Latest in Longevity
  • Victoria LaPointe
    Published about 2 hours ago
    Mirror Dragon Tarot week#5 2020

    Mirror Dragon Tarot week#5 2020

    Reading for 1-27 thru 2-2-20
  • familydoc
    Published a day ago
    Is Flu shot for me?

    Is Flu shot for me?

    First let me start off with what is flu.. people are confused quite a bit from the start..
  • Carlos Fox
    Published a day ago
    5 Health Care Advancements Paving the Way for the Future

    5 Health Care Advancements Paving the Way for the Future

    Technology has been at play in the healthcare industry for years. As technological advancements continue, it is becoming clear that applied technology opens the door to better healthcare solutions. With the promise of improving patient outcomes, streamlining treatments, increasing survival rates, and making healthcare more convenient, take a look at five health care advancements paving the way for the future.
  • Paisley Hansen
    Published a day ago
    Staying Warm and Healthy in Winter

    Staying Warm and Healthy in Winter

    Winter can be miserable. It's cold outside, you're cooped up indoors and it's also cold and flu season. While getting a cold is not as common in the summer, people are frequently missing school and work because of illness. Some of this is because of being stuck indoors, where germs can spread more easily. However, some studies have shown that a lowered body temperature can lower your immune response to something like the common cold.
  • Patricia Stone
    Published a day ago
    VoiceForVoiceless

    VoiceForVoiceless

    ALZ caregiving is not about the caregiver. Inside of each patient with cognitive brain disorder is a beautiful individual with a good heart wondering what’s going on in their heads. My husband was diagnosed in 2009 with Alzheimer’s Disease. I’ve been his 24/7 voice and caregiver since that date. From the onset of my husband’s ALZ attack, I had to learn by trial and error. It soon became very clear, in our situation, that this was our journey. I had to figure out so much about something I knew so little about. However, I knew without a doubt that I needed to learn, “How do I become what he needs when his reality is not real and is not mine.
  • Paisley Hansen
    Published 2 days ago
    Understanding Electronic Health Records: An Inside Look

    Understanding Electronic Health Records: An Inside Look

    More and more health systems are transitioning to electronic health records (EHRs) these days. EHRs allow physicians and providers to maintain continuity, quickly accessing notes from past sessions and even sending charts to other clinics or systems as needed. Physicians are expected to take accurate and comprehensive notes, but are given a wider scope of categories to report on than in past.
Staff Picks
  • María López Ramos
    Published 18 days ago
    So you say dance exists yet nobody created it?
  • Cindy Steward
    Published about a month ago
    The Mystery of Observation

    The Mystery of Observation

    As we all know, each human being has the ability to sense certain aspects of their surroundings. We see colors and figures, we hear sounds and music, we smell, we taste, we touch.. Yet neuroscientists were able to prove that some people have a condition that mixes up the whole sensory system. Smelling colors, seeing sounds.. How is it possible? How can these beings sense things that we shouldn’t be able to sense?
  • Chelsea Swift
    Published 2 months ago
    The 3 Day Supermodel Diet

    The 3 Day Supermodel Diet

    Relax. It's not anything you think.....and to be honest, there's no dirt left on these diet streets.
  • Megan Long
    Published 3 months ago
    My Spoonie Essentials

    My Spoonie Essentials

    Living with chronic pain/illness makes daily life much more challenging. I have fibromyalgia (which means I hurt all over, and I’m tired all the time, and this really sucks), and have acquired—both before, and even more so after my diagnosis—things that help me function more like a human, and less like a bundle of burning nerves! Here are some of those things I have acquired, and some helpful tips to also help you become more human-like too.
  • Nick Paroni
    Published 3 months ago
    13 Things Men Over 25 Should Know About Their Health

    13 Things Men Over 25 Should Know About Their Health

    I know what it feels like to be 25: still in peak physical condition, old enough to go anywhere or do anything and young enough to survive it. At first, it might sound like a depressing thought, realizing that it won't always be this easy. But with a little foresight and planning, you can set yourself up to feel (and look) young and healthy for as long as possible.
  • Claire Raymond
    Published 5 months ago
    My Stress Levels Could Kill Me Within Half an Hour

