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Global Well-Being Takes a Big Step Forward

deepak8.2 By Deepak Chopra™ MD, Gabriella Wright, Poonacha Machaiah and Michiel Rauws

Mixed in with its devastating negative effects, the COVID pandemic had at least one positive effect: The world felt united as never before. If this feeling of unity continues, huge challenges can be met together. One that touches me personally is the drive to democratize well-being—the gap between haves and have nots is physical, mental, and spiritual, not just economic.

A bit step in the direction of democratized well-being was taken by a unique program that uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to rescue people at high risk for suicide. We’ve become huge, enthusiastic supporters of Piwi, a chatbot that anyone in crisis can have a conversation with (https://www.x2ai.com/piwi). Here’s how this breakthrough intervention works.

It has been shown repeatedly that when someone is having suicidal thoughts, the best way to rescue them is through personal contact, which usually is conducted with another person at the end of the line. But it is also essential to have a follow-up contact to make sure that the intervention has a lasting effect. Piwi accomplishes both goals with very impressive results at a uniquely low cost.

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Vegan Bacon: Why It’s Better for You and How to Make Your Own

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If you Google “broccoli summer camp,” “kale summer camp,” and “cauliflower summer camp,” you’ll come up empty. You’ll find summer recipes for these cruciferous stars, sure, but no weeklong vacation event dedicated to them.

When you search for “bacon summer camp,” by contrast, you’ll discover that there is such a thing. With speakers, cooking tutorials, panel discussions, butchering demos, and even a bacon film festival, Camp Bacon caters to one of the hottest foods of the past decade.

And that’s just the tip of the strip, if you will. Someone spent enough time and energy to figure out that 62% of US restaurants have bacon on the menu. The average American consumes almost 18 pounds of bacon per year – and if you don’t, then someone out there is eating 36 pounds to keep the average up. There’s a National Bacon Day in the US. And bacon has gone from breakfast meat to ubiquitous star ingredient in everything from bacon-wrapped hot dogs and steaks to desserts like cupcakes and ice cream. And if I haven’t yet convinced you that bacon makes people highly irrational, there’s a Seattle company that sells bacon-scented underwear for men and women.

These days, whenever an animal-based product becomes hugely popular, plant-based versions aren’t far behind. Thanks to a growing market, new technologies, and social media experimentation, there are now plant-based bacon alternatives that are getting closer and closer to the original. According to the online food ordering company Grubhub, users ordered vegan bacon 113% more in 2019 than the year before.

And it’s a good thing, too! Bacon comes from pigs, the vast majority of which (approximately 95%) are raised on factory farms, which carry a whole host of ethical and environmental problems. And that’s not even mentioning the health effects of bacon, which is a highly processed meat.

So in this article, we’ll take a look at vegan bacon: why it can be a much better alternative to the stuff that comes from pigs, how you can make it yourself, and recipes that use plant-based bacon.

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Stress At Bedtime- How To Declutter For Better Sleep

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After an exhausting day, it is vital to relax your body and mind for a night of restful sleep. Good bedding and a soft pillow are what you need at night time, but they are seldom enough. At times, it becomes difficult to sleep, and you only end up tossing in the bed. It may be a medical problem, but most times, mental clutter deprives you of the rest you deserve. Are you aware of the ways to relax and declutter for better sleep? Do not worry because there are many ways to experience sound sleep, provided you can eliminate the clutter from your mind. Let us share a few with you.

Reading

Reading is one of the best ways to unwind before sleeping. Many people have a habit of reading before going to bed. You can choose magazines, read some short stories, and explore motivational books to reduce stress. Avoid reading work-related emails, assignments, and messages. When you feel that it is time to rest, turn out the lights soon and catch up on your sleep.

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What is Wellness and Do We Really Need Healing?

PollyW7.24 How often do we pause or contemplate what wellness is; and do we really need healing?

Our modern-day world blasts heaps of chatter on TV, radio and personal electronic devices urging us to improve our health and wellness. We are encouraged to join a gym, take a supplement, drink a detox tea and even take a little pill. These messages imply we are not vibrant beings, healthy and whole.

How often do we pause and contemplate what wellness is; and do we really need healing?

If I have a catalyst for stress, it is my relationship with westernized medicine. I schedule my yearly exams every three years. My motto is if I feel great why seek medical advice. This plan is perfect, until I don’t feel great and need to seek care.

Extreme weather is a trigger for a condition I have. The Arizona heat takes me off the dirt trails and into our pool. I am living, but not full throttle. I know that when September returns, I will experience vibrancy again.

I have to ask myself, what part of me is calling out for love?

