“Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.” So said the Greek physician Hippocrates, the source of the Hippocratic Oath and widely considered the father of Western medicine. When you think about it, food is something you have three times a day, with snacks in between. Everything you take in as […]
Did you know that the brain scans of cocaine addicts are almost exactly the same as those of a person who’s just eaten a sugary snack? When you think about it, the two substances do roughly the same thing: give you a short burst of energy and mania followed by a major comedown. Both are […]
I took a walk at midnight, A warm wind blowing high. I cast my gaze toward worlds beyond, Above the leaden sky.
By any chance, have you: Cut way back on sugar and dairy foods? Eliminated red meat and processed foods from your diet? Increased your intake of whole fruits and vegetables? Started drinking only filtered water? Begun exercising regularly? Congratulations! You’ve already cut your cancer risk by a wide margin! I’m currently reading Radical Remission: Surviving […]
The single unit made up of your body and mind — your body/mind — knows what it needs at any given moment. If you listen to it, it will let you know what you should do and not do. If you get the notion that smoking a cigarette would feel great, don’t be merely reactive; […]
* * * I just read about a millionaire who “adopted” a poor neighborhood in south Florida. Crime has dropped like a stone, as has the use of street narcotics. High school graduation rates have risen appreciably, along with college acceptance of those graduates. This is how a rich individual with a social conscience invests […]
Writing Christmas cards in the tea’s warm glow, To the choir’s soft sounds, As silent flakes fall outside the window, Illuminated and dancing in the light. Spirits fly in synchrony, Making peace with what has been. Fearing not the future, They look forward with confidence, with joy.
In the popular American TV show The Walking Dead, a character named Morgan, who appeared in the show’s first season, recently reappeared after a long absence. In the interim, his sole purpose in a world gone mad has become to “clear.” He lost his family in the apocalyptic viral infection; now he devotes himself to […]
Today, everything is possible, because you are still breathing. You woke up, you’re alive; those two things in themselves should fill you with an almost ridiculous amount of optimism and joy. “Breathing in, I know I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to my life.” You’re connected to the entire universe: the iron in your […]
(And a few thoughts of my own!) Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. Breathing in, I know this is my in-breath. Breathing out, I know this is my out-breath. Breathing in, I notice my in-breath is becoming deeper. Breathing out, I notice my out-breath is […]