Here are my favorite books on health, wellness and mindfulness from 2013.
Category: Mind & Spirit
I believe that there is no separation of body, mind and emotions. Thoughts, feelings, attitudes and belief systems all affect your physical well being in the same way that a dysfunction in your body can affect your mental well being.
Keeping healthy means therefore not only your physical health but also your mental and spiritual health. Finding meaning and a sense of purpose in life is an important part of your prescription for wellness.
One of my guiding principles in life is based on the notion of Ubuntu, an African word meaning what us makes us human is the humanity we show each other. Ubuntu is a belief in the universal bond of sharing that unites all humanity. It is a concept that is similar to what we know as compassion – compassion for ourselves, our family, our community, the global community and the earth.
In this section you will find posts on Ubuntu, stress reduction, relaxation, meditation and spiritual well-being.
Zoe Weil is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education and is considered a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement, which provides people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be conscientious choicemakers and engaged changemakers for a better world. How she talks about how to be a Solutionary, how to find one’s calling.
I believe multi-tasking is over-rated! Recently, I saw a study that said the average smartphone user checks their device about six times an hour. Small wonder so many people these days are feeling distracted and overwhelmed! Making matters worse is that we are the ones constantly interrupting ourselves, tapping that Pavlovian bell we call the smartphone, checking it when it’s buzzing and when it’s not. And what’s all that incoming information doing to us? It’s creating world of people who are stressed out, exhausted and perpetually teetering on the brink of a cold or worse, because their immune systems are similarly fried.
Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, the kids are going back to school, the leaves are falling, and we’re pulling out sweaters and boots. But it’s not just an important transition for our wardrobe – in Chinese medicine, the changing of the seasons is an important time to honor our bodies.
Because fall is such a good time to reset your health we’re giving away Cleanse Kits and health coaching to help you get there! You’ll find all of the details at the end of this post, but first here are six steps everyone can take to feel great this fall:
Jessica Cox was born without arms and shares about her experience of overcoming obstacles in this incredible video. She says that having a positive attitude and being creative is crucial — there’s always a solution if you’re creative. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, she sees herself as empowered. Jessica is the world’s first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. So inspiring!
We all value determination and the ability to push through and stick with a challenge. However, it’s possible to take this too far – especially when it comes to your workout routine.
Here’s a few pointers for keeping your workout helpful not hurtful…
Random moments of “unproductive” time don’t just make you healthier, happier and more resilient. They help you work smarter, too.
At Google, goofing off is the way to go. In fact, it’s encouraged. Engineers at the tech powerhouse’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters are told to spend 20 percent of their work hours — whether a couple of hours a day, or a full day a week — doing exactly what they please. They can sit and stare into space, take a nap, or wander the corporate campus and let their minds roam free.
Who’s got the desk chair blues? Give yourself 5 minutes for these easy seated stretches to
relieve tension in the body and mind!
Not so long ago a friend asked me how she could muster the self-control to drink less and eat more nutritiously on a regular basis. After a long day of work at a desk, bad weather (she lives in Belgium) and a hectic commute she is too wiped out to prepare a proper meal and would rather dine on a bag of chips and several glasses of wine while collapsed on the couch in front of the latest Danish crime drama.
Does this scenario – or some version of it – sound familiar? Losing weight, quitting smoking and other wellness promoting activities are among the hardest changes to achieve.
My good friend, Mariel Hemingway recently released a new book, Running With Nature: Step Into the Life You Were Meant to Live, and a new documentary, Running From Crazy, which chronicles her life. She has lived a fascinating life and has been into Wellness for many many years, way before it became hot. So I thought it would be a great time to interview her.