Monday, January 15, 2018

Life Advice From A 100-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gets It

Good morning,

We have a light-hearted, fun article to share with you today from Mind Body Green. A functional medicine practitioner interviewed her 101 year-old grandmother on patterns from her life.
"Nature versus nurture is a topic we could discuss for hours in Grannie’s case, but genetics aside, this 100-year-old fiery woman has some topical things to say about food, community, and lifestyle. Talking to her really reinforced for me how significant the "nurture" part is."

You may even find some of her answers surprising...! Take a look here and learn what one woman who has lived a long life has to say:  Life Advice From A 100-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gets It

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Willpower & Compassion

Good morning,

Continuing our theme about new years resolutions, today we dig a bit deeper into why resolutions tend to fail and how self control and willpower for resolution keeping are actually models of everyday life. In a recent article entitled 'The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions' by Gray Matter published from The New York Times, digs a little deeper into why it is so hard to keep resolutions and how it actually has to do with the way we our made.  "Unfortunately, the problem of New Year’s resolutions is, in a way, the problem of life itself. Our tendency to be shortsighted — to value the pleasures of the present more than the satisfactions of the future — comes at a considerable cost."

The article goes further into reasons to why enforcing "willpower" is such a struggle and can be potentially harmful for our human nature, not natural to us as a species.

"In choosing to rely on rational analysis and willpower to stick to our goals, we’re disadvantaging ourselves. We’re using tools that aren’t only weak; they’re also potentially harmful. If using willpower to keep your nose to the grindstone feels like a struggle, that’s because it is. Your mind is fighting against itself. It’s trying to convince, cajole and, if that fails, suppress a desire for immediate pleasure. Given self-control’s importance for success, it seems as if evolution should have provided us with a tool for it that was less excruciating to use.'

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What then can we do to help? Gray goes into further detail... 'I believe it did; we’re just ignoring it. That tool is our social emotions. These are the emotions — things like gratitude and compassion — that support the positive aspects of social life. For years I’ve been studying the effects of these emotions on decision-making and behavior, and I’ve found that unlike reason and willpower, they naturally incline us to be patient and persevere. When you are experiencing these emotions, self-control is no longer a battle, for they work not by squashing our desires for pleasure in the moment but by increasing how much we value the future."

"What underlies these moral traits is the ability to put something else ahead of your own immediate desires and interests — to exercise self-control. Working hard to keep up your end of a deal or helping another person by giving time, money, food or a shoulder to cry on all require a willingness to sacrifice some resources in the moment. In exchange, you reap the benefits of those strong relationships down the line.

When it comes to making such short-term sacrifices, most of us don’t rely on a cold, rational analysis of costs and benefits. We don’t normally calculate what’s to be gained by helping someone else. We just feel like we should. It’s our emotions — specifically, gratitude, compassion and an authentic sense of pride (not hubris) — that push us to behave in ways that show self-control.

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I’ve moved more couches and spent more time making gifts for friends than I thought possible when I felt gratitude toward them and wanted to show appreciation. Or that I’ve worked longer and harder on difficult tasks when I wanted to feel proud about my abilities and contributions to a team. Or that I’ve given more support to people when moved by compassion to do so." (To view the entire article, click here.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Three Reasons Not To Make New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! Let the adventures of life begin anew!

You might be sitting at home excited and looking forward to the unknowns of this new year. Or, you might be at home worrying about what changes this year might bring. Regardless of which thought process you might have, many people decide to write new year's resolutions for themselves. As you probably know, the majority of people do not achieve their resolutions leaving them to feel an empty sense of failure. Is it because they were unrealistic or too out of reach? Statistics say no. Why? Because research shows that we as humans don't change overnight and have to go through the natural process of gradual change.

According to an article from, "They (people) go from not even really considering making a change, to contemplating making one, to preparing to make the change…and THEN (and only then) do they spring into action. The actual behavior change (like starting to exercise, or going on a diet) is not the first stage of change, but the fourth.

Here’s the long and the short of it: To be successful in a New Year’s Resolution, you need to be in that fourth stage of change." What are those four stages of change as cited in this article? Click on the full article link here to find out.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Life Doesn't Just Happen To Us

"The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, who was a contemporary of Confucius, Lao Tsu, and the Buddha, is reported to have said, “you can never walk though the same river twice.” More accurately, the English translation from the Greek goes thus: “The river where you set your foot just now is gone—those waters giving way to this, now this.” Put simply, Heraclitus is telling us that we live in an ever-changing world, one that is filled with the ebbs and flows of life, of life energy. He’s also advising us that, as the river (of life) changes, it’s in the past, so let it go and move on. The “new” river offers water that is filled with possibilities and untapped potential, so be prepared to go with the flow! This is great advice as we prepare for the New Year, don’t you think?" (To view the full article entitled 'Life Doesn't Just Happen to Us' visit the original article link here.) 

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A new year is close and for some, the idea of another year closing and a new one beginning can be daunting. But it doesn't have to be. If you are resistant to change or have trouble seeing what the future can hold, you're not alone. Please reach out today for your free 30-minute consultation and learn how Inner Passages can help you embrace the change of a new year in 2018.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Yoga and Asthma

As you know we are more than just therapy. We believe in a holistic approach to navigating through life's ups and downs. As you probably already know, what we feel is a big part of that holistic mindfulness is yoga and meditation. Today we are sharing an article which talks about how yoga can have positive effects on asthma sufferers (among others!). It's incredible how research is proving the positive effects of conscious thinking, breathing and body awareness.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Coping With Mental Stress of The Holidays

The holidays are coming up and sometimes they can be taxing for us mentally. Here is a very interesting article from about coping with mental illness during the holidays. It talks about a variety of topics including:

-Being estranged from family and friends resulting in loneliness during the holiday season.
-Having an eating disorder and having to face the issue head-on during family gatherings and parties that center around food.
-Dealing with alcoholism or other addiction with alcohol being a main attraction during holiday get-togethers.
-Stress and anxiety that comes along with hosting holiday season celebrations or going to too many events.
-It's the holidays and your therapist or doctor is out of town.

Check it out at the article link here.  If you are looking for professional, caring help to get you through the holidays and provide long-term support visit us at: 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise

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Today we are sharing an article from entitled '13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise,' which talks about some mental benefits to regular physical activity. Everyone knows that regular cardio can help heart health and longevity but did you know that regular exercise can actually increase the "happy brain chemicals" we produce? What about the fact that it can help to alleviate anxiety. We don't share articles from these types of sites often, but this one is great in that it brings up many valid points about making regular exercise as part of your mental health plan. As a holistic health specialist, we have integrated yoga classes into our client offerings and this article touches on some of the reasons why we are excited to offer yoga and feel it's important.