Ruth Johnson

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You Are Not What You Think You Are

Why you are not what you think you are<p>Often we can go through life identifying with our thoughts, our habits of thinking and believe this is the …

Meditation in the Time of Low Self-Esteem

I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened. I do it to massage certain qualities within myself that make it difficult for me to live on Earth.<p>One of the ways I've found some relief in life is through a morning meditation practice. I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened, …

Mental Health

How To Start Meditation

First of all, you don't have to be religious to meditate. Treat meditation as a relaxation technique, very much like getting a massage for your mind. …

It’s Settled, This Is the Tastiest Trail Mix You’ll Ever Eat

Gorp or trail mix — whatever you call it, some variation of the nuts, fruits and oats mixture has been a mainstay in daypacks and thru-hiking packs …

33 Mind-Blowing Quotes From Thich Nhat Hanh

Did you ever felt that positive vibe, when someone’s writing just change the way you look at the world, Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings shall do that for …

Here's How Meditation Reduces Inflammation And Prevents Disease

A new study reveals the neurobiological effects of the practice.<p>Science has shown that mindfulness meditation can have a positive impact on a huge range of health conditions, including cancer, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The practice has even been found to slow HIV progression …

9 Delicious Ways to Eat Cloud Bread

The super low-cal healthy "bread" is sweeping the Internet, and for good reason. These recipes to take yours to the next level<p>Cloud bread is as …

Breakfast

How to Use a Journal for Better Emotional Health

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, one in every four Canadians will develop at least one anxiety disorder in his or her …

Mindfulness

8 Other Betrayals That Are As Bad As Having An Affair

Relationships and marriage are hard! There are some obvious things that would break a relationship, such as physically cheating on your partner, or …

Daily Meditation: Releasing Anger

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's post features a video from Buddhist nun Sister Chan Khong on managing and releasing anger. When …

Drinking Milk Is Linked to Parkinson’s Disease: Study

Studies have found a connection between the consumption of dairy products and a higher risk of developing Parkinson disease, the neurodegenerative …

Why It's Hard to Love People Who Don't Love Themselves

... and why you can't stop looking out for yourself.<p>Having written a couple of posts on the difficulty of loving others when you don't love yourself …

Better sleep may be the key to treating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness—a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders. With millions of people suffering from such conditions, it is crucial that we find ways to improve diagnosis …

Mental Health

The Ways I Live Happily With Anxiety

I've had anxiety for as long as I can remember but it wasn't until last year that I decided to accept it. Rationally, I always knew there had to be a reason I went through fits of immense fear but I was afraid to admit it because I thought being anxious meant that I wasn't normal. That wrongful …

Meditation Reduces Emotional Pain by 44%: Study

Open any magazine (this one, for example) and you’ll find that mindfulness has gone mainstream. You’ll also notice there are studies that purport to …

How to Instantly Relieve Anxiety

Things have been a little rough for me lately, I’ve faced some stress with some personal family stuff, work stuff and relationship stuff, and though …

Mental Health

Diet's effects on the brain greater than previously thought

<i>Australia is fatter than ever before. Despite all the diet information that surrounds us, 63 per cent of the adult population is considered</i> …

This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Help Us Save The Environment

Matthieu Ricard has lived many lives.<p>As a young student in Paris during the late 1960s, he was writing his dissertation in biochemistry at the prestigious Institute Pasteur. Five years later, guided by an inner stirring to explore a deeper side of life, he was living Darjeeling, India, where he had …

The Power of Prayer and Meditation

A peace that surpasses all understanding . . .<p>‒Philippians 4:6-8<p>Considering what I'd been through, I would rather die than go back to the way I'd lived before; it had been sheer hell for me. But perhaps I'd had to experience hell to know peace. There had been no place where I could run to, nor any …

10 Stunning Photos From @USInterior

National Parks

10 Ways to Tame Your Monkey Mind and Stop Mental Chatter

Zen Buddhists refer to the constant chatter of the mind as monkey mind. The Buddha held that the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys flinging …

How To Find a Friend to Take on Your Next Camping Adventure

Adventure is calling! But, it can be a lonely pursuit. Ever wanted to convince a pretty guy or girl to come with you or just want to share the …

Loneliness

From a minute to a mile: A beginner runner's journey

At 400 pounds I had little self-confidence. I measured my value not by my abilities but by the number of pounds on a scale.<p>No matter how reassuring friends, family and co-workers were, I saw myself as a failure because I couldn't manage my weight or my diabetes.<p>Diabetes took my teeth, not my …