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Healing through the Wild Feminine

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:54

By Sareanda Lourdes

happy-belly-bigstockThe wild feminine, though easier to experience than to define, is the unbound, untamed landscape of our true nature. As people of all genders open to this feminine essence, we begin to rebalance ourselves and our communities, expanding the range of human expression. We learn to move not only from our logical mind, but from our root source. Our bellies and pelvic bowls hold extraordinary intelligence, if we only learn to listen.

Researchers are studying the web of neurons lining the intestinal tract as a sort of second brain: consciousness rests in the belly-bowl as well as the head. This innate consciousness has a more receptive, intuitive sensitivity, integrating experience and knowing the connectedness of the whole rather than controlling or categorizing experience. As Philip Shepherd puts it, "If cranial thinking sets us apart from the world, the thinking in the belly joins us to it. If the cranial brain believes itself surrounded by a knowable world that can be controlled, the brain in our belly is in touch with the world's mystery."

Fine-tuning your attention to the sensations and information found through the belly and bowl can support your sense of love and connectedness, prevent illnesses, and treat imbalances of the digestive and reproductive systems.

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Losing Weight for Foodies

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 21:51

By Patrice Lockert Anthony

portion-controlDo you ever feel like fate is directing your course? Or that maybe Benjamin Franklin was wrong, and a divine Being is intimately involved with our day-to-day existence?

I've been rummaging through old boxes filled with even older paperwork. One of the boxes burped up an old copy of Food and Wine magazine. Nothing life altering in that ... until I noticed that pretty much the entire issue was devoted to losing weight and living a healthier existence. And to whom did the magazine turn to delve into the matter? The ultimate foodies: chefs. Why was I leaping for joy, you ask?

Most of us are under the delusion that to lose weight — to be healthy — we have to give up our pleasure in food. We think (believe) we must give ourselves over to the bland, the blah-ness of calorie counting, sauce-less veggies, and ho-hum food prep. It's a lie — a myth! Gather round while I share the 411 of weight loss for foodies. It's about flavor. Where there is flavor — real flavor — there is satisfaction. Where there is satiety, you'll find portion control. Where you find portion control, you'll discover lost inches and pounds.

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Keep Your Brain Healthy

Sunday, 01 September 2013 22:05

By Anne Salazar-Dunbar, 

Master Herbalist

ginkgoKeeping the brain vital and elastic is a topic of major concern these days. With a focus on Alzheimer's and with the baby boomers heading into their later years, more and more people are looking for ways to keep their mental capacities and abilities strong and viable.

Fortunately, a lot of information and research findings on this topic are readily available. There are many herbs known to be helpful, as well as nutrition, supplements, and lifestyle practices, all of which go hand in hand. With some solid information and a bit of self-discipline, keeping your brain and cognitive abilities strong is not difficult.

First, let's talk about herbs that are great for brain health.

• Gingko biloba: This is a well-known herb used for the purpose of increasing blood supply to the brain. In addition, it neutralizes several kinds of dangerous free radicals that can damage brain cells. Gingko acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, increases neurotransmitter activity, increases sugar metabolism in the brain, increases alpha brain waves associated with mental alertness, and works as an antioxidant to protect the brain.

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