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October: Communication and Imagination

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | September 25th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: Alby Hurwit, communication, DVD club, emotional baggage, films, imagination, Imagine, Marilu Henner, memory, movies, music, October, Portugal, Relationships, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Simon, symphony, The Gambling Man, What is That?

Our films for this month focus on communication and imagination. In the high-concept short Baggage, a young man reclaims some emotional baggage he thought he had left behind for good. In The Gambling Man, we visit the inspiring real-life story of Alby Hurwit, a retired doctor who pursues his life-long dream to compose a symphony. And in What is That?, a father and son learn to reconnect.

Motivation for Your Yoga Practice

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 8th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: alive, Big Happy Day, body, boost immune system, cancer, celebrate being alive, celebrate life, coach, compassion, daily yoga practice, dedicate, Dedication, discipline, exercise, Fitness, friendship, Hillary Rubin, inspiration, lost loved one, memory, motivation, move in your body, movement, muscle of discipline, no presssure, presence, video, wellness, Yoga, yoga mat

Wellness pioneer Hillary Rubin encourages us to stay motivated to make it to the yoga mat — and to practice compassion for ourselves on the days when we don’t. One of her favorite motivators? Dedicating your daily yoga practice to someone or something that inspires you.

Can Knitting Give You a Runner’s High?

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | July 9th, 2012 | 22 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: brain health, brain structure, cognitive function, craft, crafting, crafting and exercise, crafting and fitness, depression, dopamine, endorphins, exercise, Fitness, hormones, knit, knitting, learning, meditation, memory, mind, mood, neurotransmitters, prefrontal cortex, runner’s high, running, serotonin, sleep, workout

Knitting and Exercise

At first glance, crafting and exercise would seem to have little in common. One involves moving your body to improve health and fitness, the other moving your hands to create with paper, needles, paint or yarn.

Yet both activities have important, complementary effects on mood and cognitive function.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: break up, breakup, change, emotions, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Film, forget, heartache, heartbreak, Hollywood, letting go, love, memories, memory, movie, pain, Relationships, romance, Stephen Simon

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindFrom time to time, I will highlight a classic film that some — maybe even many — people might have missed. Or forgotten. Or maybe you did see it, and forgot that you asked for it to be erased it from your memory?

Imagine:

Your heart has been broken in a love relationship that ends.

Someone offers you the chance to literally erase that relationship — that person — and everything about it and them from your memory forever.

Would you do it?

Should you do it?

COULD you do it?

Such is the provocative premise of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from 2004.

Animal Memories: Should Wildlife Research Methods Be Changed?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | June 30th, 2010 | 6 Comments
topic: Eco Travel | tags: africa, bird banding, birds, China, crows, dogs, elephant, Gay Bradshaw, India, memory, memory formation, poaching, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, The Kerulos Center

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There’s a great story that my mom used to tell regarding her family’s dog. It involved her brother, who was at the time a young man just returning from three long years in the Pacific theater during World War II. When he stepped out of the car and onto the lawn, the dog walked up to greet him, took a good look and a sniff and then began to jump and dance around uncontrollably. She did that for about 30 minutes straight. When she finally settled down, it wasn’t two minutes before she got up and expressed her joy all over again. She repeated this 30-to-two-minute cycle for the remainder of the day.

Listen to Your Body Talk: How Yoga Can Release Pent-Up Emotions

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | September 11th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: emotions, exercise, memory, pain, painful past, stored emotions, trauma, unprocessed emotion, Yoga

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A few weeks ago during my Core Integration Immersion, my students did a partner exercise where they had to consciously release their hip flexors and inner thighs while a partner supported their legs. One woman, Anna (not her real name), was unable to “let go.” Her inner thighs grabbed each time they were supposed to release. She was quite confounded by the bizarre tension that seemed to have a mind of its own in her inner thighs and hips.