Wellness Exercises & Stretches for Long Life – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Discover wellness stretches to counteract stiffness and muscular pain.

In the video below learn a series of easy-to-do daily stretches to relieve muscular pain and reduce stiffness. Includes acupressure points to boost your immune system.

Acupressure points open the healing energy to flow, which tones the muscles, and makes stretching more effective and therapeutic.

Video Link: Wellness Exercises & Stretches for Long Life with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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A New Way of Being – Article

Payam Ghassemlou, MFT, PhD

Payam Ghassemlou, MFT, PhD

Sometimes your mind becomes a chatter box, and your inner dialogue can lessen your enjoyment of life.

The article linked below shows you that your situation is not hopeless. You can learn to grow beyond the activity of the mind.

You may not be able to stop your mind from producing thoughts, but you can fill the spaces between your thoughts with the energy of love.

Article Link: A New Way of Being by Payam Ghassemlou, MFT, PhD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Accessing Our Inner Observer Part A

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

When we participate in our seemingly incessant internal dialogue, we may eventually wonder who, exactly, is listening? Inside our heart is a quiet, peaceful, nonjudgmental observer. Our observer is not affected by emotional ups and downs, our personal life dramas, or by the events of the external world. It is our observer, at the core of our being, that teaches us to let go of all the drama and turmoil, as we begin identify with it rather than with all the hubbub of our moment-to-moment experience and our mental chatter about it. We can learn to come into alignment with the observer, to find the freedom and peace that is always present. Merely asking the question “who is listening to all this?” starts to bring the observer into awareness. There are many effective tools to let go and be the observer who is always at the heart of you, free, serene, and peaceful. We will explore some of these tools this month, and the next

“Movies on a Screen”

Early in my process of spiritual development, I learned the idea of visualizing all of our experience, including our internal banter, as a movie on a screen. This was during the early 1970s. At the time a process called “Sensurround” that supposedly enhanced the audio experience of movies was widely advertised. The 1974 movie Earthquake was the most famous example of this audio technology. While I never saw that movie, I did think a lot about how the external world surrounds our senses. As a science fiction buff, I speculated about movies and performances that might have not only enhanced audio but also 3-D visuals as well as tactile and olfactory inputs. Clearly I was not the only one to think this way; the idea is the basic concept of the dystopian movie The Matrix.

Metaphorically, it was very easy to see “the world stage” as part of a holographic, very compelling movie. I realized that we are living in that “movie,” and that it is quite persuasive. In As You Like It, Shakespeare said something similar, in one of his most famous passages:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.

But with a movie or a play, there is always someone watching. I speculated about that too, asking myself, “Who is watching the movie of my life?” I perceived the events of my life passing by on my personal screen. I recognized that my opinions, beliefs, observations, and judgments were all part of the movie. All my interactions, my conversations, and my activities were there, and I noticed too that there was someone who was also me, who was gently, uncritically, and peacefully observing, without categorizing or assigning meaning. This inner me knew it was all a movie. I found the inner observer quite intriguing. The observer seemed to uniformly enjoy and appreciate every show, without judgment, and with compassion. Over time, I noticed that my inner observer was not limited in location to my physical body—it could be “bigger” than me—and I began to play with that concept too.

Remembering that this inner observer exists is deeply comforting. There is a coming-home feeling in noticing the presence of the inner peace that listens non-critically. I believe this observer is our spirit, our divinity, and our deepest inner sense of knowing. It forms a space in and around each of us, in which we are always invited to reside in wholeness and love.

So try this for yourself. See if you can imagine that your life is a play, a holographic movie, or a vivid illusion. Step back, throughout your day, and “watch the movie” of your life. Notice your roles. Observe your responses. See if you this helps you locate your inner observer.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books 1/14/14, copyright © 2014 by Marcey Shapiro. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

Stay tuned for more thoughts from Marcey Shapiro, MD,  on “Transforming Health” and Heart Centered Living

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Power of the Unconscious Mind – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD

with Emmett Miller, MD

Dr. Miller speaks about the difference between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind using examples and audience participation.

In the video link below learn how sometimes our mind plays tricks on us, sometimes it doesn’t allow us to see the reality of a situation.

The subconscious responds to imagery.

Video Link: Power of the Unconscious Mind with Emmett Miller, MD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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Start Simple: A View of the New Year – Article

Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Do you make long lists of New Year’s resolutions and never are successful with any of them. Part of that is trying to take on too much. Your heart is in the right place, but your time schedule is not. Or do you write down things you think you should do, but don’t really want to or aren’t quite ready for.

The article link below offers you eight simple ideas that are easy enough for kids or adults. Pick one – just one!

Once this one idea is a habit, part of your nature, you can choose another from the list.

Article Link: Start Simple: A View of the New Year by Charlotte Reznick, PhD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Your spiritual self – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareThe whole of you is an integrated union of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves.

The AHHA resource link below offers a list of books compiled to support you in developing a richer connection with your spiritual self.

Take a look at the books on the list, and then check your local library or bookstore for the books that speak to you.

AHHA Resource Link: Connecting to Your Spirituality

For additional information about the other resources that we offer, visit the wellness resources page.

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Bodywork for Migraines – Video

with Julie Cerrato

with Julie Cerrato

When treating migraines from a holistic approach, sufferers may wish to consider bodywork and physical treatments to alleviate symptoms and frequency of attacks.

In the video link below learn techniques to relieve migraine pain, control physiological responses, and eliminate nerve inflammation.

Video Link: Bodywork for Migraines with Julie Cerrato

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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Surviving Holiday Feasts – Article

Surina A. Jordan, PhD, Holistic Nutrition

Surina A. Jordan, PhD, Holistic Nutrition

The holiday season for many of us brings with it a mixture of issues and challenges. Food is used as the common thread, and as a major element of an affirming, wholesome environment in which to be social.

The article link below offers suggestions that will help you push back from the table and override impulses to overeat.

During the holiday season, there is no healthy substitute for self-control and a commitment to eat consciously. As you remember the reason for the season, take the high road of self-discipline making food choices that let you have fun, feel good and look great the next morning.

Article Link: Surviving Holiday Feasts by Surina A. Jordan, PhD

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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B for sharp brains – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksA recent study points out the importance of a simple dietary nutrient that can keep us mentally alert. It shows that low folate intake is related to the risk of memory loss or dementia later in life.

How simple it would be to just maintain the minimum recommended level of water-soluble B vitamins (folate and folic acid) as a preventive measure.

You and your physician can review the research article link below.

Research Article Link:Folate Intake Linked to Memory Loss”  from the December 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.

For additional research results, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Special Updates eReport Archives and note Featured Research item in each issue.

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4 Key Concepts to Help You Change the Way You Think About Change – Video

with Danielle Hart, MS

with Danielle Hart, MS

All of us struggle with change on our path to wellness.

The video link below will teach you about concepts and stages that can support you to more effectively and confidently deal with change and be more motivated to make the changes.

Get inspired – change is possible!

Video Link: 4 Key Concepts to Help You Change the Way You Think About Change with Danielle Hart, MS

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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