Balance Your Downtime takes these ideas further, offering tips for committing dedicated stretches of time to new adventures as well as rest, relaxation, and even boredom. From that day on, Murray became my primary health care practitioner as well as my friend. Coincidently, at that time, the home I was living in with my soon-to-be husband Tony, was quite literally falling down around us and needed to be rebuilt. Murray suggested we take the opportunity to make our home environmentally friendly and take steps to control the indoor air quality. Since I am an asthmatic and the quality of the air is critical to my health, he recommended Mary Cordaro, a building consultant and certified baubiologist. I had no idea what baubiologie was, but I learned quickly that BauBiologie is the study of how living and work environments affect human health and living systems. Since 1989, Mary has been consulting to clients who want to live or work in healthy environments. Her clients are usually new or prospective parents who want their children to start out in a healthy environment, or those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or chemical and electrical sensitivities. She directs a team of experts to diagnose and solve indoor air quality problems in homes and offices. For remodels and new construction, she specifies beyond green healthy building and interior materials. Further research revealed that Mary was the best person for the job. Yet we found that through the basic method outlined in this article she could once again develop a way for her deaf ear to perceive sounds. Of course, the basic method presented in this article does not lead to regrowth of the inner ear structure; As Johann Sebastian Bach so aptly said, If we listen to music, the soul calculates. In this article I will show you how hearing works and how you can restore it naturally. The method is based on universal principles of physics. These principles describe forces that are noticeable and well described by science; You don't have to believe in gravity for it to operate in your life--you can simply observe its effects in your daily life. Thus, when working with principles of physics in the real world, you do not need to believe in them for them to be true. We can always trust this higher order of principles and are able to work with it since we are part of it.

This article is about real, concrete experiences. Every time we notice our mind has wandered and every time we bring our attention back to a point of focus, we are laying down new neural pathways in the brain. If we do this just once or twice, it is not going to make any difference to our thinking, but if we do it thousands of times (notice how much your mind wanders every time you meditate), then new patterns of thinking will begin to emerge. If we consciously engage in helpful behaviors--looking after ourselves with exercise, eating healthily, and doing nourishing activities--we will create new habits. All of this takes time, so when you notice that sense of striving (see opposite), acknowledge it and remind yourself that we are all works in progress. Our practice will go up and down. We will have times when it feels very solid, yet also other times when it becomes a real struggle. This is all part of the process and it is important to hang on in there and just keep going. Often it feels as if we have to learn the same lessons over and over. This is normal. ABOUT PRACTICE The most unforgettable of these experiences was with Ashley, an encounter that showed me why God created me. It wasn't for football, as I'd thought up to that point; I met Ashley at an event, and she told me that not that long before, she'd been so ready to end her life that she had a gun in her hand, cocked and loaded. Her mind was made up, and nothing was going to change it. She was going on Facearticle to say her goodbyes. Her plan was to press Post and then kill herself. But when she got on Facearticle, a video popped up that I'd made at two o'clock that very morning. Something had woken me out of my sleep to make it, which I now realize was God telling me to get this message to Ashley. The video was titled Don't End Your Life, and in it, I urged people to fight through, to just give tomorrow a chance.

Storms suck, but storms don't last forever. There's no right or wrong way to read this article. Start at the beginning, skip around to different sections, or flip through the articles to see what catches your eye. In the opening lines of his iconic article Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes, I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. If you're looking for woods, we've got tiny cabins for you at ten Outposts and counting. In the meantime, Getting Away aims to help you live a little more deliberately, wherever you are. SELF-CARE is an expression that's been overused to the point of meaninglessness. As product marketers have attached the phrase to luxury goods and services--scented candles, cashmere socks, skincare creams, detoxifying drinks, spa treatments--it's gotten a bad rap as nothing more than an excuse for conspicuous consumption and a hashtag for Instagram influencers. But genuine self-care isn't about indulgent purchases or aspirational slogans; Taking good care of yourself and caring about others aren't mutually exclusive, and you don't need huge amounts of free time or disposable income to make a habit of prioritizing your well-being. Real self-care isn't luxury bath oils, though it might be unwinding with a bath at the end of the day. Her guidance was invaluable. I learned so much, like why choosing the right plywood and formeldeyhde-free glues were critical to the future outgassing of your home, or how some granite and marble have higher levels of radiation than other materials, and the significance of waxing floors versus applying a standard polyurethane finish. But the most valuable lesson she taught me was that the home is the most important place to start when greening your life. This is because, according to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more toxic than outdoor air. And since we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, the home and office can be a major contributor of exposures to toxic contaminants that include mold, EMFs, and chemicals in household and building products. Your home is where you let down your hair, rest your head, refresh your soul, and feed your body, and it is also the place where you are the most vulnerable. Your home is your sanctuary from the toxins of the outside world, both literally and figuratively. Working with Mary made me feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland, falling down the rabbit hole into a whole new world--a green one. I had already been trying to live a healthier life by shopping in health food stores, but most of my green efforts had centered around my personal food choices, not my living environment.

