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Reducing Stress with Mindfulness

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Reducing stress with mindfulness is probably the easiest way to work with yourself in your quest to be more focused and of sound mind. I find it to be the easiest way for me to decrease the stress of the day, mostly due to the fact that virtually any activity of daily life can be approached in a more mindful way. Mindfulness is a healing and helpful way to walk through life, and it can easily become habitual. Some of my ideas follow.

 

Observe Your Thoughts

If you’re someone that has a noisy, busy mind like my own, I find I can calm it down some by the simple observance of the thoughts that pass through it. You can easily watch while racing thoughts come and go within your head for a calming effect that for me at least, seems to place me in a kind of separated way from my actual body. It’s a unique feeling in itself that creates a calmness for me.

 

Be Present

Become more aware of the present moment for an effective stress reducer that leads you from moment to moment. Whatever it is that you’re engaged in, become completely attentive to the activity. Feel all of the feelings that come with that particular activity from head to toe. This mindful activity is by far one of my favorites for getting my head in the right place. Feel the wind on your face as completely as you can, smell the flower you’re smelling…feel it’s scent permeate every cell in your nose.

 

Listen To Music

Listening to music in a mindful way is a very stress-reducing way to enjoy your favorite music. Especially because if you are listening to music that is particularly pleasant to you, naturally engaging in it is easy. Engaging completely in music is also used as a therapeutic method for helping those with anxiety and stress management. Hearing my favorite music tunes in one way I have that is sure-fire in helping me relieve stress by being mindful in a way that is natural to me.…

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How Does Eating Organic Effect Your Weight?

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If you are looking to lose or maintain your weight, is eating organic going to help? I have eaten organic food for a long time. I am sure that eating organic does affect your weight, although lightly. However, what are some of the factors that may contribute to weight loss when eating organic. However, before that what are some of the things that make organic foods organic?

For organic food to be organic it, first, it must be grown without the use of artificial fertilizers or pesticides of any kind. Natural fertilizer is acceptable, things such as eggshells, fruit skins, and dead plants. If the food comes from livestock, the animal has to be free of antibiotics or growth hormones. Finally, organic food cannot be genetically modified or treated with radiation. Now let us move on to some ways eating organic foods can help you lose/ maintain weight.

1. Organic Food Isn’t Processed
Today almost all the food we find in the grocery store has been processed, packaged, and stripped of its nutritional value. Why? To make the food last longer, stay cheaper, and taste better. When your body is robbed of the nutrition it needs, it starts storing the energy you consume in the form of fat. Organic food, however, is more wholesome and full of nutrition. When you eat wholesome foods you feel satisfied, allowing you to get the nutrition you need, without eating too much. It is a win-win situation!

2. Organic Food Does Not Have Food Additives
Food additives are substances added to food to preserve its flavour and appearance. Things such as starch in chicken to make it crispier, and fats in pastries to make them tastier are just some of the common examples. They also add salt, sugar, and thickeners. All these are definitely not good for your body in large amounts. Organic food does not contain any food additives, making it less sugary, fattening, and unhealthy.

3. Organic Food is Non-Toxic
Non-organic foods can contain toxins, which can affect your body’s state of being, making you sick, sleepy, or mood. All these can have effects on your weight and that means weight gain. Sometimes these toxins may target your weight directly, especially with fried foods and foods full of preservatives and other substances.

4. Organic Food is Associated With an Active Lifestyle
People who eat organic are thought of as active and outgoing people. Other people choosing to switch to organic might step in their shoes as well and follow suit. While this is not a direct link, when people change their diet to organic, they might start exercising just because they are starting to eat healthy.

5. Organic Foods are Often Grown Locally
If foods are grown locally, chances are if you are like me, you will walk to get your fresh produce. When food is grown locally and it is just half a kilometer from your house, you might feel a little bit guilty driving that car. When you walk you burn calories and that is one step to weight loss.