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How to Move Forward After Difficult Experiences

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When people experience traumatic events in their lives, it often leaves them suffering from lingering effects. The collapse of a condominium in Surfside, Fla., the isolation and devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the countless personal traumas people experience every day can leave long-lasting emotional wounds.

When traumatic experiences happen, it can be hard for us to move on. If we don’t properly process the emotions that come with trauma, it can feel like we’re reliving those feelings every day. This can prevent us from feeling happiness, developing deep relationships, and trusting others.

We believe that everything has an energetic vibration, from our physical bodies to our emotions. When emotions and experiences aren’t processed properly, their energies can become stuck in the body forming Trapped Emotions. These energetic imbalances may cause physical discomfort, emotional distress, and relationship problems that can block us from living life to the fullest.

Energy healing techniques, creative expression, mindfulness, self-care, and time can all help people heal from traumatic experiences. Here are some methods for coping with and working through unresolved emotions.

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5 Powerful Ways To Reset Your Mental Focus

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Hectic schedules often make it challenging to maintain a balance between both personal and professional lives. People end up going through lifestyle disorders such as stress, anxiety, restlessness, and lack of concentration. Are you also facing the same challenges? Is your mental focus out of place? Or are you unable to learn new things and perform well across varied situations? Fortunately, there are a few powerful ways to reset your mental focus. Let us explain the ones that really work.

Limit distractions

The first secret to resetting your mental focus is to limit internal as well external distractions around you. Video watching, cell phones, television sound, and social media scrolling are external ones. Your internal distractions can be anxiety, stress, worries, and low morale. To minimize these, you must have control over yourself and use positive thoughts to eliminate the negative ones.

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Meditation for Addiction Recovery: How to Start

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Recovery from addiction is a long road, but so is the process that led many people down the past of substance abuse in the first place. Any noble endeavor deserves time and care, and reclaiming your life from the drugs and alcohol governing your behaviors is no easy feat.

Meditation is a powerful tool for addiction recovery. Much like a gentle and well-trained therapist, it puts you in touch with your inner workings and lets you examine the beliefs, behaviors and patterns that lead to substance use. Here’s an in-depth look at how the process works and how you can get started with your practice.

How Meditation Works Hand in Hand With Therapy

Meditation and therapy complement each other in myriad ways. One form of treatment, dialectical behavioral therapy, directly incorporates mindfulness techniques into the modality.

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Staying Cool: Balancing Pitta Dosha

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Pitta is one of the three psycho-physiological elements that govern the different activities of mind and body. Composed of fire and water, Pitta dosha governs metabolism and transformation in the body, including digestion. Pitta is associated with heat, and its effects are especially felt during the hot summer, from July to October. Whether you have a lot of Pitta in your constitution or not, you need to pay attention to pacifying Pitta during the summer.

Signs of an aggravated Pitta include excess stomach acid, heartburn, skin eruptions and irritability. Following a Pitta-pacifying diet can help keep this fiery element in balance.

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Stress vs. Burnout: 5 Ways You Can Recover From Burnout

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Burnout is a vague label we often slap over “feeling stressed.” But, burnout is so much more than that. 

In truth, burnout is the state that teeters on total physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion and collapse. It can affect your physical and mental health,  job performance, personal relationships, and even your finances. 

In this article, we’re going to outline the key signs of burnout, and offer 5 strategies to get you on the road to burnout recovery. 


What is burnout?

Stress is a common and expected part of our everyday lives. 

However, chronic stress can get to a dangerous point where it negatively affects our physical and mental health. Chronic stress can cause heart issues, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal problems, hair loss, headaches, and even premature aging.

Burnout is an extreme result of chronic stress. Burnout is a point of total physical and emotional exhaustion. No battery power left. 

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Cannabis and THC; 4 surprising benefits you might not know about

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With the increase of legal use of hemp along with other cannabis products, more and more consumers are now quite curious about this psychoactive plant. In 2018, it was removed from the classification of Schedule 1 drugs through the Farm Bill, and its legalization status has been growing ever since. There are two main components in marijuana; THC and CBD. CBD or cannabidiol is responsible for many benefits without producing a psychoactive effect, while THC provides benefits along with a ‘high’. Both of these have the ability to interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system. THC offers quite a few benefits, out of which we will talk about the 4 most prominent ones.

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Yoga, Covid, And The Wrong Path

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The search for a higher reality has brought out the spiritual yearning of countless people. This was true many centuries ago and is true today. Following your own spiritual path amounts to a mass movement that grows one person at a time. Each seeker defines a personal goal reflecting deep wishes, dreams, and ideals.

