Archive for October, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Life Works from the Center

When we’re going through a challenge, cheap it can be very easy to abdicate our power. We might let others make decisions for Jeans Cream Roseus or go with the flow because it’s easier than making waves. We might go into our heads and try to make decisions based on logical thinking. But while these are all understandable tendencies, ambulance we will usually find that our life works better if we take a step back and get centered. We can meditate, prostate go to the gym, step out for a hike, or just take even five minutes alone to breathe and feel our own energy uninfluenced by others. When we regain a sense of our centers, we will be in a much better place to make the best choices for our own lives. And when we do that, things in our life seem to fall into place much more gracefully.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Creativity Can Be a Healing Force

Creativity can have a healing power for us as individuals, capsule but also for communities. In Oakland, tadalafil California, young people are beginning to use their creativity to keep them aligned with their goals and to express their desire for a better world.

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eczema 101 and Interesting Facts

The term eczema refers to a number of persistent skin conditions, diagnosis including neurodermatitis, cialis venous eczema, xerotic eczema, Eczema diagramdermatitis herpetiformis, contact dermatitis, and the most common form, atopic dermatitis. While exact causes are not known, atopic dermatitis is generally thought to result from a combination of genetics and environmental factors.

Here are some interesting facts about eczema:

1. The most commonly asked question doctors get about eczema, after discussion of treatment options, is from patients wanting to know if it’s contagious. (The answer is: No.)

2. About 90% of eczema patients develop their first symptoms before the age of five.

3. Eczema now affects around 30% of the population, up from just 5% a generation ago. The likely cause? Environmental changes such as increased detergent use and factors like central heating and carpets that encourage dust mites.

4. Studies have shown that sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), which is a common detergent used in shower gels and other cosmetics, can increase permeability of healthy skin’s natural protective barrier and cause irritation. According to researchers, this effect would be even more pronounced in eczema patients.

5. Skin that is red and inflamed is not necessarily eczema. Generally speaking, an itch must be present to indicate an eczema condition.

6. People who have eczema have the presence of certain genes that pre-dispose them to the condition.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How to Inspire Hope When Life Seems Hopeless

GUEST POST BY LORI HOPE

I recently had lunch with someone I often think of as my “miracle pal,” my dear friend Roxanne. Her advanced cervical cancer returned more than Lori Hopea year ago, after an almost two year remission, but she has remained remarkably healthy.

Rox chose not to pursue any more conventional treatment. Her doctor told her that undergoing chemo again would only extend her life for a very short time, and since she was symptom-free, she chose to live her days fully, pursuing alternative treatment modalities, including and perhaps most important, what brings her joy.

But joy wasn’t what I saw as we waited for the black-haired waitress to bring our spicy tuna sandwiches. I sensed a sadness in Rox; It looked like hope had drained from her face like blood from a tournequeted finger. Knowing how private she is, I let her take the communicative lead; in other words, I simply asked in a nonchalant way how she was doing, and allowed her to choose the topic of conversation. She kept things light, but I could feel a heaviness sinking her soul.

I kept wondering how I could impart hope to her. Was that in fact even possible? It’s easy to dash hope; people inadvertently do it all the time by telling cancer “horror stories.” But how do you give someone hope, besides telling a success story of someone else who fared well or survived?

I know that telling people with cancer to think positively can actually make them feel worse. Yet everyone knows that thinking positively makes one feel more hopeful. So it would follow that people with cancer would want to be reminded, “You have to be positive.” Right?

Wrong. Hope is a feeling, while positive thinking is a mental construct. It can be nigh impossible to “change your mind” and think about the bright side when you’re traumatized. And it’s normal to feel sad, angry, and even hopeless when faced with a diagnosis of cancer.

But there is still great hope for inspiring hope. Here’s what I’ve found. When someone shows me they love me, when they demonstrate that they accept me for who I am, right now, even when I’m being cranky or negative, it makes me feel better, and therefore more hopeful. Studies show that social support increases feelings of hope.

When I’m criticized or told what to do, the implication is that I’m not doing it — whatever “it” is — well enough. That can undermine my confidence and make me feel worse.

Over lunch, I told my friend that I love being with her. That I love her calm energy, but that I love her whether her energy’s calm or not or whether she’s feeling up or down. I told her how much I love our friendship.

By providing comfort, love, and confidence, and by silently supporting her treatment or lack of treatment decision, even if it’s not the decision I would make, I think I inspired hope. At least I hope I did.

It’s always a struggle to say and do the “right thing,” and, sometimes nothing you say or do will be “right,” because your friend or loved one is so stressed and therefore mercurial. Hence, the statement that people with cancer want you to know, “My moods change day to day; please forgive me if I snap at you,” rings all too true all too often.

But by just being there, and by listening, you can make a world of difference. By telling someone you are thinking about them, that you love them, that you believe in them, you can help them live a richer, more meaningful, and more miraculous life.

Always hope,
Lori Hope

Cancer survivor, Lori Hope is the author of Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know, Amazon.com’s second bestselling “cancer support” book. A newly expanded second edition of the book will be out next year. You can find more of Lori’s work on her blog. And if you’d like to participate in an anonymous survey about what was most helpful — and not so helpful — to you after receiving a cancer diagnosis, please click here. Participants will be eligible to receive a package of outstanding health and healing books.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Go with Your Gut

If you’re trying to make a decision, trust yourself. Take a moment. Close your eyes. How do the options feel in your body? You might notice that Intuitionyour stomach gets tight or anxious. Perhaps you feel warm and relaxed. If you’re having trouble getting a clear read, you may just need more information on the matter. Find out more details, then try again. As a practice, start asking your body to inform you of what’s best for you before you look outward and ask a friend for advice. You might be surprised at how much you actually do know, and at how reliable of an internal navigation system you already have.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Awesome Mother Nature

There are less than 2900 breeding pairs of the threatened Cape Vulture still alive today. Two paragliders in South Africa decided to fly with them, and the beauty of the world from their view is absolutely breathtaking. We hope you find this video as magnificent as we did, and perhaps it’s a good reminder for all of us to go outside—as often as we can—and rest ourselves in the healing power and tranquility of Mother Nature.

Flying with Vultures – Path into the Future from African Renaissance Productions on Vimeo.