Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 Focus: I choose to make exercise a “play break” that can be a highlight of my day.

We are physical animals, and daily exercise is essential to our health. In previous generations people’s days were filled with physical activity, but today we must find ways to fit movement into our lives. Our parents and grandparents needed to walk regularly and perform many other physical tasks to get through their days. But now we sit on our bottoms most of the time, and our main exercise is pushing buttons.

You can pick from a wide array of options: dancing, walking, swimming, skating, martial arts, cycling, tennis, yoga, to name a few. As the yogis say, “Follow your bliss.” Because exercise does more than just boost your physical health — it can enhance your mental and spiritual health as well.

The best way to achieve the full spectrum of “body and soul healing” accessible through movement is to approach this powerful therapy with the excitement and pleasure we knew in childhood, running outside on a beautiful day to play with friends. Instead of a dreaded “workout,” exercise then becomes a much anticipated “play break” that can be a highlight of your day.

Excerpted from the article:
Healing Moves: An Ideal Self-Care Strategy
by Carol Krucoff and Mitchell Krucoff, M.D.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 Focus: Nothing in my mind or in my dreams is real.

Observe how the thoughts, beliefs, and stories, just like the feelings and emotions they trigger, are ever-changing, appearing and disappearing, but you are the awareness that is always present, always here. So, breathe and be the clear, unchanging awareness you are . . .

When you do this practice enough, you eventually realize that what you are is simply clear, radiant, present-time awareness itself. When you are no longer identifying so much with the contents of your mind — with thoughts, beliefs, and stories — you are freer of emotional stress and reactivity, and you experience more ease and harmony.

However, in order to pass through the final door to awakening or inner freedom, you have to use this practice to face everything in yourself, including all your demons. You have to face fear itself. If you truly face it and stay with it long enough, you’ll discover it isn’t real. Nothing in your mind or in your dreams is real. Only what is timeless, changeless, and always here is real.

Excerpted from the article:
A Dog Named Love & A Dog Named Fear: Which Are You Feeding?  —  by Jim Dreaver.

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013 Focus: I set my intention each day to do something good for another.

Many people say that they would love to help others in need but can’t because they have to get through their own personal crisis/situation first. How can I give to others when I don’t have much myself? they wonder. Once they are taken care of, then they will help others.

Sorry; that’s not how it works. When you step outside of yourself (and your situation) to help another in need, you will be amazed by what occurs. First, you feel good right away. By simply stepping outside of yourself and helping others, you are putting aside your problems for a moment and gaining perspective on what is going on outside of your world. This alone can shift your mental state to a more positive one.

There are many different ways you can give. You can give money to a charitable organization, volunteer your time, shovel the driveway for an elderly neighbor, or buy a sandwich for a homeless person. Whatever it is, just do something. Set the intention each day to do something good for another. You’ll be amazed at how that will change the way you feel.

Excerpted from the article:
Feeling Down? Give to Feel Good
by Sonia Ricotti.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012 Focus: I practice slowing down and being more present.

– Practice slowing down and being more present: Allow the light of your conscious presence into your daily activities.

– Take a few deep breaths, noticing the four parts of breath: in breath, pause, out breath, pause.

– Imagine an open flow of clear communication and light down through the energy center at the top of your head (crown chakra). Feel the whole body brighten and lighten. Ask the universe to guide you to whatever you need to know.

Excerpted from the article:
Illuminating the Illusions: Practicing Attention & Intention  —  by Roy Holman.

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Healing Self, Healing Earth: Awakening Presence, Power, and Passionby Roy Holman.

article is excerpted from the book: Healing Self, Healing Earth by Roy
HolmanA comprehensive, yet practical and easy to read guide to being human. Learn how to be present, care for the body, overcome adversity, and be your authentic, powerful, and passionate self. Includes Native and indigenous wisdom regarding 2012 Earth changes and how to prepare oneself, while helping heal the Earth.

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Friday, November 16th, 2012 Focus: What can I do today to open my heart?

We are all apprentices on the continuum of love. When we step onto that path, we apprentice ourselves to animals, to each other, to nature, to the universe. We are learning to open our hearts more completely to another, whether that other is an animal, a person, a tree, or a flower.

As you integrate the lessons of unconditional love, your heart opens and one day you find you are in the flow of the universe. You look into the eyes of a cat and suddenly you feel the oneness that is always there, waiting for you, and you know with your deepest knowing that you are part of the universal whole. You know you are not alone and never will be. You know we are all connected.

We can tap into that connection simply by asking, “What can I do today to open my heart?” For the animals in your life, ask yourself, “Are there ways I can allow them to live truer to their natures? Are there things I can do to accommodate their true selves that I am not doing because it might be inconvenient for me? What can I do today to open my heart?”

Excerpted with permission from the article:
Elephants & Puppy Love: Animals Help Us Open Our Heart
by Stephanie Marohn.

