The benefits of meditation can be felt with only observation of the breath, but sometimes we can find it difficult to center all of our attention without becoming distracted. Meditation can certainly be difficult, but you may find it easier to find inner peace while meditating while listening to meditation songs. Most of us identify with the sound of music because our bodies create symphonies of their own—the rhythm of our heartbeats, the rush of blood through our brains, and of course, breathing. What makes these functions of the body so interesting is that they are all autonomous, or involuntary. Certainly, we can control our breath but as long as we are living, it will continue. Because these things happen whether we control them or not, it only makes sense that we find value in music. When it comes to meditation, we also can align with certain frequencies and natural sounds often found in meditation songs.
The American Cancer Society reports that the five year survival rate of a woman diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer is 72%. A diagnosis like this doesn't only affect these women, it also impacts the lives of their families and friends. But every diagnosis isn't a death sentence, and these breast cancer survivor inspirational stories are proof. The women behind these books put up the fight of their lives, some more than once, to regain their health and beat the disease. Their courage as they revisit the journey through their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery is inspirational and offers comfort to many people that are faced with cancer themselves or in their family. Some will make you laugh and others will make you cry, but these books by breast cancer survivors will leave you feeling inspired.
Ludwig Araujo is a fitness, fashion, and wedding photographer in the NYC area. His unique expertise in capturing human movement has set him apart from other photographers in his field. As a fitness photographer, Araujo showcases the inner and outer beauty a fitness model has to share in front of the camera, allowing his audience to see that drive, physique, and perspiration can be an inspiration for us all.
The past 8 years of my life has been a whirlwind of planes, trains and automobiles. While there are endless advantages to being able to work all over the world (my life is definitely not boring) there are certain things I struggle with regularly. One of these is diet, an incredibly important part of anyones life. Food. We need it to survive, we convert it into energy to be able to do our jobs and function on a daily basis, and I don’t know about you, but food makes me happy. I love to eat. But I am in front of the camera most days, so shoveling pizza and chocolate into my mouth probably isn’t going to do me any favors. I also have the most irritating dietary requirements on the planet. I’m vegan and I try to avoid gluten. I eat leaves. Which is fine by me, because I happen to like leaves. That being said, have you ever tried telling someone in a Paris coffee shop you can’t have dairy? Or a Spanish waiter, that you don’t eat meat? And that fish is definitely still a living animal? Traveling and maintaining a specific diet is a nightmare. I won’t lie to you, there have been times I haven’t eaten for an entire day because there simply is NOTHING I can eat. In general, I won’t let this happen, and if I am within a mile of a grocery store I am fine. But when I’m stuck in the mountains in a villa full of dudes that speak no english and survive only on full fat milk and steak…. it’s hard.
In order to get the most out of our bodies, we must be knowledgeable about what we are putting into it. Each body has different demands made on it, so each body requires different food and nutrients to be put into it. Being informed about the healthiest food options is the first step to prolonging the health and wellness of your body, from the inside out. Earth is 24,000 miles around at the equator, which leaves lots of room to grow the healthiest foods the planet has to offer, meanwhile, many of us still flock to the “Healthy Aisle” at best at our local food store rather than a local farmer’s market, or even growing food in our own backyard. I get it, not everyone has a green thumb. And not everyone has the list of the healthiest foods on earth, either man made or supplied from our own home planet.
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that is designed to better the body and mind. There are many different forms of yoga. The most popular schools of yoga are hatha yoga, jnana yoga, hot yoga, and bhakti yoga. Each form is designed to link the mind and body through various poses. Each form of yoga presents its own health benefits. More rigorous forms, such as hot yoga, raise your heart rate and have cardiac benefits. Slower forms of yoga, such as yin yoga, can greatly increase flexibility.