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Creating Positive Change by Outsmarting our Brains

by Alexis Sullivan Why is change so hard? We frequently say that we want positive change in our lives. Yet, when we try to transform ourselves for the better, we struggle. We know what we want, but when we try to put it into practice, we get stuck. It turns out that change actually is hard. Humans are hardwired to ... Read More »

How Stress Affects Us All

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar You’ve likely heard that stress is the biggest culprit and it runs havoc on your body. But how does stress do that? It’s important to understand the mechanics of stress and how it truly affects our bodies. When the body is stressed your muscles tense up, which is a reflex reaction to stress. When the stress ... Read More »

Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Share What Really Matters  by Marlaina Donato Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains and gives meaning to life. Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we ... Read More »

Illuminate Annapolis

If you’ve ever wondered about trying reiki, acupuncture, massage, healing crystals, intuitive readings, astrology, essential oils or tarot (and more!), the Illuminate Annapolis Mind-Body-Spirit Festival, from 11 a.m to 6 p.m on October 22 is a great place to start. The event will be held at the Student Union at Anne Arundel Community College. Throughout the day, practitioners will conduct mini-sessions ... Read More »

Aging with Passion and Purpose

Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse Want to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious ... Read More »

Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo on Joining Science to Spirituality

by Linda Sechrist In 2008, the Sebastopol, California filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the ... Read More »

Inviting Intimacy and Ease with Feng Shui

Have you ever felt boxed into a corner, up against a wall, drained or as if something is ‘hanging over you’? It’s amazing how our visual perspective affects the way our minds “see things!” Using feng shui’s ba-gua as a ‘map’, we can explore our homes in a new way, seeing how both the structure and the contents of our ... Read More »

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins An estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The ... Read More »

Natural Ways to Cleanse Body and Mind

Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery The term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from the ancient Egyptians to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload ... Read More »

Cannabis: An Effective Alternative to Opioids for Chronic Pain

by Patricia C. Frye, M.D. Chronic pain is an enormous public health problem. Approximately 85 percent of American adults will experience it at some time in their lives. Medically defined as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks, chronic pain is maladaptive, in that the pain far outlasts the precipitating injury. It is a burden that affects every aspect of the ... Read More »