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How to Stretch Out Tight Trap Muscles (Upper Shoulder & Lower Neck)

These are two stretches that are effective for stretching out chronically tight trapezius muscles.

Tight traps can be a cause of intermittent shoulder and neck pain, as well as limited back and neck mobility.

Be sure that your body is well warmed up before you do these stretches, and as always, err on the side of the conservative. Read more about How to Stretch Out Tight Trap Muscles (Upper Shoulder & Lower Neck)

 

All of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie.

Bookends

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In trailing my 76-year old father and 13-year old son as they walked side by side during a recent outing, I couldn't help but feel the brevity of it all. Read more about Bookends

 

Juggling and Balance Exercises

Here are some other balance exercises from our YouTube video library:

Variations of squats:
https://youtu.be/ISSnfN9Eulc

Purposeful movement for balance:
https://youtu.be/6DrRRS1H7UI

Deep squat for balance:
https://youtu.be/_r8i_T5Dr1M Read more about Juggling and Balance Exercises

 

Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds and Berries

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Some of our readers asked if a recent simple oats recipe would work just as well with unrolled oats, known as steel-cut oats that are typically cooked in boiling water. Read more about Steel Cut Oats with Chia Seeds and Berries

 

5 Keys to Losing Fat While Improving Health and Longevity

Any diet or pattern of eating that relies on calorie restriction to a point where real hunger is an ongoing challenge isn't good for longevity.

The reason is simple - calorie restriction leads to loss of fat and muscle. Losing fat is generally good for longevity. Loss of skeletal muscle - called sarcopenia - is very bad for short and long term health. The amount of skeletal muscle mass we carry is a strong predictive marker for longevity. Read more about 5 Keys to Losing Fat While Improving Health and Longevity

 

Someone Has To Go First

This deeply moving sculpture was presented by Alexandr Milov at the 2015 Burning Man gathering.

It shows two adults sitting back to back in dejection after a disagreement while the inner child in both reaches out to reconnect.

Doesn’t this accurately convey how we can be diminished and even crippled by our wounds? To hurt after conflict is to be human, but we also have the capacity to put our pain, resentment, and pride to the side to seek authentic reconciliation. Read more about Someone Has To Go First

 

Simple Smoothie Bowl

For people who feel they need to eat a filling breakfast to prepare for a physically demanding day ahead, rather than turn to sugary cereals, I often suggest making a smoothie bowl.

Simply combine equally parts frozen banana chunks and unsweetened plant milk, blend until smooth, and top with anything you like. Almond butter and in-season blueberries are a favourite in our household. Read more about Simple Smoothie Bowl

 

Dr. Shefali Tsabary on Conscious Parenting

Unbeknownst to her, Dr. Shefali is one of my most treasured mentors. Whenever I experience conflict with our boys, I find myself re-reading passages in The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family to try to figure out where I went wrong as a person and parent. Read more about Dr. Shefali Tsabary on Conscious Parenting

 

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