    My Stress Levels Could Kill Me Within Half an Hour

    It sounds like either major clickbait or a serious overreaction, right? I mean, sure, stress kills many people slowly, but within half an hour?
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Advice
  • Paisley Hansen
    Published a day ago
    Staying Warm and Healthy in Winter

    Staying Warm and Healthy in Winter

    Winter can be miserable. It's cold outside, you're cooped up indoors and it's also cold and flu season. While getting a cold is not as common in the summer, people are frequently missing school and work because of illness. Some of this is because of being stuck indoors, where germs can spread more easily. However, some studies have shown that a lowered body temperature can lower your immune response to something like the common cold.
  • Tracy Stine
    Published 4 days ago
    Don't Delay Getting Your Eye Exam

    Don't Delay Getting Your Eye Exam

    Did you know that 80% of respondents on a survey agree that their vision is the most important sense to have and that 97% of them agree that healthy eyesight is important. But only half of them went to get their eye exam in 2018.
  • Olivia Picton
    Published 7 days ago
    How Women Can Burn Fat Fast

    How Women Can Burn Fat Fast

    Sometimes, even if you are implementing many of the right diet and exercise techniques into your daily routine, losing weight may still prove difficult. This can be a stressful situation, especially if you've been struggling with extra weight for a long time, or have lost some weight but are experiencing a plateau that you can't seem to get past. In these kinds of situations, trying some new strategies to blast fat fast may prove helpful.
Aging
  • Emily Christyson
    Published 3 days ago
    What Do You Mean I Can't Have Chocolate For Breakfast?!
  • Mariela Corella
    Published 3 days ago
    Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care for Seniors

    Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care for Seniors

    Choosing the best type of living situation for your loved one is a decision that should involve both parties, if possible. Talk with your loved one about how they prefer to live, either in their home or at an assisted living home with other people. Consider any medical treatment they need and how much help they need on a day to day basis, if they have a cognitive impairment, and if they have enough mobility to live on their own or not. Think about the costs of each arrangement and thoroughly investigate the staff that will be taking care of your loved one. Look for reviews and comments from other people who have used these services. Making an informed decision that is the best for both parties is important to prevent any unfortunate elderly abuse or accidents.
  • Published 11 days ago
    Eating healthy benefits aging men

    Eating healthy benefits aging men

    As men age, there are subtle changes within our bodies that we may not be aware of. This is why it is necesssry that we pay attention to what we eat. Proper Nutrition plays a larger role in our health than we may realize. Healthline reveals that aging is linked to a number of different changes in the male body, which include less stomach acid, muscle loss, and thinner skin. It’s easy to see changes in muscle mass and skin but you won’t realize your body is producing less stomach acid, until you have symptoms of indigestion or acid reflux. My wife recently asked if there were something in the water because so many people complained of acid indigestion. Now we know that decreasing stomach acid is normal for older adults.
Athletics
  • Dom ZT
    Published 17 days ago
    Coffee and Heavy Weights

    Coffee and Heavy Weights

    Many people, be they nine-to-fivers’ or top tier athletes, utilise caffeine in their day to day schedules. Whether you opt for a standard espresso shot or like a pre-workout with ingredients that could power a lightsabre, many lifters can testify to the perceived increase in endurance and power when consuming the divine stimulant before a workout.
  • Jord Tury
    Published 3 months ago
    No Excuses, Tury!

    No Excuses, Tury!

    Growing up, I had to learn to be singled out in certain things and be alright with it. Say, sports, for example. That was something I never knew I'd be awful at, but had to learn to accept that being picked last for the team would eventually become the norm someday. And, by accepting that, it could eventually be something I'd shrug off and laugh about in later years.
  • Jade Pulman
    Published 6 months ago
    5 Tips for Post Workout Recovery

    5 Tips for Post Workout Recovery

    Getting a workout in always feels good and makes you want to keep going, but it's important to know how to properly recover from those tough workouts in order to stay healthy and keep your body in good shape without injury. Five tips for staying healthy and keeping your body in good shape after a workout include: drinking milk or a protein based shake, ice your knees, legs and ankles, get plenty of sleep, take chlorella supplements, and eat a healthy yet hearty meal.
Body
  • Craig Middleton
    Published 5 days ago
    Tips for Dropping Unwanted Fat

