Monthly Archives: January 2012

Emerge Your Body & Soul into a World of Meditation

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Stress. We all experience it. Stress can be caused from so many factors, it is hard to shut it out.

Through the New Age Movement individuals seek to heal from this stress through various avenues, such as meditation. When researching the different ways to meditate and become a pro at meditating, I came across a video that explained a class that can help one improve their meditation skills. This video refers to it as “personal conditioning.”

Better yet, I thought-“How does one REALLY meditate?” Well, thanks to the internet and this video, I found that it takes will power and confidence that you will shut out the world during your meditation time. 

Have you ever taken the time to meditate? Take a moment to meditate tomorrow morning. See how it heals your stress and prepares you for the coming day. 

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Holistic Food; What am I REALLY eating?

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Looking at food from a Holistic perspective can be intimidating. It can be a challenge to navigate through the plethora of flower essences, digestive supporting foods, vitamins, and diet assistance products.  Not to mention the Raw Food movement; an effort to make a change in one’s diet in order to include more uncooked, unprocessed, and organic foods. Making these changes to your diet can be as simple as grabbing some organic tomatoes from your local grocery or as complex as balancing respiratory, skin, digestive, and joint and muscle care through the use of certain foods in unison with certain vitamins and minerals.

The Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern from Bizzare Foods takes a trip to a New Age Spa in Arizona to experience a Holistic Approach to life, including various ways to eat holistically. You can find the video here.

The beginning of making a change in your lifestyle is to understand what ingredients go into the production, manufacturing, and eventually inside of the foods you are currently eating. In order to tackle the Holistic Food perspective I want to start with ways to make ingredient knowledge more accessible. One of the most interesting methods used in order to become more aware of the ingredients that go into the foods you eat every day is called Fooducate. This app is available for Android and iPhone users allowing the ability to scan the bar codes of their favorite products and see what is really inside such as:

  • Excessive sugar
  • Trans fats
  • Additives and preservatives
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Food coloring
  • Confusing serving sizes

After the consumer see’s what unsightly ingredients really are in the foods they love, Fooducate then allows the user to select healthier alternatives to the same product. According to their website, “… Fooducate is like taking your own personal dietitian to the supermarket…”. Apple also rated Fooducate as the “Best app of 2011 in the Health & Fitness category”.

In another effort to understand labeling and ingredient lists, Slow Foods USA has partnered with Justlabelit.org in order to petition for the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. Below is a video of a mother who is involved with the Just Label It effort.


What are your thoughts on Holistic Health, especially food? Would you consider “going raw” or eating totally organic foods? What about the FDA’s labeling processes – would you sign a petition to require the FDA to label genetically engineered ingredients?
Peace, Love, and Holistic Health!
drdonley

Occupy Exposes Lack of Press Freedom

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The United States credit score is not the only rating that has recently taken a beating. While the United States criticized countries in the Middle East for attempting to censor the press and infringing on the freedom of the press, at home journalists covering the Occupy movement have been targeted by law enforcement and arrested. The Occupy movement has aimed to expose the injustice of corporate greed, but ultimately has exposed the lack of freedom in the press. The United States’ fell 27 spots on the Press Freedom Index for 2011–2012. Reporter’s Without Borders ranked 47th on the latest index.

In the land of the free, journalists should not fear being targeted by law enforcement when doing their job. The crackdown on journalists covering the Occupy movement is yet one more example of why it is so important to begin the conversation that will ultimately move the world forward and allow us to keep our cherished freedoms. It is important as citizens to understand that our freedoms are not guaranteed, and we only have as much freedom as we are willing to fight for. As a nation, we owe it to ourselves to fight for our freedoms. I am not an activist or career protestor, but I am an American citizen who enjoys freedom. There is a responsibility that rests with each of us to continue the conversation that has emerged from Zuccotti Park.

Insert Needles Here, and Here, and Here…

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Needle phobes beware!

A traditional Chinese medicine known as acupuncture has been helping many people around the world for years, but would you try it?  Why or why not?

According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture helps rebalance your energy, or Qi (chee) by inserting extremely thin needles into specific places on the body. The needles help boost your blood flow and produce natural painkillers.

Acupuncture has been used to help people for a number of reasons.  Some of them include the following:

There are many more reasons that people seek acupuncture. As you can see from the short list above, acupuncture has helped people’s problems with body image, starting families, internal systems, skin problems, pain relief, and peace of mind.

Now, the question you’ve been asking this whole time: does it hurt?  I wish I could say that I have experienced this versatile treatment myself, but I have note.  Kathleen Port from Los Angeles, California practices acupuncture.  In this short video she walks you though exactly what to expect during a treatment.

 

And for the second question you’ve been thinking this whole time: Can I afford this?  After calling a local provider, Acupuncture Cincinnati, the answer is yes! The person I spoke to on the phone said a typical treatment is $70, which lasts about one hour to 75 minutes. Of course, there are many other locations in the tri-state area which you can look into.  Acupuncture Cincinnati was the first to show up in my search results.

So what do you think?  Would you give it a try?

State of the Union, State of OUR Union

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I’m what most would consider a good American. I work for a living, pay my own bills, vote and try to stay apprised of the issues. I am married, own a home and file my tax returns in a timely manner.

In other words – I play by the rules.

