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May 2021

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Mind

The five layers of self

The five layers of self. All are equally important in creating balance in our physical and mental health. We are all striving for self-care and balance, but with so many different options for how to get there, we often don’t know where to start. We know that Yoga and meditation help us feel good, but maybe not quite sure why or how, or how to even articulate that. One way of looking at it is through the koshas, a Sanskrit word meaning veil or sheath in reference to our subtle body or layers of Self. The five layers are: physical, energetic, emotional, mental and bliss. They represent both the different aspects of self that while separate are also intertwined, each relying on the other for support to make the whole. The koshas are often compared to an onion as we peel each layer back to get to the bulb in

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Health

How to feed your hormones

If you feed your hormones the right way, it can make a huge difference in your mental health and sex life! Many of us experience signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day. Trouble getting out of bed in the morning, uncontrollable sugar cravings in the afternoon, high stress levels and chronic headaches are just a few symptoms. Dr. Natasha Turner, a leading naturopathic doctor in Canada, explores these issues in her book, The Hormone Diet. She says our bodies send these signals when something isn’t right, but often we are too busy to pay attention. Compounding the problem is a lack of understanding about the causes of these symptoms and future consequences if left unaddressed. “Hormones are powerful chemical messengers in our body — they control everything from our reproductive functions to our mood, sleep, appearance and almost every other aspect of daily life,” says Turner, a native of

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Resonance

You can’t always get what you want

Strange week it was. You know the feeling of being in the zone? It was the opposite of that. This feeling of being off increased as the week went on. It was hard to focus. Communication seemed stilted. On two of my morning Zoom meditation sessions with India there were major audio problems. This morning there was no audio at all. When the problem was fixed afterwards, the yogi said he gave some of his best instructions ever. So it goes. On the monthly breakfast Zoom call for our business group several members were absent. The organizer of the session was late. She was still feeling the effects of her vaccine. Still, it was a great theme: legacy. What do you want yours to be? Do you even think about it? Having lunch on the back deck, I broke a tooth. We found a black-legged tick on one of the

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Longevity

Indigenous Awards “Indspire” 2021 Winners

Canada’s First Nations people are a wonderful mosaic of peoples with a rich and ancient history. The awards are run via the Indspire charity organisation that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people across Canada to help foster long-term benefits for individuals, families and communities. This year, award winning actor and director Jennifer Podemski will be the executive producer of the awards show, scheduled for June 22nd on APTN, Canada’s national broadcast television network for indigenous peoples. “This year, through the production of the Indspire Awards we have proven that with hard work, perseverance and collaboration, we as Indigenous people can rise above adversity and achieve our goals when we work together and support one another,” says Podemski. June is the National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Podemski is a highly acclaimed director, producer and actor, whose work has garnered international recognition and received numerous accolades.

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Longevity

The entangled world of fungi

Most of us just think of fungi as their fruit, mushrooms and how tasty they can be. Fungi though, are far more amazing than that. And they are deeply entangled with our very existence. /DEK There is even a theory that humans became intelligent because our ancient ancestors, perhaps apes, ate some psilocybin, also known as “magic mushrooms” and the result was unlocking the neurological paths that opened our minds. Theoretically.  More recently, we have discovered the Wood Wide Web. How trees and plants are connected by mycelium, a type of fungi and the most prevalent in the world. Scientists have proven that trees use this network of fungus to share nutrients and communicate with each other. What is still up for debate is if fungi are benevolent in doing this and why exactly they do this, but they do. Some trees will send nutrients to other trees that are

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Resonance

Alone together

We humans are social animals. That’s why social isolation is so hard on us. Some darn virus came out of nowhere and now all over the world people are being told what they can’t do. The hardest part is the “who” part. In lockdown, partial or total, however your jurisdiction defines it, there are people you can’t meet face to face: family, friends, neighbours, colleagues. Near and far. You can’t invite them over. You can’t meet in a restaurant – or even at the office. You can’t drive to see them, or take a train, a ship or an airplane. It sucks. So what do you do? Answer: whatever you can. I don’t go anywhere. The last time I did, pre-lockdown, I ended up taking a Covid test. It was negative. Living in suburban Nova Scotia, I get to bicycle and take out my kayak on a nearby lake. I

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Health

4 myths about supplements

When it comes to supplements, the sheer number of options on the market can get overwhelming. With that abundance also comes plenty of confusion and misconceptions about their effects and use. Here are four common supplement myths you may find yourself falling prey to, debunked. Supplement Myths MYTH NO. 1: “I can get all nutrients from food; I don’t need supplements.” For the most part, this “myth” is true. A healthy diet is one that provides lots of fresh, wholesome ingredients including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, meats, whole eggs and poultry. A varied diet will provide all the essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and phytonutrients you need to fuel your metabolism and your muscles. However, if your diet is lacking, you miss meals, you have bad eating habits, or you exercise to the extreme, your diet might not be delivering. Taking a multivitamin or greens supplement can help

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Longevity

Rules for a new age of technology

Technology has always been a double-edged sword. Without regulation, the promise of information technology may be overwhelmed by its inevitable dark side. In early, 2018, Ibrahim Diallo, went to his office in Los Angeles. His access card denied him entry, so a guard let him in. But his access to his email and computer had also been turned off. A short time later he was given notice that he was fired. The company’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) system had terminated his contract. It took the company three weeks to figure out what happened. It started with a human error. His former supervisor had not updated his contract in the system. The AI simply followed the rules, coldly and inhumanly. Joan, who just turned 82, lives independently in her active living condo on the outskirts of Toronto. She’s healthy but can be prone to dizziness and risks falling. One day, she falls.

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Healthy Recipes

CHICAGO STYLE BALL PARK CARROT DOGS

Inspired by ‘the Edgy Veg’ – www.theedgyveg.com MAKES: 4 DOGS / PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES MARINATE: MINIMUM 1 HOUR / COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES I grew up in Chicago and love the hot dog tradition of the city. Of course, as I got older, I wanted the great taste of Chicago style hot dogs but didn’t want all the fat and unhealthy ingredients. This recipe brings it all together, using a carrot as the dog. Some people say they cannot even tell it’s a carrot! Enjoy and stay healthy. INGREDIENTS 4 large carrots, peeled and scored ¼ cup tamari or soya sauce ¼ cup water 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp liquid smoke ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp black pepper Serves 4. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 72; Fat 0.1g; Carbohydrates 15.6g; Protein 2.6g TOPPINGS Yellow

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