Standing in line to hear Arianna Huffington speak at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall last month – one of only a small handful of men in a sea of women – was an eye-opening experience for this first-time visitor to the renowned columnist’s prodigious fan club. Who knew that this politician turned publisher would be able to fill the auditorium’s nearly 3,000 seats?
There are points in life when you just feel crummy. Not so much physically downcast, but ineffectual, worthless, even blue. It's not uncommon for older adults to experience bouts of low self-esteem. But, we don't have to take it on the chin.
The well-known phrase, “Love makes the world go round,” sometimes sounds trite in the face of so many obvious world challenges, such as war, famine, poverty, natural disasters and disease. But a friend recently shared a simple example of how completely effective compassion and love can be in a practical, healing way.
Eating a balanced meal should not be as complicated as a chemistry experiment. Is it possible to live one’s life fully without being subject to the ever-changing theories and beliefs around what constitutes good eating? No question that it is important to nourish our body, but not at the expense of our mind, heart and spirit.
The answer to this question depends primarily on what prayer is, and what it does. Mouthing lofty words that have divine, spiritual or holy connotations cannot really of themselves heal. Many would also admit, from personal experience, that pleading in desperation to a humanly mighty Deity who plays favorites and must be pestered to gain any kind of attention, does not particularly yield the fruit of healing. Parroting familiar words of inspiration originally provided by inspired individuals can certainly not be the measure of the prayer that has the ability to heal.
Can maintaining good health be more predictable than filling out a March Madness bracket?
One of the saving graces of enduring a long winter is the arrival in March of Madness. Filling out a bracket, predicting what teams will make it to the sweet sixteen, the elite eight and through to the final four is great fun and the focus of many an office pool.
Dr. Donald Moss, then president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), decided to devote his entire annual meeting to exploring “the role of spirituality in health care.” Given the growing interest in the subject at that time, this seemed like a good idea – just not one that was unanimously embraced. One member of the association resigned immediately following the conference.
Kennen Sie das auch? Man ist mit Freunden unterwegs, um Blaubeeren zu suchen. Nach einer halben Stunde haben einige in der Gruppe die Körbchen bereits halb gefüllt und Sie haben überschaubare sechs oder sieben Beeren gesammelt. Ganz schön frustrierend. Aber Sie geben nicht auf und nach einer halben Stunde hat sich das Blatt gewandelt. Sie suchen - und finden - wie ein Profi. Ihr Auge hat mittlerweile genau erfasst, wonach es schauen muss. Großartig - und die „Beute" schmeckt hervorragend.
Cuando se está transitando por un momento de constante fatiga, se presenta el estrés físico, una de las enfermedades de la sociedad moderna. El estrés se manifiesta tanto en el trabajo como en la familia y hace que nos preguntemos: ¿Le doy demasiada importancia a los problemas y a las preocupaciones? ¿Cómo puedo salir de este cansancio y ansiedad? ¿Puedo lograr la paz?
In deadlocked debates it's often useful to step back and ask: "Could there be another perspective?"
Take homeopathy, conceived in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann on the controversial basis "less is more" - that is, the active ingredient in the remedy is often diluted to the point where there's arguably none left.
¿Estás buscando un seguro de salud? Muchos deben estar pensando en este tema en California, pues la reforma de salud de los Estados Unidos ha excluido por lo menos a 3 millones de mexicanos indocumentados. ¿No sería bueno, entonces, que se pudiera encontrar un plan que esté al alcance de todos, y que no solamente traiga consuelo y esperanza, sino que definitivamente sane y sea preventivo?
Anita Moorjani has a recipe to fight cancer that might catch some by surprise.
The New York Times bestselling Dying to be Me author revived from a near death experience (NDE) in February 2006 and completely recovered from end-stage cancer. In fact, she says she knew she was well before her body or her doctors caught up with her conviction. Within weeks they couldn't find any trace of cancer.
Maybe now is the time to start thinking, or re-thinking, leisure time.
Authentic leisure is good for everyone. It's not just revitalizing; it's healthy. But to make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term, which means not only to be free from the demands of routine work (even for just a weekend), but also to be mentally still and reflective.
Typical of David Brooks, journalist, author, and social, political, and philosophical commentator, he has written a beautiful piece in his recent NYT column, “The Prodigal Sons” (New York Times, February 18, 2014). Referencing Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son*, Mr. Brooks conveys the idea that the social health of society is improved when we are neither morally wanton in our ways (the younger son in the parable) nor morally self-righteous (the elder son). It is a great and quick read if you are not familiar with the parable. The ideal is the father of the two sons, who is constant in his forgiveness and inclusion of both, and of all around him.
Alivia en la soledad y la tristeza, tranquiliza en situaciones estresantes, aumenta el rendimiento laboral y hasta cura ciertas enfermedades. La importancia de vivir envuelto en música, un bálsamo para el espíritu.
Desde los tiempos más remotos, la música ha sido una aliada para aquellos que estaban sumidos en la tristeza, soledad o enfrentando malas situaciones. El escenario que prepara la música generalmente transmite imágenes armoniosas, llenas de paz, alegría y entusiasmo, que hacen que el corazón vibre y se renueve.
Eight hours or four hours? Naps or not? What do we believe about sleep and how much we need? We all have personal experiences and opinions about it. And, millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation, leading many to seek medical prescriptions to help them sleep better.
¿Alguna vez has imaginado como sería el mundo si no existieran los contagios? Quizás imagines que estaríamos exentos de contraer una enfermedad o más aún, dejarías de escuchar expresiones como “no te acerques, si estás resfriado”, o tal vez, tampoco utilizarías una mascarilla para visitar a un recién nacido, para no contagiarlo. Innumerables situaciones de la vida cotidiana, pasarían a ser ajenas a tu actual forma de pensar.
Stigmas of all sorts have bedevilled humanity for millennia and helped write history. So could they possibly be conquered by something as simple as love? Well, yes - they sometimes have been. Think of Martin Luther King Jr leading the civil rights movement in the USA or Nelson Mandela spearheading the anti-apartheid transition in South Africa.
I have mixed feelings about the popular movie Anger Management (2003) and its current TV spinoff. I do think humor is an effective anecdote to toxic anger (more on that below), but I take issue with the idea that we have to negotiate with anger through efforts to "manage" it. Why not just banish it?
Anger has no place in a healthy lifestyle. None. Even annoyance, or "anger lite," can and should be eliminated.
Dieting trends and fads seem to be as numerous as the stars. Yet watching food intake, exercise and counting calories in whatever dietary form that might take is not all that can be done to be healthier and to lose weight. Watching how you think about self-image – mental dieting – has emotional and physical benefits too.
La música, medicina para el alma (Music, medicine for the soul)
by Maria Damiani
¿Hay algo que se pegue más que una buena melodía?
Cada vez que se escucha una canción se evoca un momento, una etapa determinada de la vida, un amor que pasó… Desde el año 1500 aC ya había constancia de la influencia de la música sobre el cuerpo humano considerándola como un agente capaz de curar el cuerpo, calmar la mente y purificar el alma.