    Tips for Dropping Unwanted Fat

    Whether it's because the holidays are over and you need to slim down your waistline, or because you just got home from a doctor's appointment and found out you have gained a few more pounds than you anticipated, many people finding themselves needing to lose some weight. This can be a difficult task, as it is a process, and many people get discouraged and give up when they don't see the results they were hoping for. While being at a healthy weight is important, you should also try to get in good shape as well. Many people who are at a healthy weight are not in good shape, which can make them feel just as miserable. Here are some tips for losing fat, as well as getting into good physical shape.
  • Kevin
    Published 5 days ago
    Take Control of Your Health With At Home Workouts and Gardening

    Take Control of Your Health With At Home Workouts and Gardening

    Weight loss is a subject that is on the mind of a lot of people. Almost everyone could stand to better themselves and to dedicate more time to a healthy lifestyle. If you are looking to shed a few pounds or simply get more healthy, you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home. Do not buy into gym culture. You can use at home workouts and even gardening to help you shed those unwanted pounds and to feel like a fitter and healthier you. Here is what you need to know.
  • Mia Morales
    Published 8 days ago
    Beat Back Pain for Good With These Great Natural Products

    Beat Back Pain for Good With These Great Natural Products

    Back pain can take many forms. It might sneak up on you out of nowhere in a blinding flash. Or, it may just linger in the background of everyday life, never really going away. No matter how you experience back pain, you don't have to accept it as a given. These natural products might be just what you need to help cut through back pain and return to a normal routine.
Diet
  • Sarah Wells
    Published 3 days ago
    I unwittingly broke my sugar ban with a take out salad

    I unwittingly broke my sugar ban with a take out salad

    This story begins two days ago. It was a Tuesday morning and I was up and into the office early, and not being a morning person on the best of days I'll be honest and say the 6am alarm had not been my friend. I also already thought it was Wednesday, which didn't help my mood in the slightest. The day was grey and wet and horribly cold, the epitome of a typical English winter day. The morning in the office had rushed by in a series of meetings including one placed right over lunch time that of course overran, so by the time I got back to my desk and thought about food at 1:20pm I was quite frankly ready to gnaw my own arm off.
  • Frank Racioppi
    Published 6 days ago
    Artificial Sweeteners toxic to gut microbiome

    Artificial Sweeteners toxic to gut microbiome

    Artificial sweeteners have always captured that health halo that follows any food without calories. From diet sodas to zero calorie sweeteners for your three-dollar coffee, artificial sweeteners offer us a unique consumption proposition – eating and drinking without restriction and no apparent weight gain or negative consequences.
  • Cheryl E
    Published 13 days ago
    Eating Pistachio’s may help you live longer

    Eating Pistachio’s may help you live longer

    A Pistachio is a small tree, that originally wss located in the Middle East and central Asia. This tree produces small greenish colored nuts that are enclosed in what looks like an oyster shell. Pistachios are loaded with essential nutrients that includes vitamins as well as the minerals, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Pistachios also contain protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and good fats. Because of this nutritional content, this crunchy snack is rich in health benefits that along with other healthy lifestyle choices may increase your lifespan.
Fact Or Fiction
  • Zoe Sewell
    Published 5 months ago
    What Are the Frequently Asked Questions About Prescription Glasses?

    What Are the Frequently Asked Questions About Prescription Glasses?

    Before focusing on the frequently asked questions, let's know more about the importance of prescription glasses and how beneficial they can be in correcting your vision and that too in a seamless way.
  • Ann King
    Published 6 months ago
    526 Teeth Removed from Seven-Year-Old Boy's Mouth

    526 Teeth Removed from Seven-Year-Old Boy's Mouth

    There are millions of people in the world who fear the dentist, but this seven-year-old boy from India needs a reward for what he has gone through! A little boy from India began complaining of jaw pain and swelling in his mouth in July. Like most concerned parents do, they took their son to the dentist and what was found is absolutely insane.
  • Lisa LaRue-Baker
    Published 6 months ago
    This Article Won't Be Popular