But what happens when the path itself has lost its hold on reality? I’ve read scattered stories about the yoga community that links some members, the smallest of minorities, that resist being vaccinated against Covid-19 and buy into conspiracy theories like QAnon. If all it took was common sense to change their minds, they wouldn’t still be clinging to such strange examples of irrationality.

But if you cast your net farther, the same thread runs through the wellness community as well, particularly the anti-vaccination mindset. It’s mistaken and unfair to use a fringe group as the tar that stains everyone else. The yoga and wellness communities consist of people with higher sensitivity to health, self-care, and consciousness than the general public, and that’s the image we should keep in mind.

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Are Mangoes Good for You — and the Planet?

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Although it may not be as revered as the apple, banana, or even tomato (at least in the western world), the mango is one of the most commonly eaten fruits worldwide. And production has gone up around 17% in the last few years globally, averaging over 55 million mangoes per year.

This luscious, juicy, sweet fruit that has won fans the world over originated in India, where it has a long and revered history. One of the central rituals of Hinduism, the puja ceremony, uses water infused with mango leaves to create the proper resonance for honored deities. Indian poets also use mangoes to evoke emotions like lust and love. And contemporary Indian novelists like Arundhati Roy and Anita Desai draw upon mangoes to symbolize abundance, sweetness, and possibility.

The mango is the national fruit of India, which produces more than half of all the mangoes consumed worldwide. Other top growers include Thailand, Mexico, and the tropical regions of China. In the US, mango trees can thrive in Hawaii, Florida, and parts of California.

With billions of fans and centuries of great PR, you’d think that mangoes have it made. But due to their high sugar content, mangoes are often vilified by low-carb enthusiasts. And because they’re exported around the globe, some environmentalists express concern over their carbon footprint and sustainability.

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When Therapy's Not Enough, Why Energy Work May Be The Answer

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Phillip walked into my office with his wife, his head down.

“Hi,” he said in a muffled voice.

“He’s shy,” his wife said apologetically.

“That’s okay,” I said. “It’s nice to meet you both. Have a seat.”

Phillip continued his reclusive demeanor, hunching down in the chair, his arm and legs crossed. He darted a glance in my direction and then hugged himself a little tighter. He was nervous and ashamed of being there. Another therapist. Please, not another one.

His wife patted him on the leg. “This is hard for him. He doesn’t like to talk about what happened. But it affects him every day. It’s affecting us. He’s not the same since he’s been back.”

I sat for a moment and just smiled at Phillip while his wife opened her purse and pulled out a Ziplock bag of medication. “This is everything they have him on. I don’t think any of it really helps.” I could hear the desperation in her voice.

“Okay,” I said. “Thanks for letting me know.”

This only made Phillip sink deeper into his chair.

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Holistic Healing for Veterans, COVID-19 Survivors and Other Victims of Trauma

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June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and recent research on the emotional roots of PTSD, anxiety, and depression indicates that energy healing through The Emotion Code energy healing modality holds promise for relieving symptoms among trauma survivors.

Although PTSD is most commonly associated with combat veterans, any terrifying, traumatic, or life-threatening event that is either experienced or witnessed can result in PTSD. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry found that 30% of COVID-19 survivors experienced PTSD. Other traumas that can lead to PTSD include sexual assault, accidents, physical assault, disaster, or witnessing a death or injury.

PTSD is a common and debilitating ailment resulting in emotional detachment, depression, anxiety, withdrawal from friends and family, and loss of interest in everyday activities. PTSD sufferers may experience extreme emotional or physical reactions such as panic attacks, heart palpitations, nightmares, crying, insomnia, paranoia, nausea, and chills when they are reminded of the traumatic event or events that led to their PTSD. Hyper-vigilance, a state of being constantly fearful and unable to relax is a hallmark of PTSD and the body's response to avoid more pain, danger, or stress.

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What are the best vitamins to take to stay healthy at all times?

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The current fitness and wellness market are literally flooded by a broad range of vitamins you can buy for prices ranging from “mind-blowing expensive” to “fantastically cheap.” Liquid vitamins, powdered supplements, special energy formulas, energy bars, are just some of the many different products currently available on the market.

There are many factors to consider before choosing the right supplement or vitamin for your health, and you should seek your doctor’s opinion first and foremost. However, we all know it’s not always possible to schedule an appointment with your family doctor to just ask him which one is the best vitamin you need.

Which ones are really good for your health, and how can you choose the ones your body really needs?

In this article, we won’t provide you any advice on the specific vitamin brands available on the market. We will just focus on the most important vitamins that can help you stay healthy at all times. Feel free to browse the Internet to find what’s the best supplement that suits your needs!

