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Accepting What Is NEW!
by Renee Schroyer

As I sit here in the evening thinking about going to work tomorrow, I am worried about what the next day will bring. I feel discomfort, a knot in my stomach. I'm wondering what surprises there will be to greet me and what challenges I will face. Once I realize I am not in this moment but rather in an inexistent place and time, I turn my attention to this awareness in the moment. I bring in the practice of mindfulness to help me be the observer of what is going on. I notice information coming from conditioned mind telling me something bad will happen and I won't have what I need or know how to deal with it. I notice these thoughts as well as the resulting fear and worry.

Becoming aware of my own conditioning, I see two main themes. First, conditioned mind has a lot to say about how I will perform at work. It scans the past looking for problems and issues searching specifically for difficult circumstances that have been or could be. I get the message that something bad will happen and I won't know what to do. The internal scanner finds behaviors of mine from the past which I suffered over or didn’t handle as skillfully as I could have. Or, it conjures up illusory ideas and projects them onto others presuming to know what others have thought of me or think of me now. It imagines people saying bad things about me because I didn’t get something done on time or I didn’t do it right. Conditioned mind tells the story of how I made a big mistake and I am going to get fired because of it. Next, my family will become homeless because of my poor performance. Even as I write this, it is telling me not reveal these thoughts because someone will think I am weak and I am not good enough. It’s telling me people will think I’m insecure or not confident. I remind myself this is conditioned mind not ME.

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Finding Peace Amid the Chaos
by Janice Lynne Lundy

Don't you just love it when life throws you a curve? Just when you think you can rest on your laurels, or take a break from life's intensity, you are dealt another “something” to deal with. Today, more and more people are being asked to face what may seem like insurmountable challenges: a diagnosis of a serious illness, job loss, or a divorce, not to mention children who find themselves drowning in troublesome seas. Add any one of those to the fast pace of our lives, multitasking a myriad of roles and responsibilities, and we have a recipe for stress levels that can soar, taking us into the stratosphere of chaos.  

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Guilt-Free Mindfulness   
by Sue Patton Thoele

Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment.  Well-known mindfulness teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, defines it this way Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. I also like to think of mindfulness as the art of inhabiting your own life with kindness and acceptance.

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Thai Yoga Bodywork
by Sonia Osorio


Lotus Palm: The Mindfulness of Touch

One of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine (along with herbal medicine and spiritual meditation), Thai massage is a full-body massage, performed on a floor mat, with both parties in loose, comfortable clothes. It incorporates t'ai chi moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along sen lines (energy lines), gentle stretching and the conscious use of breath. The practitioner uses her hands, feet, arms and legs to guide the recipient through various yoga postures, while remaining focused on their own body-center. This combination of movements and focused awareness creates a slow, flowing "dance" around the recipient's body.

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The Benefits of Energy Healing
by Wendy De Rosa

Today, in our advanced, modern society, people take time to perform some kind of daily physical cleansing ritual. A shower or bath, teeth brushing, shaving and hair styling are all standard forms of grooming that we make time to fit into our busy lifestyles. After all, it’s good hygiene, right?  Our outward appearance is something most of us take pride in, but what about what’s going on beneath the layers of the skin?

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Are You “Old” Before Your Time?
by Keith Shaw

First, ask yourself these question...

How do you feel when you wake up? Do you lack energy and fear facing the new day ahead? Are you stiff, lacking flexibility, feeling pain in your joints?

How do you feel throughout the day? Do you feel exhausted by 9:30 in the morning? Even more drained in the afternoon? Are you unable to concentrate or think clearly?

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The Power Of Learning To Breathe Properly
by Dr Edward Steiner

Did you know that breathing is the only essential bodily function performed unconsciously, that you can control consciously? Your body can go without food for months, water for weeks and yet your body can't go without oxygen for more than a few minutes. Think about it.

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Quick Tips for Instant Calm

by Mark Thornton

Relax Your Jaw
Notice if you are clenching your jaw. For the next five minutes, allow the muscles in your jaw to relax. Notice 10 times throughout the day if your jaw has become clenched and tight. Less tension here makes you feel less stressed. 

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Om Sweet Om
by Katharina Bishop

Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, is a hipper than thou, unique L.A. experience. A younger and shabbier version of Rodeo Drive, it’s a garish frenzy of graffiti and neon, pierced lips and red Ferraris; displaying mile after mile of eccentric, cutting-edge shops and cafés. The weather beaten storefronts are decorated in the most fluorescent of rainbow colors.

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Basic Chi Control
by Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D.


Within each of us is the transformative, life-giving power to heal, to invigorate and to bring exquisite pleasure. In the Universal Tao tradition, taught by Mantak Chia, each person can learn to feel their own vital energy, or chi, flowing through them and to direct that chi throughout the body to heal and bring pleasure.

