Embarking on a Journey to Self Love

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what you’re doing to take care of you? Life can be hectic; it’s easy to get caught up in caring for everyone around you without paying any mind to your own needs. But, you cannot afford for your personal well-being to play second fiddle. California State University Northridge…

Say Hi Inside

This simple meditation suggests that you “smile” to all of your internal organs and glands. It is a way of saying “thank you” to your body for working 24 hours­­­, 7 days a week! Focusing your attention and smiling in this way can calm the autonomic nervous system, revitalize the internal organs, and increase the…

Your Body as a Garden

The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer. You must make sure plants receive the right amount…

How Sweet it is…

Sucrose, or sugar as it is commonly known, is currently the most popular sweetener used in the food market today. On a daily basis, the average person obtains almost 20% of their calories from sugar alone. On average, that’s 150 pounds of sugar every year. When ingested, sugar is broken down into compounds that provide…

Devil in Disguise

Painkillers are being abused like never before.  The media likes to sensationalize the use of prescription pain medications being sold in dark alleys by neighborhood thugs and resident riff-raff. But what about the gentleman who just purchased the drugs legally from his local pharmacy, as prescribed by his doctor.  Is he in any less danger…

Detox your Mind

Whether you realize it or not, one of the most powerful forces in your life is your self-image. A positive, healthy self-image can carry you to heights you’ve never imagined, while a negative self-image will pin you down like a lead weight. To a large degree your self-image is influenced by the pictures and messages…

24 Hours To A Better Life

24 hours.  One day. What if you only got one?  What would you do with it?  Who would you see?  How would you act?  Where would you go? Fortunately most of us get more than one day to live out our lives.  But for too many of us there seems to be something wrong with…

The Pessimist’s Guide to Gratitude

Your mother was right–say thank you. Scientists have now proven what your mother always knew–it’s good to be grateful. Being grateful is more than just politeness; it’s actually good for your health and well-being. In a study by Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, and Davis and Michael E. McCullough, of the University…