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Eight Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

While the goals of meditation differ for each practitioner, they share common benefits. Here are eight of those.

Meditation reduces stress. “Meditation is mind without agitation,” Narasimhan says. Stress creates agitation and is something most of us deal with on some level. And it’s increasing, given the rising use of anti-anxiety medications, notes Stanford University researcher Emma Seppälä. Meditation allows people to take charge of their own nervous system and emotions. “Studies have shown improved ability to [permanently] regulate emotions in the brain,” adds Seppälä, who is also the associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford. “It’s very empowering.”

It improves concentration. “I’m more centered and focused in everything I do. I don’t find myself getting as distracted anymore,” says Sara Robinson of Indianapolis, who did the Sahaj course last February. The ER nurse and sky-diving instructor adds that multitasking is easier. At least one study has shown an improved ability to multitask, Seppälä says. “Meditation has been linked to a number of things that lead to increased ability to focus, memory … We’ve seen this at the level of the brain.” Greater concentration is related to the increased energy meditation provides. “It connects you with your real source of energy,” Narasimhan says.

It encourages a healthy lifestyle.  “I tend to want more things that are better for me,” Robinson says, adding that she eats more fresh foods and has cut out nearly all alcohol. She also stopped smoking. Susan Braden, who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, and also did the Sahaj course, says the practice has made her apply the Hippocratic oath — “First, do no harm” — to herself. “You just want to put good things in your body,” she says. That means “closest to what’s natural. So if it doesn’t look like a tomato, I wouldn’t eat it.” Braden also gave up coffee, replacing it with tea.

The practice increases self-awareness. Before Zaccai Free, a District of Columbia resident, began meditating in college two decades ago, he had a very short fuse – to the point, he says, of wanting to commit acts of violence. Meditation taught him to recognize his own anger and become more detached from it. It cleared his mind and calmed him down, he says. Mostly, “it made me more comfortable in my own skin,” adds Free, who does many types of meditation, including Sahaj, Agnihotra, laughter and walking meditations. “When you take more time to dive inside yourself, you are more comfortable showing who you are.”

It increases happiness.  “Meditation puts you on the fast track to make you happy,” says Ronnie Newman, director of research and health promotion for the Art of Living Foundation, the umbrella organization for the Sahaj meditation course. Studies have shown that brain signaling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases in the right side, responsible for negative emotions, Newman says. The other benefits of meditation, including increased self-awareness and acceptance, also contribute to improved overall well-being.

Meditation increases acceptance. Braden was a high-profile senior policy advisor in the State Department, constantly on the go to trips around the world, until seven years ago, when she was struck by multiple sclerosis. She turned to meditation, and her world view flipped. “I have a disease which really brings you back to yourself,” Braden says. “Meditation helps me accept that. You explore your inner self and realize that’s just as big as traveling to Burma.” For Braden, learning to meditate has been harder than learning Arabic. “It’s a lifetime job. But it changes how you feel life, and it’s made it more enjoyable for me,” she says.

It slows aging.  Studies show that meditation changes brain physiology to slow aging. “Cognition seems to be preserved in meditators,” says Sara Lazar, a researcher at Harvard University. Lazar adds that meditators also have more gray matter – literally, more brain cells. Lazar’s colleague, Elizabeth Hoge, did a study that showed that meditators also have longer telomeres, the caps on chromosomes indicative of biological age (rather than chronological). That meditation lengthens life “may be a bit of a stretch,” Hoge says. “But there is something about meditation that is associated with longer telomeres … [perhaps that] it reduces stress and its effects on the body.”

The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health. Meditation induces relaxtion, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently, blood pressure to drop. One study, published in 2008 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, showed that 40 of 60 high blood pressure patients who started meditating could stop taking their blood pressure medication. Meditation also improves immunity. “I hardly ever get sick anymore,” Robinson says. “I don’t think I’ve had a cold since I started this.”