Whether or not organic food is going to be in the next wave of weight loss techniques is still yet to be answered. However, through my experiences, I have to say it definitely helped me lose and then maintain my weight!…

The Benefits of Getting Healthy with Yoga

If you searching for a new way to get healthier then try doing yoga! This is a unique practice that can improve your health in a very holistic way; meaning your mind, body and soul. Yoga is a very traditional and ancient practice that has been used by many to detox and energize the body and the mind. When practiced regularly it can bring an inner peace within a person and an increased wellbeing. Below are just some of the many benefits yoga can have on your health.
• Relax those nerves
When practicing yoga continuously, you will see a change in how your body’s nervous system functions. The techniques and positions used in yoga can calm your nervous system and reduce stress. By using different stretching poses and breathing practices of yoga, the result will be a huge relaxation of nervous system. As a result, this will also provide relief in other parts of your wellbeing such as foggy thought processes, negative emotions and sluggish behavior. In addition to this, since your nervous system is more relaxed, there is a stronger connection with your mind and body.
• Better Digestion
When it comes to digestion, several people can suffer from chronic constipation and in general a sluggish system. With the help of yoga, constipation can be greatly relieved, because yoga improves the health of the body from the inside out. With certain yoga poses, you can actually massage the inside of your digestive system thus improving flow and blood circulation. When the circulation of your digestive system has been improved, your digestive system with soon follow and improve as well. With a proper functioning digestive system your body will start to function at its optimal level, and therefore you will have more energy and fewer toxins in your system.
• Detox Detox Detox
Detoxing the body is very important and a healthy process to undertake in general. It is the best way to eliminate toxins that are festering within the body’s system. When practicing yoga on a daily basis, you will be able to enable the body to clear out toxins that are causing havoc within your body. With fewer toxins in your body, the more energy you will have to tackle on the day. The detox that yoga provides not only pertains to physical toxins in the body, but also emotional toxins and psychological toxins, perhaps it could be cleansing yourself from the bad emotions of a previous relationship, a bad friendship and negative thoughts and emotions that you yourself might be hanging on to. Yoga can help you let go of this and have peace of mind. With a clear mind you can make better decisions in life, adopt a healthier lifestyle and form more positive connections, relationships and friendships that benefit your life.
• Inside out improvement!
Get your glow on! With continuous practice of yoga, you will see a definite improvement of your body from the inside out. So besides the improvement of your digestive system, relaxation of your nervous system, and the detox benefits, you can also expect your skin to glow! Due to the increase blood circulation in your system, your metabolic rate will increase, which can lead to glowing skin and lighter body weight.
When practicing yoga, most students also adopt healthier eating habits. So instead of consuming deep fried foods, you might make a smarter choice and opt for a nice kale salad instead.
At the end of the day yoga ultimately leads to healthier lifestyle, more positive outlook and glowing skin. So what are you waiting for? Give yoga a try!…

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Meditation: Improve Your Luck

 

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To take advantage of meditation and its benefits it is important to make meditation your new daily habit, like brushing teeth. It will present challenges similar to those you experienced when embarking on a new physical exercise program. At first you notice your body is weak and can hardly cope with what is asked of it, but with time you’ll see it gets stronger, healthier. When you first start on meditation exercise you will notice disturbing restlessness in your body as you try to sit still. Restlessness in a body is a sign of neglected, untrained mind. With time you will learn to control your body better, you will be able to sit without moving a muscle for hours if you chose to. Your body will listen to you faithfully, you will learn to create and remove pain at will, make yourself happy, improve your luck, there is no limit to positive things you can do from there.

In the beginning sit straight and still on a chair with your eyes closed in a quiet place for 10 minutes twice a day, increase the time gradually. In the beginning you may have to use suggestions to quiet your body, keep repeating in your mind: I am relaxed and comfortable, I can sit without moving a muscle for hours, with time you will train your body to listen to your suggestions after the first time. As you notice your body slowly begin to relax and stop bothering you concentrate on an imaginary object, it could be anything you want, for example a book. Observe it closely in your mind, stare at it, keep it alive in your mind, this exercise will push all other thoughts and worries out of your head, but you will notice slowly they begin to creep right back, observe the thoughts like they were no longer yours without judgment and let them go as you continue to hold the book in your mind. When the thoughts relinquish you in stillness of mind you can put you attention and intention on anything you want, it will flourish and be anything you want it to be as long as it is good and positive.…

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Meditations with Sound: Relax and Enjoy Hearing with Three Simple Exercises

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Too much in modern life can be stressful. This article, the fourth in a series on meditating with the senses, explores ways to relax with sound. The following simple meditations use water, nature, music, and one’s own voice so that hearing becomes a joy.

