explore + nourish

Jennifer's Way and MTRFR

For those of us who have struggled with the mysterious challenges of Celiac Disease, Jennifer Esposito's advocacy on this front is heroic.  Her blog post on MTRFR is brand new to me, but has me researching it as we speak.  Deep thanks to @JennifersWayJE. ❤

Breaking the Depression Code

with Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., author of the upcoming book, Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, due to release on January 27th, 2015. ❤

Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge

Your Forgiveness Challenge Invitation
Dear Desmond Tutu and his daughter lovingly invite us (through this most beautiful video) to walk with them, through a challenge.  The challenge is to take one baby step with them each day for thirty days.  Here is one excerpt:
"Because we are fragile and vulnerable creatures, we experience hurt, harm, and loss.  The wound can be physical or emotional.  We can be hurt with a weapon or a word.  A slight from a stranger, a rejection from a friend, a betrayal by a loved one are all affronts to our dignity.
"There is no way of living with other people without, at some point, being hurt.  When we are hurt we face the choice to retaliate or reconnect...
"We are social creatures, and our physical survival is just as dependent on happy relationships and social connections as it is on food, air, and water.  Today we are going to look at when we have chosen to retaliate and when we have chosen to reconnect."
The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge displays beautiful, simple tools (brief videos, poignant meditations, and a few life-changing visuals) which make this challenge quick, memorable and help us clearly see...how very powerful we are...with each baby step we take. ❤

Creating True Peace

This book holds my heart. I carry it with me wherever I can. It's a perfect adjunct to any belief/support system...guiding one through beautiful lessons. For instance, just as we find ourselves believing others will mindfully lead us, we might instead discover that we are the answer we were looking for. Or when we witness harm, we might now feel a lifetime of fear dissipate as courage breathes into our soul. We might find ourselves experiencing a calm, newfound strength, holding steady and strong for those who cannot. We might write healthy, new rules. And we might enjoy the most unexpected surprises. The significance of these lessons can humble us, provide deeper meaning to our purpose, and help us delightfully grow our humanity...once again. ❤

Natural Pain Relievers

People want to feel good. This can be especially true if one is experiencing the mind-body impact of trauma, which is a very normal experience during our lifetime. So how can we begin to help ourselves feel better? Below is an excerpt from Dr. Greger's video, where he lays out the science (which is also an important factor when analyzing drug legislation).

"In 1973, scientists discovered that we have...receptors in our brain for opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. Since we didn’t evolve shooting up, it stood to reason that there were natural compounds produced by our bodies that fit into those receptors.
"So we went looking, discovered them, and named them... endorphins. And endorphins are good... they’re our natural pain relievers, released during exercise, the consumption of spicy food, and orgasm.
"So, there are healthier ways to stimulate these receptors than shooting up heroin.
"In 1990, scientists discovered that we have specific receptors in our brain for the active ingredient in marijuana as well, cannabinoids like THC. Since we didn’t evolve toking up, it stood to reason that there were natural compounds produced by our bodies that fit into those receptors.
"So we went looking, discovered them, and named them endocannabinoids. And endocannabinoids are good...they’re one of our bodies ways to ease nausea, ease pain...generally chill us out. The question is, is there a way to get the good without the bad—stimulate these receptors without smoking marijuana?
"What’s so bad about smoking marijuana? Lung cancer. Smoking just a single joint is like smoking an entire pack of cigarettes. The worst death I ever witnessed in my medical career, the one that gives me the most nightmares, was a lung cancer victim gasping for breath being drowned by their tumors. It was hideous. Please don’t smoke—anything. Smoke inhalation is bad no matter what the source.
"Thankfully, researchers discovered a food this year that stimulates cannabinoid receptors, so you can get the benefits without the risks. Which food was it? Was it broccoli, coconuts, garlic, green tea, mushrooms, or tomatoes?
"It was the tea."