self made prison We tend to live in our COMFORT ZONE. Too often this turns into a self-made prison that separates us from many around us. There are many cages we build around us in life and become prisoners for life in these cages. Anger, Hate, Envy, Excessive desire for positions and possessions, dwelling on negative ideas about self and others are among the most common prison walls we build around us, living a life sentence of misery in them. We should try living free and out of these self made cages for a while, we may actually like it.

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Thousands of Ontarians suffer every day from chronic pain - persistent pain that can last for months or even longer. Some take powerful drugs simply to get by. As Ontario moves to curb the use of opioids, The Agenda explores how chronic pain is understood and its impact on society.

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Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.
by Emily Balcetis

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Counting calories is one of the most reliable ways to maintain or lose weight. But it’s not always easy to do when you’re out and about or pressed for time — and there are plenty of situations (such as a dinner party at a friend’s house) that just don’t lend themselves well to a “strictly numbers” approach.

Here are some guidelines to follow when straight calorie counting is impractical.

1. Eat foods that are filling and low in calories. That means, as often as possible, your meals and snacks should include whole grains, such as brown rice, whole-wheat bread, and oatmeal, as well as legumes, such as lentils and other beans. And don’t forget to fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

2. When you eat meat, cut out fat and cut down portion sizes. Choose lean cuts of meat and modest amounts — about 3½ or 4 ounces per serving (which is roughly the size of your palm).

3. Avoid fried foods. Frying foods adds fat and calories. For stovetop cooking, it’s better either to stir-fry foods in a nonstick pan lightly coated with a cooking-oil spray or to braise them in broth or wine. Baking, broiling, and roasting are also great options — they add no extra fat to your meals.

4. Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy foods. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are good sources of protein and calcium, but the whole-milk versions of these dairy products are very high in fat.

5. Avoid fast foods. Hamburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries, and other fast-food staples tend to promote weight gain for two reasons. First, they are high in fat, calories, or both. Second, the “value meals” available at many fast-food chains are often excessively large and tempt you to overeat.

6. Avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient snacks. Chips and other deep-fried snacks are high in fat and therefore calories. But even snacks labeled “low-fat” are often high in calories because they contain large amounts of sugars and other carbohydrates.

7. Watch what you drink. Regular sodas, fruit juices, and, especially, alcoholic beverages are high in calories.

CREDIT: Harvard Medical School

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We spend a big portion of our lives feeling miserable. We wonder if there is a way out of this misery to find some peace. Many precious moments of our lives are wasted on regret, worry and fear. We search through different treatments, therapies, cultural traditions and hope to find a remedy for our misery. For some of us, this is a life time quest to find a solution somewhere in our horizons. We search and search but we don't find the peace we are looking for. Then our doing mind starts to blame us as unworthy of happiness, believing there is something seriously wrong with us and that is why we can't be happy.

The new emergence of Mindfulness Meditation and it's effects on different medical and psychological conditions have made research in this area more popular. More and more scientific evidences are becoming available that show Mindfulness Meditation practices can change our outlook of life from a negative worrisome and regretful view into a positive presence in the joyful moment.

One of the most important and interesting research results that became available in 2014 was an extensive review of all research studies done on objective evidences of meditation outcomes from all different schools of meditation. It was shown that meditation can have positive mental function and emotional effects regardless of the schools of practices. There are neuro-imaging and neuro-functional evidences showing the actual effects of different meditation practices. It is proven that we are born to be happy but learn to be miserable. We are trained to rely on our doing mind which is more of the function of our left side of brain function. With practice we can activate the being mode function of the right side of our brain and become present in the moment and more in tune with true happiness, letting go with regrets, worries and fears.

It appears that we do not need to search for any solution outside of our mind. The biggest journey we have to make in life is not by going anywhere, it's to come back to our true self. So if all of these are true, then what are we waiting for? Why are we still wasting years of our lives in misery? It is time to make the biggest decision that will change our lives. DECISION TO CHANGE. It is up to us to make this decision to change the life of misery and chose eternal peace. Are we ready to make this decision?

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Knee exercises are an important part of your knee pain management if done properly. The following videos are examples of many knee exercises that may help you. Please check with your treating health care practitioner before you start doing them. This video presented by By Dr. Mercola from to learn exercises that will help reduce knee pain.

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Knee pain can be a sign of many degenerative or inflammatory conditions in the knee joint. Doing proper knee exercises can strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint and improve it’s function. In many cases, knee exercises can save you from surgery or help you to recuperate after surgery. This video presented by By Dr. Mercola from to learn exercises that will help reduce knee pain.

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art therapyWe all like beauty and art is the highest expression of beauty. But art can serve other purposes too. Art is a way of expression and for a patient it can open a window out of the loneliness of suffering. In art therapy, the art itself is not the main focus of the exercise. This is the point that makes art therapy different from art classes. In art therapy the therapist is there to give guidance and courage for the patient to start expressing themselves through art creations. It does not matter who good or bad one is in their art talents. The point is to unload the inner pressure of being sick, in pain and feeling lonely on the piece of art the is being produced. The quality of art that is being produced is not important at all. Many schools of psychology have done significant amount of research work on the use of art for psychotherapy, from diagnosis of different conditions to providing different types of therapy. The beauty of this technique is that you don't need to be an artist or be good at any form of art to benefit from it. Just use a pen and paper and draw what comes out of your mind. It may not even mean anything, but nevertheless it is your expression. Art is an expression beyond the boundaries of language. Your expression in art is allowed to be free and open from restrictions of any language for meaning or validity. So use your pen and paper, or use any color you like, or make a shape out of a formless object, or sing your heart feelings out, or dance the way you like or dress the way you feel lik, find a way to express yourself, unload the pressure and bring out the true meaning of your life by being alive.

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