    This Article Won't Be Popular

    Coffee has many good uses. There have been studies that have shown coffee plays a role in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, depression, cirrhosis of the liver, and gallstones, and it is also full of antioxidants and polyphenols.
Fitness
  • Diana
    Published 7 days ago
    The GYM

    The GYM

    Let’s talk about gym memberships! One of the toughest things to come across while shopping. I try just about everything to try reject the sales people from avoiding eye contact, running, dodging. If could do cart wheels I would! Once they I do manage to stop me I try to make excuse after excuse. Well the day had to come when they finally caught me and sold me a membership and a few training sessions. It was a blessing in disguise now that I realize and see. I loved my trainer she really helped me get comfortable with working out especially at the gym! Who would of known?! I lost weight and gained some muscle! She and working out really gave me an appreciation for working out and life! I was truly happy during those weigh ins and coming each week and seeing results! She gave me alot of tips and was patient with me. I would highly recommend using a trainer or at least to help you get comfortable with the equipment! It’s definitely a lifestyle but it ended up being something that I wanted to continue to keep in my life. I try to go at least 2 times a week and daily at home! Booty bands are my best friend! Add them to your exercise routine I’ve yet to carry them with me but it’s a great idea! Squats are another one of my favorites for the booty! My current goal is to work on a bigger booty. Then of course work on abs this has been really tuff for me especially when it comes to the pooch! Lower tummy area is the hardest but I have been seeing results lately! When I do get discouraged I remember all the tips and encouragement my trainer gave! If you can work out with a friend please do so! Heard it helps especially to be kept accountable! Plant based proteins are my favorite with oat milk! Oatly oat milk and Vega Chocolate protein are my favorites currently! Some of my other favorites equipments and highly recommend are the treadmill, elliptical, and leg press! Jumping into squats on padded boxes where the hardest when I just started using them. But eventually they became somewhat easier and gave me a great workout. Let’s talk about leg press machine it has become my go to gym equipment I’ve managed to push up to 290 pounds! Pretty impressed with myself and always try to come up with more goals for the gym. At some points I felt overwhelmed as to what to what to do a the gym. Some tips I would recommend and that really helped were just setting days for certain parts like just legs Or just arms . As well as using workout routines that I had on my phone. I found great set of workouts online and others that my trainer had posted on Instagram. Instagram is a great place to find great workouts and tips! As well as downloading workouts apps! One of my favorites and would recommend is Tone It Up. It has a little of everything from like yoga poses. I love yoga I’d like to set a new goal to add it to my morning routine! Let’s just say the gym is like a second home now! Working out has become almost second nature and the other day I lifted my self up just using my arms off a chair! I’ve become strong and a bit confident working out! Outdoors hiking highly recommend as well, you burn a lot calories get to see great landscapes and views! Biking outdoors and downhills also most joyous times of my life! Try it please but be safe out there. Hope I helped you in some way. Tip if you’d like!!
  • Jord Tury
    Published 8 days ago
    Running For Rewards

    Running For Rewards

    Sometimes, if not all, we fail to locate a glimmer of motivation in order to step outside and run as if our lives depend on it. That's something only a collective group of people are able to do without thinking twice about petty things like most of us do. Say, for example, things like a spot of rain, or a slight lump on our heel. A lot of us convince ourselves that because of these minor speed bumps, running isn't supposed to become a reality during our daily routines. A few, on the other hand, tackle these obstacles with brute force and smash through the fitness wall with little hesitation. If, however, like me you struggle to so much as remove a single brick, then you need the motivational break, my friend.
  • Cheryl E
    Published 13 days ago
    Retro Walking Has Many Benefits
Health
  • familydoc
    Published a day ago
    Is Flu shot for me?

    Is Flu shot for me?

    First let me start off with what is flu.. people are confused quite a bit from the start..
  • Piyush Saxena
    Published 2 days ago
    Is it possible to detox your lungs?

    Is it possible to detox your lungs?

    In the modern era, natural remedies, moreover "detoxification" menus have gained a reputation as a quick furthermore stylish way to reduce toxins from your body. While few products are exchanged to aid in overnight weight loss, advanced digestion either enhanced energy levels, others require to reverse years of harm to organs similar to your lungs.
  • Luke Capel
    Published 6 days ago
    How to break your neck without knowing...