 

Flowing Water Meditation

Running water can soothe a tired mind. The following meditation using flowing water offers the person meditating the opportunity to release his or her burdens and let the water carry them away.

  1. Sit beside a running stream outdoors, or turn on an indoor fountain situated beside a relaxing chair with ten to fifteen minutes to spare.
  2. Breathe deeply three times slowly and carefully.
  3. Now focus on the sound of the water. Is it loud or soft? How does it make you feel?
  4. Relax the body. Notice all the tension in the body. Breathe out, and visualize all the tension flowing out of the body and into the water.
  5. Breathe in deeply, and imagine the clean, coolness from the water entering your body.
  6. Repeat the process of breathing in clean water and breathing out tension for as long as desired, or until feel relaxed.
  7. When ready to finish, focus again on the sound of the water. Open the eyes, and continue with the day.

 

Relaxing Music Meditation

Music has the power to inspire, entertain, and relax. The following meditation offers an opportunity to rest with one’s favorite song or another relaxing piece of music.

  1. Select a favorite song or piece of relaxing music, such as a classical sonata or a slow ballad. If desired, choose nature sounds or other specifically relaxing music.
  2. Turn on the music and adjust the volume to be comfortable but not too loud. Darken the room, if desired, and wear a pair of headphones if in a loud area.
  3. Sit or lay in a comfortable position.
  4. Find the breath. Breathe in and out deeply.
  5. Try to coordinate the breath with the beat of the music if desired. For example, if a song is in three/four time, breathe in for three counts and then out for three counts.
  6. Imagine the self a part of the music. What is happening? Where has the music taken you?
  7. Repeat breathing with the music until the track has ended. When ready, open the eyes and get up slowly.

 

Mantra Meditation

The human voice has the power to connect people and the individual to himself or herself. The following meditation invites a person to talk to himself/herself using a meaningful phrase that promotes relaxation.

  1. Select a special word or phrase, known as a mantra, that brings the self comfort and hope.
  2. Sit comfortably, with eyes closed, and five to ten minutes to spare.
  3. Focus on the mantra in the mind. Sound out each syllable or word carefully, as though each is precious. Do not think about the mantra’s literal meaning. Instead, feel the mantra on the tongue, and let it become a part of the self.
  4. Open the mouth, and speak the mantra softly aloud. Sound out each syllable and word carefully, so that it all comes out clearly. Take a deep breath, repeat the mantra again.
  5. Vary in tone, speed, and volume until find the way to say the mantra that is most pleasing. Repeat the mantra and breathing for several minutes.
  6. When ready to end, swallow the mantra back into the mouth. Let the mantra sit on the tongue. Repeat it again slowly and carefully in the mind, and then let it go. Open the eyes, and sit up carefully.

Noise doesn’t have keep being stressful with some simple exercises to relax the body and make hearing a pleasure again.…

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Researchers Find Meditation Can Change the Brain

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Researchers have found evidence that mindfulness meditation can cause brain changes. Here is a description of their findings and a guide to getting started.

Advocates have long claimed that mindfulness meditation can improve the regular practitioner’s mental state. Now there is evidence that it may change the brain.

The study

A study included in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging found changes in grey matter concentration in brain regions associated with learning and memory, regulating emotions, self-referential processing and perspective taking as a result of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR). Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital based their findings on brain images of 16 healthy adults. The images were taken before and after the group underwent an eight-week meditation program.

What is mindfulness meditation?

