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Recipe for a Grounded Holiday

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | November 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: animals, books, Brain function, detox, diet, food, Green Living, Grounded, health, healthy-eating, holiday season, love, meditate, nature, nutrition, read, reading, self-love, sleep, soul, thanksgiving, toxic, toxic environment, walk, Yoga, You are what you eat

The holiday season is upon us, with many of our thoughts turning to food. The popular adage “you are what you eat” is literally true, according to new research that claims a person’s diet has a profound influence on their brain function and overall health.

Just as our eating style reflects and affects who we are, I believe how and where we live reflect ‘us’ even more. Our homes are intimate expressions of ourselves. Similar to the correlation between poor diet and disease, living in a toxic environment — in any sense, physical or emotional — also impacts our health in a negative way. Luckily, the opposite is also true. By creating an environment that supports our well-being, health and happiness, our bodies and minds will respond in positive ways.

The holiday season inundates us with recipes galore (as well as stress and temptations to overindulge). To balance that, choose an ingredient (or two, or three!) from my “healthy-self’ holiday recipe below, and treat yourself to a generous helping of grounding — whatever that means to you.

5 Ways to Find Faith in Your Daily Life

Nicole Glassman by Nicole Glassman | November 15th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirm, affirmation, belief, blood sugar, career, change, coincidence, daily life, destiny, dreams, faith, fear, future, habit, happiness, happy, HOPE, ideal life, inner voice, job, letting go, light, love, mantra, miracles, money, pancreas, personal development, Personal Growth, relationship, self help, signs, success, trust

FaithIt is light in the darkest night. It brings people to their knees. It is symbolic and powerful, yet proof-less and criticized. It illuminates life and it wages war. It escapes some and captivates many. To some it is doctrine, to others it is fiction. It is faith.

Today’s definition of faith doesn’t have to relate to religion; it can be trust or belief in something without proof. But in today’s society, the invisible creates disbelief. People lack faith in all areas of their lives because they are looking for evidence. They are waiting for the ideal job, the perfect relationship and financial abundance. They are looking for something tangible — and as a result, they are still waiting. When the answer doesn’t fall into their laps they become cynical and they lose faith.

If this rings a bell, don’t worry. There are ways to find faith in your daily life. 

November: A Month of Everyday Magic

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | November 12th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: A Finger Two Dots Then Me, ballroom dance, Dame Judi Dench, Danielle Lurie, Derrick Brown, DVD club, everyday magic, facebook, films, Friend Request Pending, HOPE, inspiration, love, mail, movie, Musical Chairs, poem, poetry, postman, Relationships, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Tiny Miny Magic, trailer, videos, wheelchair

This month, the film selections from Spiritual Cinema Circle will inspire you with the power of everyday magic. The feature film, Musical Chairs, is a romantic drama about two young New Yorkers who overcome physical challenges and celebrate the beauty of dance.

Be the Change — Share a Blessing

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: 2012, affirmation, be the change, community, consciousness, December 21, end of the world, Gandhi, Global Blessing Blog, harmony, love, Mayan calendar, peace, politics, rebirth, religion, shift, spirituality, words

GandhiGandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

That statement has been moving through my mind for the past several weeks as I read comments on social media and hear so many people feeling helpless and disillusioned. It’s clear to me that we are living in a time of extreme opposites. There are people doing extraordinary work to bring peace and consciousness to the planet, while at the same time there are also people committed to war and violence.

The real question for me is “How do I want to respond and live?” I believe that we are either part of the problem or we are part of the solution. I also believe that our words have power and that what we put out in the universe eventually returns to us in some form.

So instead of being upset about the state of the world, I have decided to do something, and I would like you to join me.

Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Hopeful?

Marc Santa Maria by Marc Santa Maria | May 1st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: acceptance, attracting love, crunch gym, divorce recovery, finding love, HOPE, inspiration, love, love at any age, marc santa maria, romance, romeo and juliet, self-love

I’m a 43-year-old Romeo. Seriously. At the ripe, sweet age of 43, I’m playing the star-crossed lover in the Shakespeare classic. It was a surprise to me when the director casting this production asked me to play young Romeo. When I stop to think about it, it cracks me up. I mean, this character typically is seen as a horny, brash teenager on the brink of becoming a man and discovering true love.

