All the Ways Your Gut Influences Your Brain, Stress, and Mental Health

Despite its less-than-charming moniker, the gut has become one of the sexiest areas of interest in medicine in recent years. While there is a lot still to learn, emerging science suggests a surprisingly significant gut-brain connection; it increasingly appears that the gastrointestinal system has quite a bit of influence over how we feel, think, and react.

ICYMI, your gastrointestinal system actually has its own “brain” known as the enteric nervous system (ENS) which communicates with the central nervous system (CNS)—of which the brain is a part—to influence mood, cognition, and mental health, according to research published in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. The gut and noggin additionally communicate via hormones and the immune system. Read more…

Healthy eating suggestions and psychology

LONELINESS

How to Be Alone with Ourselves

Solitude can feel like liberation or captivity depending on our mental state.

KEY POINTS

  • The feeling of solitude can be deeply enjoyable.
  • Sometimes, being alone allows us to be trapped in our own minds.
  • Someone experiencing self-loathing will find solitude unbearable, but may also be used to it.
  • To break free from self-loathing and enjoy the freedom of being alone takes focus and effort.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

God Is Spirit Is Universal Love Is Universal Connection?

Science suggests the universe is heavily biased toward connection, but that we are much more selective about it, trying to connect with what’s good, not bad for us. Read more…

Feeling Prickly? You May Have Too Much Rajas

Yoga Journal

Rajas, one of the three gunas, can show up as energy and motion—or anger and worry. Here’s how to keep this natural quality balanced.

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  • 7-Day Embodied Yoga Philosophy Challenge with Rina Jakubowicz
  • Can Face Yoga Cure Your Chronic RBF*?

MEDITATION

Meditation and mindfulness are buzzwords these days for good reason. Yogis have been practicing dhyana (meditation) for millennia. Get expert insight here on meditation and its symbiotic relationship to yoga. Use this hub as your go-to resource for simple tips and guided practices to quiet your mind and make meditation part of your modern daily life. Read more…