Allowing Evolution: A Way to Greater Health & Wellbeing

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director “Everything is continuously changing, including your thoughts, feelings, and molecules. Accept that change is a part of life. Evolution calls upon us to adapt to change with creativity.” - Dr. David Simon Life is a process of constant change. On a physical level, we are constantly evolving based on what is going on around us. Our bodies react to our environment on a biological level, and as humans we also react to it on a cultural and technological level, which allow us to occupy new…

Addiction Is Not The End Of The Road

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director When we hear the word “addict” we usually visualize someone who is a hard core drug user, an out-of-control alcoholic, or a heavy smoker. But there are many more addictions that fly under the radar until the damage they have caused becomes obvious. The list of addictions is as long as there are things to crave, including compulsive gambling, sex, eating, work, running, shopping, toxic relationships and the internet to name a few. Addictive behavior is defined as any activity, substance, object, or behavior…

Hope for Opioid Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director With the passing of acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a drug overdose, the international spotlight had once again focused on opioid and other drug abuse, a problem that cuts across all socio-economic boundaries, shattering the lives of everyone affected. The US based National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines opioids as medications that “reduce the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus.” Essentially, opioids can become addictive due…

Connecting With Grace

A therapy dog wasn’t something Grace had remembered from her brief read through the Center’s website. It was wholly unexpected to see a honey-coloured canine stroll into the group room and join in by greeting everyone, one after another with a soft gaze and a comforting nuzzle this morning. Skybear was introduced as a certified therapy dog who’d had a rough start in life down in New Mexico. It was pretty clear life had improved for her since being found alone on the streets at 7 weeks old. Grace caught…

Nurturing The Seeds Of New Growth

Nurturing ourselves comes in many forms – from delighting the senses & nourishing the body with the zesty preparations of a meal, to the deep relaxation or release brought about through therapeutic body work. A hot soak in an epsom salt bath to ease tensions held in the body or an exciting exploration of the natural world each day can truly feed the soul & deepen our relationship with ourselves & with the world around us. Unseen & at times, unnoticed by others, an internal world swirls within us as…

Living in the Flow of Passion

Using Nonviolent Communication to Nurture Your Relationships “When all your desires are distilled You will cast two votes: To love more. And be happy.” ~Hafiz Written by Nirmala Raniga Human beings are social creatures; we have the desire and passion to deeply connect with one another, to love and be loved, to understand and be understood. These desires are universal, and when they stem from a place of wholeness, our relationships can thrive. Often, however, we can experience conflict in our relationships and feelings of bitterness, resentment, fear, and anger…

Seeking Balance and Well-Being: A Mind-Body Approach to Depression

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director Everyone feels “blue” or sad from time to time. It’s a normal life experience. But when these emotions begin to interfere with your life – if they keep you from enjoying your usual activities or disrupt relationships or responsibilities – it may be a sign of depression. Depression is a serious, debilitating mental illness that affects nearly one in 10 adults. Depression is an illness – not a weakness – that causes many of those who suffer to hide their condition, feeling a strong…

Disorder – How am I Looking….

It is estimated that eight million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men. People suffering from eating disorders either over-eat or under-nourish their bodies in an attempt to establish some control in their lives. They use food manipulation as a way to mask their emotions, to fill a void they feel inside and/or to handle the daily stresses. A key component in eating disorders is an excessive concern about one’s weight and shape and a negative, distorted body image. The underlying causes of these…

Addicted to Alcohol? There is Hope!

Written by Nirmala Raniga Alcoholism is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.  Addiction to alcohol is insidious.  It usually starts small but for some people, grows out of control. Alcohol is a legal drug that can produce pleasant effects in smaller amounts but produces dangerous consequences when consumed in higher quantities. Most people drink alcohol, and do so responsibly. Alcohol being a legal drug, it is socially acceptable when used in moderation. People often drink alcohol during social occasions; it slows down parts of…

Use the Power of Intention

By Deepak Chopra, M.D. Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention. When I decide to buy a birthday present, wiggle my toes, or call a friend, it all starts with intention. The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires. The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares,…