Mindful Eating Tips for the Holidays

by mr_jeffreed on FlickerWe can not change what we don’t know, see, or accept. That’s a fact of life. Once we are aware of something, then we have power and choices. This is mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment, openly and without judgment.

In viewing our life from this frame of mind, problem solving and choices we make will be in alignment with the circumstances as they really are and therefore will be more effective. Changes may be small and happen over time, but they will be

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Being in the Now with Elisha Goldstein

Welcome to my guest author for this post,  Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. He is a licensed psychologist and author of multiple books on the topic of mindfulness, including the recent release  The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life.  I highly recommend his book to you. It includes multimedia training to build your mindful awareness in moments throughout your day when you use the scan access videos through your smartphone on command. The mentoring this provides really goes a long

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Mild Cognitive Impairment & Common Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs

purple night forest moonThese include ADVIL PM, ALEVE PM , PAXIL, TYLENOL PM, CLOZAPINE, BENEDRYL, PREDNISONE, OXYBUTYNIN, DIGOXIN,  and WARFARIN to greater and lesser effects.

In  Cocktail of Popular Drugs May Cloud Brain , By Roni Caryn Rabin published in the NY TIMES on 2/27 she writes

“Many people are unaware that dozens of painkillers, antihistamines and psychiatric medications — from drugstore staples to popular antidepressants — can adversely affect brain function, mostly in the elderly. Regular use of multiple medications that have this effect

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Depression and Spontaneous Happiness

I received an email today from Dr. Andrew Weil, MD describing his newest book titled “Spontaneous Happiness,” because I attended the first ever Integrative Mental Health conference which Dr. Weil developed and presented along with other top mental health professionals from all fields of research and treatment. Exciting and inspiring, with a loving group of people in attendance who were all ears to hear the experts, including psychiatrists and MDs talk about alternatives to hard core medicines for the treatment of depressions and anxieties, among other diagnosis.

I highly recommend Spontaneous Happiness if

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Random thoughts on Creativity, our Brains, Steve and Albert

Clearing my desk, I found a haiku I wrote which started this creative train of thought for my blog today.

fall shadows falling
changing light toward healing
mother nature rests

Albert Einstein said “the intuitive mind is a Sacred Gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant but has forgotten the Gift.”

Drawing from a recent health article in the NY Times on the history of research on the brain; it was once pondered why if the right and left hemispheres are separate systems does the brain have a sense of

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