Ever have a "gut feeling" about something? It means to trust your instincts, or to follow your intuition. As humans, we often experience this feeling. But it can be a challenge because we don't necessarily understand what it means. According to a study published in the Association for Psychological Science (2011, January 5), "the trustworthiness of our intuition is really influenced by what is happening physically in our bodies."
The study's authors found the link between gut feelings and intuitive decision making to be stronger in people who were more aware of their own heartbeat. For some individuals, being able to 'listen to their heart' helped them make wise choices, whereas for others it led to costly mistakes, according to an article in ScienceDaily (Trust your gut ... but only sometimes. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 10, 2011).
Michaela Torcaso is a woman in tune with her intuition, which she developed at a young age and continues to nurture. As the owner and founder of TIBIA Healing Center in Madison, her life's work is dedicated to helping others do the same. The center provides unique, effective training to those who want to tap into their intuition and gain or enhance their ability to work with energy. Check out her story on page 22.
Switching gears... what do you know about your cholesterol? We sure hear a lot about it in the media — what foods are "bad" for you, which drugs are best at lowering your levels, etc. It can get pretty confusing. But Dr. Rebecca Georgia with The Family Clinic of Natural Medicine in Madison offers some great information on how to manage cholesterol naturally. There are a number of things you can do to take charge of this area of your health. Be sure to read her article on page 10.
Finally... it's hard to believe August has arrived. Pretty soon (if not already) we'll be confronted with back-to-school sales and other events designed to prepare us for the upcoming school year. Savor these last days of summer. Get outdoors, enjoy the bounty of the farmer's market and take the time to stop and smell the marigolds, as it were.
As you know, in Wisconsin, summer's practically a "blink and you miss it" season. Enjoy it while it lasts!