ON THE PLAYLIST: Mantras For Your Soul

ON THE PLAYLIST: Mantras For Your Soul

We’ve published reading lists, now it’s time to feed our souls with music that can assist us in our healing. A mantra, in sanskrit, literally means “a thought, thought behind speech or action”. Man - meaning thought, translates in the English language as “mind”. While there are many mantras that often use a language that may not be familiar to us, I have recently come across a few albums that help make grounding and setting my intentions for the day so much more easy. Here they are:

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On The Reading List: The Art of Healing

On The Reading List: The Art of Healing

As a health practitioner there are a few books that I really do appreciate from other experts. Perhaps this is because of my background in interdisciplinary studies that I discover how much richer a practice can become when fused with other techniques. The Art of Healing by Bernie Siegel, M.D. is one of those books. Written in '70s, Siegel pours age old wisdom into The Art of Healing by incorporating psychological techniques with his medical practice. How? Through projective tests or what we commonly know as drawings. 

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4 Signs That Tell You It's Time to See a Mental Health Professional

4 Signs That Tell You It's Time to See a Mental Health Professional

Thinking of seeing a professional, but can't seem to decide if what you're going through is worth the trip? Perhaps you may feel that despite the gravity of your situation, you still manage to get by. It's always good to know that somehow we're still chugging along, right? So how do we know when it's gotten pretty bad and it's time to see a mental health professional? Here are four signs to look out for:

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How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

How Are We Addressing Anxiety?

With the rise of anxiety, depression, and worse, suicide, in our country today, it is apparent that the work of psychiatry and psychology are even more important in the health care setting.  How can we better train our practitioners to look for the signs and symptoms that will help individuals take concrete steps to protecting their mental health? Instead of cancelling out their experience or downplaying it? 

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I Integrated Mobility into My Daily Meditation, Here's What Happened:

Just when I thought that I had the formula to increased self-awareness, a few exercises on mobility seemed to have shifted my ideas on automaticity and programming.  It wasn't just about paying attention to the different muscle groups, but acknowledging my defects, that made me want to improve. Mobility, as it turns out, is meant to help you function better on a regular basis. Unlike passive stretching (widely used for flexibility), mobility looks at long-term changes in the viscoelastic properties of muscle (Stephens, et al. 2006) , and when practiced regularly, could increase muscle length. 

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Addressing Depression, Anxiety, Hypertension, and Addiction through Acudetox

Since the protocol was developed, new studies have shown hope for suicidal individuals. Today, the Indian military uses the protocol to treat officers who may have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), suicidal thoughts, and depression.  It is remarkable just how much this protocol can do as psychiatric hospitals across Northern Europe have now included this in their treatment; seeing a significant reduction in the use of benzodiazepine medication to sedate indviduals. 

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Self-Compassion as a Stepping Stone to Health Behavior Change

Self-compassion, as it turns out, demands that we go beyond our comfort zones. While compassion may seem like the complete opposite of courage, I soon learned that courage and self-compassion actually came hand-in-hand.  Research shows that self-awareness plays a huge part in developing health behavior change, but if the awareness of ourselves is generally unpleasant, then we may look to food or other concrete aspects (like cigarettes, alcohol, etc) of life instead of long-term health goals (Adams & Leary, 2007).  Through better understanding of the self, however, my research has shown that self-compassion can help us acknowledge visible flaws that we might be willing to act upon. 

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Why People Who Are More Grateful Engage in More Healthy Activities

To be honest, I spent this last week reading up on so much of it, there was no way I couldn't write about it. Gratitude, according to researchers, has been called an “empathic emotion” (Lazarus & Lazarus, 1994) because it is predicated on the capacity for recognizing the beneficial actions of other people in one’s life. This is also known as Dispositional Gratitude - the ability or life orientation to notice and appreciate what is positive in the world around them. Research shows that people who possess dispositional gratitude tend to engage themselves more in healthy activities for the reasons below:

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Shining Their Light: Madonna English talks about the power of the Gong

Author Rebecca Campbell, in her book Light is The New Black, defines lightworkers as "anyone who devotes their life to being a light in the world".  According to Campbell, they are people who "wholeheartedly make [sic] the decision to make the world a brighter place by being in it." The way I see it, lightworkers lend their light on certain issues to help the world heal. In the last 3 years, I have dedicated my time to learning more and more about the various modalities around us that can heal the psyche. Today, I am happy to start talking about more practitioners and the healing work that they do through this series that will allow them to start Shining Their Light

We begin with Madonna English

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