Showing posts from February 19, 2017

Best Exercises to Ease Depression

Start Slow

It may be the last thing you want to do when you're feeling down, but exercise releases feel-good chemicals in your brain and can help ease depression symptoms. You don’t have to do too much, maybe just go for a short walk. If you can push yourself to do it a few days in a row, you may not need as much of a push the following day.

Walk or Run

You don’t have to run a marathon or be a speed demon. You don’t even have to run. Start with walking, and you can decide if you want to go faster as you get stronger. It’s not just the exercise that helps -- the great outdoors can lift your mood, too.


The fixed and moving poses of this meditative form of exercise can make you stronger and more flexible. That can give you energy and a sense of well-being. The breath control involved in yoga also can calm your emotions. You can look for videos online, but a class gets you out into the world and around other people. Namaste!


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When Teachers Get Mindfulness Training, Students Win

ByJill Suttie

According to a new study, training teachers in mindfulness can affect the whole climate of the classroom.

No one would argue with the fact that teaching is stressful. Not only is the work highly challenging, teachers are also frequently underpaid, undervalued, and subject to harsh scrutiny. No wonderteacher burnout is on the riseand that many feel like leaving their profession. But teacher stress is not only a problem for teachers; it can also be a problem for students.Stressed teachers impact students’ stress levelsthrough a contagion effect, and sincestudent stress impacts learning, this can hurt the quality of education in the classroom.Students learn betterin a climate that is more emotionally positive and less stressful, and past studies have shown aclear linkbetween positive emotional classroom climates and academic achievement. Now, anew studyfrom the University of Virginia provides strong evidence that mindfulness training for teachers can help them cope better with …

Inspirational Quote – February 25, 2017

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.”

Of course not! Sometimes the right time to set another goal or dream another dream is when we are older and, hopefully though not always, wiser. That’s when we are free from the constraints of perhaps raising a family, working, being at other people’s beck and call and having no time to call our own. Enjoy and take pleasure in achieving your goals and dreams as you now have the time and freedom to do so. Never let anybody tell you that you’re too old to do anything. Just make sure your insurance is up to date and off you go!

Say Your Truths & Seek Them In Others

In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling. "You don't have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you," she says. "Be like a new kind of first responder ... the one to take the first courageous step toward the other."

How Sexual Rejection Affects Men in Relationships

What happens when a woman doesn’t give a man the attention he assumes he deserves!

We all probably know that most women feel hurt when men turn down their love-making advances.  What happens when she rejects him and turn him down? On the other hand, most of us tend to think that the same rejection does not hurt men as much. This kind of thinking is mostly based on two assumptions:

The first is associated with the Masculinity Theory, which suggests thatphysical and surface-level reasons drive a man’s desire. In contrast, a woman’s desire is mostly driven by emotional connection. The assumption here is that men won’t hurt much once rejected because they will only miss out on the physical act. The second assumption is associated with the $exu@l Script Theory. The suggestion is that men should initiate physical affections while women act as gatekeepers in Straight relationships. In other words, a woman should either say yes or no to a man’s advances. Men are bound to experience more rejectio…

What Would Buddha Do About the Economy?

ByJenara Nerenberg

Clair Brown suggests that the moment may be ripe for Buddhist thought to insert itself into Western economics.

The financial collapse of 2008, coupled with growing income and wealth disparity, has made many Americans question the benefits of a free market economy. Are our current economic policies really the best we can do? According toClair Brown, a UC Berkeley economics professor and director of theCenter for Work, Technology, and Society, the answer is no. An expert in economic theory and a practicing Buddhist, Brown believes we should consider integrating a Buddhist value system into economics, arguing that if we focused more on relieving suffering, on our interdependence with each other and nature, and on sustainability, our economy would work better for more people. Her thinking is explored in a newly published book,Buddhist Economics. I talked with Brown about the promise and potential of Buddhist economics, what went wrong in our current economic framework, and …

Inspirational Quote – February 24, 2017

“Everything that you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.”

Let’s say we put our wish out there to the Universe or Greater Power and believe it has been received and understood and that a process has begun in making it a reality for us. I believe that, perhaps in order for us to truly appreciate and value the end result, we may have lessons to learn beforehand. Now these lessons may not be easy for us and we may struggle to understand or comprehend what they could possibly teach us, but we need to trust that they are for our own good and will ensure that, when our wish is realized, we are in the right place mentally, physically and spiritually to truly appreciate it.

A Champion for Every Foster Child

"Research into foster children shows a clear correlation between their educational struggles and their chaotic home life - and how this gravely affects their future. Enter FosterEd. It is the brainchild of Jesse Hahnel, an attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, who believes that if foster children had someone advocating for their education, at least some of those dire statistics might be alleviated. At the heart of his program is a fairly straightforward idea: Provide every foster child with someone who cares deeply about his or her education."

Inspirational Quote – February 23, 2017

“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”

Sometimes our dreams and aspirations seem so distant that we may feel we will never see them realized. However, at least we have a purpose in having something to aim for which, let’s face it, is better than having nothing to look forward to achieving in the future. Even if it feels as though we’ll never get there and perhaps wonder if it’s worth it, remember time never stands still so every single second, minute, hour and day that passes gets us just that bit closer to where we want to be. Never give up and remember the saying “All good things come to those who wait.”


For the Traveller: By John O'Donohue

We think we travel to find adventure and a change of scenery, but there are other tiny gems that come to us along the way of the road that are not from travel brochures. It is "the compass of our soul" that is the secret guide for finding our way in this world. When we are lost in faraway lands, or "in that part of the heart that lies low at home," there is a silence within that can show us how to find our way. Awaiting us on our next journey is "a crystal of insight, you could not have known you needed." In this poem, John O'Donohue invites us to listen, taste, feel and see all that comes to us as we travel the world beyond our front door. What talisman to guide your life will you find on your next journey?

Reasons You're Not Hungry

Loss of Appetite

Hunger is your body’s signal that it needs fuel. Your brain and gut work together to give you that feeling. So if you don’t feel like eating, a number of things could cause that dip in appetite, including certain medications, emotions, and health issues.


When you get stressed, your body reacts as if it’s in danger. Your brain releases chemicals, including adrenaline, that make your heart beat faster and slow your digestion. That can curb your appetite. This is called the fight-or-flight response, and it lasts only a short time. If you're stressed over a long period, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, and it makes you hungrier, especially for high-calorie foods.


Many medicines can have appetite loss as a side effect. Some of the most common ones include antibiotics, antifungals, and muscle relaxants. Drugs that treat depression, migraines, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and Parkinson’s disease can also affect yo…