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What the Animals Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary by Stephanie Marohn.

What the Animals
Taught Me: Stories of Love and Healing from a Farm Animal Sanctuary by
Stephanie Marohn.What the Animals Taught Me is a collection of stories about rescued farm animals in a shelter in Sonoma County, California, and what these animals can teach us about love, compassion, trust, and so many of the qualities we so often try to cultivate in ourselves. Each story illuminates how animals can help us see and embrace others as they truly are and reconnect us with the natural world. A deeply inspiring collection, What the Animals Taught Me awakens our hearts and reminds us that our best life teachers sometimes come covered in fur.

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Living With and Within Nature by Anthony Weston

How to Eliminate the Causes, Triggers, and Contributors to Bipolar Disorder by Stephanie Marohn

Reaching the End with No Regrets by Bronnie Ware

Shed Your Limiting Beliefs & Achieve Your True Potential by Sonia Ricotti

Getting Through the End of a Relationship by Daphne Rose Kingma

The Clutter of Becoming a “Better Me” by Brooks Palmer

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 Focus: I remove the “excess baggage” from my home.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Focus: I remove the “excess baggage” from my home.
Every possession in the home has its own vibrational quality. Everything we buy, every gift we receive and any family heirloom we inherit all contain their own particular frequencies.In an ideal world, we surround ourselves with artifacts, furniture and possessions that have either a functional use or are aesthetically pleasing to the soul. Surrounding ourselves with objects that we are not happy with, that are broken, out of date, or that we seldom use are simply taking up space.

Excess baggage in the home has the potential to slow down our chi, limit our perspective of a new bright future and, to a certain degree, connect us more with our past than with our future.

Excerpted with permission from the article:  
Excess Baggage Slows Us Down
by Jon Sandifer.

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Feng Shui for Life:Mastering the Dynamics between Your Inner World and Outside Environment —
by Jon Sandifer.Discover how much more effective Feng Shui is when it focuses on the self as well as the room. By integrating the energies of your inner and outer environments, you can reach a stage of harmony that brings balance to all aspects of your life. Learn to improve your home, health, and astrological influences by manipulating energy flow.Info/Order this book.
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Happy & Hungry: Deciding to Enjoy the Ride by Alan Cohen
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Cycles, Patterns, and Change: Life Changes Are Driving Me Crazy by Tami Quinn, Beth Heller

Awareness is the Key: You’re Never Lost in the Present Moment by Donald McCown and Marc S. Micozzi

Stainless Steel Mouse: The Leader of a New Revolution by Dan Furst

New Jersey Gov. Christie surprises some with broad call for offender treatment

Details to come on priority item from State of the State address.
February 1, 2012 by Gary A. Enos, Editor
New Jersey Gov. Christie surprises some with broad call for offender treatment
While gay marriage constitutes the latest topic capturing national attention among followers of the never-dull administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the addiction treatment community in the governor’s home state is abuzz over his recent call for mandatory treatment for nonviolent offenders with substance use problems.Although even the staunchest supporters of treatment were somewhat surprised that addiction treatment was elevated to a signature issue in last month’s State of the State address by Christie, they also point out that his attention to this subject in general shouldn’t catch anyone off guard.
Christie has witnessed the societal impact of substance use problems from numerous perspectives, including as a prosecutor and as a former board member of a New Jersey addiction treatment organization (Daytop Village). In addition, media reports pointed out that the governor’s wife has engaged in volunteer work at a number of treatment facilities in the state.Stating that “everyone deserves a second chance,” Christie proposed in last month’s State of the State speech a policy shift that would divert nonviolent offenders to mandatory treatment. Many media outlets lauded the proposal, with the Philadelphia Inquirer writing in an editorial that the governor “smartly recognizes that addiction is still winning the 40-year-old war on drugs, so he is changing up New Jersey’s strategy.”
Few details are known about how the Christie administration will seek to achieve this goal, both financially and programmatically. More information could be forthcoming in the governor’s budget proposal, due to be released later this month.Debra L. Wentz, CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc., said some as-yet unsubstantiated reports have indicated that an interdepartmental task force that was formed by the administration last year to centralize anti-drug efforts could drive much of the change the governor wants to see.Wentz adds that others have reported that a plan to divert offenders to treatment could be initiated as a pilot program in a couple of New Jersey counties. At this point, she says, her organization’s advocacy focus regarding the administration’s proposal will center on ensuring that treatment services be evidence-based and delivered by credentialed providers.

In a Jan. 29 commentary she wrote for the Star-Ledger newspaper, Wentz stated that “Christie is taking advantage of the confluence of public sentiment, fiscal imperative, compassion and good policy that has the potential to change lives and definitively solve the state’s fiscal crisis.” She added that at present, fewer than 7% of state residents with substance use disorders are able to access needed treatment services.