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September 2014

September 2014

A life worth living

“Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless.” —Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”

Why are you running?

Our culture is obsessed with the concept of being busy. As a result, ours is a hurried existence. Once the morning alarm blares, we race from the moment we step out of bed to the moment we collapse back into it.

The more rushed your day, the more important you are. The more hours you spend at work, the more dedicated you are. The more time you take moving, doing, working, going — the less time you have to ponder whether you are truly fulfilled.

As a nation, we boast of our greatness, yet a dismally small fraction of our days are truly devoted to being happy. We survive solely for the weekend, the next vacation, the upcoming holiday, the newest gadget. But when you’re constantly waiting for “the next big thing,” how many sunrises, embraces from your child, smiles from your partner, walks in the park, enjoyable conversations, cuddles with your pet and phone calls with an old friend have you missed?

When did you last live in the moment? When did you last feel the joy and limitless possibility of life itself?

Take this moment and make it better

Imagine our world with a little less “busy” and a little more happiness. What if we all spent a little more of our days focused on self-fulfillment? When we’re happy, we’re better able to make others happy too.

You can be the spark that makes this happen. Make a promise — right now — to focus on the moment; to experience joy and to share it with others.

If this task is daunting, the articles in the following pages can help. Our writers and advertisers offer tips to help you and yours live well. Learn how to practice mindfulness and stay healthy enough to make the best of your time on this earth. By doing so, you can make a positive difference in the lives of all whom you encounter.

Live today, don’t just survive it. Remember: That new smartphone, the TV, the last email at work can wait. Your happiness and well-being shouldn’t have to.

Think of the last time someone criticized or complained about your behavior. How did it feel? Easy-peasy? Painful? If you’re like most of us, criticism and complaints can be an uneasy experience, and sometimes even crushing. It can feel like you’re being judged, rejected and told you aren’t good enough.…
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” —George Santayana (1863-1952) Living in the present moment can be challenging when the computer of your mind constantly processes the worries, doubts and fears inherent to the changing of…
Many students go off to college with the idea that they will graduate a healthier individual. Based on my observation and analysis, though, this is far from common. We can change this — and by doing so, graduate students with an education in both school and well-being! It doesn’t have…
What is “universal life force”? “Universal” means all pervasive, in and around, flowing through and within all expressions of life. “Life” encompasses all living things and “force” is the application of energy, as in ki from source. In this context, it means to heal and balance the body of energy…
“Ooh, what’s it like?” This is the question I often get once someone finds out that I’m an acupuncturist. Their question is full of curiosity as well as hesitation. Many people find acupuncture mysterious, foreign and often assume untrue things about it. Today I thought I would shed light onto…
As physicians, our goal is to utilize as many safe and effective protocols as possible to help improve quality of life for our patients. There are several modalities that have demonstrated benefit, but many fall short of accomplishing a therapeutic effect for a wide range of indications. Within our modality,…
Are you becoming aware of the clunky energy of an old way of thinking/being and the influx of new, lighter energy choices? If so, you are not alone. War, conflict and worldwide drama, the bashing and duality of political parties, personal anxiety and daily burdens: we all seem to be…
When we think of malnourished people, most of us summon up the image of potbellies, stick legs and the gaunt faces of Africans featured in periodicals. But that image is no longer true, according to Tracie McMillin’s “The New Face of Hunger,” the latest article in a series on hunger…
Did you know that by properly storing your pet’s food, you could be protecting their health? You can purchase the best kibble available but if it’s not stored well, it can begin to go bad in a short amount of time. Don’t believe me? Try this experiment the next time…
Remembering is defined as to “be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past).” This is a seemingly simple concept, but far too often we forget or set to the side our true essence. This aspect…
The American way of death, when studied from perspectives that include carbon lifecycle analysis, biodegradability, local-sourcing, toxicity and sustainability, reveals many sad truths. The death care industry causes significant and unnecessary harm to our planet. Here are 10 sad truths worth talking about: 2.5 million tons of CO2 The carbon…
Last month when I wrote about self-parenting, I mentioned that it is like building a house. Self-parenting is taking the hand of your inner child, and helping your inner child feel safe, sane and secure in this world. You do this by starting with four corners, or posts, of the…
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