Finding True Love: Self-Love as a Path to Fulfilling Relationships

By Nirmala Raniga “Remember, in our inmost being, we are all completely lovable because spirit is love. Beyond what anyone can make you think or feel about yourself, your unconditioned spirit stands, shining with a love nothing can tarnish.” – Deepak Chopra Our most innate need is to love and be loved. We are born into this world with a pure expectation of unconditional love but regrettably this is not the experience for most of us. It is only through experiences where love is withheld from us that we begin…

Keeping Active During the Winter Months

by Mischell Poitras Committing to a routine that keeps us active and moving during the winter months can be challenging. With shorter days and colder, wetter weather, we tend to stay indoors and find comfort in relaxation and food. While this is fine once in a while, it is important to keep moving to stay fit, happy, and healthy. If you feel stuck in a movement rut, here are some tips to help get you moving: Schedule your time. You have probably heard how important it is to pencil yourself…

Finding Balance in Winter

by Baljit Binning According to Ayurveda, or the science of life, an over 5,000-year-old system originating in India that integrates mind, body, and spirit, all living things are composed of five elements: space, earth, air, fire, and water. In humans, there is usually a predominance of one or two elements, and this combination constitutes one’s dosha, or biological tendencies. Doshas fall into three main categories: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. At times, we can experience an accumulation of one dosha over another, which can be referred to as a dosha imbalance,…

Freedom from the Stigma of Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director “So many people are living in fear in how we perceive their addiction and mental health challenges. Our gift of compassion, care, love and support can open their door to heal their suffering” – Nirmala Raniga Many people struggling with mental health issues and addiction do not seek treatment because of the stigma that often surrounds their conditions. For instance, an individual who discloses details of his or her situation in the workplace fears rejection among colleagues, job loss, and feelings of humiliation and…

Supporting Healthy Goals for the New Year

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to create healthy changes in our lives, as it marks a time of closure to the experiences of the past year and offers the optimism of fresh, new beginnings. No matter what our specific goals or New Year’s resolutions may be, we are all ultimately seeking greater fulfillment and happiness. An ideal way to improve our health and happiness is to take a holistic perspective by setting small, achievable goals to improve each area of life. Our…

How to Address a Family Member’s Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director Family relationships can be challenging at the best of times—sibling rivalries, power struggles, and unresolved jealousies are common issues that can arise. At this chaotic time of year, fragile relationships can become even more strained. Details like who is hosting the holiday dinner, which relatives are going where, and how to afford gifts can all create stress. If substance abuse is layered into the mix, family dynamics can reach the breaking point causing long-term animosities that sometimes cannot be repaired. Is your younger sister…

Healthy Holiday Nutrition

The holidays are the time for celebrating with family and friends, but they can also be stressful when we find ourselves addressing difficult relationships and other situations. To cope with these challenges, people can sometimes overindulge in drink, food, and other treats. Overindulging in food is one way people can self-medicate. Using alcohol is another and can magnify rather than reduce holiday stresses, becoming particularly problematic for individuals in recovery. Consequently, abstaining from alcohol and instead enjoying non-alcoholic drinks, such as flavored waters, are healthier ways to enjoy holiday festivities….

Holiday Season Strategies: Avoiding Relapse, Inviting Happiness

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for individuals in recovery from addictive behaviors. Holiday parties and celebrations with co-workers, friends and family means increased exposure to behavioral excesses of all kinds, and a general attitude which encourages indulgence. Daily routines are often disrupted by busier schedules, travel, visiting relatives, or the shifting schedules of those we rely on in our support networks. Emotions and expectations run high as we desire a feeling of belonging and connection with others, or experience feelings…

How to Handle Holiday Season Stress

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director For many people, the holidays can be stressful. The expectation that the season is one of joy, when we may not be feeling cheerful, can create emotional challenges, as can dealing with difficult people and relationships. The holidays can also mean attending events where celebration can lead to indulgence in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, excessive eating, and drinking as people reach out for ways to deal with stress. For those suffering from addiction, this time of year can be especially challenging as exposure…

Shopping Spree or Shopping Problem?

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director “The goal of every behavior is comfort and inner peace…To heal an addiction, you first need to recognize the destructive patterns of conditioned behavior that are dominating your life…The best way to escape is to find a new perspective outside and above the entrapment you unknowingly created.” -Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D. For most of us, shopping is a pleasurable activity that results in something new to wear, a birthday gift for a close friend, or perhaps a new piece of furniture for the house….