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Finding Balance During the Pandemic Pandamonium

Finding Balance During the Pandemic Pandamonium

Last week I found myself lost mid-sentence several times. I noticed my breathing was shallow. I have committed to meditating 20 minutes each morning and it has been helping to relieve the my stress and fears about the future. Even as recently as yesterday, I felt too agitated to do sitting meditation and did walking meditation instead. As a long time meditator, I’ve been surprised by my own lack of balance.

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Vippassana Breath Meditation

Vippassana Breath Meditation

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Meditation Basics: The Art Of Natural Sitting

Meditation Basics: The Art Of Natural Sitting

The iconic “Meditation Posture” seen in many publications is often misleading as a guide to real-life sitting for meditation. In advertising photographs the head is thrown back with neck jutting forward. The spine is sometimes shown as rigid. This position is neither healthy, nor sustainable. Sitting this way…

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Movement Therapy

Turn Your Office Into A Health Spa: 10 Easy Steps

Let’s face it—most of the time the office is the last place we would like to be. We associate the office with things like: ‘stifling’, ‘stuffy’, ‘confining’, ‘cramped’, ‘stuck’. Most suicides happen on Monday morning. We like to ‘escape’ from the office. Just like the frustration of sitting in traffic causes ‘road rage’, sitting in the office actually causes ‘office rage’. Much of the anxiety and job dissatisfaction in America could be directly traced to the environment. Studies…

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Laptop Ergonomics: How To Get Out Of Your Slump

Laptop Ergonomics: How To Get Out Of Your Slump

The advent of the laptop computer has revolutionized the table-and-desk-sit-down office work station. With the laptop, people are free to lie on the floor or bed, lean back on a couch in the hotel lobby or against a tree, or even stand up. No sooner did an opportunity arise to get rid of sitting in an uncomfortable chair, than did people take advantage of the…

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Reading In Bed: Finding the Ultimate Position

Reading In Bed: Finding the Ultimate Position

If you’ve had a big day and you need some time to unwind and read a book or watch a movie–chances are it’s not going to be sitting at a desk or table. Who doesn’t love to cuddle with an interesting book and cup of tea on the bed or couch? And chances are you haven’t really found a comfortable position. You can prop yourself with pillows all you want, but at best, some part of your body–neck, back, arms–is crunched and you can’t really relax 100%. At the worst, you can develop injuries…

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Chair-Free Lifestyle: A New Approach To Fitness And Health

Chair-Free Lifestyle: A New Approach To Fitness And Health

Note: This article is most useful for people who have some experience with natural sitting. If you want to learn how to get started, see The Art of Natural Sitting. Most modern furniture puts us in unhealthy positions which contribute to poor health and back pain. The alternative is furniture which puts you in healthy aligned positions which energize, tone and restore you as you work. Natural Sitting (a.k.a. Active Sitting) for most of us is a radical new way of doing things. There are many…

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Sleep Therapy

Six Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Meditation

Six Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Meditation

Winter is a great time to get some extra beauty sleep. With the longer nights and cold temperatures, our bodies are designed to slow down and regenerate. Sleep and meditation compliment each other. Meditation helps us slow down so we can relax and experience deeper sleep, and sleep helps our meditation by optimizing our ability to focus and thus reach that magical silent peace of deep alpha and theta brain waves.

Sweet Dreams On A Hard Surface: The Ergonomics Of Sleep

Sweet Dreams On A Hard Surface: The Ergonomics Of Sleep

I spent 30 years wondering what to sleep on for optimal sleep and health. When I finally realized through personal experimentation and research that the best mattress is no mattress, I could never look at the world the same. We are asleep when it comes to which bed is the best bed. I discovered that the mattress is…

Eleven Ways To Get Rid Of Dust Mites Without Chemicals

Dust mites are microscopic insects, found living in soft furnishings throughout the home, which feed on dead skin cells. In fact, an incredible one million dust mites can happily feed on the amount of skin shed daily by an average adult! While these tiny home invaders aren’t harmful in small numbers, larger mite populations can cause problems for some people. A Significant Cause of Allergies and Asthma The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America list dust mites and their droppings as one…

What’s Keeping You Awake At Night: Chemical Toxins In Bedding Explained

We have the illusion that clothes and bedding made from synthetic fibers are safe, but the materials are in fact full of invisible chemicals the clothing/furniture industry prefers we don’t think about. A hundred years ago, bedding and clothing was made of natural fibers like cotton, flax, wool, and silk. In the early 1900s synthetics were developed. Although rayon was introduced in 1924, the first truly synthetic fiber was nylon, made by DuPont from the petro-molecule, toluene. Nylon…

Reading In Bed: Finding the Ultimate Position

Reading In Bed: Finding the Ultimate Position

If you’ve had a big day and you need some time to unwind and read a book or watch a movie–chances are it’s not going to be sitting at a desk or table. Who doesn’t love to cuddle with an interesting book and cup of tea on the bed or couch? And chances are you haven’t really found a comfortable position. You can prop yourself with pillows all you want, but at best, some part of your body–neck, back, arms–is crunched and you can’t really relax 100%. At the worst, you can develop injuries…

Pillow Therapy: How To Turn Sleep Into Yoga

Pillow Therapy: How To Turn Sleep Into Yoga

It’s sort of a standing joke – sometimes people cheer when it’s time for the last part of the yoga workout – Shavasana – that is, laying down to relax, breath and let the mind release.  There usually is no pillow and very little padding. This is a chance to feel the body in a natural setting, without the furniture which surrounds us in everyday life, pushing us this way and that way. One way to integrate yoga into everyday life is to design one’s resting and sleeping environment around…

Small Space Living

Eight Steps to a Clutter Free Life

Eight Steps to a Clutter Free Life

Lessons from a Tiny House Guru By Patrick Clark People often ask me how I got myself to fit into a 184 square foot tiny house (8’ x 23’). The answer is, by changing my paradigm about how I think about space, stuff and redefining what quality of life means to me. It didn’t happen overnight. It has taken me years of consistent effort to get to this point. So many people want to do what I have done. The first step to less stuff/more freedom is to declutter and downscale. Here is a basic…

The Paradox Of Small – Simplicity And Minimalism In The Bedroom

The Paradox Of Small – Simplicity And Minimalism In The Bedroom

When I was in highschool I was inspired by Henry David Thoreau who lived in a 10’x10′ cabin as an experiment in self awareness and personal independence from herd mentality. Ever since, I had the ideal that living in a small space would be beautiful and simple. A small space offers a form of resistance or a boundary for me that feels safe and comforting. A small space helps me focus and inspires creativity. A small space has all the things I want: hassle-free, flexible, organized, easy to…