    How to break your neck without knowing...

    Imagine waking up one day and realising that you can never play the sport of your dreams again, or you can never wacth your favourite TV show, or read your favourite book. This happened to me in a late summer evening in July - a doctor walking into his office where I am waiting and he says this: "I have some good news and some bad news..."
How To
  • Divine Dynasty
    Published 4 days ago
    How To Activate Your Subconscious Mind

    How To Activate Your Subconscious Mind

    Did you know that visualization techniques have been used by successful people to visualize their desired outcomes for ages?
  • Davy Griffith
    Published 9 days ago
    How To Quit Narcotic Pain Medication

    How To Quit Narcotic Pain Medication

    So you’ve found yourself the victim of a minor surgical procedure or unfortunate accident resulting in a prescription for a Narcotic pain medication. They come with many names and dosages. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Lortab, Percocet, Norco, Oxycodone, OxyContin and more. Most people will take as prescribed. Some people may not even finish the bottle. Then there are people that will ask to use YOUR bathroom to check the cabinets, drawers, mirrors, and take a good look at the items on nightstands and dressers on the way in and out. Which one am I? Shut... up.
  • David Wyld
    Published 20 days ago
    5 Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke

    5 Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke

    Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure. In recognition of World Stroke Day, consider these five tips to help reduce your risk of stroke and maintain mental sharpness as you age.
Humanity
  • Patricia Stone
    Published a day ago
    VoiceForVoiceless

    VoiceForVoiceless

    ALZ caregiving is not about the caregiver. Inside of each patient with cognitive brain disorder is a beautiful individual with a good heart wondering what’s going on in their heads. My husband was diagnosed in 2009 with Alzheimer’s Disease. I’ve been his 24/7 voice and caregiver since that date. From the onset of my husband’s ALZ attack, I had to learn by trial and error. It soon became very clear, in our situation, that this was our journey. I had to figure out so much about something I knew so little about. However, I knew without a doubt that I needed to learn, “How do I become what he needs when his reality is not real and is not mine.
  • Armaghan Siddiqui
    Published 11 days ago
    WHY WHEELCHAIR USERS ARE AFRAID OF GOING OUT

    WHY WHEELCHAIR USERS ARE AFRAID OF GOING OUT

    Over the past years, the wheelchair has become the most important part of our society. If you are aged and have to travel with family. If you are suffering from very serious health injury then a wheelchair has always been supportive at that point.
  • María López Ramos
    Published 18 days ago
    So you say dance exists yet nobody created it?
List
  • Usama Kamra
    Published about a month ago
    Stay Fit: 7 Best Fitness Apps In A Smartwatch

    Stay Fit: 7 Best Fitness Apps In A Smartwatch

    Data, progress tracking, and metrics are a great help to keep us healthy and fit. With the help of a smartwatch, people who are eager to lose weight can now achieve their goals quickly. With plenty of fitness apps to choose from, you can use this small device as a means of getting the body that you always dream of having.
  • Colton Hunter
    Published about a month ago
    5 Ways To Get A Good Night’s Rest

    5 Ways To Get A Good Night’s Rest

    Whether it’s down to anxiety, stress, a poor sleeping pattern or you’re just very unlucky finding yourself staring at the ceiling as the clock ticks by is something no one will enjoy. Everyone needs a goodnight’s sleep but achieving that isn’t always easy.
  • Flora Mayer
    Published about a month ago
    7 Outdoor Activities To Keep Yourself Busy

    7 Outdoor Activities To Keep Yourself Busy

    There is no denying that intense outdoor activities have many physical and emotional benefits to humans. Whether you engage in solo activities or spend time outdoors with family and friends, you can never compare the health significance of that time with the time you spend sitting behind a computer or TV screen.
Meditation
  • Leonardo MacKenzie
    Published 9 days ago
    Cello: Mindfulness & Slow Scales

    Cello: Mindfulness & Slow Scales

    It's easy to find playlists of cello music compiled for relaxation and mindfulness. Listening to the low, rich and reedy quality of this string family member can be soothing and uplifting, perhaps touching a nerve through its similarity with the human voice.
  • Pathim
    Published 11 days ago
    My first meditation

