The Science of Self-Love

An introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology and the hope for more Love as a medicine.

Only recently has western medicine begun to show evidence of what wise humans have intuitively known forever. That death and disease is directly associated with one's emotional well-being. In the past, it was only the monk, the witch doctor or the spiritual guru who could provide these more esoteric answers in the quest for wellness.

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Mindful Check-In Practice

This article provides a 2-part mindfulness practice to guide you through the right meditation for the right moment. Learn it. Try it. Apply it. Comment with any cool stories or insights.

Pt 1:

Begin by “dropping in” to the body by way of the chakras. By tuning into each chakra you will send awareness to each energy center. By spending a few moments/ breaths with each you will begin to  tune in to what the body needs. To properly set yourself u for pt 2 of this practice you can refine the tune in process by dividing the energy centers into three parts: lower chakras, central chakras, and higher chakras.

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Rise and Grind

This is the exercise guide to most effectively burn fat from Me to You. It's derived from decades of education, trial and error and from being my own personal guinea pig. An infinitely evolving quest for the miracle program as it stands today is actually really pretty great;

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Trading Pain for Love, Through Movement: Ending Depression in America

A lingering cloud of heavy darkness follows over 18 million Americans at any given time (NIMH, 2016). This cloud does not blow away in the wind, nor does it dissipate on the sunniest of days. It follows about its victims like the shadow of a lurking stranger. Stalking them like prey, this cloud attacks and kills more than 120 people every day in America and leaves others alive to suffer its wrath more than any other disorder (National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States 2015). This dark cloud is called Depression. Its victim’s numbers continue growing as more lives and families become destroyed by its clutches each year. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It accounts for over 10% of our healthcare’s economic burden (Greenberg, Fournier, Sisitsky, Pike, & Kessler, 2015) and the current forms of treatment are simply not doing enough to solve the problem.

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Mapping Your Meditation (Destination: Success)

Trying to meditate by closing your eyes and doing your best to think about absolutely nothing is just about the same as actually not noticing the elephant in the room.  What does nothing look like? Is this the same shade of black I see every time I close my eyes, or is this a special shade of black because I'm meeditattiiiing?... Did I leave the coffee pot on this morning? What's that noise??

Get the picture?

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Sleep Away Your Spare Tire!

Quality of sleep is one of the most important and often one of the most overlooked health measures that exists in medicine. It is a well-known fact that a good night's sleep is directly correlated with improved motor function, alertness, and greater ability to focus. Insufficient sleep, however, not only detracts from all the benefits associated with a good night sleep, if continued for any length of time, insufficient sleep can usher in a host of issues...

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Your Healthy Diet: Plant-based? Paleo? Neither? or Both?

In my ever-evolving quest to determine a diet that will satisfy a holistic approach to full-body-mind-spirit integration, I have embraced many ideas and thrown out many others. What I have determined thus far in my ongoing journey of health and fitness as it relates to what we are putting in our mouths and how best to relay this to both athletes as well as yogis and everyone in between is this: diets that are dogmatic in nature are quite simply the only ones to be avoided. And, if you didn't read between the lines; even that statement in itself could be determined a contradiction on the day I find myself swearing off certain foods altogether.

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Quitting is not an Option

Categorically remove the option to quit.

Now, break down your task into the smallest chunks necessary- and begin.

The first steps may seem punitive compared to the goal of sweet victory accomplished. But if it didn't seem so far or difficult to achieve, then it wouldn't be so worthy of your dreams now would it?

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The Shift- a Memoir of this Transformative Chapter

There are many different chapters of life when it is clearly time to make a shift. Some of us refer to this as "changing with the seasons" others refer to the "ebbs and flows" of life. I may have called this past chapter of my life any one of these cliché titles a time or two. But never did I lose sight of the destination in the process.

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If I'm just Spirit anyway...

Why must Soul Embodied slam the hammer to the iron? Why must he disrobe the loosely hanging skinsuit in effort to create a new? Why must I bleed ink to paper canvas just to spill a heart that simply lives a century upon this rock?

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The Way I Eat- A Monday-Sunday Look at the Nutrtion of Yours Truly

In my infinite quest to find, build or manifest the fountain of chiseled, high-performance Youth I have tried out many different diets, programs, protocols and fads. I have never and will never roll out a particular style of eating unless I have tried it out myself or done some in-depth research on how one's particular physiology, set and setting may be cohesive for such diet. With that said, I have been following a version of the diet spelled out below for nearly three years now

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Behind the Scene Routine- How to enjoy every moment of life while remaining in-line with your heart's desires

I am spontaneous. Maybe even sporadic at times. I am here then there and everywhere, often filling every moment of my day with work and play and joy just to come crashing into bed at night having squeezed out as much sweet juice as I could from the fruit of each day. As playful and spontaneous as I allow myself to be and happily thrive- there is quite a bit of behind the scenes routine that goes on to allow it.

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I Am it all

As the entire Universe dances in a seamless melody of systematic chaos, infinite energy exchanges from a conscious mind and into flow. In times such as this, a keen observer may be forced to wonder: Which part of me is precisely me?

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Reigniting Your Wild Heart

When was the last time you did any of the following:

Howl at the moon?

Climb a tree?

Play in the surf?

Move like an animal?

 Why shouldn't we take the time to nurture the wild heart that lives in us all? Are we not just animals ourselves after all? Correct me if I'm wrong- but there are times in life you feel lost and out of control.

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