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Stretching Out of Depression
by Pam Ann Parker

We all feel a little blue from time to time. But when those blues turn into a seemingly never-ending tunnel of black, it may be a signal that you are suffering from depression and a nudge from the universe to look for help. The good news is that there are sources of help and relief for depression beyond designer drugs like Zoloft® or Prozac®. Many sufferers are now turning to the four thousand-year-old healing art of yoga to create a permanent shift away from the pain and suffering of depression, and towards a new life of hope, insight and good health. 

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Breathe Freely By Removing Excess Mucus From the Body
by Robert Elias Najemy

The quantity and quality of the air we take into our lungs is affected to some degree by the amount of mucus, which obstructs the passages of the respiratory system. Also, when there is excess mucus congesting these passageways, there is also a greater possibility for the growth of microbes. A certain amount of mucus lining is necessary for the protection of the membranes of the respiratory and digestive systems. It serves as a fluid transportation system, which also carries microbes and foreign particles out of the body. 

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Natural Healing with Breathwork
by Carol Lampman

“The word breath implies more than the physical act of drawing air in and out of the lungs.  Breath is the junction point between mind, body and spirit.  Every change of mental state is reflected first in the breath and then in the body.”  -Deepak Chopra

Breathwork or Breath Therapy is best described as a highly personal, experiential process utilizing breathing techniques to clear out physical, mental and emotional blocks or stresses. Breathing in and of itself is grossly underestimated. It is a source of life-giving, healing and purifying energy. When we breathe in a relaxed fashion we move from a destructive metabolic state to a constructive one. The shift from operating in chronic stress mode to one of relaxed alertness can affect the synthesis of protein, fat and carbohydrates, increase the production of cells for immune system activation, promote bone repair and growth as well as enhance the cellular, hormonal and psychological process. 90% of the nutrition needed by the body comes from the oxygen we breathe. Only 10% comes from food. 

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Your Connection To The Elements
by Avalon De Witt

In ancient times, scientists, philosophers and magi divided matter into four basic elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth. It has been said that these elements are the building blocks of life.

A scientist and philosopher named Empedocles set this foundation for science in Sicily during the 5th century B.C. Empedocles belonged to the tradition of "Root Cutters," which means that he was an herbal magician and healer. He defined these elements, or "roots," as not only physical substances, but also as "spiritual essences." He even assigned gods and goddesses to these energies:

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How Well Do You Breathe?
by Aaron Hoopes

The body can go for days, even weeks without food. It fails after two or three days without water. But it is virtually impossible to go without breathing for more than a few minutes. Without fresh oxygen to the brain the bodily systems quickly shut down and we die. Breathing is natural, and automatic, something we rarely take the time to notice, unless we are winded from a burst of exercise or emotional stimulation. This is fine for most people for much of their lives, since the body was created to work efficiently without having to pay attention to breathing. This normal, everyday breathing can be defined as subsistence breathing. The amount of oxygen taken in during subsistence breathing is sufficient for everyday life. It brings just enough oxygen into the body to keep it functioning. Imagine a subsistence farmer who works the land and scrapes just enough food together to feed his family. Quite possibly he can continue this way for many years. His existence, though meager, seems sufficient. 

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The Olson Interviews

Laura Scott: The Power Of Meditation To Transform Your Life

Rita Berkowitz: How To Empower Your Life With Spirit

Laura Scott: How Grief Relates To Soul Work

Nancy Canning: On Getting A Life-Between-Lives Regression

Marilyn Halle: Understanding Aura Clearing - Personal, Home & Business

Dr. Trish Whynot: Using Meditation For Spirit Communication

Carole Lynne: Grief From A Psychic Medium's Perspective

Bob Olson: How To Know The Difference Between Normal Depression And Major Depression

 

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Breathwalk : Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind, and Spirit by Yogi Bhajan, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa. Paperback (June 2000) Price:$12.60

In this simple program that anyone can follow, two of the world's leading experts in meditation and kundalini yoga reveal the power and flexibility of this technique for the first time. Centuries old traditions come together with modern scientific research in an effective and enjoyable holistic way to exercise. This practical, insightful guide is a breath of fresh air that can change your life for the better every time you take a step. Highly recommended by OfSpirit.com and many experts in the health and holistic community.

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The Breathwork Experience : Exploration and Healing in Nonordinary States of Consciousness by Kylea Taylor (Paperback - October 1994)
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Conscious Breathing : Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Personal Mastery
by Gay Hendricks. Paperback (April 1995)
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How To Receive Bodywork
by Carol Bedrosian

Although there are as many different kinds of bodywork as there are cold remedies on the drug store shelf, some basic information on receiving bodywork in general can be helpful. Since most of us grew up with the "sickness" model of healthcare—-we only visited the doctor when we were sick and therefore under stress and not feeling up to our fullest capacity—our experience in caring for our health has been a disempowering and mystifying one.

