Mindful Eating

Mindfulness means that we take a moment by moment approach to life. By doing so, we become more aware of our inner nature and conscious of our environment and how it impacts our life. When mindful, we cease to criticize or judge ourselves. We are increasingly more compassionate and loving with ourselves and others. Mindful Consciousness, according to Elanor Rosh at the University of California at Berkely, means “to adhere in that moment, to the object of consciousness with a clear mental focus.” Mindful consciousness, as related to mindful eating would then mean we adhere to our food with a…

Still a Stigma?

Maybe our first solution is to let health be health and disease be disease and cease to classify one as physical and the other as mental. The negative stigma attached to a significant mental health diagnosis is still real for many Americans. I interact with clients caught in this trap almost daily. It is heartbreaking to watch a client struggle with the judgment of friends, family and employers. A mental health diagnosis is no different than a diagnosis of Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure or COPD. Is it? A mental health diagnosis (bi-polar) and a diagnosis (diabetes) both…

Friends Supporting Friends

  A heart filled with love A warm hand to hold. Good deeds accomplished No tangled strings to unfold. A bond is formed That can’t be seen. Lives are enriched Our world just gleams! More love exists. Poem by Janet Nestor 1-16-2011 My friend Diana Gardner – Williams is a great example of a Friends Supporting Friends. She organized a wonderful Grand Opening of Sharon Ellis-Wiley’s new Chanel Lace Hair Gallery on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro, NC December 14, 2011. She invited her friends to invite their friends, and welcome Sharon Ellis-Wiley’s new business to Greensboro. We did … and…

Why Detoxify?

We live in a polluted world. Our environment, air supply, water and foods are full of herbicides, pesticides, chemicals of all kinds, and normal every day allergens like dust and mold. Our organs and our bodies get worn down by all the extra work they do attempting to filter out all of the pollutants and allergens. The world has seen an increase in cancer, lowered male sperm count, heart disease, birth defects – including developmental disabilities and many other illnesses and disorders since the early 1900’s. Here are some statistics: Over the last 50 years 70,000 chemicals have been introduced…

How to Keep a Joy Journal

Journal A journal is a way to keep a record of something that is important to us.  It records our thoughts about a particular topic, and our topic is JOY.  I kept one for a long time, and now I think it would be fun if you kept one too.  There is no better way in the world to have a visual of our daily blessings and all the little miracles that happen. Joy Journal Our Joy Journal keeps a record of the small joys of life just as surely as it records the major joys and accomplishments.  In fact,…