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What Is a Loving-Kindness Meditation?

This morning I was doing a "Loving-Kindness Meditation"where you picture in your mind a person you love. Visualizing every detail about them -- how they look and act, the sound of their voice, their unique qualities; using all my senses to capture the deep, rich, loving facts about a specific …

Meditation

9 Ways Mentally Strong People Prevent Self-Pity From Sabotaging Their Success

Whether you’ve failed to close a major deal, or you’re overwhelmed by a looming deadline, throwing a pity party won’t help. In fact, feeling sorry for yourself can become downright self-destructive. It makes overcoming adversity difficult – if not impossible – and it keeps you stuck.<p>Mentally strong …

Self-help

'Alone time' is really good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million people live alone. In 1950, just 22 percent of …

Psychology

4 Steps to Finding Joy and Happiness in Your Bipolar Life

It's no secret that living with bipolar disorder can be tough. Even with medications and psychotherapy, symptoms don't always dissipate. So just how do you live a full and happy life despite this chronic condition? The key lies in the practice of a simple concept called mindfulness.<p>Mindfulness is …

Mindfulness

The 20 Most Weight Loss Friendly Foods on the Planet

Different foods go through different metabolic pathways in the body.<p>They can have vastly different effects on hunger, hormones and how many calories …

Nutrition

How allowing that early sip of alcohol can influence a child’s mind and future

When a child asks for a sip of dad's beer, what's a conscientious parent to do?<p>For Cameron Wallace, 36, the answer is clear: "My four-year-old son gets very small sips of my homebrew."<p>Those early tastes will be the first step in his ongoing education about the pleasures and risks of drinking …

Alcohol

“I’m not drinking right now”: Sometimes even non-alcoholics need to stop

I never got a DUI, fell down drunk or even had a hangover. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have a drinking problem<p>It started out as a night like many others. I was making dinner for Helena, the woman I’d been dating for a while. Candles flickered, curls of steam rose from prettily composed plates. It …

Alcohol

Breed Profile {Chihuahua}

I’m starting a new series here on the blog called Breed Profiles where I’ll post some fun facts and information about specific breeds. This is the …

What Causes Love to Go Away?

Q<p>What does it take to sustain a happy and successful relationship/marriage?<p>A<p>Although the differences between men and women have been much emphasized, …

The Great Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Do “Hugging Meditation”

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.”<p><i>“I embrace you with all my heart,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his beautiful letter of gratitude to his childhood teacher shortly after winning the Nobel Prize. To embrace one another with our whole hearts is perhaps the …

Five Crazy Things Sex Does To Your Brain

1 of 10<p>Birds do it, bees do it and so do humans. But what does sex do to the human brain? A whole lot, it turns out.<p>2 of 10<p>How women see …

The Brain

How to Lose Belly Fat Overnight

If I buy something online, I want it delivered immediately. If I order at the drive through, I don’t want to idle while it’s being whipped up.<p><b>And if</b> …

13 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Own Happiness

We all want our own bit of happiness independent of outside events or the stars aligning right. We know that happiness is down to how with think and …

Self-help

Meditation For Depression And Anxiety

<b>Balancing With Meditation</b><p>Meditation is beginning to receive credibility as a viable approach to decreasing depression. Research on the effects of …

How to Train a Dog to Walk on Slippery Floors

iStockphoto<p>Veterinary visits can be stressful for dogs. One of my greatest joys as a trainer lies in teaching dogs to relax and even enjoy the …

Pets

This Foundation Is Using Meditation To Bring Baltimore Together Amid Riots

For the past 13 years, the Holistic Life Foundation has focused on bringing mindfulness meditation and self-regulation techniques to their headquarters in Baltimore and beyond. As this week's riots hit extremely close to home, the team behind the organization stepped up to help bring peace, love …

Mindfulness

Bella Thorne Masters Mugler

<b>Who:</b> Bella Thorne<p><b>Where:</b> The 2015 Shorty Awards in New York.<p><b>When:</b> Monday, April 20th<p><b>What:</b> A forest green Mugler dress, coordinating Jimmy Choo pumps, and a sleek black clutch.<p><b>Why:</b> From her personal accessories to her orange-red nails, Thorne’s secret is all in the details.

Top 50 Detox Water Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss

Detox water is the latest diet craze to take off in recent years, and it looks like more than just a mere fad. This approach to losing weight is …

What’s your ‘cosmic identity’? Philosopher says you have one

Philosopher Nancy Abrams says collective human consciousness creates God and this is essential to the fate of the cosmos. Elements of this image …

12 Foods to Look Better Naked

According to adult toy company Adam & Eve, 41 percent of American adults prefer to get busy in the dark. Although that stat isn't particularly …

Yawning Kitten

Kittens

Change one meal a day to alter your diet and your health

The takeout craving at lunch is strong.<p>But making daily visits to the sandwich shop or wolfing down a container of oily pasta leftovers — perhaps …

How Food Is Linked to Mood | Whole9

<i>A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and a clinical instructor in psychiatry at</i> …

Five Nutrition Tips for Chihuahuas #RoyalCanin

<i>This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal</i> …