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The Mind-Body Connection Comes To Mental Health

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In very important ways mind and body are being connected as never before. The separate specialities that modern medicine is divided into are blurring around the edges. This is particularly true when it comes to mental health, which has long been outside the skill, or interest, of M.D.s who are not psychiatrists.

As mental health is increasingly connected to the body, it is becoming clear that a faraway region like the intestine, and its population of micro-organisms known as the microbiome, plays a major role in a person’s moods and general susceptibility to anxiety and depression, both of which rose alarmingly during the COVID crisis.

By now most people have learned at least the basics about the gut microbiome. Its teeming microbes are essential for digestion, and the proportions of thousands of species of bacteria are dynamically changing all the time. The advent of the microbiome is barely a decade old as a serious subject of study, but research has progressed rapidly.

You don’t really know your own body unless you have absorbed the following facts:

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Rediscovering Mental Peace- 5 Ideas You Must Try Right Now

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Stress, anxiety, and depression kill your inner peace, but unfortunately, they are an integral part of human existence. The pandemic has made these issues more rampant than ever, and most people struggle to find mental peace. Relationships are suffering, social isolation is a real challenge, and WFH stress is making things worse. It is hard to live normally when the fear of death and financial uncertainties looms large. But you need not give up hope. Despite the challenges, things can look up if you take the right approach to rediscover mental peace. Here are some tried and tested ideas you must embrace right now.

Start your day with meditation

Rediscovering mental peace is all about restoring balance. Purging negative emotions can do the trick because they are probably overshadowing positive thoughts right now. A session of meditation and deep breathing every morning can give you the best start. It will take only a few minutes to focus on inner peace and positivity, and you will feel happy throughout the day.

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Holistic Health and Wellness Tips for Seasonal Allergies

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Summer is almost here, and with warmer weather and blooming plants, many people are suffering from the sniffling, sneezing, and congestion that comes from seasonal allergies.

When pollen from flowers, grass, and trees enters the body through the respiratory system, it can cause a reaction from the immune system. Our bodies respond to these unfamiliar particles by producing histamine. This is a naturally produced chemical that’s meant to protect the body from foreign invaders, but it can cause inflammation, coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and more.

There is also a connection between allergens and liver function. The liver filters the blood. When the liver is overloaded and unable to completely detoxify the body, the result may be an immune system that overreacts to potential allergens, resulting in allergic symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and congestion.

There are things you can do to avoid allergens that aggravate your symptoms. If you know grass irritates you, try to avoid direct contact with it. If the pollen count is high, try to stay indoors a bit more that day. Other prevention strategies include using air filters to remove pollen and dust from indoor air, changing and washing your clothes, and showering or bathing after spending time outdoors. Regularly cleaning and wiping down surfaces in your home can also help.

Holistic health practices can provide natural ways to help prevent and recover from seasonal allergies. Here are some to try:

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Easy Steps To Unlock Wellness From Within

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Good health is a blessing, but most people end up looking at fad diets, expensive supplements, and gym programs to achieve wellness. You will be surprised to know that wellness lies within, and all you need to do is unlock it. Just a few steps are enough to be physically and mentally healthy without spending a fortune. But unlocking mental wellness from within requires the right perspective. Here are some easy steps you can follow to find that perspective and achieve ultimate well-being.

Love your body

The road to wellness starts with a healthy body. You must give your body all the love and care it deserves. A holistic diet plan that matches your nutritional needs is the best place to start. Steer clear of things that harm, such as alcohol, smoking, sugar, and processed foods. Periodic cleanses with detox routines also help. Loving your body is as much about exercise as well. Pick workouts that work for you, and you will feel healthy from within.

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Fighting COVID-19 Anxiety With Yoga as Society Reopens

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Many people are chomping at the bit for society to reopen. However, if you are among those with an autoimmune condition or another disorder and run a high risk of complications from infection, you might have valid fears.

The stress doesn’t benefit your overall health and may put you at risk of a painful flare. What can you do to tame your tension? Here’s how to fight COVID-19 anxiety with yoga as society reopens.

1. Tune Out Instead of Turning Into the News

Often, people exacerbate their anxiety by spending too much time on social media or watching the news. While you want to be informed, the chances are that you won’t miss any breaking developments if you silence your phone alerts and turn off CNN.

Yoga offers you the ideal alternative. You can find tons of free videos on YouTube, and you can watch and follow along on the big screen if you have a smart TV or a streaming device. Make a brief workout — you can find those as short as five minutes — an alternative way to unwind from your workday instead of flipping to the latest broadcast.

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