- 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
- July 1st, 2013
Can you remember a time in your life when you thought your heart was going to break? Can you remember feeling that sensation often referred to as “heartache”? It may have felt as if an elephant were sitting on your chest, or that you couldn’t breathe.Breaking down the wall around your heartBy Bradley Nelson, DC
- June 1st, 2013
Despite the richness of the English language, we wrestle to express the connection between the mind and the body in non-dichotomous terms. Our metaphors, however, have no such problems. We speak of heartache, of someone getting under our skin, or of being a pain in the neck. Sometimes the metaphors are connected to quite similar manifestations in our bodies.Mind-body practices for easing conception and well-beingBy Victoria Maizes, MD
- May 1st, 2013
Have you ever wanted to meditate but just didn’t know how to start? This month’s Inner Balance can put you on the right path—and it’s easier than you’d think.
Excerpted from the new book Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease by Ajayan Borys. Published with permission of New World Library (newworldlibrary.com).
- April 1st, 2013
Spring is upon us and the outdoors is ready and waiting to be explored. This month’s Inner Balance is excerpted from the new book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family by Renée Peterson Trudeau. Published with permission of New World Library (newworldlibrary.com).By Renée Peterson Trudeau