But it’s one day after our President’s State of the Union Address and I’m left with cause to think about exactly what gives rise to global resistance movements that are calling for change in so many areas.

President Obama spoke to education reform, adjusting tax brackets and encouraging small businesses. He spoke to many initiatives that all people can believe in, but also ones that people from different camps disagree on. And regardless of political affiliation, many can agree that Washington is stuck in a perpetual lock-down, each side refusing to hear the rational arguments of the other.

This congressional gridlock is forcing people from outside of governmental influence to come together, bring their ideas about what a better United States would look like. They’re doing it on a grand scale with things like Occupy Wall Street, but they’re taking on the everyday with small steps in their own lives, too.

Here at Metamorphosis, we’ll be examining many of the global resistance movements that aim to change the status quo, both here in the U.S. and around the globe. This is just the beginning of what we hope to be a genuine conversation – one aimed at discussing the problems and discovering the solutions – so chime in to tell us what you’re facing.

So, what global resistance movements are you seeing, or are you involved in? How do you see change developing in a world so engrained in what’s already done? What was one thing that President Obama said in his address last night that you agree or disagree with, and how do you propose a change?

And perhaps more importantly – what’s one step you can make (or, have made) today that can change your tomorrow?

Let us hear it!

-Ally

I am not an activist

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I am not an activist. I am not a protestor. I am an occupier.
I am an occupier of Lexington, of Kentucky, and of the United States of America.

I aim to ignite a conversation. Since September 17, 2011, individuals across the nation have joined together across the nation and globe to rise against the blatant injustices perpetuated by the elites; this has emerged into the Occupy movement

Oc-cu-py: 1. To take or hold possession or control of; 2. To engage the energies or attentions of; 3. To reside in as owner or tenant.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term “occupy” has several similar yet distinct meanings. Over the last few months, the term “occupy” has come to stand for a movement that has become an international wildfire. Individuals have gathered across the nation and the world to take back control of their government and public space. Based on the Principles of Solidarity, people are no longer staying silent, but creating a movement that seeks change through voice and action. In a way, the Occupy Wall Street movement encompasses the definitions set forth by the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Those involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement are working to take control of the future and to make it a better place for generations to come; the occupiers are engaging the attentions of both the media and political worlds; those able are taking back public space and calling it “home” through the movement, but also it seems almost metaphoric in that the Occupy Wall Street movement is working to reside in as owner of the democratic government, and get the notions of democracy back into our political system.

Although many of the Occupy Wall Street camps have been disbarred by local law enforcement, the movement continues through the use of social media and a will to change the future through action. Check out the links below to learn more about the Occupy Wall Street movement and how you can become a part of the solidarity.

CNN editorial discussing Occupy Wall Street

Become part of the movement

The following video is an example of how even the Senate understands that the Occupy movement has some valid points:

It has become an international movement:

Occupy London

Occupy Spain:

Occupy Austria:

 

I am not an activist. I am not a protestor. I am an occupier. This blog will exhibit how anyone can make a difference and be heard. The perspective brought forth through this blog is not from an avid activist or protestor, but I am simply an individual who believes in treating others how I would prefer to be treated. It is about educating people about Occupy and also about the state of our nation and the world; once the education begins individuals can examine their lives and see how applicable the aims of Occupy are for them. This is an exploration of sorts to examine the status quo and the better available options.

Please continue to check back and see where the exploration leads or comment on your own experiences with the Occupy movement. Whether you are pro-Occupy or anti-Occupy, all comments are welcome, as this blog entry is all about voice and creating a space for dialogue to find common ground and create action.

Does Holistic Health Mean I Have to Become a Hippie?

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Can I be honest with you?  Before I began my reserach on a holistic lifestyle for our COM graduate course, PR Features Writing for the Web, I lumped all those who embraced a “holistic” lifestyle in a category I’ve always labeled: Hippies.  To better illustrate my originally closed point of view, I invite you to watch the short YouTube video clip I found.  It pretty much sums up what ran through my mind when I heard “holistic health” for the first time.


Is (was) anyone else with me?

After further investigating this holistic notion, I thought I would help break down the barrier for others who may have originally thought holistic meant tree hugging hippies.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Holistic simply means to be concerned with the “complete system” as opposed to parts.

Holistic health is the blending of a healthy mind, body and spirit.  The idea is, to be healthy one must focus on the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental aspects of their life.

Still not buying into it?  Let me ask you a few questions.

  • Have you had a massage recently?  If not, would you like a massage?
  • Have you/ do you participate in a Yoga class?
  • Have you invested in a water filtration system such as Brita?
  • Have you adopted a vegetarian or vegan diet?  Even as simple as Meatless Monday’s?
  • Do you take vitamins or supplements to aide your diet?
  • Have you done, or would you consider acupuncture?
  • Are you interested in ways to sustain your energy throughout the day?

If you were able to answer  yes to any of the questions above (if you try to tell me no, I’ll know you were lying because who doesn’t want a massage?), then you are already on your way to accepting a more holistic lifestyle.

Keep checking back here over the next few weeks to to take the journey with our group as we learn, discover and try to develop a more holistic lifestyle.  If you’re already hooked, check out this short YouTube video about a local resource, St. Elizabeth Healthcare.


What are some holistic lifestyle topics you’d like to see our group try?

Talk to you soon,

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