According to the New York Insight Meditation Center, mindful awareness, also known as Insight or Vipassana Meditation, is the practice of living in the present moment without judgment, which over time can help the meditator cultivate a more peaceful mind and change relationships with stresses. It is developed through walking and sitting mindfulness practices where the meditator focuses on breathing, sounds from outside or inside the body or sensations. The Center said the practice dates back 2,500 years to the time of the Buddha and is mainly practised in Southeast Asia. Americans brought it to the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

How to do it yourself

While the evidence is building up about the benefits of a daily mindfulness meditation practice, incorporating it into your daily life may seem daunting. But plenty of resources are available on the web to help the beginner get started, including guided meditation podcasts, books, CDs and written directions.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is known for pioneering the clinical application of mindfulness practice in medicine. He has authored several books on the subject, including “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” available for $9.05 on Amazon.com. His guided meditations can be viewed on YouTube.

Also known in the mindfulness community are Sharon Salsberg and Joseph Goldstein, co-founders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. Both spiritual teachers have authored audio and written books on the practice. Salzberg has podcasts available through her website.

Jack Kornfield, an American Buddist teacher whose website describes him as one of the founding directors of vipassana meditation in the west, also has audio, video and meditation instructions available. Find them on his site or zencast.org.

So explore these spiritual teachers, set up a calm environment, choose the best time of day for practice and get started living in the present moment, and maybe even changing the landscape of your brain.

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Mindfulness for Children

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One of the most powerful antidotes to children’s everyday stressors is for them to develop the Buddhist notion of mindfulness, which entails paying full attention and being fully engaged in the present moment.   Mindfulness often sounds like having a conversation with yourself.  Here is an example of a teen mindfully preparing to take an exam.  “I am getting ready to take a test; I feel butterflies in my stomach; I can feel my fingers getting tense; I hear the teacher passing out papers; I hear the students rummaging for their pencils;  I am having thoughts about failing the test;  I am so stupid; I will focus on my breathing; I am breathing in through my nose; I am breathing out through my mouth; ”   The teen is observing everything in his environment  including all his senses as well as his thought processes and bodily feelings.  When he starts to perseverate and have worries about failing that are based in the future, he uses his breath to bring him back to the present moment.   Mindfulness involves bringing non-judgment to his situation as well as loving kindness.  While the teen may have automatic negative thoughts about himself, he is encouraged to notice them but not to identify with them or avoid them, but view them objectively, which ultimately allows for more clarity.  To engage with such thoughts would often involve an escalating stream of increasingly negative judgments which would take him out of the present moment.  To be kind to himself, he might say something compassionate such as “I am observing myself get stressed out about this test and saying mean things.  I have studied a lot for this test and I will put my best effort forth.  I am a hard-worker”

 

 

Children who are able to “live in the now” versus stressing about the future or ruminating about what has occurred in the past experience significant benefits.   As a result, they are better able to regulate their emotions and avoid the extremes of being bored or depressed, or on the other hand, overwhelmed and anxious as their coping style.  Children who practice mindfulness are better able to relax, show decreased levels of impulsivity, and handle conflict more readily.

All children have experienced “mindlessness.” For example, getting driven to a familiar place and not remembering passing any landmarks or exits on the way there.  Similarly, many children go about their lives performing a series of very automatic routines that they barely notice.  (i.e. getting up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, waiting for the school bus, being seated before the bell rings, etc.) where they go through the motions mindlessly.   Interestingly, mindfulness is actually inherent in very young children.  All experiences are new to them and so they attend to each new sensation and feeling. A 2 year old who stares at a dog’s shiny coat, runs her fingers through the dog’s fur, laughs when the dog licks her, and imitates the dog’s bark is engaged in the present moment.  Hence, while mindfulness is present in the very young, it must often be cultivated and practiced with most school-age children and adolescents.