While most people wait until they develop a specific physical problem before seeking relief through hands-on holistic care, receiving regular bodywork is a marvelous preventative healthcare measure. In addition to relieving stress and realigning muscles, tissues, bones and energy channels throughout the body, bodywork automatically puts you in a position of self-empowerment through greater self awareness. The more you know about how your body feels and responds, the better position you are in to help it heal.

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Happiness Is Your Birthright
By Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

Each of us, every person, regardless of wealth, status, age, or religion is given everything we need to be happy and fulfilled. The greatest lie in our culture is the one that says you are broken, incomplete and need something outside to give you happiness.

Most people believe that a little money will make them happier, but this is false, even if the sum is huge. If we win the lottery or go through a traumatic accident, happiness is neither assured for the lottery nor denied for the accident We tend to go back to an inner standard of happiness that is set by our own minds.

Happiness can not be taken away from you. However, if you begin to wish for it rather than to accept and express it you automatically create polarity in your mind and wish indirectly for unhappiness. Just as night and day follow each other, every happiness is followed by unhappiness, and each unhappiness is followed by a happiness.

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Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind & Spirit
An Interview with Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
by Carol Bedrosian

The great detective, Sherlock Holmes, found this to be a great strategy: hide the most precious thing you have in plain sight and no one will see it! Two leading yoga experts, Dr. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa and Dr. Yogi Bhajan, realized the power of breath long ago and have combined it with walking, two of our simplest yet most unconscious activities, for a powerful program of exercise called Breathwalk. Breathwalk coordinates easy-to-follow patterns of conscious breathing and walking steps with meditative focus to help relieve a wide range of troubling conditions from back pain to hypertension to weight gain and promises increased energy level, a clear mind, elevated moods, and deeper spirituality.

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Fibromyalgia: A Challenging Condition
by Peg Doyle, M.Ed., LMT

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder involving several etiologies and symptom patterns. Not always definitively diagnosed by medical professionals, there is general agreement that those who have the syndrome experience a variety of symptoms, with widespread body pain the most universally reported complaint.

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Breathing In Life
by Anja Heij

"And God formed figures from clay, blowed on them to breathe in life, and they became men."
This biblical story highly puzzled me when I was a child; I did not understand how grown-ups seriously could believe such a thing. It surely wouldn't work with the clay dolls I made… But then it wasn't to be taken literally. It was symbolically explaining that we are spiritual beings in a physical body, sharing God's life force and creative possibilities. The Kabbalah too speaks of breathing in life, and the process is of course literally exercised in re-animations. The central idea is to enliven the body through blowing in the Holy Spirit, (re)awakening one's God-force by sharing and mirroring yours. All reiki masters use this technique with their attunements/initiations. It is not some vague spiritual idea but a proven and valid method.

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Using Colors And Stones With Meditation
by Keith Zang

Meditation is a very powerful tool to use for reducing and releasing the stress of the day as well as for healing and bringing enlightenment into your being. There are many methods for meditation. Some tap into mindfulness to bring the present moment into focus. Others utilize the breath to create a sense of timelessness by focusing on a single sensation or point and letting all other distractions go. This article will be focused on another type of meditation, that of the energetic healing form where the energies of the body and surrounding life force energies are focused for dynamic and accelerated healing. 

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My Journey Back
by Ronnie Allen, Ph.D.

On November 14, 2000, the universe threw me a curve that I am sure is going to change my life forever. At 7 P.M. I took my son David and, Lisa, his girlfriend to a brand new buffet style restaurant. The food was inedible, spoiled and cold and everything was sent back. We then came home where I saw clients and prepared to go to work the next day. Nothing unusual.

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How To C.O.P.E. With Anger
by Debbie Eisenstadt Mandel

We fill our lives with dramas that rival the Greek Tragedies. We play the lead actors reliving the stressful scenes, keeping the conflict alive and ever present. Anger begins to dominate our thinking. However, who are we really angry at? When someone like a boss, a lover, a friend, or a family member pushes our button, are we most angry with that person because he or she mirrors what we most dislike about ourselves?

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Trouble Sleeping? Insomnia Cures Are Here!
by Dave Turo-Shields

I yawn, stretch my arms behind my head and stare at the ceiling. I've been in bed for a few minutes. Ahhh, the peaceful quiet all around. The room is dark. The kids are asleep. It's an expansive moment for my mind. My mind seems to fill the entire room.

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Calming Tips For Hyperactive Children
by Jeannine Virtue

Parents of hyperactive children know the "Would you please just settle down?!" phrase well, and likely use it on a regular basis.

There are a number of tips to help parents settle their hyperactive child down. These quick tips and relaxation techniques take the same amount of time as yelling and scolding but produce incredibly different results in hyperactive children.

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