Healing From Anxiety

For the past twenty minutes you have been sitting at your desk, a blank computer screen staring back at you. The cursor at the top of your open word document flashes rhythmically. Thump… thump… thump. You become aware of your heartbeat and notice it steadily increasing. You feel it becoming stronger and you feel it in your stomach, travelling upward into your chest. Your palms are sweating. You take your hands off your desk and try to dry them by rubbing them along the top of your thighs– a temporary relief. You begin to set them…

Celebrating the Divine Mother

There is a beautiful chant in praise of mothers from Devi Mahatmyam: Yaa Devii Sarva-Bhutessu Maatr-Ruupenna Samsthitaa Namas-Tasyai         Namas-Tasyai Namas-Tasyai Namo Namah To that Devi Who in All Beings is Abiding in the Form of Mother, Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her, Salutations again and again. The month of May honours all Earth mothers and the Divine Mother, Goddess Shakti. In Hinduism, Shakti gives birth and nurtures new life. She is an embodiment of love, nourishment, nurturing, compassion, and creativity. Each of the major female deities…

5 Simple Steps to Healing from Emotional Trauma

By Nirmala Raniga Emotional trauma is everywhere, and so many of us are affected by it. When we lose someone or something we love, or a stressful event breaks apart our sense of security, we can begin to view our environment and those around us as dangerous. Even if a certain event doesn’t cause us any physical harm, being in a state of fear can still cause us to become traumatized. Before we get into the 5 steps of healing from emotional trauma, let’s take a quick look at common…

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…

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…

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…