    My first meditation

    My first meditation was a hectic one. When I first meditated, it was out of pain. I was going through a very tough time mentally and emotionally. I dealt with a very close loss. The people around me refused to truly understand where I was coming from. I didn’t enjoy things anymore. My favorite food became disgusting. I stopped seeing interest in interesting things. I literally felt as if I no longer wanted any part of life anymore. The day I finally partook in meditation, it just so happened to be the last day I wanted to be here. On a morning walk, I was greeted by a monk who could see the pain in my face. There’s a Buddhist temple not too far from where I reside and the monks would take walks all over the neighborhood so it wasn’t surprising to see him, even as early as it was that day considering that it was about a quarter to 7 in the morning. He took me to his temple and into a room where they all meditated. The only person that spoke was the abbott of the temple. He explained meditation and that I was in search of something only I knew. He asked me to meditate. I asked him “how would I know if I did it right”. He answered “when you cry”. I meditated for hours. To be honest, I was confused. I didn't know exactly what the end result was supposed to be. Was I suppose to see anything special? Was I suppose to hear a voice? Do I communicate if I do hear a voice? What did the abbott mean by “until you cry”? Are we all supposed to cry after each and every meditation? I had so many questions. I asked so many questions that I ran out of questions to ask. I had more questions after talking to the abbott than before meeting him. At that time, what else did I have to lose? I tried everything else.
  • Divine Dynasty
    Published 17 days ago
    10 Reasons Why You Should Not Meditate for Optimal Health

    10 Reasons Why You Should Not Meditate for Optimal Health

    Meditation can seem like it's unattainable to some, and daunting or intimidating to others. The first thought most people think is, "Will it take up all my time or will it actually work and bring results?"
Mental Health
  • Rev. Joshua Sidgwick
    Published 7 days ago
    Spirituality & Medication

    Spirituality & Medication

    Spirituality & medication is such a divisive topic nowadays, even though it needn’t be. It is a sad fact that there are people out there who so staunchly refuse to accept that the two can mix in such a way that you CAN be spiritual whilst being on some form of medication. Now in this article, the medication we will be talking about in general includes all aspects of health - from physical to mental and emotional.
  • Jackie Green
    Published 7 days ago
    Is stress making us fat?

    Is stress making us fat?

    To put it simply, persistent stress from anxiety makes it more likely for people to form unhealthy daily habits, which can then have a direct effect on your body’s hormonal balance. This, in turn, can completely slow your metabolism, thus - weight gain!
  • Sorana Cirstea
    Published 11 days ago
    6 Anger Management Techniques to Calm You Down
Yoga
  • Ethan Auxiliary
    Published 15 days ago
    Kundalini Free fall

