It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us. 

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Easy Steps To Unlock Wellness From Within

Good health is a blessing, but most people end up looking at fad diets, expensive supplements, and gym programs to achieve wellness. You will be surprised to know that wellness lies within, and all you need to do is unlock it. Just a few steps are enough to be physically and mentally healthy without spending a fortune. But unlocking mental wellness from within requires the right perspective. Here are some easy steps you can follow to find that perspective and achieve ultimate well-being.

Love your body

The road to wellness starts with a healthy body. You must give your body all the love and care it deserves. A holistic diet plan that matches your nutritional needs is the best place to start. Steer clear of things that harm, such as alcohol, smoking, sugar, and processed foods. Periodic cleanses with detox routines also help. Loving your body is as much about exercise as well. Pick workouts that work for you, and you will feel healthy from within.

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Fighting COVID-19 Anxiety With Yoga as Society Reopens

Many people are chomping at the bit for society to reopen. However, if you are among those with an autoimmune condition or another disorder and run a high risk of complications from infection, you might have valid fears.

The stress doesn’t benefit your overall health and may put you at risk of a painful flare. What can you do to tame your tension? Here’s how to fight COVID-19 anxiety with yoga as society reopens.

1. Tune Out Instead of Turning Into the News

Often, people exacerbate their anxiety by spending too much time on social media or watching the news. While you want to be informed, the chances are that you won’t miss any breaking developments if you silence your phone alerts and turn off CNN.

Yoga offers you the ideal alternative. You can find tons of free videos on YouTube, and you can watch and follow along on the big screen if you have a smart TV or a streaming device. Make a brief workout — you can find those as short as five minutes — an alternative way to unwind from your workday instead of flipping to the latest broadcast.

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Self-Care – The Most Important Thing You Can Do

Have you heard someone say, “Self-care is the most important thing you can do?”

Perhaps… You perceive that self-care seems impossible because you feel like you are constantly on the run. You simply don’t have time for self-care.

When we’re constantly on the run, we outrun the experience of Self as a loving, present being that is fully abundant and capable of success. What happens In the process of constantly running is, we miss our greatness. The part of us that is capable of manifesting what we seek.

Perhaps you desire for life to be different, yet believe you have to keep up the pace.

If the idea of self-love, of feeling love, or the ability to take time to care for yourself seems elusive in your life… There’s a reason and, as irrational as it may seem to your thinking mind, that reason is not simply because you are busy with your family, your job, your household chores, or your lengthy to-do list. 

When we keep running, there are certain energies that feel unfamiliar to us. Energies such as being seated in a state of abundance, well-being, and okayness.

We equate those kinds of feelings—well-being, okayness, or loving presence—at the opposite end of a spectrum. A spectrum where on the other end we perceive “being successful is…” when we acquire things or accomplish our goals and desires.

Imagine how different your life would be as you consciously allow light to become love with every breath you take.

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Are You Saying “Yes” to Celebrating Life?

Celebration is our natural state, yet sometimes we forget or that knowingness gets buried in the day-to-day of what we call “life.”

Perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way, because when you show up on a yoga mat (or in a chair), you are showing up for life in a celebratory way.

Humor me a moment before you run away at the mention of the word yoga. Whether you’ve never set foot on a yoga mat, have limited mobility, or have been doing yoga for decades, almost everyone, including you, can practice BodyAwake® Yoga.

Yes, it is a yoga practice, but it’s not simply moving the body into positions (asana or poses). It’s about the invisible. It’s about…

  • Intention and where you focus it 
  • Breath and sensing the invisible energy that is You  
  • Expanding by consciously meeting the contracted places 
  • Training the mind to serve the heart 
  • Anchoring the Soulful Self in the core of the body 

Which is what “life” here on Earth is about. It’s about finding and fully revealing the True Self, here.

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How To Heal Psychological Lockdown

While the physical pandemic has gained all the headlines, and people are coming out of lockdown with renewed optimism and energy, everyone needs to come out of the psychological pandemic that has gained much less publicity. What makes the emotional costs of this “parallel pandemic” worse is that it potentially affected everyone who was in lockdown.

Research shows that Americans have suffered emotionally during the pandemic, and you didn’t have to catch the virus to feel anxious or depressed. Both have dramatically increased around the world. No one can calculate the potential costs when mental health is so widely affected, but you can be part of the healing.

It’s an invaluable role for meeting an urgent need—needless to say, there aren’t enough professional therapists to fill the need, and there’s always the lingering hesitation even to admit that you or someone close to you is suffering emotionally.  Shame and the fear of being seen as “not normal” are powerful inhibitors.

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How Can Cannabis Promote Mindfulness?