It took more than two years of blood, sweat and tears (and enduring crazy remarks from family and friends) to rebuild that house in Pacific Palisades, but when we were done, I could confidently say that we were living in the healthiest, most environmentally friendly home in all of Los Angeles. You don't have to believe what I say, because the proof is verifiable. It is not necessary to believe that gravity is there; Similarly, practicing the exercises in this article will be your proof as to whether the method works. While the basic therapeutic method for hearing regeneration found in this article is based on certain principles of physics, which we are constantly connected to, there is another factor involved: our bodies have a higher-level mechanism by which we create conscious, controlled connections that help us function. This control mechanism is like a helmsman or captain. It can be described as our awareness, our soul, or our divine quality. Regardless of which term we use, this higher faculty allows us to develop our innate human potential for healing. Mental clarity, consciousness, knowledge that something is happening or exists. it refers to the state when we are awake or conscious. Consciousness is a complex concept, and its definition depends on the context in which it is used. The more you put into mindfulness, the more you will get out of it. If you want to see long-term change, you do need to practice regularly. It is better to practice mindfulness a little every day if you can--and the practices and activities in article 2 are designed to support you with that. It is also helpful to do some formal meditation on a regular basis, as the skills learned here carry through to the informal practices. On the following articles, there are instructions for some core practices for you to try, both formally and informally: Watching the Breath (see article 52), Breath and Body (see article 56), Opening to Sounds (see article 58), and Walking Practice (see article 60). Formal practice If you are doing a formal practice, choose a place and time where and when you won't be disturbed. See Taking Your Seat, article 46, for advice on how to sit comfortably. Begin with a short practice--perhaps just five minutes or less at first--and build up from there.

It is always better to be realistic about what is achievable than be overambitious and disappointed. Her message helped others dealing with suicidal thoughts that night. While she thought she was alone in her struggle, she wasn't. At that moment she understood there was a purpose greater than her pain, and the most painful moment of her life became her most purposeful one. At another early event, two teenagers came up, hugged me, and started crying. They told me that I had helped save their mother's life. Even though I didn't want to take the credit, they insisted that if it hadn't been for my video, they would be motherless. She was fighting drug addiction, and an overdose seemed to be in her near future. But she watched one of my videos, which sparked a change and encouraged her to face her reality. She realized that it was time to go to war and overcome her addiction--not just for herself, but also for her children. The videos and speaking engagements were definitely helping people, but the desperation out there was bigger than I ever imagined--millions and millions of people were convinced their lives were worthless, that they were stuck in a hole they could never climb out of, that their stories were over. It might also be making a point to spend less time on your phone and more time outside, seeing a therapist, or getting lost in an unputdownable novel. As catchy as the song is, I bet most of us would agree that living a worry-free, joy-filled existence is a lot easier said (or sung) than done. We may not be able to sing away our troubles, but research reveals that there is a fairly easy, cost-free way to improve our overall health and well-being: the simple act of gratitude. In study after study, scientists have found that when people feel and express gratitude, they become more patient and forgiving, their relationships improve, they take better care of their bodies through diet and exercise, and they sleep better, feel less depressed, and even report lower levels of physical pain. How does this work? Dr Robert Emmons, a leader in the field of positive psychology, explains that our brains have a natural tendency to pay more attention to bad input than good, a phenomenon known as negativity bias. This trait was likely an evolutionary adaptation designed to make our primitive brains more attuned to danger so that we could avoid it; In his research, Dr Emmons has found that when we express gratitude--making a conscious effort to find and affirm the good in our lives--we can override our brain's tendency to fixate on the negative. Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present, he says.