Spirituality and Healing

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LAS VEGAS—Opioids have diverse and important functions, with opioid use and taper affecting many domains of experience and behavior. In fact, long-term opioid use patterns suggest that opioids treat not only physical pain, but social pain.
This past week I headed to one of my absolute favorite destinations: Red Mountain Spa in Ivins, Utah. The place is beyond a world-class spa, the staff is just amazing and accommodating. 
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Maintaining a healthy brain can be a lot like farming. Growing produce is really a simple process, but there are many little nuances that determine the fate of the crops each year. First of all, farmers need soil and seeds, and they must use them properly. They must plant cucumber seeds in order to harvest cucumbers and not watermelon. And if they don’t plant anything, all they can expect are some random weeds. They will reap what they sow....
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Happiness has traditionally being considered an elusive and evanescent thing. To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility. It has been rightly said that, “Happiness is a butterfly which when perused, is always beyond a grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly , may alight upon you”.
couple on a beach making heart shape with their arms
As Valentine’s Day descends upon us, it tis the season to reflect upon love and romance. Unfortunately, pain can often disrupt or interfere with romantic connections. Being in pain can take a toll on how we interact socially with others and make it more difficult to express love, gratitude, or compassion toward important people in our lives. Key emotional regulators in our brains, including the amygdala, can be disrupted by pain. I often hear...
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For many, this time of year can mean feeling the blues more than usual. The holiday season can be a time of great joy, but it can also be a time of feeling lonely, financially stressed, and burned out. A decrease in sun exposure during the dark and dreary winter months can be associated with a mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is associated with symptoms of depression, low energy, sleepiness, weight...
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One of the most healthful of all attitudes toward the world and our experience of the world is gratitude. To view being alive as a kind of miracle, to consider our ability to experience the world in all its variety as a blessing, is itself a blessing. The development of my own sense of gratitude is yet another outgrowth of my near-death experience (NDE). Before, I had been doing something we are all prone to do at times, which is to take the...
Burned forest
You’ve probably heard the term “near-death experience” but have you ever given it much thought? I know I hadn’t, until I experienced my own life-changing event. In 2008, a routine surgery led to numerous complications and over the next two years, I endured chronic pain, dependency on pain medications, depression and seven surgeries, the last of which I nearly did not survive.
The pain experience can not only change our view of the world around us, but it also contorts the way we see ourselves. Alterations to our own personal view of who we are and what we look like can mean that we see ourselves as different from the person we used to be. These self-perceived modifications can take on many forms including emotional changes about how we feel about ourselves as well as what we think we physically look like.
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The most intriguing question I have had in my life was why I got prostrate cancer, which in turn led to chronic pelvic pain from multiple urological surgeries, which in turn led to dependence on pain killers. In April 2012, while at Mount Madonna on a ”past life regression” spiritual retreat with Dr Newton M.D., I learned that the answer to my question was simple:

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