Mindfulness, although an old age concept, has quite become mainstream lately. The University of Massachusetts was the first to introduce a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), ever since mindfulness has been a point of interest for many researchers. Over the years, many pieces of research and anecdotal studies have documented the benefits of mindfulness on our physical and mental health.

While practicing mindfulness techniques is relatively straightforward, it may not be as easy to incorporate as they may seem. It requires you to maintain awareness of the internal and external environment by keeping your thoughts still. For beginners, it may be pretty overwhelming to preserve the stability of feelings and emotions. Hence an external aid like cannabis can be quite beneficial. If you wish to explore how cannabis can help with your mindfulness practice, here is a brief of everything it does for you.

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Are Tomatoes Good for You?

Tomatoes are popular today, but that wasn’t always the case. Until the mid-1800s, people in the United States and Europe avoided and even feared them. Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family of plants, which many Europeans historically considered to be toxic. (To be fair, eating the leaves and berries of one of the members of this family, Belladonna, will give you hallucinations and delirium if they don’t kill you first.)

Add the strong aroma of the tomato plant itself, and the scandalously red skin and juices, and those not familiar with the tomato’s culinary upsides might be forgiven for thinking that it was not fit for human consumption.

Early tomato marketing in the US didn’t help. A gardener from Massachusetts described them as “disgusting” sometime in the 1820s. Another chronicler of public opinion estimated that no more than 2% of the population would try that “sour trash” a second time following initial exposure.

It wasn’t just that tomato was an acquired taste that the populace hadn’t acquired. There was downright terror of tomatoes through the middle of the 19th century. One myth, widely believed in Europe, was that the mere touch of the green tomato worm could result in death.

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How Ayurvedic Herbs Work

From being unknown in the West, the past twenty years have seen a rise of popularity in the West for Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India. From an Ayurvedic perspective, disease originates in the digestive tract. A potential disorder is identified during the first stage of imbalance as it develops in the gut.  Considering the huge interest that has developed around the microbiome, Ayurveda has for centuries looked to the digestive tract as the root cause of disease, and the location of prevention and cure.

Medicinal herbs play a key role in the Ayurvedic treatment plan. They’ve now caught on throughout integrative medicine, but how do they work? Herbs might promote therapeutic benefits via a variety of mechanisms, not all of them known or even discovered yet. The known mechanisms are already quite intriguing. They include the direct absorption across the intestinal lining into the bloodstream, taste receptor signaling on both the tongue and intestinal walls, bacterial metabolism in the gut, and secretions of various health-promoting products called postbiotics by the intestinal microbes upon breaking down the herbs.

If you are attracted to the herbal applications of Ayurveda, looking into how they work is fascinating. It is also chemically complex, much more than the word “herb’ usually implies—Ayurvedic herbs potentially yield a host of medicinal properties with far-reaching effects on multiple targets and body systems. Their complexity stands in stark contrast to drugs that affect single targets. Therefore, many herbs commonly used in Ayurveda are adaptogens: they have the chemical“intelligence,” based on their complexity, to perform multiple services for the body.

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How to Start an At-Home Yoga Practice

What a bright day it is for several postures!

Many people perceived fitness to be all physical as that was the only way it was understood to be. On the contrary, being fit involves lifting weights or doing cardio, but your diet plays a massive role in the overall results. The introduction of meditation and mindfulness through yoga has made it possible for many people to practice fitness with a different approach. So before we get the details on how you can begin home yoga practice, let’s get the basics.

  • Yoga Practice

Yoga is a combination of spiritual, physical, and mental disciplines and practices that trace their origin to ancient India. It’s among the six orthodox philosophical schools of Hinduism. Yoga is broad, and the patterns are shared within Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. However, the schools, goals, and practices differ in all three beliefs. In these modern times, and precisely in the Western world, people practice modern hatha yoga and yoga exercises done in the form of asanas or postures.

  • Benefits and Importance of Yoga Practice

The practice of yoga is packed with a lot of benefits. This is probably why many people out there prefer it to the regular gym sessions of lifting weights. Some of the general benefits of yoga that you should know about include;

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Never Alone Summit: The Emergence Of A New Mental Health Paradigm

No crisis in recent memory has shown us the urgent need for a new approach to mental health like the Covid pandemic. The post-pandemic future can be a transformation of humanity on a global scale. A new paradigm of mental health offers the possibility of an awakening of the human family.

The past year of pandemic has exacted deep emotional costs in the form of social isolation, anxiety, grief and fear of the unknown. It’s been tough for parents and children, for front-line workers and teachers, for each of us. Yet this very experience may turn out to be the opportunity we so often find in crisis – the emergence of a new mental health culture.

