The Faith Pillar

What does 20 bucks and a shoebox have to do with happiness?

Tis’ the season! Christmas is just around the corner, and that is pretty tough on the wallet. Each year you have to fork out the cash to get gifts for friends and family, buy yet again more Christmas decor, and not to mention the amount of money spent on baking! Seriously, how many Christmas cookies do people need? The average …

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Causes versus Reasons: Did Alcohol Really Make Me Do It?

As I approached another milestone in my life, I found myself wondering how I came to be where I am. What steps had to happen, in an imperfect harmony, so that now I am right where I need to be. Were cosmic forces at work? Is there a ‘secret’ I’m not aware of? Was it fate? Turning 40 years old …

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Are we truly free to do what we want when we want? #AddictionFreeLife

“Is addiction a choice or is it a disease?” This question has been at the center of a series of #AddictionFreeLife articles. When I was first introduced to Saint Jude’s Retreat and Baldwin Research Institute, I was presented with a construct that just made sense. Back in 2010 I made a choice to lead a life without alcohol, and even …

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Do you know what your Vitality Age is? You may be older than you think

Last week I posed a question. “What would you do if you were rewarded to live a healthy life?” The answers were as varied as the demographics that replied, but no matter the age, gender, or current state of health, one commonality existed. People are excited by the idea of being rewarded for making healthier lifestyle choices. On September 27th, …

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Why You Need to Savasana like a Boss in Yoga

Why You Need to Savasana Like a Boss in Yoga and Life

Savasana, also known as corpse or relaxation pose, is considered the most important pose in yoga. This soothing pose completely relaxes the body and helps release tension and tightness from all areas. The posture is called corpse pose for two reasons. First, because of the body’s position; in savasana you are lying on your back with arms comfortably resting beside …

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5 Steps to take Family Fitness from Good to Great

The journey from ‘good to great' is a marathon and never a sprint. As any coach or mentor will tell you, qualifying and quantifying our goals is essential if we're ever going to reach a personal milestone in any endeavor we set our mind's to achieving. The leadership guru, Jim Collins, in his book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… …

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Treatment of addictions doesn’t work but lifestyle changes do

Treatment of addictions doesn’t work but lifestyle changes do

Treatment of addictions isn’t working… there I said it! Over the past 4 months I’ve shared a lot of my own personal experiences as it relates to my history with traditional 12-step treatment models and alcoholism. The more research I gather, and the more conversations I have with people in the ‘business of treatment’, the more obvious it becomes to …

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Achieve Life Goals by Tapping Into Your Flow State – here’s how

Your legs burn, but feel strong, steady. . .powerful. The mixed sounds of stampeding feet, screams of names, and runners' breathy “ooo, ahhh”s  fill the airwaves.  Yet all you hear is your anthem song blaring inside your head (Eminem’s “Not Afraid”. . .it’s so ingrained), and the tempo of your even-paced breathes (two strides, breath in, two strides, breath out). …

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Maintaining A Stress Free Life With These 4 Simple Tips

Maintaining A Stress Free Life With These Simple Tips

We all hate being stressed. Nothing good ever comes of it, and it can be the most frustrating thing to deal with. Maintaining a stress free life is easier said than done, and takes concentration as well as hard work. Although stress is a mental condition, it can show up physically in your body in many ways. It can completely …

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