Ah, true love! It’s a common enough phrase and yet I do believe it’s not actually all that common in our world.

Leap and the Net Will Appear

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 27th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, changes, choice, confidence, Cynthia James, decisions, faith, fear, Greg Louganis, HOPE, Indiana Jones, inspirational, leap of faith, life, love, risk, self confidence, self growth, self-awareness, spirituality, taking chances, trust

Taking chances

A few weeks ago I gave a talk entitled “Leap and the Net Will Appear.” I want to begin with the fact that “something in you is always calling you to dive into your greatness.” Once you do, you will discover that you have always been amazing, talented, unique, powerful, expansive, abundant and destined to live an incredible life. On some level, we always know this. The challenge is getting to a place where we leap no matter what we are currently experiencing. Here are three things to contemplate when it comes to hoping for a better life and taking chances.

What Is Hope?

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 27th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: balance, be present, emotions, feelings, fleeting, HOPE, hopeless, illusion, joy, light, lose hope, love, moment, rodney yee, Tao, Yoga

Hope Is a Feeling

Hope is a feeling, an internal movement. If seen in its proper context, hope is part of the light of joy and love that is constantly shining through and illuminating the beauty of life — the awesome dance in which we take part. There is no need to feed it or hang on to it as a distraction or a promise. Instead, strive to see it in context with all of the present moment’s thoughts and sensations. It is but a broken branch floating in the middle of the river of the Tao that we can hang on to only momentarily; however, it must not become the totality of our reality.

Under Her Skin: Pain Within and the Power of Hope

Jensy Scarola by Jensy Scarola | April 23rd, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: counseling, depression, eating disorder, HOPE, light, love, marriage, meditation, parenting, post-partum depression, reader story, Relationships, stress, suicide, The Gaiam Hope Project, therapy, Yoga, yoga retreat

Jensy

In the spring of 2007, after the birth of my second beautiful daughter, I relapsed from the eating disorder and severe depression I suffered with in college.

After six months of draining the lives of so many family and friends, I decided to receive intensive therapy once and for all. I was losing my husband, alienating friends and family members and spending days and weeks inside the house. I had two little girls to take care of and I could barely take care of myself.

Planting Hope

David Pennington by David Pennington | April 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: asparagus, bachelor, commitment, cultivate, cultivation, faith, finding love, garden, gardening, grow, HOPE, house, inspiration, love, marriage, millennials, not quite hippie, nurture, Personal Growth, planting, relationship, transformation, Yoga

AsparagusAs I watched my girlfriend plant the asparagus roots in the freshly tilled soil this past weekend, the thought finally hit me: I might yet stand a chance.

Seeds are amazingly simple in design for what they are meant to do. Soil, water, warmth and a bit of faith creates a plant that provides food, generates more seeds and nurtures the soil, all while cleaning the air and water. It was the cultivation of a few seeds that gave me a completely new perspective on absolutely everything in my life.

Yoga and Trauma: Letting the Light Shine In

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | March 30th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: 9/11, anxiety, asana, depression, faith, fear, HOPE, inner peace, Jennifer Fugo, life, light, love, post-traumatic stress, PTSD, September 11th, trauma, traumatic experience, Yoga, yoganonymous

Yoga and Traumaby Jennifer Fugo

At the ripe ol’ age of 20, I wandered into my first yoga class at the Equinox gym on 19th and Broadway in New York City.

I was attending college nearby and two roommates convinced me to go with them. Although I can barely recall the teacher and the actual class, I do remember how my body felt the next day. I had sore muscles in places that I’d didn’t even know I had muscles! Aside from a more peaceful sense of being, I loved that I could finally connect with my physical body in a way I’d not known since being an avid swimmer in grade school.

Although some people may measure the ‘greatness’ of a yoga class by the amount of sweat pouring from their body or the number of times they can leap into a handstand, I have found the value of a class far exceeds these physical feats. The deeper ‘pearls’ of wisdom to be gained from yoga are available to all practitioners  — not just the superhuman ones!