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The benefits of meditation – a calmer mind, less stress and enhanced, overall health, are of benefit to everyone. Starting a meditation practice, however, requires more than simply sitting cross legged in a quiet room and closing your eyes, although that’s a good place to start. Engaging in mindfulness and meditation takes some effort, as all meaningful endeavors do and is more easily grasped, and most effective, when guided by seasoned teachers. These five books, specifically geared towards individuals new to the practice, are a great place to start.
When Jennifer Page divorced the man she was married to for years, she faced her own feelings of deep, sometimes crippling loneliness, head-on. Her book, “Freedom from Loneliness: 52 Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely,” featuring a foreword by popular Christian television personality, Pam Rhodes, is part memoir, part inspirational how-to. This personal story focuses not on external techniques for combating loneliness, such as joining computer dating services or fine tuning social skills but rather, on a more deeply satisfying, spiritual, inner journey.
Humans are social beings. We are wired with a need to connect with others. Relatedness, the sense that we are part of a greater whole, is an innate psychological need. Social isolation is a threat to our sense of well-being. Newer research is finding that our brains switch into a defensive mode when we are ... more
One distinctive symptom of depression is a feeling of helplessness and despair. Many people who suffer from depression report feeling a lack of control over their symptoms or the situation that they believe is causing their depression. If left untreated, these feelings of lack of control can become worse, and may lead to other symptoms, such as suicidal thoughts. Learn more about how depression can overtake your sense of control as well as what you can do about it.
Life is filled with day-to-day stressors we can all relate to, from traffic jams to demanding bosses. As if that wasn’t enough, every now and then we may get a curveball out of left field, escalating anxiety and creating an extreme sense of overwhelm. It can come in the form of dreaded news about our own health or the death of a loved one, disappointment about an opportunity we were counting on, or a million other, devastating scenarios. Here are some ideas for combating overwhelming stress.
What is Suboxone® and what is it used for? Taken as a film placed under the tongue (“sublingual”), Suboxone® is the brand name for buprenorphine and naloxone, used to treat modern to severe chronic pain. Since its FDA approval in 2002, Suboxone® has also been prescribed for treatment of opoid...