Mindfulness can also be developed through children’s unstructured play as kids unconsciously practice mindfulness when they are involved in imaginative play, which can occur either with peers or playing alone.   However, as children’s lives become busier and filled with activities, mindfulness may dissipate.  Children today spend much of their time in organized activities as opposed to the unstructured, creative play which dominated their free time in the past.  Their lives are often filled with activities such as soccer games, music lessons, and after-school tutoring which leaves less time for creative, child-led play.    Unstructured play has many well-documented cognitive, social, and emotional benefits.  Parents can help their children to engage in mindful play by allowing them the time and space to do so while ensuring they are not overbooked with too many structured activities or schedule demands.

Even if you don’t teach your children any mindfulness skills, parenting with mindfulness can be very beneficial for yourself as well as your children.  As parents, we are often overwhelmed with work, errands, and a never ending to-do list.  Our culture values multi-tasking and efficiency, but unfortunately, we may inadvertently sacrifice being in the present moment with our children, as a result.  We play with them while thinking about what to make for dinner, we talk to them while planning activities for the weekend, we drive them to school while worrying about upcoming bills that need to be paid, etc.  Mindfulness may allow for a welcomed transformation in our own perspective, where we begin to experience the small parenting miracles that occur in our lives, as each moment unfolds

 

Exercise #1: Mindful Drawing   Ask your child to select an item to draw from memory (a shoe, telephone, clock, etc.).  Remind them that drawing ability is not important.  Then have  your child spend time looking at the actual object.  Have them draw the object again.  In most cases the second drawing will be more detailed then the first.  Compare the drawings and have your child identify the details missing from the first drawing.  Ask your child what it was like really looking at the object that they may have never noticed before.

Exercise #2: Mindful Eating: The Hershey Kiss Meditation

Place three Hershey kisses in front of your child (you can do this with any type of food such as grapes, apple slices, carrots, etc. as long as it is something that your child enjoys eating).  Ask your child to pretend he or she has never seen a Hershey kiss before.   You may do the exercise along with your child.  Read this script in a calm voice:

Let’s look at the Hershey kiss and pretend that we’ve never in our whole lives seen a Hershey kiss.

Pick up the Hershey kiss.  Think about how it feels between your fingers.  Notice its color.  Notice any thoughts you might be having about it.  Slowly unwrap it and listen to the sounds that makes.  Feel the texture of the foil paper and think about that sensation.  Lift the Hershey kiss to your nose and smell it for awhile.  Now slowly bring the Hershey kiss to your lips, trying to notice everything you are thinking, feeling or smelling.  Notice your arm moving your hand to position the Hershey kiss correctly.  Notice your mouth salivating as your mind and body anticipate eating it.  Take the Hershey kiss into your mouth and chew it slowly, experiencing its taste.  Hold it in your mouth.  When you feel ready to swallow, notice if your body automatically wants to swallow it.  When you are ready, pick up the second Hershey kiss and just eat it as you normally would if you weren’t practicing mindfulness.  When you finish, practice mindfulness again with the third Hershey kiss, eating it as you did the first.

After you complete the exercise, discuss with your child:

  • What it was like to eat something mindfully?
  • Did the Hershey kiss taste any different than it normally does?
  • What did you notice when you were doing this exercise?
  • How does this compare to how you normally eat your food?

 

Exercise #3: Mindful Breathing

Breathing is one of the fastest ways to bring your attention back to the present moment.  Stress and worries often take place in future moments while guilt or upsetting thoughts often transpire when we reflect on past moments.  Therefore, when we are living in the present moment, our emotions are often more centered. The practice of becoming more aware of your breathing results in slower breathing and increased feelings of calm, as it triggers the relaxation response. Take 5 to 10 minutes to practice this exercise with your child.  Have them practice mindful breathing in a comfortable environment where they can sit or recline in a relaxed position and without any distractions.   Explain  that you are going to do a relaxation exercise with them and that this may be helpful for them to use at a later point when they are feeling angry, upset, or stressed.  It would be helpful if you do the exercise alongside with them.   Together, take a deep breath in, for about 3 to 5 seconds and slowly let the air out, for about 3 to 5 seconds. With each inhale say, “In” and with each exhale say, “Out”. One breath cycle is made up of one inhale and one exhale.   Instruct your child that their mind will often wander away from their breathing and that’s okay.  When it happens, they should simply return their attention to their breathing.

