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Looking through my travel journals I saw I had written, What is the tension — the obstacle — on this trip? You see, I have come to realize that life is like writing, both filled with characters and tension and, eventually, resolution.
On this particular trip by train through Colorado, I had written as the tension of my story:
1. Drunken skiers loud at night
2. A blizzard upon arriving in Winter Park
3. Navigating an unknown bus system — in said blizzard
4. Altitude sickness
5. Seeing a train derailed
6. Spending 65 hours on the train in two weeks
There were more, but you can see that this trip that I remembered as being ideal was riddled with obstacles and tension, just like life in general. Yet it was one of my favorite trips to date. It’s simply a matter of how we look at it — our thoughts about a situation — that creates the experience
I bring this up now because winter itself can be hard: snow, ice, bitter cold, cabin fever…
I used to think my purpose as a writer was to write about the beauty of life, but I’ve learned that, just like fiction, the story of life requires tension and resolution to feel fulfilling. The frustrations, obstacles, and setbacks that lead to the subsequent discoveries (joy!) are the beauty. This illusion (our way of thinking) about imperfection creates perfection.
At TheWork.com, Byron Katie suggests a method for questioning our thoughts so they lose their power over us. The process involves 1) noticing what has upset you, 2) writing out your stressful thoughts, 3) questioning, and then, 4) turning it around to find the opposite thought.
Looking within is a powerful process and one of the keys to “conscious living.” Best to you this season.
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JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS - FEBRUARY 2020
The Year of Seeing Clearly
By Jude LaClaire, Ph.D.
Every day, we face situations that require us to make choices that range from simple to complex, from easy to difficult. There are times when a decision must be made quickly with little chance to consider options. Practicing sound and effective ways to make clear decisions can give us the skill to make both quick decisions and more contemplative ones.
The real criteria for decisions come from all of our life experiences, both negative and positive, and the principles and values we form as we mature. Listening to some of the young teens involved in the Parkland High School shooting on February 14, 2018, we see individuals who showed us their values. Within days, a campaign began called “March for Our Lives.” There were many speeches, gatherings, media coverage, and the beginning of many political actions to change gun violence. The result was national awareness and the strengthening of the existing calls for gun control. Florida laws were changed. .… Read More
SPIRITUAL HOROSCOPE - FEBRUARY 2020
Spiritual Horoscope for February 2020
By Aluna Michaels
Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
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HOLISTIC HEALTH - FEBRUARY 2020
Common Herbal Dietary Supplement Drug Interactions
By Nancy Russell, M.D.
A well known medical journal for physicians, “American Family Physician” advises physicians to discuss use of dietary supplements with their patients in an article, “Common Herbal Dietary Supplement-Drug Interactions”.
Estimates show that between 40-60 percent of U.S. adults with chronic disease use dietary supplements, and among those people taking prescription medications, an estimated 20- 25 percent concurrently use a dietary supplement. Accordingly, there has been increased concern for the potential for dietary supplements, particularly herbs to interact with prescription medications. These interactions are infrequent, but can have consequences. ...Read More
WANDERLUST - FEBRUARY 2020
3 Ways to Add Wellness to Your Vacation
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The following are a few ways to focus on your health while on vacation.
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FEATURES - FEBRUARY 2020
How to Be an Invincible Being
By Serina Aramaki
We shall never truly be defeated in life.
(From Invincible Thinking by Ryuho Okawa)
What does it mean to be an invincible being? Ryuho Okawa, global visionary, renowned spiritual leader and founder and CEO of Happy Science, the fastest growing and most influential spiritual movement in Japan today, talks extensively about this in his book Invincible Thinking—a book that has sold more than two million copies in Japan.
“Invincible thinking is a powerful attitude that enables us to triumph under any circumstance,” Okawa says. “It helps us learn from both success and failure and grow into capable and exceptional leaders. Invincible thinking embraces the philosophy of positive thinking and principle of self-reflection, which together help us shape our future as we face all the circumstances life brings.”
FEATURE - FEBRUARY 2020
Improve Your Relationship in Eight Minutes a Day
An excerpt from Love Skills by Linda Carroll
Falling in love is never a straight line to “happily ever after.” Relationships go through seasons of change, renewal, darkness, and light.
So promises long-time therapist and couple’s coach Linda Carroll in Love Skills: The Key to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love, which offers specific, effective solutions to the most common struggles that couples face.
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EATING WELL - FEBRUARY 2020
Holistic Keto for Gut Health
Excerpt from Chapter 1: An Epidemic of Autoimmunity and the Unhealthy Gut
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You’ve probably heard the maxim: you are what you eat. The truth is closer to this: You are what you digest and absorb. Most people in developed nations consume grains, gluten, milk, eggs, processed foods, trans-fats, preservatives, food colorings, non-organics, soy, corn, buckets of sugar, and increasing amounts of genetically modified foods. We’re exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, paints, sealers, glues, and heavy metals through our air, water, food, and body care products. We endure incredible burdens of stress in a culture ever more obsessed with speed and consumption. We don’t just want fast food, but also instant medical treatments, get-rich-quick business deals, rapid promotions, turbo-charged cars, hyper-passionate relationships, dramatic detoxification programs, power yoga, and even instant enlightenment!
All these factors impact your overall health and well-being, especially your gastrointestinal health, where the gut’s capacity to absorb nutrients becomes impaired, resulting in malnourishment (even as you overeat) which contributes even more stress. ...Read More
FEATURE - FEBRUARY 2020
Debunking Common Myths About CBD
By Crystal Rae Prew
Cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly growing to become one of the most popular products in the health and wellness industry. In fact, a Forbes report reveals that the collective market is expected to exceed $20 billion in sales by 2024. Despite this, there are still many misconceptions about this herbal remedy, as it is a relatively new product. So, let's take a closer look at the facts underneath these common CBD myths. ...Read More
FEATURES - FEBRUARY 2020
Caring for the Family Caregiver:
Ways to manage your health and wellbeing while supporting others
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness is something millions of Americans do every day. Whether it is a parent, spouse, extended family member or friend, the stress of caring for another adult can take a toll.
"I have to do absolutely everything for her," explains Anthony Cowels, whose 71-year-old wife, Florence, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. As he watched her disease progress, his caregiver responsibilities grew. What's more, for some of the years Cowels also cared for his elderly parents, compounding his responsibilities.
"It has been a long journey of caregiving," says Cowels, 70. "I try not to let it overwhelm me. I always look for ways to do better." Cowels learned to care for both himself and his wife better through useful tools, education and friendship and by joining a caregiver support group. He says he can "interact with others who identify with my situation." ...Read More