Articles in: Emotional Health

According to Ayurveda, the mind is the primary cause of disease in the body. Mentally and emotionally, we create patterns of protective behavior that impact the body’s digestive system. It has been proven that 95% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut, while the brain has only 5% of the body’s serotonin at any given time. Supporting mental health encompasses both the mind’s emotions and a thorough evaluation of digestive health.

The Fall of Santa Claus

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 46 seconds At maybe 4 years old, I found myself prying open the eyes of a sleeping giant who appeared in our guest room one morning. Sitting on his iron-hard abdomen, I worked hard on those eyelids to see if the giant was actually alive. After what seemed like […]

6 Ayurvedic Truths The ‘Inside Out’ Movie Will Teach You

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Average Reading Time: 6 minutes and 47 seconds If you haven’t yet seen Pixar’s new flick, “Inside Out,” it’s well worth your time. This movie chronicles the culture shock an 11-year-old girl, Riley, experiences while she moves to San Francisco. What’s so brilliant in this film is how it makes the infinitely complicated machinations of […]

From Fear to Freedom


Average Reading Time: 6 minutes and 8 seconds In this article, I describe the effect of the mind and its emotions on our health from an Ayurvedic perspective, with a focus on the koshas (which translates from Sanskrit as “sheaths”). (1) The koshas are described in the Vedic tradition as the layers of human consciousness […]

Edible Flowers Annual Guide


Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 10 seconds With spring upon us, wild flowers, lilacs, violets, pansies, chrysanthemums, daisies, and other blooms explode onto the scene, taking over gardens, fields and mountain sides as if they were here for a reason, perhaps screaming, “Eat me!,” or at least, “Look at me!” We all know that […]

April Flowers Bring Medicinal Powers

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Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 30 seconds It’s hard to ignore the sight of the first spring flowers in April. After a long, barren, grey winter, the appearance of colorful flowers dotting the landscape can bring a smile and a sense of relief that winter is over. Historically, spring flowers were a sign to […]

How to Manifest Joy in the Mundane

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Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 36 seconds Joe worked in a large printing office and noticed that a co-worker was sad and depressed. While Joe didn’t know or talk to this person, he expressed concern about their mood. Our mind’s eye is trained to interpret poor posture, slouching in a chair, a heavy gait […]

10 Ayurvedic Secrets for Pure Energy and Contentment


Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 21 seconds Upon feelings of fatigue, it has become our natural response to reach for an energy drink, dark chocolate square or comfort food. The result, however wonderful, is short-lived. Energy boosters will stimulate surges of energy, but deeply exhaust the body in the process. Sadly, each time the […]

The Lighten Up! Emotional Freedom Cleanse


Average Reading Time: 6 minutes and 37 seconds Based on an exciting body of research, it is becoming harder and harder to dispute the fact that our minds and our emotions are responsible for the health or lack thereof of the body. That’s right, as I will show you in this comprehensive article, it is […]

Top 10 Health Perks of Optimism


Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 12 seconds Throughout history, folklore has always suggested a strong link between joyfulness and health and longevity. The bible said, “…the joyfulness of man prolongeth his days” (Ecclesiasticus 30:22). Shakespeare seemed to agree when he said, “Mirth and merriment bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” Today, the evidence […]