2017 is here and millions of Americans are reflecting on the personal changes that they want (or need) to make this year. Popular resolutions include vowing to lose weight, eat healthier, reduce stress, exercise more or quit smoking. There is just one problem: while all of this sounds good in January, many of us lose our resolve and our resolutions are long forgotten and abandoned by April. The simple truth is that New Year’s resolutions are easier to make than they are to keep because changing behaviors, particularly those that are long-standing habits, is easier said than done. Wanting to change is not enough. Success with a resolution demands more than wishful thinking; it requires patience, planning, and organization. The good news it is that it can be done!
thinking positive for health,
is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) mind–body practice that has been performed for thousands of years dating back to ancient religious and spiritual traditions. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the practice of meditation helps individuals to improve focus, develop self–realization, control emotions and find inner peace. Although there are many traditions and techniques, the four basic elements involved in most types of meditation are a quiet setting, a specific and comfortable posture, a point of focus and an open and passive attitude.