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…

Recommitting to Joy and Your Goals in the New Year

By: Nirmala Raniga Each New Year invites us to reflect on our past accomplishments and review the objectives we have set for ourselves. Life is truly a gift, and each moment we are alive, we have an opportunity to live it to the fullest. No matter what we hope to attain this year, the most valuable thing we can do is to approach each moment with joy. Finding new ways to be happy will help us become clear on what we hope to achieve in our lives. We can then…

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….

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 Practice Non-Judgment For a Healthier and More Positive Mindset

Just about every single thing you experience is filtered and categorized as positive, negative or neutral by your mind. When certain experiences are judged as “positive,” and create positive feelings, we tend to hold on to these and grasp for more. Other situations we encounter may be judged as “negative,” so we resist and avoid them. Sometimes we also judge things as “neutral,” and those things we tend to give less significance to. In this sense, your mind acts like a judging machine. The truth is, making judgements is a…

3 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Can Help You with Addiction Recovery 

The American Institute for Cancer Research says that health experts agree; putting mostly plant-based foods on your plate is the healthiest diet you can consume. However, we believe a plant-based “diet” isn’t so much of a strict diet, as it is a chosen health conscious lifestyle for many— and it’s one of the best ways to support a healthy mind and body in recovery.   Plant foods (aka: the unprocessed foods found in nature) provide your body with healing anti-inflammatory compounds, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. All of these…

Could You Be Suffering From a Behavioural Addiction and Not Even Know it?

  Addiction has become what many of us refer to as the ‘epidemic of this generation’. Whether it comes up in conversation with your friends, while you’re browsing the internet or watching the news, the subject of dependency is all too familiar with both the young and middle aged generations. But addiction isn’t just related to using substances like drugs and alcohol— it can show up in our life through our behaviour. The problem with behavioural addiction is that many of us don’t even know we’re experiencing it. Research has identified…

You Can Avoid Relapse: Here’s How

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra Relapse, and the fear of relapse, is one of the most challenging parts of  recovery to face. Whether you’ve stopped drug or alcohol abuse, smoking, disordered eating, or another addictive behaviour, the anxiety around starting up again can be difficult to face. The stress around wanting to stay clean can sometimes become so intense, it drives you back to your…

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…

Creating Balance in Your Routine During the Summer

During the summer months, it can be a challenge to stick to a routine and balance work, family, downtime and self-care. Summer tends to become free and easy and, while that can be a good thing some of the time, it is important to remember to listen to your body and give it what it needs. A few key elements to help maintain a healthy balance include: Eat fresh, regular meals. Keep your body nourished and energized by eating fresh, light meals. Stick to salads and fresh fruits and vegetables…