• Health & Wellness

    by Published on 11-22-2013 11:59 AM  Number of Views: 227 
    1. Categories:
    2. Relationships,
    3. Family,
    4. Positivity,
    5. Practices,
    6. Stress
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    Holidays are a popular time to connect with family and close friends. That’s a good thing, right? So how come it’s such a common source of stress and anxiety? Because nobody but nobody pushes our buttons like the near and dear. Let’s face it–imminent reunions can conjure mixed feelings– even dread or fear. But why? Rules of civility that apply as we interact with others in our daily lives somehow get thrown out the window when it’s family-of-origin time. Does your clan engage in bad behavior when they convene? Perhaps suddenly, teasing, sarcasm and below-the-belt jokes are fair game. Insults- subtle or not so subtle, might be tossed around. Competition and rivalry may ensue. Insecurities surface like annual clockwork. Sensitivity is on steroids and everyone’s got issues. Sound ...
    by Published on 11-10-2013 03:56 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Couples,
    3. Women
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    Barbara Kingsolver’s dazzling prose is undeniable and it’s on ample display in every book she has ever written, including her latest, Flight Behavior, the story of Dellarobia, a passionate young woman whose teen pregnancy and subsequent marriage halt her plans to attend college and force her to live out a dull existence in a forgotten town in the middle of Tennessee.

    With a controlling and cunning mother-in-law, a husband whose “eyes go glossy in front of the TV every night" as he “channel surfed without cease,” Dellarobia has nothing of her own except a pair of brand new boots she wears on her way to meet a potential lover. The meeting never takes place, as she stumbles upon a forest filled with Monarch butterflies—a forest ablaze—eliminating the possibility ...
    by Published on 10-27-2013 04:29 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Self Help
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    Paul made an appointment with me and arrived with a concern: “My wife keeps telling me I have ADHD because I am always misplacing things, forgetting what she says, and running late – even to work. But I have never been hyperactive, so can she still be right?”

    A week later, I met Jennifer, upset with what her doctor had told her. “He said I have ADHD, but I know I don’t! I am very low energy, and my biggest problem is procrastination. I have ADD, not ADHD.”


    Is it ADHD? Is it ADD? What’s the difference? Both Paul and Jennifer share a very common confusion about ADHD: What are the symptoms of ADHD? What is the difference between ADHD and ADD? How do I know which one I have?

    To help in answering this, it’s important to know that The ...
    by Published on 06-24-2013 03:46 PM  Number of Views: 251 
    1. Categories:
    2. Sleeping,
    3. Addiction,
    4. Anxiety,
    5. Dark Nights,
    6. Research,
    7. Children
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    When someone is struggling with ADHD challenges, it is rare that ADHD is their only diagnosed mental health condition. It has been established that other psychiatric disorders frequently co-occur with ADHD. Often these are called “co-existing conditions” or more dramatically “co-morbid conditions”. The occurrence of having more than one disorder is consistently observed in psychiatric research. It seems that being diagnosed with ADHD makes it more likely that you will have other challenges as well.

    How can you tell if you have ADHD plus another condition? It can be difficult. Psychiatrists and mental health specialists can help to clarify this through a thorough individual and family history. Although some characteristics or symptoms may overlap with disorders, there is usually ...
    by Published on 05-10-2012 09:42 AM  Number of Views: 493 
    1. Categories:
    2. Self Help
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    If you’re ready to take the first steps toward creating a better life, you may want to find someone to walk you through the basics of meditation. This can be in the form of a teacher you meet with in person, or a guided meditation CD. People who have listened to guided meditation CDs have experienced increases in creative problem solving, improved concentration, and reductions in tension and stress. Guided meditation takes you through visualization strengthening exercises that are easy to understand and apply. These exercises help to strengthen your body-mind connection to improve mental focus and acuity. You deserve a better life, and learning to meditate can lead you to peace of mind and a stress-free body.

    If you’re a person who doesn’t believe in the power ...
    by Published on 03-16-2012 03:44 PM  Number of Views: 2034 
    1. Categories:
    2. Consciousness,
    3. Dark Nights,
    4. Integral,
    5. Reiki/Energy

    An interview with intuitive healer, Caroline Myss

    for Common Ground Winter 1997

    by Virginia Lee

    Caroline Myss has been many things in her life: a publisher, an historian, a theologian, a writer, a healer. Of all her careers, the most unusual has been that of a medical intuitive.

    In 1982, Caroline was consumed by her career at Stillpoint as a publisher of avant-garde books. Ironically, Caroline had an aversion to anything New Age in her personal life. She drank gallons of coffee, and hated wind chimes and crystals. Yet she began to experience medical clairvoyance: Just by hearing a person's name and their age, she would receive images in her mind's eye diagnosing their illness.

    When Caroline met Dr. Norm Shealy, a unique
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    by Published on 08-13-2011 09:30 PM  Number of Views: 1592 
    1. Categories:
    2. Consciousness,
    3. Death and Dying,
    4. Integral,
    5. Ontology

    An Interview with Dr. Bernie Siegel

    for Common Ground Winter 1996

    by Virginia Lee

    This interview is a miracle in itself. When I received the assignment to interview Dr. Bernie Siegel, an accomplished East Coast surgeon and author of the bestseller Love, Medicine and Miracles, (and later Peace, Love and Healing and How to Live Between Office Visits), I thought it would go smoothly as usual, like the countless interviews I've done since 1978 when I began my career in new age journalism.

    But after my initial interview with Dr. Siegel in mid-October 1995, my worst nightmare came true. After 90 minutes of brilliant conversation full of insight, quotes and anecdotes, I discovered that not a single word of it was recorded on tape.
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    by Published on 05-25-2011 12:13 PM  Number of Views: 653 

    Superhuman or Super Obese?

    Obesity in America is the number one health threat. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already warned the public about the looming threat; it sends over 400,000 Americans to an early grave each year, the numbers are increasing consistently and it is responsible for most health conditions today.

    Wikipedia: Superhuman can mean an improved human, for example, by genetic modification, cybernetic implants, or as what humans might evolve into, in the distant future.

    Abraham Maslow, the founder of humanistic psychology, summed up the concept of Self-Actualization as: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. ...