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22 Things Happy People Do Differently

In Fitness/Health, Happiness, Meditation on Saturday, 23 March 2013 at 15:58

22 Things Happy People Do Differently.

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puppy cam…

In Animal Rescue, Animal Welfare, Life with dogs, Meditation, Mindfulness, Pets, Well-being on Sunday, 27 January 2013 at 09:13

colleges now have “puppy rooms” during final so that students (and staff) can go in and spend time with puppies during what is a stressful time with finals and late nights studying.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/07/tech/social-media/apparently-this-matter-puppy-room/index.html  

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/college-offering-puppy-room-stressed-students-225038015.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/12/colleges-turn-to-dogs-to-help-finals-stress_n_1512156.html

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/04/166470837/puppies-may-help-students-ace-finals

just spending time with animals has been shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety, heighten feelings of well-being…the research consistently supports the use of “animal assisted therapy” time and time again.  i can also speak from my own experiences with my very own pet therapist, linus, who has been working in the schools with me since he was a baby (this is his 11th year!).

linus, my pet therapist...

linus, my pet therapist…

while it would be great if all places of business, schools, colleges, etc. could have a puppy room (or a pet therapist/professional pet cuddler), two of my wonderful rescue friends have created “puppy cam.”  so far, there was puppy cam I, featuring liza and her puppies who all got adopted…then puppy cam II, with the two feist puppies, and now, puppy cam III where mia has JUST HAD PUPPIES starting at about 0100 this morning!!!  so, now we have new puppies to watch!  

so, in the same vein, i am posting the link to the angels among us puppycam so that, hopefully, you can watch when you are feeling stressed or just in need of watching the unconditional and instinctual love of a mom for her pups and watch the pups as they grow and develop. 

PUPPY CAM LINK: http://www.badferret.net/puppycam/

i hope you enjoy watching mia and her babies as much as we all do!  for more information, please visit http://www.angelsrescue.org or like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/angelsrescue?fref=ts

for information regarding some of the many benefits of pet ownership, please see : http://wp.me/p2IpfL-2q

autism and asanas…new information

In Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fitness/Health, Meditation, Mindfulness on Saturday, 13 October 2012 at 09:50

Yoga Helps Children With Autism Remain Calm, Improves Social Bonding

BY AMBER MOORE

New York University researchers say that daily yoga can boost social bonding and focus in children who have been diagnosed with autism.

The intervention program, “Get Ready to Learn,” (GRTL) uses yoga and breathing techniques to calm children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program has five steps that are done for 17 minutes each day. According to NYU researcher Kristie Koenig, this program can lower the levels of aggression, social withdrawal and anxiety in children with ASD.

“We found that teachers’ ratings of students who participated in the daily yoga routine showed improved behavior compared with teachers’ ratings of students who did not. Our aim in this research was to examine the effectiveness of an occupational therapy yoga intervention,” said Koenig, assistant professor of occupational therapy at NYU.

Currently, there is no cure for autism. However, studies suggest that certain intervention programs may help improve a child’s development. Interventions are most efficient when started early, before age 3.

Another study published last year in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine had also said that movement-based therapy including yoga and dance can help treat some behavioral problems associated with autism.

“Children with Autism often exhibit characteristics of ‘fight-or-flight’ response. They are in a constant state of stress and struggle with staying calm, trying to concentrate, communicating clearly, or even controlling their movements,” said Anne Buckley-Reen occupational therapist and yoga instructor.

The present study was published in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Retrieved from:  http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/12640/20121011/yoga-helps-children-autism-remain-calm-improves.htm#5Uri5TY1f6SU5fUp.99

40 things to say before you die

In Meditation, Mindfulness, Well-being on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 06:27

40 Things To Say Before You Die

Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry.

They’re just short sentences with big meaning.

I hope they get you talking.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/

Mastering anxiety

In Anxiety, Meditation, Mindfulness, Well-being on Sunday, 9 September 2012 at 05:58

Mastering Anxiety – By Dr. Neil Kobrin, Author of “Emotional Well-Being, Embracing the Gift of Life”

September 8, 2012

Retrieved from: http://drneilkobrin.com/mastering-anxiety/?goback=.gde_2047935_member_161038898

Anxiety is something everyone deals with, potentially on a daily basis. Some people encounter it more than others, and everyone deals with it differently. In order to master anxiety, one must be able to return to peace.

This reminds me of a great story of a monk from a monastery in the deep, back woods of India.

One day, the monk finds out that he’s going to be celebrated by the greatest master of his time. The master is going to visit the monastery and honor him with an award for all of the great work that he’s done in his lifetime. The monk is very flattered, and the whole monastery spends the entire day preparing for the master’s arrival. They clean and cook and get the whole place set up for this wonderful feast in honor of their monk. The master comes to the table and sits to the right of the monk and begins praising him for dedicating his life as someone who takes a vow to eliminate suffering for all beings.

The entire feast goes well, the master is very impressed. Soon, everyone is off to their individual chambers to sleep. That night, a disciple hears a sound by the windows and runs over to see what’s going on. He sees his master with a rucksack on his back heading out to the woods. The disciple climbs out of the window and runs up to his master and asks, “Where are you going, Master?” The master looks deeply into his disciple’s eyes and replies, “I failed today.” The disciple is confused. “What are you talking about, Master? Everybody honored you. It was beautiful.” The master looked at his disciple and reflected, finally saying, “That may be true my son, but just at the height of the ceremonies I looked down and noticed my palms were sweating. I have much work to do.” And so he went into the woods to sit in meditation and contemplation.

Now this story is confusing for some because it’s ending is ambiguous. That’s one of the things I like best about it, different people can interpret it different ways.

Similarly, mastering anxiety is done differently by different people. The monk was anxious, even while being praised by the great master. Perhaps it was because he was being praised by the great master and all of the preparation that went into the feast. Regardless, he was anxious and needed to return to his peaceful state. For him, meditation and contemplation worked. Perhaps they will also work for you.

Do you have a method you use to master anxiety and return to your own peaceful state?  Respond by commenting here, or feel free to join the conversation on my Linkedin Group http://bit.ly/MindfulMomentsGroup

Until next time, Dr. Neil Kobrin

 

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