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This week we focus on our physical health... though of course, since everything is connected our physical health is related to our mental, emotional and spiritual health. Our connection to plants is also an integral part of our well-being. One of our articles introduces us to "Sharing the Breath of Life with Plants". And because we are what we eat (as well as what we breathe), "Food is the Best Medicine Leading to Longevity and Health" gives some additional pointers.
It's not just about what we put inside our bodies, but also about what is on the outside of our body as explained in "The Importance of Natural Light and The Harmful Potential of Artificial Light". In addition, a huge contributor to your health is learning "How To Control Stress Before It Controls You".
At times, we may feel that all these requirements for health are just too complicated and "how's a person supposed to know what to do?" The good news is that "The Qi Knows Where To Go And What To Do, We Just Need To Listen". Our body has its own wisdom and knows what is best for itself and thus for you. We can learn to get out of the way and let the cells of our body heal themselves with the love and nurturing we provide.
Apart from our featured articles, we have numerous additional articles on a wide variety of topics to bring you information, insights, and in-joyment. Please scroll down below to discover them all.
May our articles this week help you create health, happiness, and well-being for yourself and for all.
Marie T. Russell
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Written by Sarah Varcas
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Written by Faye Johnstone
We are linked with plants through our breath. When we focus on this breath and consciously connect to the plant by giving and receiving the breath, we find ourselves intimately connected to the plant and it can be a very moving experience.
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Written by Pankaj Vij, MD, FACP
Ultimately, the most effective ways to increase happiness, optimism, and resilience depend on each unique individual and each particular situation. Paths to greater wellness are varied. It’s a lot like musical tastes. Different people may prefer Beethoven, Bach, the Beach Boys, Beyoncé, or Bobby Lewis, but the joy each person feels while listening is the same.
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Written by Elisa Lottor
In a modern diet, we eat many foods that are not good for us. Because of the ease of preparing processed foods, we are eating a lot of unhealthy fats and by doing this we are actually causing a lot of our own health problems. Food can be directly linked to many different diseases. Therefore, it’s essential that we watch what we eat and how we eat it.
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Written by Anadi Martel
For eons, human beings have lived in harmony with the light of the sun. But only in the last hundred years or so, since its introduction, have we become rather well adapted to artificial lighting. The advent of artificial lighting liberated us from our dependence on daylight for the accomplishment of most activities, and in so doing it has fundamentally transformed human life.
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Written by Bridgette Shea
Qi or prana is not just form, it is not just function, it is not just vitality, it is not just the communicator between cells and individual minds and bodies. It is all of the above.
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by Stephen T Asma
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by Helen Dent
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by Dan Pontefract
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by Paul Crawford
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by Rae Dufty-Jones and Neil Argent
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by Sonia Fernandez
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by Blesson Varghese
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by Agustin Chevez
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by Caroline Brooks
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by Tani Khara
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by Bianca Nogrady
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by Abaki Beck
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by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
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by Stefan Hansson
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by Andrew Jenkins
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by Pippa Norris
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by Jean Twenge
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by Benjamin Rosser
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by Marco Springmann
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by Francis Pakes
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by Jennifer Mathers
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Written by Pam Younghans
This weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read this week's journal here
It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights.
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