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Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

Catharine Willett February 5, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]B[/su_dropcap]reathe in…and out…breathe in…and out. This is typically what most think of when they hear the word meditation. And frankly, they are not entirely wrong. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), meditation is the practice involving the mind and body that increases mental and physical relaxation, improves overall wellbeing, and makes a person…

Fact or Fiction? Meditation’s Truths

Catharine Willett March 11, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]A[/su_dropcap]s daily life becomes increasingly demanding and unpredictable, more people are seeking a new way to unwind. Many have found the solution to their stress through meditation; however, there are still many skeptics of the practice. Some of their doubt can be traced to the media’s misrepresentation of meditation, which has made it difficult to decipher between…

How to Meditate

Catharine Willett May 6, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]T[/su_dropcap]oday, we’re going to meditate. Alright, I know it might seem a little quirky. I mean what is it? Is it praying? Is it napping? Do you have to shave your head and wear robes and sit still until your butt falls asleep? Meditation can be a lot of things. The word comes from the latin term…

Common Health Conditions that Disrupt Sleep

Catharine Willett May 27, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]L[/su_dropcap]iving with a health condition can make everyday activities difficult. Those who are experiencing depression may find it challenging to leave the house every morning. Diabetics must be mindful of their blood sugar by closely monitoring their diets and individuals with asthma cannot go without their inhalers. Not only do health conditions affect an individual’s day-to-day activities,…

How Mindful Meditation Changes the Brain

Catharine Willett June 3, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]M[/su_dropcap]indful meditation is the practice of becoming aware of the present moment by paying attention to any and all disrupting thoughts and viewing them in a non-judgmental way. This practice is performed by people all over the globe, including celebrities such as Emma Watson, Anderson Cooper, and Katy Perry. The reason for widespread participation is not derived…

How Does Sleep Affect Your Face?

Catharine Willett June 10, 2016 0 comments 0

“I get around four to five hours of sleep a night.” “Five hours of sleep.” “Three to four hours of sleep.” “Five hours a night.” Nearly 30% of Americans are sleep deprived. “nine to six, work. Then you go home and eat something, then to ten to two or three, you do all the other stuff.” “I live far away,…

The Key to a Relaxing Commute: Meditation

Kayla McMahon October 28, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]I[/su_dropcap]t’s 8 a.m. on a Monday. The subway is crowded, you forgot to grab breakfast, and the person next to you is clearly invading your personal space. You’re two seconds away from giving this person a piece of your mind when suddenly, you pause. Instead of unleashing your raging thoughts, you silently wish well to the personal…

Is Stress Stealing the Benefits of Your Healthy Diet?

Kayla McMahon November 4, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]S[/su_dropcap]tress. A word we are all too familiar with and a feeling that we encounter too often. The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as, “the brain’s response to any demand,” and while not all stress is bad, not all stress is good either. It is no surprise that stress can cause serious health problems, but did you know that…

Gratitude: The Healthy Attitude

Kayla McMahon November 28, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]M[/su_dropcap]any see the holiday season as a perfect time to pause and reflect on all that we are thankful for. Expressing gratitude for a loving family, a warm meal and a happy home are common around this time of year, but why must thankfulness be only a seasonal act? Why not express gratitude every day of the year? A recent Harvard University study found that…

The Holiday Season is Not Always Jolly

Kayla McMahon December 2, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]H[/su_dropcap]appy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for spending time with family, eating Grandma’s honey-baked ham and giving gifts to loved ones. Oh, and stressing yourself out. It’s no secret that while the holiday season brings joy, it inevitably drags along an abundance of stress, anxiety and depression. At a time when you’re supposed to be feeling cheerful, negative emotions may stem from a variety of demands – shopping,…

Billions of Dollars Lost to Sleep Deprivation

Kayla McMahon December 9, 2016 0 comments 0

We can sleep when we’re dead…right? Not so much. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims insufficient sleep to be a public health epidemic, as 1 in 3 American adults do not get enough sleep. Adults aged 18-60 years require at least 7 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain optimal health, but many adults fail to do so. This leads to an increased…

Can’t Handle the Silence? Try Sound Meditation

Kayla McMahon January 10, 2017 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]M[/su_dropcap]editation has been practiced for thousands of years and has proven to provide many benefits to the mind and body. When meditating, you attempt to minimize negative thoughts about the past and future, and intentionally focus on the present moment. Distractions and thoughts will inevitably arise; notice when they do and come back to your anchor. Meditation is an exercise of the mind that requires practice to master. A few…

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