In order for them to be able to use this exercise when they experiencing strong, negative emotions, they must become skilled at it during more relaxed times.  Try and practice this exercise several times a week with your child

  • Count how many breath cycles you each can do mindful breathing without getting distracted
  • Compare who had the most distracting thoughts and what were

Weeping Willow Tree Guided Meditation for Personal Strength

Weeping Willow Tree’s Strength and Flexibility Inspiration for Meditation – Amy Ivy

A weeping willow empowers personal strength and awareness in a nature-based guided meditation.

Weeping willow trees are common sights by lakes. Their pendulous branches float effortlessly in the wind, and their roots run deep seeking sustenance. For someone experiencing stress, grief, conflict, or other difficulties that prevent the self from enjoying life, imitating the willow’s flexibility and persistence may increase self-empowerment.

Preparing for the Weeping Willow Guided Meditation

Set aside ten to twenty minutes. Minimize distractions by turning off the cell phone and putting other obligations on hold. Take off your shoes, so that your feet are either bare on in socks. Drink some water to prevent dehydration. The meditation may be performed sitting or standing, depending upon what’s more comfortable for you.

How to Meditate for Strength with the Weeping Willow Tree

Close your eyes and settle comfortably into a position where your body won’t disturb you for the following meditation:

  1. Imagine a weeping willow tree beside a lake or stream. Notice how its roots run deep into the ground, how its trunk stands firm though the tree bends towards the water, and how its branches swing freely, not fighting but embracing the breeze.
  2. Sink your feet into the ground. Push the balls of your feet and wiggle your toes. Imagine yourself putting down roots deep, deep into the earth.
  3. Reflect on your roots, what grounds you in your life. Spend several moments reflecting on your loved ones, community, passions or whatever else connects you to life, like the willow’s roots ground it into the earth.
  4. Now straighten your back. Feel all the muscles align, and be as firm and tall as you can. Pull back your shoulders and let your arms fall to your sides. Let the trunk of your body be strong and firm.
  5. Reflect on your trunk, the activities, people, or abilities that help you stand strong in your life. If you’ve experienced a disconnect from people or passions that empower you, reflect on how you can literally find your spine again. For now, however, you are strong.
  6. Now imagine your arms as branches and your fingers as leaves. Move your arms and fingers around at your sides, above your head, and any other way that feels good.
  7. Your arms and fingers are reaching for your future. As you move and sway in the breeze, reflect on your dreams for your life. Do you move with your own life, being flexible to achieve your deepest desires, or do you break and splinter when life’s not going your way?
  8. Focus on positioning your body as the tree. You, also, have deep roots. You, also have a strong trunk, and your branches reach higher and higher to achieve your dreams.
  9. To complete the meditation, bring to mind again the image of the weeping willow beside the lake. When ready, open your eyes and return to the day.

Be careful not to get up too soon, as your body may not move as quickly as desired. Instead, spend several more minutes reflecting on the experience and any personal insights gained from it.

Variations of the Weeping Willow Guided Meditation for Self-Empowerment

For additional reflection, try the following variations and activities after meditating with the willow:

  • Try the meditation beside an actual weeping willow tree in your yard or in a nearby park for added inspiration.
  • Note any observations and ideas for self-improvement in a journal or share with a friend or loved one.
  • Divide the meditation into parts, focusing on the roots for grounding, the trunk for stability, or the branches for dreaming depending on your needs.
  • Try the meditation with a group and be a forest of trees flowing together in the breeze.

With a simple guided meditation exercise, the natural beauty and strength of a weeping willow tree can inspire and empower for relaxation and increased self-awareness.…

2022 Creating an Organic Life Style: Creating a Home with Organic Goods

There is nothing like new sheets made with certified organic cotton. The fabric is a new innovation for consumers interested in buying into the Global Oganic Textile Standard (GOTS). This cotton is grown without chemicals and pesticides and needs to pass a certification process by the recognized and independent organization known as GOTS. It is supplied by communities that use traditional farming methods based on whole earth practices.