 

~ Kristine Crane, meUS News

Chopa Zen Home and Gift Receives 2014 Best of Panama City Beach Award

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chopa Zen Home and Gift Receives 2014 Best of Panama City Beach Award

Panama City Beach Award Program Honors the Achievement

PANAMA CITY BEACH April 24, 2014 — Chopa Zen Home and Gift has been selected for the 2014 Best of Panama City Beach Award in the Online Retailer category by the Panama City Beach Award Program.

Each year, the Panama City Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Panama City Beach area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Panama City Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Panama City Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Panama City Beach Award Program

The Panama City Beach Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Panama City Beach area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Panama City Beach Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Panama City Beach Award Program

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Best online Retailer Award

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Amethyst Jewelry – The Perfect Addition to Your Summer Wardrobe

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

amethyst crystal necklaceIn case you haven’t noticed it yet this season, purple is in! Fortunately it is one of those colors that works all year round, especially with the pastel colors of spring and summer. This is the time of year when women start looking for ways to introduce more color to their wardrobes and amethyst jewelry might be just the solution.

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Kimonos – Still Trending After All These Years

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

bamboo and clouds kimonoAsk any fashion designer what inspires them most about Japanese culture and they will probably say the Kimono.  Like many other timeless fashion trends, the Japanese kimono starts out with a very simple concept; in fact, its boxy shape is what makes it such a versatile place to start for young designers.  Over the years since the Kimono was first introduced in North America, numerous designers have used it as an inspiration for dresses, blouses, scarves and robes.

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Astrology Soul Coach – Cosmic Dance for August 2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

It’s time to shine with the Sun and communicating Mercury both in sunny Leo this month. Leo is the sign of self-confidence and self-expression. Under the influence of Leo we get in touch with our need to be our authentic selves and to be appreciated by others. You don’t’ need to be born under the sign of Leo to help yourself to a heaping helping of attention and recognition.

This month we will also be treated to a New Moon in Leo on August 6th reinforcing our desire to get in touch with the innocent but precocious side of ourselves. The energy of this Lunar Cycle conjures up images of a young Shirley Temple – adorable, talented, outspoken and not afraid to be seen. Now you may not sing and tap dance, but you were born with innate and unique talents that when you allow them to shine, they contribute to the light of all consciousness.

The Full Moon in Leo’s opposing sign Aquarius on August 20th balances the potentially aristocratic Leo energy with a healthy dose of appreciation for differences and the unique qualities of individuals. Ruled by the revolutionary planet Uranus, Aquarius is the  sign of originality, humanitarianism, and social reform.

The first few weeks of August are the perfect time to take a good long look at your environment and think about how your home or office does or does not support your sense of self. What does it say about you? Use the Leo energy of self-expression to rearrange, re-design and re-create your environment to reflect your unique personality. After the Full Moon, take your cue from Aquarius and give away or donate those gently used clothes and home furnishings to a good cause.  Your choices and possessions speak to the world about you. Make sure they are representing your most authentic self!

C.A. Brooks is a clairvoyant astrologer, writer, speaker and coach

You can find her at 12Listen.com and read her weekly astrology column in Mark’s Power Peek at 12House.com. She hosts a daily radio show “A Course in Miracles Daily Lessons” on 12Radio.com at 7am Pacific – 10 Eastern. You can also tune into her weekly Astrology radio program, Simpletales, on 12Radio.com every Tuesday 11am Pacific – 2 Eastern. Leo

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Don’t Leave for the Beach Without Your Sun Hat!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

sun hat safariWe’ve all heard our super-tan friends bragging about how dark they get during the summer months, but they may not realize how “leathery” their skin will someday become. It may be nice to have some “color” on your cheeks or a tan-line after vacation, but consider how all this sun exposure may affect your skin. The sun’s rays can do more than cause wrinkles and age spots; overexposure to ultraviolet rays is also the number one cause of skin cancer.

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Spring is here – Time for Silk Scarves and Sun Hats

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

wallaroo sun hatDepending on where you live, there may still be snow on the ground, but not for long.  Days are getting longer and temperatures are gradually ticking higher, which can only mean one thing: time to take some time out to bask in the sun.  Spring is also the time to replenish your collection of “sunwear,” and I don’t just mean sunglasses.  Sunny days are the perfect time to accessorize with silk scarves and sun hats.

