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Amritapuri Ashram

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View from the Amritapuri Ashram in India, birthplace of the "hugging saint". Wonderful place for Yoga and Mediation (with views like this, it's hard not to!)

How to Find Your Job

“What is it on this planet, that needs doing, that I know something about, that probably won’t happen unless I take responsibility for it” – Buckminster Fuller When I was younger, my head was full of ideas of what I would like to ‘be’ when I grew up:  A Doctor, the Prime minister, a Hollywood…
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Yoga for Chronic Fatigue: Cat Pose

After an uplifting yoga session this morning, I decided to write another yoga related post on one of my favourite poses: cat pose. The movements in this pose are subtle, but it's great for waking up your spine- particularly for those who suffer from back pain. This pose is low impact, and is gentle enough…
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Gluten Free Diet for Chronic Fatigue

I've been eating on and off gluten free for about 2 years. It wasn't when I stopped eating gluten that I noticed the biggest difference, but when I reintroduced gluten after not eating it for several months. When I woke up the next morning my muscles were stiff and sore and I felt bloated and…
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Yoga for Chronic Illness: Corpse Pose

I only bought it because I was desperate. “Power Yoga for Happiness” was only $14.99, and I had just wasted almost $300 on a cleanse that did absolutely nothing except leave trails of strange protein mixes all over my kitchen. Yoga seemed like a better investment in bringing back some of my energy. I tried…
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The Danger of Classifying CFS as a ‘Physical Illness’

Rantings of a psychology major "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you have a convincing enough cough, and put a warm cloth on…
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The Highly Sensitive Person – Book Review

The Highly Sensitive Person Book Review I was first introduced to the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) by Elaine Aron in 2009 when I was a patient at the environmental health clinic. I was, at first, skeptical when my doctor suggested that I read it. I had never thought of myself as a particularly sensitive person,…
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One Month of Mindfulness: You’re Hardier than you Think

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney via Compfight cc At the beginning of the month, I began a mindfulness challenge. It was quite simple: do three things mindfully every day. I began imagining myself sitting Zen like on top of a rocky mountain, reaching enlightenment and spreading my healing wisdom to my fellow chronically ill bloggers. It was…
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The Chronically Ill’s Prayer for a Job

Based on 'A Mothers Prayer for Her Daughter' by Tina Fey First Lord; nothing too stressful, may neither the words ‘fast paced’ nor ‘competitive environment’ grace the sentences of the job description. May I be respected, but not valued, for it is the value that brings the extra hours every Friday evening, not the respect.…
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How to Trick Your Dinner Guests into Eating Gluten Free

I hate dinner parties. This may come as a shock to some of you, because I do love eating, and I do like socializing (when I am not hermitting), but I have so many weird dietary restrictions that I usually end up getting a lot of weird looks and coming home hungry, or giving in…
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