Category: Positive Psychology

Musings on wholebeing@work
The Busy Trap

The Busy Trap

"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets." This excerpt was taken from a blog post I read recently that discussed what the author called...

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Goofing Off

Goofing Off

When was the last time you just goofed off? I mean really did nothing. Nothing you had planned. I’ll admit it’s hard not to have something to do just about every minute of every day. And ironically if I want to goof off, I have to put it in my calendar. That seems backwards. With two kids and a...

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The Best Way to Find Yourself

The Best Way to Find Yourself

My path to meditation began with skepticism. If you would have asked me a few years ago if I have ever or could ever practice mindfulness meditation, my answer would have been a swift “no”. I never thought it was my kind of thing. I always thought I could find plenty of other ways to...

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The Wonder and Beauty of Each Instant

The Wonder and Beauty of Each Instant

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? How present were you in that moment? Were you worrying about work or planning your grocery list? My guess is no. There are few things in life that cause us to be more present than laughter. But why be present? People often tout the value of...

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The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

Picture this. Fifteen grown men and women, with seemingly nothing in common, wiggle and giggle around a textile design office on a spring evening. They have ants in their pants. Not literally, of course; this is a pantomimic segment in a long list of charade-like playacting that kick start Vishwa...

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Who Takes Care of Us? Roxborough Community Acupuncture

Who Takes Care of Us? Roxborough Community Acupuncture

It was not a good sound. I had a solid hold on my big toe. It was a stable side plank. That should have been enough. As my son told me recently in a very loving way, "mom you can be driving sometimes." Hmm...from the mouths of babes. I wanted that leg a little higher. At 6am hamstrings don't...

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A LAUGH A DAY: The healing power of humor

A LAUGH A DAY: The healing power of humor

Pain When we laugh our brain produces endorphins, which are up to 500 times more effective at eliminating pain than morphine. In one study, a group of college kids who watched a comedy before an experiment were able to keep their hands submerged in freezing cold ice water 40 per cent longer than...

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Learning to Laugh

Learning to Laugh

When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know, the kind where you laugh so hard you need to take a moment to catch your breath! April is National Humor Month and in my research on the benefits of laughter, I found them strikingly similar to the touted benefits of yoga (for example: soothing...

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Let Your Food Be Your Medicine

Let Your Food Be Your Medicine

Before I began my yoga practice, I never thought about the importance of my internal organs or a digestive system that works optimally. I learned that the system of yoga, along with it’s sister science Ayurveda [this word translates to “life knowledge”] offer very practical ways to bring...

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The Power of Vulnerability

The Power of Vulnerability

I recently watched a beautiful and inspiring TED Talk by Brene Brown called The Power of Vulnerability. In this presentation, Brown discusses her research on how impactful it can be for us, as individuals, to be emotionally vulnerable with others - that in allowing the people we desire connection...

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