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There’s a reason that you tap your feet to a tune involuntarily or why you run faster to certain songs. Music affects our brains and bodies in many different ways. The McGill University in Montreal has an entire department that is invested in researching the neuropsychological effects of music. In one study, they compared self-assessed anxiety levels and lab-tested cortisol levels between a group of patients that simply listened to music and a group of…

Humans are creatures of habit. In The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant explains some of Aristotle’s most memorable thoughts:  “…we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit…”. Even studies like the one conducted by researchers at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed that 90 percent of what people do every single day follows a routine. So, what do you do with all this information? You use it…

It seems that trends go in cycles and ayahuasca is having its moment in the sun again. Interest first surged in the 60s and has picked up again once again as more people seek to experience it for themselves. Pronounced “ah ya wah ska”, this potent drink causes hallucinations. Allegedly, it causes spiritual awakening and deep introspection. Perhaps this is why people are searching for it. It seems like an option that allows people to get in touch…

When it comes to the balance between men and women, men are still more respected in any profession than women. They are expected to succeed and their actions are rarely questioned as being rash or reckless. On the other hand, it takes women much more effort and time to reach success. There are even those people who still believe that a woman’s only role is to be a mother, and that’s all a woman could…

“All you need is Love.” “What the world needs now, is Love, sweet Love.” At first glance, these words might seem like corny song lyrics, but upon further exploration, you may also find an innate truth. A truth that is “up” for your and my assessment so that we can hear the deeper call of recent world events. Albert Einstein told us long ago a wise truth: that the definition of insanity is doing the…

Even when you feel totally calm and relaxed during the yoga class, you might experience all of those feelings vanished once you sit into your car and start driving. How can you cope with that? Practice Yoga while driving. Sounds dangerous, right? So keep reading :) It’s a well-known fact that many people practice yoga to reduce stress. True, it’s one of the most relaxing and de-stressing activities. The stress-relief effects of yoga are proven…

Back in the early 1990s, psychologist Elaine Aron began her research on Sensory-Processing Sensitivity, informally known as high sensitivity. Her work has tremendously influenced contemporary psychology, helping define a new area of research dealing with a distinct personality trait: the Highly Sensitive Person. Dr. Aron describes the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) as someone who “has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating…

If you’ve traveled on the spiritual journey for a while, then you have bumped into the concept of chakras. But if you’re still wondering what they are or what having a blocked chakra means for you, here are some easy-to-understand answers. What are chakras (and what does it feel like when a chakra is opening or spinning)? Your chakras are spinning wheels of energy. They reside in your body from the base of your spine…

Let me introduce you to “the judge.” The judge is one of the voices most humans have in their mind. The judge’s job is to criticize and condemn (in different degrees, depending on the individual and how he/she was raised). It can talk in first person or second person, and it sounds something like this: You are not doing it right. Why did you do that? You should have done it the other way. Why…

Every day we hear excuses (and make some up ourselves). I don’t have enough money. Maybe I’m not experienced enough.I’m just unlucky. My health won’t allow it. I’ll never find true love. I don’t know what my life’s purpose is. The list goes on but I think you’ve got the picture now. But all those excuses mean NOTHING. That’s right, I said it. Nothing. Your life, the things you want, your desires, and living on…