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The Seven-Point Creed

As a UCLA Alumni, John Wooden holds a special place in my heart.  He was an amazing coach, teacher, and ...

Happy Teeth, Healthy Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States and Europe.  A new ...

Barefoot Running

Here’s something interesting that’s come across my radar – you know how all these athletic shoe companies have been bringing ...

Boyfriends and Girlfriends

We’ve heard for a long time how married people are generally happier and healthier overall.  Now new research published in ...

Dropping Hints

I always encourage people to be very clear in their communication with their spouses or partners.  But every once in ...

Backyard BBQ

I love grilling outside – we get to enjoy the backyard, and there’s less mess to clean up in the ...

Origami

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, although many different materials may be used besides paper.  In Japanese oru ...

Feng Shui Secrets

First there was Vastu, the Indian Science of Placement and Architecture, which dates back more than 5,000 years ago.  Buddhist ...

Tapping Therapy

I recently saw Paul McKenna on a talk show.  Paul is very popular in the UK, and he has come ...

Acts of Kindness

New research from the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University, provides the first laboratory evidence that cooperative behavior ...

Science and Relationship

Recently I attended the “Sages and Scientists Symposium” sponsored by the Chopra Foundation.  Great minds from around the world were ...

The Beauty Cookbook

My friend Kym Douglas has a terrific new book out: “The Beauty Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen ...

The Compassion Boom

Here’s some good news!  According to the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service, we are experiencing a “compassion boom” ...

Dream a Little Dream

While we sleep, our brains are still busy.  During REM (rapid eye movement) is when we have our most dramatic ...

Fitness Trends

We’ve heard it before – walking is good for us!  Ayurveda recommends a thirty-minute morning walk for everyone, to help ...

St. Patrick’s Day

I remember when I first learned about St. Patrick’s Day.  I was in kindergarten, and our teacher told us that ...

The Fifth Agreement

One of my favorite books is “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz.  The four agreements come from Toltec wisdom.  ...

Closure

Four years after I was divorced, and happily re-married, my brother-in-law died suddenly.  So many emotions came up that surprised ...

Rule the World From Your Couch

Intuition.  You’ve got it, we all do, but do we use it?  Do you know how to use it?  Let ...

The Kind Diet

Alicia Silverstone is a beautiful and successful actress, and a dedicated advocate on behalf of the planet and its animals.  ...

The Life-Expectancy Gene

Once again science has proven what we’ve known all along – that by reducing stress, with meditation, yoga and relaxation, ...

Find Your Strengths

My son Brian is a business major in college and for Christmas he gave me a terrific book called “Strengths ...

The Science of Attraction

Some might call it chemistry.  It’s that certain something about someone that causes us to look more closely, for our ...

Generation We

“The Millenials” are those born between 1978 and 2000.  This generation, the largest in history, includes 95 million people.  All ...

Narcissism Run Rampant

The dictionary defines a narcissist as “someone who is in love with himself.”  Psychology identifies Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) as ...

Brain Games

The same exercise that we give our bodies can also benefit our brain.  For example, doing yoga on a regular ...

The Power of Slow

I admit it, I’m a multi-tasker. And although I can get a lot done, it does stress me out.  My ...

A Spiritual Place

A study in “Annals of Epidemiology” found that people who attend religious services tend to be healthier than those who ...

Vegan Treats

My friend Natalie works in a coffee shop in Monterey creating the most yummy vegan baked goods you can imagine!  ...

Feng Shui Made Easy

It wasn’t too long ago that when someone talked about Feng Shui most people would say “what?”  Now Feng Shui ...

Where do you serve?

Want to feel better and live longer?  Research from the Center for Medical Humanities shows that there is a strong ...

Vitamin K

We hear a lot about vitamins A, B, C, D and E.  But a little further up the alphabet brings ...

Resilience

Resilience is a quality that can get us through many of life’s challenges with grace.  When my kids were young ...

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is popular in Ayurveda as a massage oil to balance pitta, and as a conditioner for hair.  I’ve ...

9 in Numerology

Let’s look at Numerology and the significance of the number NINE.  9 comes into play if you are born on ...

Complaint Free World

Maya Angelou writes: “If you don’t like something change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.  Don’t complain.”  ...

Cereal

Here in the U.S. we have a huge variety of cereal to choose from.  Go into any grocery store and ...

The Otter

My son attends Cal State Monterey Bay, and their mascot is the otter.  We’ve been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium ...

Music Therapy

Music is a wonderful form of therapy, and has been used in healing in various cultures for centuries.  Recent studies ...

Magic Words

Of course there are no coincidences, I came upon this book almost by magic!  I was on amazon looking at ...

Dessert Hot Off the Grill

During the summer we’re spending more time outdoors, and cooking on the grill.  There’s no reason why we can’t cook ...

Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage.  In fact, Lomi Lomi means massage, or loving hands.  It comes from the ...

Diabetes Prevention

I volunteer at a local group foster home.  One of our teen girls is overweight and at risk for diabetes.  ...

Reasons to Love

Love comes easily, and often it comes abundantly!  Ayurveda teaches us to love what is, rather than what we think should ...

Organic

Most grocery stores now have an organic section in their produce departments.  The term “organic” means that this is food ...

Tea Time

I love my afternoon tea.  However, as I am very opposed to caffeine, I always have herbal tea, which isn’t ...

A Spiritual Classic

“Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood: A Twentieth-Century Classic for Those Seeking Serenity and Strength” was originally published as a book ...

Rich Brother, Rich Sister

Robert Kiyosaki is well known for his “Rich Dad” series of best-selling books.  Robert is an expert in money and ...

Kaizen

Kaizen is the Japanese word for “improvement.”  It is a philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of ...

Watsu and Tantsu

What is Watsu?  It’s a form of water therapy originated by Harold Dull.  Watsu is effective with chronic pain and a ...

Eat This, Not That

In the United States we spend more than $400 billion a year eating out.  That’s a lot of money going ...

The Enneagram

The Enneagram is a system of personality analysis.  Basically, in this system there are nine different personality types.  The Enneagram figure ...

Emotions and Panic Attacks

Here’s a new word for you: alexithymia, the inability to identify, understand and express emotions.  A recent study from the ...

Love and Personality Types

I’ve always been interested in the science of compatibility.  I loved reading Linda Goodman’s books, and I loved researching and ...

The Sand Mandala

The sand mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and also destruction of mandalas made from colored sand.  ...

Just Like My Child

More and more we are learning that we live in a global community.  We see how much what happens in ...

Happiness is Contagious

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows that happiness is contagious among social networks.  This is true ...

Stress Management

Stress starts in our brain, and stress management starts with brain enhancement.  This is because how we think about ourselves, ...

Brain Exercises

Mental exercise is as important to keeping our brains in shape as physical exercise is to keeping our bodies in ...

Book Clubs!

Books are still the best entertainment bang for your buck.  Think of the hours of pleasure they give, and what ...

Chi Walking

Chi” in Chinese is an energy, or life force, that animates all things.  Chi flows through the mind, body and ...

Taking Stock of the Market

In the stock market, there are two different ways of choosing what, and when to buy or sell.  The first is ...

Practical Romance

It's Valentine's week. Do you know what you’re getting your honey?  Sometimes these holidays can be stressful – we want ...

Empty Nest

Those “empty nest” feelings begin when your teenagers start driving, and are more independent.   They are spending less time at ...

The Soulmate Secret

Valentine's day is approaching – a day to celebrate love and romance!  Love makes the heart sing.  But for some, ...

Psychological Wealth

Happiness is often called psychological wealth.  But what does it take to achieve this?  There is a definite connection between ...

Birthday Giving

There’s a new trend in birthday parties.  And especially significant parties like Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah’s where lots of ...

History of the Kiss

Physiologically, our body reacts to a kiss.  It takes 34 muscles in the face to get the lips going just ...

Lessons for Living Longer

A “Blue Zone” is an area where there are a high percentage of people happily, and healthfully, living past 100 ...

Fearlessness, Fun and Persistence

Last day of the “old” year.  Tomorrow will you wake up and make resolutions, set goals for the coming year?  ...

Silent Night

At this time of year there is so much hustle and bustle, so much busy-ness, so much commotion from parking ...

Another Way to Give

We can give money to charitable causes, and we can volunteer and give our time.  But even if money is ...

“I’m Tired of…”

Now you can be fashionable, and make a statement that really makes a difference.  That’s the philosophy behind the “I’m ...

Giving More Than a Gift

You probably know that I am a big supporter of Plan USA.  I have a sponsored child, a beautiful little ...

Sweet Potatoes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the USA.  One of our traditional dishes served alongside the turkey dinner is sweet potatoes.  ...

Healing with Hypnosis

Hypnosis is for fun at magic clubs and stage shows, but in reality, hypnosis can be a very effective tool ...

Giving Great Gifts

The holiday shopping season is upon us.  Here are some tips to give great gifts: -Make a list of everyone you ...

Green At the Office

We’ve already gone green at home – with our reusable grocery bags, compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy efficient appliances.  ...

Rules of Engagement

When I was at the Book Expo America this year a small blue book with a Tiffany blue cover caught ...

It’s Not About the Money

Life is all about relationships.  Are you aware of your emotional relationship with money?  Financial advisor Brent Kessel says that ...

Avocado!

Avocados may be high in fat, but it’s a good fat, the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind.  They also contain beta-siterol, which ...

