Five Stress Relieving Techniques So You Can Enjoy Your Holidays

Strap on your seat-belt, we are entering the holiday season. It’s unfortunate that even the mention of the holiday season evokes stress. So I am choosing to call it the Spiritual Season.

Spiritual, not religious.

You see, religion, in my opinion, is simply the rules, ritual and doctrine of whatever you believe. Spirituality? Well, that is the personal relationship you have with what you believe. And we can all agree that some basic spiritual principles are GRATITUDE, LOVE and GIVING. Tis the ...

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How to Host a Spirited and Sober Halloween Party

By: Caleb Anderson

Halloween is approaching, and you’re right in the throes of addiction recovery. You’d love a night of friends and fun, but you’re overwhelmed by the thought of entertaining, and the fear of a relapse. These are common concerns; how you deal with them will largely affect the success of your long-term recovery.

It’s important to remember, though, that part of your recovery includes forming new habits. According to Wendy Wood, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern ...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: What it is and How to Find Relief

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), also known as Spastic Colon or Nervous Stomach, is a chronic functional gastrointestinal disorder, which affects the nervous system of the gut. Up to 35 million people in the United States are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome, approximately 67% of them being female. The symptoms may include abdominal pain, gas, bloating, spasms, and constipation or diarrhea.

The cause of IBS is unknown. Research shows that people with this disorder have more reactive colon muscles. Foods, such as ...

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Did you know that September 21st is World Gratitude Day?

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful that September 21, 1999 was Yom Kippur. And although I am not Jewish, I was vaguely aware that Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement.

Atonement: satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.

Well, what better way to make amends than to stop injuring myself (and others around me) on a daily basis and finally quit smoking. So I chose that day to be my ...

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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Ginger Turmeric Tea (#6 Is The Most Useful)

By: Christian Olsen

Turmeric and ginger are powerful ingredients people use for medicinal and culinary purposes. When adding them to food, they provide seasoning without any fat or sodium content. And as supplements, they offer far-reaching benefits for various physical conditions. So what are the top 10 benefits of ginger turmeric tea?

The thing about turmeric and ginger is that they do wonders when consumed together. The phytochemicals present in both the herbs combine to enhance potency.

Ginger contains gingerol, which does an ...

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47 And I just got my Super Power.

What is it you ask? Shape Shifting!

That’s how I embrace what is happening as my weight slightly increases, gravity starts to pull, and the decades of southern California sun begin to show on my skin.

I could just get angry at the changes, deny the years under my belt, get defiant and self-recriminating. Force myself to run another lap, ride another mile, do squats until my knees give out. Give up on the joy of wine and cheese, and start counting ...

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Grief.The Ultimate Gateway To Life.

By Natalie Peatfield

Each week as I seek out topics to write on, I find that as I move around my life, certain themes take on a certain three dimensional quality.  The sign posts come in the shape of anything from phone calls, films, incidents and all manner of interactions with friends and strangers.  It feels like a fun and mysterious game as I watch the pattern emerge.  For the last 3 weeks however, I have watched and watched and ...

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A Woman’s Worth

There has been a lot of attention lately on the equal rights of women, what with the Women’s March on Washington and International Women’s Day.

And even though this is coming out as a political issue, I think it is more an issue of equality and worth. So regardless of your political persuasion, this topic may affect you. Are you a woman? Do you know a woman? Do you love a woman?

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Competition Is For Losers

By Natalie Peatfield

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“What is meant for you will reach you even if it is beneath two mountains.  And what isn’t meant for you won’t reach you even if it is between your two lips.”  Arabian Proverb.

My Mum and I often remember with fondness a moment when I was around 6-years-old and competing in the egg and spoon ...

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How to Meditate – The Ultimate Guide

By Jacky Miller

Meditation means different things to different people. One thing that most will agree on is that it has been around for a very long time and is a part of many religious traditions and beliefs. You may use a type of meditation to still your mind before an exam, or to stay focused on trying to keep calm. Meditation is often used to clear the mind. You may not be aware that it is also recommended as part ...

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