Mt. Shasta Retreat


This past weekend I took a little bit of my own wellness advice. My wife and I spent the holiday at a bed and breakfast in Mt. Shasta. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mt. Shasta, I have provided a link.

The weekend was a wonderful wellness retreat. The bed and breakfast we stayed at is the Shasta MountInn retreat and spa. The atmosphere was peaceful and the grounds are lovely. There is a hot tub and sauna on the back deck. The owner, David Knowles, is also a massage therapist and there are treatment rooms in the lower floor of the house. The house is located within walking distance of the main street of Mt. Shasta City and right off of the road that takes you up the mountain. read more

An Attitude of Abundance – Impact on Wellness


I was contemplating an “attitude of abundance” this morning and I decided to look and see if there has been any writing that expresses the idea well. I was fortunate to find an article by Lori Steffen, MAN, RN, (2009) Finding Abundance in a World of Scarcity. Lori wrote this article in the midst of the recession and the impact of limitations in budget and resource that the recession presented to many industries. Lori discussed how nurses with an attitude of scarcity were struggling to stay healthy in their work experience. Nurses with an attitude of abundance stayed healthier and also provided better care to their patients. read more

Eating for Wellness


Eat less, enjoy it more, and increase wellness using mindfulness practice at every meal.

One of the most powerful wellness promotion practices is the use of mindfulness in as many ways as we can. Many of you may have heard of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for many years. If you are unfamiliar with Kabat-Zinn, I would recommend his book, Wherever you go, there you are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life (1994). Though mindfulness is associated with various Buddhist traditions, the way that Kabat-Zinn has formulated the practice brings it to our culture with a method that is accessible to all, regardless of philosophical or religious orientation. read more

Denial – A Roadblock to Wellness

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Denial is a powerful function of our minds. It protects us from the truth when it would be too painful to bear. There are times when denial has a survival benefit. Think of it, every time the odds seem against our favor, if we gave up hope and stopped trying, none of us would have ever come as far as we have come. A little denial in this situation gives us the ability to ignore the odds and take the chance. When we succeed in our efforts and beat the odds, we are rewarded with the knowledge that it was worth the struggle. read more