To Sleep or Not to Sleep

Sleep specialist William Dement states that sleep is “the most important predictor of how long you will live and perhaps more important than smoking, exercise or high blood pressure.”  More than half of Americans suffer from lack of sleep that can be a direct result of higher stress levels.  Sleep deprivation affects your mood, memory, concentration, relationships, judgment, reaction time, and
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An Observing Silence Retreat

In May, I thoroughly enjoyed attending a week retreat to observe silence, to devote time for self-reflection and contemplation.  This Chopra Center retreat with Deepak Chopra and 90 other like-minded individuals from around the world was held at Asilomar in Monterey Bay’s beautiful state park.  It was inspiring to be with a group of people without feeling the need to
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AYURVEDA: The Ancient Wisdom of Healing

The ancient traditional medicine of India, Ayurveda (ah-your-vay-duh), means “science of life”, or “life knowledge”, and is gaining both respectability and use in the West. Originating some 5,000 years ago, this medical system included eight branches of medicine:  internal medicine; pediatrics; ears, nose and throat; surgery; toxicology; psychiatry; aphrodisiacs (infertility); and rejuvenation.  It is believed that Ayurveda formed the foundation
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