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Join Rev. Tracy L. Cox, B. Msc., IMM, CIMM for a guided meditation designed to assist you in healthy weight loss. Guided meditation can bring incredible benefits to everyone by helping us control our behaviors on a subconscious level. Please enjoy this free meditation, and for more information on Rev. Tracy's pastoral and spiritual caregiving services, please see her website at www.divineheartcentre.ca .
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Have a fantastic week!
Rev. Tracy Cox
Meditation is, in fact, a handy tool that is worth knowing how to do. In this fast paced, high-tech culture, it is easy to keep going, missing the finer details of life only to gain the bigger reward. As adults, we know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is the discipline required to meditate! Meditation is the slowing down of things; the clearing of the mind; paying attention to details; observing life and self; being grounded and present in the moment; being aware of the thread that makes the fabric. Meditation is awareness. In order to teach awareness, you must first become aware for yourself. Children are naturally more aware than adults so it may be easy for them to ease into the practice.
Here are some ways to teach your child to meditate. Because children naturally have a short attention span, give them activities that are fun for them to do, as well as quick, and simple.
1. Lead by example: Develop your own meditation practice. Children learn instantly if they...
Too often our morning routines are rushed and we start the day running. It is this fast paced lifestyle that can create havoc with our mental and physical health. We need to slow down and realize that we can get everything done if we pace ourselves. Creating a morning renewal activity can help you start the day on a positive note and set the foundation for a calmer, more focused and centered day. Many of us during work weeks just jump out of bed and don't take a second to get our bearings. I know you don't want to set your alarm any earlier but just 10 minutes can give you the time you need to begin a mindful morning. Here are some ideas to help you develop your own morning renewal:
- One you hit the alarm, lay on your back, open your eyes and focus on your breathing. Count each breath starting with your inhale as 1, exhae as 2 and go to 10.
- Stretch your arms above your head and turn onto your side to slowly get up.
- Put your left ankle ...
Join Rev. Tracy L. Cox, B. Msc., IMM for a guided meditation designed to help you achieve your healthy weight goals. A discussion about how meditation can help us in all areas of life will be followed by a complete guided meditation for health, prosperity and happiness, including affirmations for healthy weight loss. Rev. Tracy is a Ordained Minister and Pastoral Care provider who services clients worldwide from her Aurora Ontario Chapel. Please see her website at www.divineheartcentre.ca for more information. Connect to Source!
I frequently have clients ask about natural methods to help them sleep. Because melatonin is a hormone that is part of the human sleep-wake cycle, many people think that by taking more of it in pill form will help them to fall asleep faster or stay asleep longer. Unfortunately, that isn't exactly how melatonin works.
Melatonin, also known chemically as "N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine," is a naturally occurring compound found in animals, plants and microbes. In animals, circulating levels of the hormone melatonin vary in a daily cycle, thereby allowing the entrainment of the circadian rhythms of several biological functions.
Many biological effects of melatonin are produced through activation of melatonin receptors, while others are due to its role as a pervasive and powerful antioxidant, with a particular role in the protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA.
In mammals, melatonin is secreted into the blood by the pineal gland in the brain. Known as the "hormone of darkness" it is s...
As a therapist,I have clients ask about natural methods for mental health.
The first recorded nutritional experiment is in the Bible in the Book of Daniel. As the story goes, the king of Babylon captured Daniel and his friends during an invasion of Israel. When the king invited them to eat his rich foods and wine, Daniel and his friends declined. They explained that they preferred vegetables, beans and water in accordance with their Jewish dietary restrictions. The king agreed to allow them their diet on a trial basis. Daniel and his friends ate their diet for 10 days. Afterward, the king compared their health to that of his men who had been on the richer diet of heavy meats and wine. The king concluded that Daniel and his friends appeared healthier and were allowed to continue with their diet.
Over the course of time, scientists have continually investigated the effect diet and nutrition have on well-being. By the 20th century, scientists had used nutrition in the treatment of every...
I often have people ask me if medical m conditions can effect mental health. Certain medical problems are linked to lasting, significant mood disturbances - either the sadness or loss of pleasure typical of depression or the elation or hyperirritability seen in mania. In fact, medical illnesses or medications may be at the root of up to 10% to 15% of all depressions.
Among the best-known culprits are two thyroid hormone imbalances. An excess of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can trigger manic symptoms. Hyperthyroidism occurs in about two and a half million Americans. Hypothyroidism, a condition in which your body produces too little thyroid hormone, often leads to exhaustion and depression. This imbalance affects more than nine million Americans.
Heart disease has also been linked to depression, with up to half of heart attack survivors reporting feeling blue and many having significant depression. Depression can spell trouble for heart patients: It's been linked with slower recov...
In developing countries, up to 80% of indigenous populations rely on herbs for primary health care needs. In France and Germany, 30 to 40% of all medical doctors -- including psychiatrist -- rely on herbal preparations as their primary medicines in mental health counseling. German physicians, for example, frequently prescribe ginkgo, hawthorn, St. John's wort, horse-chestnut, saw palmetto, echinacea, valerian, ginger, garlic, and cranberry.
In Europe, herbs and herbal products are regulated in a different manner than in the United States. In 1978, the German Federal Health Agency established the German Commission E to investigate the safety and efficacy of herbal remedies.The commission studied evidence from literature, anecdotal reports, and clinical studies. In response, they developed monographs on over 400 herbs. These writings are now used worldwide as essential references on herbal therapy. The commission also established indications of how an herb is used medicinally and dosage...
As a psychotherapist, I often talk with people who have sacrificed self-care in lieu of other activities, usually work related. Many of them have either abandoned a spiritual practice or never had one. In these instances, part of my work is encouraging the development of such a practice.
It seems now—more than ever—people struggle to find meaning and significance in their lives. Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist Jack Kornfield (2001) said, “We live in disordered times, complicated, distracted, and demanding . . . Whether in prayer or meditation, in visualization, fasting, or song, we need to step out of our usual roles, out of the busy days on automatic pilot” (p. 26).
Just as there are different reasons for fasting, there are several definitions. Psychiatrist Len Sperry (2001) said fasting is used “as a means of weight loss, detoxification of the body for medical purposes, or as a spiritual practice. Done as a spiritual practice, fasting is defined ...
Fasting is a practice that almost all eating disorders sufferers participate in, using it to manage weight and gain a feeling of control. The anorectic tends to have the most extreme fasting practices, whereas the bulimic usually fasts for shorter periods. Fasting among binge eaters and food addicts is sporadic, with some individuals using it more than others.
The primary treatment for eating disorders is counseling and psychotherapy. For a psychotherapist treating someone with an eating disorder, having a thorough understanding of the practice of fasting could be a useful standard of care. Without this knowledge, it becomes more difficult to decipher the patient’s motivations and defense mechanisms pertaining to fasting. For the anorectic who has abused fasting to the brink of death, examining her bond with fasting in psychotherapy—much in the same way an alcoholic would with alcohol—could play an important role in recovery.
For patients who have not abused the pra...
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