Love is the Key to Healing

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director of The Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center Love is the key ingredient to healing. Very often though, we feel we are not deserving of love. This feeling is particularly prevalent amongst those who struggle with addiction. Those in recovery must not only believe they are worthy of being loved, but they must also be open to accepting love from those around them and giving love in return, if they are to be successful on their path to wellness. Self-love is the most important love…

What Does Family Day Really Mean?

Family Day may be a leisurely day off from work and school, but it’s meant to be an opportunity for to reflect on the importance of spending quality time with our families, and feeling gratitude for the deep bonds and connections we share with one another. Our families today are rich and varied. No longer do we think of the traditional illustration of a family— a mother, father and their children. Instead, families can be led by single parents, same-sex couples, work families and friends— essentially, any community of people…

How to Use the 7 Pillars of Well-Being to Create More Health and Happiness

Your overall health is a combination of your physical, social, and mental well-being. For many of us, we’ve become used to experiencing stress on a daily basis, settling for only a few hours of sleep each night, barely exercising, and eating processed foods that provide little nourishment for the mind and body. On top of that, you may be unhappy in your relationships or in your job (or both), and stay in toxic situations for a number of years. Although none of us are immune to life’s challenges and circumstances,…

Painless Ways to Detox Your Mind and Body in the New Year

by Nirmala Raniga The New Year is upon us and, with new beginnings, come an opportunity for transformation. One way we can enter 2018 with feelings of greater clarity, health, and balance is to engage in a detoxification program. According to Ayurveda, good digestion is a key to wellbeing. Therefore, we can begin to remove toxins from our bodies and feel lighter by examining and changing what we eat. When our Agni, or digestive fire, is strong, we are using food for its optimal benefits. By simplifying our diets, we…

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Over the Holidays

by Nirmala Raniga While the holidays often call to mind images of joy and sharing, in reality, for many the season can be one of anxiety and stress. During this time, we often feel pressed to find the perfect gifts for family and friends; we can also feel sad and lonely, reminiscing about days gone by and wanting to connect more deeply with others, but perhaps lacking the opportunity or skills to do so. For people who have experienced trauma in their lives or struggled with addiction issues, many of…

How to Process and Overcome Grief After Tragedy

Tragedies can have a lasting effect on people around the world. Just because it doesn’t happen in your neighborhood, doesn’t mean you won’t experience emotions related to the event. You feel sadness for the ones suffering. You feel anger towards the ones who caused the tragedy. You may even feel guilty because you cannot be there to help in person. There are several stages to the grief process including denial and anger, all the way to acceptance. Too often, we are stalled in one of these stages. This causes us…

The Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is an accessible, inexpensive, and rewarding practice that has incredible physiological and psychological benefits. There’s something magical that happens when you begin feeling more grateful each day. We all have our difficulties and stresses, and while gratitude doesn’t take away these issues, choosing to focus on the good— what is working for you right now, and what already exists that you can appreciate— can dramatically improve your well-being and outlook on life. It’s this shift in your mindset and energy that will also attract more positive experiences…

Sex Addiction: What You Need to Know About Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

According to reports, between 12 and 30 million Americans suffer from a sex addiction. Many different people feel the adverse effects of this addiction as it can be devastating for both the one suffering and for loved ones. The causes behind sex addiction are varied and dependent on many factors. Sex addiction can lead to emotional and physical distress. There are specific signs and symptoms to look for when trying to evaluate if you have a sex addiction. Some of them appear quite similar to other addictions, like drugs or…

Why Victims of Sexual Harassment Suffer in Silence (Rather than Report the Crime)

Many brave women are garnering the courage to stand up and report the abusive behavior they’ve endured from men in power positions. However, sexual harassment goes both ways and goes unreported by both women and men.  Some reports claim one out of three women are sexually harassed at work. That doesn’t include women who are harassed outside of their work environment.  Why Aren’t Victims Reporting Sexual Harassment? Many victims do not report sexual harassment due to a simple lack of knowledge on the actual definition and what it covers.  Many emotions are also…

Forgiveness and Healing: Why You Can’t Have One Without the Other

According to Harvard Medical School, not forgiving someone can impact both physical and mental health. It can feel as if the person has gone through a major traumatic event. Forgiveness, on the other hand, can lead to lowered blood pressure and a healthier heart. Studies have shown forgiveness encourages decreased anxiety and depression and increases the ability to improve your relationships. Forgiveness and healing have both an emotional and physical bond. They are connected deep within you and it’s impossible to have one without the other. What is Forgiveness? Forgiveness…