Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment…

The Power of the Smile

There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the range of emotions smile depict. Experts including anthropologists, biologists and psychologists agree, the smile is recognizable worldwide and can be viewed as…

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships

The Oxford Happiness Inventory and a battery of personality measures were completed by 171 subjects. The results showed predicted positive correlations for happiness with satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and sociability and negative correlations of happiness with embarrass-ability, loneliness, shyness, and social anxiety. Four predictors (satisfaction with life, shyness, loneliness, and sociability) accounted for 58% of…

Deeper Relationships

As Winter Solstice approached I carefully considered what I wanted to leave behind and what I want to achieve in 2012.  In 2011 I was able to achieve my health and wellness goals. I had an unexpected opportunity to work side-by-side with my husband by traveling down a  path with heart that drew us closer…

Live in Joy, Peace and Love

Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections…

Set Yourself Free

You are responsible for where you are in life at  this moment – what you think about yourself and others and how you feel and whom you choose to share your life with.  Stress is literally a killer and if you are unsatisfied with the way things are now, you  can choose to take personal…

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Creativity in the Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” The intensity of the flow experience is…

It’s no secret

We attract those things (money, relationships, employment) that we focus on. People who are efficient in attracting positives have trained their minds to focus on their desires.

Internet relationships: When the walls fall down

A 45-year-old executive finds he’s no longer able to sleep at night so he’s, chatting online with female internet addicts like himself for hours on end.

A teacher stays up late night after night playing online fantasy games wherein she slays an imaginary foe.

A single mom homemaker turns on the computer when the kids go to bed. When they wake up, she’s still there, talking about sex and relationships in an online chat room.

Self-acceptance

Claudette Rowley: So many of us use common beliefs and actions to cover up accurate, positive views of ourselves. Consider the following behaviors. Do you: Let other people assign value to you? Don’t. You’re the only person who can decide what you’re worth. Try to control others’ perceptions of you, even though you know this…

Who owns blog comments?

Don’t fence me in When I was young I was a competitive, rugged individualist. I rejected the ‘parallel thinking’ and ‘lateral thinking’ approaches that I was naturally inclined towards using. My family members, school teachers and employers placed a strong reliance on competition, within a structured environment replete with rules and regulations. I struggled to…

Meditation Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

A revered contemplative practice for centuries, meditation has recently inspired research into its therapeutic value for everything from anxiety disorders to heart attack prevention. A painful, progressive autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a high risk of depression — double the risk of the healthy population, by conservative estimates — and various forms of…

Your Brain’s Pattern

Your Brain’s Pattern Your mind is a multi dimensional wonderland, with many layers. You’re the type that always has multiple streams of though going. And you can keep these thoughts going at any time. You’re very likely to be engaged in deep thought – and deep conversation. What Pattern Is Your Brain? Go ahead take…