Awakenings Blog

An interview with Dr. Geng Wu of Awakenings!

What did you do as an M.D. in China? This was a long time ago. In China, after six years of study in medical university, I got my doctor’s license. Then I was recruited by the First Affiliated Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, the best hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at that time. I completed

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The Healing Power of Rumi

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”  “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

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Writing for Healing

Writing for Healing Remember that the page can hold it all. It is your friend. Spill it onto the page if you need to download. Let writing soothe you. Nancy Peacock, award-winning Hillsborough, NC writer There’s a tendency to treat human despair as something foreign, an illness that needs to be avoided and/or medicated or controlled or compartmentalized into

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Meditate Imperfectly.

Always remember that when you try to meditate, if it doesn’t come automatically or as straightforward as you wish, that’s okay. Forgive yourself and be kind, gentle and open towards yourself.  Dza Kilung Rinpoche Meditation. The word carries a great deal of weight, and unfortunately, that includes baggage. We seem to have been programmed in our Western culture to view

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The Miracle of Breathing

“The wisest one word sentence: Breathe.” Terri Guillemets Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. – Thich Nhat Hanh Dr. Adam Gries has been talking with his patients for years about the power of the breath. Ancient wisdom from many of the world’s traditions honors the breath as being a fundamental

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Yoga with Laura Gries at Awakenings!

After a car accident left Laura paralyzed from the neck down, she had to start all over again. She never regained her collegiate level athleticism, but with years and years of rigorous rehab, exercise, and self-help, she has re-emerged. Laura opened a non-profit fitness and wellness clinic in 2004 specifically for neurological disorders and paralysis. It treated people at a

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The power of plant foods and the brain!

The life-enhancing effects of colorful, fresh food are nigh to miraculous. We know that a rich and varied diet–some nutritionists call it “The Rainbow Diet,” benefits all of the systems of the body. Studies over the last couple of decades have shown that the more colorful produce and botanicals we include in the daily foods we eat, the healthier

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The miracle of exercise…

We know that regular physical activity lifts the spirits, helps with inflammation and lowers cardiovascular risks, but according to the latest research exercise reduces the risk of seven different types of cancer. In the latest study, the Journal of Clinical Oncology sought to look at how exercise affects the immune system, specifically as related to different types of cancer. They

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The calming power of CBD for dogs!

CBD, cannabidiol, is a substance found in cannabis and hemp. It’s sort of all the rage now for a variety of health problems in humans, but according to Dr. Jerry Klein, the American Kennel Club’s Chief Veterinary Officer, it is growing in popularity when it comes to naturally treating various ailments in dogs. First and very importantly, CBD, or cannabidiol,

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Strength training and acupuncture–an ideal combo!

If you’re reading this blog, we know you have health goals! It’s widely know that an abundance of research over the. last couple of decades proves that one of the best ways to enhance your health is to add strength training to your workout regimen. Research posted on Harvard Health celebrates the power of weight training to build bone mass,

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