Articles from: December 2012

Unexpected Upside: Media Gadgets Can Boost Family Connections

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Witness a gadget-obsessed family at the dinner table and it is easy to conclude that technology is fracturing family life: Mom’s emailing her boss; Dad’s watching a YouTube video on his tablet; Sister’s texting her boyfriend; Little Brother is playing Angry Birds on his smart phone. No one is talking with each other.

But dysfunctional dinner habits aside, it appears cell and internet technologies haven’t turned out to be as harmful as once predicted. 

How Unconditional Love Harmonizes Our World: Marci Shimoff Explores its Transformative Power

A self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love—Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Love for No Reason: 7 Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, and co-authored six bestselling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

What is the old way of looking at love, versus the new paradigm shift you propose?
We’ve been trained to think of love solely as energy between two people, usually experienced as conditional love—we feel love if the other person agrees with us, treats us a particular way or loves us back. But love is actually the essence of who we are, and when we live in a state of unconditional love, what I call “love for no reason,” we experience our essence that is love, which doesn’t depend on another person, situation or romantic partner. It is the core of every spiritual tradition.

It’s All About We – Conscious Evolution: Why Together We’re Better

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After decades of studying issues of environmental destruction, poverty and war, Malcolm Hollick, Ph.D., author of The Science of Oneness: A New Worldview for the Twenty-First Century, concluded in 2006 that a better future for humanity requires a more holistic worldview. It must be one that reflects the evidence of both new sciences and established spiritual traditions, all of which point to a deep unity, or Oneness, the grand reality underlying and often belying the superficial testimony of the senses. 

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7 Tips on How to Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions by Dr. Joe Dispenza


Contrary to what you might think after having seen past New Year's Resolutions dissolve in frustration and failure, the brain is the organ of change. The concept in neuroscience called neuroplasticity demonstrates that the brain alters itself every time we learn something new. Our nerve cells are specially arranged by what we learn, what we remember, what we experience, what we feel and what we envision. Our 100 billion brain cells are always communicating with the rest of our anatomy. If you learn even one new bit of information today, tiny brain cells will make new connections within the living lattice work of your system. In other words, when we really change our mind, the brain changes…and then we can effect permanent, lasting change.

If you want to Make Change Stick, here are seven initial steps to start you on the path.

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Smog Begone: Dramatic Decline in Los Angeles Air Pollution


Legendary late-night TV host Johnny Carson made the thick, automobile-generated smog covering Los Angeles the butt of jokes for decades, but times have changed. In the past 50 years, California’s Los Angeles Basin has shown a 98 percent decrease in levels of some vehicle-related air pollutants even as area denizens now burn three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel.

Life Visioning: An Interview with Michael Bernard Beckwith

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NA: What is Life Visioning?

MBB:  The practice of the Life Visioning Process is an intuitive, spiritual technology that introduces you to the “You” of you, and the moment you come face-to-face with yourself, you will give an unconditional “yes” to it, all of it. From the moment of that initial yes, you become a conscious participant in the evolution of your consciousness.  I think it’s also important, in a spirit of clarity, to say what visioning is not: Visioning is not magical thinking.  It’s about the ongoing evolution of who and what you are as a unique, individualized emanation of Source and why you have taken a human incarnation to learn, awaken, and contribute.

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Santa Monica Wellness Center Launches Line of Natural Supplements

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The Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine, established in 1996 as a science-based integration of Western medicine with complementary practices, has announced the launch of Akasha Naturals, which offers the center’s proprietary line of high-quality dietary supplements for online purchase. According to Edison de Mello, MD, PhD, founder and CEO of the Akasha Center , it is the first line of supplements developed by an interdisciplinary team of board-certified medical doctors and licensed, recognized practitioners in alternative modalities, from nutritional therapy to Chinese medicine.

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Pitfalls of No-Fat Salad Dressings


For those thinking about balancing a rich holiday meal by choosing a low- or no-fat salad dressing, consider this: To get the most nutrients from leafy greens and vegetables, we need to pair them with a healthy fat. A recent Purdue University study showed that the more “good” fat there was in a salad, the more carotenoids the diners absorbed.

The researchers found that vegetable oils rich in monounsaturated fats like olive oil, or polyunsaturated fats like sunflower oil, help the body absorb essential carotenoids and other nutrients and increase their bioavailability in the intestines. The study also found that eating bread with butter with a salad was also beneficial, although to a lesser extent.

One Size Meditation Does Not Fit All


An intriguing study recently published online in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, suggests that new meditators are most likely to stick with the practice and reap its healthful benefits if they select methods with which they are most comfortable, rather than those that are most popular.

In one of the first studies to compare meditation techniques head-to-head, author Adam Burke, a professor of health education at San Francisco State University and the director of its Institute for Holistic Health Studies, taught 247 participants four popular methods—mantra, mindfulness, Zen and qigong visualization. He asked them to choose which they preferred and practice at home for six weeks before techniques were evaluated.

A Wise Man’s Gift for Arthritis Sufferers

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Frankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from Boswellia trees native to Africa, is an age-old herbal remedy that may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, according to scientists at Cardiff University, in Wales. “The search for new ways of relieving the symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a long and difficult one,” says Dr. Emma Blain, who led the research with co-investigators Professor Vic Duance, from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, and Dr. Ahmed Ali, of the Compton Group. The team believes they have been able to demonstrate that treatment with an extract of Boswellia frereana—a rare frankincense species—inhibits the production of key inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that causes the condition.

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