Meditation in Your Genes

I write all the time about the benefits of meditation.  You already know how wonderful it is and all the ...

Stop Snoring

About 45% of adults snore occasionally, and 25% snore on a regular basis.  Problem snoring is more common in men, ...

Runes

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing and divination.  The word “rune” means mystery, or secret.  The runes ...

Quan Yin

In the Chinese tradition, Quan Yin is the goddess of compassion.  Her name means “one who hears the cries of ...

Composting

Did you know that about one third of the space in landfills is taken up with organic waste from our ...

Hamsa

Hamsa means “five” in Hebrew.  The hamsa is a symbol used in charms and jewelry for protection, it is also ...

MUFA

There’s been a lot of talk about the MUFA diet, also called the “Flat Belly Diet” so I thought we’d ...

Ho’oponopono

Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice.  It looks like a long word, but it is actually easy to pronounce.  ...

Tinnitus

We can’t really escape the soundtrack of modern life – from the alarm clock to the computer, the telephone, home ...

Stroke of Insight

My father, exceptionally healthy and fit, had a stroke two years ago.  Thankfully, he recovered, but we are still learning ...

Healthy Virgin Sangria

During the hot summer months there is nothing more refreshing than iced tea.  But we really could do without the ...

How to Hug

Most times, at least here in the U.S., when we go in for a hug we go towards the person’s ...

Free Rice

I love it when I find a site where I can have fun, learn and also do something good for ...

The Perfect Name

Eva Longoria hasn’t hyphenated, she simply added her married name onto her own to become Eva Longoria Parker.  Ashlee Simpson ...

Sleep Positions and Personality

According to research from the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service in the UK, our sleep positions can give us clues ...

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas Day is celebrated as "Boxing Day" in England, Australian, New Zealand and Canada.  The modern day ...

The Alchemist

Hopefully we will all have a little time off this holiday season. Time to rest, relax, restore our spirits. Maybe ...

Laptops for Kids Everywhere

If you're reading this newsletter, you've got a computer, or access to a computer.  Here in the western world, we're ...

Talk to Me!

Do you have the gift of gab?  If so, chances are your memory is pretty good, too.  A recent study ...

Green Laundry

This year I've been making a real effort to get green and live green in every way.  When my clothes ...

Vanilla

Vanilla is a popular fragrance in perfumes and bath products.  It is warm and sweet, sensual and yet innocent.  It ...

Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination

I've always been interested in the power that our dreams seem to have.  I have a "Dream Dictionary" in my ...

Honey

The word "honey" comes from ancient Hebrew meaning "enchant."  Honey is used as a sweetener for food and drinks, but ...

Awe

We are very fortunate to live in a time when great minds have the opportunity to express themselves and be ...

Loans That Change Lives

Microfinancing.  This is a relatively new term that means lending a small amount of money for someone to get a ...

Visual DNA

We each are very visual creatures.  It shows up when we talk, with phrases like “I see what you mean," ...

Water Containers

Our bodies are made up mostly of water.  Our earth is made up mostly of water.  Water is good, and ...

Turn Down the Volume

When I was little I entered a poster contest.  The theme was “pollution" and we could choose any kind of ...

Focus on Relationships

In a relationship, you have a chance to see each other's quirks and idiosyncrasies.  And as you spend more time ...

Olive Oil

Olive oil is nothing short of amazing.  It offers all of the benefits of the olive fruit, including the vitamins, ...

Nature Deficit Disorder

The statistics are staggering.  Kids today spend 7 hours more on homework and academics and 2 hours less on sports ...

Movie Messages

It's no secret that I love the movies.  Greg and I go every week, usually twice a week, and I ...

Bananarama

If there is a perfect food it has to be the beautiful banana.  Because bananas contain fiber, plus three natural ...

Another Way to Save

Save paper, and save money, by sending electronic greeting cards rather than printed ones that you buy at the store.  ...

Not a Plastic Bag

I have been making a conscious effort to do everything I can to get “green."   This is not just ...

7 Spiritual Laws of Success

By now we're all familiar with The Law of Attraction as it has been explained in “The Secret" and before ...

Personal Slogan

Think about what you think about.  We process between 50,000 to 60,000 distinct thoughts every day.  Many of those are ...

Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine was developed in the early 1800s by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann of Germany.  It is a natural pharmaceutical science ...

Chai Tea

I absolutely love Chai Tea, but as a Vata, I really can't have caffeine, so most of the time I ...

Vastu and Altars

Vastu Shastra is India's sacred science of architecture, and it is a sister science of Ayurveda, both dating back more ...

Humor in Relationships

Most people, when asked what they look for in a partner, rank a “good sense of humor" right up near ...

Happiness Habits

We might think that the finer things in life will make us happy, but the truth is that it's the ...

