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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.

This Does Not Belong to Me

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | May 16th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmations, attachment, belonging, chant, consciousness, Cynthia James, dream, dreams, freedom, human experience, john of god, love, moment, negative energy, negative life experience, old energy, old thought patterns, old ways of being, path to freedom, peace, processing, reject, struggle, suffer, thoughts, truth, unconscious connection

I have known for some time that negative or challenging energy is not part of me. At any given moment, I can choose to accept or reject something into my life, and I have often told my students that they do not have to accept old energy and thought patterns into their lives.

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

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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.

New Year’s Wishes for You

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: 2011, affirmation, affirmations, beauty, blessings, change, christmas, faith, freedom, future, gratitude, growth, Hanukkah, holiday, HOPE, intention, journal, joy, life, love, meditation, new year, peace, prayer, Relationships, season, spirituality, thankful, thanks, universe, wishes

 Smiling woman in winter clothing holding a coffee mug

Happy Holidays,

As we moved toward the end of this year, I really began to contemplate how I, personally, wanted to end 2010.

Start the New Year Fresh: Clean Out Unwanted Emotions

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, emotions, end of year, freedom, give thanks, grace, gratitude, happiness, intention, joy, manifests, new year, pain, peace, sadness, thoughts

For some, the holiday season is a time of joy, family and celebration. For others, this is a time of profound sadness — wrought with pain and suffering from failed relationships, financial challenges, job dissatisfaction and self-worth issues. Today I want to share a tool to help you or someone you love transform feelings of depression by looking at circumstances as gifts.

3 Ways to End This Year with Grace

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 9th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, end of year, freedom, give thanks, grace, gratitude, happiness, intention, joy, manifests, new year

As I move into the ending of this year, I am filled with such a sense of wonder and expectancy. I stand in perfect gratitude for all that has transpired and give thanks for my willingness to grow.

I went to an annual “High Tea” with some ladies who I love, and we shared our gratitude for the year and what we were opening to in the new year. We came up with three things that we wanted to carry forward.