Category Archives: meditation

The Power of Mediation For Anxiety and Depression

In high school, I got into mindfulness meditation. My mom, who was an avid meditator, introduced me to a guided mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn is one of the founders of the mindfulness meditation movement. He runs the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts. Listening to the guided mindfulness meditation helped me…
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Why You Don’t Need to Clear Your Mind in Yoga Class

Have you been told you need to 'clear your mind' in yoga or meditation? Have you felt like that's asking the impossible? When you think about meditation, there’s a good chance you envision a monk sitting on top of a mountain.  Her mind free from thoughts or worries, and feeling at peace with the world.…
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Breathing Techniques for a Better Night’s Sleep

Originally published on Do you struggle to sleep? If so, you’re not alone. More than 75% (1) of people living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Trouble sleeping is especially harmful if you are living with a chronic illness, because it can make all of your symptoms…
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Why We Struggle To Sleep And How To Get More Snooze Time

Sleep helps us heal. We all know that. Rest is prescribed for any ailment from a cold to cancer. But even for healthy people, getting a crap night’s sleep is never fun. Just this morning I snapped at my flatmate, neglected to clean up my dishes, and put off writing this blog post for as…
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Yoga for Chronic Illness: A Review From The Pillow Fort

It feels OM so good living your dreams :). My first yoga course finished up last month (for anyone that missed my reflections you can read about it here). The course was something I was planning for a long time, and seeing my spoonie students progress and enjoy the practice made the gruelling days of…
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Amritapuri Ashram


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!)

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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