People are talking more openly about their feelings. Empathy has emerged out of distress, because no one has been immune from feeling anxious, depressed, and vulnerable. We know without a shadow of a doubt that we need each other. Self-care is expanding to embrace everyone.

If the pandemic offers a silver lining, it is this.

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5 Ways Cannabis Helps Improve Your Health

For ages, humans have been taking various substances to keep themselves healthy. What’s shocking is that many of these substances only give placebo effects. In addition to that, some of them can even give you adverse side effects. That said, one of the most beneficial substances to improve your health is cannabis.

When you hear cannabis, you would most likely think about the misconceptions surrounding this substance. Sadly, many people take these misconceptions to be true. Luckily, scientists have conducted many studies to prove these misconceptions wrong. Although many governments banned the use and production of this substance, they have since begun to reverse their bans. For example, medical cannabis has been legal in California since 1996.

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Viruses, Vaccines and Aliens: A Screenplay

FADE IN
EXT. OUTDOOR RESTAURANT PATIO - DAY

Our protagonist is found sitting in the outdoor patio of a restaurant near his home, enjoying a beer. It has been more than a month since his second COVID vaccination. He feels liberated. The sun is out. Spring has arrived in the Great Northwest— at least for a day or two.

Two women sit at a nearby table, having a loud discussion that our man can’t help overhearing.

    WOMAN #1
My understanding is that these vaccinations can change our DNA. I took them because it was the only way I felt like I would get to see my aging mother and she had taken hers. Now I’m scared to death that my DNA has been altered.

    WOMAN #2
I’ve read quite a bit on this and understand that the two vaccines that alter our mRNA are simply sending messages to the DNA. They don’t actually change the DNA. And their impact is relatively short term, stimulating the body to boost its own process.

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Judging Yourself Can Lead To Sexual Addiction

Nicholas consulted with me because of problems he was having in his marriage. He was very distressed that his wife, Kayla, never wanted to have sex with him.

In the course of our work, it became apparent that Nicholas was very judgmental of himself. Throughout a day he was constantly telling himself how inadequate he was. “You certainly messed that up.” “You are such a jerk.” “You never do anything right.” “What’s the matter with you?” His wounded self was totally in charge, trying to have control over getting Nicolas to do everything right in order to get others’ approval.

The ubiquitous self-judgment meant that his inner child felt constantly abandoned, which created intense aloneness and emptiness within Nicholas. This made Nicholas dependent upon others to fill him up and make him feel good.

He was especially dependent on his wife…

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Your Healing Power Is Within You

In the present times, or we could almost say that, in most of the times, mankind is constantly looking for healing. Living a full life is simply a potpourri of pleasure and pain. To get over the pain, we need healing, and for this we need to make a conscious effort.

WHERE IS THE HEALING POWER
This is a vital question, and is of deep concern to everyone. The healing power is definitely not coming from a source away from us. It is lying deeply embedded in our own subconscious. The true healer is our own subconscious power. The doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists, are mere facilitators. It is for us to go deep within, and access our own power.
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Psychological Immunity: An Essential Part Of Wellness Today

We all know the importance of physical immunity, the body’s ability to resist disease and ward off invaders. But what is psychological immunity? It is the ability of the mind to resist disease, ward off emotional toxins, and endure the pendulum swing of gain and loss, joy and sorrow, attraction and repulsion. If your psychological immunity is strong, you also have mental stamina, which is associated with steady concentration and having no memory loss with age.

Medicine has been slow to recognize that non-physical immunity exists.  The focus has been on the physical pathogens like bacteria and viruses that abound in the external world. But over a century ago Freud wrote about the “psychopathology of everyday life,” from which everyone needs protecting. Mental pathogens are invisible but potent, beginning with the universal experience of negative emotions like fear, anger, hatred, greed, and jealousy.

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Meet Moringa: What Is This Transformative Superfood Good For?

I want this article to start a different kind of food revolution. You see, when I write about foods you might want to include in your diet, I generally focus on those that you can easily obtain: fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, legumes, and so on.

Today, I want to convince you to pay attention to one of the most nutritious and eco-friendly plants ever studied, even though the only way you can get it in most parts of the US and Europe is as a powdered supplement. Why? Because not only is the moringa tree an incredible source of nutrition, it also has the potential to reverse global warming, provide food for the starving, create thriving agricultural economies in some of the poorest places on earth, and even remove toxins from drinking water.

So, I hope you’ll indulge me a little until there’s enough of a market to get the attention of entrepreneurs, importers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and environmental and justice-oriented nonprofits to make moringa wide-spread.

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Hidden Costs of the Pandemic

Feelings of loneliness can be very hard to deal with. Modern society has had a tendency to isolate us from one another even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but since its arrival feelings of isolation and loneliness have gone off the scale.