    Kundalini Free fall

    I remember hearing once from a seasononed older gent, that we live in different stages of our development constantly, unconsciously. One decision could be ruled by our pre pubescent mind, another controlled by our adult self. I took it to heart and ask myself that question at least twice daily. I suppose it is my way of holding myself accountable for my sporadic nature. Most often the answer is obvious, other times the lines warp, like a ship on the horizon. Such was the case when I found myself working at a skydiving school in the middle of the Nevada desert. Living out my own misplaced sense of adventure that first gripped me in my late teens. At that point in my life, I was headed for special operations selection, with the urgency of purpose only a raging teen could feel or understand. There was a war on, and my older brother, was cutting his teeth in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. He had been my surrogate father growing up, not because we were orphans, because our real father either couldn’t articulate child rearing, or was torn between cultures. Our father had been born in Tehran and immgrated to the United States a few years before the Revolution. He married a American woman, had American kids, and never really indoctrinated us into his version of manhood. So we found it our own way. We stayed up nights as kids and reveled in war documentaries. From antiquity, to modernity, our refuge was war. The savagery that built empires became our standard for manhood. It made sense to my brother, and he spoon fed his younger not as competent brother the life blood that would give our lives meaning. I can remember one occasion vividly, we were watching a documentary on the A-12. The A-12 was the test spy plane that would eventually evolve into the SR-71. That night our parents had a blowout fight, and the police had been called. It was a routine occurrence. But the effects at such a young age were always the same, traumatic. My brother, who was 4 years older, always delt with it in a more spartan manner than I. He had been alone for 4 years before I came along, and had formulated a strategy early. One might say he was a student of it, the domestic unrest. That night, after the feathers had settled, we retreated into his room which was catty cornered in the basement. As we watched the documentary, we became transfixed by the shape and pure power of the mysterious craft. For someone seeing the A-12 for the first time, it might as well been the millennium falcon cast into vivid reality. It was mean, it was black, and it flew faster than everything. Nothing in our little lives seemed more transcendent. At that moment nothing in our fractured existence mattered, time had frozen and we sat transfixed. A old test pilot appeared on the screen and unwrapped his rarified experiences flying the plane. He recalled one instance the plane malfunctioned at 90,000 feet, at more than 2.5 Mach speed. The powerful J58 engines got stuck at max power, and the stick jammed in one place. “We were along for the ride after that” The pilot said. The plane broke apart at the edge of space, and the next thing the pilot remembered, was free falling. At that height, the free fall lasted for minutes, and the rush of the wind awakened the pilots senses back to consciousness. “Sometimes your just along for the ride” my brother echoed the pilots words. He would later translate his boyhood dreams into a career in military aviation. I attempted to follow, but came up short, returning home after a brief stint attempting to join the military elite. After that, I shot off to California to transform my former self into a film actor. I mean I was unconventionally handsome, emotionally violatile, and could do a laundry list of cheesy falafel stand accents. It was the perfect fit, or so I thought. A life of divided purpose is not a life that becomes exceptional. I spent my time in the city of angels divided into four categories, physical training, bartending, buying expensive supplements, and occasionally doing something acting related. Not exactly what I would call suffering for art. I would articulate it more as being pathologically hellbent on appearing successful. There were 50 replicas of me on every street corner, well maybe not 50 but you get the idea. I did find some redeeming qualities in that mercurial city. At night after I got off my shift, and effectively fried my brain and body, I would walk. The night air in my neighborhood smelled like jasmine, and on occasion I would come across that same feeling my brother and I shared as kids. As adults we had grown apart, and he had found new bonds with elite warfighters who he shared blood, sweat, and mutual experiences. I understood. He spent his 20s inserting covert troops under night vision goggles, I spent mine bartending for LA socialites. For what it’s worth, he had found a sense of home, and so had I. Los Angeles had gifted me a new understanding of the world, more progressive, and more open. I explored different yoga practices, diets, miracle super foods and all of the new age window dressing. It helped me reinforce my own idea of uniqueness, and I wore it like armor. Then I got sick. I can’t say it happened overnight, but it slowly robbed me of life’s ease. It was neurological in nature, and most doctors rebeoffed my claims as anxiety or depression. After fighting through it for 2-3 years, I retreated 250 miles into the Nevada desert. I had some loose family connections there that offered me support, and possibly a fresh start. That’s when things got worse. Nothing really prepares you for losing your cognitive faculties in your 20s. You just deal with it. Was it MS, Lyme disease, I didn’t know nor did I care after a certain point. It was fucking up my universe and all my relationships. I tried going on and working, taking bartending and serving jobs in the greater Vegas area. That shit didn’t last for very long. After a few days I was smoked in every sense, and I wasn’t inclined to make bosses understand. It wasn’t in my nature. I continued to work out and do yoga to try to do damage control. It helped to an extent, but was by no means a cure. I tried out tai chi, chi gung, and other sorts of esoteric diciplines. Nothing really stood out, but one yogic discipline showed promise. Kundalini yoga was one sort of practice I never attempted in LA.I discovered it in the middle of a terrible neurological episode. I stumbled into a kundalini studio in hopes of finding a clean bathroom. I can recall being miffed that I had to remove my shoes. After leaving with a flyer, I realized that this was something I should try. I attended class after class, feeling invigorated while I did the practice, not after. But that momentary window of clarity was enough, I got hooked. After a little bit of time and dilligent practice, I started to hear faint footfalls of my former self. I wanted to prove something to myself again. So of course, given my nature, I thought skydiving. Luckily for me, Vegas is a experience oriented tourist town. I screened the few skydiving schools in town and landed a gig where skydiving lessons were included. Not exactly the best recovery for someone in my condition, but I didn’t care. I pushed through the fog, and eventually found myself ready to start jump training. I would do kundalini yoga in the morning, work at the skydiving school in the afternoon, and drive a limo at night. It was the epitome of drinking water from a firehose. I had told my AFF (accelerated freefall) instructor that I had done two tandems on the east coast. I was lying, but I wanted him to think I had some idea of what I was doing. He put me through ground school, which consisted of him mostly chain smoking and making grim comments while staring off into the distance. He was a retired special operator, who functioned on a fast paced get it,got it,good rhythm. It was something I wasn’t unaccustomed to. My attention span waxed and waned. I had to put my ego in check routinely, instilling in it that everything was at sacrifice to the experience. Learning to stifle my newfound sense of inadequacy was my new daily meditation. I liked my instructor, he recognized the itch I had, and decided to like me, he didn’t have to. Even though I appeared as fit as a new squared away military type, anyone with a more discerning eye could spot my issues. He never mentioned anything. On the day before my first jump I found a tree to sit under and do some deep yogic breathing. The look my instructor gave me when he saw me was priceless. The plane had fueled up faster than expected and I had less than 10 minutes to get my shit on and board the plane. It was a sort of victory I suppose, not being dead, in a hospital bed, or in some other hard up circumstance. I was boarding a plane, parachute attached, ready to get reacquainted with the sky. The yogic deep breathing gave me a little extra kick, but at that point in wasn’t necessary. My mind raced, my body pulsed with fear and adrenaline. I remembered my brother and I peering at the television. My spine felt like a aboreal python coiling up the trunk of a tree. It’s body rippling with sinew and muscle. By the time we got to 12,000 feet, I was floating. The light flipped from red to green. It was time to jump and I was first. My two AFF instructors gripping onto each side of my parachute straps. At the door now, I hesitated. No matter, they pull me out and the blast of cold air steals by breathe away. “Sometimes your along for the ride.” My brothers words pinballed between my ears at Mach speed, time froze. Then I was freefalling. It really wasn’t how I would have imagined. The time dillaltion. I wasn’t beamed back into my childhood. But I was there in a sense, remembering that old grizzled test pilot’s words. My life had broken up around me, distengrated. Now I was being awakened again, baptized by the fall and the fear. Primordial fear, the kind you can’t imagine, you have to just feel. For the first time in many years, I felt close to my brother again, and ultimately myself.
  • Rajat Purwal
    Published 23 days ago
    Seven Things to Keep in Mind While Practicing Yoga