Optimizing Learning

When my son was in elementary school I knew that he had some learning differences, so I studied how people ...

Bach Flowers

Bach Flowers are named for the late Edward Bach of England, a homeopathic doctor who discovered the thirty-eight flower remedies ...

A Rose is a Rose

And yet, each different color of rose has its own special message.-Red roses mean true love.  According to Greek mythology, ...

Detoxing

The body naturally eliminates toxins from the blood through the intestines, lungs, lymph nodes, liver, kidney and skin.  A detoxification ...

NEAT Habits

Ever notice how some people just naturally seem to have a high metabolism?  It could be fidgeting that keeps it ...

Colorstrology

We all know the impact that color has on our lives.  I found a really cool book that takes the ...

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the science of using the fragrance of essential plant oils in healing treatments.  Plants have been used for ...

Intuition

When we know something, without knowing exactly why or how we know it, that's our intuition kicking in.  Our intuition ...

Let’s Go Dancing

Dancing is one exercise that doesn't feel like exercise to me, it's just fun!  You can actually burn between 200 ...

Creating More Energy

A good energy level let's us feel great and stay healthy.  And studies show that recharging our batteries, by meditating, ...

Acupressure

Practitioners of Oriental medicine believe that vital energy has a definite, predictable route throughout the body.  It flows along pathways ...

Humming Along

The music is playing on the car radio, and we're humming along, chiming in every once in awhile when we ...

Tai Chi

I am proud to say that both of my sons have black belts in Tang Soo Do Karate.  They worked ...

Be the Dog

A good friend of mine recently landed her dream job.  After being a full-time mom for many years, she was ...

Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity

David Lynch, who directed “Eraserhead" and “Blue Velvet" and created the cult TV hit “Twin Peaks," has taken on a ...

Brands and Brains

Some of the more interesting research on brain activity shows us how we are influenced.  Or does it?  In November, ...

The Year of the Boar

This year the Chinese New Year begins on February 25, and it's the year of the Boar, also known as ...

The Valentine’s Heart

It's Valentine's Day, and there are hearts all around us!  The heart is drawn as two halves that make up ...

Full Moons

The moon is beautiful, and fascinating!  Sailors have used the moon to navigate by, and astrologers have used the moon ...

Gambaru

Over the summer I was fortunate enough to work on a couple of segments for The Today Show.  (The videos ...

Love You Code

Happy couples often have a secret language all their own, a special code for saying “I love you." It can ...

Gut Instinct

Sometimes we hear intuition as that little voice in our head, and sometimes we sense it in our heart, and ...

Metabolism Boosters

Metabolism is the motor that keeps us running, when we have a strong metabolism, we have a lot of energy.  ...

Speak Up!

Is silence really golden?  Not all the time.  If there is something on our mind, or something is bothering us, ...

Peace Meditation

This is the last coffeytalk newsletter of 2006.  What a year it has been, huh?  I think the biggest accomplishment ...

Holiday Gifts

This has been an amazing year in many ways.  Good, bad, beyond any coexistence of opposites.  The world is changing ...

Acts of Kindness

At this time of year, we're a little more sensitive, and a little more aware of the people around us.  ...

The Law of Attraction

We are creating our reality, every moment, every day.  There are three elements that go into helping us achieve our ...

Home Remedies

I'm always on the look-out for great new home remedies, and I found a bunch to share with you!  If ...

What It Takes

We all work hard, we've got our goals that we want to reach, and sometimes we get discouraged when it ...

Time and Space to Meditate

I'm a meditation teacher, and when I tell people that the first thing they usually say is: “I don't have ...

Pets

We love our pets, and there is scientific evidence that shows that our pets are helping us be healthier and ...

Right Brain/Left Brain

Are you a right brain dominant person or a left brain dominant person?  The right brain tends to be holistic, ...

The Art of Listening

Communication is key to the success of a relationship, and listening is half of that equation.  Probably the most important ...

Adult ADD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is usually thought of as a childhood condition, but many adults must learn to cope with ...

Ah-Men!

I’m always getting those jokes e-mailed to me - you know the ones, male bashing or putting down women.  I ...

A World of Color

I love color!  In fashion, in art, in nature; it's everywhere, and it is such an important part of our ...

Hawaiian Spirituality

Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world.  And September 1 I will be in Maui for the ...

Making Happy

Happiness is not the result of good genes, or good luck.  We make our own happiness!  Want proof?  There's plenty ...

Sole Patrol

No, I'm not talking about Taylor Hick's fan club, I'm talking about about TOMS, shoes that are making a difference ...

The Secret

For weeks I had been getting these e-mails asking “What is The Secret?" with clues to help me figure out ...

The World of Water

Dr. Masaru Emoto came to my attention in the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know."  His work with water ...