Sleeping on natural sheets that are produced through a clean and environmentally safe process can help consumers buy locally while thinking globally; one of the small steps towards making a transition to a cleaner, safer home environment.

Cost of Organic Cotton and the Environmentally Conscious Home

 

Plan on spending anywhere from $90 for a set of organic sheets to upwards of $100 per sheet depending on the quality. Putting into practice an eco-friendly lifestyle often requires some interaction between the product design, its components and the human dimension.

Buying into the concept and product line is the first step. Next are influential sources such as books on managing an eco-friendly home that could help the consumer to transform their surroundings and the time, cost management needed.

 

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home Environment

 

The challenge of creating a healthy home environment and lifestyle requires some committment, but it can translate into a lifelong practice. Buying items like environmentally friendly packaging and water-friendly washing detergent over a lifetime can be a personal lifestyle choice that can achieve the kind of small impacts that begin as a trickle and eventually grow to a flood.

There are lots of books and consumer products to help consumers make wise choices. Implementing the plan and living the lifestyle requires more than just a good price and good product; it requires commitment. There are so many choices available, and deciding what works for everyone is never easy.

Implementing Greener Lifestyle Choices

 

Browse the stores and websites to find the right product at the right price and then see what happens. Saving money by shopping for a sale price can have a big impact on the decision to redesign a home with organic products. Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle usually requires simplification and streamlining. Decide which areas of the home environment can be restyled with organic products to implement a lifestyle decision.

Evaluating an Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle

Make the purchases needed to create a lifestyle based on sound eco-friendly practices can have other benefits as well. An individual’s lifestyle change can eventually bring about larger changes and help bring about a truly eco-friendly textile industry.…

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Training in the Alpha State for Natural Stress Relief

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The brain produces an electrical current that pulsates at a particular frequency. Delta occurs during deep sleep at .5-4 cycles per second; Theta during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep at 4-8 cycles per second; Alpha during a relaxed, wakeful state at 8-13 cycles per second; and Beta during a regular waking activity at 13-39 cycles per second.

Alpha frequency, which produces feelings of well-being, is increasingly recognized as a helpful reference point for mental relaxation.

The Silva Method and Training in Alpha

Jose Silva spent decades researching the creative and rejuvenating effects of living in the Alpha state; after concluding that Alpha held tremendous potential for discovering one’s true purpose, shedding negative habits and relieving stress and anxiety, Silva developed a comprehensive course of training.

The Silva Ultramind ESP System uses a guided meditation backed by a rhythmic sound to train the mind in the alpha state. After attuning oneself to the alpha frequency, the instructors attest that one will be able to alleviate stress, contact higher intelligence for guidance, and use vivid imagery to make goals manifest.

What are Biofeedback Devices?

When the term ‘biofeedback’ was first coined in the 1960s, it was hoped to eliminate the need for medicine. While that has proven untrue, biofeedback is a powerful tool for relieving stress in a long-lasting way – without the need for pharmaceuticals.

 

Biofeedback refers to using measurements of biological indicators, such as temperature, to change conditions in the body. Recently, the use of a particular class of biofeedback devices for training the mind and relieving stress has come into vogue; these devices provide data on such factors as skin temperature and muscle tension, which relate to stress levels and their associated brain waves.

The Benefits of Training in Biofeedback Therapy

Adults function mainly at the beta level while awake, and the beta state is where people can feel stressed and anxious. For optimal functioning, people could spend most of their time at Alpha; Alpha is restoring and relaxing for the body and mind, while beta is only optimal for involved thinking and times of high activity. Biofeedback therapy provides the biological indicators for people to habituate themselves to the alpha state.

Natural Stress Relief with Wild Divine

Wild Divine produces biofeedback training games for PC and Mac, which immerse the player in a sumptuous and relaxing world of colour and music. The Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage and Wisdom Quest presents a narrative that includes numerous biofeedback training activities. Relaxing Rhythms uses a non-linear format with various modules to centre the mind and deepen one’s familiarity with the alpha state.