The Mindfulness Skill That Is Crucial for Stress

“A new study suggests that practicing acceptance helps reduce our stress more than simple mindful awareness.

Mindfulness practices that specifically emphasize acceptance teach us a nonjudgmental attitude toward our experiences—meaning, learning not to label our thoughts, feelings, or experiences as good or bad, and trying not to change or resist them in any way.”

The Unsung Importance of Inner-Work

“I have come to realize that inner work — taking the time to grow self-awareness, notice the patterns in your daily routine, and move towards positive change — is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, both personally and professionally”

Loneliness isn’t simply painful, it’s lethal.

Loneliness isn’t simply painful, it’s lethal. Several meta-studies have found the mortality risk associated with loneliness is higher than that of obesity and equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day. So, Vivek Murthy, US surgeon general from 2014 to 2017, decided to label loneliness a public health “epidemic,” a term that medical professionals don’t throw around lightly.

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

“Controlled breathing, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality.

Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.”

Words To Live By

If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.
— Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York and author of The Healing Power of Sound
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