Showing posts from July 15, 2018

All About Bunions

What Is a Bunion?It’s a bony bump that forms on the joint where your big toe meets your foot -- called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. It happens slowly over time, and eventually gets bigger and sticks out. It can make your big toe turn in, sometimes so far that it moves on top of the toe next to it. Swipe to advance 2/14 SymptomsThe most obvious sign is a bulging lump on the joint. It might hurt and be swollen or red. It also can make it hard to move your toes, especially your big toe. Swipe to advance 3/14 CausesConditions that make your joints swell and hurt, like rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to bunions. Shoes that don’t fit well can, too, especially if they cramp your toes. And some people are just more likely to get them because of the way their feet are shaped. Swipe to advance 4/14 Adolescent BunionThis happens most often in girls between ages 10 and 15, but boys can get them, too. Doctors aren’t sure exactly why girls are more likely to have them, but it may have something to do…

Inspirational Quote – July 21, 2018

“Let your faith be bigger than your fear.”

If only it were that easy! Sometimes our fears are very, very scary and deeply rooted, and it is almost impossible for us to look beyond them to the light at the end of the tunnel. However, saying that, what about, when we are fearful, just letting go……, closing our eyes, taking deep breaths, finding the calm in our center. This is when to tap into our belief in whichever faith we follow. Allow, the peace we are all capable of surrounding ourselves with, if we choose, to take us over and just trust. A short but lovely word, trust. Try it the next time you are fearful, you may be surprised!

6 Habits of Hope

Hope is often viewed as the anticipation of circumstances being better in the future, but in this article environmentalist and social activist Kate Davies suggests that intrinsic hope is based in the here and now. Applying 6 habits of mindfulness to one's daily life will allow us to live from a place of hope that embraces life as it is now in all of its beauty and complexity.

What to Do When Your Family Is Struggling

Communication expert Dr. Tamara Afifi offers strategies for parents and kids who are coping with difficulty.BY OPTIONB.ORG
For more than two decades,Tamara Afifi, professor of interpersonal health communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has studied how families communicate with one another in stressful situations. Divorce or extreme financial hardship can be damaging for families, but there are ways to overcome these challenges—and even treat adversity as an opportunity for growth. We at OptionB.Org had a conversation with Afifi about how families can communicate, support each other, and stay resilient in the face of difficult times. OptionB.Org: How can we help our families communicate better? Tamara Afifi:Families who nurture their relationships tend to communicate better in times of stress. They are less likely to view events as stressful in the first place. And when stressors do arise, they are more likely to develop creative solutions to their problems and commu…

Inspirational Quote – July 20, 2018

“If you light a light for someone else…it will also brighten your path.”

Being able to “light a light” for someone else is what I love most about reading for people. Many of the people who come to me for a reading are often very troubled souls. They appear weighed down by whatever problems they are experiencing and unable to see any hope in their future. At the beginning of the reading they sit, slouched and slumped before me, shoulders drooping with the cares of the world showing on their faces. Then the reading begins……. As I channel Spirit and the reading unfolds and they receive reassurance that things will improve, problems will be resolved, they will have love in their lives, etc., they begin to bloom again. When the reading ends and they leave me with hugs and a spring in their step for perhaps the first time in a very long while, I am also uplifted and filled with joy.

The Man with the Halo

This inspirational short documentary tells the unfathomable comeback story of Tim Don, the fastest Ironman triathlete of all time, after breaking his neck in a cycling crash. Coming just days before the Ironman World Championships, where Tim was a favorite to top the podium, the crash looked to have ended not only Tim's hopes of becoming World Champion, but potentially his career. Despite the long road to recovery ahead, Tim's resolve to fight for his dream was clear. Walk the comeback trail with Tim on a journey filled with bravery in the face of adversity, determination and, above all, inspiration.

Inspirational Quote – July 19, 2018

“A wise owl lived in an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard.

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”

Personally, I love owls. There’s just something about them that appeals to me. They always look comfortable in their own feathers if you know what I mean? This quote really resonates with me and, as it makes a lot of sense, there’s not much I can add except to adopt what it’s telling us. Sometimes we need to just listen and engage our brains while learning and digesting what we hear before opening our mouths and letting it all out without really knowing what we’re saying or actually mean. Perhaps we’d hear things to our advantage, who knows? Worth a try.

Mister Roger's Message of Love

The release of the Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? calls to mind the essential message of Rogers' long-running children's program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Fred McFeely Rogers, who died in 2003, was also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Over the course of three decades on public broadcasting, he brought to millions of children what his faith's General Assembly referred to as "unconditional love."

How to Ditch the Drama in Your Relationships

Christine Carter offers tips to avoid getting sucked into unnecessary conflict.BY CHRISTINE CARTER
“You are unimaginably cruel. I could never have done something like that to you.” One of my clients—we’ll call her Sara—received that in a nasty text from her ex-husband, who was angry because their daughter, a young adult, had excluded him from a milestone event. Instead of confronting theirdaughter, the ex-husband was pinning his daughter’s actions on Sara. Understandably, the accusation consumed Sara. Even when we aren’t provoked by such high-emotion personal conflict, these days it’s hard to escape the daily dramas playing out all around us. Personal dramas are served to us via text and email—and if our own lives are peaceful, we need look no further than Twitter for President Trump’s conflicts, or our smartphones for the latest metaphorical (or literal) trainwreck.  Most of us are, at the very least, distracted by drama. Despite our best intentions, we have trouble looking away. Biologic…

Inspirational Quote – July 18, 2018

“Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden in the mind.”

Easier said than done! When somebody does us wrong we tend to brood and allow it to fester and grow in our mind. Over time, if we refuse to let it die a natural death and fade away never to be thought of again, like a boil or a carbuncle it grows and grows and grows…. We continue to feed it from a menu of anger, vengeance, and our sense of injustice. Now, is this actually doing anything to the person who caused it? Of course it isn’t! All this does is torment and prevent us from thinking clearly and getting on with our lives content and at peace. Let it go, just let it go, you don’t need it, really you don’t!

A Heartmindfulness Revolution

From a young age, the current mode of education encourages us to develop our intellects and to find success by getting a prestigious job, making large sums of money and acquiring things. But what happens when the mind is sharp but the heart is neglected and becomes numb? The unfortunate outcome is seen all around us in a culture rife with attitudes and technology that dehumanizes our most basic sense of goodness. Pancho Ramos Stierle surfaces these concerns in this inspiring, twinkle-eyed commencement address. Through generously sharing his own heartmindfulness journey, Pancho explains the wisdom of cultivating the heart with at least as much importance as one cultivates the mind.

Does Mindfulness Meditation Really Make You Kinder?

New studies suggest that training in mindfulness may help us show more caring and compassion toward others.BY JILL SUTTIE

Mindfulness meditation proponents often tout it as a way to create a more compassionate society. But that claim seems a bit dubious upon first glance. After all, meditation is an internal affair—focusing on our own experiences, emotions, and thoughts—and people generally meditate alone. What does that have to do with how we treat anyone else? While some meditation practices directly aim for increasing compassion—such as loving-kindness meditation—others focus more on creating mindful attention, a focus on one’s present experience. This seem less likely to automatically impact how we relate to others. Yet evidence is mounting that mindfulness meditation proponents might be right. Though the science is far from conclusive, it points to the likelihood that mindfulness meditation does lead to “prosocial” (kind and caring) feelings and thoughts, and more compassionate beha…