15 09, 2017

Telomeres: The Biological Clock in Our Genetics

2017-09-15T21:49:12+00:00

Our bodies are made up of approximately 60-100 trillion cells. Every cell contains a nucleus, within which exists our chromosomes. Humans have 23 pair of chromosomes and chromosomes contain genetic information to be passed on called DNA. At the very tip of these chromosomes are tiny little strands of DNA called telomeres—biological clocks buried in our genetic makeup that science previously thought had a finite existence. Every time a human cell divides, it makes a copy of its DNA. The problem with cell division is that DNA replication isn’t perfect and so it skips over the end of each chromosome. [...]

Telomeres: The Biological Clock in Our Genetics 2017-09-15T21:49:12+00:00
1 09, 2017

Developing a Personal Relationship with the Divine

2017-09-08T16:52:59+00:00

To enter into any relationship, you’d have to agree that the first step is to have the desire to be in a relationship. If your heart is not in the relationship, it’s not going to work because by their very nature, relationships are heart centered. To have a successful relationship, you’d want to be clear on what you want in that relationship, as well as who you are willing to be or become—after all, a relationship is a partnership. It’s a two-way street. In addition, you must believe you are worthy of the relationship you seek, and you must be [...]

Developing a Personal Relationship with the Divine 2017-09-08T16:52:59+00:00
23 08, 2017

What’s the Gray in our Gray Matter?

2017-08-23T15:43:53+00:00

When we lose our curiosity and get caught in the same patterns of thinking and feeling—whether we’re talking about the brain, the body, or even reality—we tend to think what we know is what is. But as human beings make new discoveries and realize we don’t know everything, our construct of understanding causes us to think differently, and as a result, we change our scientific model. Such is the case with new research coming out of the Salk Institute and the University of California San Diego. We’ve known for some time that brain cells that store and process information are [...]

What’s the Gray in our Gray Matter? 2017-08-23T15:43:53+00:00
4 08, 2017

To Say We Are All Connected Is Not Simply Hyperbole

2017-08-09T07:54:17+00:00

For many years, our friends and research partners at the HeartMath Institute (an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives) have been studying and investigating how the heart and brain communicate with each other. Conversely, they have also been studying how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world. As an example, when we are feeling elevated emotions like gratitude, love, or compassion, the heart beats out a certain message. Because the heart creates the largest electromagnetic field produced in [...]

To Say We Are All Connected Is Not Simply Hyperbole 2017-08-09T07:54:17+00:00
21 07, 2017

Three Simple Steps Towards Happiness

2017-07-26T16:10:30+00:00

Two of our most unique capacities as human beings are that we possess the facilities of self-reflection and freewill. This means we have the ability to look at where we are, where we’ve been, and decide where we want to go. While this certainly sounds easy, the catch is if you don’t trust that changing your thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and actions will produce a change, then nothing in your life will actually change. Why? Because this lack of trust means you’re anticipating the same experience, and that anticipation creates the same emotion. This is the irony, as well as the [...]

Three Simple Steps Towards Happiness 2017-07-26T16:10:30+00:00
9 07, 2017

The Pugilist and the Ego

2017-07-09T18:44:43+00:00

Even thus by the great sages 'tis confessed The phoenix dies, and then is born again, When it approaches its five-hundredth year; - Dante, Inferno, Canto XXIV   According to Egyptian mythology, every 500 years the Phoenix self-immolates, meaning—it voluntarily lights itself on fire so that it may be reborn as a greater expression of itself. It’s for this reason why I chose the symbol of the Phoenix for our back-to-back June Advanced Workshops in Cancun, Mexico, and for this reason why I named the event “Transformation of Matter.” I wanted our students to focus on completely burning away the things [...]

The Pugilist and the Ego 2017-07-09T18:44:43+00:00
24 06, 2017

The Positive Effects of Yoga and Meditation at the Molecular Level

2017-06-24T14:37:06+00:00

For the past several decades, the world has seen an exponential growth, interest, and curiosity in mind-body interventions such as yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi. After practicing such disciplines, it doesn’t take long for us to feel physically stronger and experience increased mental clarity. As the saying goes, it does the mind and body good. But new research by the universities of Coventry and Radboud, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, suggest that the benefits of these practices are far greater than simply calming the mind and strengthening the body. The benefits actually begin at the molecular level and can [...]

The Positive Effects of Yoga and Meditation at the Molecular Level 2017-06-24T14:37:06+00:00
12 06, 2017

An Invitation to watch the new documentary HEAL

2017-06-12T23:34:07+00:00

In Western medicine, when we visit a doctor with a health issue, we usually see a generalist or a specialist. Sometimes it feels like a cattle call, and if we’re lucky we get a few minutes with a doctor to explain why we’re feeling sick or imbalanced. The problem with this approach, however, is that it generally treats the symptom and not the cause—and a symptom is not a human. Humans are comprised of complex relations between cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the body, all of which communicate physically, emotionally, genetically, energetically, and so on. That’s why when it [...]

An Invitation to watch the new documentary HEAL 2017-06-12T23:34:07+00:00
27 05, 2017

The Reason Why Kindness Makes Us Happy

2017-05-27T16:28:11+00:00

I believe a small group of people with compassion and kindness in their hearts can change the world, after all, that’s why we do the work we do. There’s a simple equation that says when you feel better, you treat other people better, and this produces a ripple effect that spreads out to everyone around you. One act of kindness is like dropping a pebble in a pond—the ripple spreads out to everyone and everything around you. The next thing you know, some lily pad in the far corner of the pond gets an uplifting shake and wiggle and it [...]

The Reason Why Kindness Makes Us Happy 2017-05-27T16:28:11+00:00
13 05, 2017

Through Initiation Comes Mastery

2017-05-15T16:33:00+00:00

When Grant Achatz was a young boy, one if his uncles often played pranks on him, and Grant could never tell if he was being serious or not. One day, his uncle wrapped French fries around a pickle and popped it in his mouth. Grant wasn’t sure if it was a prank or not, but he decided to try the concoction—and it was delicious. Grant’s young mind couldn’t understand why it tasted good because it sounded gross. That’s when his uncle walked him through why it tasted good; starch, fat, acid, salt, and everything in between that balanced it out. [...]

Through Initiation Comes Mastery 2017-05-15T16:33:00+00:00