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Do Bike Helmets Create More Harm Than Good?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bikes, biking, family, freedom, gaiam, go green, helmets, safety

As a child, my bicycle meant freedom: the freedom to get where I wanted to go quickly, and the freedom to roam, to explore, to savor. Nowhere in my childhood mostly spent on two wheels was there a helmet.

Are Your Kids Addicted to Technology?

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | January 13th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: advice, cell phone, children, family, family life, iPad, tablets, technology, unplugging

boy and computer

Does this sound familiar? A reader wrote:

Once my sons are on the computer or playing video games, I can’t get them to come to dinner or practice piano. They say they aren’t hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do?

Signed,

Tech’s Taken Over

Stop the Madness: Choose Mindfulness Over Perfection This Holiday Season

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: calm the mind, family, friends, holiday season, holidays, hosting, in the moment, Jon Kabat-Zinn, meditation, mind, Mindfullness, perfect holiday, perfection, practice saying no, present moment awareness, silence, slow down, stillness, stress, The National Science Foundation, to-do list, unity, voluntary simplicity, Wherever You Go There You Are, witness thoughts, Yoga

I’m just going to say it … I think the holiday season needs a radical overhaul.

We see ads for the perfect holiday meals, served in a lovely setting where everyone is smiling, especially the gracious host. Truth is, in order to achieve this type of perfection, we nearly kill ourselves with stress trying to get that end result.

I’m sure your mind, like mine, is kicked into high gear this time of year to attend to the million things you have to accomplish between now and January first, but time is limited and your body begins to suffer. It will only be a short time before insomnia and exhaustion set in. Instead of enjoying our time with loved ones, we can wind up emotionally unavailable and stressed out.

Home for the Holidays: How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: candles, clutter, comfort, company, decor, entertaining, family, friends, guests, holiday season, home, hospitality, house, hugs, music, party, winter

Holiday candles and holly on the mantle

The holidays are a festive — and often frantic — time of year, with family and friends gathering together. The setting for all these celebrations takes place in our homes, where creating comfort for our guests is the primary focus.

May: A Month for Mothers

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | April 24th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: Chaske Spencer, communication, daughter, DVD club, family, Fetch, films, Gil Birmingham, grandmother, In Transit, Korinna Sehringer, May, mother, motherhood, mothers-day, movies, Native American, OMG, Q’orianka Kilcher, Shouting Secrets, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Simon

What does the idea of “family” mean to you?  Spiritual Cinema Circle’s May film selections explore family, identity and home.

In the short film OMG, a teenage girl and her grandmother learn to communicate in the modern age, with hilarious results. In Transit shows a touching encounter between strangers at a bus stop who find they have more in common than they think. And Fetch is the story of a young boy who is trying desperately to find his mother.

Free Seminar! Beyond Addiction: Recovery 2.0

Tommy Rosen by Tommy Rosen | February 18th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: alcohol addiction, beyond addiction, childhood obesity, destructive behaviors, drug addiction, drugs, family, field of addition, food addiction, freedom, friends, getting clean, heart disease, lies, life beyond addiction, lying, medical pandemics, meditation, modalities of recovery, money addiction, optimal health, recovery 2.0, sex addiction, stress management, Tadasana Festival, the recovery diet, the twelve steps, Tommy Rosen, twisted thinking, type 2 diabetes, vibrant life, Yoga

tommy rosen

What is addiction? How does it feel to be an addict? What does it look like? Is there a way out, a place BEYOND ADDICTION? These critical questions and the way we answer them make the difference between living a life enslaved to destructive behaviors and one of freedom and expansion.

Most people are familiar with addiction to drugs or alcohol, but addiction takes many forms and it is everywhere around us, all the time. At its very core, addiction is any behavior you continue to engage in despite the negative consequences it brings. If we take the time to really look at ourselves and at the world around us, we don’t have to look hard to see it. Addiction is the root of some of the biggest challenges our society faces today. For example, the medical pandemics of childhood obesity, type 2-diabetes and heart disease are preventable lifestyle diseases driven in large part by addiction.

