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How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Written by Anita Collins Ted Talks

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

101 Best Louise Hay Affirmations of All Time

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Louise Hay gifted us with many positive affirmations to enhance our well being and health.  Here is a list of 101 of her best affirmations. They sure do help me! Her website has an abundance of inspiration

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Let’s affirm:

  1. Life loves me!
  2. All is well in my world. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe!
  3. It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.
  4. The point of power is always in the present moment.
  5. Every thought we think is creating our future.
  6. I am in the process of positive change.
  7. I am comfortable looking in the mirror, saying, “I love you, I really love you.”
  8. It is safe to look within.
  9. I forgive myself and set myself free.
  10. As I say yes to life, life says yes to me.

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How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult

The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5,000 percent more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders, or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study's founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.

Digestion: Your Third Emotional Center

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Many women suffer from digestive problems at midlife, often along with weight gain. In fact, GI tract problems such as bloating, gastric reflux, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers are the second most common reason why people seek medical attention in this country. It’s no wonder, when you consider the standard American diet. Most people living with these problems know that there are endless medications on the market that are claimed to fix these problems so that you can continue to eat the foods you like, and which may cause your GI problems. But it is important to know that this conventional approach just masks the symptoms. GI tract problems are not caused by an antacid deficiency, so taking the popular medications, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription, really won’t help in the long run. In fact, it is well documented that dumping these symptom-masking medications into your GI tract can, in fact, lead to other health risks.

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How to Find the Best Therapist for You

Therapy fit photoI really like this article because it highlights how to find a therapist that is the best fit for you. I could not agree more with the suggestions.  Finding a therapist is very personal and important and just because someone you know may like a therapist, doesn't mean it is a good fit for you. 

Article Written by Tracey Cleantis, LMFT  February 16, 2011; Psychology Today

Building Your Resilience

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We all face trauma, adversity and other stresses. Here’s a roadmap for adapting to life-changing situations, and emerging even stronger than before.

Imagine you’re going to take a raft trip down a river. Along with slow water and shallows, your map shows that you will encounter unavoidable rapids and turns. How would you make sure you can safely cross the rough waters and handle any unexpected problems that come from the challenge?

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One Woman's Description of Living with Ovarian Cancer Amid Her Clinical Trial Treatment

FlowersI have never read a personal account about Ovarian Cancer and the life/death struggle of a life threatening illness so honest and vulnerable as Cis White's story. This is a hard article to read because it is so raw and truthful. Most of us cannot dig deep enough to get these feelings to the surface, let alone actually write about them for the public. I thank Cis for her courage as she goes through the most difficult experience of a lifetime. This article gave me a wake-up call that I need to uncover what matters in my life and appreciate the present moment. Many blessings to Cis White on her healing journey. She has given so much to our world and now this article.

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Article Written by Christine Cissy White August 23, 2022
New England Journal of Medicine