Hundreds of millions of people have lost their livelihood due to the shutdowns. The divorce rate has gone up, as has the suicide rate. While we know COVID-19 has caused 2.8 million deaths worldwide, including almost 550,000 in the US, researchers are just beginning to look at the cost of increased loneliness as a result of government lockdowns. These costs are particularly high among the elderly and those who live alone.

For more than a million residents of nursing homes, the lockdowns themselves have been devastating,” the New York Times reported. “Cut off from family and largely confined to their rooms, many residents lost weight and saw ailments worsen. Some grew increasingly confused. Others sank into depression and despair.”

For more than a year, health officials have told the public to wear masks and stay at least six feet apart to slow the spread of the virus. But wearing masks and being unable to share simple touch also comes with a cost.

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10 Ayurvedic Hacks for Getting Grounded and Relieve Stress

The phenomenon of being grounded involves being centered, focused, embodied, and in better control of all of your faculties. It is a helpful state of being for reducing anxiety, dealing with depression, and addressing trauma.

Walk in the Grass in Bare Feet

Take off your shoes and allow the soles of your feet to come in contact with the sand, grass, rocks, or soil.

People who talk about the phenomenon of earthing describe the electron transfer between living systems and the electromagnetic field of the earth. That may sound a bit esoteric, but research does confirm the antioxidant effects of walking barefoot on the earth. Some of the additional benefits include stimulation of reflexology points on the feet as well as articulation of the joints of the foot and the benefits of the massaging action of walking barefoot on the fascia and other tissues of the feet.

Forest Bathing

The Japanese name for this practice is Shinrin-Yoku. Distinct from hiking, forest bathing is the practice of simply spending time in nature without any agenda. You can be in a remote area or even a park or urban forest to experience the benefits. Find a spot you love that is easy to access and just go outside. Refrain from text messaging.

Proven stress relief comes from spending unstructured time in nature. There is a growing body of research that confirms the benefits, which include: stress reduction, improved immune system function, and a reduction in anxiety and depression.

Gardening

Just like it sounds, gardening (called horticultural therapy) has benefits in addition to eating the fresh tomatoes you have grown.

Gardening is shown to reduce depression, uplift mood, and improve memory. Some of this may be related to the effects of being outside in the sunshine and fresh air, as well as enjoying the benefits of moving and getting exercise. There is also a body of research that reveals that being exposed to soil microbes actually has a similar effect on the brain and nervous system as some anti-depressants.

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What Helps with COVID-19 Outcomes? The Foods & Nutrients You Should Know About

More than a year into the global pandemic, there’s a lot we still don’t know about COVID-19. But here’s one thing we do know: People who are obese, have hypertension, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, fare far worse if they become infected. They are much more likely to be hospitalized. And they are far more likely to die. In fact, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 94% of COVID-19 deaths are linked to other “comorbidities.” Only 6% list COVID-19 as the sole cause of death.

Since many of these comorbidities are largely preventable (and often reversible) with a whole foods, plant-based diet, it is not an exaggeration to say that the standard American diet has turbocharged the pandemic.

The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but in the first year of the pandemic, had 20% of the world’s reported COVID-19 deaths. How could the world’s wealthiest country, with arguably the most advanced (and certainly the most expensive) healthcare system on the planet, have fared so poorly?

The sober reality is that the United States has experienced the most deaths by far of any country in the world from COVID-19. The mortality rate from COVID-19 in the US is about 40% higher than in Europe. Is it a coincidence that the obesity rate in the US is also about 40% higher than in Europe? Or is it a clue to something we urgently need to understand?

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Cool that fire: Inflammation

“Inflammation” is one of those health words that is bandied about all the time… but do we really know what it means?

We think of swelling and the color red… we know it’s not a good thing, and that we want less of it… but the rest is a bit mysterious.

After my recent online Kitchen Chat about Fighting Cancer -- with Food! (you can get the recording here), one attendee wrote, “I wish you could have spent a whole hour talking about inflammation!” Quite right. It’s THAT important. Especially how FOOD fits in, and how we can use food to tone inflammation down.

Let’s take a look.

First, definitions. At it’s best, inflammation is a normal response of the body to injury and infection and an important component of healing.

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Join Panache Desai each weekday morning for support in reconnecting to the wellspring of calm and peace that lives within you and that has the power to counterbalance all of the fear, panic, and uncertainty that currently engulfs the world.

Designed To Move You From Survival and Fear to Safety and Peace. Available Monday - Friday. Meditation begins at 9 AM.  Access early to hear Panache's monologue -  around 8:30 AM. 

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