anywhere – homes, schools, organizations ethnic or cultural groups. Physical harm involves lifelong health problems along with cognitive difficulties.

When you talk about the emotional effects of child abuse you will find low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, difficulties in managing relationships and even personality disorder. This is where the role of depression treatment center comes into picture.

Don’t ignore the signs of child abuse. It’s no less than a crime to ignore it than it is to be the abuser. A relevant treatment center can rescue the sufferer from the pangs of depression and anxiety, and allow them to become whole again – emotionally and spiritually as well as physically.

How to find out whether a child is in a state of depression? As per medical experts, the most common symptoms are when the feelings of negativity, anxiety, agitation and anger are overpowering the rest of their emotions. If a child is losing his interest in everyday activities, immediately report to a reputed depression or holistic treatment center. This treatment approach takes emotional, spiritual and physical health into account.child abuse

Synthetic medication always carries the risk of side-effects, but holistic healing can help to live a better life without any harm. It’s a lifelong commitment to the physical health and mental well-being.

It is important to mention that child abuse is not all about broken bones and unexplained bruises. If a kid is frequently getting hurt, his anxiety level gets elevated. It can even give rise to drug abuse, and should not be taken lightly.

Anxiety is a natural human reaction. But, it can be a threat to the psychological well-being of a person. A child suffering from anxiety disorder can experience emotional irritability in the slightest of uncomfortable condition. Professional care services of anxiety treatment centers can provide an emotionally, physically or sexually abused child a life that he deserves. You can contribute your bit by finding out the best anxiety or holistic treatment center in your vicinity.

It has been seen that sometimes parents continuously neglect or fail to accomplish the child’s basic needs including emotional attention, care, affection and appreciation. Don’t push him to live your dreams. This condition also falls under the umbrella of child abuse. It can cause various personality changes in a child such as becoming insecure with low self-esteem.

A reliable depression treatment center can certainly help you to minimize the physiological as well as psychological effects of child abuse. They have adopted natural ways to heal the pain and overcome anxiety attacks and enable the child to live a stress-free life.

Child abuse leaves lifelong psychological scars, but they don’t have to be open wounds. Find the best holistic treatment center or professional you can to get them through their pain and learn to deal with it without the need for pharmaceuticals. You will be saving a life, in more ways than one.

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Jun 30

Change Your Mind Through Meditation

Have you ever wondered how the monks in Tibet are able to live such peaceful lives? I have. After watching the Kung Fu movies in the 1970s I thought you simply had to live a life of peace and harmony with the universe. It appears there is more to it than that, and you can literally change your mind through meditation.

Buddhist monks have existed for over 2,500 years high in the frigid hills of Tibet. They follow a strict regiment that guides their minds away from destructive emotions and toward compassion and peace. Since these monks have meditated from 20-30,000 hours, where else would neuroscientists go to better study and understand the benefits of meditation by exploring a brain at peace?

A group of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Dr. Richard Davidson, have been studying the brains of Tibetan monks for the past few years while in both their meditative states and their conscious states. They were hoping the monks’ focused and trained minds can be scientifically measured through “contemplative neuroscience”, a relatively new technique.

What is contemplative neuroscience, and how is it relevant to brain activity? It is mainly the study of how practices like meditation affect the brain and nervous system. It can, however, have a different and equally valid definition – it is the philosophical view of neuroscience and the mind.  This is a revolutionary idea, but there is much to suggest there is a correlation between the mind and the body. It can change the way scientists view the plasticity and synapse within our brains, and how our brains take on changes that affect our behavior and general well being.

Previous research had found that people who had a propensity for negative emotions showed activity in the prefrontal cortex area of their brains, while those with more positive attitudes had more activity in the left prefrontal cortex.

When the experiment was run on a senior Tibetan lama, skilled in meditation, they found the baseline activity was much further to the left than they had previously encountered. If you were to judge from this study, he was possibly the happiest man alive!

The researchers conducted tests on a group of high-tech volunteers working at a Wisconsin company. One group then received eight weeks of meditation training, while the control group did not. Both groups received flu shots.

At the conclusion of the study, those who had meditated showed a marked shift in brain activity toward the “happier” left side of the frontal cortex. They also had a healthier response to their immune system from the flu shot, which suggested that the health of the body was also affected by the meditation training.

In a study published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging (Jan. 30, 2012) researchers have reported that “those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.”

“You don’t have to become a Buddhist,” says the Dalai Lama himself, who is closely following the work of Western cognitive scientists like Davidson. “Everybody has the potential to lead a peaceful, meaningful life.”

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Psychiatry Research – Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density:

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Jun 28

Detox Teas – Are They Helpful For Cleansing?

by: Katie Adams

With more and more people putting more concern on their health and wellness, detoxification products such as detox teas are becoming all the more popular.

Why Detoxify? The human body is created with its own detoxification system, which includes the skin, liver, kidney and the colon. The liver and the kidney filter out the toxins in the body which goes out through the urinary system, the digestive system or as sweat through the skin. The body’s waste management system works well under normal circumstances, but given today’s fast paced lifestyle and extensive exposure to waste and toxins, the body can only deal with so much. This brings us to the need to detoxify, or cleanse the body and get rid of toxins and waste.

Detox Teas Help Detoxification There are plenty of ways to detoxify the body and detox teas are just one of them. Regular consumption of these detoxification teas produce a number of positive effects on the body, and these include:

rsz_iced-green-tea-mojito1.Healthier Organs. Drinking this types of tea help speed up the detoxification process, which lessens the pressure and the load on the liver, kidney and the colon. This, in turn, reduces conditions such as acne, bloating, indigestion, menstrual problems and other organ-related problems.

2.Better Bowel Movement. These teas wash away plaque and waste formation on the colon, making bowel movement easier. This also aids in the reduction of water retention and better weight loss results.

3.Better Skin and Hair. A body that is full of toxins manifests itself in numerous ways such as acne in the skin or brittle nails and hair. Drinking detox teas can help balance the body’s system, and clears out the skin making you look better and giving you that overall glow.

4.Calm and Relaxation. These teas do not only detoxify the body and cleanse it, but also give you a feeling of calm and relaxation. This is very helpful especially if you are always stressed out.
Detox Teas To Use

Choosing detox teas isn’t really difficult as there are plenty of flavors and varieties in the market. Some types of herbal teas include green tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea and Hawthorne berry tea. Each of these teas has its own distinct taste and has varying effects on the body, which is great considering the fact that you can try each of them for the purpose of variety.

If you’re thinking of trying detox teas to cleanse the body, start with one variety first and drink just one cup a day. This is crucial so that you can see its effects on the body. When you have finally settled with a tea that you like, you can eventually amp up your intake to at least two to three cups. Drinking three cups is the maximum for herbal teas, so make sure that you do not go beyond that.

To make sure that your detoxification is a success, drink detox teas along with a healthy and sensible diet to make sure that you get the best effects of the cleansing and detox process.


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About the Author:

Kate Adams has spent the last five years learning all the inside secrets to improving her own health and well-being. Visit her website at


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