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How Breathing Affects our Emotions, Memory, and Well-Being

Breathing is not just for oxygen; it’s now linked to brain function and behavior.Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth. In the study, individuals were able to identify a fearful face more quickly if they

Speak with Love: How Words Literally Restructure Our Brains

The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” They write:“The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.”When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using
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Color Therapy: Selecting Personal Colors for Home and Healing

The use of Colour as a Therapy is a truly holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt.Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy. This light energy affects all living cells (as we all know, without light all living things are affected). Used in the right way, these different frequencies of light, i.e. colour, can
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How to Become a Mindful Massage Therapist

You already know about “mindfulness,” that buzz word that often appears in conversations about meditation and other strategies for fighting stress. It may seem that given the kind of our job as massage therapists, we would have mindfulness all figured out
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10 Lessons in Health & Wellness We Can Learn From Scandinavians

We know Scandinavians as the happiest people on Earth. Iceland, Denmark and Sweden have again ranked in the top 5 of the most livable countries on the planet. This extraordinary result is is provided by high life satisfaction, personal health, and social cohesion. To make our own lives better, happier and healthier, we can certainly learn something from the Scandinavian traditions. Below is a list of what you can do right now to improve your life.1. Try SaunaGoing to the sauna is an integral
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Theanine: a 4000 Year Old Mind-Hack

Monks have been drinking tea for thousands of years to maintain a state of “mindful alertness” during long periods of meditation. But only in the last few years have studies shed light on why tea has this effect on the mind. The two elements responsible for this are caffeine and L-theanine, and it is the combination of the two that makes tea unique from any other drink.Spare Me the Science: What L-theanine and Caffeine can do for the Mind Promote a mindful state of relaxation Increase our
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Master the Art of Concentration Using These Ancient Practices

Concentration is the method where an individual can focus on one matter by mental effort and undisturbed mind. The art of concentration is the way to develop the mind to be able to concentrate. Hindu religion and tradition has been in the forefront of developing this art, as it is the only religion besides Buddhism to prosper the art of meditation. Meditation is a form done by concentration to reach and find out the ultimate knowledge through self-observance, in spiritually thinking – being
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Life Lessons from a Man Who’s Seen More Than Ten Thousand Deaths

Rooted in the hearts of many Hindus is the belief that if you breathe your last in Kashi (Varanasi) you attain what is popularly known as ‘Kashi Labh’ or ‘the fruit of Kashi’—moksh or “release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma”.Kashi Labh Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi is one of the three guesthouses in the city where people check in to die. The other two are Mumukshu Bhawan and Ganga Labh Bhawan. Established in 1908, Mukti Bhawan is well-known within the city and
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The Art Of Quantum Jumping: How To Shift Your Reality In Big, Positive Ways

The popular expression “quantum jump” is used in common English speech to describe a leap that is big—but to physicists, quantum jumps are tiny, discrete (indivisible), and abrupt. The idea of quantum particles is that they can exist in material form at one energy level or another, but not in between. When quantum particles are observed to make a quantum jump from one state to another, scientists watch them appear to blink on and off.What are Quantum JumpsQuantum jumping is the process by which
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Mindful Eating for Weight Loss & Enhanced Life

Losing weight or eating healthy is very hard. Upon failure we think the sole reason is the food be it too high in calories, too sweet, or deep-fried. Thinking a bit more practically, we might conclude that the problem was specifically the excess of fat cells, so we try to solve the issue by turning to physical solutions like liposuction. In the long run such a solution doesn’t work out and we then blame our digestion and sign up for Vertical Banded Gastroplasty. We end up keeping to a severe
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Mindfulness Meditation: A Short Habit for Lifelong Change

We wake up thinking about our daily tasks, help our kids get ready for school while at the same time reading the news on our phones and drinking our morning coffee. On the way to work we check our emails. On the way back, we jot down the grocery list. Being back home, we start planning the next day. We don’t notice the night. We don’t remember falling asleep and with the sound of the alarm, a new day starts, and we are in repeat mode. Do we feel rested in the morning? Did we say hello to the
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