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Classic style with protection from the sun, our UPF 50+ Sunhats are the smart choice.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


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Winter is waning and spring is around the corner. With the longer days, we begin to enjoy our favorite outdoor activities; gardening, picnics, heading to the beach or the park. Our wide selection of sun hats will help protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays. These hats are rated UPF 50+, blocking 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from ultraviolet solar radiation. If you’ve never tried wearing an SPF or sun protective hat, you might consider them to be more about function than form, but the best new sun hats are both comfortable and stylish.



Sun hats are more popular and better looking than ever. Whether you prefer to wear a classic straw or safari style hat, you can sport a fashionable look any time of the year. In fact, sun hats make the perfect gift for hikers, gardeners, nature lovers and children.

 

Here is just a sampling of our spring collection available now at Chopa.com:


Wallaroo Jasper Men’s Sun Hat – This men’s versatile lightweight hat is available in beige or brown check. Designed with the outdoorsman in mind, the 3” brim makes it ideal for hiking, golf, fishing or mowing the lawn. The adjustable chin strap keeps it secure, even on a windy day. This practical style allows the face and neck to remain in perpetual shade.


Wallaroo Reversible Resort Sun Hat
– This women’s fully reversible hat provides twice the wardrobe options. One side features a solid color with a contrasting band and the reverse is a fully solid color. The Velcro adjustment on the back wraps around a ponytail or long hair, and makes the hat size adjustable. The brim can be turned up or down for maximum sun protection. This is available in taupe/black or chocolate/pink.



Children’s Sun Hats – Say “Hello” to playtime with our colorful, children’s surf hat. Available in solids or a pink floral pattern, they offer great sun protection at the pool, beach or playground. This hat can be worn in the water and the specially designed microfiber fabric will be dry in no time. The all-around 3″ brim offers protection for the face and neck. The petite Nantucket is sized for smaller heads. Brightly colored ribbons are sewn together to create the soft pastel stripes. For the creative children, we offer a paint-your-own hat. This art kit features a plain white hat and the coloring paints to make your own design. This is a great activity for a rainy day or a play date with friends. It encourages creativity and helps develop fine motor skills. All of our children’s hats are UPF 50+ rated.

California Hat Company Capri Sun Hat – This 5” wide brim sun hat provides maximum sun protection for your face and neck. Fashioned with cool shades of blue, green and brown, it will compliment any outfit. Accented with a bow tie, it is soft, lightweight and perfect for travel. UPF 50+ rated.


California Hat Company Monterrey and Pacifica
– These hats offer a dressy or casual appeal with the wood and earth tone colored bead trim. The 4” brim offers superior protection from the sun to keep you cool. UPF 50+ rated.

 


Before you plan your next escape to a sunny destination, make sure the whole family is equipped with a practical and stylish sun hat. They make the perfect gift for someone who enjoys the great outdoors. Visit our website to see our entire collection of men’s, women’s and children’s sun hats that offer superior protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.




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Stylish Kimono and Yukatas for Men

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

When one pictures a Japanese kimono or yukata, the image that comes to mind is usually a traditional robe worn by a Japanese woman; but this is no longer the case.  While the kimono robe was always known as a hallmark of Japanese society, the trend has expanded to include men’s “Happi” coats and lightweight cotton yukatas.  The shape and pattern of these simple Japanese robes hasn’t changed much over the years, but they are worn in more casual settings.

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Sun Hats That Never Go Out of Style

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

sun hatsSummer may be long gone, but you must still use caution and take steps to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  Even in the wintertime when you don’t feel the sun’s heat, ultraviolet rays can still take a toll on your skin.  Sun hats are making a comeback, and they’re better looking than ever.  Whether you prefer to wear a straw hat or safari style hat, you can sport this fashionable “outdoorsy” look any time of the year.  In fact, sun hats make the perfect gift for hikers, gardeners, nature lovers and children.

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