Cleansing teas and purges – the search for purity

Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, many believe detox and cleansing diets are effective in caring for their health. Is the search for purity tied to how we see ourselves?
Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, many believe detox and cleansing diets are effective in caring for their health. Is the search for purity tied to how we see ourselves?

“Cleansing” and “fasting” are popular health words these days. Teas, juices and various additives are increasingly being touted as a way to purify our bodies of toxins and impurities.

And, even though results of new studies are impelling researchers to debunk these methods, for many of us, the search for purity is commanding a good deal of our money, time and attention. Looking for guidance, we are fed promises of a happier, better self by uber-slim Hollywood movie stars who promote their own brands of purification products, along with a food industry that capitalizes on this trend by frequently using the word ‘pure’ in its advertising.

Taking it a step further, some travel abroad to special retreats and clinics for cleanses that offer mysterious and exotic sounding promises – and drugs – for a total purge and better health. It’s expensive; and, it can be dangerous.Continue Reading

Removing the ‘red shoes’ – finding a work/life balance

The old story of 'The Red Shoes' serves as a metaphor for the difficulty many have in finding a work/life balance. Can having a spiritual practice be the answer?
The old story of ‘The Red Shoes’ serves as a metaphor for the difficulty many have in finding a work/life balance. Can having a spiritual practice be the answer?

Work seems never-ending for lots of employees; many feel their work-life balance is completely unhinged and unhealthy.

“The days just blurred into one another. I didn’t feel I had space to think,” explained Myrna (not her real name), a young sales manager. She worked long hours, responding to and travelling to customers across the globe. She felt trapped – if she did not meet the demands, she feared losing her job.Continue Reading

What this doctor discovered about his smoking habit

Is smoking a physical addiction or a mental habit? Dr. Max Pemberton thinks he has the answer
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One day, after years of being addicted to smoking, English psychiatrist Dr. Max Pemberton had an epiphany! He realized that this long-term habit was not a physical dependency on nicotine. It was a mental addiction to the habit of smoking. In his article on canada.com, he writes:

“I realized that the real problem was the psychological dependence. This was underpinning my belief that I loved cigarettes and needed them and it was this that I needed to address. This also explained why the gums and patches hadn’t worked – I was mentally addicted to smoking. So I began thinking about the psychology of smoking.”

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The healing power of reconciliation

What does reconciliation mean? What would it look like in our world today?
‘Reconciliation’ by Josefina de Vasconcellos

Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message this year on reconciliation set the tone for what could be a world changing, yet individual, action that brings not only peace but also better health to everyone.

Her Majesty’s message opened with a touching image of a man and woman embracing. Sculpted and cast by the renowned English sculptor Josefina de Vasconcellos, it shows that moment of reconnection for which everyone yearns.

But what does reconciliation mean? And, what does it look like in our world today?Continue Reading