HAITI: THE LAND OF HOPE

Nursing in global health is a steep and fast learning curve. The last few weeks in Haiti were tiring but deeply soul-fulfilling. I have shed tears with some of my patients over situations that no person should endure. I have also smiled so hard it hurts from the stories of hope and resilience.

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EVENTS, LIVE WELLCarrie Tyler
ELECTION. DISGUST AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE.

The news was on. We were quiet. The sadness was palpable. As Trump statements flashed across the screen there was a collective sigh. 

One woman whispered, "What an election." I looked at her and smiled.

Moments later in the privacy of the mammography room, the radiology tech made me laugh as she pressed my tissue between two plates. 

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TEACH, LIVE WELLCarrie Tyler
40 THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE AT FORTY

40 things I know now that I didn't know then. . .

1. Red lipstick makes everything better.
2. Happiness takes practice.
3. Your efforts never go unnoticed.
4. Buy good bras.
5. There is no such thing as a bikini body.
6. "Hell yes" is ALMOST always the right answer.

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LIVE WELLCarrie Tyler
FEELING THE FEAR (BHAYANAKA RASA)

A quote presented itself to me recently: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” 

Ugh. Does it have to?

The end of my comfort zone brings me to sweaty palms, heart palpitations, and a general sense of unease. The unknown often signals an experience in our bodies that we call fear (bhanyanaka). 

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PRACTICE, LIVE WELLAnne Davis
FIRE & REWIRE YOUR BRAIN TO DEAL WITH YOUR EMOTIONS

When we fire a neuron for any reason - movement, thought or emotional circuitry - that neuron is myelinated.

The more it fires, the more myelin encases the neuron. The more myelin there is the faster the nerve can signal, which means a quicker response time. This is how we acquire “skills” such as riding a bike or master a yoga balancing posture. The same is true in working with our emotions; the stronger the myelin around the neural signals, the greater our awareness and response to the emotion. 

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EVENTS, PRACTICE, LIVE WELLCarrie Tyler
THE POWER OF WEARING YOUR INTENTION

SEEING your intention imprints it on your brain and keeps it at the forefront of your mind and close to your heart.

At Rasamaya we use the nine core emotions (rasas) as a base for manifesting our intentions. One of the ways we accomplish this is by wearing one or all of the rasas on our wrists.  For centuries, people have adorned their wrists for remembrance, gratitude, honor. Wearing a rasa cuff is a little bit like tying a string to your finger so you don't forget what's important. Every time you look at your wrist you move a little closer to your most creative, full and inspiring life.

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LIVE WELLAnne Davis
THIS IS THE FACE OF HAPPINESS, BUT YOU KNOW IT DON'T COME EASY

Ask most people what they want out of life and they say, "I want to be happy."  

But "happy" is really vague. What is "happy?" How do you even get there?

If you haven’t noticed lately, I have been ecstatically "happy." Like ridiculously, punch-drunk, slap-happy. The kind of joyful where literally shiny, gold glitter rains down from the sky and falls out of my hands like Lakshmi’s gold coins...

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Carrie Tyler