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…

What Happens to Your Body When You Use Cocaine?

What Happens to Your Body When You Use Cocaine According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 1.5 million Americans aged twelve and older reported having used cocaine in the 30 days prior to the survey. Over seventy percent of the world’s cocaine comes from Columbia. In 2015 over five million people reported using cocaine at some point during the year. Users have admitted spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars a week to support their cocaine habits. These statistics are alarming. So, what is this drug…

The Healing Power of Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”   Dalai Lama Every being on this earth deserves love and compassion, and we could all use a little more of it in our lives. Compassion is sometimes referred to as a moral or personality trait, but having compassion is a way of being. What Does it Mean to Have Compassion? When you see someone in pain and distress and reach out to help them, that’s showing compassion. Having compassion towards others doesn’t have…

How to Practice Gratitude in Every Moment (And Why This Can Change Your Life)

“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” ~ Dr. Deepak Chopra For centuries, great sages have reminded us that the key to experiencing life in all its richness is to feel grateful for all that we have. This allows us to have a deeper connection with the love, joy, and abundance that is constantly flowing through and around us, and you begin to attract more abundance, love, and joy into your life. When we’re grateful, the ego has no choice…

Neuroplasticity: How Addiction Affects the Brain (and Why There’s Hope for Healing)

The brain is complex and extraordinary. It regulates every part of the body. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are many parts to the brain. All parts work together to make the rest of the body function. The brain naturally produces “feel good” chemicals such as endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. These are the chemicals that make us feel happy, excited, and energized.   When dopamine is released, our brains are anticipating a happy situation. Oxytocin is released when we feel the closeness and bond from another…

The Eighth Limb of Yoga: Samadhi

Our on-going blog posts about the Eight Limbs of Yoga leads us to the final Limb, Samadhi. Samadhi is defined as a union with the Divine. This uniting can happen before or after our death. Those who meditate may speak of Samadhi, as they hope to attain this state through their meditation practice. It’s also believed that when great Sages pass away, they achieve Samadhi through their passing. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali devote a chapter to the concept of Samadhi. Patanjali addresses different types of Samadhi in The Yoga Sutras: Samadhi “with a seed”, which is…

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…

Dhyana: The Seventh Limb of Yoga

By Nirmala Raniga The Eight Limbs of Yoga are spiritual practices for well being, which help us live more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Each limb of Yoga explains how Yoga isn’t just a physical practice, but a way of life that helps us connect to our environment,our higher selves and those around us. Our ongoing discussion of the Eight Limbs of Yoga brings us to Dhyana, the Seventh Limb, which is often translated as “worship”. Practicing Dhyana involves concentrating on a point of focus, with the intention of gaining truthfulness about it. For example, we…