    Seven Things to Keep in Mind While Practicing Yoga

    When we hear yoga, we picture someone calmly sitting somewhere close to nature and practicing or enjoying the ancient art. Yoga is truly an exciting practice with hundreds of body, mind, and soul benefits. This ancient practice is rapidly witnessing an increase in popularity in the western world, and today more and more people are switching to this incredible fitness regime. Some are even traveling to far off places to achieve their certification like, yoga teacher training in Goa, Rishikesh, Nepal, etc.
  • Amanda
    Published about a month ago
    The Benefits of Yoga

    The Benefits of Yoga

    Are you getting tired of your workout routine? Are you feeling more stressed than usual? Trust me, I've been there. When I was seventeenI hurt my elbow in a baton twirling incident. And now whenever I do bodyweight exercises like push ups, and planks, and even mountain climbers, I would get this stinging pain in my elbow. So I decided to switch to weight lifting. Which did amazing things for my body, I'm not even going to lie to you. But I had somethings happen in life and I no longer could afford a gym membership, I had a lot going on and I was super stressed. I started losing all of my motivation to get out of bed. Someone told me to try out Yoga. So one day when I was feeling more motivated than most days, I forced myself out of bed, went on Youtube, and followed along with a "stress relieving yoga routine." It was super basic, definitely would recommend for beginners, I can include a link to the video at the end of this post. :) Anyway, I followed along with the video, and I found myself wanting to do another one, because I felt so relaxed, but motivated afterwards. It was amazing. And it's helped me tremendously in giving my elbow some conditioning. I very rarely feel that stinging pain when I workout now.