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Course for High Demand Holistic Health Careers

Natural Wellness Course Creates High-Demand Holistic Health Careers  Coaching Program Targets Obesity, Diabetes, Heart and Other Health Issues The American Medical Association has declared obesity a disease, effectively saying 78 million American adults and 12 million children have a medical condition requiring treatment.  And the CDC reports that more than 66% of adult Americans are […]

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Recipe for Mind & Spirit: How choices you have made influence your life path

At the Crossroad — Which way will you choose? Most of us have had at least three significant turning points in our lives, moments in which we were making momentous decisions that would determine (at least for a substantial period), the course of our destiny. Quantum Selves Therapy, one of my original therapeutic modalities is […]

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5 Unique Earth Day Celebration Ideas

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Today is Earth Day!  What can you do to express your compassion and commitment to our beautiful blue-green planet?

The typical Earth Day activities include environmental pledges to recycle, planting an herb garden, participating in a local clean-up or beautification project — all wonderful and commendable pursuits!

If you are looking for some unique ways to celebrate with friends and family,  here are 5  “off-the-beaten-track” ideas I’ve come up with:

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I Like The Way You Move

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Recipe for Body, Mind AND Spirit!

I like the way you move…

That’s actually the name of a song that I have on my iPod – specifically on a playlist I titled “Get Moving” —  a collection of music that lifts my spirit and spurs me into motion.

The more you get moving, the more calories you burn.  The more regularly you exercise, the more it revs up your metabolism, helping your body burn calories even faster.

So maybe you’re not be ready to devote a solid 45 minutes to an hour every day on a fixed cardio routine.   There are some great alternatives to get you started.

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The Longest Journey Ever Made

   Recipe for Spirit

Sometime in your life you will go on a journey.
It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.
It is the journey to find yourself.
                                     -Katherine Sharp

I’ve been blessed with a lot of travel in my life.  During one travel-intensive period, training therapists internationally for the American Board of Hypnotherapy I think my frequent flyer account topped one million miles.   I used to joke that my “morning commute” was from LAX to Tokyo.  I’d often go on from there to Singapore, or Thailand or Hong Kong — endless hours in flights, which over time, took their toll to the point that traveling lost its shine, especially post 9/11.

Yet the longest journey I’ve ever made has been from my head to my heart. This one has taken a lifetime.

From an early age I was fascinated by eastern philosophies and tried practicing meditation — tried being the key word; With a mind that seemingly would never shut up for an instant, it has always been a challenge for me to sustain a consistent meditative practice.

Westerners generally find it challenging to stick to meditation.  We tend to be much more head-centered than heart.  I described myself once as being a “talking head” because until my early 40’s I barely conceived of having a body to go along with my ever-pondering mind!

As I have made more of a connection between mind and body, especially in these last 5 years of committing to a Raw Fusion lifestye, I have come to appreciate how important it is to get out of my head and learn to spend some time in the timeless heart center, ground zero for joy, inspiration and healing.  Singer KT Tunstall ( Black Horse and the Cherry Tree) says it best:   Well, my heart knows me better than I know myself, so I’m gonna let it do all the talking.

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The Relaxing Ritual of Tea

Recipe for Spirit

About 10 years ago I had to move suddenly from a condo that sold much faster than anticipated; While I always recognize the value of change, I tend to put down deep roots and there is always a transition period that feels kind of shaky and uncomfortable.  It was during this time that I discovered the comforting and relaxing ritual of sitting with a morning pot of tea.

Having worked in Japan on a monthly basis training therapists for over a decade, I became familiar with the tea ritual.  Every hotel room, office and home is equipped with a hot pot that keeps water at boiling temperatures and operates with just a pump so you can have an instant cup of tea.  (You can see an example of these thermal hot pots here – they are really handy to have around – I’ve had one of these now for over 15 years.)  When I arrived at my Tokyo home every month I’d go out to the local convenience store and pick up a small carton of soy milk so that I could make a cup of tea each morning before heading out to work.  Up until this time I would use tea bags for my morning “cuppa”, mainly an Irish breakfast blend and occasionally an herbal blend at night for relaxation.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Recipe for Spirit Yesterday we attended a memorial for a hockey buddy of my husband’s; James was 50 years old, larger-than-life – a man that was vibrant, successful, loved and admired by many.  He collapsed in the locker room right after playing hockey, while sitting on the bench and drinking a beer, two of the […]

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