The Art of Self-Love

Updated Feb 25, 2016 (Originally published Nov 28, 2012) When you love yourself, you love the world. When you love the world, you change the world. A riddle for you. What’s one thing that allows happiness to blossom, makes health flourish, and can make you cry like a puppy lost in the snow? You guessed it. Love! Okay, but enough about non-specifics.

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Guided meditation to reduce stress, calm the mind

People who meditate regularly report that meditation helps increase happiness, joy, enthusiasm, stress-resilience, and efficiency in work. Researchers report  meditation benefits our mental health by reducing depression, anxiety and cognition. Studies show it increases gray matter in the brain in ways that helps you better control your thoughts and reactions. It might help you stave off dementia because your brain ages slower with regular meditation.

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Mindful Eating: Eat by Choice, Not by Habit

Do you ever find yourself repeating the mantra “I will not eat junk food. I will not eat junk food.” Then, at your next social event, you’re diving in at the dessert table. Or, you go home for the holidays to your loving – and maybe a tad crazy – family. You’ve worked on reforming your eating habits, because you want a trimmer waist and more energy. But they don’t understand food reform. They encourage – or maybe pressure – you to eat like them, the way you always have.

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