It was a foul winter’s day when I went grumping and limping into my first-ever reiki treatment session. My knee hurt from having twisted it. My skin itched from an ongoing case of hives. I had come very close, that morning, to kicking my cat. I was in a classic January temper, the kind only those of us in northern climes can work ourselves into. But the young reiki practitioner … [Read more...] about Does Reiki Really Work? A Skeptical Writer Tries It Out
My Introduction to Tai Chi Not long ago, I was walking through our local park when I noticed a group of elderly people engaged in a seemingly random, slow-motion ballet. Like puppets moving at half speed, their arms were rising and falling, their knees gently bending, their feet pirouetting in unison on the grass. It looked mystifying but also intriguing. What were they … [Read more...] about Trying Tai Chi: How I Got Hooked
Thyroid Cancer Facts Rates for new thyroid cancer cases have been rising on average five percent each year over the last 10 years, according to data from the National Cancer Institute. In 2012, there were about 600,000 people living with thyroid cancer in the United States. The causes of thyroid cancer are unknown, with research only beginning to isolate some … [Read more...] about How to Do a Thyroid Self-Exam
I recently acquired a pair of sunglasses that I refuse to take off ’til April. I don’t care where I am: a Valentine’s dinner, the office, Sobeys. I am prepared to go about looking like a cartoon spy even in the middle of the night because I need my Happy Lenses. That’s what they’re called, actually: the Spy Happy Lens, a type of sunglasses that may well help lift my … [Read more...] about SAD: How to Battle the Winter Blahs
The lamplight is low, and the house is so quiet that the sound of water gurgling through the radiator pipes is all I can hear around me. Even so, I’m not supposed to pay that noise any attention. I am practicing a vipassana meditation technique called “Hear In,” in which the only thing I’m meant to focus my attention on is the inner chatter between my ears. I’m joined in … [Read more...] about Will Meditation Work For You? One Guinea Pig Writer Tries It Out
I think too much. Everyone says so. A boyfriend once broke up with me because, he said literally, “You think too much.” I don’t actually know what it means to think too much, since I have never been anyone else. Do other people have sensations of wind, or pictures of meadows floating around in their brains? Or is it just that they think, for instance, I’m going to make … [Read more...] about Does Meditation Work? One Over-Thinking Writer Tries Meditation Out
Most women have no idea why they’re beginning to gain weight, feel blue, or crave naps at the strangest times. They don’t understand why their periods are getting markedly lighter or suddenly heavier. They figure their hair is thinning or coarsening due to diet or age. They certainly aren’t aware that they’re experiencing symptoms of thyroid disease, which is now thought to be … [Read more...] about Is Your Thyroid Normal or Is It Time to Get Checked?