Have you ever heard of ART? Not as in art that artists create, or Art as in Art Garfunkel, but rather ART a.k.a. Attention Restoration Theory? ART asserts that people can mull over, chew over, focus and contemplate more keenly and attentively after spending time in nature, or even looking at scenes of nature. It’s…

Often, when people begin to look at their thoughts, behaviors and belief systems, as well as their “stay fat” strategies, they wonder, “Why do I do that?” “Why” indeed?  While I do believe it is useful to know why we do what we do, asking the “why” question is sometimes a trap. (“Why?” you ask!…

This week’s Puzzled? was inspired by Our Lady of the Deep and Cleansing Breath, she who is curious to know: “When was the last time you noticed yourself breathing?  “When was the last time you were awed and grateful for your breath?” Simply put, breath is life. 1.  Breathe in.  “I am… Breathe out. “…alive.”…

The Journal of the American Medical Association tells us that writing about stressful situations, stressful life events, even the stressors of daily living helps to reduce symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, and the effects of writing are long lasting. This is just one study in a growing body of evidence that shows the mental…

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