Finding the Mother Within

Everyone is born from a mother. And, even if individuals are separated from their biological mothers after birth, ideally they receive care from someone who took on that nurturing role, providing safety, nourishment, and unconditional love. In infancy, such needs are often met by a mother figure, a person able to devote herself fully to responding to the baby’s feelings of discomfort. The attention and feedback that the mother gives her child is integral in helping him grow into adulthood with a healthy sense of self. In his book, Free…

An Introduction to Ayurveda

by Nirmala Raniga Ayurveda, a Sanskrit term meaning “science of life,” is a 5,000-year-old healing system founded in India. From the Ayurvedic perspective, we, as human beings, are not merely thinking machines, but rather fields of intelligence, interacting with the information and energy that surrounds us. Through these daily interactions, stress, diet, and other routine parts of life can shift the balance of both body and mind, which can lead to health issues. Fortunately, the wisdom of Ayurveda can help connect us more deeply to our minds and bodies, offering…

How to Choose a Treatment Centre

by Nirmala Raniga When you or a loved one is struggling with addictive behaviours or other mental health concerns, finding the help you need can be an overwhelming process. With such a wide range of treatment facilities available, how does one determine if a centre will effectively meet the needs of the client? In order to find quality treatment for healthy sustainable changes, we offer the following suggestions.   1. Investigate: All too often, a crisis or life-threatening event tends to be what prompts a person and their family to…

Good Mood Food

by Jessi McLennan, NNCP The food that we eat plays a huge role in not only our physical health but also our mental health. On a day to day basis, the types of food that we choose can either help to stabilize our mood by balancing blood sugar levels, or it can cause unbalanced fluctuations in blood sugar levels which can result in lethargy, poor concentration, agitation or moodiness. Food also plays a crucial role in supplying the brain with the raw ingredients– in the form of vitamins, minerals, amino…

Simplify your Space for Spring

by Nirmala Raniga “There exists within each of us a natural state of simple and open awareness in which we feel happy, light, and at peace… We can begin to let go of the complications that cause us to suffer by cultivating a simple state of awareness. In this process, tiny steps yield big results, in part because simplicity is nature’s default position.” – Dr. Deepak Chopra Spring is a time when birds begin building nests, blossoms appear, and we often feel called to renew ourselves in mind, body, and…

Healthy Answers for Stress Relief

by Nirmala Raniga Chronic stress is a widespread health concern that has reached epidemic proportions. Stress can have emotional and physical repercussions, including anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and migraines, and can lead to more serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer. In looking for ways to escape stress, people commonly adopt unhealthy behaviors such as overeating or unhealthy eating, excessive media consumption, drinking alcohol, smoking, or other habits. These behaviors and substances may provide temporary relief from stress, but have long-term negative health effects on the body, and do…

Continuing Care in Recovery

Relapse, or the fear of relapse, is one of the most challenging aspects addicts face in maintaining recovery. Whether the individual has stopped drug or alcohol abuse, smoking, disordered eating or any number of harmful behaviors, the anxiety around starting up again is daunting. Following any type of recovery treatment or after one or more periods of abstinence, the stress around wanting to stay clean can sometimes drive the person back to their old habits. In some cases shame and guilt may even result in suicide attempts. It is important…

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,…