- July 1st, 2014
In his book Blinded by Science, author Matthew Silverstone examines the relationship between humans and the earth. He had watched his son, who was struck with chronic fatigue syndrome, fail to heal until he forged a bond with nature.Let your bare feet take the leadBy Anna Rodgers
- May 1st, 2014
Ten percent of adults suffer from depression in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a staggering number of people who cannot find contentment within themselves or the world around them.How meditation can remove the root of depressionBy Sister Jenna
- May 1st, 2014
Yoga is tremendously popular now, and rightly so. It’s a safe, powerful exercise with many benefits that has been refined for thousands of years— the perfect antidote to the stress and hustle of modern life.By Kristin Henningsen, MS, RYT
- May 1st, 2014
Several of San Francisco’s middle and high schools have recently adopted the idea of “quiet time.” Studies of these schools have shown a 45 percent drop in suspensions, a 98 percent attendance rate, and a 10 percent improvement on test scores. The quiet time comes in the form of two stress-reducing 15-minute transcendental meditation sessions.
- April 1st, 2014
We can all relate to the feeling of stress. Something makes us nervous or scares us and our bodies respond with a faster heartbeat, sweat, and rapid breathing. This is all a product of our fight-or-flight reflex. Reacting to our environment, the brain floods the body with stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, putting us on edge.The path to a healthy heartBy C. Michael Gibson, MD
- February 1st, 2014
Some people believe that meditation emphasizes exotic, otherworldly experiences over more tangible benefits. Not so! The PBS documentary titled The New Medicine provides strong evidence that regular meditation reduces stress and encourages a healthier, longer, and more cheerful life.Meditations for the here and nowBy William Blake
- December 1st, 2013
“Paradoxically, although our brain waves are active during REM sleep, we are physically paralyzed … not to mention unaware of our surroundings … We (and other mammals) are to all appearances defenseless, raising puzzling questions about REM sleep’s role from the point of view of evolution.”A guide to healing imageryBy Bernie S. Siegel, MD
- November 1st, 2013
Feeling stressed out? You owe it to yourself to find ways to reduce stress in your life, for your own mental, emotional, and physical health.
Research has firmly established that stress weakens the immune system. When you are under stress your body produces adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones that can impair its ability to fight off disease.Understanding root causes can help us lead happier, more peaceful livesBy Bradley Nelson, DC
- October 1st, 2013
A new brain study by researchers at Yale University showed that people who meditate regularly are able to switch off parts of the brain associated with anxiety, schizophrenia, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and other problems.By Matthew B. James, PhD
- September 1st, 2013
“Try not to think. Quiet your mind.”
Meditation can sound daunting, mysterious. What is quiet? What is empty? It’s not completely understood. Much interest and information surrounds meditation, yet it remains elusive to many.
The main stumbling block is attaining inner quiet. “I can’t shut my brain off” is a common defeated observation.A path to quiet meditationBy Mary Ann Peterson, LAc, MAcOM