The American Heart Association (AHA) adds meditation to the list of strategies to reduce cardiovascular (CVD) risk

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By Lorrie Jacobsohn According to Dr Glenn N Levine (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX), chair of the writing group of the AHA scientific statement, told Cardiology, “meditation, which is becoming increasingly popular and recognized for its benefits, may be an inexpensive and widely available adjunct to standard therapies for reduction of cardiovascular risk.”[1] The Center for Disease Control and … Read More

The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

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Recovering from shoulder surgery seemed like a perfect time to explore the difference between pain and suffering. My current sankalpa (a deep intention or promise made to myself) is to not suffer. Of all the sankalpas I’ve had over the years, this is proving to be powerful. For example, on a several hours long telephone call with tech support, I … Read More

Breathing Practices to Alleviate Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Research has shown that lengthening the exhale slows the heart rate and triggers a parasympathetic nervous system response known as the relaxation response or rest and digest (Jerath et al., 2006). A study by Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (Feb 2005) showed that slow rhythmic yoga breathing can “alleviate anxiety, … Read More