Monday, November 20, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Increase Your Mental Fitness

The Blessing of Affirmations

When you look in the mirror, what’s the first thing you say to yourself? If you are like most women, it’s not something kind or complimentary. Most of us are WAY too hard on ourselves, and the media doesn’t help with that. Think about it…can you recall ONE company that promotes happiness with what IS […]

Worth the “Weight”?

I never thought I could learn so much about myself from a cactus! Upon a recent trip to Arizona, I learned something about the Saguaro cactus (the really tall ones that can have a bunch of “arms”, once they are 75 years old). They can shrink and expand, based on how much moisture they hold […]

Yoga Strengthens My Core

I admit it – I LOVE Yoga! Incorporating it into my daily life has empowered me to stand tall and speak from the heart. As you may know, yoga is a very personal practice which makes one stretch myself past their limits, physically and mentally.  Practicing yoga encourages me to persevere and ignore negative thoughts; it […]

Releasing Emotion Can Set You FREE!

Is it just me, or does it seem as if violence in our country has reached a pace at which it is the ONLY topic of news these days?  I must admit that I am almost frightened to leave my house some days, in anticipation of being a victim myself.  What’s almost MORE scary to […]

Meditation and Stress-Management Through Ancient Painting Techniques

I recently learned of a style of painting called suiboku-ga or Sumi-e that originated with Zen monks — the artform itself is a meditative practice.  What better stress-management tool could there be?  It employs art, yogic teachings, meditation and mindfulness. With gratitude to a yogi that I have followed for about 8 years named Leza […]

Top Ten Medication Exercises You Should Do For Better Vision

Since eyes are the most important and most commonly used part of the body, they get strained easily. Eye exercises have been practiced for many years in order to maintain a healthy vision. These exercises not only help in strengthening eye muscles, but also improve the blood circulation to the eyes. Following are some exercises […]

All This Talk of Mindfulness … What IS IT?

Partially re-posted from my “Eating Disorders in Schools” blog on Gurze publications. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn of the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”*  When I teach students about mindfulness I explain that it is an important part […]

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Graciously re-posted courtesy of Gurze Publications. When I interviewed Dr. Craig Johnson of the Eating Recovery Center in Denver in 2010, he told me a surprising statistic: “The average adolescent patient coming in for eating disorder treatment is reporting an average of 4.2 hours of sleep per night.” According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens […]

From Darkness to Light — What Hurricane Sandy Taught Me

 On Sunday night, October 28th, my fiance and I were driving back from Chicago to our apartment in New York City in the hopes of beating the storm — a record-breaking 900 mile wide hurricane called Sandy. We didn’t want to be stranded away from our apartment, but we also didn’t want to be in […]

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