Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Does Reiki offer practical, energetic relief from stress? How does a Reiki session work? What are some additional benefits available from the practice of Reiki? In this program, Torrance CitiCable interviews Lucia Galante Johnson, CEO and founder of the Reiki Center in Torrance, CA. Lucia relates how Reiki transformed her life's work from the corporate world to creating a safe space to teach and share this traditional form of Japanese energy work. Lucia, associate practitioners and students share the flow of a session and provide insights into what the Reiki experience "is."
by Kimaya Singh
The practice of yoga allows not only allows ourselves, but our students to take time out from their busy chaotic lifestyles to recover and revitalize both body and mind...
Editor's Note from Brooke Nisbet: Although asana (yoga poses) practice is one of the best forms of physical fitness, separating yoga from its holistic origins dilutes the effectiveness of a complete yogic practice. Looking to get more into "real" yoga..beyond the physical practice? Read more to understand how and why.
Editor's Note: Sam Harris is an American author, neuroscientist and CEO of Project Reason. He received a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, and has a BA in philosophy from Stanford University. Here, he discusses meditation as a tool for personal evolution as opposed to a religious experience. As a teacher of Vedic Meditation, one of the things I tell my students is that meditation is for everyone, regardless of your religious (or secular) affiliations.
by Tracy Wasem
"No coffee?" I whined while staring at the obviously empty pot and shelf. "The Circle K is finished, Tracy" Brian stated while giving me a kiss while heading out to work at the hospital...
Editor's Note from Eileen Gonzalez: Tracy is genuine, caring and has a gift which she openly shares with others. She has reached a level of awareness and peace which she emits to all she come in contact with. Earlier this month, Tracy published another book meant to help kids fall in love with reading, "101 Sensational Story Starters for 5th and 6th Grade Students".
by Marilyn Muir
I have studied astrology for a very long time. Like everything else human there are lots of personal opinions, conflicting information and contradictory authors. Some of those can give you whiplash as your mind fights to comprehend the contradiction, argument or paradox created. One of those areas of variance is where do you find Mom and Dad in the chart and which parent is represented in the parental axis houses, the 4th and the 10th? This particular conflict has existed for many decades and even centuries. If the masters don't agree, how do we as students form conclusions for our own work? I decided to use logic to see if it would prove itself in experience...
by Mary Phillips-Sandy
Q: WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDICINE?
A: It’s knowing what to do with stories. My group and I have developed many, many narrative practices and routines for teaching and clinical work. One is called the “parallel chart.” We give clinicians or students this instruction: Write the things about your care of a patient that do not belong in his or her chart. These parallel charts expose matters that open up in the care of an individual patient, even if they’re simply things like “I’m angry at this guy,” or “This woman makes me sad...”
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this short article, Mary Phillips-Sandy interviews Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, about the use of story in medicine...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: I have many students who come my way because of anxiety challenges and panic attacks. This video showcases how to work through it with awareness which is a similar process to what meditation/mindfulness teaches. The "demanding more" component is essentially where you totally accept the fear. Please only do this part if you feel comfortable and trusting enough in yourself and body. Otherwise, please practice this with your therapist or someone who is trained to guide you through the process.
by Janet Lansbury
A couple of years ago I was driving my daughter home from high school, and she shared something from her Human Development class that day. The students were asked to draw an illustration of their emotional state. “And mom,” she said, “everyone drew pictures of stacks of books and things like that. I think I’m the only one who’s not stressed..."
Editor's Note: I don't know about you, but I find the end of one year and the beginning of the next to be a stressful time. Once the holidays are over it's tax season, yikes! So I found Janet's tips for how to raise less stressed kids helpful for parenting AND for myself! She offers some great suggestions and reminders for what to do INSTEAD of stressing.
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