As an addict you feel stuck, incapable of giving up that thing that you “need” to survive, to function. It twists your thinking, your experience of the world. Addiction leaves you lying to your friends, to your family, to yourself. Being an addict is like being in a small dark room where the only exit seems to be locked from the outside.

The truth is that there is a way out, a way BEYOND ADDICTION. Though neither easy, nor a road one travels alone, a life beyond the grips of addiction is very real. At one time I was stuck in that downward spiral, but after 21 years of recovery I am living proof that an expansive and vibrant life beyond addiction can and does exist.

‘Social Media’ Your Way to Health and Fitness

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | February 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: at-home workouts, birds of a feather flock together, circle of friends, clean eating recipes, diet, engage, exercise challenge, exercise classes, exercise habits, exercise schedule, facebook, family, friends, get motivated, healthy habits, healthy living, inspirational photos, instagram, interact, low calorie recipes, meals, old friends, paleo diet, participate, personal support group, pinterest, quinoa, smartphone photos, social, social interactions, social media platforms, social networking, socially, tweet, twitter, twitter chats, urge to eat, visual cookbook, weight loss groups, YouTube

Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with friends and family.

Interestingly, people who spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Remember the old saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’?

But there’s a positive side to our desire to conform socially. Find the right circle of friends — your own personal support group — and sticking to an exercise schedule or diet becomes easier. Hence the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

Furthermore, research demonstrates that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise and more pounds shed and kept off over the long term.

Don’t have access to a local support group? Make your own via one of the following social media platforms:

Gratitude for Food: Why I Fasted on Thanksgiving

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | November 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: dinner, eating, empathize, empathy, family, fast, fasting, feast, food, food bank, friends, grateful, gratitide, holiday, homeless, hungry, mindful, mindfulness, poor, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, Thich Nhat Hanh

Fasting

I love good food and celebrations with family and friends. Which makes Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays — it serves up both in spades!

But this Thanksgiving, I did something a little different. Rather than filling my belly with the usual feast, I decided to observe a day of fasting, which I followed up with a donation to our local food bank.

That’s right: a no-food Thanksgiving!

4 Ways to Have a More Peaceful Evening

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 27th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Relationships | tags: back, bed, bedtime, body, breath, breathe, car, channel surfing, children, cleaning, cooking, couch, decompress, evening, family, floor, happy, intention, Internet, kids, meditate, meditation, mind, night, parenting, peaceful, pillow, relax, relaxing, rest, sleep, spine, stress, stressful, transitions, TV

Peaceful Evening

In theory, evening is a glorious time of day — a time to eat and spend time with loved ones and then unwind before bed. In reality, though, it’s often a stress fest – feed the kids, put the kids to bed, answer some emails, fall into bed. Or simply lost time – eat whatever, channel surf, cruise the Internet, then look up and wonder how it got to be 11:30 already.

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to transform your evening hours into the respite they ought to be. Here are four of my favorite tips for a peaceful evening. I’d love to hear yours!

An Attitude of Gratitude

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | November 20th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: American Red Cross, attitude, beauty, blessings, Blood Donor, breast-cancer, children, family, give thanks, good health, grateful, gratitude, heart disease, high blood pressure, joy, karma, laughter, mantra, meditation, mindfulness, moment, Platelet Donor, Red Cross, simple pleasures, sister, stroke, thanksgiving, whale watching

Boy jumping in puddleBy The FIRM Master Instructor Marguerite O’Brien

While I try to be mindful of the blessings in my life and give thanks on a daily basis, there are times when I am humbled by life’s circumstances and my gratefulness is magnified. I’ve had several experiences recently that I wanted to share with you, in hopes that they will inspire you to take a moment to be present to what is going on around you and give silent thanks for every blessing.