Mindfulness and Muscle Tension

From EocInstitute.Org  |

Meditation takes you to a state deeper than sleep, giving your body the opportunity to heal and renew itself. Muscles relax and muscle aches are relieved. That adds up to more energy, better health and chronic pain relief.

Excerpt: "(When you meditate) bood can freely flow, and it will subsequently deliver nutrients to the brain and parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, and muscles. The muscles will be able to recuperate, reproduce cells, and heal damaged tissues, which will cause them to relax and stop their spasms.."

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The 5 Characteristics of Incredibly Resilient People

From Huffington Post | By Smita Malhotra, M.D. 

Excerpt: "I remember the day I found out that my aunt had cancer. Although she was the most positive person I had ever met, I still worried about how she would handle such an overwhelming diagnosis. Looking back, now that her cancer is in remission, she continues to be the most positive person I know. ...She is what I call an elegant spirit. ...Life threw her an arrow, and she, an archer herself, caught this arrow and created her bow. She knew that she could not control the fact that this arrow had come to her, but her bow could hold it stable. Instead of defeating her, the arrow ultimately strengthened her.

How do people cultivate such strength? From practicing mindfulness to finding humor in everything, here are five things resilient people have in common."

For the complete article, click here.

Thanks ...A Lot: Gratitude and Your Health

Heart-shape for the nature.From Forbes.com | By Amy Morin, ContributorHeart-shape for the nature.

Excerpt: "...being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life.

In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn't cost any money and it certainly doesn't take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Research reveals the many benefits of gratitude include better resilience and overall physical health, mental strength, improved sleep and self esteem."

For a list of benefits and more information about each, click here.


How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

From the New York Times | by Gretchen Reynolds

Excerpt: "A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

"Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.

But just how a visit to a park or other green space might alter mood has been unclear. Does experiencing nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?"

To read more about the psychological benefits of walking in nature, click here.

Train Your Brain to Thrive

From mindful.org. | By Kelle Walsh

Excerpt: The four mindfulness skills athletes learn in order to stay in the moment with razor focus can help anyone do more, achieve more in all aspects of life.

For top athletes, the expectations are immense and the stakes are high. There's no time to get caught up in your head, questioning why or beating yourself up for a mistake. You have to stay in the game-you have to focus and refocus constantly.

That's where mindfulness comes in. "It's all about being present, and if you lose it, how fast you can refocus on the next play," says mental training coach Graham Betchart who works with top athletes.

But these skills are not just for sports stars, says Betchart. For more on how he guides his players through mindfulness so they can keep their heads in the game and perform at their peak, including his advice to "Fail Your Way to the Top" and "Build Supreme Confidence," click here.

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

From the Huffington Post | By Natasha Dern

Excerpt: “A strong, positive and resilient attitude will help elevate you to unimaginable heights.

…A positive attitude is not about displaying a phony smile, a happy face and a perky disposition. It is simply a way of responding to life in a manner that allows us to accept the duality, the contradictions, the contrasts of our experiences.

“…We can either regard our dilemmas with anger, bitterness or frustration. Or we can look deep within and find the source that is beyond all circumstances and then pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and move forward knowing all things will work in our favor.”

For the complete article, including more on maintaining a positive outlook, click here.

How Yoga Helps Cancer Survivors

From Yoga Journal | By Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman |   From YogaU

Yoga has great healing properties for cancer survivors and is emerging as one of the more successful methods for combatting the effects of cancer treatment.

It has been shown to boost cancer survivors’ well-being while stimulating the muscles, increasing the blood flow and more to rid the body of toxins amassed during treatment.

Additionally, yoga is an accessible way for survivors to get the regular, balanced whole-body exercise needed to stimulate the body's natural anti-cancer defenses.

For more on the healing effects of yoga for survivors, click here or here.


The Power In Trying Something New

From Huffington Post and Shape  |  By   Larry Alton and Lauren Mazzo

There’s a saying, “If doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” But change is frightening, which is why so many of us resist the unknown, clinging to our tried and true, even as it glues us to a place of inertia. However, it is often in the unknown that we find abilities and strengths we never knew we possessed …thus the power of trying new things. Not only it is trying new things energizing, it builds confidence, helps you know yourself better, increases creativity, slows time and makes you happier which, as we know, has great health benefits.

Read more about the benefits of trying new things, here and here.


The Fine Art of Conquering Fear

From Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

Fear is one of the single biggest, soul-sucking hurdles any of us face. Our ability to overcome our fears is directly related to our ability to be happy, to live the life we want. The good news is, because our fears come from our own thoughts, we can recognize them for what they are, control them and work to get past them. To learn more about fear and how to overcome yours, click here for a great article from Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Excerpt: ‘Fear is the single biggest thing that holds us back. Overcoming fear is an essential step in achieving our goals and dreams.

It’s one of most common reasons people procrastinate on taking action toward their goals. We fear failure, or rejection, or being embarrassed, or disappointing or angering other people, or getting hurt. So we play it safe and avoid taking risks or trying new things.

Fear is natural. But where does it come from? The answer is that it comes from US – from our own minds and imagination.  …That’s why psychologists like to say that fear stands for “Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real.” Because fear is all about what MIGHT happen – not what WILL happen.’